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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-12-2017, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Male or female gsd for guarding/personal protection

Is there a difference?My cousin has a female pitbull and told me that females are more protective , because they have the "mothers instict".Does he know his stuff or is he talking nonsense?Thanks
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Your cousins's comment is interesting. I would think it would depend on the dog's temperament.

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It really depends on the dog. I'd say overall, IME males are far better for PP than females. You can find some good females, but it would be easier to find a good male. I think the "females are more protective" is an old wives tale.
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Why are males better, @Slamdunc? Don't police forces use predominantly males? If so, why? or maybe I got that wrong
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^^^ Yup, that is a big part of it.

Males are generally larger, stronger and more aggressive. Males do not go into heat and you don't have to deal with a female that may become flaky during her heat cycle. Don't get me wrong, there are some strong females out there. But, I would prefer a male for a PP dog.

Yes, most Patrol K-9's are male. For pretty much the reasons stated above; size, aggression and strength. I rarely see females for sale when testing and selecting dogs for patrol work. A really good, strong female is worth much more to a breeder than a one time sale. They keep those dogs back for breedings and make more money. That is another reason that we do not see a lot of females offered for Patrol work. You don't see the goose that is laying the golden eggs.

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I'm with these guys. I wouldn't trade my f emale for the world, but I always steer people towards males. The dogs I hold, raise or anything else with the intention of PPD/LE is a male.
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Oh yeah I didn't think of that...they wouldn't want to sell a good female, they'd want to breed her.
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