Let's get two of em!!

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Ok so I thought I researched everything I needed before heading out to buy my puppy. The breeder had two left and my husband and I couldn't stand leaving poor pitifull Bugsy (who was the obvious runt and had a rash at the time) behind. At first it was great because they supported each other and played well at 8 weeks old. My suspicion is this byb didn't care or didn't know our boys wouldn't get along in the long run. By 10-12 weeks old they were already showing some aggression towards each other. Now we are still posting their ears and have had them separated for about 3 months so no issues. We plan to neuter both once their ears are up but I'm concerned that its not gonna work out between them. Any advice about this? I can't stand the thought of rehoming either of them as both are very impressive puppies.. Help

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You are doing what's best for them by re-homing one of them now.  It is a self-less act.  Right now, they are cute and cuddly and can easily find a good home through a reputable rescue.  It will be much harder when they are full grown with a disclaimer (does not get along well with other dogs).  

Find a good rescue and have them find a good home for one of your boys.  Don't try to do it yourself, the rescues have more experiance finding an appropriate home for a doberman.

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Welcome!

Unfortunately, with 2 males, and especially siblings, the odds are against you for a peaceful existance.  If you have the ability, time, and patience to keep them separated, there's no reason why you can't keep both.  That's obviously assuming you have the time, resources, and commitment to do so.  If you can't, or are not willing to do this for the rest of their lives, however long that may be, the best bet is to contact local rescues that can help while the dog is still young.  God forbid something DOES happen, it becomes much more impossible to adopt an adult doberman, let alone one that is being rehomed because of "aggression".  May seem tough, but remember, if you feel like you and your family can't properly do this, one or both dogs are getting shor-changed.  Contacting a rescue would be a pretty selfless move.  

The reality is, male dobermans tend to be same sex aggressive, and having a littermate just makes it a whole lot tougher.

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Exactly what Kevin said.


I have seen adult male doberman siblings peacefully coexist.  I have also seen others get horribly scarred and injured.  It's a luck of the draw, with the majority coming down on the side of same sex aggression.  Furthermore, that aggression doesn't usually show up until they reach full maturity, at 1.5-2.5 years old...  if you're already seeing it, it's all but guaranteed to build.

As Kevin said, that doesn't necessarily mean you can't keep both.  Koko's breeder has two males, who are decidedly aggressive with each other.  They have to rotate time inside, in the yard, and in the (practically a small house that they call a) kennel.  But it does take a lot of time, energy and dedication.