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Posted: 9/4/2012 11:24:32 AM
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I'm going to get a German Shepherd because its my favorite dog, and I live on a farm so a big dog will have plenty of room to roam. I live in the country where there's no street lights but apparently just as much crime as the city these days. I have two small kids but I'm sure if I get a pup ill be able to train him not to look at them as varmints. I've had dogs all my life but never a GS. I want a family dog but I also want some help with security at night as I don't see as well in the dark as a dog. Do I want a male or female? Anybody have any experience with them? First thought is male but could be swayed.
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Mya says girls are better! She is about 4 months in this photo
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Posted: 9/4/2012 9:20:21 PM
Do you have any other dogs? If not get both.
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Posted: 9/4/2012 9:32:10 PM
I butted heads with my male for awhile. I think it took him a bit to realise who the alpha was in the house. After that was established, he became a good follower. My female fell right into the pecking order. My male is very outgoing. My female is laid back and let's situations come to her and reacts accordingly. She is half the size of my male, but I have seen her put him in his place.
Male, larger, very outgoing, at times harder to deal with. Yet still a great protector.
Female, smaller, calmer, when forced to react she does with fierceness.
I honestly think my female is more dangerous than my male. I would feel sorry for anyone that backs her into a corner. However, I don't think my male would ever be backed into a corner.
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Posted: 9/4/2012 9:43:06 PM
Male if you have no other dogs...once broke he will be your best friend. Please buy from a good breeder who guarantees hips...way to many breeders out there that have screwed over the breed. It sucks having to put down a 2 year old dog due to genetic issues. Save the heart break and and pay the extra cash...go with a reputable breeder.
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Posted: 9/4/2012 9:58:34 PM
My female GSD is the best "Kid dog" ive seen. She will stay with kids if their is distance between us and will go with the kid who is distanced from me. Its uncanny really.
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Posted: 9/4/2012 10:31:08 PM
Have had a Male and Females....

Both are great at protection and family dogs. My male marked everything and the female was less aggressive. But that was just my kids....


More importantly, if you are thinking of a GSD, what kind of vacuem do you own? I recomend Thermax or Rainbow.
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Posted: 9/5/2012 9:01:23 PM
I've seen alot of male and female GSD, and observed great variation in the temperament of both sexes. There are family oriented, docile males and aggressive, dominant females. However, I've seen several dominant males which were a hand-full for even an experienced trainer, whereas I have not seen a female with dominance issues that were not easily overcome (they more easily submit to the handler).
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Posted: 9/6/2012 9:20:58 AM
Have had both males and females in the house for the last 13 years and without question, the females have always been the 1st to alert to something being out of the ordinary on "their" turf.

Don't see the kids being an issue, he/she or both will consider the kids theirs in short order and them to their list of things to stand guard over.

We love all animals, but in our eyes, there in other breed than a GSD.

Best of luck, post pics!
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Posted: 9/6/2012 2:01:53 PM
Originally Posted By yellowrexsi:
I butted heads with my male for awhile. I think it took him a bit to realise who the alpha was in the house. After that was established, he became a good follower. My female fell right into the pecking order. My male is very outgoing. My female is laid back and let's situations come to her and reacts accordingly. She is half the size of my male, but I have seen her put him in his place.
Male, larger, very outgoing, at times harder to deal with. Yet still a great protector.
Female, smaller, calmer, when forced to react she does with fierceness.
I honestly think my female is more dangerous than my male. I would feel sorry for anyone that backs her into a corner. However, I don't think my male would ever be backed into a corner.


Sounds about right. The old saying is that male dogs fight more, but female dogs play for keeps.

If you don't already have another dog, then choosing male/female isn't as important. Male will be bigger, and in general will mature more slowly and be a clown for longer.
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Posted: 9/6/2012 2:04:10 PM
Go with male.

You have to SPEND A LOT OF TIME with him. Once you have a good bond, and he knows who is boss, he will be the best pup you've ever had.

My boy never leaves my side. He will barrel over anything in his path if I get up from my chair because he MUST be by my side.


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Posted: 9/6/2012 2:04:31 PM

Originally Posted By NCUrk:
Have had a Male and Females....

Both are great at protection and family dogs. My male marked everything and the female was less aggressive. But that was just my kids....


More importantly, if you are thinking of a GSD, what kind of vacuem do you own? I recomend Thermax or Rainbow.



so true
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Posted: 9/6/2012 5:32:00 PM
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So shedding is an issue I take it? Well if we survived Simon the white cat I suppose we will be OK. I'm leaning toward female I suppose, after all its my first so if they're easier to train its kind of a no brainer I guess. I think the "shock and awe" of a big GSD is probably all that would be needed for security around the place anyway. I look forward to seeing my kids wallowing around with her. Ill definitely keep the hip thing in mind and look for a reputable breeder as well. I guess that goes for all large breeds.
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Posted: 9/6/2012 5:40:11 PM
Thanks for the pics. Reminding me more and more of the GSD my grandparents had when I was growing up and what a good dog he was.
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Posted: 9/6/2012 5:50:31 PM
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:

Originally Posted By NCUrk:
Have had a Male and Females....

