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BrodieSkyward
27th March 2008, 10:41 PM
Are two Cavaliers better than one???

I've finally got my hubby considering adding another cavalier to our family. I've always wanted a companion for Brodie. He is the greatest...I can't imagine life without him. I believe adding another Cavalier to our household will make my life a little easier too by eliminating my constant worry while I'm gone. I'm with Brodie most of the time but I actually have "separation anxiety" when I'm away from him. Knowing that he has a little buddy to hang out with would help alleviate my stress...and I know Brodie would love it!

What is your experience? What are the pros and cons of having two Cavaliers compared to just one?

p.s. I will be showing him your posts :wink:

WoodHaven
27th March 2008, 10:55 PM
I believe my dogs like being in a multidog home. There are a couple that would prefer FEWER dogs than we have-LOL

jld
27th March 2008, 11:08 PM
I don't have two cavaliers, but I do have 3 dogs. I always feel better leaving them together. When I come home, even though they all have their own beds they are always cuddled up together......I don't feel nearly as guilty leaving them when they have each other. Judy and Dixie

pippa
27th March 2008, 11:37 PM
Are two Cavaliers better than one???

I actually have "separation anxiety" when I'm away from him. Knowing that he has a little buddy to hang out with would help alleviate my stress...and I know Brodie would love it!

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I have 3 now and I think it's great..but I still worry about them when I am not at home with them......I really need to remember they are dogs not babies!

Cathy Moon
28th March 2008, 12:14 AM
I have three cavaliers. I will always have at least two - I think they're great companions to each other! :luv::luv::luv:

Lynn
28th March 2008, 01:11 AM
I have 3 cavaliers....and just about 6 weeks ago added the third. (a puppy mill rescue) I had been worried that adding a third would upset the bond between Molly & Max....it has done nothing but enrich all of our lives. One week ago Nora had to go to the vets for a full day there to have a tooth pulled and have a dental cleaning along with a few other things....so our Nora was not with us for about 9 hours. We missed her sooooo much!!!! It was so quiet and sad with her away.

So...my answer is...two are better than one....and three are better than two!!! Although...I am NOT going to keep adding Cavaliers to see if it gets better and better.... three is all we can afford.

bimmerguy288
28th March 2008, 01:31 AM
I have a 6-month old blenhaim. I am already thinking of convincing the wife that we should have another one next year :luv::luv:. Today I went to see a lady who may dog sit my Cav. once in a while in her house. She has SIX Cavaliers! They are all hers. She must be in haven!

Lisa_T
28th March 2008, 03:19 AM
Two is great, but bear in mind that unless you have a very placid, laid back Cav at the moment, there will be an adjustment process. They react differently. Some will fall in love with each other immediately; some will enjoy the company, and then look at you as if to say "Right, I've had my fun. Tell it to go home!". With others it may take 6 months to a year before they genuinely settle together. I found that introducing Amber really shook Holly out of her settled ways - she's much more active around the house than she was pre-Amber, although I notice she's developed this sneaky habit of letting Amber race for the item when playing fetch - and then tackling her when she's nearly reached me and pinching it!

Caraline
28th March 2008, 03:34 AM
Our household has been a multi-dog home for decades now and I would never go back to just having one dog.

Dogs are pack animals and they are so much more happy when they have someone to snuggle up with all the time... even when you need to go do the grocery shopping.

I honestly can not think of a single disadvantage to owning two dogs (at least 2 small dogs). Can be a bit difficult to travel with 2 large dogs... but little... no worries. :D

JeanKC
28th March 2008, 04:34 AM
http://www.kcwoodworks.net/boelvis4.jpg

This is the day we brought Elvis home. Beauregard is 3 months older. Notice the "how could you?" look... and the smug satisfaction of the 12 week old puppy. :-p

Beau moped for a couple days, but they're the best of pals now and almost insperarable. I've taken both of them when only one needs to go somewhere just so the other doesn't have to sit at the gate and carry on.

Alison_Leighfield
28th March 2008, 06:55 AM
A multi dog home just HAS to be better than a 1 dog home! watching interaction and dog games along with different personalitess is great. Every little one is so different.

I have two Shelties and three adult Cavaliers with a baby due (with paws!) in early May....each doing their own thing like training and agility, it's nice to be in a circle of like minded dog friendly people enjoying their dogs and the social circle that comes along with it.

