Introducing a new puppy to a house hold. What should I be thinking about in terms of breed and sex

by Jamie

I currently have a male English bulldog is 2 1/2 years old and is currently very well behaved and I would like to purchase a male rottie puppy.

I have a particular preference for male dogs and have heard it it is generally thought of as a bad idea to have two males in the same household.

I guess I am just looking for any insight on this topic such as

– is easier to have a male/female combo if so why

– what kind of issues can you expect or what to look out for with a male/male combo if any

– how much does the breed of the dogs factor into the equation


Some further background on my situation:

Currently my male english bulldog is neutered and has no issues with other dogs and is quite playful with them when I bring to the dog park.

In addition I like to think that I have established myself as a good pack leader and he follows my lead and commands well.

thanks in advance, I appreciate the time and effort you have put in to answer all the questions found here as they are useful to many.

Hi Jamie
It’s generally recommended that if you are adding a second dog to your home that you choose one of the opposite sex. This is because two adult dogs of the same sex are much more likely to get into conflicts (even if both are neutered/spayed) than an opposite-sex combo.

It isn’t usually a problem when the new pup is young because most adult dogs (male and female) are tolerant of puppies. But problems often develop as the puppy matures and the resident dog becomes less tolerant of an adolescent or adult ‘taking over their turf’.

The breed of dog does play a role, as the large guardian breeds are more inclined to be territorial, plus they can do a lot more damage if a fight occurs. However, the temperament of the two individuals is also very important. Two easy-going and fairly submissive dogs are much more likely to overcome any squabbles than two dominant ‘alpha’ personalities. Even one alpha and one submissive can work but there is always the chance of the more submissive dog being seriously hurt in a fight.

A dog who is generally friendly with other dogs MAY be alright with another same-sex dog in the home, but it’s no guarantee because playing nicely with others isn’t the same as sharing a home, toys, owner etc.

The fact that you are able to be the ‘alpha’ and feel comfortable in your authority and ability to defuse squabbles and maintain order is a positive. And it could be that this will enable you to keep two male dogs successfully, but as with the other criteria there are no guarantees unfortunately.

Of course, many homes do have two dogs (or more) of the same sex who live together in peace most of the time and it’s not something that is an absolute no-no, but it’s a very individual decision and there are a lot of factors to consider as I’ve mentioned above.

I think in the end it’s got to be something you make a decision on with as many facts and as much understanding and preparation as possible. I hope this has helped some and wish you the very best of luck with whatever decision you make.

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Oct 27, 2011

same sex dogs
by: Julie

Hi I have always had two dogs and both have been bitches (which I personally prefer) and have had no problems. When I bring a pup home I make sure to introduce the dogs while I am in their presence. It is possible to teach the dogs to get along. While the pup is young I don’t leave them alone together so that I can monitor their behaviour. I usually encourage the older dog to be top dog and usually start to feed them separately and feed the older dog first. It is just a matter of watching their body language and stepping in when you think that there might be a fight starting, which is what the alpha dog does in a pack. Hope this has been of some help. Good luck with your new puppy.

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