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Old 09-03-2006, 04:34 AM   #1
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Our two young crossbreed dogs had an uplanned litter who are now 5 weeks old. We have six gorgeous puppies and we would very much like to keep them all. There are 3 boys and three girls plus Mum and Dad. We are both at home all day ( early retirement ) have a large detached house a big garden and of course the car is a " people carrier ". Does this situation work - keeping a litter of puppies - has anyone ever done it - apart from getting everyone neutered are there any problems we should be aware of? The father of the pups is a beagle/black cocker spaniel and looks like a 6month old Labrador with huge ears, Mum is a smaller very pretty definite cross-breed whose parents are unknown. We have always had two dogs all our married life and walking is our main pastime.

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Old 09-03-2006, 07:15 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome
I have never had more than two at once so take my advice for what it is worth.....
Anything more than four is going to be a pack along with the pack mentality. Eight dogs are going to be more than four times as hard to keep under control as two.
Also, even taking two siblings from the same litter is not easy. They are so close to each other in age and emotionally that it is hard to get any training messages across unless you are an expert. We dog-sat for a brother and sister one time. It was annoying (although they were cute little stinkers) because they were so wrapped up in each other. They were playfighting non-stop!!

I'm sure we have some members here who have direct experience so you will get some more qualified advice.
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Old 09-03-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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Many thanks for your views - I do have two friends who have had 8 dogs and 6 dogs without any trouble but they were all rescued dogs- different ages and breeds. Only 1 was a problem fitting in and that was a Jack Russell type who was a bit aggressive. With the rescue centres being so full of dogs all around the ages of one or two and so few good homes out there - having been a Novice Puppy Midwife and delivered these little pups into the world I do feel so very responsible for them - I do not wish them to become a statistic,- apart from the fact that it breaks my heart to lose a dog when aged 15 to have to part with these puppies at 10 weeks would probably haunt me for the rest of my life.

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I have to agree that having that many dog adn siblings to boot is going to be difficult.

Also you will have enormus vet bills ( I know I have several animals ranging from horses to cats to dogs ). All of your dogs would need to be nuetered or spayed that in itself would be a huge bill, shots are also a large bill with that many dogs not to mention the cost of food.

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you may also want to check with your city/town laws alot of places will only allow so many dogs at one residence, and having 8 may be over the city limit, another thing to consider, because they have the right to take the dogs away if they feel there are too many.
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Hi welcome. a big NO dont do it. Firstly have the parents neuterd/spayed asap. You dont wan a recurrence of this.If you keep a pup have that done too.. keeping syblings is NOT a good idea . They will fight for dominance. IMO.
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Have to agree with others on this. It would be a big mistake to keep them all. The dogs will fight to become top dog and the btches will fight to become top bitch, and when bitches fight they fight. Keep 1 if you must keep any but please fight nice homes for the others.

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Yup I agree too, the puppies would have a better chance with separate owners - I would only keep one so that you can devote enough individual time and attention and training.

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I think the pups would like it better, going to other homes. Letting them go will be hard, but be sure to screen their homes VERY CAREFULLY!

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