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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?

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Maybe all of you with more than one Havanese are too busy with your puppies to answer my post
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I have two that are three months apart. They are 2 years old now and it was the best thing that we have every done. When we brought our second sweet girl home our first looked at us as if to say thank you for the best gift you could have given me. We recommend two to all who ask.
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Maybe all of you with more than one Havanese are too busy with your puppies to answer my post
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Ask me about two when I am done with the water damage from condo above and all the snow and ice issues. He is a little cutie but a hand full. I look at Sasha and say I do not remember this part!! I do love him and Sasha has started playing with him so I am sure it will all be good!

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Our Dizzie was 16 nearly 17 months old when we brought Nellie home.They were always fine together, but Dizzie did become a little depressed when he realized she was here to stay!But now they have great games together,and Nellie is very good for Dizzie,as he is a bit of a lazy bones and she makes him play.When we brought her home it was the beginning of my summer holidays so I had 6 weeks to give both of them my undivided attention.They are now nearly 3 and coming towards 2 years old.

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Ask me about two when I am done with the water damage from condo above and all the snow and ice issues. He is a little cutie but a hand full. I look at Sasha and say I do not remember this part!! I do love him and Sasha has started playing with him so I am sure it will all be good!
Ditto. Except for the condo and water damage part! Augie was 2.5 years when we brought Finn in. Had I to do it over, I don't think I would have waited so long to bring in a second Hav. Augie had started to mellow out quite a bit when Finn came to live. And I get the feeling that sometimes he thinks the wild puppy is a bit much.

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I have never had an issue when I added a dog to the existing pack, no matter what the age. There was always a short period of adjustment, but after that, it was much better for them and a delight (most of the time) for me. I would never want to have just one again.

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The only reason I might have waited longer is it has been twice as hard to house train. Zoey and Maddie are about 3mo apart but maddie was 5mo and zoey 10 weeks. I also noticed I didn't give Zoey as much one on one attention sort of like a second child.Maddie is much more outgoing and friendly. I think because I took her everywhere and the time of year was nicer for going places. It was about this time of year I got Zoey and we stayed home a lot more because of the weather. You might think about that.

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Had I to do it over, I don't think I would have waited so long to bring in a second Hav.
I'm bringing my second hav home in less then 2 weeks (!), but I already feel the same way as you. Wish I did it sooner. Fedja is almost 4 and a half years old, and I feel sad for him that it took me such a long time to make this decision. (I did try it once with another pup, not hav, and after that didn't work out, I was so afraid to even think about another dog. Btw she lives with a friend of mine and I get to see her now and then.)
This time I will do everything in my power to make things work, because deep down in my heart I believe that Fedja would be happier with a doggy company.

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However, I've seen her want to play with other dogs so bad.....she's alone a lot of the day during the week.
Fedja stays never alone, but if that was the case I know I wouldn't have to think twice about getting a second. And you already know that your girl loves other dogs, so just do it !

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Kodi & Shelby are 11 month apart. It took them about an hour to get used to each other and it has been a blast ever since. Kodi was pretty much house trained by the time I got Shelby and she was a little harder to train. I don't find two more work, even though I groom them myself. The pros definitely outweigh any cons there may be.


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