Do Scotties and German Shepherds get along?

This is the question:

Hello! I have a 6 years-old, male German Shepherd, not fixed. My boyfriend wants to get a Scottish Terrier. The dogs will not live in the same place but we’d like to be able spend some afternoons together, take them out for a walk together, and eventually, leave them in the same place while we’re away for the weekend.
Is is a good combination?
If it is, is a female or a male scottie puppy best for us?
Thanks a lot.

And here’s how the German Shepherd expert responded.
Now, what do you Scottie experts think?

7 thoughts on “Do Scotties and German Shepherds get along?

  1. I think the first thing she should do is get her dog fixed. Unless she is titling her dog, there’s absolutely no reason for him to still be intact.

  2. When they were puppies, both of our boys liked our neighbor’s G.S. (male, fixed).

    Lately, they seem to hate every G.S. that they come across — male, female. Haven’t had the patience to ask these owners if fixed or not.

    I’d love some tips if anyone has any on this issue — and how much it might be ME projecting and essentially CAUSING the outcome.

  3. Our Scottie took puppy classes with a German Shepherd that was afraid of its shadow. She knew she had the upper hand and would ruthlessly try to push the poor little guy around every chance she could.

    It is always important to remember that Scottie’s think they ARE the same size if not bigger than an actual big dog. After all they do have the same size teeth!

  4. I agree with Jessica, unless the GS owners think that being sexually frustrated for a lifetime is a good thing, he should be neutered regardless. They should ask their vet about testicular cancer in the large breeds if they are still not sure. If they are harboring a breeding fantasy, type in “German Shepherd” into Petfinder.com for a reality check.

    More great advice here from anonymous, that the Scots do think that they are huge dogs. I’d advise these owners to really check it out and use a lot of caution and common sense. The un-neutered GS is a red flag to me, maybe they need to do more homework before taking on another dog, esp. a Scot?

    Thanks for reading this!

  5. My male Scottie plays with the male GS next door all the time. I don’t know if this is a breed issue as much as it is a matter of each dog’s disposition. In my experience, though, Scotties can hold their own with larger dogs.

  6. So the definitive Highlander response is: It Depends.
    It depends on the personality and social skills of your GS; it depends on the age of the Scottie; it depends upon how much time they spend together; it depends on their hormonal status (you really should consider neutering your shepherd…you don’t want to deal with all the health issues associated with an aging, intact dog ); most of all it depends on your ability to (sorry all) be the pack leader.
    Most Herding, Hound, and Sporting breeds are phenom “team players”. You point yourself in a direction – they’re all about following you. Being part of the team fulfills their genetic destiny: track, hunt, food. Ah…good.
    Terriers are, genetically speaking, a different lot. They have been bred to clear a territory of scavenging critters. This focused ability requires a different skill set. They have to be “independent self-starters”. In order to lead a terrier you have to convince them it is in their best interest — cos they’re pretty sure they’ve got a better idea.

    We have two terriers -Cairn and Scottie – and a Lab. We go to the Dog Park regularly cos it’s good for us. Boone (Lab) is a steady team player. Keeps and eye on his pack, never moves too far from center. Pippin (Cairn) is friendly, but a little aloof. Likes an nice game of chase if he can stir folks up. Duncan (Scot) will occasionally put a paw in Pip’s chase game but overall doesn’t tolerate the social pressures of a group of unknown dogs chasing his pack members. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Pug or a Pyrenees – you step over that line that only Ducki can see and BAM alligator jaws are snapping and there is a rumbling from his chest that sounds like ”why-I-aughta”. Fun’s over. “Duncan! Leave it! Come!” And when he does immediately break off and come running to sit at your feet…you’d better have a little yummy. It is in his best interest to follow the leader.

    German Shepherd Dog and Scottish Terrier. It’s do-able. But – it depends on your ability to lead both dogs as they need to be led. Always.

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