Yes, 2 puppies at the same time? This is the question I didn’t really ask myself when we had decided that we wanted dogs to join our family. Yes, I say family and not just get some dogs in the house.
The thought hadn’t even crossed my mind that there was a question about getting 1 or 2 puppies. It just seemed logical that they had company and 2 was the only number that came up.
The question I did ask (a lot of people) was whether getting two girl puppies and then later they grow into 2 girl dogs was a good idea. A few people had told me horror stories about fighting and being litter sisters made it worse. So, I called our local vet and had a chat with her. She was lovely about it and said that she personally didn’t see a problem with it but it would be a good idea to get them spayed at around 6 months old or thereabouts so that their hormones would’t get out of hand. The main answer was, she didn’t see a problem with it and she was one of those vets who called a spade a spade.
So, pfew! That was that then.
Our 2 puppies came home when they were ready and were full of cuteness and it was at this time that people told us we were crazy getting 2 puppies at the same time and it would be a lot of work.
The answer in short was that we weren’t crazy. Yes, we had double toilet training and double puppy school but if you were to think about it, if you were already training 1 puppy you may as well just train the other.
What is so lovely about having them together is that they keep each other company and play really well with each other. One is more dominant than the other and her sister’s nature is to allow that to happen. They are now 3 years old and all the dog classes were so worth the effort.
So, the answer for us at least is, yes…we were right to get 2 puppies at the same time but if you were thinking about it, I would :
- Give you local vet a call and ask them their thoughts. Tell them the breed you are interested in and whether you have children etc
- Put the effort into puppy classes – they really are worth every minute in the long run