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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-04-2015, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, new member here, sorry if I am posting in the wrong place, I have made the decision to add a german shepherd to my home, I have done all of my research etc and will be going for a puppy rather than rescue this time - I currently have a labrador who will be 5 years old by the time I get the puppy - she has been spayed, so I am now trying to decide on which sex would be best male or female, I had assumed a male would be best with already having a female but hearing and reading all sorts of conflicting information regarding male and female - has anyone got any advice on the differences between male and female and which would be best suited considering I already have a female
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Get a male. I have seen and heard of too many same-sex aggression issues with two females. Although it does work in many cases, when it doesn't work it REALLY doesn't work.
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Over the years I've had male/female; female/male; female/female; female/female; female/female/male; female/female; female/male; female/female. All was fine. You might have a problem if you were introducing an adult of the same sex but puppies introduced to an older dog of the same sex (as far as females go anyway) seem to do fine.
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There's more risk adding another female. They may be fine forever or for some time ..even years and then same-sex aggression is suddenly an issue. The safer bet is male.
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Get a male. I have seen and heard of too many same-sex aggression issues with two females. Although it does work in many cases, when it doesn't work it REALLY doesn't work.
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Yep....this ^^^
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Male for the reason mentioned. Also, with a male - he may give her protection comfort when she gets older as she is 5 years
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For us, males have always been easier. I would never have two females together unless I was sure they would get along. How does your Lab react to other female dogs?
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Get a male! Dynamics will work out much easier in the future!

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I would go for a male. I have 2 females who don't get along at all. I have to keep a door between them at all times just in case. My males all get along with eah other and with my two females
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Generalizations and stereotypes aside, no difference between males and females. But since you already have a female dog in the house, I'd say definitely go with a male.

Just because some people have female/female dynamics that work well doesn't mean that is always the case.


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