Should I Get a Pomeranian Puppy When I Already Have a 6 Month Boxer?

It’s a female boxer so I’m not sure if I should get a male or female pomeranian. Also will these two dogs get along although their size? And if you know anything about training a pomeranian or if they’re hard dogs please tell me.
Thanks.

It really depends on the dog whether or not size or gender are an issue.

How well socialized is your boxer? If you’re bringing in the Pom as a pup, he or she will adjust, but your Boxer may be set in her ways a bit already. Take your boxer to the dogpark or training classes and see how she reacts to small dogs to get a better idea.

I’ve always been told that mixed gender get along better than two females, however if both are spayed or neutered it shouldn’t be a big deal if your heart is set on another female. If your boxer is not spayed yet, you should have it done ASAP to avoid aggressive or overly dominant behavior around the new dog.

The only cautionary tale about big and small dogs is fear of injury. It’s like turning a Clydesdale and a Shetland pony out together – IF (and that’s an "if" not a "will") things get bad, the little guy could get seriously injured before anyone can intervene. Most of the time animals can get along by displays of force instead of actual contact, but if it goes past showing off, the Pom would be a severe disadvantage. As far as playfulness goes, again the little dog could get accidentally injured. Boxers (as I’m sure you know) are not only large, but particularly boisterous. This could mean minor injuries (sprains, etc) for your pom from getting stepped on or run over.

Since your boxer is young, she would probably adjust fine unless she is very unsocial. However, be prepared for the headache that is life when you have two young dogs in the household ;) I might wait until your dog is about 8 months and hits "teenagehood" before you decide if you have the time, energy, and money for two youngsters.

Just my 2 cents. I wouldn’t bring another dog in with a 6 month old dog right now because there is no way I would have the time and energy for it, but if you’re up to it then I’m sure lots of people are in your situation and have two wonderful dogs and a happy home :)

As far as Poms go…. They are cuddly yappers. They are very barky, so be prepared to be patient and not give your Pom anything when he or she barks at you to prevent it from getting out of hand. Otherwise, they are smart and attentive – which makes them quick learners. Here’s the AKC info on them: http://www.akc.org/breeds/pomeranian/index.cfm
Here is a the AKC Pomeranian parent club to recommend quality breeders: http://www.americanpomeranianclub.org/

Also, don’t forget to check the shelters in your area. Petfinder.com lets you search by breed, zipcode, and even age if you’re looking for a pup like these ones: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18209014 and http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18208967

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  • iLove

    I say no simply because I would rather allow the boxer time to be the baby! Believe me or not when that Other puppy comes in it’ll be getting most of the attention. I’d wait another 6 months. just my opinion
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  • Kate

    Having a small dog with a large breed dog can be a concern, especially because the boxer is still very young. Many large breed dogs (well all dogs) can have the instinct to kill small animals and sometimes they mistake their small cousins for a play toy. It can work if both dogs are very well trained and ALWAYS supervised when together but it can be an issue.

    As for sex, you would want a male pom. If your boxer is a female than a male pom (assuming you are spaying and neutering) will work nicely because female dogs are automatically dominate over males creating fewer arguments between them.

    Training a pom is the same as training all dogs. Positive reinforcement is the ideal training methods and obedience classes will help socialize your new pup and give him the confidence he needs to be a great little dog.
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  • Ally

    Here’s the only reason I’d say NO. You seemed to have just gotten this boxer, as she’s only 6 months. I’d wait until the dog is fully trained before you look into getting a second dog. It’s not easy to train two dogs at the same time. One will always end up with the shorter straw. Trust me, keep with your boxer and when she’s a great doggie with all her needed training, look into a second dog.
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  • T’n’T

    OK sex doesnt matter per say if you train them and raise them right also if you fix one that would also help calm them. However size itself is a matter of preference because large dogs can play fine with small ones and live comfortably. I would use your best judgement and get training for them both if you do decide to get one. Also to add to the sex of the animal, yes two females can be more prone to not getting along as can two males but it really doesnt matter with training and spaying/neutering. Good luck and try to make the right choice for you. Also has your dog been around other dogs, if it’s not socialized than it may not welcome another animal as easy. Another thing to think about is housetraining it’s hard to housetrain two animals at once and little dogs can be harder to housetrain.
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  • forwardxmotion

    It really depends on the dog whether or not size or gender are an issue.

