The conversation comes up all the time, and it’s been a topic of discussion again recently: “Should you, or should you not, have two female dogs in the same household?” We hear plenty of stories about two females that get along great together – and that’s amazing, but it’s not typical. There are countless research studies that show females have a higher rate of aggression toward other females than they do toward males, or than males have toward other males. And we have to give creed to all this information. Here are just a few snipits of this type of research:
“There is a higher incidence of aggressive behavior between dogs of the same sex. Two males or two females will often view each other as rivals, even if they appear to get along most of the time. This is a fact for every breed.”
“When two dogs of the same sex live in a household together, they are required to decide which one will be the top dog and which one will be the bottom dog. The ‘decision making’ can become nasty and even violent. The ultimate pecking order can have an undesirable effect on both of the dog’s personalities—one of the dogs can become dominant to an unhealthy degree and the other can be pushed so far into submission that it’s not good for him. In this common scenario, the top dog becomes tyrannical and the bottom dog lives a nerve-wracking life of perpetual submission. This is an unyieldingly stressful set of circumstances for the entire household.”
“Generally, I like male/female pairings in a two-dog household, then male/male pairings, with female/female pairings at the bottom of the list. That is not to say you can’t see successful duos with all of these combos, but I think most behavior consultants would agree that the worst cases of interdog aggression are usually between females, and when these dogs live in the same home, managing the situation can be a nightmare for the owners — and is tough on the dogs, too. Generally, a second dog of the opposite sex is a good idea for most families.”
“Same-sex dogs are more likely to fight. Two males (or two females) are much more likely to fight than a male and a female. This is true of every breed, not just pit bulls, because two dogs of the same sex are likely to see each other as rivals.”
“The first thing that might be surprising to most people is that female dogs are more often involved in fights than are males. [In a recent study] only 32 percent of aggressive incidents involved conflict between two males, while in the remaining 68 percent, females were active participants. This is consistent with previous research which showed that when females get into an aggressive situation, injuries are apt to be more severe and the fights tend to be longer and more furious.”
To sum up, Save-a-Bull’s position is this: dog aggression is a behavior found in every breed, but because of their breed history, pit bulls might be less tolerant of other dogs. Add to this the research showing female dogs are less tolerant of other females and it can create a recipe for disaster. As pit bull advocates and owners, it is our responsibility to understand our dogs and to put them in a position to succeed. It is because of this that we will not place a female dog into a home with another female dog.
“Let’s not blame the dogs for a trait bred into them by the evilness of man. Let’s understand them instead, so we can provide responsible ownership and give them a chance to show the world why they are so deserving of our love.”
This handsome hunk is four year old pit mix Bo. He was adopted from Rochester Animal Control by Adrianne and Jacob and is the light of their lives. Bo loves his toys, especially his Kong balls as you can tell from his photos. He also loves playing fetch, even if he doesn’t give the ball back 100% of the time.
Recently, Bo got a new sister when Adrianne and Jacob adopted from Save-a-Bull. Her name is Zelda (fka Bridget). Although Bo was a tad bit hesitant of his new sister at first, they soon grew to love each other and are now the best of buds!
Bo was photographed by Tangerine House of Design as part of our annual Save-a-Bull calendar fundraiser and contest. Watch for next year’s contest details coming later this year, or purchase your 2018 calendar here.
One of our favorite parts about Give to the Max Day is seeing the dedications that come with the donations. We know every supporter values the importance of the spay/neuter clinics, but we love seeing the real driver, the heartfelt reason, they are making a donation today. Donations today were dedicated to:
- For Quinny!
- For Zach and Molly – we miss you!
- Frankie & Alice
- From Mac and Mary & Bob
- From the Cottle Family in memory of Milton.
- In honor of Jolene Coleman
- In honor of Norma Buddy and Dave — the Gavin Dogs
- In honor of Thunder the wonder pup
- In loving memory of our best friend Mikey.
- In Memory of Baby Tabi
- In memory of my father Jerry McDonald
- In memory of my sweet angel Nellie
- In Memory of Vinnie
- Jefferson & Madeline – best granddogs ever
- In memory of Kathy Carlson
- Nova, Tillie & Duke
- Thanks for all you do!
