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We have always been a one dog household. I LOVE dogs and if it were my choice I would have my own TLC show named after me called, The Dog Hoarder. ;) :p

However, hubby thinks otherwise!

Anyway, most of you have read my recent post about being jealous so I am now making a concerted effort at getting another Chi.

So, what works best? Female-male or female-female combos? I have read both good and bad things both ways so I am looking for personal experience. Now, that being said, I prefer females - I have no reasoning behind that, I just do. But I am open to a male dog.

Thoughts?

It will also 100% be a rescue and I am sort of picky in that he has to be small, like Dorothy, to breed standard (we have a camper and are out and about a lot so I like small dogs). Also must be short hair. It might takes some time to find the perfect one.
 

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well all five of mine are girls. I personally prefer them and think ive been lucky that mine all get on. Im just happy I don't have to worry about separating them whilst in heat etc.

are you going to get another chi? so exciting!
 

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are you going to get another chi? so exciting!
Well, I hope so! If you're married you know how it goes.....you just have to nag enough to make it THEIR idea! LOL!

Also, I didn't post this but our cat passed away. NOT that I'm trying to replace her but it does make "room" for another pet.

And it's funny, hubby doesn't DIS-like dogs but he's never been a dog-lover. But there is something about Dorothy that he just really likes. I think it's her Chi-ness! I think he would really love another Chi if it made its way into our home.

We are also building a house right now so things are little up in the air for the spring with finishing the house, selling ours etc. So it might take some time. But, YES, I really want another!
 

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Well, I hope so! If you're married you know how it goes.....you just have to nag enough to make it THEIR idea! LOL!

Also, I didn't post this but our cat passed away. NOT that I'm trying to replace her but it does make "room" for another pet.

And it's funny, hubby doesn't DIS-like dogs but he's never been a dog-lover. But there is something about Dorothy that he just really likes. I think it's her Chi-ness! I think he would really love another Chi if it made its way into our home.

We are also building a house right now so things are little up in the air for the spring with finishing the house, selling ours etc. So it might take some time. But, YES, I really want another!
yep Im married so yep I know how it goes haha, I usually just go for the ''pretty please'' I know the way to his heart haha ;) hes a gooden bless him! oh im sorry to hear you lost your cat :(
There is definitely something about chis that you just have to love, they are an amazing breed.
 

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I have three dogs. Two girls, one boy. Never had an issue among them. Two are tiny (Doug is a purebred chi, Kaira is yorkie/chi cross) and one is bigger at 25 lbs.

You can go either way on genders. It's going to be more down to individual personalities than gender, especially if you alter your dogs. If you want a girl, then get a girl.
 

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Ideally I would get a male/female pair, but since you are looking at an adult rescue the gender is less important than the personality of the individual dog and how they interact with Dorothy. It is easier to match up adult dogs as you can see what you are dealing with, there is always a lot of guesswork with puppies.

Jessica, you may have major issues in the future when all four of your pups hit sexual maturity at the same time. The worst cases of dog to dog aggression are generally between intact bitches
 

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This is why you need to work on each pups independance, the closer the bond the worse the aggression. Make sure each pup gets walked and trained separately and can sleep independently. You really need to work hard to avoid littermate syndrome, even though not all the pups are siblings. It is difficult with two pups, (most breeders will not sell two pups at the same time for this reason) so four is going to be a huge commitment.
 

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This is why you need to work on each pups independance, the closer the bond the worse the aggression. Make sure each pup gets walked and trained separately and can sleep independently. You really need to work hard to avoid littermate syndrome, even though not all the pups are siblings. It is difficult with two pups, (most breeders will not sell two pups at the same time for this reason) so four is going to be a huge commitment.
Absolutely, I plan to work very hard to avoid any issues arising between them.
I do have a lot of time to give and so im 100% committed. I have been doing a lot of reading up on litter mate syndrome since you mentioned it to me a few months back and have took a lot from it, so thankyou for that.
I always give each pup separate attention daily for example I will take one of the pups upstairs for a little training session, or abit of grooming or out for a walk. Ive focussed of socialising them all independently, it does take a lot of time and patience but its all worth it and I love doing it so its a win win :)
 

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I've rescued chi's for years, so I never know if I'll get a male or a female. All are welcome, but I do prefer females. I did keep one male and when I was through breeding I had him neutered and left my girls intact. I have very few problems with my pack accepting a new addition. Could be they're used to it. Could be they remember when they needed the extra care and attention. Maybe it's the fact that I don't anticipate any problems and they're picking that up off of me. Chi's are a smart, intuitive breed. I find that whatever feeling I have about a person they pick it up off of me a respond accordingly.
 

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I have 3 females and 1 male. The two females prefer each other over my male. My new female doesn't really care who she hangs out with. She's mostly with the other girls though. I've heard about the male/female pairing get along best. In my pack though it doesn't happen. The girls hang out all together. I don't think I would ever get another male from my experience.
 

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As Stella has said if you have 2 dogs, a male/female pair is usually what's recommended. She is right though that meeting the dog and choosing the best individual fit for both your family and Dorothy is what's important. I have to say that I love my boys and would probably choose a boy over a girl if I had the choice. I'm really sorry to read about the loss of your Cat. I hope you're all managing with that as well as can be expected.
 

