Buy Male or Female German Shepherd, Which is best?
Egypt – Sharm el Sheikh
In Egypt most inquiries center around wanting a male German Shepherd, simply because people have developed an idea its the “best and strongest dog” and also more aggressive. We have actually found that females can be more territorial and aggressive than males.
Keep an open mind when selecting your german shepherd puppy, don’t close the door on a puppy because of preconceived notions of its gender, because you may be missing out on the best companion that you could have ever had. Either way you go, male or female, if it’s a German Shepherd you can’t go wrong. Just keep in mind every dog, male or female has its own personality and is unique in every way. A puppy of either gender will require as much guidance and continuity from you to create the happy confident adult that every GSD has the potential to become.
In the dog pack experience has shown that females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order and who competes to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviours. There IS a reason people utilize the technical dog term of ‘bitch’ in a negative way-and it refers directly to the behaviours exhibited by the females of the dog world. From experience we can say that’s its best NOT to mix two females in the same house as it will eventually end up in fights and disaster over breeding and breathing space. We had one female end up with ear and eye injuries so take caution mixing two females in the same home.
Usually females will usually come to you for attention and move away when she’s had enough. Females are usually less distracted during training, she is more eager to get it over with and get back to her comfy spot. The female is less likely to wage a dominance battle with you, but she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. We had one particular female who was an expert at getting what she wanted… From experience we have found at certain times of the year the female is can be prone to mood swings; one day she may be sweet and affectionate-the next day reserved and withdrawn or even grumpy. Seasonal heats can be a three week long hassle and they happen twice a year, simply place a sanitary towel and underwear on your dog if you feel you can’t mop up. If you are not breeding you can explore spaying your female to avoid this. We use a hormonal injection called Misocept or Depo Provera to stop the cycle however this can have serious consequences such as pyometra (infection of the uterus)
Males, on the other hand are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable and less moody. They are more outgoing, our current male Rocky however can be quite grumpy. Most boys are easily motivated by praise and eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be easily distracted during training, as males can be playful and a bit silly and no matter what age, he is more likely to act like a clown and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games. Boys are fun loving until the day they die. Females tend to be more reserved or dignified as they age
Each has their plus and minus side but in every instance your love and guidance will steer them towards becoming a well adjusted sociable pet whom everyone accepts for being exactly who and what they are, again experience has shown that each dog no matter if its male or female has its own personality.
Which do we prefer? We have no preference to male or female the main difference to us seems to be the appearance and the female “heat cycle” is not a problem.