Right now, our Gilby is 9 months old.  The litter we are planning on getting our second corgi from is due at the end of february/early march, so we will be getting our second right around his one year mark, which we think is great timing!

We are on the fence about getting him a little brother or sister.  Have been reading a lot about the pros and cons about the sex of your second dog being the same or different as the first.  We are leaning towards getting him a little sister.

We were just curious as to anyone else's experience with getting a second corgi, how it went for you and your pups? Some info would be great as to the differences between boy and girl corgis, and what we may expect from a girl compared to a boy.

Any input or stories anyone wants to share would be a great help to us!

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Comment by Nicholas, Kailee, & Gilby on January 30, 2013 at 4:20pm

great to hear!  In our own research, that seems to be the best idea! Really glad to hear it from someone very knowledgeable on the subject! Thank you!

Comment by Wind Dial on January 30, 2013 at 4:11pm

While individual dog personality does play a part, I highly recommend mixed pairs over matched.  As a breeder my self I get people interested in adding a second corgi and always recommend and prefer to place them in mixed pairs.  That doens't mean male/male or female/female can't get along but the chances of male/female making a smooth transition are much higher.  I rarely hear of a case where a male/female pair doesn't cohabitate reasonably well.  You just have better odds of a better transition. Then once you've decided on a gender, then I would look at individual temperament.  Not to minimize the importance of it at all, just making it step 2 of the high priority list.

Comment by Roger/Laurie on January 30, 2013 at 2:41pm

We have two males and they are best buds.  We got Tenby when Chepstow was about a year old.  Chepstow is very easy going and gets along with everyone. Tenby gets bossy sometimes and Chepstow usually just gives him the "whatever" face. They do fight sometimes (started by Tenby) but in 6 years there has never been blood.  Just a lot of snarling and dirty looks.  Tenby only likes corgis. How he knows, I will never understand.  Every corgi is his friend, other dogs.....lets just say we avoid them.

Comment by Nicholas, Kailee, & Gilby on January 30, 2013 at 12:24pm

Thanks so much for the info, very helpful!  Gilby really does well with any type of dog, he got a ton of great socialization through his early puppy months.  I haven't noticed a specific affinity for either sex coming from him, just whoever wants to play with him.  He seems to turn his energy up for dogs that are into it, and can just be a couch potato with less active dogs.  He definitely seems to buddy up with other corgis we run into at the dog park here and there, so I think another dog just his size will do him well!  Also, We had a play date for him and a 3 month old puppy (a puggle) the other day, and he did absolutely wonderful, which was great to see!

Comment by Ludi on January 30, 2013 at 12:10pm

How does Gilby behave around dogs his size, depending on their gender? Like Jennifer says, it REALLY depends on the dog. Ace is a Ladies' Man and loves girls, and while he likes boys as well, I notice that he gets humped by them 24/7. So I opted for a bitch as my second dog. If it had been the other way around, I'd have had no trouble getting a male dog instead. Your Gilby will be the best metric on which to base your decision. :-)

Temperament of the puppy will probably matter even more. Ace is very submissive, and definitely would not be suited to living with an "in-your-face" dog - he'd be tossed around and not really enjoy much of it. So I got a medium-energy, slightly more dominant bitch and they get along swimmingly. Ask yourself what kind of dogs Gilby tends to get along with better - does he make other dogs get out of his way? Does he let others steam roll him? If he's ever been in a spat with another dog, what kind of personality did it have? Very important questions to answer before you decide on a puppy. :-)

Comment by Jennifer Markley on January 30, 2013 at 11:59am

You know, it really depends on the dog.  I have four dogs total.  The three females are great friends.  The male is also best friends with two of the females.  The male and one female don't get along the best.  They tolerate each other and don't fight, but they don't play together at all.  If one is at the vet and throwing a fit, or crying for any reason at home, the other is right there concerned, making sure the other is OK.  So they really like each other deep down, but don't show it on a regular basis.  If you're worried, I'd take the resident dog with you to meet the puppies and let them decide for themselves which one they will tolerate. 

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