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HEY FOLKS!!

Stopped by the animal shelter the other day to make a drop off of some donations...

...and there she was......a little, scared and AWFULLY LONELY looking white boxer puppy, probably no more than 6 to 8 weeks old.... all floppy ears and she even still has her tail! I inquired about her and they said BECAUSE she was turned in wearing a collar, they, by law have to hold onto her for a week before putting her up for adoption. I want her badly because I'd like my 5 year old Zoe to have a little sister/playmate......hence my question:

HAS ANYONE HAVE/HAD ANY PROBLEMS RAISING FEMALE BOXERS TOGETHER WHO AREN'T LITTER MATES? I had done some research and read an article or 2 that alluded to the fact that males and females get along better than males with males and females with females.

My heart aches for this poor little lost soul, and i'd like to offer her a place in my home BUT at the same time, I don't want to alienate Zoe who is and always will be my #1 girl.

Also, being pure white (only a couple very small tan spots) there is the issue of having her shedding, (Zoe is your typical Fancy Boxer and just what white hair she has gets EVERYWHERE), we have a lot of dark toned furniture.......any advice for that other than the OBVIOUS daily brushing?

HELP!! PLEASE!
 

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well..i would say since the pup is so young it would be fine...Zoe would say hey im the boss and the pup would be ok with that..

the shedding? Isis doesnt really shed too much...the quality of food has alot to do with it...and the individual dog...adding things to their food helps alot too
 

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I would say that bringing home a puppy would work well with your dog.  I have had two females together and they were a couple of years apart in age along with a male in my "boxer pack" at one time.

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I would adopt her, I agree with the others, her as a puppy should fit in well.  I know that the rescue I use most often will not place two adult females together but I don't believe that they have a problem with puppies.
 

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I have 3 females in my home and they all get along great.

Sadie was 2 when I brought Chelsey in my home who was 9 at the time and then my Boxer Baby was a year and 2 months when I brought her home to both of them.  They play and seem to get along just fine.
 

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Andrea has 2 and I don't really remember her ever saying anything bad...Now Angel I am discovering is not good with other females, so that would not be an option for me. Also is Zoe spayed? That would help as well...Hope you get her, keep us posted
 

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My first two were females. They got along famously! Gretta was a pup when I brought her home..and my Kasey loved her from the get go. I don't know if the shelter has a "greeting" room, but some do..and you could see how they react together.
Zoe, may wrestle her first, and the real challenge will come when you put them in Zoe's environment. But it may give you a chance to see if she is going to be too aggressive with a baby like that ( probably not, but better safe than sorr! )
 

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They will get along great while one is a puppy, however in 1 or 2 years when she matures she may start to challenge Zoe. Females have enough of a reputation for not getting along that a lot of rescues won't adopt a female to a home that already has a female- HOWEVER as you can see it works fine for some households.  It all depends on the dogs really.
Does Zoe have a dominant personality?  Does the puppy?  I would just make sure they aren't both alpha types before you adopt, it COULD lead to heartache in a couple years when you might have to live with them permanently seperated or rehome one- but really, who could do that after you are so attached?
Sorry to be the soggy nacho!
 

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I have two white females now, and had Maddy before i got tink. There was defidently a time where Tink needed to learn who was boss, and Maddy had no problem showing that. But they are great together, they hate being away from each other.. The begining was a little rusty, only because Maddy didnt know what a puppy was.
Its great that your considering rescuing!!! Id say go for it if you can, and if you feel comfortable with it
 

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Generally speaking opposite-sex pairs work out the best, but as was mentioned it really depends on the individual dogs.  In general, two males are more likely to fight, but two females are more likely to fight to serious injury or death, and they tend to hold grudges more than males do.  I've known a number of households with multiple females that get along quite well.  Having at least one of the females spayed often does help, and of course setting and enforcing guidelines for proper behavior will prevent many 'status-seeking' altercations.  Bringing in the second female as a puppy often helps, too, because she'll grow up learning her place in the scheme of things. :)
 

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My 3 year old female about killed my 10 week old female. Cost us over five thousand dollars to save her. It all depends on the older female I suppose. Good luck!
 

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Wow, scary - hope the pup came through it OK!  That's pretty unusual - generally puppies get "puppy license" until nine months or so - but a (dramatic) example of how the individual really is the most important consideration.
 

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I can't go into shelters, I'd take everybody home with me, so I feel your wanting to save the little girl.   Jetta has lived with up to three other females one unaltered and they all got a long great, the other dogs weren't boxers though.
 

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Think I'll follow AshleysMom's advice and call the shelter tomorrow and see if i can take Zoe out there and see how she'll interact with the puppy.
 
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