Unsure if a Female or a Male will be a better choice for me?
Will a home with a cat or other dogs make a difference?
All or our Polarbear dogs are known for their outstanding temperaments and people skills! Our males and females are equally loving, intelligent, and amazing family members that take little correction and quickly learn what you expect of them. Below are a few differences to consider:
Size: Our female adults (2 yrs. +) usually weigh between 70-85 #. Males weigh between 80-110# Males have about an inch height advantage over females.
Training: For those inexperienced to the shepherd breed, our females are said to be slightly easier to handle because for the most part they are not quite so large. If, on the other hand you have experience with shepherds and like a larger dog, you may want to consider a male.
Urination: Females can hold their urine longer than males—some can wait as long as 12 hours if necessary—which might be an advantage in a household where no one is home during the day. Both males and females are almost immediately housebroken by nine (9) weeks of age. On walks, a female will usually empty her bladder all at once. A male dog may urinate in little spurts her and there, and it can seem to take him forever to relieve himself, especially on cold winter nights.
Children and the elderly: All of our Polarbears make loving companions for a child or an elderly person, however if given a choice and especially if we are talking about children under eight (8) years of age, we recommend our females. Our females are naturally nurturing and protective toward children. They have natural "mothering" abilities and understand that quick movements and the occassional tail pulling is not a threat. For those who have children older than eight (8) years of age, you may like a larger male. It's our experience, that a male dog can benefit a boys, in particular, who may have fewer verbal skills. Boys just seem need a companion and extra special best friend to whom they can communicate.
Prey Drive: Prey drive is a huge consideration if you have children or an elderly family member! In our experience, when a dog shows dominance, particularly small humans, they are demonstrating "high prey drive". These are pups that will play rough and bite! We believe a high prey drive animal is not as trustworthy or stable as a companion dog. One the our most important qualifications during our testing, is that a puppy has to "pass" their stability test. The majority of white shepherd breeders, in our opinion, are breeding for a high prey drive. These are the "working class" dogs you hear about and they make fine dogs for law enforcement, not so much for the average family with children! This is another secret to our success as dogs with superior temperaments!
House Dogs: Both males and female Polarbears are extremely well-mannered. Think for a moment of your favorite visitor to your home or house guest, our Polarbears are very respectful and well-mannered indoors. It is yet another reason people love our dogs! As house dogs, some people believe it is a little easier to live with a female due to their smaller size.
Protection: If personal protection is a priority, as a general rule males are larger and stronger and make better guard dogs for personal and home protection. As they age, our males become very focused on protecting their territory, including their family members, so if you desire the best in protection and patrol, then yes, a male is better. Females also make excellent guard dogs and if necessary will put their lives on the line to protect their owners. The difference, again, is size. Many of our females are equally impressive in size and their barks just as intimidating! Any of our clients can tell you that any intruder that comes onto their property that a Polarbear suspects is up to no good will have little chance of succeeding and will be sorry for doing so! The difference between a Polarbear and other dogs, in these circumstances, is that our dogs know the difference between a real threat and a perceived threat. Again, genetics. If you follow our guidelines, particularly socializing your puppy in a prescribed puppy class, you can't go wrong. The protection our Polarbears provide is priceless.
Cat Families: For people who like cats, no worries because both our males and females love cats! Or coarse, this all depends upon the cat too, but we have never heard of a Polarbear yet that has not won them over! (See the cat video below)
Multiple Dog Households: Both sexes socialize well with other dogs as long as they are given an introduction period in a neutral area in advance. Our Polarbear brand of GSD is lower on "prey drive" which is one or the traits that determines whether or not a dog will dominate another dog. We have never had to keep any of our dogs apart and they all live together in harmony. One thing that most dog trainers and other experienced handlers agree is that if you already have one dog, your next one should ideally be of the opposite sex. While it may be possible to bring two male dogs together it is much more difficult to have two females sharing the same space. Females sometimes don't get along (think teenage daughters!) The female-female hostility has its roots in the reproductive instincts, and even if spayed, a female will still have the tendency to fight for alpha status with another female.