Pairs - Can they be together?

We have two female Pyrs. We took them in for 6 month booster today (our vet was out, so different doc), he told us they should not be together, we needed to separate them. We got them at 6 weeks of age and they are now 9 months old. They watch over our very small herd of goats on about 5 acres of cross fenced pens. They get into a fight on occasion, mostly over food, I mentioned this to the vet, that's why he said to separate them. I have separated them for short periods of time but they act like they will dig out or climb over trying to get back to the other sibling. Should they not be allowed to live in the same place? We have not had them "fixed" because our vet said let them get about 18 months of age to do this or breed (I doubt we will breed). We love them and think it would break their hearts to be separated but the doc said they could fight till death. HELP

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Aug 29, 2014
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female pair
by: Marianne

Very often, same sex pairs don't work but if they get along there is no reason to separate them . I would have them spayed as soon as you can. this will probably lessen any friction between them. I don't remember what you said of their age but any time after 7 months is possible. there is always more friction between intact dogs than with altered ones.

I have found that sometimes, females re fine together until a point at which both are in seaon at the same time and thy vie for the attentions of a male. More often than not, that triggers undying competition and frequent altercations between them.

they probably work well so far because they are both on the job and nothing interferes with tha. Does the friction occur when they are not on duty? if you want to keep them together and happy, have them spayed as soon as you can.

Food aggression is rather common with Pyrs because the instinct of these guardians is to make sure to have adequate food available since they were left on their own with their flock for weeks at a time.

Sep 06, 2014
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Pairs
by: Marianne

I don't know when you asked this. Here is my take on the situation.
since they were raised together you have a pretty good chance they wil be fine together. Yes, they may fisght over food. Rmember, they are resource gurders. Separate them to feed them and you probably will solve your prob.lem.
About spaying -- you can wait but at nin months they probably have had their first season and may have been a time of competition. this happens with unsprayed females since both want to attract whatever male is in the neighbourhood. Somethime this may turn the best of friends into lifelong enemies.
I supplest you have them spayed now that hey have turned the corner into adolescence. Yes, you can wait but I really don't see any long-term advantage to waiting and several advantages.
there is nothing wrong with waiting until 18 months but it is also more of a risk that one or both take off looking for a male at their next heat with the unfortunate results that a mixed breed litter may present you with.

No you do not have to separate them if youi take the steps to give them the advantage right away.


Dec 01, 2014
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Two Females
by: Patty

My husband and I have had a pair of female Pry for the past 9 years. We also let each girl have puppies once before spayeding. The only issues we ever had was when we separated them for vet visit. Thay just would worry themselves sick until the other came back home. We adopted our girls, Maggie Mae and Crystal Blue Persausion when they were 3 months old.

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