Both are great at protection and family dogs. My male marked everything and the female was less aggressive. But that was just my kids....


More importantly, if you are thinking of a GSD, what kind of vacuem do you own? I recomend Thermax or Rainbow.



so true


Yep. But I wouldn't trade my little buddy for anything in the world, shedding or not.
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Posted: 9/6/2012 9:14:05 PM
Originally Posted By DevilPig:
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:

Originally Posted By NCUrk:
Have had a Male and Females....

Both are great at protection and family dogs. My male marked everything and the female was less aggressive. But that was just my kids....


More importantly, if you are thinking of a GSD, what kind of vacuem do you own? I recomend Thermax or Rainbow.



so true


Yep. But I wouldn't trade my little buddy for anything in the world, shedding or not.


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Posted: 9/7/2012 5:12:33 PM
Originally Posted By ClinchMtnman:
So shedding is an issue I take it?


Some people call them "German Shedders" for a reason.
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Posted: 9/7/2012 10:57:24 PM
You will definitely need some sort of high-capacity, pre-ban assault vacuum to deal with the neverending zombie hair.
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Posted: 9/9/2012 8:47:30 PM
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You will definitely need some sort of high-capacity, pre-ban assault vacuum to deal with the neverending zombie hair.


Damn straight. Dyson Animal gets it done for the hair assault my boy does to the house. Wouldn't trade him for the world though.

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Posted: 9/9/2012 8:53:32 PM
We had a rescue female GSD. She is fiercely protective, amazingly loving and alot of work for us. She was badly abused before we got her, so training has been difficult. But, what she deems hers to protect, she does so like no dog I have ever seen. I have had to replace 2 windows in my Subaru because she has broken them. Never bitten anyone, but is pants-shitting scary when angry. Very very intimidating as she is almost completely black.

Great dog, very very smart and easy to train. Can't go wrong with a well bred GSD.
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Posted: 9/10/2012 11:34:59 AM
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I love my kids, but this is the truth....



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Posted: 9/10/2012 11:39:43 AM

Originally Posted By dbrowne1:
You will definitely need some sort of high-capacity, pre-ban assault vacuum to deal with the neverending zombie hair.
Yep, we have a dyson, but we have just come to accept that our not-so-cheap hardwood floors will just be full of dog hair....

I still love the old boy though.

Notice the hair on the floor....



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Posted: 9/12/2012 10:44:11 PM
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:

Originally Posted By dbrowne1:
You will definitely need some sort of high-capacity, pre-ban assault vacuum to deal with the neverending zombie hair.
Yep, we have a dyson, but we have just come to accept that our not-so-cheap hardwood floors will just be full of dog hair....



I have a Dyson Animal DC-25. It's barely a match for my dog, who sheds enough undercoat annually to recarpet Buckingham Palace.

Nice ears on your GSD, by the way. That's what a GSD should look like.
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I'm on my second DC-17 Animal.

The male v. female question gets asked frequently here. My observations and experience are very close to AlanD's. Every dog is different so we can only speak in generalities. That said, the serious dogs who really bring it are males. Just look at the winning dogs in Schutzhund and other working dog competitions; they are dominantly males.

While it is true that males can be more difficult, I would still recommend you get a male. Just don't buy on impulse. Visit your local SchH clubs and see what dogs you like and take it from there. Be prepared to wait from a few weeks to up to a year for the right pup. In the long run, it is worth it.
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Posted: 9/20/2012 12:47:01 PM

Originally Posted By dbrowne1:
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:

Originally Posted By dbrowne1:
You will definitely need some sort of high-capacity, pre-ban assault vacuum to deal with the neverending zombie hair.
Yep, we have a dyson, but we have just come to accept that our not-so-cheap hardwood floors will just be full of dog hair....



I have a Dyson Animal DC-25. It's barely a match for my dog, who sheds enough undercoat annually to recarpet Buckingham Palace.

Nice ears on your GSD, by the way. That's what a GSD should look like.
Thanks!

Yea, we could probably make two more GSDs of my boy's shed every month.

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Posted: 11/5/2012 3:20:24 PM
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I was raised around GSDs and currently have a male and female. Definitely research excellent breeders and pay the extra cash, no matter the gender.
As for which is better, in my experience, males are more protective off the bat (especially if you have kids they have bonded with). However, I have had a few females that were more protective than males, after they had had a litter or two. Especially if you have kids and the female bonds with them.
The main point, spend a ton of time with a GSD and get it to bond with you and yours. After that, their protection is instinctual
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