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To be honest I didn't have any plans although I always wanted to add another one. Sam just came up at the right time and I couldn't say no. I did have all the finances and time to give him though so that would have influenced my decision had I not.
Also my other boy was the right age and his training was where I wanted it to be so that he could help teach and cope with the pup. :)
 

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I added a second dog once i felt my first dog was well trained and well settled in the envrionment. I still had a few small issues with my first dog but it felt the right time and i felt i could control more dogs and the time was right.

Also it was nice for her to have some company!
 

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Kobi Malamute was around 2 1/2 when Nanuq Mal/sibe mix came as a 12 week old pup. He was still pretty hostile to her at first though, although they love each other to bits now.

Personally I would get opposite sex as you probably know they can be same sex agressive. Even then with some Mals opposite sexs of the same breed especially they can be funny and not funny haa haa. I heard of someone recently with an older boy Mal and they tried to rescue a year old Sibe and the Mal boy wouldnt take to her.

Mals and even the sibe/mal mix Ive found too that once they hit adolescence
can be not so tolerant of other dogs or certain ones once they get that bit older. Worse time too seems to be end of the first year/ throughout the second year, for being stroppy teenagers and pushing their luck.

Dont know how old yours is at the moment but early socialisation and training is very important and it needs to be consistent and ongoing both in socialisation and training right through adolsecence and way into adulthood especially.
 

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When we first addopted Charlie we were told he didnt like men or other dogs. He absolutely LOVED my OH and loved our friends pup, so we thought we would get him a new friend after just 2 months :eek: him and Pheonix were the best fo friends and he took on the father figure to Phoenix - telling him off when he was over-excited and even nudging him outside when he was going to wee in the house!

We then decided to "foster" for a local rescue. George came along and after a few months went off to his "forever home" which lasted 3 months. He then came back to us and has never left.

We then moved house and the OH had been banging on for months about getting a terrier. So we decided to just look, after a few weeks Hunter came in to Wellidogs he did his 7 days in the kennels then came home with us :D

We then lost Charlie last year - it took us months of pain and hurt to get over the loss. The house just didnt feel right with three instead of four so we decided to make to decision to only look but we were going to make it as hard as possible by being soo picky! So we said right it has to be a greyhound x whippet, no more than 21" tall, and blue in colour. Well two days later my friend called me and said "you have to come to the game-fair this weekend i have someone for you to meet!" Well we turned up and there was Pebbles, how can you say no to a 7 week old pup that was exactly what you asked for? :lol:

So we were back to four and we are sticking to it!!! so we keep saying
 

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We have Shorty (Malamute) and have waited for our son to grow up a bit as puppies are lot of work. My son will be 19mths+ when we get our puppy.
We are downsizing to an Alaskan Klee Kai, Id love another Malamute but when I think about training another large dog, car space etc with a pram (plus OH wants to try for another baby :eek:) it just isnt practical. I love nordic breeds tho so want to stay with them :)

We are adding a girl, although same sex aggression is high in Malamutes Shorty is very sweet with everyone and at 3 I think it would have reared its head by now.
 

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Kobi Malamute was around 2 1/2 when Nanuq Mal/sibe mix came as a 12 week old pup. He was still pretty hostile to her at first though, although they love each other to bits now.

Personally I would get opposite sex as you probably know they can be same sex agressive. Even then with some Mals opposite sexs of the same breed especially they can be funny and not funny haa haa. I heard of someone recently with an older boy Mal and they tried to rescue a year old Sibe and the Mal boy wouldnt take to her.

Mals and even the sibe/mal mix Ive found too that once they hit adolescence
can be not so tolerant of other dogs or certain ones once they get that bit older. Worse time too seems to be end of the first year/ throughout the second year, for being stroppy teenagers and pushing their luck.

Dont know how old yours is at the moment but early socialisation and training is very important and it needs to be consistent and ongoing both in socialisation and training right through adolsecence and way into adulthood especially.
I was def going to go for a girl this time as I know they can be same sex aggressive. Astro seems to be coping well with both sexes at the moment. He's nearly 1 (5 days left) buy it wouldn't be until he was both older and ready to cope with another dog.
 

