Should I get a male or female German Shepherd Puppy for my family/me?

This is a very important decision if you're looking for a companion or a dog to meld to your lifestyle. We ask you take these generalizations into consideration.

 

Male German Shepherds

Male German Shepherds tend to resource guard "items" they claim as theirs towards other members of the family much more frequently than females, this isn't a problem usually if your dogs are raised, handled and trained like dogs! This occurs more frequently when they become spoiled and their owners treat them as equals in the household instead of respecting them for what they are, dogs!

Male German Shepherds can become quite dominant if not raised with a strong pack structure and will forced into the position of making their own decisions in the household if there are no rules to follow. Once again this usually isn't a problem if your dogs are raised, handled and trained/treated like dogs!

Male German Shepherds tend to be more territorial over their person but most always love the rest of their family members but they will never be that important to them, generally speaking and of course there are exceptions to every rule.

Male German Shepherds tend to bond to one person of the household, usually the person who is doing the training, rearing and spending the most quality time with them that provides them structure and leadership.

Males are generally better for "personal protection"

The least important difference is that Male German Shepherds tend to be larger than females & more masculine

These characteristics also depend on the dog being bred, ASK the breeder since they will know best about what might be!

 

Female German Shepherds

Female German Shepherds are less likely to resource guard items towards other family members

Female German Shepherds can become dominant if not raised with a strong pack structure but nothing like a male

Female German Shepherds tend to be less territorial over an individual person and more territorial over all their family or "pack" members

Female German Shepherds tend to bond to one person of the household but are more likely to be friendly and love all members

Female German Shepherds are generally better for "family protection"

Females are more sensitive than males & easier to train, generally speaking. They're better for agility, rally obedience, etc due to their size.

Females tend to tolerate children and strangers with much more ease than the males.

The least important difference is that Female German Shepherds tend to be smaller than males & more feminine

These characteristics also depend on the dog being bred, ASK the breeder since they will know best about what might be!

 

Should I get a male or female German Shepherd Puppy to raise as a working dog

This really doesn't matter and boils down to the litter and pup. It is important that WE choose the right puppy with the most potential according to the particular job you're looking to train your dog to do. That is why it is important to state your actual intent of use of your newly purchased pup. Male German Shepherds are most commonly used in police but this certainly doesn't mean either gender can't be good police dogs.....

Kavallerie Shepherds recommends female German Shepherds for first time German Shepherd owners, first time dog owners, families with young children where the dog will not be worked/seriously trained trained or if you lack self confidence. A male may take advantage of this weakness.

Males are recommended for experienced Shepherd owners, people serious about training, people wanting a personal protection dog.

Suitability also varies by litter. Above is a general guide to help decide what is better for you and/or your family.