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    So I really want to get Boss a little friend. I have seen some mastiff x great danes available and i think i have fallen in love!!
    Boss is a ridgeback x bull mastiff. Do you think thats a good combination and they will be friends?? I know each dog is different, but just wondering what you guys thought?

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    We got another rotti as a friend for Harley cos we thaught his naughtiness may have been due to lonliness. We were wrong now we have what we like to call double trouble. Lol 2x everything annoying or naughty that he used to do. But I wouldn't trade them for anything.

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    Boss isnt naughty. He has done very little wrong since we got him... he is only 5 months old though HAHA!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3+dog View Post
    Boss isnt naughty. He has done very little wrong since we got him... he is only 5 months old though HAHA!!
    So what is barking after you put the kids to bed? And does he have really good recall - comes no matter what? Because what ever niggly habits he has, you can bet he will teach any new dog that comes along. You want to get him sorted before you adopt another.

    And if you decide to get another dog, do take Boss with to meet, because you don't want to find out after you've paid for the new and brought the new dog home, that Boss can't stand him. It is a major cause of homeless dogs that end up back at the pound.

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    We've always had two dogs and they seem to compliment each other. Ours have quite a difference in age though, we've never had two puppies at once.

    Have you thought about rescuing an older dog? They seem to have more life in them when around a younger pup, but won't have that crazy puppy nature.

    If not, I think a new addition to the family will be excellent, and Boss will love it, but I wouldn't go for it until he's at least 1.

    Hyacinth makes a great point about introducing them before bringing them home, too.

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    Personally, I think its nice to wait til the first dog is 18-24 months old before getting a new pup.

    I love pups to bits, but 2 young ones can be a mission. When Barney was 18 months old our older dog was about 9 and we fostered 2 6 week old pups for two weeks and it was a mish lol, specially with a teenage lab type breed lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    So what is barking after you put the kids to bed? And does he have really good recall - comes no matter what? Because what ever niggly habits he has, you can bet he will teach any new dog that comes along. You want to get him sorted before you adopt another.

    And if you decide to get another dog, do take Boss with to meet, because you don't want to find out after you've paid for the new and brought the new dog home, that Boss can't stand him. It is a major cause of homeless dogs that end up back at the pound.
    He doesnt bark when i put the kids to bed. He barks when he wants attention. Its a problem if they are asleep as he wakes them.

    Yes he has a great recall IMO.

    Thanks for the tip of Boss coming to the meet. I understand that a dog is for life before we make a purchase, no dog of mine will ever end up in the pound or homeless.

    Oh I love (NOT) that you feel the need to try and flame me at every turn.
    I am a good mother and pet owner. I am asking for advice and opinions, not to be judged!

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    I'm not flaming you.

    It's you post and ask for help for a problem in one place and then say he has no problems in another. Pardon me for being confused and pointing that out.

    If you have him adequately trained - it will be all good with a second dog that he likes. Personally, my own dog is a long way off "sorted" so I won't be getting another any time soon. I have seen an awful lot of people who have gotten themselves "double trouble" when they get a second dog to keep the first one amused but neither of them are trained at all - or worse - they hate each other.

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    Oh i totally agree with you, i dont want double trouble. But i wouldn't call a couple of barks inside so terrible that i wouldnt consider getting him a buddy. If i did see it as bad, i wouldnt get another.
    I too have seen double trouble (next door! lol) So i see it everyday. She is at work all day, he works away. Dogs are bored. dig holes. bark at everything that moves. they did have a nice garden... no longer!!!
    I am at home all day. i spend my day playing with the dog, the kids and house work.
    Dogs, just like kids, will develop bad habits. my dog i had growing up at the age of 14 (dogs age) i remember getting up to mischief!
    I am forever having people tell me they are surprised at how well behaved Boss is. Now im unsure if this is just the type of dog he is, but judging by his mother, no we are just doing the right thing with our training of him.
    I am wondering if the breeds i mentioned would get a long. Or would it be like chalk and cheese?
    Jucealala-As we have very young kids, no i really dont want an older dog. I wouldnt be able to trust a dog that i didnt know the history of. If the kids were older then it wouldnt be a problem. Some time down the track when the kids are teenagers, then yes we will rescue a dog, but the time isnt right for us now.
    I doubt we will get one of the pups i have seen, my husband would like to wait till July/August time at least.
    But still wondering if that is a good mix of breeds. (as in Boss with a great dane, not to bread, just to live)

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    Peronsally, I dont think it matters what breed you get. Its about the temperaments of each dog being compatible. Thnough IMO it can often be hard to judge the adult temperament of a pup, e.g. Barney as a pup was very lazy and slow moving. As an adult he is excitable and energetic.

    Back to the breed mix, again I dont think it matters. I run a big 40kg likely lab mix with a 6 kg foxy/shih tzu mix

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