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male or female ???

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by andrea 35, Nov 22, 2007.


  1. andrea 35

    andrea 35 PetForums VIP

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    Hi all ! dilema , we have a female golden lab called Daisy she is the best dog in the world honest !! but then i am biased she is nearly 11 months old really well behaved ( most of the time ,never chews things, friendly, calm and loving ) so my problem is we are considdering getting another, do i get another female or a male lab, i have no intention to breed just want to keep as pets. does anyone have an opinion on wheather 2 females work better together or a male and female. so far ive looked just at girls and was wondering about a chocolate or black dog. you never know i could end up with all 3 colours lol . no seriosly i probably will at some point . your views greatly awiated .... andrea.
     
  2. plumo72

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    I grew up all my life with Male dogs and got my first bitch about 3 years ago and i have to say i do prefer female to male dogs now. Sometimes bitches don't get on aswell with eachother when they get a bit older so you might be better getting a male and getting him done or getting your bitch spayed.
     
  3. dh.dti

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    I would say go for a male & as you are not going to breed them have them both done.

    :)
     
  4. carol

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    same here get a male to go with her and get them done

    you always go for the other sex to what you got saves trouble later on
     
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    I also agree with the above comments
     
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    hiya, i breed bulldogs and personally prefer bitches. i find dogs a lot more boustrous and harderto handle than bitches. so if it was me i would get another bitch but i dont know how 2 bitches are together??:confused:

    :)
     
  7. dh.dti

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    pretty much the same as 2 women together i guess...

    :D:D
     
  8. Nina

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    Andrea, PLEASE do NOT get another female. I am not saying that two of the same sex cannot get along, but the ideal partnership is a male and female.

    Female will be boss and male will follow viola, perfect harmony.
     
  9. Jenny Olley

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    Male labs are not as bidable on the whole as bitches, keeping two dogs of the same sex sometimes, but not always needs careful management, but it really does depend on the characters of the dogs involved. You seem to have got a good one with the bitch you've got, return to the same breeder if possible.
     
  10. Debbie

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    I think it all depends on what your girl is like - whats she like around other dogs?? Does she get along with both male and female??? Has she been introduced to puppies before adn if so how does she react?
    2 females do get along in the right environment with no problems at all, if you get them both done there will be no hormones flying about when they are a little older.
    Female is not always the boss - I really think its down to what Diasy's temperament is ......2 females can get along just like male and female can get along....:)
     
  11. noubi

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    although it is said that a male and female are a better mix, i would never have a male dog its just my personal choice, all my dogs are and have been bitches as have my mother in laws and we have never had a problem.
     
  12. andrea 35

    andrea 35 PetForums VIP

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    Well that got a varied response ! As for daisy,s temperament around other dogs, she loves them infact she is a good all rounder with both people and dogs. she has seen puppies and small dogs and behaves accordingly, she knows when to be submissive and is playfull with everyone she meets so maybe either sex would do her best friend at the moment is another male lab of the same age .
     
  13. Debbie

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    Well you know your dog better than us - If you get a male please make sure you get him seen to as soon as hes old enough :)
    Good luck with whatever you decide to do and keep us updated :)
     
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    good luck whatever you decide, and remember we will need to see pictures of your chosen puppy,
     
  15. andrea 35

    andrea 35 PetForums VIP

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    Thanks guys I guess it will be pondered over for a little while longer , thinking maybe towards the spring as the weather gets warmer and its easier to keep the door open to the garden for toilet training purposes. Hopefully by then Daisy will have had her first season and she will have been done and recovered , ready for a new play mate in the mean time if anyone knows of any family bred labs let me know. not looking for show standard or top pedigree just a nice labby babby .
     
  16. Nina

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    Andrea, you are right to give this matter careful consideration. We can only advise, some of which is based on experience, and some of which is based on case histories.

    In my working life and studies, I have witnessed numerous cases where dominance aggression comes from same sex pairs. The majority of trainers and behaviourists will always advise where possible, to select a dog and a bitch. If you do decide however, to have another bitch, I would strongly suggest that you do not return to the same breeder.

    Dogs invariably give in to bitches, whereas same sex pairs will vie until rank is established. It is also worth remembering that dogs are not democratic and therefore need to establish a hierarchy.

    Good luck and happy choosing.
     
  17. BredaKim

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    I was raised with labradors...always dogs. They were all brilliant dogs.
    We have our own bitch now, she's the most gentle kind hearted lab I have ever come across (biased of course!).
    I have heard it best to keep opposite sex (unless one bitch is much older than the other bitch)...so I would go for a dog if I were you.:p (having said that...I'm no expert!). Good luck! ;)

    Breda
     
  18. jan-c

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    Up to a few years ago I have always kept bitches together without any problem. I had 4 bitches and one dog. He was the boss and used to lie on the rug like king tut while the bitches gathered round and washed his face and cleaned his ears:D
    I still have 3 bitches living together now.
    At the end of the day the choice is yours. What about the breeder who you purchased your girl from do they have more than one bitch? Perhaps you could speak to them and see how theirs get along together. Most of my friends have multi bitch households with no problems and if you are going to have them spayed then I thing either sex would be ok.

    good luck with whatever you choose to do.
     
  19. noubi

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    This is just my opinion and i would be interested to hear any response but i believe that you are more likely to get problems with some breeds than others, ie although my setter is the boss over Anoushka she is still very submissive to other dogs and even if she was challenged she wouldnt fight.
     
  20. Jenny Olley

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    Nina, i was interested in your comments about not returning to the same breeder, is this because you believe that 2 dogs who have close genetic links are more likely to fight ? My advice is usually if you have had one good dog from a breeder, sound health, sound temperament, well socialised and habituated whilst with the litter, get another one from the same breeder.
     
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