Quick Answer: Does Gender Matter When Getting A Second Dog?

The short answer is yes, gender does matter when selecting another dog to bring into your home.

But experts agree that, for things to have the best possible chance of working out, the second dog should be of the opposite sex.

Should you get two dogs of the same gender?

A male dog will have fewer issues with a new female dog, and vice versa. This has to do with dominance. Physical fights may occur as dogs of the same gender fight to become the alpha. But if you do get another dog of the same gender, a pair of males may be less likely to get into fights than a pair of females.

What gender should my second dog be?

You should typically select a dog with the opposite gender as your current dog. Why you ask? In each pack there is usually a top male and top female dog. If you have one of each, they won’t be vying for the same position.

Do male and female dogs get along better?

Most experts agree that, as a rule, male and female dogs get along better than two females or two males. For example, if you have a very old dog, a puppy could simply be too much. You may need to manage the environment so that the puppy doesn’t badger the older dog with requests of attention and play.

Are dogs happier with another dog?

Borns-Weil says, in most cases, “getting another dog is the right thing to do. Dogs in isolation are not happy.” Even if you are home with your dog much of the day, a second dog in the family might very well be the right choice. “I believe that dogs in general are happier with other dogs,” the doctor posits.

Do male dogs prefer female owners?

While it is not a hard and fast rule, some dogs prefer women to men (and vice-versa). Some dogs prefer soft-spoken voices over loud, booming ones, so some behavioral characteristics like this may be to blame. Submissive breeds who are more used to female company may become alarmed when they encounter a male stranger.