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Separating a male and female

by Marie
(San Antonio TX)

A friend was given two Jack Russels; male and female.
The male is a handful. My friend can not handle them. He wants to separate them. They have lived together their whole lives (they are 3). Can they be separated without serious concequences?
I've heard horror stories.
Please advise.
Thank you.

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May 03, 2012
by: Anonymous

I agree sometimes the best thing to do is re-home one. When I first looked for my Jack, I purchased a male/female from the same litter who were 4 months old. Aside from the craziness of having 2 puppies to begin with (nevermind 2 Jacks!!!) it was extremely tough. We got through housetraing and some basic traing, they were learning the rules of the house, but it was a ton of work. The problems didn't start until we had them for about 2 months. They got along fine at first playing and roughhousing like typical puppies. Then we started to notice that they were starting to fight over toys and slowly they began to fight over everything. We asked the vet and he said oh they are just trying to establish dominance. Ok so I thought they would work it out. We would break it up when it got too rough. I let it go for a few weeks and it wasn't improving AT ALL and seemed to be getting worse. I asked the vet again and he said they are persistent and obviously one doesn't want to give in, but not to worry. I explained that it started out like a little dispute but we could hear the change in their bark/growl and it then turns into a full-blown fight. He said as long as you don't see blood they are ok and not getting too rough. I somewhat disagreed because as I said I could hear the "tone" change between them and would have to physically separate them. Well after a while there was absolutely no "play" between them and it was happening everyday and several times throughout the day. We decided that it wasn't working out and gave the male to a friend. After doing some research and speaking with a trainer they do not reccomend getting littermates for this exact reason. We then had only the female until she was almost 2 yrs. and adopted a puppy. She wasn't happy at first, but since she had matured it was a completely different dynamic in the house. They did have a few scuffles early on, but seemed to have worked it out. We also were firm in not allowing anything to get out of hand.
I wish you the best in whatever you decide to do I just wanted to share our experience.

May 01, 2012
Male and female
by: Sandy

Sometimes having two Jacks together is not a good idea, especially if you are not used to them. They may have gotten along in the past but due to all the changes in their lives they are starting fighting - probably to determine who is the alpha now. It might be a good idea for your friend to get a professional who is trained in dog behavior to come and give some advice. However, I don't think it would be terrible to seperate them especially if things are escallating in the house, because that could get dangerous.

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