Having 2 female dogs in the same household.. Does it usually work?

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  1. Fran101

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    Anyone that has 2 female dogs please chime in. Do they get along well?

    Kenya is the only female dog in the house for now

    Do female dogs usually get along? We will be adopting (fingers crossed) an adult female papillon soon and I was wondering If there were any precautions I should be taking or if this kind of arrangement usually works out

    kenya is great with all other dogs and loves them, but im also scared of her getting jealous. She is pretty much the "only child", shes the only dog that sleeps in my room, goes out with me ect.. and although she loves other dogs im worried she might get jealous of the new addition

    Since kenya is a big girl, her and the new pap will NEVER be left alone together unsupervised, but i still would like them to get along.

    I dont have any pictures or anything about the new addition, i just know she has 2 females paps available, one 7 month old and one 2 year old. im so excited!

    Also, how would you do introductions?
     
  2. I've never had a problem with my females being together. I have 7 (but Audubon doesn't count, as she's DA and HA to everything).

    But all my females, who came to me at various ages and with various backgrounds, do great around each other, and I've had no problems.
     
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    How do you do introductions with your crew?
     
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    I have 2 females right now. They get along really well. Hailey is Dog Selective, and Molly is submissive. They're great playmates.
    They've only been together for about 3 weeks now. We got Hailey from a shelter, so we took Molly along with us, and they kinda touched noses and sniffed each other a little. Both were really more interested in the people than the other dog, lol. When we got Hailey home we let her sniff the house while Molly was outside, then vice versa. Then they got really interested in each other through the sliding glass door and we let them be together, and they really hit it off :)
     
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    I've never had any problems but they were introduced as pup ! I had friends with Dobs and GSDs and many fights ensued . I think that it depends on the breed and upbringing .
     
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    All three get along for the most part. Allie is the play toy for both Noodle and Ruby, and we make sure that they don't argue over who gets what.

    It was scary the first week Ruby came home...she was overly aggressive and unpredictable. With some work and slow introductions, she now loves Allie and gets along well with Noodle.

    It depends on the personality of your dogs.
     
  7. Well, I've been *extremely* blessed with my crew. All seemed to love other dogs no matter what. All my guys are extremely accepting of new dogs, even foster dogs large and small that pass thru here.

    As far as introduction... honestly, I just bring them home, set them down, and let the crew sniff around as I watch closely. I usually introduce 1 or 2 dogs to the new dog at a time though, never the entire crew at once. That's really about it for me. I think the best thing you'll be able to do is introduce the new dog to Kenya on neutral territory and see how they respond to each other.
     
  8. Brattina88

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    Mine all get along good! For the most part Maddie and Mia pretty much ignore eachother lol but Maddie loves Missy. and she gets along well with fosters. Usually, if they are "issues" its usually over a resource or a previously learned behavior causing negative reactions. And in my experience it can be remidied by trainig (!) and prevention (no bones for dogs who've been possesive in the past, for example) Its best to try and introduce dogs on neutral territory. I always walk down the road and have a friend meet me there with my dog and then go on a casual walk with them both, and eventually head home and take them inside together. :) works for me! :D I'm excited for you, by the way! :)
     
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    Depends on your breed. I would think the pap would have no issues if its a typical pap. Your girl may or may not care.

    I would intro on non home ground first.
     
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    Mary and Pepper get along great. My mom once had two italian greyhound girls that did as well. AT the kennel if we could we put two girls in the big runs so they had company.
     
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    Guess I'll be the exception. Lizzie hates *most* female dogs. I say *most* because she had one female dog when she was younger that she loved to play with. She definitally is more a 'male's' dog. :rofl1:

    I think it depends more on the dog, than anything. I know other females that get along fine :)
     
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    Paps are typically (as in a pap with the proper temperament) incredibly tolerant of other dogs/animals. Of course that varies, but we've had multiple females for a long time with no problems.

    Now, Summer is reactive so introducing her to new dogs takes some time. I just don't push her and let her come to meet the newbies on her own time. Both my girls were frightened of the non-papillons initially so I had to watch them around Nikki and Trey. In a couple days they were fine with them. Since accepting the other dogs, Summer has had no scuffles at all with them (beyond normal grumping).
     
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    Well, I have two bitches, lol . . . a Fila and an APBT. Right now they're asleep on the bed together.
     
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    Now, Nikki didn't like some of the other dogs. Incredibly she got on better with Rose and Summer than any of the boys minus Trey. I think for her it was more of the fact that the boys were a bit in your face, crazy energetic and she didn't enjoy that at all. :p
     
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    A papillon typically should be fine - not that there aren't exceptions. GSD's go either way, but I've seen plenty of female GSD's get along fine with other females. My two females do OK together.

    I do agree with the suggestion to have them meet someplace neutral.
     
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    I have... 6 females in the house and problems with 1 who hates another 1. The other 5 are all happy with each other. The one bitch who is a bitch simply gets her own time away from the 1 that she hates. She gets along with the other 4 without a hitch.

    Its just a personality thing, has nothing to do with gender. I've always had more females then males and less worry about intermixing a new girl then trying to slide a new boy in.
     
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    I have two females and have never had a problem. It took Kai about 3-4 weeks to fully accept her but now they are buddies. :)
     
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    Molly and Lucy were fine together. We didn't really do any sort of introduction either... just kind of plopped them next to each other and had them sniff each other.

    But Molly was pretty tolerant of everything unless she had reason to be annoyed. I guess I would have been more concerned introducing a larger dog to Molly, but since Lucy was only the size of her head, I didn't think it would bother Molly.
     
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    Mum and my sister prefer females, we have always had multiple females at once and never a problem. Stramgley enough our only problems are male/male and male/female
     
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    depends on the dogs and on the breed. luce lived with my female mini poodle fine but the poodle was there first and was so oblivious to everything she almost didn't count as a dog. there were no doggy politics or social climbing with that poodle. she was beyond that.

    i do not think i'd ever try to bring another female into the house because as a rule she Does Not tolerate other bitches. boys are fine.
     

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