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I think it really just depends on the individual temperments and energy levels of all the dogs. There is no magic combination or right age in my opinion.
I have 6 dogs. Each addition does change the pack dynamic in some ways. Sometimes good, sometimes with some issues. Some of the dogs have taken months to accept a newcomer, and still have to be watched, and some have bonded immediately and are inseperable.
The young dogs tend to adapt pretty quickly, my oldest one still doesn't love everyone that is here, but he is dealing with it. They all have their own alliances within their pack and the hierarchy is always changing, but for the most part it isn't a big problem.
I originally only had males. My newer dogs are all females so now I am pretty evenly mixed. They are all fixed, but I don't have a preference to which sex is "easier" per se. They all have their own personality quirks.
I have one girlfriend, who lives with 3 males. Two pitbulls and a lab and they all get along beautifully. They eat together, sleep together (the two pits sleep in the same kennel) and chew on the same bones. There has never been any fighting among them and they are the best of friends. So I really think it is just an individual thing.