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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by stiney, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. stiney

    stiney Puppy

    I believe I joined this forum four years ago, a new owner of a half Pitty pup who had concerns about how to raise her to be a good doggy citizen. Well here we are, four years later and she's the biggest suck of a dog I've ever owned. She has issues only around men, she is still skittish around them, but that's about it. She is absolutely fantastic with other animals. My sister had an adult dog aggressive Shepherd mix that hated all dogs, and we managed to make her accept and befriend my dog.
    Anyway, the reason for my return to the forum is this, I am trying to adopt a companion for my dog and I have run into a roadblock of sorts. I am looking for opinions. I have had for quite some time, only female dogs. I prefer them. I find them easier to train and a bit calmer. My dog has all female dog friends. She gets along fantastic with them. Naturally I contact a rescue about a little mystery mixed breed female. The rescue responds asking if I would accept a male as they as a rule they try not to adopt female puppies to homes where a female dog is already present as it is common that there will be aggression issues when the puppy gets older. So I google this, as I have honestly never heard of it before and discover that indeed, it is a thing that happens. What I am wondering is what others here may have experienced regarding this two female dog (both spayed) scenario.
    I replied to the rescue that I was open to the idea of a male puppy but I prefer the female. Not sure what that does to my chances. Of course, I can't predict what a puppy will grow up to be, I only know the temperament of my dog and her history with other females. She just came back from my cousin's house, who dog-sat her for two weeks, in which time she was with both a 3 and a 16 year old female, as well as a cat and got along with all three without a fight, although the kitty really didn't want to play with her.
    I had planned the introduction of the new puppy to be a slow process, making sure each had their own space and plenty of time to adjust. I had also planned lots of exercise for them together. I live on a farm, the have space to run and play. I wasn't going to leave it to fate, I was going to put the work in even before I learned of this potential obstacle. So I'm just wondering what other people's experiences have been. It's easy to do an internet search and read about all the times something has gone wrong, it's a bit harder to find positive experiences as people are less likely to talk about things that went smoothly.
    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    With the pit bull breed, there's always a chance that the dog will be dog aggressive.
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  3. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    We adopted a male staffy mix and when he matured he became dog aggressive/selective. He still likes our female though. He just has a problem with most other dogs.
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  4. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Hi! Welcome back.
    A lot of rescues implimemt that as a rule only because they don’t want to set the dogs up for failure. They come from hard situations as is so they just do it as a precautionary measure. My female is accepting of few dogs, very few. It wasn’t always the case either (she got along great with all dogs prior to maturing) and this has nothing to do with socialization or on how she was raised. She matured and it’s like a switch turned on. For her sex doesn’t matter, she is not accepting of a male over a female nor is she more accepting of a submissive dog. She will still try to attack a dog who has belly flopped... I have a female Chi, who hates all dogs and people, and a male pit bull boxer mix who is extremely submissive and loves all dogs. She gets along well with them but will go after my male time to time so they have to constantly be watched. My sister’s dog on the other hand is okay with most males but hates most females. I’m not sure if it’s coincidence or what but that’s what we’ve noticed. I think bringing any dog home regardless of sex there’s always that chance that they may not get along in the future. As long as you’re prepared to handle and manage that by crate/rotating you’ll be fine. You can still keep the peace and have everything work out just fine as long as you’re willing to put in the work to keep everyone safe and to keep an open mind that not every dog will get along and that they are still great dogs. Good luck! Keep us posted on whether or not you get a pup and pics is a must!!
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  5. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    IME it's more to encourage not having 2 dogs of the same gender rather than a solid rule, if you're open to getting a male they will push for it. The meet and greet is usually the big determining factor.
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