Virgil: What is a good companion dog for a German Shepherd?
We have a two-year-old female German Shepherd (Luna) who is very sociable and loves to play with other dogs. However, we cannot get another dog as large as Luna is because of the considerable damage that she has done to our home already. What is a good type of small to medium sized dog to pair with a German Shepherd, preferably one that is easily trained and is not too high energy?
Please be specific in your answer. Thank you!
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Answer by Curli
Just reading between the lines, if Luna has done damage to your house, it might be a good idea to get her under control before you bring in another dog in. ;-)
Assuming that the damage was done in the past and Luna is now under control, try a Basset. Bassets are small, low key and they get along well with other animals. (As the others suggested, you'll want to do the "meet and greet" to pick out the particular Basset.)
Answer by Campong T
Answer by Moli
Labs are really bad dogs, you cant train them for defense.
I used to have dobermans, they are great.
Answer by Glenn
Any. Dogs don't care. It's more about temperament. If they click they click. Take her to the shelter or Rescue so she can meet the available dogs. See who she gets along with best.
Answer by Launi Integrity is n
Every dog is different. Go down to your local shelter and pick out some dogs you find with a good temperament.
Then take Luna with you next trip and do a 'meet and greet'. The dogs will let you know.
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Answer by Laura Ke
Not all dogs do well with a companion. Some of them might have been abused or attacked by other dogs before, and now have no tolerance of other dogs. Actually, they can tolerate a second dog in the house but they won't be happy about it.
German Shepherds usually have a strong bond with their owners, and bringing a new dog into the home might make them feel jealous. On the other hand, dogs are social creatures, and a properly socialized dog should make friends with almost any other dog. Usually, dogs of opposite sex get along better than two dogs of the same gender. If you are not sure whether your German shepherd will accept a companion, bring a dog of the opposite sex.
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