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Old 12-15-2007, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default Two Puppies at same time ? Good or Bad ?

I am thinking of getting two puppies. One Border Terrier and one Staffordshire Bull terrier. Both come from different breeders. Both would be around 8 weeks old. I know the Border has had its first injection. I will be off work for 2 months and plan to train them both during this time.

Can anyone suggest if my plan is a viable idea ? What could be the health risk to the puppies coming from different breeders? Would they only bond with each other, or with me being around stop them bonding ?

Would it better to wait until one is older ? Or does this present new health risks for the 2nd puppies coming into our home ?

Anyone had any experiences they can share ?

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Old 12-15-2007, 02:01 PM   #2
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Hello harlowlad and welcome to the forum.
With two puppies you'll have your hands full, that's for sure. It's much easier to train one at a time than to train two-you may find that you get nowhere unless you keep them separate.

Whether they will bond with each other as opposed to you is a good question! I know that getting two littermates is usually not recommended because it is hard to get in edgewise into that bond that is already there. But pups of the same age from two different litters? I'll be curious myself if anyone can answer this one!
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Old 12-15-2007, 02:09 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to the site. I think you are very brave getting to pups at the same time. I would worry about cross infections to start off with, even if they have had thier first injections.
Getting them at an early age should help with their bonding but having never tried anything like this, I would see what other people say.

Good luck anyway.

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You have not said or I missed the sex of the two? I would not try raising two females or two males pups together unless you have alot of experience. It is a constant hassell but not as bad if one if male, one female. Being from two different litters would not be the issue, it is a constant amount of work and socializing the two, training, etc. This would be of course your personal decision, but personally I know how much work it is to keep after two of same age. I have a lady that insisted of buying two pups from same litter and she did a super job of raising them, but they were also bred for great temperment. I would not tell you No nor Yes. Just think about the work involved and to be able to have them bond to you especially and obey you as the leader.

This is a brother n sister from same litter and they get along fine, one on left if female and right is male. She was a novice but got some advice on doing this so well as they are now near 4 years old.
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Two pups at once will be very hard work. I had two but didn't get them both at 8 weeks. The Borzoi was 8weeks when I got her and by the time I got the 8 week old dachie puppy the borzoi would be about 18 weeks. I assure you it was hard work and though I loved them both to bits, I don't think I would do it again especially with two so different breeds. They got on okay together but were never best pals.

My advice would be to get one puppy and when this puppy is about 14 to 16 months then get the other. This is the space between my two present borzoi dogs and they get on really well and have bonded and are best friends. It gives the first puppy time to be a puppy and it gives the second puppy a slightly older dog to learn from.

Everyone is different and I am not saying that you should not get two together at eight weeks, I am merely giving you my experience for what its worth.

Do keep us posted as to what you decide to do and good luck whatever you decide.
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Well with the thought of the two breeds, Id prolly say no.. is it same or opposite gender?

same gender same age of two very strongwilled breeds can be a problem for you around the age of 3..

Also you will have your hands full and have a hard time to get obediance due to the breeds temperament and age and having eachother. You will have to compete for their attention when teaching them. And you will have AT least twice the ammount of work. I love training dogs but Id pass on this one.

When I saw the breeds I was like Oh no... and I am used to rehab pits with issues.

BUT, if you love to train dogs, and want to take classes etc...
go ahead..

but Id suggest to get tons of chewtoys.. cause... otherwise.. you wont have a house left with those two breeds
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OMG as the owner of a 14 week old puppy who is SO challenging right now I'd say you are insane to get two puppies at once LOL

Seriously....have you owned dogs before and raised puppies?

They are a lot of work when young and I wouldn't wish the work of two together on anyone.

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Puppies are such a handful. You will have your work cut out for you if you decide to get two puppies at the same time. I agree with the advice stated in other posts: Get one puppy now, when that one is two or three years old then concider getting the second puppy.

Even though these two pups that you are concidering presently are from seperate litters, there will still be the problem of them bonding with each other more strongly than they will bond with you. This can be avoided by working with each pup several times a day, individually. Try to spend as much time with each individual pup as they spend together.

Good luck, whichever path you choose.

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I would say no personally, don't know if you've had puppies before? They are really hard work and to hope that both will be fully trained in 2 months could also be wishful thinking really, things don't always go to plan - especially if you've not had pups before. If you are more experienced then maybe, but that's an awful lot of work and once to go back to your job I'm not sure how I'd feel about leaving two 4 month olds in the house alone!
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