If you are worried about being out of control, bull in a china shop etc. definitely get a female. There is a clear trend that they have better manners, easier to train, most of the time a better house dog if thats what you want. I have never owned a GSP, but all of my hunting buddies have one and there are a couple that have been good house dogs but there seems to be a bit of a trend there of backyard escape artists/high strung etc. Best dog I ever had was a pointer that was all of that and more, terror in the backyard, not real interested in being petted, but a serious bird finding machine.