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I've got an 8yr old female mongrel (15 week old rescue) and brought in my male Staffy when he was 9weeks (he's now 13mnths) and the old girl doesn't get on with him :( but ill be adding an 8week female Staffy in about 3-4 weeks :D
 

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I was def going to go for a girl this time as I know they can be same sex aggressive. Astro seems to be coping well with both sexes at the moment. He's nearly 1 (5 days left) buy it wouldn't be until he was both older and ready to cope with another dog.
If your not planning it for awhile will give you plenty of time to carry on with the socialisation and training and to get him through the "difficult" Malamute strops that may happen then. He may well be fine and continue as he is, some are worse then others as well of course what shapes the dog is their initial temperament and breeding and ongoing proper training and socialisation.
I know people with same sex Mals, Ive got a Mal/sibe whos more Mal in her ways then sibe as I mentioned thats female and a siberian husky female that do live together OK, but they deffinately dont endulge each other with the same liberties and cheek from each other that the boy Mal does the girls and they him, there are certain situations and things I have to watch between them at times because they will take it further if pushed between them.

Kobi did cope well with both sexes and dogs of all shapes and sizes until he hit adolsecence around 10 months or so. He is still fine with bitches and small dogs, but if you get a larger dog thats male and epecially if entire and a bit full of itself if pushed or doesnt like them he doesnt mess about. Luckily he will growl, and his ruff stands on end so by watching him its easy to know whats likely coming and remove him. I did make sure that he mixed with every breed and size when a pup I could possiblly mix him with too, but he still doesnt like a lot of males, although there is a couple he does like, but he is deffinately on the selective side as to who and what types he will tolerate and wont.
 

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Zara was 5 months of age when we decided to get another Dog of the same breed.
We didn't want to wait any longer because the younger they are when they're first introduced to each other the less chance they're going to have of squabbling or falling out.

It's worked perfectly well for us and the two Dogs.

Zara is two months Oscar's senior and they have developed an excellent relationship albeit a bit strange.
Despite them being each others shadows, Zara rules in the house and Oscar won't step foot inside until she greets him in the doorway.

Conversely, Oscar rules outdoors and if he's laid in the open doorway Zara won't step a foot passed him until he decides to move his fat 4R53 or until she comes to tell us she wants to go out. :rolleyes:

They regard each other's territory with an odd sort of respect.:confused:
 

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When Flint was about 18months when we added Simba as an 8 week old puppy.
Then when Simba was about 10 months we added Gemma as a 10 week old puppy.
Gemma is now 2 years old (20th this month) and we are hopefully adding doggie number 4 in the middle of next month, an 8 week old pup.

We have added to our numbers when current dogs are quite young, and know this isnt always advised, but its worked well for us and because Im home all day I can spend as much time with the dogs as I need to.
We have done it this way also because we want to start a family sometime and I dont want to have to contend with a puppy and a baby at the same time :eek:
 

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I got my second because my family wanted another pet, and he got on famously with my labrador! We had a girl, and got a boy so they wouldn't fight (even though our 2 boys do not fight)
we then went on to get a havanese pup 4 yrs later, because I am in the YKC and wanted my very own pet, and I wanted to compete in something.
 

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We have been considering a second dog for a while. Kilo's breeder said that between 18 months of age - 2 years was the best time to introduce a second. I also wanted to be as certain as I could be that Kilo was well trained enough before adding a puppy - he is still a work in progress but (touch wood) the basics are there.

We have been on a waiting list for a pup since about Feb time; Kilo was 2 yesterday and our new pup was born on the 27th September :D.
 

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Murphy will be 2 next may and I have to admit I have considered looking into a pup. I think I am going to leave it for now though as I'm busy with work and other stuff. I had my children 2 years a part so maybe next spring ........................ just need to decide what pup I want hee hee.
I think like having children everyone has different ideas on what is an ideal age gap. I suppose only you know when you (and your dog) are ready.
 
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