We are considering adding a new member to our growing family. Princess is an 8 month old Boston Terrier, who has been kept in a very nice environment with other dogs. Her owner has decided to sell her because he does not want to breed Bostons. So, we have discussed buying her. The thing is that we have a 2 1/2 year old female, (Maddie...a different post), a 5 month old female and a 2 month old male...yes, all indoors with us. We love them all very much. However, every puppy we have ever purchased was anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks old. We've never introduced one to our family that was this age. I have lots of books and research on Bostons but I don't think this is a text-book answer question. Does anyone have any experience in bringing a dog this age into a new home and with other dogs? I want her to be happy and we intend on spoiling her just as much as ours are. Any advice on the welcoming process? Thanks for all input!
I would think as long as she's been in a good environment, everything would go swell. Did this guy buy her or did he breed her and keep her back? IMHO, the longer a dog stays w/ it's mom and littermates the better. A lot of times those dogs are easier to housebreak and have already learned bite inhibition. It's not uncommon at all for breeders of toy dogs to keep their pet quality pups until 4-6 months of age. You have more Boston experience than me, are they an adaptable breed in general? You may have some initial problems with housebreaking, but you'd probably have more with a new pup. If you're lucky you'll get a great pup w/o having to housebreak and train her!
Thanks for the input. Bostons do tend to housebreak easy IMO when they are a little older. He actually bought her when she was 2 months old and decided he was going to breed larger dogs. So, he decided to sell her. I just hope my other Bostons will accept her. Thanks again!
The only problem I can foresee, is with your 2 and 1/2 year old female. I would introduce all the dogs to the new pup, out side of your home, first of all. Take them one at a time for a play date. Is your 2 and 1/2 year old spayed? The new pup may just be young enough that your older girl won't mind her, as long as she's not the dominant alpha female type. I would give it a try anyway, good luck.
However, she is a very sweet, good-tempered dog and I think she will be ok since the new one is 8 months old. She has been kept outside in a kennel thou and we keep our Boston Terriers inside our home. What a zoo around here!
Anyway, all I can do is see what happens and see how everyone reacts. Thanks for the tips!
Wow, you certainly are considering taking on a lot at one time. I hope that you can give your older girl, Maddie, a good recovery period before adding another pup to the family. Glad to hear the surgery went well. Any idea on how the adjustment to her new three legged life should go?
Maddie is home and doing very well after her surgery.
We actually did go ahead and get the new pup as well, however she is in an outdoor kennel with our other outdoor dogs (climate controlled to be protected from this cold weather of course) and she is going well with her also.
We almost had to take her, as we felt this was somewhat of a rescue. Her owner kept her in a small, shallow crate where she was forced to crouch down to walk. She was deprived of food and water for more than 12 hours daily and she was kept in the crate outside in the cold 24 hours a day as well. She had vomited 2 days prior from being in a crate on the back of his truck and it was still on her, dried; he had not bathed her.
So, all in all, she does have some issues about being around us but we feel this was a blessing to our family to be able to save this poor baby girl. We intend on raising her in our loving home (not literally IN the home) but she is already starting to warm up to us and the other dogs too. We can't help but love her.