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06-01-2014 09:26 AM
faileh
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Originally Posted by Cara Fusinato View Post
The breeder would know best on the dynamics.

Let me say if you approach the female entirely different you will be much more successful. Boys are your itty bitty baby goofballs (even if they are big). Boys are your children, the perpetual toddler or 5 year old. Girls, girls are your bestie girlfriend. You will butt heads, disagree, she will throw tantrums and be manipulative to get her way, but when you treat them as your best friend, they work their hearts out for you. It's all about respect -- earn theirs and give yours.

My sheltie is a good example. We were not gelling as a team in class, she and I were having a power struggle at home, it was off. A vet who is a sheltie show person explained the smart-girl-dog brain. I immediately stopped treating her as the baby and started treating her as a clever girl in a small body and we clicked and turned the dynamic around instantly. You can baby the boy, but you have to respect the girl and they will work their heart out for you
This^! My girl is this exact way. Problem is I baby her just a bit(oops!).
05-31-2014 11:54 PM
Katerlena I think it depends more on the personality of the dog than gender. While gender comes into play my current female is very sweet and docile and loves affection and is my shadow. Of course the environment and bonding is important too. I think you will find a male or a female GSD a wonderful companion no matter what the gender. Good luck!
05-31-2014 11:35 PM
TwoBigEars I have a male and a female GSD, and my female is far more velcro and bonded. My male is almost five and my female two and a half, and she is a lot more mature yet still playful. I once heard someone say something to the effect of "my females grew up quickly, while the males were still running into the screen door". :P Wish I could remember who said that, but it stuck with me and seems very true!

For my mom and her dogs, it is the opposite - the female is aloof and "whatever" and the males are very needy and bonded. She has border collie mixes.

Anyway, you'll find people who've succeed with all combinations - male-male, male-female, female-female, multiples of each, etc.
05-31-2014 06:08 PM
SuperG
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Originally Posted by Shade View Post
Opposite sex pairings always have a higher chance of succeeding when there's only two involved.



Has been my observation as well.

SuperG
05-31-2014 05:49 PM
Audie1 I have always had male dogs, but am the proud dad of a new (9 weeks) female GSD and I absolutely love her. She is very affectionate and even at her young age, doesn't leave my side.

I suppose, just like anything else, your mileage will vary, but I adore my girl
05-27-2014 11:46 AM
jrennie15 Thanks for the advice everyone, the people on this board are so helpful!
05-23-2014 07:43 PM
Amurphy26 I've always had males and love their goofiness. When we got our pup we already had two males and all the books said we should get a female pup. Well we did and I love her. She is like Velcro, is responsive, protective and at times goofy but next time, I'll stick to males. No matter what the books say, it's personal preference.


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05-21-2014 05:26 PM
Cara Fusinato The breeder would know best on the dynamics.

Let me say if you approach the female entirely different you will be much more successful. Boys are your itty bitty baby goofballs (even if they are big). Boys are your children, the perpetual toddler or 5 year old. Girls, girls are your bestie girlfriend. You will butt heads, disagree, she will throw tantrums and be manipulative to get her way, but when you treat them as your best friend, they work their hearts out for you. It's all about respect -- earn theirs and give yours.

My sheltie is a good example. We were not gelling as a team in class, she and I were having a power struggle at home, it was off. A vet who is a sheltie show person explained the smart-girl-dog brain. I immediately stopped treating her as the baby and started treating her as a clever girl in a small body and we clicked and turned the dynamic around instantly. You can baby the boy, but you have to respect the girl and they will work their heart out for you
05-21-2014 03:33 PM
DixieGSD I have a female but I am no expert this is just my personal experience with her and she is very affectionate, velcroey and protective. She is not mean what so ever And she's very silly/goofy. She does however like to be outside a lot and does entertain herself If we're busy at the time, but every 10 mins she runs in and checks on me to make sure I'm still ok . I have not owned a male gsd before (Dixie is my first) so I really don't know the difference between them.
05-21-2014 12:24 PM
GSDAlphaMom I have always had both genders (currently have 3m & 3f). Females are just as velcro as male. The difference for me is the boys are needy and smothering. The girls are velcro but not needy. I'll always have both but if forced to choose it would be female.
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