We recently lost our miniature schnauzer and we are thinking of getting another one sometime this spring/summer. My husband wants another one but I would like something different. So I was wondering about getting two different breeds about the same time. I thought as long as we are housebreaking one we might as well do two. Do you think this would be a problem? Or it is better to get them at different ages.
I recommend that you do not get 2 puppies at the same time. They will bond with one another and will be closer to one another then they will be with you. They feed off of another. Not only will house breaking be more difficult but so will all other aspects of obedience. We had a litter this past September. We were only keeping one pup, but a 2nd one had a health problem. So we kept her as well. It has been trying at times with those 2. I have had good luck with spacing them out anywhere from 9-18 months.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
If your getting two anyways, that sounds like a good idea. Then you don't have to worry much about the old dog getting jealous. Puppies tend to get along with eachother anyways. Shoot for it, I'll bet you will have alot of fun with two puppies. What kind are you planning on getting.
It is true that they will bond closely together, but every dog has a different personality. One may bond closer with you and the other with your husband. When they are puppies, be hands on. Lots of snuggling and get them used to being apart too. And the most important thing is that BOTH see you as boss.
***Edited By: bogle lover on 4/16/2007 5:40:41 PM*** Reason: add
I never thought about that they would bond more to each other. hummmm might have to think this over. The breeder who we got Smokey from 5 yrs ago has some mini's ready in a few weeks. Whereas the other puppy, a Bichon/Shitzu hybred isn't ready until June/July. I thought one would have each other's company when they get lonely the first few days away from their momma :)
if you do it'll have its ups and downs goods: they will get along if raised together...keep each other company bads:ones bad habbits will encourage the other to do the same (peer pressure lol) but if you get them seperaly the older one should house train easier and then get another and the older one will help to train the younger one and if they grow up together when one dies the other will grieve more
I definately agree with Irish.. They DO bond more to each other than to humans.. We've had that problem.. Potty training was actually really easy with our two, but obedience is a whole different story!! They feed off of each other and are just NUTS sometimes.. We can't separate them for training because Lucky is SO attached to Lilly that he literally has anxiety attacks when she's out of his sight!! Its the craziest thing to deal with!! If I could do it over again I would have waited 9-12 months for a new puppy..
I have two male Italian Greyhounds that are four months apart in age. They are very good about sharing food, water, and treats. They are very bad about their crates (have got into fights over the crates). Another thing that will make them fight is if one gets to go in the car and the other has to stay home(vet or class night). I think they are both very bonded to me, more than to each other. Though the younger one does seem to miss the older one if he can't find him in the morning(he will whine until the older one wakes up and comes out from under the covers). Don't get two males or two females because of the fighting over being the alpha dog. My dogs are both five years old and I know what sets them off so I try to avoid anything that will cause a fight. When they were two that was the high alpha dog problems. To void the crate problems I keep the crates in the same place all the time (each dog knows where his crate is so when I say crate they go to their own crate without having to figure out which is which) -dogs love routine. When it comes to going to the vet or class I have to be very tricky. Put both outside. Carry crate to car. Then allow only the one who is going in the car to come into the house and put him in the car. Run through the house to rush the other dog into his crate so I can get away without problems. I don't know what I will do when they figure out that I trick them.