View Full Version : Are 2 boys cavaliers good together?

26th October 2006, 12:16 PM
i am just wondering do they get aggesive with wach other?

26th October 2006, 12:18 PM
My boys get along fine, Oakley gets a bit noisy sometimes but they are always wagging their tails when they are play fighting. ;)

26th October 2006, 01:17 PM
When we brought Darby home Dudley was not at all impressed, I was so so worried. They now run around and play and get along wonderfully.

It just took a little longer than I expected for them to bond.

Darby is only 7 months old and would play constantly, Dudley likes to have quiet time and plays when he wants too.

They are not aggressive at all, during playtime they growl but those tails are always a wagging and they love one another.

matties mum
26th October 2006, 01:22 PM
I have not got 2 cavaliers but have an old dog a cross he is 10 years old and he has be fab with my cavalier who is about 10 mouths old --Aileen

Barbara Nixon
26th October 2006, 01:39 PM
It depends on the dogs. People say that two bitches arguemnets are worse, because they hold grudges, yet I never had trouble with two springer girls, in 14 years.

I do have problems among my boys, but there are four of them.
Monty gets on with anyone, Joly is only a bit growly if he wants to hang onto a toy or treat that someone else looks at (But this gets no further). However, Izzy has never liked Joly and wil go for him, if he steps out of line (ok if Joly conforms). Teddy has had behaviour issues and has gone for everyone, but top dog Izzy, even me once, but I think he's a special case.

Having said this, just Izzy and Monty together were fine; Monty easy going and Izzy top dog.

26th October 2006, 01:42 PM
Wesley and Cody can't get enough of each other! We just moved and got a huge fenced in back yard and they spend HOURS zooming around and chasing one another. Because Cody is so young he hasn't quite learned his boundaries, so he is still constantly pulling on Wesley's ears when they play. They can get pretty rowdy, but they are having a blast. They just wear each other out!

They are so bonded that Wesley almost had a panic attack when Cody left to go get nuetered. (I had dropped the little guy off at my mother-in-law's house so she could take him in the morning becuase I work). They were seperated for all of 24 hours and Wesley acted like it had been YEARS when Cody came home.

I guess it just depends on the ages of the dogs, Wesley is only 3 so he still has lots of energy to keep up with the rugrat.

26th October 2006, 02:20 PM
It has always work great with Fjalar & Molder :flwr: They are best friends and can't be from each other for a minute! They do everything together and it's just wonderful to watch them and see how much they love each other :lotsaluv: But actually is Fjalar sterile (he got sick when he was just 1 year old and was near dead then life, after that I had to let castrate him because if not he would die) and yes, maybe they would not be so good together if Fjalar was not sterile but I know about other two boys, either of them are sterile and it is working very well with them too ;)

26th October 2006, 02:52 PM
I have two boys - Arthur has just been home for over a month although he is almost 6 months old.

They play constantly and cuddle up together to sleep...it is wonderful.. As others have said, they can get pretty rowdy but a quick clap of my hands and a, "BOYS, BE NICE" and all is good again. The only time Duncan has really put Arty in his place is when he is getting a good snuggle and Arthur wants some too so jumps directly on his head. I think that would piss me off too!! :lol: :lol:

26th October 2006, 03:01 PM
If you were going to neuter the boys there is a good chance they'd get along fine. The only exception (and 3 of my boys are intact) is when there is a favorite toy, or treat out.

26th October 2006, 04:12 PM
I was worried about this too, before getting my 2nd boy. I asked the breeder and she said that her male got along good with other male dogs in her household. So I went ahead and brought Luke home last May. He was 3.5 years old. Now, 5 months later, Luke & Pippin, my 2 adult male dogs are best of buddies. They hang out together all the time and neither one tries to pull rank on the other.

Last month I introduced Jolly, a male puppy, into the home and they have accepted him too. They like to tell the puppy that he is lower on the totem pole, but there is no marking in the house and no aggression.

Boys have worked for me. In fact my 3 male dogs are more loving towards me and more needy, than my 1 female. Merry is affectionate, but she doesn't cling to me all the time, like the boys do. Merry likes to have a little quiet time to herself. She'll go in her crate to sleep during the day or sleep in an empty room. The boys have to be in a room with other people and preferably on that person's lap.

26th October 2006, 04:19 PM
Although they don't live together, at the weekends Toby and Taffy can spend a lot of time with eachother and they are completely fine, they don't fight or anything.

Archie on the other hand doesn't seem to get on well with either. Toby and Taffy are happy just plodding around but Archie likes to true and fight them all the time, especially over food. But i think thats down to the discipline(or lack) of that he gets.

Bruce H
26th October 2006, 06:21 PM
I'm in a little different situation, but the only time we ever had a problem with the boys was the one time I accidently let a girl who was in season out of her crate when there were 2 of our intact boys in the room. Not a good thing; fortunately no injuries, just a lot of growling, snapping and posturing. I was in the doghouse for a few days over that mistake :(

We do have a couple of our dogs that have "food issues" but it doesn't seem to have anything to do with whether its a male or female.

