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03-29-2014 12:40 AM
Gretchen My dog gets along very well with Huskies, but I wouldn't want to own one. She also likes smaller dogs in general, she'll even try to be friends with the obnoxious chihuahuas in the neighborhood. We've been to a few dog events and it seems like the pugs and the French Bulldogs get along well with many breeds.
03-28-2014 11:34 PM
Originally Posted by LaRen616 View Post
I would say matches.

GSDs play rough so I think it's best that they be with a breed similar in size and strength. My Dalmatian is VERY muscular and although he's about 25 pounds lighter than my GSD he definitely holds his own. I think Dobermans, Rottweilers, Dalmatians and other larger breeds do best with GSDs. JMO
I completely agree! Alot of dogs can't handle the intense rough housing. My GSD is VERY "rude" in dog language. And it causes alot of other dogs to react with aggression (when my dog is just being boisterous). His movements are too fast, his energy/intensity level is high (its almost palpable) and he will just run up to a dog throwing any proper dog etiquette out the window.

I think it comes down to the individual dog, but my dog gets along very well with 2 Australian Shepherds (from different homes, but they look identical. Its creepy! LOL) that love to rough house with him.
03-28-2014 11:24 PM
llombardo I think temperaments for dogs in question is very important. My golden puppy raised with GSD's and another golden spent most if his time with Midnite(GSD) and his play style is all GSD. My female GSD really likes smaller dogs too.
03-28-2014 08:16 PM
Chip18 My GSD loved my female Boxer but Boxers are a whole another world! Very high goofiness factor and females are much more of a challenge then the males! And no BYB dogs! DM is rampant in the breed!
03-28-2014 08:09 PM
Vagus When we used to take him to the beach there was a clear pattern when it came to who he could get along with. Border collies hate him (no idea why, he's polite and just gives the general 'hello' sniff, they're not quite as polite back . The BC at our training club screams like a banshee if he so much as looks at her), little dogs hate him (no surprises there I guess), GSDs pay absolutely no attention to him, mastiff type dogs seem indifferent to pretty much everyone and labs are too busy chasing sticks and playing in the water to even look his way. The dogs that absolutely love him everytime though are the goldens. We've only had pleasant experiences with golden retrievers and I would love to get one eventually, although SO can't stand them and thinks they're waaay too friendly with strangers

This post was full of generalisations to take it all with a grain of salt
03-28-2014 11:52 AM
brightspot My 11 month old male GSD's best dog friend is a female Corgi who is a little older than he is. She keeps up really well during chases and she gives as good as she receives!
03-28-2014 11:43 AM
MrsLeftlane We brought an adult Husky into our home after we found her all alone at an ORV park in Arkansas. She was very sick (heartworms), and she was not happy. All through her treatment our 2 GSD's left her alone until she was ready for interaction. Now, 5 yrs later, she and our 10 yr old GSD are the best of friends. We have since brought 2 more GSD's into our family, and she's like a mother to them. I can also say that all of our dogs (3 GSD's 1 Husky) all love other dogs when they meet them. They are all awesome dogs.
03-28-2014 10:21 AM
DixieGSD Mine get's along with pretty much everybody. She plays with border collies, labs, pugs, Yorkie and a golden retriever. She does prefer to play with dog's her size even tho the pugs love to play with her, she just doesn't feel like she can really play with them lol
03-28-2014 03:47 AM
cethlen1621 Our guy pretty much loves everybody. But some beagles, pointers and littler dogs like pugs don't seem to like him. Most boxers, huskies, pits, retrievers and the Toto looking dogs do well with him. He has also met a great dane that he's amused by.

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03-27-2014 11:36 AM
Lark I have a yorkie with my GSD, and I don't think they are a good match. I think my GSD would prefer a larger dog he can really romp around with instead. He is pretty good with the yorkie, but they just seem to not quite click. Although we have noticed when the GSD is gone for a few days the yorkie seems really depressed. If I wanted another dog, which I don't, I would go for another large one. My GSD has played with Goldens, labs and other GSDs and done great.
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