My husband and I have 2 chihuahuas that are 2 years old. They are very spoiled and love our attention.
I would like to get another dog.. a big dog..Like a Boxer or Lab However, I dont know how they will respond to another dog in the house, yet alone a BIG dog. Also, I would like to rescue the dog from a shelter. There are so many dogs out there that need a good home. But I have been told that if I add a thrid dog it should be a puppy so they can grow up together.
I have also been told adding a thrid dog could throw off the balance I have with my dogs..
Well, if your chihuahuas are 2 years old, they are not going to "grow up together" no matter what you get.
I've read that if you want a large dog and a small dog, it's actually better to get the small dog first. That way, they already feel safe and secure, and a large dog won't be as much as a threat. If you had a large dog and then got a small one-it would probably be a harder transition for the small dog.
I also recommend adopting from a shelter. Try introducing the dogs first to see how they may get along. Quite a few shelters also do temperment testing, so get as much info as you can about any dogs that you might consider. This will help you find a good fit for your family.
IMO it depends entirely on the household, what you are willing to handle in the way of attention to the new dog and the temperament of all of the dogs in question. It is not unusual to see large and small dogs living quite happily in the same household, it can equally be a nightmare for all involved. If you do bring in a larger dog that is still a puppy, remember that they can be a bit rambunctious in play.
You might want to consider rescuing an older, socialized dog. Rescue will be able to determine long before you contact them which dogs do and don't get along well with other dogs and their preference in the size of companions. Bonus, they're generally well on they way to being housebroken.
So again, it all depends on your home (large enough for a larger, active pup), you (ready to go through housebreaking, spending equal time with all) and your current dogs (spoiled, but will they accept a new "sibling").
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For me.. I do love dogs, so to see dogs in a house makes me feel nice. But i never know how it is if u put two chiwuawuas and a big dog together, and i don't know whether they can all get along well.
Well, you can always give it a try, everythings possible to happen. If you really wan a big dog, well there's no harm. You never know, maybe they all can get along well, maybe the big dog will love the two cute chiwuawuas.. hehe.
But it all depends on you, if you think you want another dog, and have confident that you can handle it, well, let's just say yes to your problem.
My brother took in an adult pitbull he found wondering the street and, at the time, he and my SIL had two Chihuahuas. They had some issues w/ the male Chi, but he was always a little stinker. The pit showed a lot of restraint and no one was ever injured, partly b/c the dogs were always supervised. I think you have to be willing to supervise if you're going to mix big and small, but it can definately work. I've noticed many Chihuahuas seem to have issues w/ big dogs, so you need to take a hard look at your current dogs. Will they pick a fight they can't win? I honestly think it doesn't matter whether you get a puppy or an adult. W/ an adult, you can see it's true personality. You don't have to worry about it becoming dog aggressive or developing a prey drive as it matures. A large breed puppy is probably going to be bigger than your Chihuahuas by the time it's 8 weeks anyway. They grow very quickly too.