Are you considering getting a second dog? Maybe you are wondering if you should get a male or female?
Adding another dog to your family can be a lot of fun, for both you and your current dog! However, it’s not a step to be taken lightly.
To avoid potential conflicts between your current dog and a new dog, you’ll want to make sure to make the best choice.
As you know, we have a multi-dog household. We have had as many as 14 furry friends at one time however, currently, we have 9 pups. They range from a puppy to an 18-year-old Chihuahua, 7 pounds to 125 pounds, and a mix of males and females.
So let’s talk about which gender would work better with your current dog along with a few other important considerations you should think about.
If you are worried about training you should look into a few online training classes from popular trainers to start.
To help you out, here are a few points to consider before making your decision.
If you are wanting to add another dog to the family, should you get a male or female?
Hopefully, these tips will help with that decision and soon you will be bringing home your new family member!
As you will also see, a lot depends on your current pooch!
1. Your Current Dog’s Gender
In general, when it comes to deciding whether you should get a male or female, opposite-sex dogs tend to work best.
A male dog will have fewer issues with a new female dog, and vice versa. This has to do with dominance.
Physical fights may occur as dogs of the same gender fight to become the alpha.
But if you have one male and one female, each can be the alpha of their own gender, reducing the risk of fights.
But if you do get another dog of the same gender, a pair of males may be less likely to get into fights than a pair of females.
2. Your Current Dog’s Temperament
When considering whether to get a male or female, you should definitely consider your current pup’s temperament.
If they’re sweet and playful and always get along with the other dogs at the dog park, they may be fine with a new dog of any gender.
However, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers, and other breeds with strong, dominant personalities are likely to have a harder time cooperating with other dogs of the same gender and may show signs of aggression.
3. Your Current Pup’s Age
You should also take your current dog’s age into account when deciding on the gender of the dog you are adding to the family.
If you currently have a puppy, they’re likely to be more receptive to a new canine friend entering their life, regardless of gender.
Since puppies are in the stage of their life when they’re easiest to train, you’ll be able to quickly teach them what kind of behavior isn’t appropriate when around the other pooches.
As puppies grow up, the possibility of dominance fights may increase.
However, if dogs have grown up together they’re likely to be able to tolerate each other pretty well.
4. Your Current Dog’s Size
If your current pooch is small and your next pup is going to be big, it’s possible they won’t consider themselves similar enough to be worth having dominance fights.
A male Dachshund can think of himself as so different from a male Greyhound that he doesn’t even consider starting a fight and instead, the two become good friends.
However, a male Saint Bernard meeting another male Saint Bernard sees a dog of equal size and may view the other male as a threat.
Of course, there are exceptions to any rule.
5. Your Current Dog’s Energy Level
In addition to deciding on a male or female, consider if your current dog is able to interact with a puppy, or will an older calmer dog be best.
If your current pooch is high-energy and loves to play, then an active puppy may be the perfect companion.
They’ll help each other burn off excess energy and provide plenty of entertainment.
If your pup is more of a couch potato, then an older, more relaxed dog may be a better choice.
An older dog isn’t as likely to take on the role of alpha and can provide the companionship your current pup needs.
At the end of the day, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question.
Ultimately, it’s up to you and your pup to decide what gender, temperament, energy level, and/or age of a new dog will work best in your home.
You’ll know a bit more about their compatibility when they meet, but you’ll have a better idea of their relationship once they’ve been living together for a few weeks.
Regardless, make sure to introduce them carefully, give each their own things such as food bowls and beds, separate spaces for quiet time, and be ready to correct any behavioral issues or bad behavior.
You will also need to remember that there will be an adjustment period for them to settle in.
Have you ever owned multiple dogs at once?