|Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 8:24pm PST |
|I have two GSDs, both male, who's breedings are very close (Mulder's grand-sire is Ridley's sire).
I think in this case, it comes down to breed somewhat, but largely to the individual dogs involved. First of course you will need to be working with a breed you know at least has a shot at being compatible with others of the same sex- which of course for breeds like Goldens, isn't too much of a mountain to climb.
From there is just ensuring the temperaments are compatible for the individuals. When getting Ridley, I was very clear to his breeder that I needed a combo that would work. I COULDN'T have two Mulders, as surely there would be problems with two very strong minded male dogs living so closely, regardless of breed. So I needed something a little softer, with a little less intensity. Fortunately Ridley's breeder is very savvy, and I got just what I asked for in that regard.
As to how companionable they are, Mulder has grown more accepting of Ridley as time has passed, but I can't really consider them "buddies". They coexist beautifully, and Rildey adores Mulder... and that works out well enough for me, as I did not get Ridley to be a companion to Mulder, only myself. So long as they tolerate each other, I am happy.
Being of very close breeding means little in their case, as they are VASTLY different dogs. They do have similarities, as both are high drive dogs who are fabulous, tireless workers. But Mulder is the more stoic one, doesn't really enjoy romping and playing in the same way Ridley does, is much more settled and confident with a very high degree of nerve. Ridley is excitable and loud, constantly goofing off and is ultra sensitive, with lower nerve and confidence (some of this can also be linked to his age, as he is still very young). Mulder doesn't mind throwing his weight around, can be very pushy and a bit of an @$$ at times, while Ridley is EXTREMELY non-confrontational and is far more biddable in a general sense.
So long story short, make your selection with compatibility in mind, and be open to the possibility that despite the similar genetics, you will potentially be dealing with two very different dogs!
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