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Question for those of you with two doodles- one male, one female. Does anyone have a pair that is NOT happy being a pair? Doodles that wished they were an "only child"? From what I've read on the forum it sounds like most opposite-gender pairings have gone well and both doodles are happier in the long run. But are there any pairings that never worked out? Where, in hindsight, you wish you had just gotten one doodle?

I would love for Boo to have a sister because he's so social and loves being with his doggie girlfriends. 8) But my parents think that getting a second dog is too risky because there could be a lot of jealousy and Boo would be unhappy. Any thoughts?
 

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well...we have 2 males...but my 2 cents :)

Ours took about 2-3 weeks to get used to each other and settle, but now they definitely get along really well and I know Dex is happy to have a brother. They play all the time and entertain each other. We have a very peaceful house with all play and no fighting. There is not really fighting for attention either...sometimes one will come over when we are petting the other, but it never gets bad (barking, etc).

Dex was fixed so early (5 months) that I almost think of him as gender neutral :) He has 0 agression in him. The only way he acts "male" is that he lifts his leg to pee (sometimes). I think the key to 2 dogs (any gender) is to make sure you do not have 2 dominant dogs. We have 1 dominant and 1 submissive and it works out very well.

Sooo...I think my opinon on any gender dogs living together is that temperment is very very important. Dex could live with probably any dog...Kirby on the other hand probably could not.
 

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Male and female here, and they get along great after Gus got neutered. For the week we had him intact it was crazy with all the humping. Now its all sunshine and rainbows.
 

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Male and female relationships usually work out quite well.
Max and Peanut bonded almost immediately and are very close.

With Beau and he's intact as well, he's always wanting to challenge Max for TOP Dog Dominancy status.

NOW another thing with male /female is to take in their temperament
if your present doodle were to be more Alpha/dominanct then you want amore submissive 2nd doodle or vice versa.
 

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Jonah and Miko got along from day one....a match made in heaven. Took a little longer when I got Rumor into the mix. He and Miko are BFF's, Jonah and Rumor.........Well Jonah tolerates Rumor... :wink:
 

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I have a pair of male/female littermates, but I got Madge one year after Calvin--(It must have been meant to be). They have been fast friends since day 1! Madge is definately more 'in charge', but neither has an aggressive bone in their body. The ONLY time Madge growls at Calvin is when he gets near her when she is eating.

I know it is a HUGE responsibility with 2. They eat a ton of food, it is a bit more difficult to take them with you places, it costs more to board them if you need to...etc...BUT, They always have a playmate and when we are gone all day, I feel o.k. with them being alone since they have each other.

Calvin was my first puppy EVER and I have to say, I will never get another pup. They are SO much work!!! Getting Madge at age one was a blessing. She was a bit more settled, still very trainable as she had not developed any really bad habits yet. She has matured into what my husband calls "The Perfect Dog". Calvin is mellow, but stubborn. Still has a HUGE chewing issue and is very protective of his family. A big hairy beast!

Good luck with your decision. From what I know of this breed, I would say that adding another Doodle will not be a problem as they tend to be so sweet and playful and non-aggressive.

 

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Well, I think that I can speak as an expert here! LOL
We have ten adult dogs, all of them intact, all of them living in our home and sleeping in our bedroom! If they did not get along, we could not live like this. (They all eat from the same dishes, drink from the same water bowl...they have their own rules about who gets to eat first, and it is always the females!)
We started with two females, littermates, then added a male puppy. They had a day of adjusting once they realized he was here to stay, but no fighting at all.
We added Rosie, our Goldendoodle, who arrived on the same day as my first litter! Talk about stress...but she fit right in.
Then we kept a few puppies so that wasn't a big deal...but we also bought guardian dogs that had to visit for long periods and we purchased two more Poodles.
Every one of our dogs get along wonderfully! It can get pretty hectic when visitors come, until the dogs settle down a bit, but the only time there is visable tension is when we have newborn puppies so I guard the situation carefully then.
When the pups are older it is fine, as an example, we have a 5 week old litter and they were taken outside yesterday...our older male (a year old) was going around licking the pups through the x-pen and they were licking him back...this is their first encounter...and then I picked up a pup and the older male took over a "mothering" role, cleaning them and licking them. It was really cute...and the natural mother watched carefully, but did not intervene!
I don't know about all dog breeds, but most doodles are friendly and happy and they enjoy having another dog to play with and bond to. (Not all, mind you...you would want to select carefully.)
I would tell you to expect one or two days of adjustment, not fighting, but adjustment.
 

