11-12-2015, 04:40 PM
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I adopted a female Australian mix, when she was 5 years old, her name is Jaya. When she was about 6 years old, I adopted a 2 year old male Golden Retriever that I named HaHa.
Jaya's about 8 now, and for the past few years, she's basically been HaHa's mommy. She cleans his ears, and licks his back when they lay down next to each other.
But sometimes when she's afraid at night (my cat scares Jaya), she will come and get HaHa - wakes him up from where he's sleeping on the sofa and he will get up and go into the room where she likes to sleep, with her following and looking a lot less stress. He stays in there for 15 minutes to a half hour then comes back out and goes back to sleep on the sofa. I sleep on the recliner, and I know that this happens once to three or four times during the night if the cat decides to play zoomies through the house.
I've almost always owned dogs in pairs, but, I've never had a male/male pair.
I have found that with the female/female pairing the dogs tend not to be as playful with each other but all my various female/female pairs have been comfortable with each other.
The male/female pairs.... I think they tended to play and interact a bit more with each other, and usually, for some reason, the female has always taken the more dominate roll when it came to little things a like which one got to come in or go out the doggy door first.
When I first got HaHa, he was a bit too exuberant around Jaya and she snapped a few times at him...I figured she could teach him doggy manners better than I could, so I didn't interfere or say anything...and withing 2 or 3 incidents, HaHa learned to approach her without crowding into her or getting into her face. Once that was settled, he and Jaya have had zero incidents of lip lifting or snarling and they will play with each other upon occasion. Jaya's still learning how to play, so if it wasn't for that, they might be playing more than they do.