|01-06-2014 06:08 PM|
Now my GSD/Rottie mix and my chow mix (both males) were highly location territorial. Much more than any of my females were. I always heard that males were location protective and females were pack protective (of course if the pack is in the house, then they become protective of that). My males only acted territorial at home...anywhere else and they didn't have a protective bone in their bodies.
|01-05-2014 10:24 PM|
|meek||my female is very aggressive. don't mess with her.|
|12-30-2013 08:30 AM|
Of the 4 dogs I have had....3 females and 1 male. The only one which decided to "rabbit" on me was the male. A bitch in heat a block or so away makes for a dog which doesn't want to stick around and will amaze you at his leaping ability to clear a fence. Luckily, we got our boy back after his escapades trying to woo the bitch in heat but while he was gone, it was horrible.
Supposedly, females are a bit more territorial as someone earlier mentioned and I have noticed that to be true with our female Shepherds.
Overall, it's a personal preference and either gender will make excellent companions.
If the size of the GSD is of significance, I have experienced that female longstocks tend to be a bit "butchy" and not as feminine as their standard coat peers. The first coat I had was nicknamed " butchy chiquita" by the breeder. Of the 3 female longstock GSDs I have had, the first two were about 82-85 lbs ( same bloodline and American bred ) my current longstock at 16 months is 76 lbs ( WGSL ). All 3 dogs were lean and most always called "He" by others until they heard their names. Maybe all that extra fur weighs a lot
|12-29-2013 08:57 PM|
I have always preferred a male GSD, but can't really say why. My Jack is a handful, no doubt... But that's down to his poor breeding, and my inexperience as a trainer... not his sex. My Ma, on the other hand, prefers the females. IDK, the only real difference I've seen between her bitches and my dogs is their size (not much), and the masculinity or femininity of their appearance (far more recognizable).
But when I decided to try a different breed, and chose a Weimaraner, I KNEW I wanted female. It was a size thing... But in that breed it's a 35-50 lb size difference between the sexes. With GSDs, not nearly as much. Still, if you want bulk and heft, go male. If you want pretty and agility, go female. But as for personality, trainability, protectiveness, loyalty, intelligence, anything else that matters, well... a well bred GSD is a GSD is a GSD. I think Merciel's posts are the most informed
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|12-29-2013 03:57 PM|
I have 3 males. 2 are german shepherds and one is a yellow lab. Also have 1 female german shepherd. It's like this. When were watching tv at night, the males are passed out, and my female is at Guard 24/7. She hears every single noise in the house and outside. When I put all my dogs out at night to pee, My female looks to the left then to the right, to the left /right. She scopes the property out constantly! Not saying my males aren't protective, don't get me wrong. But I personally think the female just have that natural instinct.
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|12-29-2013 02:59 PM|
|sourdough44||I'll go with the female.|
|12-17-2013 03:52 PM|
|12-17-2013 03:45 PM|
I've been wondering about this too.
I like female pets. I've always had them. Our male pets haven't had a ton of use for either of us (although very entertaining).
On the other hand, my husband wants a male, so there is that. I keep hearing anecdotal evidence that a male dog will bond more to me while a female might bond to my husband, that a male is more affectionate and eager to please, that a male will jump to protect his female owner sooner.
I am not quite sure how much credence to lend all of that. I kind of suspect that there may well be tendencies but individual dogs are a crapshoot (just like with everything else), and that I would probably be very happy with either.
|12-12-2013 11:28 AM|
|BriskaBoo13||If you are not 100% sure you are getting a pup from this breeding you can always not specify a gender so if more people are wanting a male than female and more females are born then you can get a female or visa versa. That would be what I would do if you aren't sure what gender you want|
|12-12-2013 11:23 AM|
|LaRen616||I will always choose male over female.|
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