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I just have one female maltese do you think that when you have just one pet
that they can feel lonely and you need to buy another puppy so they can play and run together

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Sophie was our one and only for a little over a year. And, I mean the one and only princess. It took her a little while to warm up to Annie (Annie was sick and that could have played a part in their lack of bonding at the time). Now, they play together like they are crazy, but sometimes it looks like Sophie is merely tolerating Annie. At other times, if Annie doesn't want to play Sophie pouts until Annie gives in. Plus, you never know if they will every bond and became playmates at all. Just like some people meet people they never will warm up to.

All that said, if we never got Annie, I don't believe that Sophie would have ever missed not having a sibling. After all, she thinks she's one of us anyway.

Plus, I think adding a second or third, etc., dog to the family needs to be because you want another one and not for the sole reason that you may think your one and only needs a play mate. Like I said above - what if they don't want to have anything to do with each other. Which is a possibility - maybe a miniscule possibility, but one nonetheless.

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I don't think one dog at home can get lonely. His/her human family members are enough to keep him so happy.

A dog can do fine, has lots of fun and gets everything he/she needs as an only fluff. I agree with what Linda mentioned above.

I have two different cases here:

1. We had our Melon (miniature poodle) for 7 years with us as an only fluff. She was one happy girl; always up to something fun with me, my siblings, our friends and the whole family. One day, my parents surprised me with a white lil monster in an adorable opened gift box with a ribbon around his neck. The lil monster was named Snowy. A lil bundle of energy who wanted to play, play, play. It took Melon some time to get used to him. She wanted nothing to do with him -ignored him more or less- for few months. By time, she warmed up to him. Even when she did, she still wasn't so into playing with him. She would play from time to time with him, but that was about it. His offers to play were rejected more often. Sweet Melon never hurt him though. In fact, she was protective to him towards other dogs who gave the lil monster their *Grrrr* - she used to surprise us. She sure loved him AND enjoyed playing with him from time to time. She was the boss who decided when to play and when to stop and Snowy was so fine with it. Also loved her that way.

2. Then when we lost our sweet Melon, there was something so different about Snowy. He was just not the same. From day one of joining our family as a wee pup (at 3 months old), there was another fluff in the house. He loved it. Snowy personality is different than Melons. He always seemed to love the idea of having even another fluff at our house for a visit. He loved doing a lot of things with Melon. So in this case, bringing Crystal in was one of the best decisions I've made for me AND Snowy. Snowy fell in love with her the second he saw her. I wasn't surprised because I knew his personality so well. It was the same with Crystal after an hour of meeting and getting to know him. The first few minutes, Crystal wasn't sure about Crazy Snowy because he welcomed her excitedly. But then, an hour later, she was also found playing with him. Snowy and Crystal are so bonded to one another. As a two fluff together, they bond much better together; both fluffs like to play with one another more than how it was with Melon and Snowy.

Yes, as Linda mentioned "you never know if they will ever bond and became playmates at all".

In Melon and Snowy case, it was more that Melon preferred being an only fluff, especially since she experienced it for 7 years. She was fine with this even when she was a lil pup. She did great with other dogs; she had tones of doggie pals, but again, she still had tones of fun at home with us; she was part of the family. Adding Snowy for Melon wasn't necessary. My parents did not give me Snowy to keep Melon company. He was meant to be for me as a gift for my work in school. Best gift I've received in my life. Then again, the two fluffs, Melon and Snowy, were fine together. Melon tolerated him well and was protected to him towards other dogs.


In Snowy and Crystal case: Their personality match so well. They clicked together (from both sides) within an hour - lol although from Snowy's side, she was in the first second he met her. Again, they are part of the family as the two partners in crime :) I swear, I see this DAILY!


I know of other people who have experienced the fluffs not liking each other. Some end up saying, it would have been better if we didn't get a second fluff.

