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My BIL has a Schipperke and, maybe it would be better with the reverse situation, but she does not get along with my GSP pup. Again, could be because she's an adult- 4 or so- and is not used to annoying, big puppies. She in no way acts like a "big dog in a small package" - does the little dog growling and snapping.
Because they need training, and most people donít train small dogs.


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I know why you returned them. I'm just saying you've returned 3 in 7 years so maybe really give this decision some more thought.
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So why do you have a problem with returning a dog with OCD (genetic bone disease) and HOD? They just couldn't thrive in an active environment and needed a calm living situation. Maybe you haven't had to deal with a growing pup with genetic HOD and OCD. It was heartbreaking and sad but all true.

I also don't mean to be rude. But weren't there 2 others? PTS for health issues?
Maybe stick to 1 dog and live vicariously through the dogs and people you train
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Look into Schipperkes.
They are very compatible with GSDs. Big dog in a small package.
The only neighborhood little dog my gsds like is my next door neighbors schipperke.

With the OPís most recent struggles with Griff, albeit some being due to injury, any young medium to large breed puppy may present similar challenges and aggravate healed wounds. Labs are fun, but not necessarily easy, Iíve owned a few and donít recall them being any less work than my gsds. I get the whole second dogs thing though and the right fit might work, but you need to be honest with yourself on what you can handle.
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Cardigan welsh corgi? My handler breeds them, as well as GSDs, and I've fallen in love with those short-legged goof balls. Plus they have tails, lol.
They can be very stubborn and need a lot of exercise. I have two GSD friends with Corgis. They are much more difficult to train than their big dogs.
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Those are all good points. I have done this before and thought about different breeds. I always end up going back to German Shepherds because nothing else measures up against them.
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They can be very stubborn and need a lot of exercise. I have two GSD friends with Corgis. They are much more difficult to train than their big dogs.


I canít stand Pems. I have several friends that show them, and the ones we groom are terrible. Ah, but I love the Cardis!

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The only neighborhood little dog my gsds like is my next door neighbors schipperke.

With the OPís most recent struggles with Griff, albeit some being due to injury, any young medium to large breed puppy may present similar challenges and aggravate healed wounds. Labs are fun, but not necessarily easy, Iíve owned a few and donít recall them being any less work than my gsds. I get the whole second dogs thing though and the right fit might work, but you need to be honest with yourself on what you can handle.
Not getting any younger here. Schipperkes are on my list for when I start to downsize but I never got to meet one. What do you think about your neighbor's?

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The only neighborhood little dog my gsds like is my next door neighbors schipperke.

With the OPís most recent struggles with Griff, albeit some being due to injury, any young medium to large breed puppy may present similar challenges and aggravate healed wounds. Labs are fun, but not necessarily easy, Iíve owned a few and donít recall them being any less work than my gsds. I get the whole second dogs thing though and the right fit might work, but you need to be honest with yourself on what you can handle.
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They can be very stubborn and need a lot of exercise. I have two GSD friends with Corgis. They are much more difficult to train than their big dogs.
Interesting comment. If the other breeds are so much more difficult to train, I hear this from others too, then why are people investing so much time and resources training GSDs or recommending a lot of training? You would think that compared to other dogs then they would need less training.

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I canít stand Pems. I have several friends that show them, and the ones we groom are terrible. Ah, but I love the Cardis!
What are the major differences?
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The Pembrokes that I know are brats and just generally obnoxious. Very cute, to be sure. I have a couple of Cardigan breeder friends that started with Pems, and switched to the cardigans. They both said they were easier to deal with, easier to train.

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