Two male working line Shepherds in the same house ? - Page 2

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GK1

by GK1 on 23 January 2021 - 07:01

I own two intact males of the same age (3-4) which require separation. End of the day, well exercised..there are times when they could be peacefully at opposite ends of the room together, but I no longer chance it. 

Breaking up fights by one self and getting tagged in the process, then patching the holes, vet bills etc.. is not a lifestyle I would recommend to others.

Neutering a young pup is barbaric.


GK1

by GK1 on 23 January 2021 - 08:01

I have two females of different ages (one intact, one not), which are ok together. These arrangements can work.


BRADY BEE

by BRADY BEE on 23 January 2021 - 08:01

I've kept two intact males together in the house with no problems. There was a two year age gap so maybe that helped. At the time I never even considered there might be problems . I was always under the impression that two females would be a problem.

Hundmutter

by Hundmutter on 23 January 2021 - 08:01

I think the best advice to anyone contemplating keeping two of the same sex together is to say: Make very sure you have enough experience of dog keeping, and with the breed(s) in point, and with working stock rather than just pets where applicable; have the authority over your dogs to prevent them doing anything they should not do, including scrapping with each other; don't rely on the mythology surrounding neutering. And most important of all, have a Plan B for if it does not work out.


Blksableworkingdogs

by Blksableworkingdogs on 23 January 2021 - 11:01

OK... I appreciate the feed-back.

I'M NOT selling the additional pup to him, not going to happen.....I sort of believed most of what Ive heard from this post already.

If I said he was neutering them as pups I misspoke, he just said his plans were to neuter at some point, but still doesn't matter..... its a bad idea.

I like "Hired dogs" comment of not going out of his way to create a problem, thats what this would be doing.

Thanks !

by GSCat on 24 January 2021 - 05:01

I've done both adding a pup to an established dog and had two of essentially the same age and found if the rules are set and enforced consistently and fairly from the get-go, not a problem. I actually prefer pups the same age growing up together so no one is an "intruder". All humans in the house must be on the same page of music for this to work, and no favoritism (dogs are smart and observant).

Sounds obvious, but if the males are not neutered and there is an intact female(s) in the house, the males must be separated from each other 24/7 when she's coming into heat until absolutely sure she's out. If one of the males will be used for stud, remove the other from the property completely until done.

I wouldn't neuter until done growing.

 


by jillmissal on 24 January 2021 - 20:01

I have nine. Two intact males. One neutered male. One spayed female, the rest intact females. It's fine if the handler is cognizant of issues.

I had the third male neutered when I decided he wasn't breeding material, that helped A LOT. One of the other intact males is going to be neutered at the next opportunity for the same reason.

Neutering helps a ton when it comes to getting along.

 

Edit: vets advise waiting until "skeletal maturity" to alter which can be 12-18 months for medium dogs. Though my mixed breed working dog was neutered at 5-6 months which didn't present any problems at all. Do what works for YOU and your household. There are pros and cons to everything. 


DuganVomEichenluft

by DuganVomEichenluft on 25 January 2021 - 11:01

I had two intact working line male GSDs in my house. 1 was even my working police dog. They both did fine. However, it was their temperaments, personalities, and our pack structure that allowed this to occur.






 


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