2 females?

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Hello,

We have one female Doberman and we’re considering getting a second one. Do any of you have two females? Should we be concerned about future aggression in same sex companions? 

Interested in any perspectives!

Thanks!

 

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We have a male and a female Dobe plus a female Lab and male mutt. They range in age from 1.5 years to 14 years.  They are neutered and spayed.  Our pack gets along well.  I know it isn't exactly what you're asking but I think most dogs with even temperments will get along. 
 

 

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When I first got my Male Dobie, I already had a male Husky at home.  The Husky did have to show the Dobie who was the Alpha.  Tiberius still has the scar on his muzzle, but there were no more issues after that.  When the Husky passed, I got a Female Dobie for I had heard of the Male aggression.  But then Tiberius also had to tell T'Pol who was the Alpha, she still has the scar on her side, they have little tiffs (mostly growling spats over sleep spaces) but nothing serious.  I think it is more due to enviorment and how they are raised. Just my Two Cents!  

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I think a lot of dog owners think that having a second dog will keep their current dog company.  I've almost always had more than one dog in the house.  They've always gotten along but I've often had the feeling that the first dog in the equation would rather have the pet owner to themselves.  "We have a good thing going, why did you bring Bowser in here?".   I am kidding when I say this but multiple dogs mean doubling up on vet bills, flea and tick, food, and space in the vehicle.  If you need to travel or have an emergency trip you have to figure out how to take care of the dogs.  Obviously I don't practice what I preach.  We have a good time with our pack but their is a fair amount of work involved. 
 

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Thank you for your comments!! 

Our first dobie, Bernigene, loves other dogs. We try to either take her to the dog park or set up a playdate with a local dog almost daily as part of her exercise and socialization. When her 1-on-1 playdates end she sits watching them leave and cries/howls or gets home and mopes. 

So suddenly we thought -- if these dates could take place more often and in our own fenced yard that would be wonderful for her. 

I see what you're saying about doubling everything though.. and her wanting us to herself for cuddling. ;) 

Lots to consider! 

 

 

 

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Bella is getting to the age where she could benefit from play with a younger dog. She is 7. But as Dogman mentioned, she likely really likes 100% of the attention around here and gets plenty of off leash hiking and joy. I would like to get another dog, I just know that it couldn't possibly be as one in a million as Bella is, so I guess we are still delaying.

Same sex aggression can hit either sex - although it is more common and more dangerous in Doberman males. That said, I've had issues with same sex aggression with 2 different pairs of bitches over the years. I've never had 2 males (and never will) at the same time. 

It will almost always be best to have opposite sex pairs. 

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I currently have 3 females. A pair of Doberman sisters and a recently rescued Pyrenees mix almost their same age.

Not sure how the new girl would work out at first as my Dobermans generally do not tolerate strange crap in their yard but...

Worked out fine. The more dominant of the Dobermans actually seems to like the big furball and frequently uses her for a pillow. Zero agression issues from any of them.

I will say though that I should have chose to rescue a different breed dog if I was going to be bringing one home. The Pyrenees mix I ended up with is so much different (behavior and fur wise) that is is not even funny. Complete opposite ends of the spectrum as far as behavior and maintenance / routine care is concerned.

Example: The other day I had them all out in the back letting them run around and one of the Dober girls came running up and plowed into the Pryenees knocking her over. Pyre Girl just stayed down and stuck her paws up in the air while the Doberman stood there waiting for her to get up and return the favor! LOL! Apparently the knock down game is not something she has ever played before!

Pyrenees girl so far has refused to participate in ANY of the wrestling / play fighting games that the Dobie girls get in to. She watches but stays out of it...

 

As far as the extra time needed daily for the new girl is concerned - Currently she adds very little to my previous daily doggie workload if I do NOT count her hair and all the work it takes to deal with that. She gets fed the same exact food at the same exact mealtimes and goes on the same potty break schedule as the Dobie girls do every day. However long it takes to fill up one more bowl each day + add 5 minutes to each potty break for the new girl.

When the Doberman girls were pups and I took them on potty breaks both would get let out to go pee at the same time then one or the other would get reeled in and made to sit by my side while the other did her poop. Then they would trade places and the girl that 'waited' got to go do her stuff. (made things happen a lot faster if they took turns and were not messing around with each other) Dober girls got that rountine stuck in their brains and do it like that every time time they go out now leash or not. New girl saw this routine going on at every single potty break and fell right in line. She pretty much just hangs out at my side till both Dober girls have finished their business then she takes her turn.

I am amazed at how fast new girl went from being an outside dog and having NO schedule of any kind to being an inside dog on a fairly regular everything schedule.