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Question Decision made for us.

I put up a post yesterday, regarding a lovely one year old GR girl being rehomed. I had left two messages for the owner on this brand new listing for this girl, plus left a message on her mobile phone. We had not heard back from her, so phoned again tis morning, as requested in listing, & was to,d the girl is being picked up today. Seems to me that since she only listed this lovely young girl yesterday, she has just given her away to the first interested person, without carefully vetting the new home she is going to. I do hope it works out for this girl. Would hate to see her listed again in a couple of weeks. I would have thought the owner would have cared enough to have spoken to all interested people, to see which would be he most suitable placement. So our decision regarding her, has sadly been made for us.

As my husband would love to have a German shepherd again, after tragically losing his eight month old GS many years ago, I have been looking at those available & have found one listed at a shelter twenty mins from us. She is five years old & says on the listing that she is good around other dogs & children. No mention of whether or not she is good around cats, so I have phoned he shelter & left a message to express our interest in Gypsy. At five years old, i am thinking that she would be relatively calm around a young puppy & may become a sort of mother figure? Would she still be quite playful at that age? There is also another younger GS girl listed for rehoming by her owner ....a year old, & has done obedience. Owner is wanting $500 for her. Have left a message on her phone ....no-one is at home ...so frustrating!

I know my husband would really love to have a boy, but I am really concerned that three male dogs in the family might have problems when Loki reaches adulthood. We will be neutering him at around ten months or a year old. I am sure it would be best to have a girl, if we decide to go ahead & add another dog to the family, as a play companion for young Loki. Would appreciate any advice on this. There is a very beautiful 14 month old GS male being sold by registered breeder ....I am guessing he was being kept as a potential stud, & she may have already mated him. He really is top quality stunning boy & she is asking $1000 for him, plus she lives a seven hour drive from us. It's a lot of money & a long way to travel. Breeder states that this boy has an amazing temperament & is very affectionate & great with other dogs. No mention of if he is good with cats. Does anyone reading this have a GS with their GR? Do the two breeds go well together? Male with male?

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Very sad for the Golden girl, I hope whoever got her will give her a good home.

I think you have the right idea about getting a female with your two boys. I am very rescue/adoption oriented so my personal opinion would be go see the female in the shelter first before you consider buying one. Maybe the shelter can cat test her for you. Would you be able to bring your dogs to meet her before considering adopting?

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Yes, the shelter offers a trial period in potential owners home. I have left a message on both their landline & their mobile, so hopefully I will hear back from them this afternoon. I think you are right re girl versus boy ....& if we are adding to our family, I would like a girl. Mind you, all our three cats are girls, so may e my hubby is thinking we should even things up lol. I am rather saddened by what has happened with the GR girl. I think it would have been great to have a second GR, & she looked very sweet & feminine.also had a different colouring to our boy. I love Loki so much, that the thought of two goldens is a most pleasant thought. I have never had a GS so they are an unknown quantity to me.
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Seems to me that since she only listed this lovely young girl yesterday, she has just given her away to the first interested person, without carefully vetting the new home she is going to. I do hope it works out for this girl. Would hate to see her listed again in a couple of weeks. I would have thought the owner would have cared enough to have spoken to all interested people, to see which would be he most suitable placement. So our decision regarding her, has sadly been made for us.
Don't assume the worst. Had you been selected for the girl, someone else could be saying the same about you. Paws crossed she's now in a permanent home & hopefully has been spayed so she doesn't end up with someone who has the grand idea to breed the family pet.
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Sadly the five year old GS girl at the shelter was not used to being around cats, & the lady in charge of the shelter said she was a lovely girl, but she would not trust her around cats. So that is out. I phoned another lady who had a one year old GS who had done obedience training, but that girl 'hated cats'. I now think it might be tricky finding an adult GS that i would be able to trust with our precious felines, so i have been looking into listings with slightly older GS puppies of 12-14 weeks old. All the GR babies are much younger, & having just gone through that early puppy stage, we don't want to do it again. 12-14 weeks would not be quite so bad, & there are three precious little black & gold babies available ....unfortunately a very long drive from where we live, but my husband is not all that keen, & of course there is the expense of buying a young puppy also. Not a good idea to rush into something like this, so will just wait, keep an eye on the dog listings, & see what eventuates.

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Growing up we had a GSD and GR male intact together and they were fine. My friend has two male neutered at 6 week German Shepherds and they were fine until she brought home a female Lab. Now they fight over the female even though they are neutered.

When I had my previous GSD my cousins GR and him got along fine as does my current dog who is a Belgian Shepherd. Personally, I would be aiming for another male but I prefer males over females. I have owned mostly intact dogs, and I have never had a problem with my males fighting other males.
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I don't know, in our years with large dogs it seems we had much better luck with a male and female. Our boys did so good together, but if around an intact female or a stray dog coming onto our property, the boys would go beserk and sometimes a fight would break out with all the excitement between each other. Never had this when male/female. A GR is a highly intellegent dog, very...everything..and why they are used for aide with Police and Immigration. Our Goldens are very smart and can be trained for anything, but the breed is much less confrontational to me. Course I am prone to our Goldens, but would advise you to keep your eyes open for a female Golden. Females are different than our males, much more independent, sometimes more quick to learn. Would be a great match for Loki and if she follows most of our breed, would soon be Loki's best friend. I love GR's but leave them to more experienced people than I.

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Sadly the five year old GS girl at the shelter was not used to being around cats, & the lady in charge of the shelter said she was a lovely girl, but she would not trust her around cats. So that is out. I phoned another lady who had a one year old GS who had done obedience training, but that girl 'hated cats'. I now think it might be tricky finding an adult GS that i would be able to trust with our precious felines, so i have been looking into listings with slightly older GS puppies of 12-14 weeks old. All the GR babies are much younger, & having just gone through that early puppy stage, we don't want to do it again. 12-14 weeks would not be quite so bad, & there are three precious little black & gold babies available ....unfortunately a very long drive from where we live, but my husband is not all that keen, & of course there is the expense of buying a young puppy also. Not a good idea to rush into something like this, so will just wait, keep an eye on the dog listings, & see what eventuates.
Do a web search for GSD rescue groups in your area, they will know the background of their adult dogs and could probably help you find a cat friendly GSD to adopt.

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