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    hey all,

    quick question, i want to get another dog, this time i am thinking of a rottie........ jonah is still entire, would it be better to get a bitch or dog? what other precautions would i need to take to ensure a smooth transition?

    nothign finalised as yet, jsut thinking about it right now......
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    Quote Originally Posted by reyzor View Post
    hey all,

    quick question, i want to get another dog, this time i am thinking of a rottie........ jonah is still entire, would it be better to get a bitch or dog? what other precautions would i need to take to ensure a smooth transition?

    nothign finalised as yet, jsut thinking about it right now......
    When i was looking at getting Koda i was planning to get a female but i was advised otherwise because apparently there is less likely to be fights with a male/female rather than female/female or male/male. Dont know how accurate that is though. And i guess it depends on the dog as well.

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    Congrats on your choice to add a family member We got a second dog in October and love her to bits. We chose a girl, as we were advised that male/female is the safer option in terms of avoiding fights. They're both desexed though. But it worked for us - touch wood - five months later we had 0 fights. Only a few minor snarls over things that are not meant to be shared like pig ears and bones.

    It did take them several weeks to adjust to the new living arrangement though. And there were moments when I thought I could read in my boys eyes 'WHY'. But now they're great together. Since our new girl figured out that he really is completely harmless they often play like crazy. He will even lie down so she can have a go at him when it's his turn to be the prey. They're definitely more fun to watch than your average movie And it's so good to see her coming out of her shell. After weeks and weeks of timid demeanor she has taken up the hobby of outsmarting our Nero again and again just for fun. I swear dogs can grin sardonically.

    The only downside is maybe that play dates are not as easy anymore. Nero used to have play dates with other dogs in the neighbourhood and this has become somewhat more complicated since our new girl doesn't fancy female competition. If I did something differently I probably would have put more emphasis on them spending time alone from the start. They're now pretty much inseparable, which is sometimes a problem.

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    yeah i used to do dog parks and stuff with jonah, but there were too many wankers there with no control over their dogs....... jonah isnt the best behaved dog, but he is getting there, i prefer to take him to the beach etc and know that its not a free for all.......

    i imagine a rottie would be similar to a staffy in the sense that they can be stubborn at times, but i think im looking forward to the challenge.

    do dogs pick up bad habits from other dogs in the family? should i work to get jonah 100% before i introduce a new dog?
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    Most people say girl/ boy is a good way to go. I'd get your dog fixed though... We don't need any more dogs in this world :P There is enough in rescue. speaking of which... will you be rescuing a rottie?
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    Go the Rottie for sure mate....excellent pooch's !!!

    Dont get a girl man...thier called bitches for a reason and think of the 'women issues'......even shiela dogs get thier rags bro. (Lol..my wife cant stand me calling it that !!). and as KL said ya dont need to become a hoooman dad to puppys. Although i'd have to give Johna mad respect for doing the deed to a bitch twice his hieght and weight LOL !! (If he's anything like you he'll be sniffing around the big girls !!)

    My boys get along well and they both had thier nuts.....now only Mojo does but Bronx is still as nutty as ever even without them !! My votes for a male Rotty !!

    (Lol , i think this is the most sexist post i've ever typed.....all tounge in cheek of course !)
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    IMO, gender has nothing to do with how two dogs behave.
    I think you should choose the dog with an easy-going nature if your worried about them getting along, we have had female/males that don't get along and male/males that do so I really think it depends on the individual.

    As for picking up behaviours, I believe that is possible. All three of our dogs go mad when the sprinkler is on which was started by the first.

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    Just for the record - desexed bitches do not "get their rags". They may still be grumpy or they may not.

    I know so many people with one or more desexed bitch, and they have an occasional gimme space grump but other than that - no problems. If I got a second dog it would be a female and desexed eventually depending on whether I decided if I wanted to make sure all the bones were fully grown before desexing ie 18 months old instead of 8 weeks. If I got another rescue dog, she would be done already.

    I'm not so familiar with people who have multiple boy dogs. I do know some and they're fine too.

    I'm not sure I'd want to try to manage two entire boy dogs around an entire female on heat in the same house. I'd want separate dog runs for each of them in that case. But again it depends a lot on the personality of each dog and how their boundaries are set and managed.

    There are some super sweet rotties around, and some really crappy temperanment ones too. If I got a Rotti, I'd be going to a particular member of the SA rottie club because she has the most divine friendly rottis I've ever met. And if you have a big scary looking dog, you don't want it acting scary when you're out and about with it.

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    I always have one of each, a boy and a girl, and have never ever had a fight or anything. Not even really any disagreements.

    My bitches are always desexed, my males are always entire.

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    ive kept jonah entire as his breeder uses him to stud (yes he is a rego'd breeder, ethical ).......... if i was getting another dog, it'd more than likely be another purebred, only because id like to have a pup from 8 weeks, being such a powerful dog, i want to know the dogs full histroy, and dont want any freak out moments..... hya, i may be in touch come closer to the time that i am ready to have another pup to maybe visit your friend in sa.

    sean, i hook up with the big girls but only date the stunners
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