The above video follows publication of a study* in 2016 which surveyed 411 vets looking at attitudes to castration. It showed 76% of those questioned recommended neutering as a routine procedure for all male dogs, whilst only 52% said they offered clients alternatives to surgical neutering. The study was carried out by Dr Vicki Adams MRCVS, a veterinary epidemiology consultant, and was supported by Virbac. Commenting, she said: “The survey showed that, while most vets recommended permanent neutering as a routine procedure, more than 90% also agreed that medical castration was an option when an owner wants to assess whether castration will improve a male dog’s behaviour.”
I tend to agree with the commentator on their comment that “some believe the male GSD is more affectionate and easier to train and the female GSD is more aggressive and protective of its owners and puppies. Ironically most of the time its the other way around. The male is typically more aggressive and the female more affectionate and easier to train. Also males tend to be more protective over their surrounding area and the females more protective over the family and their pups.” The male looks at the whole picture – he scopes out the entire property (although he will still protect you individually), while the female tends to stick close by the den – she sticks close by the family and the pups. She may come across as aggressive because she is protecting her pups (and family), but the male is the one I really feel safer with if I were only to have 1 dog. He is the one with the force behind the bark. (But then again it also depends on the bloodlines too, but a “true” German shepherd – that hasn’t been washed out by all kinds of breeding, will be a “natural” enforcer behind his bark.) So a male is my pick if I could only have 1 dog, but I love them both.