Same sex agression

7 replies [Last post]
Longshanks's picture
Offline
Joined: 2013-01-06

Pet Profiles

Hello all, I have a question about same sex aggression. We have had Jake for about 6 months he is around two or three years old it was suggested to us by his foster dad and our trainer that he would do well to have another dog around,he has lived with other dogs before, and we have had day visits from two male dogs and he enjoyed playing but they were both small dogs (~20lbs). So my question starts here, we have a friend with a male Doberman that needs to find him a home, he currently lives with other male dogs and does fine, he is also a few years old. We are considering adopting him but don't know if it is worth the risk, do Dobermans who have not displayed same sex aggression in the past have risk of doing so with other Dobermans? I know that it typically starts showing around 2 years but I don't know if it can lay dormant for a long time and then suddenly come out. If we were to peruse adoption we would do it in stages, ie have the dogs meet at a park, then have them socialize at our house, then have a weekend visit ect. Right now we are just thinking about what would be the best thing for Jake so advice is greatly appreciated. 

Wolfgirl_121's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-11-08

Pet Profiles

While it is not suggested... If you really want to do this, take your time introducing them, and at the FIRST sign of any aggression, immediately stop. It wont work out. Yes, same-sex-aggression can develop leter in life.

talisin's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-02-25

I personally wouldn't risk it, since you can't predict the future it's safer not to borrow trouble where there isn't any. Help find the other dog a good home so that you feel better about the situation but I just wouldn't do it, cause you will fall in love with the new dog and then when you have to make the decision as to who to rehome it will break your heart. Ask DJ Dad how heartbreaking it can be and his dogs were females....usually a lesser risk than males.....

Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

Sorry to say I have to agree with the opinions stated. It sounds like you'd give a great home to this guy. Why is his family looking to rehome him?

Dogs have their own individual personalities and chemistry.. Just because there's no problem ( yet) with the other dogs in this home, doesn't mean they won't crop up.. and doesn't mean he'll get along with Jake. ( How I love that name!!)

Don't forget that rescues have their own set of quirks as well.. Six months is usually when they start REALLY feeling at home and trusting that they're not going to be abused, abandoned or shuffled off to another shelter, home, back yard, whatever..... and most times.. they seem to prefer to be an 'only child.'

This of course, is just my opinion.. stay tuned.. I think you'll get a few more

Good luck

maeb94's picture
Offline
Joined: 2013-07-06

In a similar state--- we adopted 2 dobe brother puppies. They started showing major aggression by claiming someone in the family. They now sleep in dif beds, eat and drink out of dif bowls----and they both can never be on a leash that is held by one person at the same time. 

My ankles paid for that mistake!

They do love playing together. 

Just have to watch them carefully.

It helps that they are never alone in our household and we are all on the same page.

We are using cdlandrum's help on potty training and our nights have included REM sleep now! Yay!

Longshanks's picture
Offline
Joined: 2013-01-06

Pet Profiles

Thank you for the replies. We have decided that it is not the best to bring the other dog home. His family has to get rid of him because they have to moving to base housing and they do not allow Dobermans. We agreed that it would be best for us to focus on Jake for awhile, he is starting to open up, and we are hoping that he relaxes more in the future. At this point we are thinking of getting a female puppy in a year or two but we will look into that later, we would really like to have two dogs but we also want what is best for Jake, so we will see how it goes. Thank you again.

talisin's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-02-25

Excellent decision!!! Maybe you can help the owner find this dobie a new home? or help in finding a rescue to place the doberdog in......please don't let them do a craig's list ad or free to good home ad, this dog deserves to go to a good rescue who will place him properly.

Longshanks's picture
Offline
Joined: 2013-01-06

Pet Profiles

There is a Doberman rescue in the area that I will let them know about,  he is wonderful dog so I hope we can find someone to take him.