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Post by Whackercatcher on Wed Aug 24 2016, 10:56

My previous staffys sadly passed away, mum and son 16 and 14, my friends staffies have a litter of six I would like a brother and sister, is this advisable or should I just have one, got loads of room and a lonely little lurcher, who misses her mates, any advice or pros and cons would be great fully received.
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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by LizP on Wed Aug 24 2016, 11:25

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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by LizP on Wed Aug 24 2016, 11:37

Hi and welcome from me and mine Smile

You'll see from my avatar that I'm a fan of multi-dog households. However, I think you are right to be wary of getting litter mates. Even when the are different genders, it can still cause problems down the line as they don't have the same arm's length respect for each other. You do of course have many siblings who live happily together, and you also have unrelated dogs who have a problem, but siblings are more likely to have big problems than unrelated dogs. It's also very common that they are fine for a year or longer, then when they are big and strong it starts to go pear shaped.

To my mind, it's a risk that not worth taking. Apart from the double cuteness factor, I can't see too many up sides to taking two puppies together, whereas there are several negatives (in my opinion). It is much, much easier to train one dog at a time. One puppy is hard work, two puppies are double trouble. If you do hit a glitch with one dog as it is growing up, it is much harder to work on it when you have two youngsters.

You are also more likely to get a compatible personality if you know the character of one dog then look for one that complements it. You ideally want to avoid two strong personalities together, especially if there is no age to separate them.

As you already have your lurcher, I would get one dog that you feel will be a good match for her, then see if you feel a third dog is right. There is a risk that two pups might exclude her anyway.

Ultimately, though, you are the one who knows what your setup is, what your lurcher lady would be happy with, and whether you feel you could cope with the unknows that two could bring.

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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by Mia05 on Wed Aug 24 2016, 11:39

great advice again liz I cant add to whats already been said Smile
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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by Whackercatcher on Wed Aug 24 2016, 13:57

Thanks Liz and Mia, sound advice and much appreciated, four weeks old off for my first look on Friday and been promised pick of the litter(one dog,five bitches)can't wait, I miss my other two so much.

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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by Mia05 on Wed Aug 24 2016, 22:43

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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by LizP on Thu Aug 25 2016, 08:07

You're welcome Smile. Have fun on Friday (stupid thing to say, of course you will!)


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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by -Ian- on Fri Aug 26 2016, 21:22

Hi ya, welcome to the forum from Flo and me Big Grin

I can't really add anything to the excellent advice already given.


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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by Whackercatcher on Sat Aug 27 2016, 19:39

Thanks all for your advice went on friday and saw the pups and mum and dad, all in wonderful condition, difficult choice but made it easy and picked the boy, four weeks now , very excited just need to sort out a name, that's always good fun!

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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by LizP on Sat Aug 27 2016, 20:02

Big Grin Exciting times ahead.


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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by Inez Maria on Tue Aug 30 2016, 19:17

Hiya from me and Vinnie, sorry for your losses and excited for your new addition, and as always great advice for you from Liz! looking forward to pics please Smile


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Re: Two puppies or one dillema

Post by VikkiGT4 on Mon Sep 05 2016, 11:43

Hi and welcome to the forum from me and the zoo Smile xx
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