We wouldn't have it any other way...enjoy :).

Alison.

Aileen
28th March 2008, 07:51 AM
I was for years a 1 dog house hold but 3 years ago my daugthers dog came to stay and we then had 2 I lost my Rocky 2 years ago and Jazzie kept looking for him so we got Barney a 14 week old pup then in the november Karlin said that they needed a home for a cavalier that might not have long to live so along came Sam
----Aileen and the gang (Barney---Jazzie---Sam)

niki
28th March 2008, 09:15 AM
I am fairly new to dog ownership - having only got Suki(my first dog ever!!!) last february I worried about leaving her and still do but it is easier now we have two as i dont feel she will be lonely when i'm not there.
I found that after getting Ralphie she became more of a dog again - we have 2 cats aslo and i'm sure she was taking on their feline behaviour!!
I feel that Suki & Ralphie have made our home complete - not sure if the cats feel the same!!
I think i will probably always have more than one dog now.
Rules and boundaries are more important though - i spoiled Suki before Ralph came along but now have to be a little (not much:o) firmer and if you dont use one already get a crate - its invaluable;)

Slight Downside is increased cost, 2 lots of insurance!! 2 lots of poo to clean up!! food bill not much different though.
Good luck with your choice :paw:

Louisma
28th March 2008, 10:51 AM
Hi

I have three cavaliers - had one cavalier and one puli - lost the puli and added two cavaliers about a month ago now. They all got along great from the moment they met - I love having three - they all have different personalities and they always have a playmate.

The main difference it has made has been dog hair - I have to hoover twice a day really, increased muck in the garden but hey ho if you're clearing up you're clearing up it only takes an extra minute, I dont holiday without them so that doesnt affect me but if you were to then you need to bear in mind the cost of care, and pet insurance obviously adds to the cost - vets bills, vaccs etc.

From a will the dogs be happy - I would say my eldest cavalier is happy with the two new additions than he was with the Puli and certainly happier than he was when in the 'interim' period and he was alone and depressed


Hope you add to your numbers - you'll never look back

Maxine

Cavalli CKCS
28th March 2008, 10:57 AM
Dogs prefer the company of other dogs too, ours pile on top of each other in bed, even though there are plenty of empty spare ones!!!

So, i think they like dog company. They do much better in pairs.

Evan

ice-cavi
28th March 2008, 11:01 AM
I agree with everybody :) I don´nt see many cons in having more than one.But lots of pros.....doubble pleasure :o)
Of course it does cost a little more to have two or more but in terms of food and stuff I think its cheaper to have 2 or 3 cavis than 1 German Shepard :D
I have two girls and there will never be just 1 again:o) And knowing myself I´ll probably get a B/T too one day:-p
Cavaliers are like chocolate,1 is never enough:luv:

Louisma
28th March 2008, 11:06 AM
Oooh yes I would love a black and tan too - I have a tri and two blenheims at the moment....

Bruce H
28th March 2008, 11:22 AM
Well, I guess you know what my opinion is with 14 dogs :wink:. But seriously, I really think that if you got another one, both dogs would benefit. I agree with everything that has been said by others. Even if I were not breeding, I would never have any less than 2.

One thing that I would add if you decide to get a puppy. I know some breeders will disagree with me, but we have had good success with having the puppy people bring their Cavalier (we only do this with Cavaliers and with other conditions) when they come to visit their new puppy. The people's puppy and Cavalier may not get along real well, but it will give the Cavalier a chance to smell the puppy and possibly remember the puppy when it's brought into the new home. We have tried this as an experiment 3 or 4 times and the people said the get-aquainted period when the puppy came home was very short. This is definately something you would have to clear with your breeder first. And don't be offended if they don't want to.

niki
28th March 2008, 11:33 AM
One thing that I would add if you decide to get a puppy. I know some breeders will disagree with me, but we have had good success with having the puppy people bring their Cavalier (we only do this with Cavaliers and with other conditions) when they come to visit their new puppy. The people's puppy and Cavalier may not get along real well, but it will give the Cavalier a chance to smell the puppy and possibly remember the puppy when it's brought into the new home. We have tried this as an experiment 3 or 4 times and the people said the get-aquainted period when the puppy came home was very short. This is definately something you would have to clear with your breeder first. And don't be offended if they don't want to.

