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We have a rambunctious neutered one year old male dog, and have been thinking about possibly adding another? Is it okay to bring in a female as a companion without her being chased and bothered by the male, or should we just stick to males. It's just a thought right now, but good to know ahead of time? .
 

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I think it depends on the dog.
Some dogs insist on humping even if they have been neutered and make life miserable for a female.
Some dogs like mine have never humped anything in their life, Murphy tends to be more cautious around females. As if he is worried he might break them..
 

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It depends..... Everything is fluid..... The individual dogs, the breed, the environment, etc...... Intact versus altered comes into play as well.... And intact does not always increase chances for aggression..... Mix a neutered male in with intact males and chances for issues is fairly high....


In my experience...... Male/female pairs have the best chance of getting along. Intact males would be next.
The worst are two bitc hes or an intact male with a neutered male.......

The worst fights I have had over the years are bit ch fights....


There is a saying.... and it carries a ton of truth....... Dogs (meaning males) may fight for breeding rights... But Bit ches will fight for breathing rights.
 

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Thank you for the informative replies. My last 2 dogs were spade females and I did have to break them a part in 2-3 fights over the years, but I consider that very minimal since they lived together for 14 yrs. Think most of the time it was about them fighting over the same bone or something? I did have a male before them, but he was a loner, so that is why I'm asking because I never had M and F living together? The M we have right now is about 12 pounds at full size? Do little dogs scrap more than big dogs?
 

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I have had a male and female together, one female already existing in a house, then I added a puppy. The Female took over a mothery role and all was fine.

I am not sure how two males and a female would work out.
 

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I have had a male and female together, one female already existing in a house, then I added a puppy. The Female took over a mothery role and all was fine.

I am not sure how two males and a female would work out.

I have two males (intact) and a female. She was spayed at 36 months.

Both Males are ACDs... 13 and 5 years old... Bit ch will be 8 in a month.

No real issues...
 

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In fact in the last 40 plus years.... the only issues I have had was with multiple Bitc hes..........
 

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Depends sooo much on the individual dogs. If you are going the rescue route, see if you can do a few meet & greets or even a trial period to find a pup who gets along nicely with your current one. We have a spayed female (aussie/lab), a neutered male (boxer mix), and an intact male (cavalier), and all get along wonderfully...never any scraps between them. BUT, all them individually are very docile, mild-mannered dogs. So none of them are really interested in challenging each other.

My parents on the other hand, had two neutered males who fought very badly (one would have probably been killed if they didn't break them up) needless to say, they re-homed the younger dog to my brother. They both have scars from breaking up those fights. BUT, both of those dogs have issues with other dogs in general...not just with each other. Both also have resource and space guarding issues. So they definitely didn't mesh well together.
 

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The worst fight I ever had was between 2 neutered males. One had to have his ears amputated as the consequence of that fight. However, I have 2 bitches right now, and one would kill the other if she could get to her. I live with gates separating them and always put one in a metal crate as an additional security layer when I leave the house. This situation is my own fault - I should have gotten a male puppy instead of the second female, but I prefer bitches and so got a second bitch hoping they would be the kind that would get along and lost the bet.

If I were in the OP's shoes, I'd be looking for a female as a companion to the male in the home.
 

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Some breeds are more prone to same sex aggression than others. In general, your best option is usually a male/female pairing.
 
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