can 2 male dogs of different breeds get along??

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i have a jack russel of 2years old & have now got a cocker spaniel of 4mths old. i am wondering if some1 can give advice on the problem I have which is my Jack Russel Sparkie keeps trying to mate with the cocker spaniel? both dogs are males and sparkie wont leave the spaniel alone! Can anyone please help? i would like them to be friends
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That's just a dominance thing. JRs are bossy little guys so it isn't so surprising. I wouldn't let your JR do it though -- just pull him off and tell him no. You have to protect the other pup -- otherwise he will thing this is how dogs interact and he'll have problems later when he meets other dogs.
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In answer to your question in the other thread, YES - get them both neutered. Makes for a much nicer, better behaved, healthier pet. Males that are not neutered are at very high risk for anal tumors, testecular cancer & prostate problems. It is very irresponsible to have any dog un neutered.
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Humping is not always a sign of dominance. Sometimes dogs do it cause they feel they need too. Other times they do it cause they can. Meaning the owner doesn't try to stop them. While I certainly recommend any dog be be neutered, if there is a chance they can get loose, if you dont' intend to breed, I don't buy into the health reasons everyone is so quick to point out. Statistically, the incidence of cancer and prostate trouble is insignificant. Nuetered males still mark, still hump, if they are predisposed to so such behaviors. It up to the owner to train the dog to not do it. Neutering is a good idea, but do it for the right reason, to prevent unwanted puppies.
DFrost
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Actually DCF,
Spaying completely eliminates the possibility of ovarian and uterine cancer. Neutering completely eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer. Wouldn't you want to know that it is impossible for your dog to fall prey to one of these life threatening, very expensive to treat cancers? Also spaying significantly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, especially when spayed prior to her first heat.
Neutered males are much less likely to mark and "hump" when they are neutered at the earliest age possible. When the hormones are no longer active in the dogs body, the dog doesn't exibit those behaviors because of hormones, he does those things out of habit. Say a dog is not altered for a year or more. He begins marking. The owner neuters him... he may still mark out of habit.
So the truth of the matter is, it's a good idea all the way around.
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Never said it didn't. what I said was the cases of cancer were statistically insignificant. While I encourage spay and neutering, I don't try to scare them using information that is not totally relavant.
DFrost
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The cancer chances are indeed significant, I've lived it...
OP, I would suggest you speak to your vet about this behavior as well as the neutering. Do some research and draw your own conclusion.
EDIT I also don't agree with the statement that they don't always do it for a reason. When they don't have a reason it is a bad behavior in a mature unneutered male, but still a demonstration of dominance (dominance and reproduction both have very strong ties in the behavior of a dog). As far as the other male behaviors like marking, neutering at an early age does most definately eliminate a lot of this behavior. Neutered dogs that behave this way are often dogs that were neutered later in life and have developed these once instinctive behaviors as habits.
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How is it insignificant or not totally relevant? A 50% increase in risk is pretty significant and relevant to me.
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FYI: if you have two Unaltered males living together, there is a bigger risk of the dogs attacking (and I mean attacking to the death) each other due to them smelling each other's testosterone.
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in reply to "mugsy" that two unaltered male dogs living together could attack each other to the death> WELL THANKS ALOT! I AM NOW WORRIED TO DEATH NEVER MIND THE DOGS
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Get them neutered and relieve yourself from some worry. It's worth it, really!
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Sparkie,
Don't worry yourself to death. Just make an appointment to have them fixed. In the mean time, keep them seperated when you are unable to watch them closely. Also be sure that they have seperate food and water bowls (sharing bowls can also spark a fight).
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Just 2 say 2 every1 thanxs 4 ur help. The 2 dogs seem 2 b gettin on better now(touch wood) -well the humping has stopped! I suppose i was expecting miracles 4 them 2 get along like the best of freinds straight away.x
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I didn't say that to worry you.
I said that to inform you.
and I said "risk" not it's going to happen tomorrow.
Best bet- get them neutered. Good luck.
EDIT: I see you made the appt.
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I can't really think of any biological reason a male dog would "need" to hump another male dog. It's a dominance thing, really. Female dogs can hump too -- again, I'm not aware of any biological "need" for them to do this, other than insofar as they're trying to establish the pack.
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