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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I recently adopted a male havanese puppy (Furley) who is 4 mos now and I am considering getting another havanese puppy so he can have some companionship (it breaks my heart to leave him home alone) and just a friend to hang out with.

I was not sure if I should get a male or female? I was just curious what other ppl thought about having 2 male puppies or 1 male and 1 female? Ultimately I want Furley to like the other puppy and I wasn't sure if males do better with males.

I am sort of interested in a female puppy who is 4 wks now and she won't be ready until end of Feb.

Any thoughts? I am so new at this!
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Christina
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The topic of which gender is probably one of the most often posted questions.
http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=6941&
http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=4630&
http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=2995&

Down the list a ways is probably when to add the second. LOL
Here is a topic on it from two days ago: http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=7171&
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I bought a second puppy, female with my present female and it was a disaster. First of all my older femal havanese is 9 years old. she did not take well to a new little sister in the house. The second puppy, also female was fantastic....great disposition didn't bother my dog at all and was a true havanese wonder. However, it was not working out and the first havanese could not handle the change. If I ever did this again I would get the opposite sex for sure as I think there is something to be said for male being more dominant over the femal. Two gemales are not a good mix expecially when there is an age difference as there was here. You are loooking at bonding two dogs close together in age and it may work. If it were me the opposite would work this time to what you have. I hoever, LOVE the females so it did not work out or me...dominant role etc. The little pupoy was returned to the breeder and fortunately found another home where she was the one and only. HAd the two dogs been able to co exist together I would have had no problems adkusting to the changes of a second puppy. You may want to take your male pup with when considering a second puppy to see how they get along?
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Well I have five femles in the house, three are havanese and the other two are a cocker spaniel and a yellow lab. The ages rage from 1 to 13. I guess it just depends on the disposition of the pups. They are all spayed. I would really think about it before adding a secound one so soon. Good luck!!

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If I ever did this again I would get the opposite sex for sure as I think there is something to be said for male being more dominant over the femal.
What do you mean about males being more dominant than females?
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I bought a second puppy, female with my present female and it was a disaster. First of all my older femal havanese is 9 years old. she did not take well to a new little sister in the house. The second puppy, also female was fantastic....great disposition didn't bother my dog at all and was a true havanese wonder. However, it was not working out and the first havanese could not handle the change. If I ever did this again I would get the opposite sex for sure as I think there is something to be said for male being more dominant over the femal. Two gemales are not a good mix expecially when there is an age difference as there was here. You are loooking at bonding two dogs close together in age and it may work. If it were me the opposite would work this time to what you have. I hoever, LOVE the females so it did not work out or me...dominant role etc. The little pupoy was returned to the breeder and fortunately found another home where she was the one and only. HAd the two dogs been able to co exist together I would have had no problems adkusting to the changes of a second puppy. You may want to take your male pup with when considering a second puppy to see how they get along?

I think had more to do with the personality of the older dog and the fact that she was older. She was used to being queen and no dog (male or female) would be welcome in her life.

I happen to have a male and female. I did not look at genders, but I did look at the personality of the dogs. I know people with more than one male and more than one female and it works!

Please be more concerned about the dog's personality than the gender!
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I had first male Artus which is today 3,5 years old and I add male Cisco which is today 1,5 year old, I encounter no problem, thet are the best friends
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I'm really glad this subject has come up again, I planned on researching some older threads (thanks Kimberly for making that easy for me) I'm not sure if this has been discussed in any of the older threads but my question is if I were to add a 3rd and wanted to keep the 3rd one intact does anyone think there would be a problem if I got another male?

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Is your puppy having a lot of separation anxiety alone during the day? There is probably no guarantee that another dog will help with that, but I know others here have done this successfully, hopefully, they'll chime in.

I think if a dog has the disposition to be overly jealous of other dogs, babies, people, etc./possessive of their owner, it probably doesn't matter what the sex of the 'new' dog is, and some dogs just don't like other dogs. Typically, havanese are great with other havanese (I've never seen otherwise at the playdates I've had and there is always a new hav here) but I guess there are always exceptions to every rule, but maybe the overly jealous older dog was just not willing to share.
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I have two males and they get along fantastically. Never a fight between the two. I think getting a second one is great. It keeps them both more active and happy. In my case anyhow. Just as long as you realize the added costs and the fact that it's a little harder to get away when you have 2. Finding someone to watch one dog is pretty easy but two is far more difficult.

Chances are if your parents never had kids...you won't either...
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