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Buying Sibling Puppies

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

I have noticed recently an increase in clients/potential clients buying two puppies from the same litter. In theory this seems like a great idea at the time:

  1. The puppies will be company for each other whilst the owner is at work or out
  2. They will have each other to play with

Unfortunately they are about the only two benefits I can think of.  The cons far outweigh the pros when buying two puppies from the same litter and you should really consider this and do your research before committing to two puppies.

  1. One of the puppies will nearly always be a little bit more outgoing than the other one. Which could lead to one of the pups being really shy and a little bit anxious or nervous
  2. Sibling rivalry! Yes it happens the puppies will fight. This could be worse if you have two the same sex. Two bitches can be worse than two dogs.
  3. Different sex puppies – so the bitch comes into season when they are a bit older, what are you going to do with her brother? Send him off to someone to look after for 3 weeks or cope with having them in the same house together.
  4. You shouldn’t even contemplate having the dog castrated at six months or younger.  For small dogs we recommend a minimum of 9 months but preferably 1 year old. Big breed dogs a minimum of one year maybe even closer to 2 years old  before he is castrated as he wouldn’t be fully grown or mentally mature enough to be castrated. Having him done too early can lead to behavioural problems so I strongly advise against it.
  5. The bitch should be allowed to have at least one season. Having her spayed before her season doesn’t allow her to develop properly or mature enough. It can in some instances lead to incontinence at a young age. It’s always worth waiting until 3 months after the first season then booking her in for the op. She could come into season at any time from 6 months.
  6. There is the obvious reason related to the above, you wouldn’t want the siblings having puppies!
  7. Separation anxiety from each other.  If you have to take one out on its own and you haven’t done this before both puppies could become really stressed and anxious.
  8. Think about when they are older or if the unfortunate happens and you lose one due to an illness or accident at any time. Dogs grieve just like humans and this can be devastating for them.
  9. Do you have time to train two puppies?  It will need to be done separately.  The puppies will just want to play with each other and will find it hard focussing on its owner if you are training two at once.  Can you attend classes at different times if there is one of you doing the training?
  10. Financial reasons.  Puppies are expensive. Its not just the initial outlay for purchasing a puppy, its the vaccinations, the ongoing veterinary costs, food, bedding, kenneling if you go on holiday, the list is endless.
  11. If it doesn’t work out with two puppies you will have to rehome one. Which one do you choose?

Trying to find time to go for walks separately, doing training separately to ensure you get the maximum benefit for each of your puppies can be hard. It can be hard enough doing this with one puppy let alone two.

Instead of rushing into it and buying two puppies from the same litter please do your research. If you want to get another dog for company.  Do this at least 9 – 18 months later. Enjoy having one puppy instead of getting stressed with two. Having a bit of an age gap will also make it easier when the time comes to lay your beloved dog to rest. I know this is a morbid way of looking at it but remember what I said above, dogs grieve too!

If you have already bought two puppies from the same litter then we are here to help with any problems you have.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us we can do a 1-2-1 puppy consultation in your home.

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