|09-18-2013 02:40 AM|
|boomer11||just put your dog in doggy day care. probably just as expensive as getting another pup without all the hassle|
|09-18-2013 12:43 AM|
|09-17-2013 09:57 PM|
Cat killer, having killed a stray cat, I don't think that is an issue. But GSDs should be able to adapt to living with other small creatures, they should be able to accept resident small animals on the farm, ie chickens, lambs, goats, etc. And within the home, GSDs should be able to live with other pets, including cats.
My brother's dog, Jazzy killed a kitten when it lived at my place. The kitten came over from next door and Jazz grabbed it and shook it, and it died, eventhough I got it away from her right away. That makes her a cat-killer, but she lived with cats before she came to me, and after my brother took her back, he had 3 cats, and she never hurt any of them. And she left me at 5 years old and lived past 12, so seven years after killing that stray kitten, she lived with cats with no problems.
In my opinion, a GSD that cannot adjust to a resident cat has a loose screw.
|09-17-2013 06:27 PM|
[QUOTE=selzer;4206890]A German Shepherd Dog that kills a cat that lives with them has a serious temperament problem. Sorry. GSDs should not kill pet cats. [QUOTE]
I've had 5 GSD dogs every single one of them was a cat killer including my rescue. I don't consider them bad dogs they all have gotten along fine with people kids and other big dogs. Cats are prey.
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|09-17-2013 02:15 PM|
|09-16-2013 03:26 PM|
|09-16-2013 12:09 PM|
|BMWHillbilly||I don't see what's wrong with having a playmate. I have 2 GSD's and a yellow Lab at my house and they LOVE to play together. I believe all animals need their "like kind" around or at least a buddy. I recently lost my old black Lab of 11 years and for years I so wanted him to have a buddy because he was bored of a day, but I didn't have a yard at the time or could really afford another dog. When I was able to buy a house 6 years ago with a big yard I got him a buddy. A lab pup. Big difference for him. He had someone to play with and keep company while i was at work. May not work for everyone but works for me. My dog(s) will always have a buddy.|
|09-14-2013 11:01 PM|
|09-14-2013 09:23 PM|
|Castlemaid||Eh - some dogs are good with cats, some are not. Has nothing to do with the breed or their temperament.|
|09-14-2013 09:05 PM|
A German Shepherd Dog that kills a cat that lives with them has a serious temperament problem. Sorry. When I had Rush, I had an outside cat that was sort of feral -- no interaction with the dogs. I sold the boy at 4 years to a man who had a cat. The dog and cat got along fine. When I went to pick him up 3 years later, he was in the house with the cat and no problems. His owner had passed on.
So I rehomed him to another man, who had a cat. Different cat obviously. And he has been there for several months now, and he and the cat are doing fine together.
GSDs are a dog bred to live on farms around livestock, and certainly barn cats. GSDs have to be able to differentiate between the critters that belong on the property, and those that need to go. GSDs should not kill pet cats. That doesn't mean you bring home an adult GSD or an adult cat, and then let them have at it. But you should be able to introduce the pet-cat to the dog and supervise interaction for a few days, and then it should be ok. I think same-sex aggression between dogs is far more likely to cause issues in a family than dog-cat aggression.
And, I would probably have the dog in an x-penned or baby gated puppy proofed area, or crated, and the cat loose during the day. They do not need to be snuggling up together to feel less alone in the house all day.
They say that pigs do not do well being raised alone so you should always raise two -- talking about meat here. And they say that horses and ponies do not do well all alone either. If you cannot afford two, then keep a goat in the barn with the horse. It is supposed to be helpful. I am thinking the best of both worlds, pup is not totally alone for 9+hours at a time, and the owners are not doing 3 times the training and socialization and exercise because they now have two young dogs.
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