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Hello,
We have a 1 year old female beagle. She is friendly and loving with everyone (humans, other animals), and never showed any signs of aggression whatsoever. We're considering an idea of getting a second dog, a labrador puppy. I know that it's best to have opposite sex dogs but we really want another female. So I was wondering if, based on your experience, there are risks for this particular combination: an older female beagle and a young female labrador. Thanks a lot!

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Hi there, thanks for writing to me. So in answer in your question about if there are risks with a female to female combination... the answer is yes but there are risks in all the combinations. I was taught that the best combo is male/female, then male /male then lastly female/female. HOWEVER, nothing is absolute. Two females get along well in many households despite what we are taught. Personally I have never had more than one female at a time so as not to push the issue but have had several males as well as a female and it has always worked for me. I can also tell you I had a male female combo once that was not violent per se but they had their moments throughout their lives, like a love/hate thing.

So...... what is the answer, well the best you can do is try them together AWAY FROM YOUR HOME. Although your female beagle has never shown any aggression she is still young and hasn't had to share her home with anyone yet so that may be an advantage but I always suggest meet and greets away from the home turf and if possible let them play a bit together a couple times. You are less likely to set up a scenario of resistance from your beagle that way. Then if it all looks to go well bring them into the house together from an outside place. In other words don't have the beagle at home and then walk in the new one, it then feels like it is invading her space. Entering together from an outside shared experience feels more equal.

Hope this helps! Good luck  :)

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I am happy to answer BEAGLE BREED SPECIFIC behavioral questions. Please DO NOT ask MEDICAL questions! I am not a vet .

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I currently have one adorable beagle, a male age 6.5, a sweet and loving 3 year old female Pit Bull, a cute fluff ball 10 year old male min. poodle and my newest addition a 6 month old male pit who already 50# and is going to probably be twice that when done growing. I have unfortunately lost in the last years 2 beagles and 1 whippet/rat terrier mix. The two beagles lived to 15 and the whippet mix to 13.5, it was so hard to say goodbye to them. I have done rescue work on and off for many, many years as well as fund-raising for the local animal shelter. I worked for a dog magazine in the past (Southern California Dog Magazine). Being a psychotherapist has encouraged me to do in depth studying of animal behavior as well. I have worked with many people to help curb undesirable behaviors in their dogs (or them!) or to form good behaviors. My life is devoted to and surrounded by my dogs........The picture you see here is Zeppelin but we also call him the "miracle dog". He was hit by a car April 2010 while out with the dog walker and had very serious injuries... 4 surgeries and $17,000 later my boy is whole again and back to loving life. He is so special to me and he weathered a lot of pain and trauma yet is still the sweet boy he always was! I also work to stop Breed Specific Legislation and help to get pit bulls adopted.

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HSUS, PETA, SPCA DONT SHOP...ADOPT!! Ban the deed, not the Breed!!

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Dog Fancy

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I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in the state of CA and am also credentialed as a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist

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Honored by the Agoura Animal Shelter for my volunteer work.

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