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Adding a second dog to our family, pros/cons?

We've had Yoyo for 3 years now and are considering getting a 2nd dog. A friend wants to give her Hav away to us, but I don't have experience with multiple dog households.

This Hav is also a 3 y/o male, so my question is is whether adding a 2nd male would cause any problems? Would it be better to have a female?
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do they get along?

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do they get along?
We're meeting tonight, so fingers crossed.
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I had two boys before I got Ruby and they were great together. A lot of people here have had two of the same sex and some have had one of each. It seems to work out either way. I have a theory. If you expect it to work, somehow, over time it will. Any time in my life that I've added to my four legged family I never entertained the notion that it might not work and it always has.

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You'll probably have more answers after you see them interact with each other, they may act like long lost brothers and make your mind up for you

Let us know how the meet up goes!

and of course, Pictures if you have them

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If you have a chance to see them together that's a big advantage. We just became a two dog home for the first time. They are both girls and we really didn't know what to expect. After a little concern the first few days everything is going well and we are all enjoying the experience. When it's quiet time they curl up in a ball on the couch. With a 3 yr old and a puppy there is plenty of play time. This might be something you will enjoy and Yoyo might be thrilled to have a playmate.
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We didn't let our dogs interact before we got Copper, but it's a good idea if you're able to do so.
We lucked out....our dogs get along great.
The first week, I wondered what the heck I was thinking.
But they settled down and we all got into a routine.
IT's so nice that Miley has someone to play with....she wasn't such a "needy" dog after we added Copper to the mix.
I will probably never have just one dog again...I think they need a playmate.
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In the past we have had 2 males together, they were Tibetan terriers,the first we had from puppyhood,and when he was a year old we collected a rescue, anyway they got on like a house on fire no problems.They were both neutered.Now we have Dizzie who is 18 months old and Nellie who is 18 weeks old and they are getting on better and better as time goes bye.

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How did the meeting go?

I think males, especially neutered ones, are easier to house together than females. Just my opinion - and personal experience with our pack.

Patience and supervision will help them over any adjustment hump.

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How did the meeting go?

I think males, especially neutered ones, are easier to house together than females. Just my opinion - and personal experience with our pack.

Patience and supervision will help them over any adjustment hump.
We re-scheduled our meeting day for Monday, and we're going to be meeting in neutral territory (at a friend's house/yard).

Anyone have experience with two dogs and a new baby? We're planning for children next year. Just some things to think about running through my head....
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