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    My boy, Oscar (desexed) was 4 1/2 when I got female blonde bombshell, Saffie (also desexed). He was a little miffed for the first few days but now they are inseparable. But as Margoo says, play dates are now a little more complicated. Oscar was always the best, friendliest dog around other dogs but since Saffie joined the pack he has become a lot more snarky - any dog smaller than him is allowed to play with the young blonde, but any dog his size or bigger is definitely not allowed. He doesn't fight, just an annoyed snap at both the other dog and poor Saffie for being such a flirt. That's all quite manageable for dogs who respect being disciplined by a cranky elder, but I always worry he'll snap at one who doesn't have such good "back off" manners. These days at the off leash beach, I put Oscar on the leash if I see a bunch of dogs ahead who look a bit OTT. He hates those types that rush in with no manners, whereas before he was much more tolerant.

    Having never had 2 dogs before, 1 thing I do find is that your chances of disagreements with dogs you meet out and about sort of increases. The more dogs in the mix the more likely someone will not get on I guess. A friend I go walking with has 2 cattle dog crosses, brothers from the same litter, and they are best of mates - both desexed. Though it is interesting to see that one of them seems to take on the "female" role in the relationship (and no, by that I don't mean maxing out the credit card, more being submissive and the peacemaker). Oscar gets cranky with both of them, but thankfully they observe his "lord of the universe" status despite being much stronger and tougher than a show pony Border Collie!

    Good luck with those big girl stunners!

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    I have some unusual experience with keeping male dogs together.
    My family ran fox hunts when i was a child, we had many males, roughly 20. including entire males. Now how silly would it of been, for someone to suggest you cant have males together? My grandfather, who's job was master of hounds, would of thought this a stupid notion indeed. As do i.

    I first heard that ive been doing it wrong (keeping entire males together) for 50 years, about 5 yrs ago, when we wanted to rehome a entire male rottie from a pound. They wouldnt let us have him, as we had 2 already and they were male. We werent even allowed to bring my 2 in to meet the 3rd, so convinced that it wouldnt work they were. Based on what? not fact for a start.

    Funny that notion, as ive always been a multi dog owner, and kept entire males together with no issues.
    I think it depends on the dog. Not the gender.
    If you have a dog, that is dog/dog aggressive, it wont get on well with ANY other dog without a lot of counter training, regardless of gender.
    If you have a well socialised dog (entire) , and intro a new dog to the home. You'll have the usual settling in stuff, and plenty of rough n tumble play, and 2 companions for life. Sorted.

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    I have had varying combinations. My bitches are all desexed so there is no "women issues" - what a strange way of putting it. Men have very strange ideas sometimes.

    I had 2 entire males of the same age and I ended up desexing them as their aggression towards each other was escalating. I have had more issues with those 2 boys than any of my bitches. They are pretty good now though. I know people with multiple entire males with a greater age separation and they are fine together. My boy dogs love my girl dogs. I separate my males when I am not around and leave them each with 2 bitches and this seems to work well.

    It really does vary with the dog combinations and people have had lots of different experiences.

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    I need to put a disclaimer in to my previous post.
    My males have always been a couple of years apart. this does effect things.

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    Dogs will always sort out a hierarchy. Two entire males take more time than a male and a female or two females (usually) but they'll sort it out since nobody likes living in constant stress and pressure, and animals are the same - plus it's instinctual for them to organise a hierarchy because that's what canines are based around (pack).

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