Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
If they are fixed, it will probably be fine. You will never know until you try, but plenty of people have two males fine, and plenty of people have different sexes that fight. I had two intact males and had two issues over time. First, once the younger of the two started lifting his leg (around 6 months), both males were marking in the yard nonstop. They didn't mark indoors, but I have a small yard and they would basically take turns marking the same spot 4-6 times each time they went outside. Then, when the younger male turned 2, he became very aggressive toward the other male, started fights anytime they were close or someone slipped up and they got in the same room. I ended up placing the younger dog with a good friend who had a much better setup for separating multiple dogs and had other dogs that he did get along with. Throughout this time I also had an older neutered male and he has never been a problem with any dog I've had, intact or neutered. Now I again have two male GSDs (older neutered male, 6 year old intact male GSD, and 18 month old neutered male GSD) but do not have any problems. The younger dog is not picking fights, and neutering one of them preventing the constant marking issue. I do not leave them together unattended while I'm at work, but they are not supervised together when I'm home and are fine. They've had a few spats but all for a reason (like tugging the same toy and escalating). In raising the younger male, I've made a point to use very different toys and rewards, so I can go out and play fetch or throw stuff in the lake with both dogs and they ignore each other and aren't fighting over toys. This has helped immensely. I no longer deal with two male GSDs constantly racing each other to toys or "pecking" at each other. If I throw Nikon's toy, Legend just stands there looking at me until I throw his. There is no competition and they aren't drowning each other in the water.