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May 24th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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We currently have one puppy (well he's 6 yrs old now) and are thinking about getting a second one. Though I'm not sure how "young" or "old" that second one should be so that they'll get along. I've been thinking that getting a female, as I have a male, would be a good idea... But not sure. Any thoughts?
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May 24th, 2010, 06:14 PM
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I think it all depends on how well they are both socialized. If they have been around other animals or dogs you could probably get any age and be just fine. I have always liked having a male/female instead of two of the same. But most of the time two females work too or two males if you socialize them properly and they are fixed with no females in heat. I have no idea if that helps or not . If you are going to adopt I would try to take your older dog with you so you can see how they get along before you have a big rucus in your house . Good luck. Would love to know what you get.
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May 24th, 2010, 07:37 PM
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Having adopted a dog when my girl was around 6 I'd HIGHLY recommend getting one around the same age, as in 2-3 years your 6 year old will be a senior and you don't want a dog that's 2-3 years old who is in the prime of wanting to play running circles around (and pissing off) your senior. So I'd recommend getting a 4-7 year old if you already have a 6 year old so that they can age together and not have one with tons of energy and one slowing down due to age.

If your male is fixed and socalized and you REALLY want a male dog it's absolutely do-able, however you'll be hard pressed to find a rescue who will adopt a same sex dog to you so yes you will have a much easier time if you get a female. I absolutely would not do two females though.

Definitely look into breeds, take your dog with you when you are ready to adopt (Usually a requirement anyway) to make sure they get along and introduce them correctly when you get home (too many people just bring the dog home and put them in the yard which is not the way to go), and you should be just fine.
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May 25th, 2010, 12:53 PM
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I think it depends on your dog. Some adult/older dogs don't like younger dogs, or just hyper dogs in general. Some are just fine. We have always had what I guess could be considered a big age difference in our dogs (our Westie was 11 when we got our Rott, the Rott was 3 when we got our lab, and now the lab is 10 and MY lab is 3 going on 4). The advantage of having a bigger age difference is the older dog can "train" the younger dog. The disadvantage to this being if your older dog isn't a balanced, well behaved dog, or simply doesn't like younger dogs/dogs getting in their face and being hyper it just won't work.

In the end it depends on your dog, and what you're looking for in the new dog.
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May 25th, 2010, 01:05 PM
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We have two dogs with a huge age difference and they love each other and get along fine. One is 4 (female) and the other is 11 (male). I think it is going to depend on your dog's personality as well as the one you add. My older dog likes to play and does okay for his age, but when he is done playing he is DONE and he tells her, lol! The good thing is that she listens to him 99% of the time, so there usually aren't any issues with that. IMO as long as the dogs understand each other, then I don't see the age difference as an issue. The only bad thing I see is that though they both LOVE going on walks, the older one tires out after about 30 minutes while the younger one would like to go for at least an hour, so it makes it a little difficult for me to properly exercise her sometimes. Good luck!
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May 26th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Thanks guys! That helps alot. now to convince hubby that we need one before the backyard is done!
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