Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Do I want two?
Good morning all. I was talking to a breeder I've become friends with since starting my search and thus acquiring Lucy and she has a 12-week male havanese that would be a half-brother to Lucy. My husband and I are thinking we're going to take the plunge and get him but I have concerns. Since Lucy is our one and only at this point and she has stollen our hearts completely, most of my concern is for the welfare of Lucy. She's almost seven months old (the 25th of this month) and is rightfully so the queen of the house.
However, I've seen her want to play with other dogs so bad when we take her to obedience training and she's alone a lot of the day during the week. She seems to have adjusted well to her life as a single, spoiled queen, but there have been times we've thoguht it would be so fun for us and her to have another one.
I realize the cost and work will double but the cost is easier to imagine. How much work will it be to watch two of them? Will they mostly stay together or will one be getting into something in one part of the house and the other into something in the other?
I imagine it's impossible to give as much of my time to each dog individually when there are two of them. Does having each other compensate a little for having less of me?
I want to use Lucy as a therapy dog and ideally we'd be able to use the other one that way too. Can you have two dogs, basically growing up together with only three months between them in age that relate and bond to humans or will they bond to each other more?
I know a lot of you have more than one havanese. Can you share some of your thoughts to my concerns and share some of your positive and negative experiences of having more than one?