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Hello. I currently have a male chihuahua/daschund, but is more chihuahua. I would like a bigger dog. The animal shelter has a lab and pit/bulldog mix that I like. I'm hesitant to follow through with getting a 2nd dog because of my dog. He is territorial, and i know the bigger dogs could hurt my dog if provoked. Does anyone have any experience with my situation? It would be hard for me to be there and keep them seperate 24/7. I plan to take my dog to the shelter to introduce him to the dogs. Thanks!
 

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If you cannot keep the dogs separated when you aren't there to supervise, you should not have 2 (or more) dogs no matter what the other dog is. If you want to, I'll give you links to numerous stories of people who came home to one dead dog and a second dying dog because they couldn't or wouldn't separate them. In all of these cases, the dogs had been together for years with no problem.
 

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I highly agree with the above.
If you're not able to keep them separated when you're not home to supervise, it's probably not a good idea to adopt another dog, no matter the breed or size.
 

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I have chihuahuas one being under 3 pounds. I also have pit bulls. I would NEVER leave them out together when i'm not home. They all get along great but anything could happen while your gone... Just to big of a chance to take.
 

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have you ever had a dog come to your house? (friend's dog, dog sitting)? do things ever get better or does your little guy just flip out. With any new dog you'll probably want to be able to give them seperate places for the first little while and definately NEVER EVER leave them together unsupervised (not for a lonnnnng time - this includes when you go to the washroom and shower).

Have you considered working wtih a rescue that has foster homes so you know the dog is good with little dogs? This helps one side, but if your own dog is territorial and you are unable to improve that with training and socialisation you may not be in a position to bring in a new dog. Depends on serious his issues are.
 

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Thanks for the input. I could leave my dog inside when i'm at work to seperate them, but i'm now leaning on not getting a 2nd dog. My dog is 4yrs old and I read chihuahua's can live 15yrs. I really want a bigger dog, but I'll propbably wait 10yrs for that.
 

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You need a way to separate them, especially in the beginning. But that method can be as simple as a crate. How does your current dog do with other dogs? When they come onto his territory? Its very important to make sure the two dogs get along (crate and rotate is no way to live if you can avoid it) but depending on your dogs social skills another larger dog isnt out of the question. If your little dog is a 'difficult' personality select the second dog carefully (if you choose to get one) or maybe wait till your current dog has some more social skills.
 

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My dog is territorial, and fights with other dogs, but he is really submissive with ppl. He dominates the other chihuahuas loose in the neighborhood, but there is a large lab that he screams and runs from when it fights back. I think he thinks he's tuff, but will back down to another dog that is stronger. Thanks for the replies.
 

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Dogs of different sizes should be separated when not supervised, if only because the big dog may not know its own strength. I'm holding off on telling you that all dogs must be separated while not supervised. It really depends on the personality of the dogs, and oten times the age and gender of the dogs (if they're both of the same sex, that tends to heighten potential aggression with each other). Also, being of the same litter may also heighten tension.

I say all this after growing up in multiple dog households, with all female dogs. No problems have ever occurred. The dogs were all small--not different sizes. And they were different ages when introduced (adults introduced to puppies).
 

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I would be pretty nervous about getting another dog if you know your current one tends to be dominant and confrontational. A chihuahua that starts fights is a danger to itself and all it takes is one incident where the larger dog decides enough is enough. I would start some work with your little guy to decrease the territoriality and dominance/aggression. When you've made some big strides with neighbourhood dogs he may be ready to have a new dog live permanently in his 'territory'. Go slow though, this is a potentially dangerous situation.
 

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I would be pretty nervous about getting another dog if you know your current one tends to be dominant and confrontational. A chihuahua that starts fights is a danger to itself and all it takes is one incident where the larger dog decides enough is enough. I would start some work with your little guy to decrease the territoriality and dominance/aggression. When you've made some big strides with neighbourhood dogs he may be ready to have a new dog live permanently in his 'territory'. Go slow though, this is a potentially dangerous situation.
x100. I'd work with the current dog before bringing in a new dog (work with a trainer to improve the dog aggression).
 
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