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    Question 2nd Dog to Go with German Shep?

    So my husband and I have started thinking that maybe in a years time we might get a 2nd dog.

    My questions are:

    Which breeds would go best with a GSD?

    If we went with a dog from the RSPCA should I get a dog younger than Troopa?

    Should it be a smaller breed than he is or of similar size?


    Just wanting to get my research started early. Please feel free to give me your opinions on the best time frame to bring a 2nd dog into the home as well

    TIA.

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    You need to consider choosing a dog with the same or lower energy levels than Troopa. The reason I am saying this is because Troopa will be the "established" dog in your household and you don't want to add a dog with higher levels or energy...this might cause trouble.

    If it was me...I would choose a dog of the same or similar size...simply because of the way they play etc.

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    Well I had Roly, and then we got Lady. Different sizes, different energy levels. And they were always good together.
    Im glad you're considering a shelter
    I actually don't think it matters a great deal.
    I just wouldn't go any smaller than a medium size.
    Blue Heeler, Kelpie, Golden Retriever, Staffy etc. anything that size and bigger should work well with Trooper.
    I know you're not looking now, but here is a list of all the dogs/pups up for adoption is South Aus.
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    I reckon all those dogs except the Chihuahua X, the Poodle X and the Shih Tzu.
    Again, I know I know I know its not for a while, but im just trying to give you an idea
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    Ok you want to hear a bonkers combination...

    I have a friend whose first dog was a golden retriever and next dog a GSD, and when the GR died, she got a small white fluffy terrier who is quite assertive but doesn't do much as far as helping the GSD exercise. Fortunately GSD will chase and fetch a ball. If Frosty doesn't nick it.

    I got Frosty from AWL Wingfield. I did look at the RSPCA but didn't find any dog I wanted. Wingfield seemed better laid out with more choice (oh dear). But I've had friends who have had good experience with RSPCA and poor with AWL - the opposite of me, so I guess it depend who you get on the day. Go many times to get used to their systems.

    I've seen a few Kelpie GSD x - I reckon they'd go well. Small enough not to be boss but fast enough to get themselves out of trouble.

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    my gsd hates smaller dogs, shes petrified of them and gets all bent out of shape.. Bigger dogs she submits to and just rolls over, she's quite happy to not be the alpha, but smaller dogs and cats make her freak out (thanks to our cat loki who's put her into place lol)

    I'd be getting a female, and probably a younger dog, if you put male and male aren't they more likely to fight for dominance? And if you get an older dog wouldn't the older dog try and be the elder (ala leader?)

    Would you not want to get another GSD?

    I could be completely wrong in my thinking, but thats what im lead to believe in pack mentality

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    p.s kelpie x gsd rocks!! (though ima bit bias) although i've had 2 vets swear to me she's a gsd x greyhound so i have no idea anymre :P

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    Hi Jodz

    Both the RSPCA at Lonsdale and AWL at Wingfield - expect you to take any current family dog with you to help choose any new addition to the family. A very good idea given it won't work if current dog hates the new dog.

    I know lots of people with two of the same sex dog - both desexed, that have worked. It entirely depends on the dogs. My neighbour's beagles are both girls (desexed) and my other neighbours small fluffies are both boys. In fact quite a few have two male dogs (desexed).

    The GSD and the SWF (small white fluffy) that live happily together are both desexed females.

    I personally like girl dogs - more tummy to rub. I don't think Frosty has a preference though the boy dogs are slightly more likely to pee on her head - she gets a bit carried away when it comes to sniffing things...

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    If Troopa is well socialised and mentally stable (ie no issues with certain breeds or sizes) then it shouldn't matter. I have Mia with 2 Lab x's. She has been around Great Danes, Other GSD's, small terrier types, basically a wide range of sizes and breeds, and she has no issue with any of them. I know Occy had 2 desexed male GSD's for a long time, and they got along just fine. I have 2 girls and a boy.... It all comes down to personal preference.

    Personally, I would get a pup, if Troopa will only be around 2, he's still young, and this way they can work out their pack order....

    Just my personal oppinion, I'm sure others have their own.

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    Jodz, I was thinking of going with the female/male because of the whole dominance thing
    I would love another purebred GSD but it's looking like we'll be getting a dog from a shelter next time around. Perhaps a GSD X.

    Myf, thanks for the link. That cream coloured GSD X is gorgeous.

    Hyacinth, that's great that they expect you to take in the dog you have already. Then at least we'll know the dogs can get along before taking a new addition home.

    Goodiesgirl, Troopa will be starting obedience training in a couple of months time so he will definitely be getting socialised with other dogs.
    Will definitely look into younger dogs when we begin our search.

    Clea, I don't think any dog has higher energy levels than Troopa at the moment. We've just hit the puppy crazies age, so entertaining to watch him zooming around the backyard at fullspeed hahaha.
    Of course he will have settled down a bit by the time we get a new dog though. Are there any particular breeds that are known for their high energy levels that I should perhaps avoid?


    ETA just noticed that the cream GSD X from Myf's link is gone. Not surprising really, she was a beautiful pooch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megan View Post
    Clea, I don't think any dog has higher energy levels than Troopa at the moment. We've just hit the puppy crazies age, so entertaining to watch him zooming around the backyard at fullspeed hahaha.
    Of course he will have settled down a bit by the time we get a new dog though. Are there any particular breeds that are known for their high energy levels that I should perhaps avoid?
    I actually don't think it is a "breed" thing...I would choose with an individual dog in mind. Some Labradors are high energy...other are not etc. Some breeds have a disposition to be higher energy than other (due to what they were bred for in the first place).

    Mostly...there has to be a connection between the dogs...they need to click. Then it doesn't matter if it is the ugliest thing in the shelter...it needs to work for Troopa

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