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Madge and Calvin are adorable !

Jac, I would love to live in your house for a week - it has to be heaven with all those wonderful dogs

I only had 2 dogs together once, they were both females , litter mates so they grew up together. Mollyann was 20 pounds smaller than Heidi Pooh, but MA ruled the roost, HP was the most laid back dog I have ever had, or been around for that matter.

I would have a 2nd in a heart beat, but DH doesnt want a 2nd doggie :cry:

Good luck with your decision :)
 

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I will add a second dog one day.................
But right now I too, have ten animals in one house
and even though nine of them are cats it gets hectic at times
The cats rule and they have their cat fights and Denver has decided to
be the peace keeper so it is very interesting but mostly I sit back
and let them sort it out and it is usually done by the alpha cat who is the
gentlest cat of all until he needs to step in and remind everybody who is boss, of course he has his helper (Denver) who he adores so it is all
good.........
 

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We just got our second dog a month ago; two males and everything has been great (we too were worried). From day one they have played well; Ronin (our 12 week old labradoodle) likes to snuggle on our 2 year old beagle whenever he gets the chance on the couch for naps. Whenever they are apart for a morning (maverick our beagle usually goes with dad in the morning for work and I join them with Ronin in the afternoon) they are so excited to see each other. We are so glad we added our doodle to the family. We did make sure our that in picking our pup he did not have overly dominant characteristics and our breeder helped us select which of the pups would do best based on similar energy levels so that one did not drive the other crazy....if you think you are ready for puppy resonsibilities again I would definitely take the plunge for the second pup...
 

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I thought that this might be a good way to ease your mind too...I had a family contact me about one of my Labradoodle pups. They wanted one so badly but they had an old, blind, deaf, small dog and worried that a puppy might be too hard on their old pal. The old dog's name is Sam.
Well, they decided to try (because the pup I had in mind for them was very mellow) and they were so thrilled with the way that Abigail was gentle and protective of Sam. They asked if we thought they could also get one of our Goldendoodles, and we selected one...his name is Atticus.
Here is what they said about the blended dog family:

HI Jacque!!

I wish I had a video camera this morning.... Sam, our old blind & deaf "pound puppy" wrestles with Doodles every morning...

Right now Atticus is laying on his back and letting Sam growl and bite him all over his face and neck! Abigail stands by and makes sure Sam is ok :) Too cute!!!

Sam now acts like a puppy again!! If you could see our old blind deaf Sam "attacking" Atticus and growling like a maniac you would laugh till you cried!! And of course Atticus just lays on his back and gently holds Sam between his HUGE front feet!! They are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am amazed at how gentle theses huge puppies are with little old Sam. They just seem to know his disabilites and they treat him with fun tenderness... Sam has completely transformed since they have joined our family. Sam now goes out with me to feed the horses and he struts around like a puppy! He can't see but he can follow my form if I don't get too far away and you would never know he was blind by the way he runs and jumps and carries himself!! When he wakes up in the morning, the first thing he does is run to our office to greet the Atticus and Abigail when they get up! Michael is amazed that Sam now "runs" everywhere to keep up with the pups!
 

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I thought that this might be a good way to ease your mind too...I had a family contact me about one of my Labradoodle pups. They wanted one so badly but they had an old, blind, deaf, small dog and worried that a puppy might be too hard on their old pal. The old dog's name is Sam.
Well, they decided to try (because the pup I had in mind for them was very mellow) and they were so thrilled with the way that Abigail was gentle and protective of Sam. They asked if we thought they could also get one of our Goldendoodles, and we selected one...his name is Atticus.
Here is what they said about the blended dog family:

HI Jacque!!