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I think a pair is very different from a pack dynamic though. Harley (male) and Bambi (female) had an extremely close bond, right from the moment they met. When she died, his overwhelming grief was what prompted us to get another dog.
Now we have 2 males and 3 females. The closest bond is between Mouse and Delilah, (both female from the same original home) followed by Jasper and Bibi, male/female siblings.
Harley isn't especially close to any of them, but his chosen playmate is definitely Jasper. They have a different style of playing than the girls, I don't know if it is a boy thing or a Harley/Jasper thing. Bibi tries to join in, but Harley won't let her. He just washes her face instead.
The only two who never interact at all are Harley and Delilah, I think there are jealousy issues about Mouse (Harley definitely views her as a potential mate, which he never did with Bambi)
Dogs are such wonderfully complex creatures lol
 

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I recently introduced a 3rd chihuahua, a male puppy, Wendell, to my household. My oldest chihuahua, Jasper, is male. He is 9 years old. My other chihuahua, Marlowe, is male and is 17 months old. Jasper accepted Marlowe rather quickly and the two of them play and sleep together regularly. I'm still crate training Wendell, so he sleeps separately. They all get along well. Marlowe has a tendency to chase Wendell and he likes to chew (gently) on Wendell's left ear for some reason.

I previously owned a male chihuahua, who was a therapy dog. All 4 chihuahuas got along well with other chihuahuas, but they all tended to favor other males.
 

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I've rescued chi's for years, so I never know if I'll get a male or a female. All are welcome, but I do prefer females. I did keep one male and when I was through breeding I had him neutered and left my girls intact. I have very few problems with my pack accepting a new addition. Could be they're used to it. Could be they remember when they needed the extra care and attention. Maybe it's the fact that I don't anticipate any problems and they're picking that up off of me. Chi's are a smart, intuitive breed. I find that whatever feeling I have about a person they pick it up off of me a respond accordingly.
Thank you for this post. And let me tell you why I am thanking you. Because although I know that dogs can be very intuitive it prompted me to really think about my emotions and signals I am sending out to Dorothy.....

You see, my Bella, who passed in Feb was my heart-dog. And I STILL mourn for her. And I have to wonder if Dorothy picks up on the fact that I am still reserving a bit of my heart grieving over Bella. I am wondering if the fact that I *think* she likes my hubby better is because she can sense that maybe I'm not 100% invested with regard to my heart.

I don't mean to sound too mushy or anything but it made me think about this. Maybe it's my problem and not Dorothy's.
 

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I'm really sorry to read about the loss of your Cat. I hope you're all managing with that as well as can be expected.
She died Friday morning at home. We had called the vet and left a message at 7:30am and she died at 8am in her own home, on her own terms. I am so glad she went at home so she wasn't terrified at the vets.

Although we are sad we are very happy she died on her terms.
 

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Sorry about your cat :(

I wonder about which gender to get. I am hoping for another chi next year. I have honey here and my mum has patch next door (she is in the main house, i'm in the seperate annexe). I have patch here a lot and they tolerate each other. Honey is more protective over her things and thinks he will steal her stuff so we are working on that and her socialising. Patch is very good with other dogs, but when honey was little he was not good at reading other dogs body language and never played with her.

So i think it seems more like personality really?
 

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I try to keep it to one male at a time to cut down on the dominance peeing. Joey is perfect when there are no other males. Even when another male is here I can tell him, "don't you dare!" if I catch him doing a sniff around and he'll go outside or lay down somewhere and give me that "you hurt my feelings" look. So pitiful, poor little feller. NOT.
 

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When it comes to your little companion, it's best you choose what you prefer with the sex. Chi's are usually very good socially with most any other chi's. I had a neighbor that had 19 chis (no kidding) all sexes and all just enamored of her. She was an older woman whom truly kept each as a rescue so there were really no favorites. She was gruff with all of them and loving-there never was any jealousy nor problems and I really think this was the reason. Bear in mind she had an acre of land and a sort of farmhouse with other farm buildings in addition (smile). However they all moved as one sort of large bulk following her where ever she moved and she payed them no mind (smile).

On the other hand, we introduced another little girl in our home two years ago to our first after having her a year. The first day was a day of staring matches (mostly from the first one) however no aggression. I am literal and sincere in saying my husband is a key in making both chis feel equal; even now. There is still some jealousy but not aggressive. The minute any is shown, my husband holds the one that was added to our home with a lot of attention while I am sure to give all my attention to our first. They love us both and we both are interactive but they see me as the 'leader' without a doubt so even little spats over whom lays in spots next to me occur every once in awhile; my husband is invaluable in these situations and tucks the last one to him until I have given enough attention to our original.

Mine are also both spayed; not sure if that makes any difference but it's a thought that it could were they not fixed.

We live full time in an rv now and have for over a year-both are happy (I swear happier then when we had our house). They travel when we do and when we are set they meet lots of new dogs. We have plenty of room and it works out very well. The space is just fine (believe it or not); should be fine with multiple chis in your camper as well.

We are very happy with both of them and most times they are really the best of friends-totally siblings (smile) in every way. I recommend to anyone-I do think it helps my first girl to have her sister here and a friend. Good luck with an exciting new time-finding your new little one for your family.
 
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