Join Date: Feb 2009
Dogs Name: Shenzi GSD, Scruffy little dog, RIP Zira, my angel
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I have two bitches. They do play once in awhile, they will cuddle once in awhile...but thats where it ends. They're not 'friends'. They're like, 'o, its you...I saw you yesterday. Have a nice day then.'
That being said I've never had a fight, I've never even had a lip curl. Am I ready in case someone gets offended? Of coarse, I have two bitches. I don't allow bullying, I don't allow toy stealing, I don't allow anything that will make a fight an issue. It helps that my shepherd is easy going and older (she's 6) and my pup respects her space. I think the real difference is that if someone gets out of line, I'm on it like peanut butter on jelly. They know they don't have to tell the other off, mom's already taken care of it before it became an issue.
They have a give and take relationship that is really interesting to watch. You have to know body language, in bitches a look, a simple look, could mean business.
Keeping bitches is hard work. As they say ' Males fight for breeding rights. Females fight for breathing rights' and it is true. I have heard horrible stories of bitch fights and my experience is MOST DEFINITELY outside the norm. If you are not willing to take the risk of have to crate and rotate for the lifespan of one, I would suggest an older rescue. The temperament would be more stabilized and I think you would perhaps have a better chance of finding a dobe girl that would be a good fit.
I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improblable dreams.
Shenzi the GSD
Scruffy the woofing terror
R.I.P Zira, I love you always