- The crew of 5Pawz
- To help pups like Linus find the right home
- To my Jozee miss you everyday baby
- To our first furry child Shug
- To our sweet Ernest
Thank you again to everyone who was supported us so far and is yet to make a donation. You are a warm and wonderful part of the Save-a-Bull family and we appreciate your support today and every day!
Everyone loves puppies! We love their whole body wiggles, their soft fur, and even their puppy breath. But in rescue, we don’t discriminate by age. We take in dogs of all ages and give them a second chance at finding their forever family. Save-a-Bull currently has 10 dogs seven month and older. Now that we have your attention with all this Give to the Max Day excitement, let us share a little more information about our adoptable adults!
Sweet Hallie has been with us for over a year. This adorable “white buffalo” as she is affectionately called around Save-a-Bull, is just over 4 years old. She is a master at entertaining herself! She loves toys and will toss them in the air before gracefully galloping after them. She can entertain herself for hours with play time! But, once playtime is over, she makes a beeline to the couch where she demands a snuggle time with her fosters.
Linus is a one-year-old tripod! Prior to coming to rescue, Linus experienced broken bones in his leg that required an amputation. However, only three legs can’t slow this boy down! This summer, Linus could usually be found in his foster’s pool. He loved having his toys thrown into the pool where he could swim over to retrieve them. Once he gathers them all, he brings them back to his humans and waits for them to be thrown back in so he can get back to swimming!
Jill, also known as Jillybean to her fosters, is a two year old sweetheart who has been in rescue since March. Jill is a HUGE fan of her squeaky toys! She loves to chase them, chew them, shake them, and carry them around the house with her. While doing so, she squeaks the songs of her people the entire way! Her fosters are endlessly entertained by her playtime. We are sure, if Jill were a part of your family, there would never be a dull moment!
Ravioli is a mischievous little spit fire that loves to explore the world around him. At eight months old, he’s an excitable and fun-loving dude! In exchange, he will happily give you unlimited kisses, Netflix and chill, long lazy weekend mornings in bed, and the ability to learn tricks in a snap! He also loves car rides, brewery patios, and is a certified foodie who hasn’t met a snack he didn’t like. This boy is smart and funny, is great company, and could very possibly be your best friend ever!
Royal is a sweet 8 month old pup who came to rescue in May. He has a lot of personality and enjoys being near his people! He wants to be as close to you as possible. He is a unique pup as he is one of the only dogs from our rescue that has part hairless breed – and he’s also a leftie! Still looking for his forever home…
Coral is a 3 and a half year old, white pittie who LOVES her foster family and their kids! The children in the house love to keep her entertained with her toys and Coral is happy to oblige. However, she also enjoys her downtime as well. She is the sweetest snuggler. She has even been known to pick snuggling with her foster family over the delicious smells of bacon cooking in the kitchen.
Vince is the oldest of our available adults at 5 and a half years young! Vince loves to show his love to his fosters by drenching them with kisses and snuggling his face as close to theirs as possible. This pitties is definitely going to need snuggles in the winter as he was unimpressed by his first snow experience. He saw the white stuff and ran his brown butt right back into the house! Vince would love a forever family to help keep him warm and loved this winter.
All of these older dogs are available for adoption. Did you see one that would be the perfect addition to your family? Fill out an application today!
Linus, Royal, Hallie photos by Tangerine House of Design
This summer, something a little magical happened.
When former adopter Bernadette Heaney-Deuel started planning a birthday party for her kids Henry (9) and Hazel (6), she asked them if they would like to receive gifts at the party or ask friends and family for donations to an organization. Both kids agreed that they wanted to donate gifts to the rescue where their beloved Bosco came from, Save-a-Bull.
They sent out invitations explaining how they wanted gifts to be donated. Party guests showed up with lots of stuff from the wish list and also took the time to make rope toys to add to the pile of items collected!
Henry and Hazel then personally delivered their donation to the rescue at an adoption event, where they got to play with and there thanked by dogs and puppies who really appreciate their thoughtfulness.
If kids like Henry and Hazel are our future, then the world is truly a great place.