Male and Female dogs...Question

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Arwen:
hi.
I was wondering if its true that male and female dogs always get on well and don't fight?
Im taking my dog for a dog meet at the local RSPCA shelter. He is a collie and seemed laid back enough, even though when we met him all the dogs were barking at him and he seemed not too bothered. He barked back at some of them but he seemed unbothered.
Thing is we used to have another female dog and she and my current dog (also female) got into several big fights. We had to put the other dog down (due to illness) but i have just started a new job and my dog is stressed and my vet suggested I get another dog to keep her company. He didnt seem to think aggression was a big issue with a male dog (also the other female who was sick always started the fights.. never my current dog). Im just really worried. the staff at the RSPCA didnt know much about his history coz he had just been brought in from the pound. They did say he passed 3 behaviourists's tests for agression. But they said to bring in my dog to see what will happen.
So my question is this: Do female and male dogs eget along or do they get into fights too? What should I expect whenI bring him home? Any advice?
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Phyllis:
I have a female mixed chow and I rescued a male lab mix when my female was 4 years old. At first she wanted nothing to do with the male. She couldn't stand him. The male on the other thought she was the best! I named him Ginger's Shadow. After some time had passed, my female started to appreciate his company and they settled in well with each other and playing together. Occassionally, there will be a dog fight over treats or a chew toy but not very often.

My female submits because my lab is a little larger. The only weird thing is, both dogs are fixed but my female is always trying to mount my male. He lays down very scared and jumps up after a second to get away from her. When I asked my vet why my female starts acting like a male, my vet said it is because she's showing she's the dominant one. My male has never mounted her. Here I thought he was the dominant one because he attacks her first. Sorry for rambling, probably a little more information than you were looking for.

IMO, having a male and female works better than like gender.
Phyllis
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Anonymous:
[nq:1]hi. I was wondering if its true that male and female dogs always get on well and don't fight?[/nq]
No, it is not true. There is very little in this world in which someothing is "always" true. Usually* a male and a female is a good bet to at least tolerate each other. But While it is uncommon for male and female to fight it is not *so* uncommon that you could call it "rare." It is not "rare" just unuusual. All these unspecific words because there are all kinds f factors that will influence the chances. Breed is the most significant, breeding background, socialization, training, and interpack dynmaics are all factors. Sometimes the addition or substraction of a *different member of the household can influence the relationships between two existing dogs, even if they are opposite sex.
[nq:1]Im taking my dog for a dog meet at the local RSPCA shelter. He is a collie and seemed laid ... we used to have another female dog and she and my current dog (also female) got into several big fights.[/nq]
Same sex aggression is common.
[nq:1]We had to put the other dog down (due to illness) but i have just started a new job and ... issue with a male dog (also the other female who was sick always started the fights.. never my current dog).[/nq]
Depending upon breed, same sex aggression between two males is often (not always) less serious than same sex aggression between females.
[nq:1]Im just really worried. the staff at the RSPCA didnt know much about his history coz he had just been ... dogs eget along or do they get into fights too? What should I expect whenI bring him home? Any advice?[/nq]
Chances are they will do just fine. But that's just a prediction. It is typical for the female to bully the male a bit. Most males will accept that to a point. In the typical situation when the new dog gets settled in and starts feeling confident he will object with some smarls and growls, and perhaps some teeth gnashing over being bullied too much. Typically it will sound awful and scary but when all is done there will not be any real damage on either dog. And, again gnerally speaking, between malea nd female that will pretty much be it.

A lot of it depends on how you handle situations as they come along. FOr example, I don't allow one dog to steal another's food, or even stand there drooling waiting for the other to finish. It is normal, but rude. you will have to keep an eye on things when you give a high value treat (e.g. freah raw bone) vs when you give lower value treats (dry dog biscuit). Sometimes dogs that get alone fine most of the time have trouble when there is something they really want involved.

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Leah:
[nq:1]So my question is this: Do female and male dogs eget along or do they get into fights too?[/nq]
They are less likely to get into serious fights than dogs of the same sex (especially females), but they still can.
[nq:1]What should I expect whenI bring him home? Any advice?[/nq]
Don't leave them alone unsupervised until you're sure that they have no issues with each other. There may be some initial snarkiness, but that isn't always a signal that they won't become fast friends once they get to know each other.

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Child:
[nq:1]hi. I was wondering if its true that male and female dogs always get on welland don't fight?[/nq]
No. Some dogs, male or female, will fight with any dog.
[nq:1]Im taking my dog for a dog meet at the local RSPCA shelter. He is a collie and seemed laid ... dogs eget along or do they get into fights too? What should I expect whenI bring him home? Any advice?[/nq]
Two females IS the combination that I believe is most likely to fight. A male and female would be the least likely to fight. Certainly, I can't offer you any advice specific to your dog as I dont' know her, or the circumstances of the previous fight, the temperment of her and the dog she fought with and the temperment of the dog you might adopt. Can you do a trial run?
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Rocky:
[nq:1]So my question is this: Do female and male dogs eget along or do they get into fights too? What should I expect whenI bring him home?[/nq]
The odds are with you when you have a male/female combination - that's always been my preference, though right now I have two male dogs that get along extremely well. There are way too many exceptions to make a hard'n'fast rule, though.

My suggestion would be to have the dogs meet on neutral territory, not at the shelter if possible - someplace lower stimulus. I met with my newest dog at a wide open off leash park in an area where we were the only ones. I brought my older female and younger male, the fosterer brought New Dog. They met on leash (except for old girl Murphy) for sniffing and such, and quickly progressed to on leash then off leash play. There was no posturing and it worked out really well.
If you progress to the point that you want to take the new dog home, make sure that each dog has a "time out" area, whether it's a room or a crate. Avoid competitions over toys or anything valuable (like a rawhide) and keep a close eye on them. I've seen two relatively submissive dogs both on their backs seeing who could get the lowest go from submission to scrapping in the blink of an eye.
At some point, one dog is going to seek a more dominant status over the other - and this can change day-to-day and situation- to-situation, flip-flopping back and forth for no apparent reason. Let them settle it out between them. (I'm not talking about fighting.) Avoid taking sides with your favourite (usually the dog you've had the longest) and treat both dogs the same. You'll hear lots of stuff about feeding the dominant dog first, petting them first, etc. - do whatever is convenient for you, and don't worry about things like "dominance" or "alpha dog" and the like.
Good luck - I think that two dogs is a good number.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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