Multiple Maltese

We have a two year old male maltese and he's a wonderful pet. The problem is that our family is large (7 kids) and everyone wants to hold him, play with him, sleep with him, etc. There just isn't enough dog to go around.

If I were to buy another maltese, does anyone know how the two dogs would get along? Should I buy another male, a female, or am I better off with just one dog?
Richard Scoville

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