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01-22-2014 08:58 PM
Nigel We have two females, one male and I prefer my girls. I find what Jakoda states holds true for my experience as well. Mine are very Velcro, where I go, they go and no matter what I'm doing they are usually content, even watching hockey. Very quick learner's, they made me look good in class even when my effort could be better. There were times when we played games all week long, crammed in a couple short session of "this weeks work" and still shined in class.
01-22-2014 07:57 PM
JakodaCD OA I have/had both.

Started with all males, that I absolutely adored, for their doofiness, velcro, biddability, easy trainers..

Got a female, who taught me "everything" , have a female now. Both of them were much more possessive of me, than my males, more serious, I wouldn't say more independent, but more daring, ready to try/go for anything I threw at them. Faster to mature, teach them something once and they get it, lets move on

I like both genders for different reasons.
01-22-2014 07:30 PM
trcy I prefer male dogs. We have two males and one female. The female, is a bit ...idk how to describe it... she starts fights more, can be cranky, but she likes to cuddle also. I have always felt more of a bond with male dogs. They seem to be more affectionate. I really don't know how to describe it.
01-22-2014 06:31 PM
OriginalWacky For quite a few years, I was all about the females, and preferred them in any critters I owned. Then some males came into my life, and I've discovered that no matter what stereotype you choose, there are exceptions. Each dog is an individual, and I just can't justify one being better than the other. That being said, if everything else is equal, I'll probably choose the male, but still kinda lean a little bit toward female. I'm such an oddball.
01-22-2014 01:58 PM
HarleyTheGSD Our first family dog is a female. I've developed a dislike for her. She's demanding, annoying, dominating, and very independent. (I'm not concluding that all females are like this.)
I absolutely LOVE my two male German Shepherds! They are sweetly affectionate, loyal, they follow me wherever I go, and they accept me as the pack leader.
I love the masculinity of my intact male.
Both of my males are goofballs, which I think is adorable and makes them fun.
Harley (five years old) doesn't mark much. He rarely marks on walks, and NEVER marks in the house.
Varick (17 months old) doesn't even mark yet. He has only had three accidents in the house (urinating) when he was a young pup, and he hasn't had one since.
I will never own a female. I will always have males.
01-22-2014 12:23 PM
DJEtzel I had a female beagle when I was younger, whom I loved. A female rat terrier that I rehomed 3 years ago whom I was never able to bond with.

The other 4 dogs I've owned have been boys! I love 'em. I'll always have boys.
01-22-2014 11:14 AM
KorrasMom Looks like a mixed bag when it comes to male or female. But sounds like, in general, GSDs are affectionate, protective, intelligent, family loving, and sometimes, (maybe most of the time) goofballs.

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Male, always.

My boys are all about me, they want to please me, they want to be near me, they make me laugh, they make me feel loved, I am their world. I am their favorite person/toy/place to lay. They are my shadows, where I go, they go. I like that they are larger than females, I like that they have easy going attitudes, I like that they have the "what can I do for you" mentality. I have grown up with females, lived with females, owned a female and spend a lot of time with females and I just don't care for them. I will always have multiple male dogs.

Now before everyone thinks I am a female hater, I have 4 female cats, that I love.
Lauren, I've noticed with lots of GSDs that they tend to "shadow" ladies. My female is always under my feet. My husband nicknamed her my shadow. And with my friends that have GSDs (male or female) they also say they follow the ladies of the house. Maybe it's just a protective trait in the breed.

Thanks for the replies! Noelle




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01-22-2014 11:01 AM
Waldi Grew up with GS dog and it was great (exzcept stopping at every post and hydrant LOL), adopted golden femal 9 years ago and she has been absolutely wonderful, very family oriented so decided to expand family by adding GS female puppy and she is now year old. Like I said, with females you do not have issue with peeing all over the place when on walks, they are very affectionate and stay close to you (very protective of kids even our golden alwayz put her in beetween kids and strangers), boys are great as well, tend to be bit bigger so if you want to stay on smaller size, stick to girls.
01-22-2014 10:35 AM
Shaina I thought I wanted a male as that's what I've always had for dogs, but man do I love my female GSD. She is a little spitfire; pushy, drivey, social yet sassy - I think it is so much fun. I don't think I'd ever have two females at a time, and I currently also have two males that I love to death (one GSD and one lab).
01-22-2014 10:32 AM
Galathiel I've had both. Both in German Shepherds and in other breeds. My males have been very affectionate and velcro'd ... EXCEPT my current male. So he's making me rethink the whole 'males are more people pleasers/lovers'. I will say my females have been very family oriented, loving pets. I don't see that it's a gender thing. I think it's an individual dog thing.
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