Hi! So, I have heard having two female dogs is not the ideal situation but there are exceptions. I have a few friends who have two spayed females and they get along just fine.
I have a 10 year old spayed female Chihuahua mix (Chiquita) and we just brought home a 1 1/2 year old (same mix type - Chi/Doxie) named Jezebel. Chiquita (15 pounds) only likes dogs smaller than her. Jezebel is smaller than her (about 10 pounds) and submissive. Jezebel is only 1 1/2 but she has already had two litters (sad, I know) before I got her and I was told that "matures" dogs a bit. Jezebel was just spayed two weeks ago.
One of the reasons we brought Jezebel home from the shelter (besides the fact she needed a home BADLY) is Chiquita appeared to like her, be interested in her and not have problems with her, something that is rare for Chiquita. We brought J home yesterday and I understand the period of adjustment, which is why I may be jumping the gun but I am just worried.
I have given both dogs appropriate attention both separate and together. We introduced them a few times outside our home. Chiquita has shown a little bit of aggression, but nothing scary (a little bit of staring and hair standing up on her back but no biting or attacking). That was shown awhile after Jezebel came home. Other than that, they have been fine. Chiquita isn't too fond of Jezebel sleeping in bed with us but she doesn't attack her, just stares and growls a little. Letting her know who is boss?
I am not sure how long I should wait or what other steps I need to take before I leave them alone together. I am assuming I need to play it by ear and wait until ALL aggression is gone. Is that an unrealistic goal with two females?
When I leave, I plan on crating Jezebel in our bedroom with the door closed, leaving Chiquita to roam the rest of the house. I take them outside a lot (we live in Alpine) and they get walks and rides in the car.
I did my research and so many people told me that Chiquita would get over it and not to worry. Then I go onto the Internet and I read things about how two spayed females is a bad idea. Help!
If anyone has any experience on this subject or ideas, I would greatly appreciate them!
It is more common to have fights between 2 females, especially unspayed, but there is no truth to the idea that 2 females cannot live together. I have fosters all the time (female and male, occasionally unaltered-temporarily until I take them to our vet!) and I have both a female and male dog (didn't plan it that way, just happened!) Just watch them for a little while, but the first few days are the real "tellers" to what the relationship will be like...let them work out some things on their own...dominance etc. Chiquita will probably try to make sure her position is set, but I suspect Jezebel will not challenge her. Good luck to you!! :)
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