Andrew: What breeds of dogs are known to be same sex aggressive?
I know Dobermans and Akitas are two breeds. I used to work in a doggie daycare and their were a couple dobermans that were friendly with all dogs, even the same sex. Is this rare for the breed?
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Answer by mauveme49
Jack Russell's are reported to be but my friend had one and she used to board customers dogs and she never had any problems with her JR and a same sex boarding dog.Never heard that about dobes (I had a female std poodle and my es-room mate had a female dobe and they were the best of friends) but I have about the Akitas.
Answer by Tabatha
Any breed can be same sex aggressive.
Answer by rescue member
That's just not true, varies with the personality of the dog, not the breed.
Only time you can be sure there will be aggression is if you have a female in heat and two in tact males fighting over her, rest is individual dogs and proper training.
Don't know why people make such b.s. generalizations. I've fostered up to 10 dogs, have them all running lose together, six females in the mix at times, and no aggression at all because I make the rules and it just isn't allowed. Never had more problems with "same sex" aggression at all.
Answer by ☆ Memphis Belle ☆
Anyone who knows the Doberman is aware that it is a breed specific characteristics for *male* Dobermans to develop same sex aggression at puberty, increasing in strength as the dog matures. While there are a few males that will tolerate the presence of another male in the household it is atypical and not something that should be counted on happening or expected in the breed.
The majority will begin to show increasing aggressive behavior, escalating to dog fights whenever the two males cross paths. Either the dogs would have to live in separate parts of the house, moved about on leads or one would have to go to avoid serious injury to one or both dogs.
Contrary to the opinion of some, the genetic makeup of a dog cannot be trained out of it or removed by castration.
Male Dobermans outside the home will through their weight around with dominant posturing if not trained by someone with the right attitude and experience to handle the dog and will not stand there and take it is another male dog gets “in its face”.
There is a reason why good Doberman breeders and Doberman breed rescue will not sell a male Doberman to someone who already has a male dog and that is because it is unlikely to work out.
Male and female is the combination most likely to get along or at least tolerate the presence of the other dog. Female and female can be fine, depending on the nature of the females.
Two equally dominant natured females can be a recipe for disaster, as bitches when they do not get along go for the throat and will never back down to the other. That is not a breed specific characteristic.
Foolish to purchase a Doberman hoping or expecting that it will be one of the few males that will get along nicely with other males, with a low strength of the same sex aggression trait, as it most likely won’t.
Answer by ShadowDragonPhoenix
A dog is very defined as to its breed, contact your Kennel Council or vet for more specifics, but any dog can become same sex aggressive.
Most likely candidates though are Guarding dogs (of which the Doberman belongs), and the most likely are Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, and other arctic breeds (you should never have the same sex with these dogs, one female and one male are best). Akitas are best as single dogs only as they can be aggressive to all dogs regardless of sex or breed.
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