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Are German Shepherds Good With Other Dogs?

All around the United States, many families have German Shepherds or wish they had one. It is easy to tell why due to how majestic and beautiful they are. But what if you already have a dog? 

Are German Shepherds good with other dogs? Yes, but only if you train and socialize them right. In this article, we will investigate further.

A German Shepherd is a breed of dog that is medium to large size, and you could have guessed, originated from German. 

They were originally developed to herd sheep (hence the shepherd in their name), however, due to their strength and intelligence, German Shepherds have become workers in many different fields.

They are actually on our list of the strongest dog breeds as well.

You most likely have them associated with police and military work, but they can also be used for disability assistance.

German Shepherds weigh nearly sixty pounds and have a height of nearly two feet. They also have a life span of nearly nine to thirteen years.

The Behavior of A German Shepherd

German Shepherds are relatively active dogs, with a willingness to learn.

They are very trainable and can be trained to do essentially any job. Being a naturally curious dog, they are excellent for guard dogs. 

The most notable feature about this dog breed is their high intelligence and obedience.

With this in mind, they are immensely protective of their owner and are very skeptical of any strangers that would enter their house. 

So we can say as a fact they are good with human families, but how do they act with other dogs?

Are German Shepherds Good With Other Dogs?

It is no secret that some German Shepherds tend to be aggressive. But this is a learned behavior. If you have the opportunity to train the dog from early on in its life, your German Shepherd can actually be a nice, gentle dog.

We can’t say for sure, but all German Shepherds should be able to be trained to be nice to other dogs. If you socialize the dog early on, they are guaranteed to be significantly less aggressive than if you don’t.

If you adopt an older German Shepherd you should be able to slowly introduce them to the other dogs, and over time they will be a nice relationship. 

There are reports of if the other dogs in the household are the same gender as the German Shepherd, there may be a power fight between them in which the German Shepherd will be aggressive with the dog to prove that they are the “alpha” in the house.  

Answer To The Question

So, that brings us to the end of the article, without a definite answer to the quest, “Are German Shepherds good with other dogs?” This is because there isn’t a simple answer. They can be, but also they may not be. 

Each dog is different, but it is possible to make all German Shepherds to be good with dogs with a little bit of training. Luckily for us, they are one of the most trainable dogs. So yes, they can be good with other dogs.


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