View Full Version : So... Baby #1 is growing up, should I get another one?
22nd November 2012, 12:13 PM
So Summer is about to turn 6 months old. She is lovely and probably the easiest dog I've ever had the pleasure of having: didn't destroy anything, only peed in the house a couple of times, learned all the basic obedience in maybe a week. She's an angel. And she's growing up.
I had considered getting a boy, and I was thinking maybe after Christmas would be a good time for it. Do you think it would be asking for too much trouble, having two babies in the house? Summer is starting her show career in December, and around February she'll also be starting with agility. I know it will be harder to go to all the shows and train if Summer has a boyfriend, but I keep catching myself looking at her breeder's website!
23rd November 2012, 12:37 AM
Fletcher is 9 months old and I feel the same way about him. As far as what I expected from a puppy (all the hard work) was not so bad, tho I know its in NOT over. He has been a pure joy to own and I love him to pieces, so does my family. He is just so sweet, everything I wanted a cavalier to be. At first I thought I want another one as soon as I could get one, now I'm thinking we are going to wait until Fletcher turns 2 to start looking for another cavalier. They say they are collectible, cavaliers and I can understand why...who would only want one of these perfect dogs right? In the dreams I would get 2 puppies at the same time from the same litter. I think I could totally handle it.
If Summer is starting to do shows in December and agility in February I would think you may want to wait longer before getting another. I would wait until late Spring at least. Also, If you are considering breeding you are on the wrong website, very few people on CT would be supportive of that unless you REALLY understand all the health/breeding issues with this breed. I hate to sound like a snob or something, its just a little heads up. Also remember every dog is different, the next pup could be the exact opposite of Summer.
23rd November 2012, 01:48 AM
Be careful, Lucky's Devil Dog phase started at 6 months. :)
That said, personally I waited until Lucky was about 18 months before I got another. He had started to settle down then and I got a rescue. I wasn't up for puppy hood again and I found his twin at Lucky Star.
Whichever way you decide, you really can't go wrong. I think every Cavalier should have a Cavalier sibling. :)
14th December 2012, 12:45 AM
Lady just turned 1 year and 1 month and would be nice for her to have a sibling too. I'm wary about getting a rescue one because I'm nervous about the way they would interact with Lady.
14th December 2012, 01:01 AM
Most people would say wait until the other dog is older.
They are already trained so you don't have to worry about training two dogs extensively at the same period, and often the older dog will teach the newbie things.
plus like Lani said, most dogs will go through an adolescence rebellion stage. Kokoda did this just recently... it was not pretty. he decided that it was ok to pee on the chair inside... after time out he realised that was a bad thing to do haha
like you said often the opposite sex is recommended, but i have had pairings of the same sex before and no troubles at all.
Also, something else to think about when getting a second dog is that when they reach old age they will do so at the same time.
this is expensive both cost wise and potentially emotionally as it can be extremely difficult to lose two dogs close to one another.
Just food for thought.
I will be getting another dog maybe at the end of next year, Kokoda will be 2.
20th December 2012, 12:36 PM
I have two dogs (a cavie Charley and a bichon frise Buddy). We got them both Christmas last year when they both 7 weeks old. The boys immediatly bonded and are now inseprable. i know it sounds weird but having 2 dogs made life easier because if I needed to go out to the shops I never felt guilty about leaving a dog home alone as they had each other. I never really found it hard work to raise two pups.
Both of the dogs have completely different personalities. Buddy is mischevious and always manages to get hold of stuf he shouldn't (eg. phones, glasses, remotes and debit cards. But he will let you do anything to him and is very placid, but he always but his head under your hand so you will scratch behind his ears. Charley is a jealous bum and will jump on the sofa and sit round your neck nuzzling into you. Charley is a fast learner and is very smart, we can put his toys in the box and he will go and get the exact one out that you put in.
Having two dogs is very rewarding I think but just make sure you can cope with having a new puppy again if you can then I say go for it. Hope this helps you out. :dogwlk:
20th December 2012, 06:09 PM
I agree with the others, it might be better to wait until your girl is a bit older to get another puppy. I got a second dog when Lady was about 6 months old but I adopted a 3 year old who had been a former show dog and raised with a breeder, so she was very socialized and well behaved. Lady is 10 months old now and she is still a mischevious handful, but Gracie definitely helps to give her canine companionship and also puts her in her place when she misbehaves icon_devil.
But with that said, it all depends on how much time you have on your hands. If I didnt have such a demanding career and had more time at home to devote to training, I dont think two puppies would be all that hard.
And in regards to opposite or same sex, I've heard varying things. If they are both spayed having two females shouldnt be an issue. And if you are weary about getting a rescue, its obviously best (and usually required) that the dog be evaluated to fit well with your family and other pets.
I feel your pain! I feel like I ALWAYS have puppy fever hahah.:jmp: I cant wait until I have a big home and have the space/time/finances to get more dogs! Until then, I have cut myself off at 2!
24th December 2012, 03:54 PM
We got a second puppy when our first was about 10 months. Our first was a male who was fixed at 5 months and our second is a female (both cavaliers). We intended on waiting a little bit longer but we knew our work schedules allowed us some time to be home now, so we just did it. We kind of wanting to get over all the puppyhood in one go. It has gone well but it is a lot of work, so I would say, as long as you have the time to put into it for the first few months. As for havig a boy and a girl, they get a long well, the girl (at least in our case) tends to keep the boy in line :)
Don't expect identical experiences either, our first was harder to potty train but was amazing with crate training while our second is the opposite. Shes had less accidents in the house but she makes a big fuss in her crate (which isnt too good when you live in an apartment).
In the end though - cavaliers are great in pairs and we have seen our first boy become even more joyous then he was before, with a little sister around to play with and keep him company.
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