Planning to Get a Second Dog? Here Are a Few Things to Keep in Mind

That’s a great question and one that’s not addressed often enough! The goal of adding to your pet family is a joyful prospect. Isn’t it supposed to be two times the fun? Often, there are mixed reactions from family members about getting a second dog. Their biggest concern is most likely to be, “will the new dog get along with Buddy?

Confused? Here’s a short, handy checklist for you to decide if you, as well as your pet, are ready to welcome a ‘sibling’ dog into the family.

Gender is important

Experts suggest getting a dog of the opposite sex to balance the behavior and avoid conflicts. Although not a hard and fast rule, it is generally accepted that a male dog gets along better with a female. This is because dominance and power issues come into play, and with the same gender, fights can arise to prove who is the alpha. Your resident dog’s temperament is also of utmost importance in determining the gender of the second dog. Dogs of the same gender could work if your current dog is mild-tempered and playful, which also depends on the breed.

Consider the breed

Just like gender, experts suggest getting a second dog of the same breed and size as the first one to minimize discord. Breeds like Cocker spaniels, Golden Retrievers and Labradors are known to be sweet and gentle and might get along with a dog of the same gender. However, caution must be shown if you have a German Shepherd, Doberman, or other dogs with strong, intense personalities.

When it comes to size, too, it wouldn’t serve well to have a large Doberman and a much smaller Rottweiler. Even if they do get along, there is the risk of causing injury during play.