|10-16-2013 12:47 PM|
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|10-16-2013 12:41 PM|
My ancient Golden and two GSD's get along just fine. They defer to the older dog and make sure they don't knock her down or scare her. She is almost blind and has arthritis so they are very carefull because we made sure they understood that the old dog always comes first in all things. You should be OK with a puppy as long as it is still very young. The GSD will take care of training it and showing it the house rules. It is a pack hierarchy thing that dogs just normally do.
|10-16-2013 12:36 PM|
Well I know you have already got your answers but I thought I'd share my experience also. I have a 3 yr old German shepherd and a 9 year old golden retriever. I had the GSD first then got the GR about 9 months later (when the GSD was 2.5). Apollo my shepherd was a little uneasy about letting an older male dog in the house at first, but now they are best friends. Attachment 123665Attachment 123673Attachment 123681Attachment 123689
In the last picture they had just got done rough housing and Apollo is waiting for "old man Coach" to catch his breath... You can see Coach is all wet from Apollo mouthing him (play fighting)
Edit: also for what it's worth, one of the reasons we got Coach was to help with the "German shepherd dogs are so scary" look I get from people. Apollo is the sweetest guy ever but some people won't give him a chance. Coach eases people's mind cause they see the 2 of them getting along like pals and realize Apollo is great.
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|10-09-2013 06:18 PM|
Thanks everyone. These are very useful information. I have been bouncing back and forth about this decision. I tell myself do not get a dog for another dog but rather get it for myself. But I can't tell for sure if the reason of getting a golden is purely for myself.
My husband and I start thinking about getting another dog when Lincoln enter his teenage stage. He is a 9 months old little terrorist. He chewed my leather couch, chew through the wall (made 3 holes total), bite me constantly. Given the situation I shouldn't "want" another dog.
I'm worried that if the second puppy is so much easier and not a brat like him, I'm gonna love that puppy more. If the second puppy is worse than him, I can't even imagine what I would do...
So when my thinking process came up to this point, I thought well maybe I can just wait until Lincoln really grows out of all these and become a calm, well-behaved adult. Then I thought if I can wait that long I probably wouldn't want to bring in another puppy and go through the process all over again. Also, i want to raise my dog(s) to a couple of years old before have a human baby. So if I wait until Lincoln is mature, the timing wouldn't work out.
I know I didn't mention any of this on the original post.... I'm just thinking out loud
|10-07-2013 10:37 PM|
|My5dogs||Exactly how it is in my house. They all get along really well but my Dane almost 2 will gang up on my 3 yr old golden. My female golden plays referee.|
|10-07-2013 08:43 PM|
I got in this order a male golden retriever that is now almost 4, a female GSD that just turned 2, a male GSD that is a little over 1 and a male golden retriever that is almost 5 months. They all play together nicely, sometimes they all gang up on the older golden and I have to watch him and the male GSD, because the GSD gets rowdy quick and the golden does not back down and they are close to the same size. I separate them immediately and then they are okay, neither hold a grudge. I also give them play time two on two and mixing up different dogs. My oldest(non GSD or golden) does a good job of keeping all of them in line, she is the most respected in the group.They need not to forget that we are all family. I will say that the goldens have stronger stomachs then the GSD's. right now both GSD's are going thru an icky poop stage. They are all happy playful dogs and they all follow me everywhere. The goldens shed more then my female GSD(she isn't really a shedder) but less then the male GSD.
|10-07-2013 05:57 PM|
|My5dogs||I have 2 Goldens a male/female. When we had our male shepherd they got along just fine considering the shepherd was older. I have no doubt in my mind they will get along just fine when we get new puppy|
|10-07-2013 05:48 PM|
I didn't have them together but I had a Golden before my GSD. I was actually surprised that they were fairly similar in personality, which I did not expect. Both very eager to please, loyal, smart, quick learners, and sensitive. Both good at almost every sport/activity I tried with them and enjoyed doing them all, both ready to be active and go out when I want to but also could be relaxed at home.
My GSD loved people and loved to get attention so she was not "aloof" like the breed standard says.
If you're looking to foster, see if there is a Golden Retriever breed rescue in your area.
|10-07-2013 05:20 PM|
|10-07-2013 05:15 PM|
Here they are playing at the beach
Sam and Ollie playing at the beach! - YouTube
They play very well together, they rough house pretty hard, chase each other all over the yard, play keep away and tug...they couldn't be more perfect playmates but my GSD might be a bit more of a softer play dog, he likes to roughhouse but he doesn't appreciate really rough loud husky type play.
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