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Old 02-24-2009, 03:00 PM
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Second dog, male or female?

Hello, I need some advice. I've been thinking about getting a pal for my current dog (spayed female, about 3 years old). I prefer another spayed female but some people are telling me that I better get a male. They said two females will fight and harm each other. Is that true? Even though they are both spayed?
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It all depends on the temperament of your dog and the one that you want to get.

It makes no difference whatsoever if a dog is spayed or neutered when it comes to the temperament of a dog! The only difference is a male that is intact will become more aggressive only when their is a female in heat near him. And that only happens when there is another intact male near him.

If your dog doesn't like other females then get a male. If your dog likes other females and you find another female that likes other females then get a female.

In any case, get any dog that your female will get along with and be sure that the two dogs will get along with each other.

Just curious, why do you want to get another spayed female? Why not a neutered male?

I hope this helps.
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Absolutely NOT true on the two females fighting thing. IMO- to me- it is about dominance and submission. If you have a very dominant dog then ideally you want a submissive one. If you have a submissive one then you want another submissive.
I think that a lot will depend on your dog and how she responds to a new friend and how well socialized she is. Dogs that are not well socialized tend to have a bigger problem with a new dog no matter the sex then dogs that are well socialied. This also works very much in reverse. If the dog you are looking to get is not well socialized then that can lead to problems.
I would look around find one that you like and see if you can arrange a meeting/play date for your dog to meet and greet the candidate for "sibling". If they seem to like eachother then give it try. There also is a period of adjustment and remember who the pack leader is-that's be you.
Also unless you have your heart set on a specific breed or dog, you might want to consider those breeds that are bred to be more pack/dog/people oriented. For example: Beagels like to be in packs. They are bred to run en mass and prefere not be an only dog. Where as a LGD-Livestock Guardian Dog like a Great Pyre or Akbash are bred to be solitary by nature and prefer to be by themselves guarding the livestock and need intense training and socialiation to be great family dogs. Which they can be.
Anyway, sorry for the lengthy responce. I hope this helps you out and I think it is great that you want to get another doggie pal! Best of luck and please let us know how it goes and what you end up getting!
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What GeorgieGirl said! (She writes so much better than I do!)
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Totally agree...

I have four females. When i tell people that they look at me like im insane and ask how often the dogs fight

Its the dogs personality, not the gender, plus how you manage the situation, that will ensure them getting along.

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