Our 7 year old female min pin died almost a year ago leaving our 10 year old female min pin alone. We love min pins and are considering adding another one to our family. This time around we are considering rescuing an adult male. Nothing specific in mind yet, but want him past the puppy stage and to be neutered. Our kids are grown and we have enough room for 2 active min pins. What are your thoughts on an older female and a younger male in the same household? Any other things we should think about with adding another min pin?
p.s. we got both of our min pins when they were puppies and I remember those potty training years. Our current female is trained to perfection and never has any problems. We have a dog door to a very secure fenced back yard and she has the run of the house. I take a deep breath when thinking about bringing a male into our unmarked carpets!
Hello! When my min pin Chloe was around a year old she started showing signs of possible depression. We researched online and talked to the vet and found that she might want a friend. We did more research, knowing we wanted to adopt not bring in a new puppy, and found her brother Shy on miniaturepinscherrescue.org It was the absolute best decision we could have made, a lot of that having to do with the fact that the boy we found was so sweet and calm. He was between 3 and 5 years old at the time and walked on 3 legs due to an injury that got him dumped off in a shelter. It took Chloe about a week to accept him and after that they were best friends. He came to us potty trained, but due to Chloes extreme stubbornness we let her use puppy pads in the house and so he got spoiled and could use them too. He was her favorite companion and lived with us for 10 great years. A few years after we added him we rescued a female puppy from Petland and Chloe did not like her until she was spayed, and even then she only tolerated her. Shy, on the other hand, loved her and took care of her from the beginning. Sadly, Shy passed away on August 10th, 2015 and both of his sisters are heartbroken.
Bottom line, I highly recommend bringing an older boy into the house. Min pins like to have a mate, especially if she's had one since she was a puppy. I would especially recommend an older male instead of a female that might fight her for dominance. Shy never once questioned Chloes authority and accepted her as the alpha. Just a warning, though, boys love to lift their legs on anything and everything, but Shy only went inside on the pads because we let him.
If you are still hesitant, though, maybe watch your girl, give her time and space to grieve, then reevaluate. Chloe let us know when she was ready for a mate. You don't want to bring in a replacement too soon and have her feel like her sister wasn't important and is replaceable.