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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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We have just come down with MHS. Oakley (female) is 18 months old and we totally love her. We have just came back from the breed who has 3 females and 1 male puppy. We definately want another puppy, but can't decide between a male and a female.

Do 2 females tend to get along better together or a male and a female?
Anyone have any thoughts on that.

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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 10:34 PM
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I dunno, in my experience the females tend to be bossier and more territorial, so getting a male might be a better idea because he will be less likely to challenge her. The downside to that is that she might boss him around a lot, especially if she has a strong personality.

Personally, I have one of each and find Roscoe to be a lot more laid back than Maddie, and he's still a little puppy! He's just so much more agreeable and relaxed, he goes with the flow whereas she wants to be in charge of the flow :P

Either way, good luck with your new pup! I have MHS, too!

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hav 2 males!! so not much help...but would do males over and over!!!

rule of thumb....females love you...males are IN LOVE with you!

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We really wanted a male this time, but fell in love with the colouring of the female - she is black with a white stripe on her head, white back leg and with paw. Way too cute. The male is all white with black ears and black eyes - still really cute - but I hear white dogs are hard to keep clean.
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Are the male havanese territorial?

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I think it is more important to match the temparments when adding another, than the sex.

Some males are easy going, some more aggressive...same with the females.

I have one dominate male and one easy going female so it works good...she lets him be the boss...most of the time, not all the time....but it works well for us and I love having a male and female to see the differance in the sexes.

I would really recommend talking with the breeder about the temparment of your new addition.
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I agree about the temperament. If you truly want this to be a bff for your current Neezer, she isn't going to care about color and keeping it clean (trust me on that one- if it is a great relationship, quite the opposite!)

I have a dominant female (my maltese) who has never played with a dog until I got my easy going playful male who is not territorial with other dogs. If you walked up to my home I am sure he would bark at you. I think if your dog walked up, he would open the gate! My breeder honestly selected a better personality for my family than I could have. I never would have guessed they would have become such great friends but it has really changed my maltese in such a positive way. My hav and him also get along wonderfully but I expected that. But within 2 days to see my maltese wrestling with my boy (she NEVER did that with my girl hav or any other dog) was a shocker and to this day, she does that on a daily basis.

On the otherhand, I feel boy dogs are very much in love with you. For the most part, this is across all breeds. I know some people feel the boy dogs are too needy. I LOVE it myself

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Wow
Thanks for all the input. The only problem is there are a few families wanting the pup I want. I am afraid someone will put a down payment and claim the pup I want, before I can tell their personalities. The pups are only 1 week old. Too young to know their personalities. My Oakley is pretty alpha with the neighbourhood dogs, so I am not sure.

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I love Murphy to pieces but I will never, never, never have a male dog again. He has been impossible to housebreak. He will go weeks without going in the house and then he will decide it is time to mark his territory. He never poops anywhere but outside or in his litter box but he will pee anywhere inside. With that said, Murphy's saving grace is that he is so sweet, outgoing, and friendly. He loves my grandsons and all my customers. I couldn't ask for a better pupster as far as personality goes but his marking his territory makes me nutso! He's mine for life so I have a huge supply of Nature's Miracle to clean up after him.

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But do you think that's male dogs, or specific to Murphy? I haven't read on the forum that male dogs are less likely to housebreak than females. (although left entire for too long, they can start marking, and THAT can be hard to stop) This certainly hasn't been our experience with Kodi. He was started well with his breeder, and continued to do well with potty training once we brought him home. We had a few accidents in the beginning, mainly because WE mis-read his signals or didn't watch him closely enough. At this point he was solidly potty trained.

I haven't had a girl, but I ADORE my boy, and certainly wouldn't hesitate to get another.


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