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Kris, I was wondering if you have had any problems with male dominance between Harrison and Brodie. Also what are their age differences. We were planning on getting a female, but that has fallen through so we are in the delima of going ahead a getting another male or waiting on a female. We were afraid of the domaincy thing, but wondering now if it truly is a problem or not. We know others that say they have no problem . What has your experience been ? Thanks ! If anyone else has experience with this, your comment would be apprieciated.

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Comment by Beverly and Eli on September 2, 2015 at 10:20am

Chesney and Eli are best friends. Can't take one without the other and there doesn't seem to be any dominance issues although Chesney always lets Eli go first!

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on September 1, 2015 at 11:08pm
Ouch, Bryan, what a dreadful situation. Glad it worked out.
We have 2 males and they are like human brothers. We raised 3 sons and the similarities are sometime hilarious. Spencer, the younger, more rascally one, harasses the heck out of his older brother. But I Have seen Elliott taunt him and bring it on also. Spencer has displaced excitement aka. Physically lays into Elliott, when anybody comes into the house, but I think that's just Spencer, not a male dominance thing. And yet, Spencr is lost without Elliott. Sometimes Elliott will act like he is going outside behind Spencer (who always insists on being first), and he will turn and seek back in the house. Spencer howls and does a vertical treadmill on the sliding glass door until Elliott comes out or we let Spencer back in.
We do have to deal with some humping behaviour at times with each other, but my son's 2 female shi tzu's do the same thing. My guys parallel pee and poop in the yard when they go out (simultaneous, facing same direction) which is really funny. Sometimes we watch them argue over who has the "last word" - last one to pee on a specific spot in the yard. They are very close to each other also, always together inside and out.
I think of it as sibling rivalry, not especially male dominance. They are both HUGE sucky babies and there is competition for the spot closest to Mom, but they work it out. Would not trade them. They are my sweeties!
Comment by bryan doherty on September 1, 2015 at 7:44am
We had two males from the same litter and what was good intention turned into a nightmare . The battle for dominance actually drew blood so we had to make the toughest decision to re home one . We decided on the one with the softer nature as it would be easier for the new family and we worked hard with Dudley .Its not been easy but we got there still room for improvement though but I think that comes with the breed intelligent and stubborn . We still see his brother with the new family and everything has worked out fine.
Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on August 31, 2015 at 11:12pm

Awe thank you for the trust in my opinion... We love our boys and cannot imagine our house without them

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on August 31, 2015 at 4:13pm

*sigh Laura, your post makes me want another one so badly!... LOL! But as much as I say I do and "threaten" to go get one, I realize that Pedro is almost 8 and very set in his ways even if he's friendly and even submissive with certain dogs. So from my camp, not much help... but I wanted to point you to the blog "Groovy Goldendoodles' where Cathy Bennet, the writer is proud mama of two male Goldendoodles. Check it out and check on her experience, since the young one, Jax has only recently been added to the household. 

Otherwise, I think Kris is our resident expert and Harrison and Brodie are so beautiful and lead such wonderful lives, that I think you're getting already excellent advice.

Best of lucks and loving paws!

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on August 30, 2015 at 11:53pm


Harrison and Brodie are the best of friends. We have never had any issues with dominance behavior. They are both nuetered and their age difference is 10 months. Also they have completely different personalities which helps. Harrison is very attentive and agile. Brodie is still busy being a puppy even at 17 months old. He loves to play, play, and more play. He has more than 50 toys an I can actually say he plays with them all. Harrison loves to play with toys as well, but not unless Brodie teases him with one. It was so easy to train Brodie as a pup, he just followed Harrison. The only challenge that we have is that Brodie can't stand to be without Harrison. When Harrison and I go do our therapy work, Brodie just lays in his kennel and waits for us. If I take Brodie to work without Harrison, he walks around with his tail between his legs and droopy ears. Harrison is fine without Brodie around, in fact I think he enjoys the peace.. I an excited for you to get a new pup. I would like one more but the hubby has put his foot down.. (For now).. 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on August 30, 2015 at 11:40pm

Lots of people have 2 neutered males with no problem.  Dominance behavior occurs even between 2 females, or a male and a female.  It does not (necessarily) mean aggression.  It does mean pecking-order.  Usually dogs work it out between themselves without much fuss.  It might / probably is different if the dogs are not neutered, but with neutered pets, most have no problem at all.  I can't think of a time when someone reported one, and lots of 2 dog homes have 2 boys (and I've been on the doodle forums since 2003!).

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