Gender generally plays an essential role in determining whether or not your new dog will get along well with your current pooch.
Although, it is quite possible for dogs of the same sex to get along very well, several animal behaviorists are of the agreement that pairing two pooches of opposite genders is the way to go, if you’re to raise a second day.
Dogs are hierarchical by nature, and in every dog pack, there is usually only room for one top female and one top male pooch. Consequently, raising two dogs of the same gender means that sooner or later, both dogs will fight to establish dominance in the pack.
Raising two dogs of different genders means you’re giving room for both pooches to be alphas of their genders, thereby quashing any potential rivalries.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom, and you can raise two dogs belonging to the same gender. However, to establish a natural hierarchy and to prevent fights from breaking out, it is recommended that the new pooch be significantly younger than your current dog.
Other Factors To Consider When Choosing A Second Dog
The decision to get a second dog is not something that should be taken lightly, and apart from gender, there are several factors that need to be put into consideration before making a decision on this matter.
What Is Your Current Pooch’s Personality and Temperament Like?
Firstly, you need to consider your current pooch and how it may react to the introduction of a new pooch. Some dogs tend to become extremely jealous when a new dog is brought home, thereby leading to bad blood between both pooches.
However, this jealousy and rivalry can be avoided if proper arrangements are made to introduce both pooches in a calm, serene setting.
Is Your Current Dog Well Behaved?
You also need to consider your current dog’s behavior and whether or not there are undesirable traits that can be passed on to the new dog. Most animal behaviorists suggest waiting for, at least, one year before getting a second dog, as this gives the old pooch enough time to bond well with its owners and learn house rules that can then be easily passed on to the new pooch.
Do You Have Enough Space To Raise A Second Dog?
In addition, you need to consider your environment and determine whether or not there’s enough space to raise a second dog.
Can You Afford To Raise Two Dogs?
Cost is another factor that should be considered, and you need to be sure that you’ll be able to cover the living expenses of both dogs. If you’ve been finding it difficult to afford food, vet bills and visits to the groomer, adding a second dog may not be the right move for both you and the pooches.
Physical Status Of Both Dogs
Pairing two dogs that are on the opposite ends of the size spectrum may not be the best move, as the larger dog may accidentally trample on its small furry friend while they are both playing.
Similarly, elderly dogs may not be able to cope with the high energy displays of puppies or younger pooches; Hence, attempting to pair them both may result in a mismatch.
That said, if you’ve decided that getting a second dog is the right move for your family, the steps to properly introduce this new pooch into your home are outlined in the following section.