First things first…
If you’re getting ready to purchase or adopt a GSD, you may be wondering whether the difference between a male vs female German Shepherd puppy. Their differences are important.
First, it is important to understand that every dog has its own personality outside of their breed and gender characteristics.
For instance, you could have two wildly variant personalities even amongst siblings raised in the same environment. So making a generalization of how your dog will turn out based on gender is… just that… a generalization. With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk about the general characteristics and differences between male and female German Shepherd Dogs (GSD).
General Characteristics of Male German Shepherd Dogs:
- Male GSD’s tend to hoard and guard their toys and food when they’re mis-trained. This is an important characteristic of the breed that is crucial to recognize and strive to keep them from developing this tendency.
- Male German Shepherd Dogs have very dominant personalities especially in the absence of a strong “pack leader” or Alpha. When this happens, they basically do what they want, when they want.
- They can be very territorial over their “owner” or “master” against strangers. They generally love the rest of the family equally, only that it’s more pronounced over their “master”.
- Male GSD tend to bond the most to one person in the family over others. This person is usually the person that trains them, or feeds them.
- Males are typically better as personal “security” dogs.
- Male GSD are usually larger and heavier than their female GSD counterparts.
General Characteristics of Female German Shepherd Dogs:
- Female GSD’s are less likely than males to hoard or guard their possessions or food from other members of the family.
- Females can also become dominant in the absence of a pack leader or alpha, only less pronounced than with male GSD.
- Female German Shepherds can be less territorial than males when protecting their homes and family.
- They also bond to a particular person in the family, but are also loving with the others.
- Female GSD are typically better as “whole house” security dogs as they are emotionally attached to all members of the family and not just one.
- They are more sensitive than males, and can therefore respond better to training for agility, and show obstacles.
- Females are great with children, and are somewhat tolerant with strangers.
- Females are usually smaller than Male GSD.
Okay, so which should I get?
Well… that all depends. Will your dog be a working dog? A family pet? A guard dog?
These are all critical questions that need to be answered before choosing the sex of your GSD.
Clearly the differences per the lists above explain how Males are better suited as working dogs, particularly as personal protective companions. Females on the other hand seem to make better family pets. They’re more docile, easier to train (if you’re not a professional), and more tolerant of children and strangers.
Finally, if you’re a first time GSD owner, then I would highly recommend a Female, again for their ease of training and docility. On the other hand, if you’re an experienced GSD owner, and would like to train your GSD for personal protection or as a working dog, then get a Male.
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