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nktigger99 04-18-2014 08:04 PM

GSDs with smaller dogs
How many of you have GSDs with smaller dogs? Perhaps a chihuahua. We have Abby who will be 13 weeks old tomorrow and a friend of mine is trying to find a foster for a male chihuahua. I am considering it but wanted some input first. He is around a year, fixed and fully vetted. He has liked all other dogs he has been exposed to and loves kids. It would be at least for a few weeks....maybe longer. He has been in foster care for a few months so I think I am getting a trueish idea of how he is. We would meet up outside of our home to see how they are together before making a decision. Any input?

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Chip18 04-18-2014 08:41 PM

The chihuahua I would expect to be more of an issue? Bad attitude unless well trained and I doubt that would be the case?

But it could be workable?

Treat it like a real dog:
Two or More Dogs
I just got a rescued dog – what do I do? | stickydogblog
Leerburg Dog Training | Dealing with the Dominant Dog

And you should be fine :)

sehrgutcsg 04-18-2014 09:28 PM

To me that's a big negative my German Shepherd is a handful with my Jack Russell terrier who is seven Bella the German Shepherd female is 16 weeks I wouldn't do a Chihuahua I'm sorry. The paws on the Chihuahua or so frail but you'll end up with a broken leg in a little bit of play time it'll be a nightmare in my opinion and my jack Russell does not like Chiwawa's at all..

Ellimaybel 04-18-2014 09:32 PM

I wouldn't recommend it either. My rat terrier gets bowled over in play time sometimes. Two days ago it happened and he stood up and held his leg up. It was sore for a few minutes but wasn't seriously hurt. He's only 11 pounds to Gunther's 75.

boomer11 04-18-2014 09:40 PM

Here's my 11 month old with a Chihuahua we are fostering. My opinion is to know your dog. Is it good with other dogs or no? My dog is really gentle with dogs of all sizes except dominant dogs. Sometimes he gets too hyper and plays too rough and I have to pick the Chihuahua up. Other than that he really could care less that another dog is in the house. He has full roam of the house while the Chihuahua pup is crated.I think big dogs know full well to be gentle with smaller dogs. Whether they choose to or not is a different story.

Chihuahua bothering german Shepherd - YouTube

German Shepherd Chihuahua - YouTube

Ellimaybel 04-18-2014 10:05 PM

On second thought, let me explain my former reply more thoroughly. If you're worried about aggression, that has not been an issue with Gunther and Cyclone. If you're worried about accidental harm during play, it's really just about being vigilant while they are playing and not leaving them alone too often or at least stepping in physically or with commands when it gets too rough. I wouldn't discourage it completely, just be aware of both dogs temperaments before proceeding.

nktigger99 04-19-2014 07:14 PM

Thanks guys....we decided we couldn't risk it right now...instead I help get her hocked up with an org who could get him up on pet finder. Hope he finds a good home quickly.

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