Post # 1
We currently have a boson terrier who is just over 2 years old. My FI has always been able to either work from home or take her with him to his office. Recently, he has started traveling for work and she is miserable. She has tons of energy and no means of getting it out during the day. I took her to the dog sitters for a few days and when I picked her up, as excited as she was to see me, she was audibly upset to leave her little doggy friend. So….I am considering getting her a buddy. For those of you who own two or more pups…. What has been your experience in having same sex dogs vs one of each sex.
Post # 3
I have 2 females and 1 male. They all get along geat! I’ve only had one incident where the 2 females got into a scuffle over a bone. But they love playing all day together. I also work at home and when I do leave, my youngest female will go in her crate. My other two are fine and will just sleep while I’m gone. I would get a dog of the opposite sex and I wouldn’t leave them alone together right away or at least for a long period of time until you get a feel for how they would be.
Post # 4
i have 1 male and 1 female – they are about the same size – ones 10 lbs the others is 6 lbs. when i looked its better to have 1 male and 1 female together – the worst combo is two females.
my male is 4 and the female is 7 months – they loooove each other. its cute.
Post # 5
we put the baby in a pack n play during the day – while at work.
Post # 6
I have 2 females and one male as well. I was hesitant to introduce another female (I had a male great dane to start with, then added a female mutt a few years later, and was asked to foster a female dane a few years ago).
They get along well. Generally, female dogs can be more territorial than males. My male dane does NOT get along at all with intact males. All of our dogs are spayed/neutered as well, which I think does help keep their hormones at bay 🙂
I would suggest introducing your existing dog to the new dog on neutral territory. They can meet, sniff butts, check each other out with neither dog feeling like they have to be alpha. After a while of them playing and getting to know each other, and it’s time to bring the new dog home, they can both hop in the car and your existing dog gets to bring home a friend, instead of having a new strange animal dropped into their territory.
I would also suggest feeding them separately at first (or feed them in a kennel) until you can be sure there are no food aggression or resource guarding issues.
Post # 7
I have a mini pinscher/shizu[sp?] mix, and 2 wiener dogs.
They are all boys, and I had them all fixed , there are already so many unwanted dogs in shelters!
They have SO much fun and they ALWAYS play together. The mini pin is bigger than the wiener dogs, but they play like they are all the same size!
If your puppy loves to play, I would for sure get him a playmate!
Post # 8
If they’re both spayed or neutered and have a decent temperament, they should be fine together. I’ve lived with 2 males or one male & one female. Both have been great and the dogs adore eachother, even those who had a hard time at first ;). The great thing now is that one of my dos has gotten really old and lost all of her hearing and a lot of her sight, but the younger dog helps her out. He wakes her up when we come home, tells her when dinner is ready, etc. I feel safer leaving her alone knowing that he’s looking out for her 😉
Post # 9
I have 2 females and 2 males. The females are extremely closely bonded with each other. The males barely acknowledge each other’s presence. They’re all friendly together, but the only close relationship is between the two females.
The oldest female was once DH’s only dog, and he got a male corgi to keep her company. They didn’t get along, and he had to be re-homed.
Post # 10
My dog Spanky is a toy poodle/Jack Russell. The terrier in him needs atleast two hours a day outside, playing fetch. There are other dogs in the house, but his energy is spent with me and not playing with them.
I don’t think you should bring another dog into the equation. If you do not have enough time to give to the Boston, a super high energy dog, then bringing in another dog will not rectify this, and I fear the other dog might suffer as well.
I think you should look in to interactive toys for the dog. Maybe wake up an hour early and devote that hour to some serious playtime with her.
Post # 11
Thanks bees! This is so helpful.
My dog is fixed and the new pup would be as well. We don’t want any surprises! 😉
@MissFemmeFatale: we do devote a lot of time to her. Lots of walks and play time when I am at home 🙂 the problem is that she is used to having a companion and when my FI is traveling, she gets quite lonely. I wish I could be a stay at home pet mom but FI isn’t too keen on that idea 😉
@Amayansong: that is so adorable And awesome!!!
Post # 12
I have three puppies – two brothers that are 9 months old and one girl who is 8 months old.
The boys recently starting fighting (but littermates in the same house tend to – especially boys) and so I’ve had them castrated (on Tuesday!) but otherwise they all get on GREAT!
Be aware vets bills do go up and if you get a puppy you’ll have toilet training etc to go through. Best idea would be go to a rescue centre with your girl and they’ll find you a dog that fits perfectly with your current dog and your lifestyle.
My girl pup:
My two boy pups:
Post # 13
Growing up I had 2-father and daughter. They were like 2 peas in a pod. They were always together. The father died and a few years later we got a female at the shelter. The older dog hates her. Acclimating them was so difficult. Now, they’re better but I think she merely tolerates her. (These dogs live with my mother).
If I were to get a playmate for my little girl dog with DH I would get a male.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
@Laurengrapes: hahaha I’m loving the double cone picture!!
Post # 15
@MeiFrancis: Haha thanks 🙂 I had them both done on the same day and it was only on Tuesday so they’re still in recovery at the moment. Though trying to keep two 9 month old puppies quiet and relaxed so they don’t pull their stitches is near enough impossible……
Post # 16
I would recommend a female dog to avoid dominant behavior. Also, choose a dog that is as active or more active (hard to find) than your current dog.