I have a small - 65 lbs, rescue, black and tan, GSD, spayed female, about two years old. Bella by name. I have had her for about three months and she is a love. I can launch a ball, take walks and play tug with her but I don't think that is enough exercise for her. When she plays with other dogs she gets more exercise in a few minutes than I can give her in an hour's worth of play with me.
I have been toying with the idea - a dangerous concept for me - of another GSD in the spring. I have been reading on rescue sites things like. '... should be placed in a home with a dominant male. Or... should be the only animal in the house.' Bella is definitely a dominant girl. I have never seen her in a play situation where she wasn't mounting, mouthing the other dog's throat with the other dog on its back or hitting them with her paws. She always seems to prevail. I joke that some dog should knock her on her butt to let her know she can't always be the boss.
So the question becomes what temperment of dog should I look for? Submissive male or female? Dominant male or female? Older or younger? I don't have a clue and would like to have our potential living situation work. I would also like to rescue the potential partner.
The manifest objective is exercise. Maybe.. Just maybe mind you ... I would like to have a second dog.