|03-08-2014 07:45 PM|
|kakarot||I've always liked males because the bigger the dog, the better.. and from what I understand, the males are bigger than the ladies. but I was actually roaming around the forums to see if this existed so.. it's good to see the differences.|
|03-03-2014 11:59 PM|
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|03-03-2014 10:44 PM|
|Jrnabors||We have a female GSD, and let's just say that we will never ever have another female dog. Now that could be the breed or this individual dog's personality but it could be the gender, and I won't be taking chances next time. It might not be scientifically proven, but I just think males make more loyal, affectionate, and obedient dogs for family pets. If you just want a dog to use as a tool or workhorse, like a police dog, a female might be well suited to that.|
|02-19-2014 11:46 AM|
I definitely prefer females. My heart dog is a female and my constant shadow. Females are feisty, full of personality, tricky, cunning, cuddly, sweet, and nuanced. I like males just fine, but I favor females for sure.
I have 7 GSDs in the house at the moment - 6 females and 1 male (poor guy )
I divide and run them in packs. Some of the girls get along, some don't so I have to be careful to rotate them safely. My male can run with any female - they all get along with him.
Two of my girls hate each other with a passion - I must watch the interactions between them the most. There are always two barriers between those two. They antagonize each other to no end!
Females are lots of fun, but I have always had to be vigilant when there are multiple females together.
|02-19-2014 11:04 AM|
|wyoung2153||So funny reading about males being more cuddly and goofy than females (maybe specific to GSDs) I had Titan, male GSD and Athena, female Boerboel. Athena was SUCH and attention stealer! All she wanted was snuggle cuddle time.. Titan however, until recently, was very reserved, no attention accept play time. He just wanted to be left alone.|
|02-19-2014 10:37 AM|
We had a three dog household for many years (all male) and never had any issues whatsoever. Everyone got along great and knew their place. However, only one was a GSD. I think it helped that the hierarchy was so clear. We had the GSD first; he was the oldest; he was the most dominant; he was the largest; and he was the only one who was intact. There was no doubt that he was the alpha of the 3. Next dog we got was a border collie mix. He was a rescue and about 2 when we got him. He was smaller than the shepherd, and perfectly happy to have him take the lead. Finally we got a terrier/chow mix. He was about 9 months old when we got him and about 30 pounds. The shepherd immediately adopted him and was very protective of him. Again, there was no doubt about his place in the pack order.
Unfortunately, in the last 6 months we lost both the border collie and the GSD and are down to one dog. Are planning to get another GSD some time in the next year and realize we are going to have to think about how we integrate a new dog into our pack. The plan is for this dog to be male, since I have always owned male dogs. However, if I were to eventually add second GSD to the mix, my inclination would be to get a female.
|02-19-2014 07:03 AM|
I personally like 3 dogs, I think it's really fun how different the dynamic gets with a group as opposed to just 2. But it can be really rough if you're not diligent about watching the dynamics, both in a specific instance (all of them running around and playing, for example) and over time (as they mature and change). Even more than with one or two dogs, you have to make sure you understand body language well, and know how to defuse a situation before it escalates.
As for gender, I'm pretty split! I tend to think males for "pet" dogs and females for dogs I'm giving a "job". I TOTALLY see how people say the boys are more goofy and girls a little more aloof and serious. I think if I'm picking gender, though, it depends what I have going on in my house. I already have a male dog who puffs up and kinda gets in other dogs' faces (although it's absolutely just an act), so on that front a female would be better, since he puts on his "show" less with them. We also have a toddler in the house, so a dog that isn't going to necessarily want to be the center of attention is better. So there you have it, girl for our next dog!
|02-18-2014 08:49 PM|
|02-18-2014 07:35 PM|
Gender differences ?
I don't have 4 GSD's but I do have 4 dogs, 3 males and one female. It may sound great but it can be A LOT of stress if some don't get along especially if you have to crate and rotate. My GSD and my golden mix(both males) are only a year apart and they have gotten into, not full on fights but I call them 'intense scuffles'... Luckily they're males and they get over it and go back to being best buds after but their relationship has changed a great deal as my GSD has matured and they are closely monitored and controlled when they are together in the house(which is rare). Having 4 also creates a pack and changes the dynamic... Personally I doubt I'd ever have 4 GSD's at a time, at least not where I'm living now(small house, small yard suburbia) and I definitely not have 2 female GSD's at a time but only because I don't want to manage it if the one day decide they want to kill each other. My golden(he's a rescue with a lot of issues and weird quirks) also has resource guarding issues which we've worked on and it has improved a lot but it caused massive amounts of stress, he's bitten every single one of my dogs and several strange dogs, we can't leave toys laying around or have food if he's around. That said I do enjoy the full chaotic house, my husband and I don't want kids so I love how busy they keep me, it certainly is never boring that's for sure.
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