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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-20-2012, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Second pup- boy or girl?

Our Haeden is almost 7 months and we're already considering getting a second V next year when he's 1 1/2. He loves other dogs so we're putting thought into growing our V family, although we want to see how he grows up over the next year before we make our decision 100%. I have already contacted a breeder who isn't expecting their next litter until the end of next year when we would want to pick up our newest addition. I would like to build a relationship with our next breeder so I'm starting early and have a better idea of what we would like to see in a breeder this time around.

In talking with both our vet and our trainer we have been given conflicting advice regarding getting another dog and whether it should be male or female. Our trainer informed us that no matter the breed we would want to get a female for our second pup and shy away from getting a male as it would create chaos in our household. Our vet disagreed and told us that a male would fit fine. I know there are many multi-V and multi-dog families with different combos of male/female on here so I'd love to hear your recommendations are and gain some food for thought about your pairings.

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I would go with want your personal preference is. I was always told that you shouldn't keep two dogs of the same gender together, but I know loads of people who do and they get on great. One of our neighbours has two intact males and they are fine, which I would have thought would have been a recipe for disaster. Our Gt Dane has been neutered and is very submissive, he has been great with our now 8 month old Vizsla.

I guess if you have a dominant male whether it is neutered or not it would probably be wise to go with a bitch.

This is my first time with having two dogs at one time( and if my husband has his way it will be the last :-\) so obviously not that knowledgable on this one.

You might find that youtube video posted today by Ian Dunbar about how street dogs always seem to get on together and they are mostly unaltered.
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Re: Second pup- boy or girl?

I have 2 boys, one is 5.5 months and one is 2.5 months. They get along fine. The younger one is definitely dominant but they never fight. Just play like puppies do.
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We have a male vizsla and 2 trainers both told us to absolutely only get a female. But, our male has some dominance/aggression issues and they were afraid there could be fights if we got another male. We got a female and things are great.

My mother-in-law has 2 male dashchunds. They don't fight and they do get along, but one is so alpha that the other one has become so timid he's in a constant state of anxiety.

I know of other folks who have 2 male terriers and they have to be separated when they're home aloe because they've had awful fights.

But, I'm sure these cases aren't the norm.

hotmischief, I'm sorry you'r husband doesn't like having 2 dogs We have found it to be easier in many ways. It was tough at the beginning but we now think 2 is better than 1!
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I think he doth protest too much, if you know what I mean.

He loves the danes and was horrified when I said I was getting a Vizsla :-X Fortunately he has been a first class puppy and far less trouble than any of the dane puppies we have had.

I often hear him talking stupid talk to Boris...but I doubt very much that he would admit that he actually likes the dog. Men
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Thank you, everyone!

My mom has a dachshund and a basset (the dachshund was my dog but when I moved they insisted that he be left as not to seperate them) who are both male and get along quite well but it's a similar situation as flynn's mother's situation- the basset is extremely submissive to the dachshund and that's how it works out well.

At this point Haeden has an extremely sweet personality where he loves everyone and everything. He absolutely adores the mastiff across the street and just wants to give her kisses and lay with her, although when they play he can get a little timid when she starts swinging her paws but I don't blame him. I'm hoping his personality never changes as we adore it but that's why we want to watch him develop over the next year when he starts to go from puppy to adult. The breeder has already mentioned wanting to pair our future pup up with Haeden's personality as to make sure it's the best fit possible which I like the idea of. But I'm happy to hear that two males works with vizslas. I think that idea has the green light in my eyes

My boyfriend isn't wild about the idea of two dogs but he agrees that our boy needs a playmate. Right now it's in the "let's just talk about it" phase which really means we're doing it but he can't swallow the idea whole yet ha. I've learned his ways!

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Second pup- boy or girl?

We have a boy & a girl Vizsla who get along perfectly. My mom has 2 boys (silky terrier & chihuahua) & a girl chihuahua - they also get along fine. Unless your dog has behavioral issues, you shouldn't have to worry about adding another pup of either sex. The pups work things out among themselves if you let them. It's the humans involvement that usually screws things up.

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I have 2 boys, one is 5.5 months and one is 2.5 months. They get along fine. The younger one is definitely dominant but they never fight. Just play like puppies do.
These are both young dogs and generally adversarial relationships don't develop until they hit their "testosterone teens", 18 months or so. So long as there is clear leadership within the unit and within their own hierarchy it should be fine. The majority of problems occur between same sex housemates that are close in status. It can be fine and it can be problematic. It really depends on the dogs themselves and the household leadership combined. A safer bet of the two would be opposite sex housemates, ensuring of course that during those times of courtship they remain steadfastly and securely separated.

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My boyfriend isn't wild about the idea of two dogs but he agrees that our boy needs a playmate. Right now it's in the "let's just talk about it" phase which really means we're doing it but he can't swallow the idea whole yet ha. I've learned his ways!
Rewind about 6-8 months And these could have been my exact words. I posted about this same topic before and got a wife variety of answers. In the the end we settled on a female pup as our males companion. It boiled down to 1) I really wanted a girl to have a girl and to have one of each. And 2) we were getting a companion for Dozer and I thought odds of NOT having to crate when home alone were better if they weren't two males. But only time will tell if the second reason works out for us. So most importantly, I just wanted a girl. And it seems she's going to be the one to rule between the two of them and she plays rough. It was even a comment at the park the other day that she's plays rough and prefers to run with the big dogs. Make a list of pros and cons and risks and rewards and then go with your instinct. OR leave it up to the breeder because a good breeder will def pick the best match for your home.
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Re: Second pup- boy or girl?

We have two female Vs - 2.5yrs and 9 months. They are great together! Sophie, the oldest, is not dominant at all, and we felt comfortable bringing home another female V. On the other hand, had we had Pacsirta, our little one, first, I don't think I'd hurry to add another V. So, in my opinion, much depends on personality of your V.

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