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Old 05-25-2007, 11:46 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!
I said a while ago that i was going to get a new puppy but i wasn't sure whether it was a good idea because i have an older 16 year old dog. I just got back from holidays so i still haven't chosen a puppy yet.
Do any of you have any suggestions to good breeds that would suit my older dogs personality?
He is very calm and sleepy so i don't want a crazy little terrier annoying him

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Old 05-25-2007, 11:51 PM   #2
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Any puppy is going to be too much for a 16 year old dog to put up with.

If you don't plan to keep them separated, I'd strongly advise against bringing in a puppy in at this time.
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:54 PM   #3
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I thought you might like to see some photos of Toby
(he is a daschund x cocker spaniel)
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Very cute dog! Congrats for his obviously good healthcare-living beyond normal expectancy.

You need to weigh your older dogs personality in with getting a new dog. A new dog may cause some stress issues with your older guy-accentuating current existing health problems. I'm not sure how to say it right-if your older dog has some underlying conditions, that you have not seen before, the added stress from a puppy may cause those to suddenly crop up.

Quite honestly I wouldn't get a new puppy puppy. Maybe an older laidback dog 1-2+ years, with their personality already developed. There are plenty of them at shelters just waiting for someone to notice them in the background.

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I think you can make it work with a new puppy if you plan ahead carefully to make sure you have ways to separate the two dogs and don't expect your older dog to cope with the pup unsupervised. You may need to invest in a crate, play pen, child gates etc

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My dog April is 14 y/o & very frail & I'm going to wait until she goes before getting another puppy. It would not be fair to subject an old dog to the exuberance of a young puppy. They bounce around, chase, bite etc,etc.
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Awwwwwww, Toby is adorable!
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I would have to agree with the above advice. Puppiesa re very energetic and demand lots of play time. A 16 year old dog is most likely to old and tired to have the time to play with a puppy. I'd wait to get a puppy if I were you.

Toby is very cute by the way!
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I think getting a new pup would be great....but as Kaos said you'll need not to leave them alone unsupervised.....especially if you get a pup that will be bigger and capable of unintentionally hurting Toby. Toby looks fantasic for being 16 years old....these are Toby's retirement years .
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I personally feel introducing a new puppy is great for an older dog. You might be sooo surprised at how it may deal with this situation. I have brought new pups from European countries into my older dogs lives and it truly seems to revive them somewhat, truly it does.??
Dogs accept what you give if slowly given to them and talking English or whatever language they really do understand, try it and find a new friend for that elder dog that might be sooo lonely. Nobody knows till you try it and I have and found my dogs to be sooo expecting of a new baby for the older.
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