26th October 2006, 06:51 PM
My two boys get along very well but have been in minor scraps over chews before, violent enough to draw blood, because I have one who will deliberately taunt the other with his treat sometimes and I might miss that he is doing it. They can be best of friends 99.999% of the time but never underestimate the possibility of such flashpoints with males or females. But that isn't gender related, it is just a dog management issue and is why I really encourage a good understanding of what can create potential problems. Very few dogs are serious problems in themselves; it is the management that is the issue once there is nmore than one dog in the house. Having more than one is extremely rewardingm, but also introduces new challenges. Each additional dog increases that challenge by another bit but as our breeders here with numerous dogs can testify, good management and the mild temperament of this breed generally means they are almost always easy to mix together, whatever the gender. :)

Neutering definitely can make a major difference with both males and females, making it a lot easier for the average pet owner to keep more than one dog. The male dogs that I've had who were more in your face tended to be those who were unneutered still at age 5 or 6 and had very well established male behaviour patterns. Also this was dependent on the individual dog's personality, and whether it had been well socialised or not.

Generally a puppy coming in to an existing dog household will be readily accepted and the pecking order will be established as he/she matures. Most of the time you will not even be aware of it and it will not be of any importance to you or the dogs except that each dog feels most secure and happy when it has its place -- and doesn't care where in the order it is. :) The problems tend to arise when the owners feel the first dog 'should be the top dog' and intervene by treating the original dog as more important even though often the dogs themselves have an order where the second is the top dog. Interfering in this way can cause enormous anxiety and make the second dog feel it has to prove its status, creating scraps where they never would have existed. So we humans can accidentally create problems that may seem like they are testosterone related but are actually created by us! That's why it is always best to treat dogs as separate but equals, too -- that helps ensure a peaceful household. :)

I've always seen more issues with females with females, than males with males, but nothing really major.

26th October 2006, 07:05 PM
You raise some interesting points, Karlin. Sometimes (usually after they have been playing, and Holly wants to settle on the sofa for a while) Holly will snap and even nip at Chloe when Chloe comes bouncing round. I've noticed it more when Holly has been beside me and Chloe wants up. Incidentally, Chloe also tries the same thing in the reverse situation! I don't normally intervene (if Holly does something that even makes Chloe yelp, she stops immediately) but in that situation I sometimes do- purely because their relative positions would make it easy for Holly to inadvertently scratch Chloe's eye. Am I right?

How fixed does a routine have to be? Chloe doesn't have a very good 'stay' yet, so getting her to stay put while feeding Holly first, for example, is a non-starter. I get round this by feeding them separately in the morning, and then they happily share a plate of kibble and beans in the evening. No aggression there whatsoever from either, even though there's food in the equation.

27th October 2006, 05:49 PM
I couldn't agree more with Karlin's post. I had terrible aggression problems with a female that I fostered and she had to be homed a lot sooner than I would have liked (I would have kept her tbh). She had established herself as 'Top Dog' within a week of being here but her aggression was due to a very deep seated problem that even a dog psycholgist and a dog behaviouralist couldn't cure :( She is however, absolutely fine in her forever home with just her and her Mamma.

Anyway, my two boys get on fine for the most of the time - except for when Charlie chooses to tease Maxx with his chewies or whatever. Maxx will try to take them and then all hell breaks loose :roll: We are probably averaging on one minor spat a month now which in the grand scheme of things isn't too bad really. It's a lot less than my human boys would argue when they were small anyway - saying that, my human boys have never, ever gotten physical with each other :lol:

I too have seen and experienced more problems with female groups than male groups - with all dogs not just Cavaliers.

I think the answer is to let the dogs sort themselves out in the alpha stakes - obviously, if they got TOO physical, you'd have to step in but any minor disagreements are best left for them to sort themselves. My two make me smile actually as everytime they have a falling out, they sit and give each other filthy looks and then look at me me as if to say 'It wasn't MY fault, it was HIM!' :lol:

27th October 2006, 06:16 PM
Always had just girls..up to four in the home at once..never had a problem or cross paw between them...rescues, pups and older ones together,

sorry can't help with the dog side of things...

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

Cathy Moon
27th October 2006, 11:49 PM
My two girls, Chocolate and India, have never, ever fought!

Chocolate has never fought with Geordie, either. She is very peace loving.

India and Geordie (our male) have gotten into fairly serious scuffles maybe 6 times a year over bully sticks. We've been putting Geordie in a crate when it's chewy time. :roll:

India and Geordie play a lot, and one of them sometimes ends the play session on a crabby note. :?

28th October 2006, 03:30 PM
Sounds like it doesn't matter at all what sex they are then. It just seems that some dogs are more likely to start a scuffle than others - just like some human kids :roll: