That is a very good question. As I understand it, younger males, i.e. not yet fully mature, may get along for a while, but when, a lot of times, something triggers a fight, and they can never be trusted together again. That's not to say you might get lucky, and they get along great for the next 10 years, but the odds are against it. Even having opposite sex dogs doesn't guarantee no fights. I have a male Rattie, and a female mutt, and have had to break up more than one fight in the last almost two years.Pretty boys! How old are they?
I guess I'm wondering what the purpose of your thread was, esp. given the title you chose.Vader (one on the right) is 4.5 years old, and Kingston (on left) is 3.5 years old. They are half brothers with the same dad, different mom. They love playing together as mentioned never had any problems eating or drinking from the same bowl. I did hand feed both as puppies until they were about 5-6 months old. If there is only one bone around who ever had it first will be the one "smiling" at the other but thats just their thing as it never leads to anything. I did put thought and knew there may be trouble with two males however if I am the lucky one then so be it cause they do enjoy each others company.
REALLY??? Thay was your take? Perhaps.. But I also have males, intact and altered. I don't want to throw it anyone's face, just as a contribution to a relevant discussion. One of the boys is Euro bred, and dioes have drive. IF, there were to be a problem I could see it coming from him. But he is 5, so thats help, plus he is extremely well trained. Embarassingly, more so than the others. Not Everyone can have multiple males or multiple females or even multiple dogs. But I think that those that have successfully manged to have this scenario should be at least addressed for their ability! As has been discussed in other thread,ans and as you yourself admit, AGE plays a very improtant part in this dialogue, 2 young enitre males, maybe not a good situation. Probably looking for a problem that will eventually take place. Probably when least expected! Most of this discussion has to utilize commons sense, expereince with the breed, and the DESIRE to make it work. Training, respect certainly dosen't hurt with any SEX!I guess I'm wondering what the purpose of your thread was, esp. given the title you chose.
Was it to encourage others reading along to take the same risks, without knowing the level of expertise those readers have, in handling and training?
Or was it kind of a "meh, in your face stupid-know-it-all forum"?
I dunno, just seems like you could have simply posted a pic thread of your two boys, unless part of your purpose was to stir controversy.
I'm actually not one of the louder voices on here about two males together, and have successfully had a peaceable pack or two over the years with multiple males--however I will note there were differences in age, drive, and temperament, as well as breed.
There are some dogs I'd try it with, some not. It's simply risky, as others said, and most here won't encourage risky behavior when caring for pets.
It does seem that many BYB Dobermans don't have a lot of drive and don't seem very, er, for lack of a better way to put it "Doberman-y." I have seen pairs of *that* type of Doberman do better together, but again, still risky.
Good luck, and hope the peace continues, in your particular household.
You are already asking for trouble with two males and yet you let them free roam together without supervision?bvarmuza said:I did not intend to "encourage" others, was sharing how mine are I guess. Again maybe they do not have that doberman drive, but knowing them as I do I am fairly confident they will never have an issue. I crate trained both until about a year and a half since then theyve been in the house and are unsupervised during the day together. And I hope I dont jinx myself but I would call them two peas in a pod.
This post shows that you have no clue about dog behavior. You can be as "alpha" as you want and it will not stop two dogs from getting into a fight.From what ive read on here , most will say NO. But i tend to disagree. I think it mainly is determined by your demeanor . With 2 males YOU MUST BE ALPHA!!!! 2 male dobermans are just like 2 human brothers. Every once in a while they must beat the crap out of each other every now and then just to see who has the edge ... ( those of us who are men with brothers will totally understand this ...... Everyone else wont ). But you have to be Alpha enough to break it up because there will be disagreements every now and then. I dont see a problem with it , hell it doesn't stop people from having kids LOL and i dont know any 2 brothers on this earth that didn't fight like cats and dogs. If 2 Lions can get along in the wild then certainly 2 domesticated dobermans can. Just know what you are in for and make sure you are pack alpha.
See my post to "donnie". Ditto to you.I did not intend to "encourage" others, was sharing how mine are I guess. Again maybe they do not have that doberman drive, but knowing them as I do I am fairly confident they will never have an issue. I crate trained both until about a year and a half since then theyve been in the house and are unsupervised during the day together. And I hope I dont jinx myself but I would call them two peas in a pod.