Female/Female fighting - is it the same if the other is not a Boxer

garvinsmum

Completely Boxer Crazy
So we are looking for another dog to buddy with Fiona. Obviously a Boxer would be great but rescues are few and far between. So looking at other breeds. I'm looking for a male preferably as I like the balance in the male/female temperanments but since Covid every rescue gets heaps of applications. I know the Boxer rescue here doesn't place 2 females together due to the fighting risk, but I'm wondering if the risk is the same with other breeds. Do the fighting issues only exist when both are Boxers or do Boxer females tend to have issues with other breed females as well?
 

Jan

Reasonable Moderator
Staff member
The risk of issues of two females is not as great with other breeds as long, as it's not a bully breed. I would try to pick a submissive dog, and then they would be more likely to get along. I still think male/female would be best. Keep and eye on shelters and rescues. With people going back to work, more dogs are apparently being dumped :( Just keep looking. The right dog will come along.
 

garvinsmum

Completely Boxer Crazy
Thanks, I think I'll hold out for a boy. The only time I've had a same sex combo - and that was males - they fought. I'll just keep putting in applications til I get lucky.
 

garvinsmum

Completely Boxer Crazy
Well, all seemed good so we brought him home. Unfortunately it's not going as well as hoped.
On the first day he lunged, snarled and put Fiona down. I didn't worry about it as I'm used to a bit of grumbles and scuffles at first with a new dog.
And Fiona is an extremely energetic/enthusiastic dog and that may have been very confronting for him. I figured she'd learn to stop pestering him. Unfortunately she doesn't seem to be reading the signals from him that he wants to be left alone. This is not great but if this were the only time he was having a go at her I wouldn't be too bothered. He's also had a go several times either when they are both coming up for attention or she's just there but not doing anything. He is VERY food obsessed to the point of following you into the kitchen and he'll bully her out of the kitchen if she is there too. After the last 3 days he only needs to give her a look now and she slinks off. She's still trying to play with and interact with him all the time because she is a typically Boxer pup who just keeps coming back for more, but she has started to get a little wary and cautious about it. We probably made a mistake letting him on the bed, she invited him up there so we let him stay up. Last night he bullied her off the bed twice. I'm really not sure if this is manageable. Fiona is super submissive so I can't see it going to actual fights as she just drops and submits or runs away, but it is quite sad to see. Any advice would be welcome.
NB He is 8 months old and a Bull Arab X possibly greyhound or something big. She's 10 months but he's quite a bit bigger.
 

Jan

Reasonable Moderator
Staff member
It sounds like it might not be a very good match. I definitely wouldn't allow him on the bed. He sounds like a bit of bully. I would give it a little more time and see if they work things out. Good luck!
 
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