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Anyone with experience of German shepherds, a little info please...

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by savannah, May 8, 2011.


  1. savannah

    savannah PetForums Member

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    So I currently have my dog Savannah who is a Jack russell/Staffy cross, and almost 2 1/2 years old.
    I would love to, in the near future get a German shepherd, as I love the breed. However I have no experience with owning this breed at all, so do not know if its a good idea or not.
    I would get a German shepherd as a puppy.

    Firstly I would like to ask if there would be any issue with a German shepherd living with my smaller dog?

    Would there be any problems if they were both females? Fighting etc.

    Would my older dog naturally be the top dog of the two as she is older, or would it be whoever has the stronger personality?
    My dog now is very submissive, and a little insecure around big dogs (due to a few bad experiences) Could this cause an issue between them?

    And generally how are German shepherds as a breed in a family with kids?

    Any experiences you can share on the breed, and any advice or tips with training or anything at all actually, just so I can get as much info I can to make the right decision.
     
  2. thedogsmother

    thedogsmother PetForums VIP

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    Gsds are great family dogs, I think people usually suggest not having two bitches as they can get aggressive with each other. As far as which dog becomes top dog that would depend entirely on the dogs characters, my dog isnt dominant but my bitch is even less dominant so they get on really well. People say you need to be firm with gsds but Ive found that as long as you are consistant with their trainging they are eager to please. They are highly intelligent dogs and need a lot of stimulation, so plenty of walks and my two need loads of off lead play. Try to remember that when you get your gsd she wont be a big dog so as she grows your dog will get used to her and the fact that shes a big dog wont come into it as she will just be a pack member to her.
     
  3. Matrix/Logan

    Matrix/Logan PetForums VIP

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    I have a gsd 2 years old, a gsd x malamute i year old and a lab x who is 4 years old. They are all neutered males and get on fine together.

    As far a topdog goes my 2 year old gsd is the boss. I have owned them all from puppies so it just goes to show that the character determines the place in the pack and not the age! :D

    I have heard bitches together are harder work than dogs together and bitches tend to disagree more but having never owned them i don't know, i have always had males together.

    Good luck with your search for a pup. Keep us posted. X
     
  4. petzplazaUK

    petzplazaUK PetForums Senior

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    i had sadie and sasha(both GSD) together and had no probs - the very rare odd scuffle but never came to much more a growl and a grab then its over and done with, only ever had to shout oi and it stopped
    now i have sasha and cassie together (both GSD again-sasha pined for sadie when she died) and no problems either once or twice had to shout at them to break up a scuffle usually around season time, there is about 4 yrs between each bitch(sasha is 9 cassie is 4) and tbh the older ones seem to have mothered the younger ones but usually the younger becomes top dog.
    i often see sasha cleaning cassie when its season time and have seen them snuggled up together, i cant take one out without the other because the one left behind will cry and howl so i would say very bonded
    the scuffles are nothing much more than if one went to take the others food and they get a warning type scuffle, they sleep,eat and play together and never had any serious problems- had all of them from pups, however years ago i had a rescue gsd male,a lurcher cross alsation and a rottie cross alsation(all males) and never had any problems there either
    the german shepherd temperament is pretty good they are loyal and loving, the children grew up with them and they tolerated everything thrown at them and moved away when they had enough- the kids were always told to respect them so that helped.somewhere i have a pic of my gsd being behind a babygate and my son (approx 1 yr old at the time) reading her a book through the gate and she looks as tho shes taking it all in, if they cried when they first started crawling she would whine at me to go them.

    i love GSD's lol, sadie lived with a yorkie cross terrier years ago (when he died she alerted us) and they got on fine-again she mothered him like he was her puppy.

    i honestly beleive its the way they are brought up and brought up together they learn boundaries so dont think you would have any problems if ur getting a puppy you will be fine, i agree they need boundaries and to be pulled up on them give an inch they will take a mile because of their intelligence. hope that helps
     
  5. savannah

    savannah PetForums Member

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    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences .:thumbup:
    You have all given me some really helpful information. Its all sounding good so far! Yay :D
     
  6. ClaireandDaisy

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    I got my first GSD a few months before I had my first baby. I have never regretted it.
    GSDs need a lot of work when young (or when rehomed) but they repay you for it.
    They bond closely with their owner. They will tolerate and protect your family but they will not see them as a substitute for Mummy (or Daddy) who is the reason for their existence.
    Once you have experienced the love of a Shep you will never want another breed of dog - except as a companion for yours.
    If neglected, isolated or mistreated they become aggressive and sad. A `bad` GSD is a mistreated GSD.
    They are intelligent, loyal and active and want to be your lifelong Best Friend.
    Can you tell I like them? :001_smile:

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  7. edidasa

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    shouldn't be a problem if you're raising from a puppy.
     
  8. snoopydo

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    I have a GSD and a parson jack russell I Will admit I've ony had sasha the GSD for 3 weeks but they get on brilliantly ( She was'nt new to me though as I've known her since she was 4 mths old) ....She's also met my Grandchildren and she was fine with no probs at all....Oh, Sam the J/R is a 6 year old Boy....Sasha is 11 months old.

    There's a pic of them below :)


    I love you pics Claireanddaisy :)
     
  9. savannah

    savannah PetForums Member

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    Im loving the photos.
    Claireanddaisy the baby and the dog aww :D
    snoopydo, love Sam standing right under Sasha lol, think my Savannah would do that, new bodyguard lol.

    Do any of you maybe think I should get a boy puppy (savannah is spayed) or would having another girl really not be an issue if they are raised together and have an age gap?

    Thanks for your help everyone.
     
  10. ClaireandDaisy

    ClaireandDaisy PetForums VIP

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    With a bitch I would have a male dog.
    My first GSD was a rehome, the second from a breeder and all the others were Rescues. The one from the breeder was the most trouble!
     
  11. haddy

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    i have two female dogs.
    One is the family pet, who is a female lurcher, we have had her from 6months old she is now 6 and a half, she dosnt like small dogs and she is very protective over our house & garden, so when i brought home my staffy puppy i thought i was going to have a massive challenge on my hands. At first, scruffy was very warey of her as she didnt know what to do with her but within a week, she was letting the puppy lie next to her and now they are best of friends, NEVER have fights, and scruffy treats her as if she is her own puppy, which is surprising as she was the most un-maternal dog i have ever seen. Scruffy as she was here first & is the more dominant one does however put mouse in her place if she goes to far with anything, but iv never had any problems.
     
  12. snoopydo

    snoopydo PetForums VIP

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    I love this pic too:) But believe me I don't think sam needs a Bodyguard.
    He's worse than any large Dog...I think he's braver than sasha :) He's a typical Terrier all mouth, Attitude and noise :)
     
  13. blade100

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    what beautiful family photos and gorgeous dogs.

    i agree with everything the others have said.
    u need to put a lot of time in with them for the 1st year i'd say of growing up and by that i mean training classes and socialising them with everyone and everything this mainly needs to be done at 8 weeks of age and upwards.
    i had blade from 6 weeks,put a lot of time in with him and now he's 6 yrs old he is a obidient loyal gsd,as long as he gets his regular walks twice a day and stick with his routine he is a happy boy.
     
  14. Pheonix*Ella

    Pheonix*Ella PetForums Junior

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    Pheonix*Ella PetForums Junior

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    The pic with the baby brought a tear to my eye!
     
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