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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Is 3 gsds of which 2 are males too much

Thinking of getting back to having 3 dogs again- My 3.5 year old male died in January and never got along or accepted my now 8 month old pup. My female has finally come around that she plays with him. The 3 dogs were big time work bc we had to keep the pup separated from the other two dogs including different walks. The vet/behaviorist we consulted with said at the time my older male was exhibiting fear aggression towards the pup- he is very dominant. It took a sell job on my wife to get the 3 and the experience was very very bad.
I would now look for a dog not much older than the pup and he must be dog friendly and maybe not a dominant personality. Had a discussion with a breeder who has such a dog.
SHOULD I QUIT WHILE I AM AHEAD- these dogs are pets/companions and are my hobby[I am retired and $ is not an issue] and give me great enjoyment and heartache. I do know that adding a third does not give one 50% more enjoyment - there is the law of diminshing returns.
My wife thinks I am CRAZY!!!!
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 09:08 PM
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Well if you have the time and the money I don't think your crazy but I am a little loony so maybe my opinion should not count
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As you couldn't get the first group to live peacably together, I wouild leave things as they are.

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It's different for everyone's situation. Some people can handle 10 dogs, some can't even handle one.

If your wife thinks you're crazy, does that mean she's not okay with adding another GSD?

Given that you have a 'dominant' pup already in the house, I would say to wait. At least until he's a bit older (maybe two), before adding another GSD. That's just my take on it though. I know a lot of dogs tend to sort their dominance by age, and if the newcomer pup is younger than your dominant dog, then there should (hopefully) be fewer issues.

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If the pup is dominant and you have a female already, adding another male to the mix sounds like it wouldn't be a very good idea. Not sure I'd add another female, either unless yours is passive enough to accept another. I love having 3 dogs, though! Two females and a male in my pack, they are fine together, as long as the submissive female stays that way.

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I think given the recent history with your dogs, the 2 you currently have just starting to get along, and having had no luck getting 3 to get along, it would be a wise choice for your family and existing dogs to leave it as it is. So yes, quit while you're ahead.


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I agree with the consensus - quit while you're ahead. How do you know your next experiment with 3 dogs would work out any better than the previous one did? Why not just enjoy the dogs you already have? Especially with one of them so young - don't you have a lot of training to do with him still?

You'll have plenty of time to consider adding to the pack when he's older and taking time away from him to train a new dog won't be an issue.

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I'll be the dissenting voice. Your male that died was the main cause of stress within your pack. The pup is dominant, yes, so if you found a submissive pup he would take well to that one and your female may well accept a submissive male pup easier than she did your 8 month old. But I personally prefer having several dogs in my home so for me 3 is easy!

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armauro, I'm not a jealous type of guy but for the first time in a while it hit. I went with Elly Mays vet to a guys house where people train dogs. Besides having a fenced off area to work with the dogs, he had a fence arround his house and 7 GSDs. Just thinking about that brings a smile to my face.

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I have 3 females and 1 male, I wish I would have stopped at the 3; knowing now that I should have fine tuned my pack before adding another rescue dog to the group.
We are in the same boat, retired and money not an issue. But my husband gets stressed with the "dog drama" some days, I do too.
If I were you, I would quit while you are ahead. You should work with the 2 you have and master their training.
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