If you wished to get a second (because you want to), then yes, get a second. It is so much fun when they are two. Of course you should keep in mind the double grooming, double caring, double everything. If you are fine with this idea, and think that you can handle it, then why not ;) Next step that should be kept in mind is *personality match* with your female maltese. A reputable breeder will help you match the personality.

All the best.

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Getting another dog as a companion to a current dog is not a good idea. If you want another dog, go ahead. You should not leave the two dogs unattended together and it is absolutely essential you teach the new dog it is okay to be left alone - without the other dog. There are many threads on this same topic.
 

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I don't think they'll get lonely if they're used to be the only furbaby. Afterall, more attention for them but I'm sure they're just as happy to have a companion. Bree is my only malt and she just makes me her companion and I'm fine with that:wub:
 

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I thought that too,that's why we took both sisters when we bought ours. I've heard the dogs will bond with each other closer than with family members if you get them together.... So I had to make sure I handled them alot,loved on them alot. When we got our rehomers,it took them a while to be accepted.

Rylee was so easy going ,he blended right in,Bitsy was Miss Cranky Pants so it took some time. Rylee and the other 3 are pretty close,especially Amber,she just loves Rylee and he loves her. Bitsy is much better at getting along now,they all sleep on one big pillow bed now.

They've all slept w/ us in the same bed from the beginning so maybe it helps...
I'd get a second for yourself,not for companionship for the other dog. Never know they may bond closely,if not they may learn to accept each other.
 

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I only have one dog and she does just great all the attention from us, and the grandchildren. My husband is a football coach and school teacher, i stay home so i am with mine all the time. I don't think she would want any other dog around she loves it when she gets all the attention. lol
 

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For me Romo and Suri got along great from the start. :aktion033: The very first day they just sort of checked eachother out and not much rough playing. By the second day they were wrestling like they have been together for years! :HistericalSmiley: Me not knowing how rough they play at times thought they were fighting and I got scared. Now I realize they are really playing and having lot's of fun. It's so cute to watch them. Suri is half Romo's size but she doesn't hold back! At times she has Romo pinned! :HistericalSmiley:

ok, sort of getting off topic here. lol. I think you should get another if you want and only you know what is best for you, your family and your situation. :) It is a different experience/outcome for everyone. Luckily mine is all good. My husband just said getting Suri was the best investment we made. :chili: They really do look for eachother like real brother and sister.

Btw, I do keep them seperate so they are not dependent. They are not left home alone together, Romo has free roam of the house (since he has been) and Suri has her own room to herself and not able to get out. While we are all home they both have free roam. Even during the day at times one of them is with another family member upstairs and the other downstairs, etc. For sleeping at night Romo sleeps w/my husband and Suri sleeps in her own room. Altho Suri does wake around 6am and wants to join Romo and they fall asleep together for another couple hours until our family wakes up for the day. :wub:

Good luck in whatever you do. :thumbsup:
 

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I had my first malt. Bailey for 5 years before I added Sophie 3 months ago. Bailey was perfectly happy as an only malt. but now when I see them both playing together and snuggling I know that she is perfectly fine with having a sister. Sophie on the other hand loves the attention from Bailey and wants to be near her or playing with her. I'm not sure that she would do very well as an only malt. I think that you really have to know the personality of your pup and what will work best for the both of you. Good Luck :)
 

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I would say the majority of dogs are perfectly content on their own with proper human interaction.

I agree with JMM that you should not get a dog as a companion for your current one. Only get a dog if the reason is that YOU want to get another one. They can learn to interact together, and sometimes will love eachother's company, but there are instances where the two dogs will not get along and you must be prepared to keep them separated forever in some cases. One of our members here had Coco, then got another puppy and they tolerate each other but do not love each other -- she wishes she did not get a 2nd dog because Coco is unhappy now.
 

