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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 10-01-2012, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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We have the bug again!!

I know this has been discussed a million times here but here goes again. We are thinking of adding another Hav to our family . We have Cooper, who is now 4, and is the just the most perfect little guy. We are a little worried of what he's going to think and we certainly don't want to do anything to change his wonderful personality. But our kids are getting older and moving on and we thought it would be great to get another for both us and Cooper. I think after the initial shock Coop would love it. He loves all dogs that he sees and can't wait to play with them!! We aren't sure if we should get a girl or a boy. A breeder told us that we would be better off with another boy because female Havs are very dominant and with Cooper's calm personality he may be dominated to much. Any thoughts? The breeder we are looking at has a boy and a girl available and the way the boy's personality was described to us it sounds just like Coop.
So we're a little nervous but think we really want to move forward and we are confused about the whole boy girl thing...Help!

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I believe the breeder is right. The girls tend to be the alpha and I think he needs to remain the boss If you go with another passive boy the 2 will probably be best buds! My boys love each other. I think it's great company for them. Good luck!





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Forget about the dominance issue. Pick out the pup you like best, . Opposite sexes have better chances of adapting. But pick the one you like.

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Lucky you! I'm still in the "thinking of adding another one or maybe not" stage.
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Aahhh conflicting opinions... I know this might sound crazy but we want to make sure that adding a buddy for Cooper won't change his personality somehow because he truly is just perfect for us.

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mamcjt... this has been a topic of discussion for quite a while

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I am certainly not an expert but we have two males and they are the best of buddies. We have fostered two females and neither of our boys warmed up to the females.

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Kim that's what we'd hope for...that they would become best buds. Do you think it's any different with Cooper being 4 as opposed to him being a year or two old?

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yeah Donna, here are some questions to ask yourself.
Adding a second dog Pat Miller http://www.thebark.com/content/bringing-home-second-dog

http://blogs.dogster.com/dog-trainin...d-dog/2010/12/

http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/bringing-home-bella


you'll never know how it will change your dog until it happens. Some get along fine some have a hard time. No easy predictions.

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Thanks Dave.... I actually read all of those articles yesterday.

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