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04-03-2014 01:34 PM
TwoBigEars Not yet, I have two currently and am expecting a puppy later this year. My male will be 5 and female will be 3 when the new pup arrives. I expect it to be a bit more chaotic and I'm still trying to figure how best to transport three GSDs in my car (we drive a lot for agility trials and classes) but it will be worth it.

If you get your new puppy, just don't expect them to all get along perfectly right away. You might get lucky and they get along fine, more likely there will be times they get along and times where they get a bit snarky. It just takes time to sort it out.
04-03-2014 01:12 PM
ken k 3 here, 9, 8, and 6 years, the 2 females want to kill each other on sight, so they stay separated
04-03-2014 09:54 AM
kiya I have 3 male 11yrs old, female 10yrs old and a 4yr old female. My females are BFF's and my male and my 4 yr old have a love/hate relationship. I often wonder if she is bi-polar.
04-03-2014 09:17 AM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom I have three GSDs. All rescues. Lucky is we assume about 12 and Chevy and Thunder who have been with us a year are 11.Weve had three dogs on two other occasions. It always felt like two together and one out. Lucky gets along with the girls one on one . The girls are litter mates so they are bonded. All three of mine have dog aggression issues but have formed an alliance of sorts.
Three seniors is intense when it comes to vet bills ,supplements all the senior stuff.
04-03-2014 08:20 AM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by JakodaCD OA View Post
I will say this, and I"m sticking to it, I will NEVER get dogs close in age again, it's to devastating to 'lose' them so close together as they age.
I agree with this.

OP you will have 3 dogs under the age of 3 years old. They will all be seniors at the same time and that can be extremely expensive not to mention that there is a much greater risk that you could possibly lose all of them within months of each other.

JMO but I think you should wait until your youngest is 2 years old before bringing in another puppy. Let your current dogs mature, train them, bond with them and then add a puppy in a year or 2.
04-03-2014 08:04 AM
K9POPPY We have had no problems with 3 or more at a time, just takes 3 times the work, but you get 3 times the fun and enjoyment, ENJOY!!!! BOB
04-03-2014 07:50 AM
JakodaCD OA at one point I had 3 males and a female..No issues even tho one male was intact until almost 3 years old..age difference, well the older two were 4 years apart, the younger two were almost 2 years apart.

Up until a few months ago I had 3, 1 male and 2 females, the two aussies were/are 13/14 and my gsd is 5.

I will say this, and I"m sticking to it, I will NEVER get dogs close in age again, it's to devastating to 'lose' them so close together as they age.
04-03-2014 07:39 AM
Whiteshepherds 7 yr. old male, 6.5 yr old female, 16 mth. old female. So far so good as far as them all getting along.
The third was a big adjustment for me. I had to be careful not to let the two older dogs be my babysitter, and some days that sounded a whole lot better than putting in the time so she would bond to me more than the dogs. More muddy paws, higher food costs, an extra trip to the vet each year...mass chaos in the kitchen when the three of them decide to rough house while I'm cooking.
I wouldn't do it differently but honestly...having two was easier.

They all have free roam of the house during the day. Pup is crated if I have to go out and at night. There's no reason why she can't be left out of the crate except it gives me piece of mind to know a fight isn't going to break out while I'm not around. (they don't fight but there can always be a first time)
04-03-2014 07:05 AM
Nigel We have 3, but with 2-almost 4 year old SL(?) females and a 1.5 year old WL Czech male, They all get along pretty well. We keep the male crated when we are at work, otherwise they free roam about the house.
04-03-2014 05:33 AM
armauro Also be prepared for bigger vet bills and food costs- the probability of health issues goes up geometrically with more dogs especially this breed.
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