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Old 07-25-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Okay, since our female miniature schnauzer had to be put down, our 5 year old male seems lost. He has never been a really outgoing dog, and she was definately the dominant one. We rescued him as a breeder in a really bad breeding operation. He was about 2 at the time. I think I need to get another dog as a companion to him. I have leaving him at home by himself all day. My question comes up because there is another rescued male schnauzer available, he is 2 years old. I am a little hesitant about having two male dogs in the same house. They are both neutered and our dog gets along very well with other dogs. Do you think I should hold out for a female, or will the two males get along and not mark up the whole house???

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Just my opinion, but you asked. I've found that when you have 2 males, neutered or not they will need to mark their territory. It's natural instinct. Right now your 5 year old is king of the manse and bringing in another adult male will only throw him off resulting in a change in behavior and usually not for the better. If you feel strongly about getting a companion for him. I would suggest a younger female. I understand how you feel, All of my pets have/had companions of their own ilk. I can't live with the guilt of leaving them alone as well. We recently lost one of our dogs to cancer and our remaining dog has gotten used to the fact that she is gone and has taken up with the cats. The only thing is that when I am home, she is under my feet at all times resulting in trips, falls and a bit of foul language. So yes, her companion will be born in mid October. Just my opinion, I could be wrong!

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I agree with what JD said. Unless your boy is very submissive, a young female will give him a companion without him feeling threatened.
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We got a Cocker from the breeder & he is very shy, so we got a female foxy for him, so he would have a friend. He was 2 when we got her & she was 3, both fixed. They get on great. I don't think same sexes always work so play it safe & go for a female. Also when you do get another dog give them a month or two to settle into each others company, it may take that long for them to actually like each other.
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What really got me thinking about this, is that last weekend when we went to my daughter's house, he was like a totally different dog. She has two female MinPins and he had a great time playing with them all weekend.

And our female definately dominated. She was the boss!!!
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get a female.. another male may cause issues.. however you many want to introduce the new dog out side the your dog's home to see how they get along. If ya need more direction PM me, my wife is a vet tech, deals with this a lot.
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I agree. Go female. If your dog was a female instead of male you could probably get away with getting the same sex. We have two females, and they couldn't be any closer. But in this case, I would go female.
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I agree. Go female. If your dog was a female instead of male you could probably get away with getting the same sex. We have two females, and they couldn't be any closer. But in this case, I would go female.

Hey, I've read that you might have more problems with two females than two males. I guess it depends on the personalities of the dogs, more than their sex.

I may have found a female to rescue from a shelter about 25 miles from where we live. Only thing is that on the weekend you can't get a very promp reply to your questions. I am wondering about the age of the female in question.

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