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Question Okay Friends, I need some help

We were just offered one of these! Polish Lowland Sheepdog. Oh... she's soooooo cute! She's still a puppy. I don't know how Kona will do with her, or how she'll do with him. What do you think about adding a 2nd edition to our house?
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You're kidding, right??? How do we feel about adding another dog to your home? Now let me think -- uh, yes!

All kidding aside. I would want to see the dog and get a feel for whether it would fit in and then . . . I'd go for it. Did you expect a different response???

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LOL Geri. I guess I wanted some info on how different a 2 dog household is from a 1 dog household.
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I think it is the same but I spread mine out so the older dogs are already trained. There is more grooming to be done, more clean up duty, but seeing htem play with each other is priceless.

Have you meet the sheepdogs to know about their personality? I would imagine strong herding instinct- which can be rather annoying to some people!

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Oh, I bet she is adorable, Brooke. I would just say do your homework first. I am reading that they need a very firm hand, they can be suspicious and wary of strangers so she will definately need a lot of socialization. The breed sounds wonderful...smart, eager to please, good with children. My advice would be to follow your heart AFTER you have researched and asked yourself all the tough questions. Good luck with your decision! I love the looks of this breed, I would be SOOO tempted if I were you!

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Brooke, those look awesome. BUT, do you know how BIG they get??? He may be a small puppy now, but will weigh more than your kids all together in a little bit. Do you have enough room for a big dog to be exercised, comfortable, etc.? Do they shed? Is this a healthy puppy from health tested parents, good breeder, etc? If he turns out to have health issues, will you have the $$$ to care for it? What's their temperament?

These are all Q's that I don't want you to answer to but rather think about. I think they look absolutely GORGEOUS, kind of like huge Havs, LOL. But I know I wouldn't be able to keep one right now. I think it makes an enormous difference what kind of dog you choose as an addition. Obviously some are more doable than others.

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I have three dogs in the house now, soon to be four. Frankly I think in many ways it's easier having more than one because they entertain each other and they're there for each other. I would find it hard to have only one again. I haven't in years.

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Just wanted to add that I will probably always have at least two dogs. In some ways, it is more work, but I like that they have each other...especially if I have to go away for a trip or something. I think I read that these dogs get to be 30-40 pounds? Nice sort of medium size dog. Let us know what you decide!!!!!

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I have 5 dogs now, so may not give the best advice on adding another dog...I love having all my babies at home. I think what you may want to consider first and foremost is not the number of dogs you have, but what kind. Here's what the AKC breed standard says about the Polish Lowland Sheepdogs:
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He is stable and self confident. He needs a dominant master and consistent training from the time he is very young. If this is not provided, he will tend to dominate the master. When not used as a herding or working dog, he can be a magnificent companion as he seems to fit into any type of lifestyle. He is extremely loyal, but somewhat aloof and suspicious of strangers. Faults: Nervous, cowardly, or extreme vicious behavior.

If you are a dominant master, go for it. If not, you might want to consider another breed that may be easier to train. But for sure, let us know, and show us PICTURES!!

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So... here is the update. After researching MORE about this breed, I think it's best that we hold off on a *bigger* dog. what I mean by this, is that these dogs can grow very very big, 40-60lbs. While she's a doll right now, I am wondering how well she would do with my kids as she gets older. My children are anything but dominate over Kona. LOL I am still trying to teach them to tell him "no bite" while they play. This breeder also has pomaranians, and has a female, retired. She's 8 years old and Kona and her just HIT IT OFF SO GOOD! she's a parti color mix... same as Kona... so we are going to do a over night and daytime trial and see how that goes over today and tomorrow and wed. I wanna be sure before we add another doggie to the mix, that's he/she is the right one. I grew up with poms in the family, and knowing how wonderful Kona is with our neighbors poms when they come over leads me to believe that a smaller friend for Kona would be best. So.. wish us luck with the little pom over the next few days that she is with us, and I will post pics when I can.
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