|10-04-2013 09:56 PM|
|katro||I've always thought GSD's and Dobermans go together nicely.|
|10-04-2013 09:48 PM|
|TAR HEEL MOM||I have a female Lab (3 years) and a male GSD (1.5 years) They are best friends.|
|10-04-2013 08:11 PM|
|JakodaCD OA||I have aussies, they have complimented my gsd's very well over the years. They give as good as they get when it comes to playing , exercise, and keeping up with the shepherds..HOWEVER, they arent for everyone, I love my aussies don't get me wrong, but my gsd's are / were much more devoted to me , the aussies tend to have a rather independent nature..I will always have both breeds|
|10-04-2013 07:49 PM|
Here's the problem with that thinking: there are hundreds of different breeds. Our leadership, exercise needs, work requirements, and other things that make a breed choice for us a good choice or a bad choice should be considered FIRST. And it isn't the same for me as it would be for you, so how can I suggest a breed for you?
Then when you have your short list of dogs that you might be interested in owning/doing something with, THEN you figure out which is the best choice for the other critters in the home.
Usually a male is a better choice for an existing female. Yes shepherds like to play hard, lots of sheps do just fine with small dogs though. When I see Jenna and Karma playing together, there is really nothing like it. But there are better than 7 years between them, and no question about pack order -- Karma can walk all over Jenna and jump all over her back, and Jenna is fine with that. Jenna is a bitch who likes other dogs around -- male or female.
But not all dogs are like this. Even if they are fine in public, females in particular are likely to have the green gene, and if you buy a dog for your dog, and suddenly 18 months from now, when you like them both very much, but WWIII breaks out at your house, and you are faced with A: finding a new home for one of them, or B: euthanizing one of them, or C: keeping one crated whenever the other is out all the time, forever, getting a dog for your dog doesn't sound like such a good idea.
Believe me that this can and does happen when you have two females. Not all the time, and if both are spayed before ANY problems, you can possibly avoid it. But it is not just a what if - extreme situation. It happens far more often then people like to admit.
Usually when you think that you would like to bring in a new critter, a good choice is to get involved with some training classes. Take your dog. Go to one set. Go to another set. Look at all the other dogs too. Train your dog in something different, Rally or Agility. Keep watching the other dogs. If you think you have found a dog that is spectacular and you might want one like that, ask where they got their dog, what breeder, and go from there. But don't be in a hurry. All those training classes will allow your current dog to grow up some, the bond to get even tighter, and you will both be in a much better place when you go to bring home a puppy.
|10-04-2013 07:47 PM|
|llombardo||I would say Golden Retrievers. I think they are good compliments to each other.|
|10-04-2013 07:28 PM|
|blueangele||I would say a lab, get the bigger kind, not the skinny ones. My brother has a 100lb lab that is so mellow and good with other dogs, my landlord has a puppy the same age as my WGSD and they play great together.|
|10-04-2013 06:36 PM|
Well it's primarily for me but I would like my gsd to be able to play with him/her also. I really want a gsd dog.....but I just wanted ideas on alternatives.
I'll be with the dogs all the time and it will be down the line another dog would be got - just wondering at the moment.
I just like the idea of more than one dog - like more than one kid I suppose.
|10-04-2013 06:26 PM|
Yeah I don't suggest a dog as something to keep your other dog company. Truth is, they'll probably nap anyways when you're not home and then you'll have two dogs full of energy to work out when you get back.
If you're thinking about a puppy...in my opinion it would take at least a year and a half until I would trust the dogs together unsupervised. Especially when the pup gets old enough to try and challenge the older dog...so that one year to two year mark. Last thing I'd want is for them to get in a scuffle while I'm not home and come home to either a dead dog or a bloodied dog.
If you are still considering getting another dog, from what I've looked up about lurchers is that they are sight hounds. This means they are skinny and much more fragile. I pretty much don't let my boy play with greyhounds or anything of that sort because he can get rough and likes to stand up and play. If he comes down with all of his force on a greyhound's back...I don't really want to know what could happen. Therefore I would for sure go with another GSD or at least something with more girth and about the same playing style as a GSD.
|10-04-2013 06:05 PM|
|10-04-2013 05:57 PM|
Just someone to be a friend to my gsd for when I can't cater to her needs all the time as she is very high energy....
Don't get me wrong, she is very well looked after. 2 walks a day, excercise and exploration, play time a few times a day...
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