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07-02-2014 09:41 PM
wolfy dog
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Originally Posted by Axel13 View Post
I think males are much more relaxed around each other. They seem to understand who is more dominant and the one time that my oldest male and my middle male have ever had a tiny scrap it was broken up with a firm 'no'.
That is my experience as well, as long as their ranks are not equal. I am sure it is not difficult to find a soft Collie male.
07-02-2014 08:31 PM
SuperG
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Originally Posted by wolfy dog View Post
Does anyone of you have experience with the combination of A Rough Collie and a GSD?
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Definitely get a female would be my suggestion......okay..couldn't help myself.

My Bro in law comes over all the time with 2 rough coat collies..a male and a female....I have an almost 2 year GSD bitch. My gal pretty much grew up with the 2 collies to date. Collies are as mellow as they come and might be a breed which I could claim as the polar opposite of a GSD..collies seem to be "easy" dogs to raise from pups...a lot less work than a GSD.

Anyway, the coexistence of the 3 is really decent...I think the mellowness of collies really help take the edge of a driven GSD. The male collie and my pooch completely are civil to each other...whereas the female collie and my bitch did go through a pretty classic phase of establishing a pecking order of sorts...I eventually stepped in and took control...it was a good experience as it allowed me to enhance the pecking order overall. I'm a bit of a wuss when I see my dog and another getting to a certain point physically...many might say it's all fine but like I say...I just don't want it to escalate....perhaps this behavior might be because both females are intact or the old " same sex dogs tend to spar more"...who knows? This phase is history now, they are very civil to each other.

I also share a long run of fencing with my neighbors and they have 3 dogs..one is a something or other..the second is a other or something and the third is a beautiful male rough collie about the same age as my girl. The other two dogs are pretty psycho at the fence but the collie is laid back..and so is my dog with him...I at times say they are "star crossed lovers"..their fence behavior is so relaxed.

If I were to get another dog for my girl...I'd get another GSD BUT...I could be persuaded to get a regal male rough coated collie.

All my opinion based on limited exposure to the 2 breeds coexisting.

SuperG
07-02-2014 08:01 PM
Axel13 I have 5 dogs. 2 male Shepherds and 1 female, a female Border Collie and a male Sheltie. My males get on so well together. My 2 youngest play so nicely together even though Axel weighs over 100 pounds and Simba only weighs 17 pounds. My females are another story. They've growled at each other many times and have had 2 fights.

I think males are much more relaxed around each other. They seem to understand who is more dominant and the one time that my oldest male and my middle male have ever had a tiny scrap it was broken up with a firm 'no'.

I think getting another male or a female will be just fine. It's 2 females in one house that can sometimes cause minor problems!
07-02-2014 07:14 PM
wolfy dog
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Originally Posted by Merciel View Post
I actually haven't seen a lot of same-sex aggression in Rough Collies, although I am far from an expert on that breed and most of my very limited experience is with conformation or conformation/performance dogs, none of whom were exactly dynamos of intensity in any regard (although some of the confo/perf dual-purpose dogs were perfectly nice in the ring).
I think a mellow male Collie will easily defer to the GSD, who will be an adult when that puppy shows/grows up.
07-02-2014 07:13 PM
wolfy dog
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Originally Posted by brembo View Post
Question: Is your house zoned for industrial production? Because an inspector could make the case that a GSD and a roughie in the same house is indeed a dog fur production facility.
Found a good way to deal with all that free floating hair: open up all the doors and the draft blows them outside, honestly true!
07-02-2014 06:47 PM
brembo I had a BC and a GSD at the same time. I was outsmarted at almost every juncture conceivable, but it was a fun battle. Rough Collies aren't quite as scheming and deviant as their cousins the Borders. They are tough as nails though, and great dogs.

Question: Is your house zoned for industrial production? Because an inspector could make the case that a GSD and a roughie in the same house is indeed a dog fur production facility.
07-02-2014 05:30 PM
Jax08
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Anyway, I think my only actual advice if you were going to try that pairing would be to get a backup vacuum cleaner, and then get a backup for your backup. And then maybe a backup for that one.
BEST advice EVER!
07-02-2014 05:28 PM
Merciel Anyway, I think my only actual advice if you were going to try that pairing would be to get a backup vacuum cleaner, and then get a backup for your backup. And then maybe a backup for that one.
07-02-2014 05:27 PM
Merciel I actually haven't seen a lot of same-sex aggression in Rough Collies, although I am far from an expert on that breed and most of my very limited experience is with conformation or conformation/performance dogs, none of whom were exactly dynamos of intensity in any regard (although some of the confo/perf dual-purpose dogs were perfectly nice in the ring).
07-02-2014 05:17 PM
Jax08 Mine were fun and anything but aloof. They thought they were lap dogs.
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