I am curious as to your thoughts. Rico, Hav, age 23 months lives with us and Taffy, Welsh Terrier, age 7 female. We have had Rico since Oct. The dogs, after initial adjustment, are wonderful together as
Both dogs initiate play. Taffy is seemingly the dominate dog.
Rico constantly, and I do mean constantly, nibbles and nuzzles Taffy, he nuzzles her behind the ears, he pulls her beard, he nibbles her ears, her neck, he mouths her back legs as she walks by. He cannot seem to get enough of her. Surprisingly, she tolerates it. I worry that it's because I was so hard on Taffy when we first got Rico because I worried she'd be overly dominant to him based on her "terrier-ness." Taffy is very human submissive and was the submissive dog when we had Razz, a Shar Pei. Razz established and kept dominance for 6 years after a $500 vet bill fight when Taffy made a try for top dog status. Taffy is very ummmm territorial ie warn off passing dogs and she absolutely hates the female JRT neighbor.
Do you think Taffy will continue to tolerate all the nuzzling, nudging and nibbling from Rico? Is this normal? If I were Taffy, it would drive me insane. I researched long and hard before deciding on a male Hav as a female Welsh Terror companion as Taff often seems to feel threatened by other dogs (again, this may just be her terrierness as misinterpreted by me).
Finally, even though Rico will be 2 next month he seems quite puppified. He is very affectionate to all of us. We adore him. Actually, I thought no dog could ever come close to Razz in my affections. I was wrong.
My worry is that he will drive Taffy to the limit and she will snap. Even though she only weighs only 5 lbs more (16lbs vs 11 lbs) she is much much stronger and muscular than Rico.
Should I be stopping this behavior of Rico's even though Taffy seems ok with it? Is it normal Hav/dog behavior? I feel like I should be kissing Taffy's paws for being so very tolerant...
What are your thoughts?