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    Hi all!
    I've not been on this forum for quite a while now. Lexi is turning 6 this year. Was looking for general opinions from experienced cavy owners...
    We are in love with Lexi, she has mild separation anxiety, only really evident when we come home from being out. She scratches at our legs and cries for about a minute or two out of excitement before she calms down and is back to her normal happy self. We've been contemplating adding a new puppy to our home. Not specifically for this reason, but I was wondering for those of you that have multiples, do you feel that they are happier in twos as opposed to being the only dog at home? Lexi is quite a submissive dog, not timid but submissive, we are also a little concerned that the new dog might try to dominate her...
    Do you feel that there are any temperment differences between the 4 colors? Would a dog her age do well adapting to a puppy in the house? shes still plenty playful and active. i dont fear any aggression on her end, shes never growled a day in her life. And any general opinions as to whether having a second dog at home would lessen her anxiety when we arrive home? Again, her anxiety isn't anything major, I'd say more just overwhelming excitedness that were back lol
    Sorry for the long post!
    Thanks for your (positive) comments!

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    Yes, yes, yes! We have an 11 year Tri that was an only dog for 2 1/2 years. We lost our first, Emma, in June 2010 to MVD and we were truly devastated and could not even think about getting another dog. Well, as fate had it, we were given the opportunity in February of this year to rescue a 2 1/2 year old Blenheim from our SPCA, owner surrender. My husband and I discussed for a total of 2 minutes and were out the door before we could reconsider. We like to say it was one of the best decisions we have made in our 20 years together. This little toot has brought new life into our old boy and into our lives as well.

    If you do not want to go the puppy route, there are plenty of CKCS out there that need to be rescued. I wish you luck in your decision.

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    Joanie
    Sam Tailor (11 year old Tri) and Gibbs (2 1/2 year old Blenheim)
    Emma Lou (Nov. 27, 2000 - June 10, 2010)

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    thanks so much for the insight! wonderful news!
    so sorry for your loss though. I can't even think about when we reach that day =(
    I'm glad youve found comfort in your new baby Gibbs. I see so many pics of cuddly cavies and I can't imagine ours not getting along.
    Two cavies in the house will be a whole new era for us. lol

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    I don`t know if there is a difference in the temperment in the colours, I have two Blenheim males and they are both very different. I have a 10 years age gap between them, it was a very big decision to get a second cavalier nearly three years ago, my eldest is now 13, and has MVD and started having problems when he was 9 years old. We have found it has actually given are older cavalier and interest in life having his little friend around and yes the younger one who is now just 3 years old, is more bossy in some ways but mainly because he moves around faster but it does not seem to cause any problems, the younger one has a much more chilled out approach to life were the older one does get agitated and stubborn over things, they are just very different. We found the only problem we had was when Ollie was a pup, Jasper the older one did not like having a puppy swinging around his ears etc but after a few weeks all was well, I separate them for eating and we don`t walk them together as basically the older one likes to walk slower now and it`s as much having a good sniff around as well as the walk. I think you just have to adapt to their individual needs.
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    I apologise in advance for the essay haha

    I went through this same thing. Do i get a second dog? Don't I?
    Will my dog like the new puppy? What if koda feels left out? What if he loves the puppy so much he doesn't love me as much?
    I debated a second dog for a very long time, then took the plunge and messaged the breeder of my first cav. He actually had a tri boy unspoken for, so he became mine. It was much sooner than I was expecting but i wouldn't have done anything differently if i had to do it again.

    My older dog is only two, my puppy is now 12 weeks old. I know it isn't quite your situation, but they love each other
    The first few days Kokoda wasn't a huge fan. He didn't like sharing the attention, and the puppy annoyed him and hung off his ears all of the time. But one night, (Night three?) they started chasing each other and playing tug of war and i was so so happy!
    They now get along so well I couldn't imagine not having two





    I do spend time with them together, and i also take them out separately so that they get time with me alone. And that is often when i do their training and teach them tricks For the first two weeks i separated them for eating, however they now respect one another's food and will wait until the other is finished before licking out the bowls. It is quite cute and funny They both eat theirs, then swap and lick the other dogs empty bowl.

    I have heard that a second dog can solve anxiety problems but i cannot attest to this myself as I have never had a dog with separation anxiety.

    I don't think there is a difference between the colours, it is just the different dogs. The colour has no influence on their personality. My ruby is super outgoing and my current tri even more so, however my previous tricolour boy was very reserved and didn't like strangers as much as these two. My mums black and tan boy is also more relaxed and laid back than my two. And the blenheims i know all vary in personalities as well.

    I hope this helps you decide what is right for you and Lexi
    p.s. I LOVE the anme Lexi, i alsways have I think i will get a cav girl next and call her that.
    ~ Kokoda - Ruby - DOB 26/02/2011, Deniki - Tricolour - DOB 17/02/2013 and RIPAnzac ~

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    I only have one cavalier so I can't really speak for experience however I think 2 or 6 cavalier would be better than one Who wouldn't want to lay on the sofa and be covered in sweet dogs?
    Melissa
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    One caveat about colors- if you have matching dogs the furballs are all the same color, if you have different colors (tri/Blenheim, or something) you end up with different colored furballs (on your laundry, couch), different colored dust bunnies even!). It's like they shed so much so quickly the fur doesn't even have time to mix.

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    those were great questions, and all ones that i have been wondering about for a while, so it was great to see so many positive and really helpful answers. i would love a little pal for teddy, but we will probably wait til next year when i hopefully finish work (and start doing my own thing at home.

    we will probably go straight back to teddys breader family for our next addition. might not be a puppy though, although teddy is really good we might not be so lucky next time.



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    im very excited for you, and i cant wait to hear how it goes x
    Lynne x
    Little Ted Bear - Ruby Boy Born December 8th 2012
    Beautiful Megan - Black & Tan. Left us 18th January 2013. My heart and soul.

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    Two is always better than one! . Lady was 6 months old when I brought home 3 year old Gracie. Getting an older dog made the transition much easier, since Lady was still a puppy. They keep each other company, play together, and lick each others eye goop .
    Courtney
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    Denali: I too loved your photos. When I clicked on one of them I was sent to your flickr site with even more heartwarming photos. Cavaliers are absolutely adorable.

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