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Hi, don't think I've seen you here before...welcome to SM. I too am a grandmother and only have the one fluff and we are the best of pals...I wouldn't want it any other way. I too stay home with him and he gets all my attention, LOL, probably too much.:HistericalSmiley:

I only have one dog and she does just great all the attention from us, and the grandchildren. My husband is a football coach and school teacher, i stay home so i am with mine all the time. I don't think she would want any other dog around she loves it when she gets all the attention. lol
 

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That picture of them kissing is TOO MUCH cuteness!!! :wub2:

I don't think one dog at home can get lonely. His/her human family members are enough to keep him so happy.

A dog can do fine, has lots of fun and gets everything he/she needs as an only fluff. I agree with what Linda mentioned above.

I have two different cases here:

1. We had our Melon (miniature poodle) for 7 years with us as an only fluff. She was one happy girl; always up to something fun with me, my siblings, our friends and the whole family. One day, my parents surprised me with a white lil monster in an adorable opened gift box with a ribbon around his neck. The lil monster was named Snowy. A lil bundle of energy who wanted to play, play, play. It took Melon some time to get used to him. She wanted nothing to do with him -ignored him more or less- for few months. By time, she warmed up to him. Even when she did, she still wasn't so into playing with him. She would play from time to time with him, but that was about it. His offers to play were rejected more often. Sweet Melon never hurt him though. In fact, she was protective to him towards other dogs who gave the lil monster their *Grrrr* - she used to surprise us. She sure loved him AND enjoyed playing with him from time to time. She was the boss who decided when to play and when to stop and Snowy was so fine with it. Also loved her that way.

2. Then when we lost our sweet Melon, there was something so different about Snowy. He was just not the same. From day one of joining our family as a wee pup (at 3 months old), there was another fluff in the house. He loved it. Snowy personality is different than Melons. He always seemed to love the idea of having even another fluff at our house for a visit. He loved doing a lot of things with Melon. So in this case, bringing Crystal in was one of the best decisions I've made for me AND Snowy. Snowy fell in love with her the second he saw her. I wasn't surprised because I knew his personality so well. It was the same with Crystal after an hour of meeting and getting to know him. The first few minutes, Crystal wasn't sure about Crazy Snowy because he welcomed her excitedly. But then, an hour later, she was also found playing with him. Snowy and Crystal are so bonded to one another. As a two fluff together, they bond much better together; both fluffs like to play with one another more than how it was with Melon and Snowy.

Yes, as Linda mentioned "you never know if they will ever bond and became playmates at all".

In Melon and Snowy case, it was more that Melon preferred being an only fluff, especially since she experienced it for 7 years. She was fine with this even when she was a lil pup. She did great with other dogs; she had tones of doggie pals, but again, she still had tones of fun at home with us; she was part of the family. Adding Snowy for Melon wasn't necessary. My parents did not give me Snowy to keep Melon company. He was meant to be for me as a gift for my work in school. Best gift I've received in my life. Then again, the two fluffs, Melon and Snowy, were fine together. Melon tolerated him well and was protected to him towards other dogs.


In Snowy and Crystal case: Their personality match so well. They clicked together (from both sides) within an hour - lol although from Snowy's side, she was in the first second he met her. Again, they are part of the family as the two partners in crime :) I swear, I see this DAILY!


I know of other people who have experienced the fluffs not liking each other. Some end up saying, it would have been better if we didn't get a second fluff.

If you wished to get a second (because you want to), then yes, get a second. It is so much fun when they are two. Of course you should keep in mind the double grooming, double caring, double everything. If you are fine with this idea, and think that you can handle it, then why not ;) Next step that should be kept in mind is *personality match* with your female maltese. A reputable breeder will help you match the personality.

All the best.

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I agree with Snow White, it seems sometimes when we puppy sit our friend's Malt that they're fighting but I know it's really playing. I've thought about getting another one someday but I think all our resources and space are taken up with just one. Bernie has a huge personality and is very stubborn:) I honestly don't think she's lonely and when I do, I take her on puppy play dates or let her go to the Downtown Dog Lounge here in Seattle for a day to play with the other pups while I see clients. I think she gets enough socializing that way.
 
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