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    Lightbulb Buying a 2nd Dog for My GSD... Which Breed?

    Just wondering if someone can help me as I'm having no luck finding what I want on the net...

    I have a 1 year old German Shepherd who has shared a pen with my sister-in-laws Poodle x shitzu since we got him.

    The poodle has now gone to another home as my sister-in-law couldn't look after him and my pup seems to be a bit lonely (ie. crying and running round in circles in the pen - as though he's looking for the other dog).

    Anyway, I want to get a second dog but I want to make sure the breed will get on well with my dog.

    I was thinking maybe a kelpie of some sort. Or will a kelpie be too boistrous when the German Shep gets older? Does anyone have any ideas on the breed I should get?

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    Dogs aren't normally fussy LOL
    It's up to you what breed YOU like.
    If they are introduced properly it should be fine. Some dogs hit it off and some take time.
    If you get a young puppy it's easier as the older one will teach it and protect it.

    In regards to a kelpie, unless you have acerage and can put your dog to work, there's a high chance that it may develop behavioural problems. Kelpies and cattle dogs aren't bred as pets, they are bred to work.

    I would also suggest getting the opposite sex as the GSD too.
    Last edited by puggerup; 06-05-2009 at 09:46 AM.

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    A kelpie doesnt exactly need work to do, but they do need a lot of stimulation(preferable exercise) and training.
    The best place to find a 'pet' kelpie, is a shelter, most kelpie breeders breed to work.

    As Pugger said, dogs arnt very fussy, its your choice. Im bi-ased, but kelpies are amazing.
    Go to a shelter or the RSPCA, they will appreciate it!

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    Just get another gsd - but not if youre keeping your dogs caged

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    Basically any dog that your GSD will accept ( after proper into). It's very important that they get introduced properly.
    I have a stafford and got her a border collie x? x? pup for a buddy. I found 3 other dogs before her and once introduced none of them seemed right. The other dogs were either rough, not interestd etc. Just didn't feel right. Then we found the BCx pup and they were both interested in each other. I think that her being a pup helped as she'd follow the stafford around and do what she did.
    My advice-go to a shelter, introduce your dog to a few dogs and see the diff. in behaviour. I would also suggest you get a dog younger dog then yours. But the right older dog will be fine too. And don't forget to treat your GSD as top dog. eg. 1st to eat, 1st to have it's lead put on etc.
    I'd also suggest that your new dog is opposite sex to your GSD but that might not matter with the right dog. I have 2 girls and they're fine, at least most of the time.
    If you go and meet some dogs you'll get a gut feeling followed by proper intro you might be suprised at what steals yours and your GSDs heart.
    Good luck! Let us know how you go...

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    important thing to note, GSD are quite sensitive when playing, and my mastiff is very boisterous and is always managing to make her limp or yelp. so stay away from heavy boisterous breeds. I have a short haired border collie that she loves and they are kennel mates (kennel being 1 acre of fenced yard with covered area). They get on really well!

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    BAHAHAHHAHAHA - your girl might be different but from what Ive seen gsds love a good rough play - lots of growling and biting and wrestling.

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