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More than One?

We are considering adding another Hav to our family. I think Milo would love having a friend - I think life is a bit too boring for him at times. I would like to know the positives and negatives of having more than one Hav.

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Twice the fun - less than twice the work - double the expense! LOL

We added our second last year and its the best! Not much more effort to feed two or take two with us in the car. They are so cute playing together (especially RLH in the back yard or all around the house). They keep each other company when we go out - so less of a "guilty conscience" for leaving Daisy alone. DH and I BOTH get to have a havie on our lap in the evening. They entertain each other endlessly - very nosey about what the other one is chewing on etc. No more picky eater! Daisy now eats kibble!

Downside - two havs to wash, dry and groom. Twice the food and vet bills. Harder to walk two without us both going.

All things considered it was definitely a good decision for us. They are one year apart in age - so Daisy definitely bonded to us rather than forming a stronger bond to a same litter sibling...

We are so glad we added Beau last year!

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There are lots of old threads dealing with this. Here are four that I could find:

Experience with MHS

Second Hav a lot of work?

the pros & cons of 2

Adding a 2nd Hav?


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Cons:
* You can't be guaranteed the two will get along
* It's harder to travel with two or to find someone to take both dogs if you need/want to go out of town without them.
* Being single, I do find it's twice the work - to make sure both get individual training, attention, bathing, etc.
* I'm never sure which one has gotten in trouble

Pros:
* Lots of fun!
* I don't feel as guilty when I'm not home

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Pick me! Having just added Jack to our family, I can offer my opinion.

So far...

Adjustment period for the other dog and the new pup will take a little while.

TWO LEASHES!!!! Not fun!!!!

More Vet visits (Vaccines, Wellness Visit, Microchip, Baby Teeth Removal, Neuter or Spay).

Extra Food Expenses (Thank goodness they are small dogs)

Heart Worm Medications (2 dogs)
Flea Medications (2 dogs)

Grooming Expenses (Unless you do it yourself).

More brushing/combing each day

Potty Training (Hopefully your other dog is totally trained).

You already have enough toys! But, you will buy more, so the dogs have some toys that can be played with two dogs (pulling).

You already have all the combs, brushes, shampoo, conditioner, sprays, etc.,

I am so happy that I did add another pup.

Now......Dexter gets more exercise in the house without me having to run after Dexter and throwing toys to wear Dexter out and at the same time wearing me out.

Dexter now has company when alone. Jack (second pup) has brought out the playfulness in Dexter and has already made Dexter more assertive and bolder....Dexter is timid around other dogs. Oh! Dexter eats better now!

I bought another crate and pen. Dexter never used one, but I might need one for the next six months if I am not home with Jack for safety issues and potty issues.

Training is so much faster...... so far with the second dog....Jack has been with us less than a week and he has already settled in nicely.



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Oh! One more thing....

Extra Boarding Expenses when kenneling........but, at least you can kennel them together now and not alone.

More Pros/Cons later....



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Simply the best thing we ever did...

There is an adjustment period - but worth every second

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Oh getting Crystal to Snowy and my lives was the best decision I made. They are SO BONDED to one another.

One of the things you should consider is: personality of the new pup. To get the SO BONDED to one another result (which I think is the best result to see an even happier Milo), it is so important that it match the personality. I was lucky with my Crystal because she wasn't brought from a reputable breeder. I got her from a family who wanted to dump her to anyone or anywhere. If I was going to get my next dog, I will seek the help of a reputable breeder to help me match the personality.

Snowy and Crystal aren't 100% alike. One of the differences among them:
Snowy is a dominant type of dog. Crystal isn't like that at all. In fact, she loooooves following and being led. I can just imagine if the two were dominants! WOW they will both try to show each other who the boss is which can lead to them not liking each other.

Another thing, of course, with two: double the grooming, double the everything. But, it is SO WORTH it! If you have the time and ability for that, then why not!

Good luck on deciding I think you should go for it. You will enjoy it.

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The pros and cons listed here are all valid, but we've never regretted having two. I don't think I would ever want just one again! The dynamics in the family are different with two - and I think better. The dogs are happier having a companion, and we get so much pleasure from seeing them have fun with each other.

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