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Old 03-05-2007, 07:38 PM
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Hello, my little maltese and I have a question that we've been researching and can't seem to find any solid answers. Maybe one of you could help us. My fiance and I recently bought a house. Its a cape, with a small yard, but a nice park just down the street. Currently we have a maltese that is almost 2 years old. He is pretty well behaved, but not really socialized yet with other pets except my moms maltese that he grew up with. The size of our yard and house is perfect for little Scrappy, and we're very happy. However, my fiance is dead set on getting a Golden Retreiver pup. We do have ample space in the park for the excersize, and he or she will not be short on love and tlc, I am vice president of a boarding and grooming kennel and I know how to take care of a new puppy for sure! The problem...or maybe not so much a problem as just a I am worried about such a small breed (my maltese Scrappy) and a hyper active Golden puppy that will eventually tower over my little man will get along! Will my maltese get hurt playing? I am so nervous, and I will continue the quest in finding the perfect dog for my finace, however I need to get some info on this. I have seen families come in for boarding at the kennel with a toy yorkie and a bullmastiff in the same pen, but how do I know my baby will be ok? And the new puppy...any info?
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Old 03-05-2007, 07:55 PM
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I wouldn't worry ...... yours is old enough to teach ( hopefully not meanly ) and a Golden basically is gentle if from good breeding . By the time your Golden has size ... they will have worked things out . Just don't let the Maltese make the Golden aggressive !
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:24 PM
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I wouldn't be worried about the golden being overly aggressive or rough, if he grows up with your dog he will learn how rough is too rough. I do worry about your dog if he is not socialized. I would make sure your dog will be good with dogs first. They should meet before you finally purchase the dog. If you adopt from a rescue make sure they temperament test and that the golden will be good with dogs. The dogs will learn how to adapt to each other and to play without hurting the other, there are people on the forum who have big and little dogs so hopefully they will shed more light on this topic. I hope you enjoy the forum! I'd love to see pictures of your dog
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:30 PM
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Puppies are puppies. They test their limits and like to push but I'm sure you can make it work. Your older dog should definitely have a safe place to go when she needs to get away from the pup. You also might want to consider getting an older pup or a young adult. They have a little more respect for dogs than those really young ones. I know it's hard to resist their squishy faces though
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Old 03-07-2007, 01:08 PM
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Just about a year ago, we lost our Golden Retriever to Osteosarcoma. She was about ten years old, and falls into the "my most unforgettable character" category. I gather there has been far too much irresponsible breeding of Goldens, and I've had a schitzy one, but Maggie--who died--was a true dog-saint. We used to say we'd never be able to handle a new puppy without her, because she could be counted on to whip them into shape right away. She was always kind and gentle, and she really enjoyed puppies. Now, your little guy actually will have the advantage here: from my observation, size notwithstanding, the dogs automatically know who's the puppy and who's the adult--and who's in charge. You may find you have to protect the Golden puppy, at first! My guess is they'll work it out pretty quick, and do each other a lot of good.

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Old 03-07-2007, 07:55 PM
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my parents had one the most massive goldens i have ever seen, and got a bichon frise puppy. they were the best of buds and romped about in the backyard like crazy. no one was ever hurt, even when they rolled around together.
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Old 03-14-2007, 01:29 PM
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:15 PM
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we had a tiny maltese mix and a massive mastiff mix at growing up at the same tim enad they were like sisters. they were so close.

when we bought mac home she was only about 5 weeks old we think (i know, its disgusting but she wasn't from a breeder) and she wandered around. they other dogs were really good about her. we have always had dogs that range from pretty small to pretty big and never had a problem. little dogs easily get a very big ego.
i've seen daisy trying stand her ground against a greyhound that its owners really obvisouly wern't being responsible for and sophie had to step in. and mac just rips into all the other dogs when they get too much for her.
harry and her have fought a couple of times and the thing is, she picks it. harry is about 3 times her size and about2.5 times heavier than her and if they fight there is no point in trying to stop harry. because even if you drag him away, mac will come at him again.
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:22 PM
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just supervise them in playtime and when you go out, crate them seperately to avoid accidental injury.

ive had chis and danes wihtout a problem so a maltese and a golden should be fine.

I wonder if other dogs think Cresties are members of some weird religious cult?

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Old 03-15-2007, 02:47 PM
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Anxious to know what you decide !!
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