MID-KENTUCKY GERMAN SHEPHERDS

Breeders of Quality German Shepherds

In the Heart of Kentucky

Considering 2 or more Females??
You might have heard that if you have one female dog and are thinking of getting another, you should get a male. Whoever told you that was probably right. Females are, in our experience and research, more territorial and more likely to spar. I am not saying you can’t put two or more together, I have four. But I think you should have a good understanding of pack dynamics and work from day one to keep the rough play to a minimum.

 When you look at the hormones of females that go in to heat in that mix – watch out! We work hard at controlling our pack and they will never act out in front of male in the pack. Although in our mind Debbie is the head of the pack however the alpha position is vied for between Candy and Dutchess, depending on what combination are in the field together. Funny though, in the house they are all perfect little lambs, hmm wonder if that has anything to do with their favorite filled treat jar only open able by Debbie or Jim. They remind me of Nellie Olsen in front of her mother from Little House on the Prairie, Sweet little innocent things, then become little monsters behind mommas back. They do keep me busy and laughing.

We don’t want to dissuade you from picking a female and if your females do spar, it does not mean they are vicious dogs – it is simply natural. I have heard of them actually getting very vicious with each other to the point of injuries, and I have worked hard to never to get to that point  at our home.  Jim and I both have been known on more than one occasion to fly out of the house, dropping everything to go kennel a dog quickly. However, we mention this because if you are looking at German Shepherd Puppies, this issue should be on your mind. It will likely be far easier if you have two dogs of the opposite sex.

I don’t have two males or experience with them. I have heard this is not really a problem with the boys like the girls.

Each of our females has a different personality and we have a lot of fun watching the pack dynamics. Debbie makes sure that there is never any question in the pack about who is truly the head of it, but we really enjoy watching the rest of the interactions. As you probably imagine, we see a lot of cute stuff on a daily basis. Although what we wrote above about female dogs fighting is true, our females Candy and Heidi are best friends, but independent of each other want to be the boss of the others. They play together all day long every day trying to see who can get the most number of pets out of me.

 Working hard with your female German Shepherd Puppies early on can help prevent problems later. This was the case with Candy and Heidi. Heidi truly could overtake Candy due to her size and strength if she wanted too.  But the early socialization and daily interactions curtailed that.

Now Candy just has decided she doesn’t like Dutchess. It has been sudden and for no apparent reason. Dutchess is such a sweet girl it just doesn’t make sense. Candy is just going to through her weight around and push Dutchess around for the fun of it I guess. So for now they just don’t get to play together. Again Dutchess could take Candy out with a good jumping on, but the sweet girl doesn’t  This just gives me a new area of training and work to do with this pair. The work never ceases with them, and I just love it. But I mention it, as it may not be something most people want to spend their time working out with a pair of girls.

Mostly though they all just love to chase and play with each other and vie for Barons attention. They all sped a lot of time flirting with him.  We enjoy (almost) every minute of having these girls and love them.

One of the hardest things about having German Shepherd Females is maintaining pack order. If we just kenneled our dogs I guess we wouldn’t have this problem. But I just don’t believe in keeping a dog locked up in a kennel or cage. That is no way to treat a family member.