I think this is a really good idea - in agreement with the breeder
The breeder we got Ralph from said we could bring Suki round to meet him but we had to carry her as she was unsure how the mum would react, I did this - not sure if Suki was impressed or if it made much difference as she was too preoccupied with being carried - she doesn't like it!! She did give him a good sniffing test though!
I had no problems when we brought Ralphie home and i'm sure she doesn't (as we certsainly cant) imagine life without him:luv:

Brian M
28th March 2008, 12:19 PM
Hello
I am owned by three cavalier girls Poppy a B & T aged 20 months ,Daisy a Blnheim aged 14 months and Rosie a Ruby who is 8 months and we all get on superbly ,also we have two white cats who fully interact with the girls and even pinch their beds for a snooze if any becomes available.:dogwlk:

Claire L
28th March 2008, 12:43 PM
I have TWO and if I could afford it, I would have eight; two of each colour :)

Alison_Leighfield
28th March 2008, 12:59 PM
Claire,

thats what we all call just plain GREEDY LOL! :) xxx

perhaps a little space for a 3rd might appear????? the jump from 2 to 3 isn't a big one!

Alison.

Claire L
28th March 2008, 01:06 PM
Claire,

thats what we all call just plain GREEDY LOL! :) xxx

perhaps a little space for a 3rd might appear????? the jump from 2 to 3 isn't a big one!

Alison.
:lol:

Have you seen the price of doggy minding here :eek: it's nearly €400 for two weeks for two dogs.

Still though, I wont rule anything out icon_whistling

Cavvygirl
28th March 2008, 01:08 PM
The only downside for us although it is manageable is the feeding time (they have to be fed seperately) other than that i would agree with everyone else that they love company!

You are the best judge of your dog, how do they react around other dogs?

Some dogs do prefer being an only dog:)

Cathryn
28th March 2008, 01:17 PM
Just about the only downside is the chance of higher vets fee's if they are both ill at the same time.

Basically if you have room for one then you have room for 2! Don't buy 2 beds the same size, just buy a bigger bed as they will cuddle up together, basically your pleasure will be doubled! Don't worry about loving one more than the other it won't happen, they all have their own little personalities and their own quirky little ways! :lol:

Like Bruce I will allow puppy buyers who already own a Cavalier to bring their dog along to help "choose" the puppy if they want to, but on the whole Cavaliers rub along together fantastically well, they are pack animals at the end of the day! My parents have 3 and I am in the 10+ bracket being a breeder, I can mix my dogs around (they are caged at night) without worrying that they won't get along, in the daytime they all pile into the huge dogbed in the kitchen and it's a case of where does one end and another start? :rotfl:

You want another Cavalier?? I say "Go for it!" :lol:

cy1266
28th March 2008, 03:24 PM
We just added another Cavalier puppy about 6 weeks ago, and I'm so glad we have 2 now! I had the same concerns you did, and posted a similar message here...Miles was 10 months when we added a 3 month old puppy, and although Miles was completely obsessed with Truman for the first few days (it was like they were glued together!), he got used to the new puppy, and now they're best friends. Truman is still crated during the day when we're not home, and as soon as we walk in the door Miles sprints to the crate, and it's like he's saying "let my toy out!" They cuddle up together, play together, chase each other, and just really like being near each other. It's not much extra work - you're already feeding 1, it just takes a few extra minutes/seconds to prepare another meal...We also have 2 cats, and they all get along great :-p I say go for it! Here are a few pictures of Miles and his little brother (they're actually half brothers) Truman:

The day we brought him home - Miles couldn't get close enough!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2213/2369076052_e01339bee5.jpg?v=0

Best friends :luv:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2368/2369078630_4e471676b9.jpg?v=0

Dinnertime!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2208/2369077542_96f9f5932e.jpg?v=0

Naptime!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2230/2368244055_d1867c1ed0.jpg?v=0

Good Night :slp:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2039/2357427955_f38bbbc10b.jpg?v=0

TillyTommy
28th March 2008, 03:29 PM
cy1266 - You have the most adorable pair:) I have such a weakness for B/T's and closely followed by the Rubys. Wonderful pictures

ice-cavi
28th March 2008, 03:50 PM
Well, I guess you know what my opinion is with 14 dogs :wink:. But seriously, I really think that if you got another one, both dogs would benefit. I agree with everything that has been said by others. Even if I were not breeding, I would never have any less than 2.

