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Old 10-19-2008, 09:59 AM   #1
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Im getting two puppies soon from the same litter and wondering whether its better to have the same sex or one of each. Opinions please.

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Hi BEX552

I'm not sure if there is any difference having two different sexes together as puppies..........have no experience in that dept.

But what I do have experience of is having two boys from the same litter.
My boys Jack and Sam are brothers from same litter and are great together. When they were puppies it was great fun but also hard work !
The expression........Double Trouble...........springs to mind.

Hope this helps a little.

Maybe someone else on the Forum will be able to advise you on two different sexes together.
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We've had brother and sister siblings from the same litter and they were fine, we just made sure that we got the male neutered before the female came into her first heat to prevent any accidents.
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Depending on the breed,getting a pup from each gender is better cos less aggressive/dominance problems,in the long run!.
My sister got 2 pups from a rather dominant breed(Tatras Mountain Dog) and got a male and a female!.
She said it was a lot of work but well worth it!.What she did do,was train them,separetly and give each of them,their own time so that they could grow,as an individual!.
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A reputable and caring breeder would not sell you two siblings, as in the majortiy of cases this can lead to problems as the puppies mature., and in a lot of cases it becomes necessary to rehome one of the siblings. It is more sensible to get one puppy and when this puppy comes to just over a year then get another one

There has been thread on here in the past about this but as I do not know how to find them and bring them it up, so you can read it . perhaps someone else can do this? My advice is that it is not a good idea to have two puppies from the same litter.
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I have always been told its better to wait until your first dog is around a year old, and fully trained, before getting a second. It worked for us, our first dog was around 18 months old when we got our second puppy.

However I have heard 2 puppies at the same age works too, its just a lot more work involved, and quite often the puppies can create a bond so strong with each other, that they won't bond as well with you. As someone else said, 'Double Trouble' is an appropriate expression!
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I had a min. poodle and a toy poodle at the same time - there was a week's age difference. They were 9 weeks when I got them. Although they were fantastic fun with each other they were more difficult to housetrain etc. In fact, it took about 18 months to properly housetrain them - don't get me wrong we didn't get many accidents but we did get the odd one and I'm sure that was because there was two of them.

With hindsight, I'd get a puppy from a breeder already partially house trained and I would leave a little space between them - but that's just my opinion.

They did get very aggressive with each other until they were neutered!

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I had a min. poodle and a toy poodle at the same time - there was a week's age difference. They were 9 weeks when I got them. Although they were fantastic fun with each other they were more difficult to housetrain etc. In fact, it took about 18 months to properly housetrain them - don't get me wrong we didn't get many accidents but we did get the odd one and I'm sure that was because there was two of them.

With hindsight, I'd get a puppy from a breeder already partially house trained and I would leave a little space between them - but that's just my opinion.

They did get very aggressive with each other until they were neutered!

Carole the original poster is getting two puppies from the same litter. It is not just about having two puppies of around the same age, but this is two sibblings and that can cause lproblems as one will be the dominant pup and if you are not careful they bond so much with each other and not with the owners which is why as they get older it can result in having to rehome one of them. Its sibbling rivalry , sometimes they can live together but most of the time it is a no no and I would not be prepared to take the chance.
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Unless you're prepared to spend a lot of time individually with each puppy, taking two puppies from the same litter isn't recommended.

Without going into great detail; at least one of those puppies will be in danger of never reaching it's full potential as an individual. They will retain the pack order as already established within the litter.

If you decide to go ahead and take two even though it's not recommended, I'd suggest you take a male and female and have them spayed and neutered early.

This will prevent not only unwanted pregnancies but also the teenage hormonal changes which often lead to problems in these situations.

There are quite a few articles about this on the Internet you might want to look up before making your final decision.
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Taking on two puppies (not to mention siblings) at the same time is not for the faint hearted, taking on one puppy is time consuming, so multiply this by two , and you will need to have plenty of time on your hands.

For you to end up with well socialized adult dogs, you will need to train, walk, them individually, you will need to have the time to separate them throughout the day, so they look to you for guidance, and not completely rely on each other.

I know many experienced dog people, who would not take on such a challenge, and those that have, would never do so again.

You have not mentioned the breed , this will also have an impact on your decision, some breeds are easier to train, need less exercise and so on.

You need to be aware of the pitfalls of taking on two pups , they will be reaching maturity at the same time, if both are looking to be the dominant dog (between themselves) and neither is willing to step down you could end up with dogs fighting, specailly if they are the same sex, and worse of they are both females..

Having one of each also brings problems,.... the bitch will have her first season from around 6 mths of age... the dog will be able to sire pups from around the same age... so to avoid any accidents, one or both will need to be neutered, at this age.

And lastly, the breeder of your pups, no reputable breeder worth their salt, would sell two puppies from the same litter to one owner.......this in my opinion speaks volumes as to the sort of breeder you are looking at.

It is just not done, by anyone who has the welfare of their puppies at heart.

I hope you take on board a little of what has been said...

Good luck with whatever you decide!!!!!!!
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