How many dogs should a family have? Veterinarian columnist Dr. Michael Fox writes in the New York Post:
"It is my considered opinion as a veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author of several books that most dogs do best when kept together as small packs. By nature, the dog is a highly social species and a pack-living animal. The human family can serve as a surrogate pack to only a limited degree. Dogs alone all day suffer from separation anxiety, boredom and extreme loneliness.
"From my own research and personal experience living with dogs, between three and five is an optimal number, going up to numbers of eight or nine depending on the breed or type of dogs and management ability of the homeowner."
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