    How well socialized is your boxer? If you’re bringing in the Pom as a pup, he or she will adjust, but your Boxer may be set in her ways a bit already. Take your boxer to the dogpark or training classes and see how she reacts to small dogs to get a better idea.

    I’ve always been told that mixed gender get along better than two females, however if both are spayed or neutered it shouldn’t be a big deal if your heart is set on another female. If your boxer is not spayed yet, you should have it done ASAP to avoid aggressive or overly dominant behavior around the new dog.

    The only cautionary tale about big and small dogs is fear of injury. It’s like turning a Clydesdale and a Shetland pony out together – IF (and that’s an "if" not a "will") things get bad, the little guy could get seriously injured before anyone can intervene. Most of the time animals can get along by displays of force instead of actual contact, but if it goes past showing off, the Pom would be a severe disadvantage. As far as playfulness goes, again the little dog could get accidentally injured. Boxers (as I’m sure you know) are not only large, but particularly boisterous. This could mean minor injuries (sprains, etc) for your pom from getting stepped on or run over.

    Since your boxer is young, she would probably adjust fine unless she is very unsocial. However, be prepared for the headache that is life when you have two young dogs in the household ;) I might wait until your dog is about 8 months and hits "teenagehood" before you decide if you have the time, energy, and money for two youngsters.

    Just my 2 cents. I wouldn’t bring another dog in with a 6 month old dog right now because there is no way I would have the time and energy for it, but if you’re up to it then I’m sure lots of people are in your situation and have two wonderful dogs and a happy home :)

    As far as Poms go…. They are cuddly yappers. They are very barky, so be prepared to be patient and not give your Pom anything when he or she barks at you to prevent it from getting out of hand. Otherwise, they are smart and attentive – which makes them quick learners. Here’s the AKC info on them: http://www.akc.org/breeds/pomeranian/index.cfm
    Here is a the AKC Pomeranian parent club to recommend quality breeders: http://www.americanpomeranianclub.org/

    Also, don’t forget to check the shelters in your area. Petfinder.com lets you search by breed, zipcode, and even age if you’re looking for a pup like these ones: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18209014 and http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18208967
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  • La

    My suggestion to you would be to possibly wait another 6-8 months so your Boxer gets the full attention that he needs as a puppy. It is difficult to divide attention and love to more than one pup at a time and you owe it to not only the pup but yourself as these are very important bonding months of a lifetime relationship. Just a thought, I have a pomeranian/papillon pup and I couldn’t be happier she was great at house training and teaching behaviors to.
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  • Read More Books!

    I hope you’re adopting a Pomeranian because there are tons of great purebreds in many shelters (at least where I live). Most of the dogs in shelters are given up from owners, not coming in as strays or unwanted litters.

    I digress…Since your Boxer is so young, he’s surely going to be playful and may not have much…control. He could really hurt a small puppy accidentally. I would wait until he’s more mature. Just be sure he is well socialized with other dogs of all shapes and sizes. Otherwise, you might really have trouble later.
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  • Xolo Mama

    You already have a puppy. You don’t ever have two puppies at once. I have a 2 year old Xolo and I’m waiting until he is at least 3 years old and out of that puppy stage until I get my English Coonhound.
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  • Lorraine

    No as said by others, wait until he is older. He is likely to play much too rough with a small breed puppy – or a tiny puppy of any breed.

    You need to let him mature first.
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  • wishnuwelltoo

    No, the first year is for training. introducing a new puppy now will add stress and possibly potty training accidents, Keep the first year for training.
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