One thing that I would add if you decide to get a puppy. I know some breeders will disagree with me, but we have had good success with having the puppy people bring their Cavalier (we only do this with Cavaliers and with other conditions) when they come to visit their new puppy. The people's puppy and Cavalier may not get along real well, but it will give the Cavalier a chance to smell the puppy and possibly remember the puppy when it's brought into the new home. We have tried this as an experiment 3 or 4 times and the people said the get-aquainted period when the puppy came home was very short. This is definately something you would have to clear with your breeder first. And don't be offended if they don't want to.

Elja came with me to visit the pupps twice and the Silva came to visit us for a couple of hours befor moving in.
Its amazing how well the transition went....
This pic is taken when Silva came to visit us a week before she moved in.She ate,took a tour of the house and the found her nest:o)
http://s3.frontur.com/img/57124/20071117115433_13.jpg
Elja and Silva both behaved like they´d been together forever :o
So this was a succes for us at least!

cy1266
28th March 2008, 04:14 PM
Thanks TillyTommy!!! :razz:

shippers
28th March 2008, 04:14 PM
Thanks Lynn for starting this thread as we are going to add another cav puppy in the summer. We have been to visit the breeder and are just waiting for her to confirm her girl is actually expecting. If everything is successful :xfngr: the puppy/ies will be born 1st May. I really hope everything goes to plan and we get our girl we want as a companion for us and our 1 year old Sally. Sally loves other dogs and hopefully will be made up with a sister! I can imagine the insurance and vet bills being the most costly. The food is more cost effective in bigger bags anyway. My concern is how easy is it to walk two dogs together? Any advice regarding this from members with more than one cav?

Anya
28th March 2008, 04:26 PM
Love it! Thanks for posting this thread. Our girl is almost 5 months old and we are talking about getting another...we want a ruby girl. I do have a question though: is there a rule as far as when is a good time to add another pup? Someone told me we should do it before she turns a year old.

WoodHaven
28th March 2008, 04:36 PM
IF you have the patience, the time and the money-- any time the pup of your dreams comes by-- is a good time.

I love having a multi dog home.... there is always work (nails,baths, vet visits), but there is a lot of love.

ruby2
28th March 2008, 04:42 PM
My mother had a king charles for years. Now she is 9 years old and my mother saw this other dog that was not being treated very well as a puppy. A relation of mine had her and she was a bishon frise. She was left outside day and night because the children were afraid of her!!!!! When my mother was babysitting she saw this happening and the little bishon was soaked to the skin and not left in until ten every night. My mother said that she would buy the dog and paid the full amount that they had paid for her as a puppy. My mother was very careful putting rosie and the other little one together. (dont want to mention too many names incase i get into trouble). But with time and patience what it has done is ...........Take years off the 9 year old cav,:luv: who was after getting old looking and tired and slightly heavy. Now she looks years younger and is running around the back with the other little one....and obviously along with that of course the little bishon frise has now a lovely life!!!! Compared to what she would have had if my mother didnt care!!!!:)

BrodieSkyward
29th March 2008, 02:26 AM
:thnku:You guys are great!!! Thank you so much for sharing your multi-cavalier experiences with me. I really appreciate everyone's input and I especially love the pics. I'm more convinced now than ever that we definitely need to expand our family - I will keep you posted!

JeanKC
29th March 2008, 05:11 AM
....and as soon as we walk in the door Miles sprints to the crate, and it's like he's saying "let my toy out!"
Ha! That's what I feel like when I get up from bed and as soon as I get to the bathroom I hear the little ball with a bell in it that Beauregard's dropping behind me. He figures I'm up... it must be time to play! :D

karenc
29th March 2008, 08:39 AM
Iam defo a multi dog home. I have 9 cavaliers and 1 cocker spaniel. They all get on great. Their ages are two 11year olds, one aged 10, one 8 1/2, two 5, one 4 and go to 2 one year old brothers. My cocker boy is 9 1/2. They are good company for me and company for each other when Im at work. They mostly sleep in one big lump all snuggled together. I wouldnt be without my cavaliers. They are both boys and girls. Theres nothing in this world like the greeting a group of cavalier when you come home...heaven. I recommend multi cavaliers as long as you have the time for grooming, exercise and most of all money for all health care.:)