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Old 10-03-2010, 10:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Male or female?

We are adding a doberman to our family this coming spring and we have a female pitbull that will be a year and a half by that time, my question is, is will it be better to get a male or female? We are on the fence about what sex.. Keela our pit is an amazing dog, gets along well with everyone.

So I was just hoping for some suggestions.

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Old 10-03-2010, 10:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I suspect temperament is more important than gender. You should avoid having two alpha dogs.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree. I'd focus on temperament.
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you are going to buy Euro Doberman I would suggest a male.
They are dogs with a high drive and you may have issues with two females.
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you have any male dogs, it is suggested that you get a female. And vice versa. I personally got a Female because I have a male Shetland Sheepdog, and because I always feel a bit closer to the girls. There is no doubt that the Sheltie is more attached to my wife and the Doberman is more attached to me. Both are great, just make sure you do your research first.
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Since you have a female you can go either way male of female. I would talk to the breeder and let them know what you are looking for and what personality that would best fit your house hold.

Me personally and my opinion, I have 2 males and I will always have 2 male dogs together. They get along great, they know that I am the Alpha in the house and that is how its going to be. I personally like males because they tend to bond with me better, females tend to bond more with my husband.
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks guys!

Ya, I was also leaning towards a male because Keela is a stong willed pitbull. She gets along famously with any gender though and that's cause we spend LOTS of time at the dog park, it's almost like we live there lol.

I hear that a lot too, with the opposite sex dog bonding with the opposite sex human, it's weird though cause Keela has bonded equally to both my boyfriend and I. She also knows that we are
both the Alphas lol.

My one question is is that if I do get a female because they would be fairly close in age, would there still be issues do you think? Or will that even matter?

My other question is is that I've heard (not that I believe) but females are better for families? I don't have any kids, nor do I plan on having any for quiet a while, but it will be in this dogs lifetime. I do understand socializing as I am working with Keela on all that good stuff right now and she is doing awesome.

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Old 10-05-2010, 07:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If you are going to buy Euro Doberman I would suggest a male.
They are dogs with a high drive and you may have issues with two females.
Sorry - to be clearer issues with being a high drive.
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just based on the fact that you have a female pit I would say get a male for sure. Are you getting an adult dog or a puppy from a breeder? If you are getting a puppy from a reputable breeder the breeder should be able to help select the puppy that best fits your family (regardless of gender).
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Get the male. You already have a female and will outsmart any male companion in the household.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Get the male. You already have a female and will outsmart any male companion in the household.
Lol, that's cause girls rule boys drool!

I'm sure the breeder will help most definatly! Just need to find a breeder..have one in mind, but I'm sure looking around can't hurt.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Sorry for double posting - but I didn't see your q, yes we will be getting a puppy.
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I would focus on temperament also, but I would suggest having a male. About 18 years ago, I had a female Pitt and a female Rott (along with a male Boxer that I rescued).....Let's just say they got along well until the female Rott hit maturity. The Pitt really didn't seem to like that. I will say, 18 years ago, I didn't know a fourth of what I know now about dogs and having to be the pack leader of the home. However, after what I experienced way back when, I would go with a male, but that's my opinion.
Just make sure you REALLY focus on temperament above all, AND MAKE SURE YOU GO TO A REPUTABLE BREEDER! IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY AND HEARTACHE DOWN THE ROAD. A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL HELP YOU ON YOUR SEARCH HERE, SO DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK. IT'S BETTER TO ASK THAN MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE. Anyway, Pitts are great dogs, but I hope your Pitt is well socialized with other dogs. Mine was socialized with other dogs, but I never had any other female dogs in the house. I had no problems until my Rott hit about a year or a year and a half. Then, the Pitt kept getting worse with my Rott to the point where we had to constantly watch them. I also had a male Boxer, and my Pitt got along fine with the male Boxer all the time. I hope my experience helps. I would definitely go with a male, and if your dog isn't very well socialized with other dogs, I would reconsider even getting another dog in the house with a Pitt. I'm not trying to tell you what to do, but I had a bad experience way back when, and if I can help you with my experience, then I'm happy. Good luck!
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Temperaments play a big role, but I'd stay safe and get a male in your case. Doberman bitches don't always get along with others of the same sex, and the same is true for APBTs as far as I've heard as well. Just because a dog gets along well with other dogs of the same sex on playdates and such, does not mean they will do well living with another same sex dog. I feel that it's usually best, if you're only going to have a pair of dogs, to have opposite sexes.

A few years ago, when I had my previous male Doberman and Dance (female Toller), we wanted to add another Doberman to the family. Because of Winston (or male dobe at the time), we had no choice but to get a female. But my breeder was very, very careful as far as placing a girl of the right temperament into our home. We couldn't have a dominant, pushy, strong-willed Dobergirl because there was no way Dance would have tolerated that. And our breeder did a great job placing Keira with us. We know Keira's sisters, and most of them would've definitely caused issues with Dance had we ended up with one of them. So if you do decide to get a female, let your breeder meet your current dog, and make sure you tell them about her temperament as well so that they can properly choose a puppy for you.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Anyway, Pitts are great dogs, but I hope your Pitt is well socialized with other dogs. Mine was socialized with other dogs, but I never had any other female dogs in the house.
Lol I agree, they are awesome dogs! Keela is one of the lucky pitts that pretty much gets to live at the dog park. Lol we are there daily, sometimes twice. So being socialized is not something I worry about because she gets a lot of it. I have had a couple females over in her space (males too) and she is good with that, just wants to show them all the cool things about her house.

We also do have a breeder in mind Kaiser Dobermans, I've read about them on here and saw a couple of the posts about her and seen some pups owners on here.

Thanks again for the advice guys, I think we are going to stick with getting a male(who knows), but the breeder will know all about Keela and her personality and we will find a match in temperment for her...and us

Also if I do get a male when is the best time to have him neutered?

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