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03-29-2014 12:55 AM
Serbrider Yes. My dog has never provoked an attack or bitten where she's drawn blood with any other dog or human (she's killed field mice, some birds, and an armadillo in her day... ), apart from my brother who was stupid and literally shoved his hand into her bowl WHILE she was eating her favorite food, which was her dog food (before I started feeding her raw) mixed with the juice from our pot roast. Yeah... that was an accident on her part...

But... back to the question. Yes. They can and do fight. My dog as I said has never provoked an attack, but she's the queen bee in her mind. She will ignore other dogs, but if another dog comes at her, she will NOT roll over and submit. No way in **** will she do that. So if another dog either completely ignores her or continues to provoke her, she has gotten in fights before, which is why I don't allow her around other dogs unleashed... because I can't trust THE OTHER DOGS enough to leave mine alone (which my girl doesn't like other dogs, and will completely ignore them after a courtesy sniff).

She's spayed. In almost every single case where she has gotten in a fight/attacked/overly provoked, it's been with a male dog. Either a neutered male or unneutered.

The only time she was attacked by a female... that dog was nuts. I mean... had some major issues. Would go after me, would go after my horse, would go after her owners a few times... just... nutso little jack russell. And the little male jack russell was following in her footsteps. Gosh... it was crazy. After one time of seeing if I could take my dog to the barn with me there, it was like "ok... never again".

But yes. Males and females can and do definitely fight.
03-29-2014 12:02 AM
GSDluver4lyfe From what I noticed males are usually more tolerant of snarky behavior from a female vs another male. If there is a fight the female is usually the one to start it. Snapped too hard, made contact with male dog, or full on attacked and the male defending himself. But I've seen many females all of a sudden snap and pin the boys down. All the while the boys are singing "True Love"

I have yet to see a male full on attack a female the way they would another male. But the females don't care, they will go for whoevers most annoying at any given time.
03-28-2014 03:55 AM
Sabis mom Sabi -spayed female- and her housemate Bud-unneutered male- got right into it a few times. The first time was before she was spayed, and she was pure evil with most males. Hated them, in heat she was worse. Anyway they were playing one day and I'm not sure what happened but she laid into him and he fought back. I got bitten breaking them up, and they both had lacerations on their faces and legs.
Second time he got to close to a baby rabbit she was caring for and she levelled him. He fought back again and they both wound up missing fur.
Third time was over a pup she was caring for. We were out for a walk and Bud growled at the pup for something. Sabi charged him and he stood his ground, so they fought. Again I got bitten breaking it up. After that we kept him away from her 'kids' if she was around.

In every fight I have seen between males and females, the female is the aggressor.
03-28-2014 12:13 AM
Gretchen A fearful dog is a fearful dog regardless of sex. We've had a few males lunge, bark and try to get aggressive with my female, mostly stranger dogs. Their owners and I never let it get into a full blown fight.
03-27-2014 11:54 PM
GatorDog My males will pick on each other, but they let my females do whatever they want
03-27-2014 11:52 PM
selzer Some males will let a female walk all over them. Some males will not. I had a male that cut me open and my female when he got his big boy bark going. He did not mean to get me, I got my hand in between them, that was my fault. But the dog wasn't going to put up with my girl, and she was 5 or six years older than him.

He would bound up and into her, and she gave him a corrective nip. And he laid into her.

He got into it with the other boy I had, who was a year older than him, and while that sounded bad, neither were wounded.

I learned to keep him separated. The other dog was a little reactive with outside dogs, but bitches in heat (mine or other people's) where a different story altogether. He was the perfect gentleman caller.
03-27-2014 11:42 PM
llombardo I have no major fights in the house, but both girls will put the boys in their place and the boys take it. The girls also seem to have each other's backs and watch out for each other.
03-27-2014 11:36 PM
Cassidy's Mom
Originally Posted by RocketDog View Post
This is why I affectionately call Rocket the Don Juan of dogs.
Keefer is the Fabio of dogs.
03-27-2014 11:01 PM
dogfaeries Russell (intact 13 mo male) and Carly (intact 4 yrs female) have had a scuffle. Carly firmly believes that everything belongs to her, and finally decided to revoke Russell's puppy pass. Russell wasn't too happy about that. Neither one of them was backing down over some random ratty toy, so I shut it down immediately.
03-27-2014 10:50 PM
Merciel My sister's pittie will fight any dog that she decides she doesn't like. She's worse with other female dogs but will definitely attack males; she once jumped out of a car window to attack a male Beagle that barked at her (after this my sister bought a muzzle).

She gets along okay with my dogs (both male) but I think only because she's known them since puppyhood. Otherwise I can't imagine she'd get along with Pongu.
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