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multiple girls in one home?

I need some advice. We currently have a little 18 month old female Maltese and are looking at adopting a 4 month old female Havanese. I have never had two females at the same time.....any potential problems or am I worrying for nothing? I have also never owned these two breeds before. I would appreciate your opinions.

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they usually work it out...

I have seen all combinations...I have never seen a problem as long as they both get lots of attention. We have a friend's female come over all the time and Riki and Daisy both love her. We only have challenges when there are three dogs...and there is just the challenge of who is alpha...and it doesn't matter if it is male or female...someone wants to be the boss when there are three.

I have a male and a female, just because it worked out that way. We have havanese playdates with males and females and they all get along.

Riki has always loved maltese. As long as they look like him, he is quite the fan!

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Welcome to the forum! I also have a maltese and she is a handful, hence we went to havanese cause we were nervous about Belle with another maltese as small as her. Belle is about 99% terrier in that tiny white body! I first added a Hav girl to our mix cause I didn't want a boy. They played a bit but her life really changed this summer when I added my Hav baby boy. Isabelle and Dasher play NON stop! Their dynamic and not sure whether it is sex driven is totally different. Belle has never been one to play with another dog- she usually puts on the tiny dog syndrome but with Dasher she just let's it fly out the window and goes nuts.

I do have to say after adding Dasher to my family, I love the little boys. They just have such an easy going attitude compared to my girls. I want another but need to talk the only boy in my house without the easy going attitude into it

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I read that female Havanese tend to be more dominant than males, but it shouldn't matter in the long run. Just introduce them and watch them interract. We got Sophie when she was 4 months old and she was introduced to my best friend's 5 month old Bichipoo(who is bigger). They ended rolling around with each other, becoming one ball of fur and spit. Lucy likes to play hard and would dominate Sophie, but Sophie would just get back up and egg her on for more....she loved it! For the first four months of her life, Sophie grew up with three adult Havs, her two siblings, a rough collie and an australian shepherd...not to mention a few cats!

If you are not used to the ways dogs play, it might seem stressful. My hubby was worried that they were fighting. I had to teach him about the different barks and behaviors dogs do when they are playing. What is the temperament of your Maltese? Has she been socialized with other dogs? What is the temperament of the 4 mo. old Hav? If she came from a puppy mill or has not been properly socialized, you may have to limit contact at first.

If you end up getting her, please post pics and let us know how both are doing. Good luck!

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LOL Amanda! Just saw your vid after I posted...what a riot!

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I would think that the only time you would have trouble is if you have two dominant bitches in one house. (I do mean dominant, not alpha, which many people confuse.) Most of the time, it shouldn't be a problem having two females in the house.
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Love the video.
Just wondering, does Dora seem to feel left out?

We are considering getting a third, (just considering) in a year or so.
We have a male and female now and I'd like another male.

But these 2 get along so well, I wonder if someone would feel left out of the play if we get another. Guess it would depend on the temperament combination and the introduction process.

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We have three canine females in our house. We have two female Havs ages three and four and a three year old Sheltie who was added to the mix this last June. All three of them get along fine. Oddly, the oldest and smallest, McKenna, is the alpha.
Even our cat is female. The only males in our house are DH and our three birds!


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I have four females in the house and do not have any problems at all. I am ready to get a boy for our next puppy. Good luck!!!

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Guess I don't know the difference between dominant and alpha.

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