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Old 12-02-2012, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For those who have more than one Maltese, do you wait until the older one is a certain age before adding another? My thought is that I don't want two senior dogs at the same time, but boy do I have puppy fever! I currently have just one 3yo male. He is the sweetest, most laid back little guy ever....hardly ever barks! I'm home during the day, so he's rarely alone, but I bet he would like a friend.

Also, do you concern yourself with male / female combinations? I have a soft spot for the little boys and would love another male.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My dogs are all within about 5 years of each other. I have 3 male Malts and 1 female, 1 female Ypoo and a male Italian Greyhound. It all really depends on the dog. Two of the Malts really don't like each other, my little girl is very laid back, the other Malt ignores everyone, I mean, he was here first. The Ypoo loves to play with the IG & with one of the Malts. It just depends.
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I spaced mine 2 years apart.

I wanted Gus 100% trained and housebroken before bringing a puppy into the mix.

It worked well for us - Gus ended up helping to train and housebreak Grace.

I wouldn't worry too much about the sexes. As long as they are fixed it doesn't matter much. Many people here have dogs of the same sex.
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Milo is 3 and a half and I would love to add another now but it's not the right time for me. I think because of his personality he would be fine with a puppy when he is older. Ideally, I would have gotten another when he was 1 or 2 years old.

If there wasn't so much cute dresses and bows for girls I would definitely get another boy but I love the girly things too much so I'll probably get a girl.
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I like to space mine apart by two years.........one year being a minimum.

To me, puppies are just so much work - but the time invested sets the relationship in stone.

You guys are killing me with these Malts, though! They are just TOO cute!! And I like the cut that looks like Orla's Milo (siggy pic).
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I got 2 female puppies together, added a male a year later ,and added another male 14 months from the last male. To me, it was the easiest with the 2 puppies at the same time! We are just one big happy fluff family!!! Everyone gets along and plays together now! I was overprotective with my last male, allowing him with the big dog's, but now everyone is together and it's great!!!
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Spookie likes the boys at the dog park, and has no use for the girls. So when Kris came up for adoption, he was perfect for all.
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I waited till my male was 2 to add a female puppy and I wanted a puppy 6 months to 1 yr old (only). I had specific wants.
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I like to space mine apart by two years.........one year being a minimum.

To me, puppies are just so much work - but the time invested sets the relationship in stone.

You guys are killing me with these Malts, though! They are just TOO cute!! And I like the cut that looks like Orla's Milo (siggy pic).
That's my favourite cut on him and I am growing him back out to that at the moment
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have a six year old Maltese and I recently got a puppy... It was too much of a gap in energy levels... I would say between 2-4 years would be good! Good Luck!
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