I wish I had a video camera this morning.... Sam, our old blind & deaf "pound puppy" wrestles with Doodles every morning...

Right now Atticus is laying on his back and letting Sam growl and bite him all over his face and neck! Abigail stands by and makes sure Sam is ok :) Too cute!!!

Sam now acts like a puppy again!! If you could see our old blind deaf Sam "attacking" Atticus and growling like a maniac you would laugh till you cried!! And of course Atticus just lays on his back and gently holds Sam between his HUGE front feet!! They are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am amazed at how gentle theses huge puppies are with little old Sam. They just seem to know his disabilites and they treat him with fun tenderness... Sam has completely transformed since they have joined our family. Sam now goes out with me to feed the horses and he struts around like a puppy! He can't see but he can follow my form if I don't get too far away and you would never know he was blind by the way he runs and jumps and carries himself!! When he wakes up in the morning, the first thing he does is run to our office to greet the Atticus and Abigail when they get up! Michael is amazed that Sam now "runs" everywhere to keep up with the pups!
 

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We have a male and a female doodle....neutered...two other dogs...Bubba and Cosette love each other and constantly play...they are closer to each other than our other dogs
 

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Thanks everyone for your great insights! Its given me a lot to think about. The gears in my brain are turning turning turning... :)
Oh and all of your stories make me love doodles even more! They are such sweet, loving dogs!

NurseLeslie said:
I know it is a HUGE responsibility with 2. They eat a ton of food, it is a bit more difficult to take them with you places, it costs more to board them if you need to...etc...
Gee, I hadn't even thought about the "going places" part…that would be kinda difficult. I think I'd better go back and re-read Leslie's thread about walking Dex and Kirby! :wink:

So what other challenges are there when owning two dogs? Higher vet bills, higher food bills, more doggie beds around the house… :?:
 

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We have a male and a female also from the same litter. We got Manchego at 3 months and then Brie at 8 months. I think it took them a week or so to realize that they were now part of the same pack but they always got along and played well. Now they play pretty rough but they rarely make each other cry. Ultimately I think Manchego is very happy to have someone around that truly understands him even if he has to share the love and attention!
:D

There are very few days where I long to have just one doodle... ahh the calm walks... but when Brie was at the vet to get spayed we REALLY missed her around the house.

Good luck whatever you decide!

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We were worried about adding another doodle to our mix but things are going great. They are male/female mix with 5 months between them. The first two weeks are pretty full on especially with both still being pups but they settle down. They have bonded to each other very well but they have bonded with us as well. The first dog will teach the second dog (the good and the bad). Hopefully the good out numbers the bad hahahaha.

When we walk them we use single leads if both my hubby and I are going. If it is just one of us we use a sporn coupler lead which is great and they seem to love walking side by side.

In the car we had to get harnesses as doodle wrestling in the back seat was toooo distracting for the driver. We only got harnesses when we got the second dog but they are great and I would use them now even with one dog.

We are using double the food but I make my own barf diet and puppy mix which I freeze till needed and haven't found it expensive.

The only grumble they have had between them is over bones and it was Rusty who thought he could have Lucee's bone (silly puppy) and she told him that wasn't the case (tone of growl got the message across)

Lucee was quite timid and shy and Rusty has brought her out of her shell. She wasn't real keen on meeting other dogs and now is happy to say hello.

Double the grooming but I find it is a special bonding time anyways.

I lost quite a lot of sleep wondering if I was doing the right thing and now looking back I can't believe why I was so worried. The hardest part I have found is getting them both still and together so I can photograph them!

 

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wow they are so cute!!! I love the variation in the brown color of your older (I think) doodle and the little one is so adorable and red!! Please post more photos when you can!!
 
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