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Unread 04-06-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
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Question Should second dog be male or female?

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I am new to the site and wanted to say hello to everyone.

My wife and I are looking to buy another dog.
We already have a Rotty male and were wondering if we should buy a male or female?

We are looking at either a Husky or Elkhound.

We did have two GSD (Both have passed away) which lived with the Rotty.
The Rotty got on with the bitch but not the dog. When I say did not get on they would live together but the Rotty was more dominant. There was the odd fight but not where they would hurt each other.
The male GSD was 5 yrs old when the Rotty was a pup.
The Rotty loved to have everything from the other dogs such as treats.

Can we introduce a male or should we go with a female.
I want a male but I am worried about what could happen.

Is there a good way to introduce another male to the Rotty.

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Personally being a top Breeder, I suggest going with a female when you have a male. They do tend to try to be dominant and one will lead more so than a female pack.

Go with a nice female and they should do just fine that way one of each. The Best to You....
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I have to second shep, if he has shown issues with one male, chances are that he will get along with another male when he's younger but not when that second male is growing up... I have two females, the third dog will be a male, cause I dont wanna risk to disturb their harmony really.. and Im worried that in a year or two when my female pitbull is 2-3 years that her female aggression will develop which can happen with pits and then I will have to get riid of her.. I found her on the street and if I hadnt kept her she'd be PTS by animal control of her breed.. so she had a better shot with me than none.. so to save yoursefl from future heartache Id say pick a female cause IF they dont get along you will have to choose one of your hearts and that is hard...
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Though the two males might get along just fine while the new addition is young; there's no way of predicting how they'll get along when the younger one matures.

That doesn't mean dogs of the same sex in a household can't peacefully coexist. Many households have one or more dogs of the same sex without ever having encountered problems.

However, the odds of a male and female ever becoming aggressive towards one another are practically non existant by comparison to two dogs of the same sex.

To rule out any "what if's" and assure that things would be just a little less complicated; I'd also suggest going with a spayed female!
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I wouldn't profess to have anything other than my own experience to go on, but I used to have a male Staffie who i got from a rescue centre. When he was 5 we got the lurcher who I still have today, who is also male. They always got along just fine, I think in all their time together I only ever witnessed 2 very brief squabbles. The staffie was always dominant with other males but fine with females.
But if someone asked me, I would always say get a female as the second dog. I think my Staffie only took to the lurcher so well because he was a scaredy little puppy at the time.
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Probably a female, you will have a much calmer home.

Specially as you have already experienced a little male on male issues
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Well, 2 males can get along if they are 100% compatible, ie if one has shown dominant tendencies (in your case your existing male has) then the other must be VERY passive and tolerant of being dominated. The problem is that if you get a puppy, you can't tell 100% for sure whether he will develop the desire to be dominant when he matures - and then you might have problems. If you were going to risk it you'd be better getting a grown dog who you can test with your rotty before committing to keeping him.

We've had plenty of males together and bitches together with few problems. The only issue we had was between a rough collie male we rescued and the existing springer spaniel male - it was so bad that the collie had to go and live with my grandparents in the end because he bullied my springer mercilessly. The problem is, if they don't get on it can be a complete nightmare to sort out. It broke my heart when Laddie had to go live elsewhere, but the springer had been rescued from dog fighters so it was torture for him to be attacked daily.

My gran has 2 entire male dachshunds, never a squabble. But, with our pyrenean mountain dogs we never had 2 males together because as a breed they tend to want to dominate and my dad always kept it male/female.

I guess what I'm saying is that it can be done but it's risky and to eliminate that risk, just get a female.
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Many thanks to everyone who has replied to the question.

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hi i have 2 males a staffy cross and a husky they get on fine but they do play fight alot and this occassionally escalates but not to an exteme when they hurt each other or draw blood they have NEVER done this all i can say though that if this is your 1st sibe please do alot of research before u decide it this breed is for you they arent easy to train as they are very headstrong and stubborn they wont do something if the dont see anything good for them coming from it they can NOT b let off their lead as the have a very high prey drive and can run fast and for miles! they wont come back i will send you a link to a site (ill private msg you it) where you can learn more its a great site everyone there is really friendly and helpful!

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Welcome to the forum. The others are much more experienced than me. Go with their advice. I am with my first dog.
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