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the pros & cons of 2

for those with 2 (or more?) pups...what do you see as the pros and cons of having 2 dogs?

keep in mind, i'm 57 and live alone, so there is no help on those cold early morning walks or at bath times

if you had one dog and then added another, were there any negative impacts on dog number one.

i am assuming that mugs will be overjoyed with a shorter (than me) playmate but i would hate to have him all upset about it.
he is a wonderful companion now and i don't want that to change.

any info from those experienced owners will be much appreciated.

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I have loved having two havs. You really get to see them interact and have fun together. RLH are fun as well. It would be just a little bit more to groom but to potty them they would both go out at the same time. I say go for it but I have four dogs so don't know if helped I any!!

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Joe are talking about specifically 2 havs or just a hav and another dog?

I just have Quincy and then Vinnie my sheltie....but I love having 2 dogs. They play and chase and have a good time together. They still both adore me...and would pick me over each other,so that isn't a problem. As far as cons---I think the only drawback is twice the grooming and twice the poop! I pick up poop twice a day at my house! The grooming isn't horrible,but it does take some dedication with the 2 I have. I think there are ways around that too-----puppy clips and the other breed you choose will make all the difference for both Mugsy and for your up-keep.

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Terriffic twos! Two is always better than one! The more the merrier!

Seriously, mine play so well together. I like that they have each other when I'm gone. Both of mine are in puppy cuts, so it's very easy to care for them. It's double the expense for grooming, vet appointments, etc...but also double the fun.

The only thing I would have done differently is, I would have had Rudy completely house broken before getting Rocky. That was a challenge for me. I'm the only one that takes them out, and I don't have a fenced yard. Other than that, I say GO FOR IT!


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thanks guys!

i would likely get a mixed breed from the humane society. they seem to always have a few shih tzu blends or bichon blends on their website. and a range of ages, today they have a 5 month old and 2 year old. mugsy will be coming up to 2 in 4 months so i would be happy with a similar age pup.

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Joe,

My husband and I have gone back and forth on this subject for the last few months. We have just about made up our minds to get a female, a small doggie much as you described, who needs a good home, not necessarily Hav. (Although that would be a +.) Cazzie is a dominant male so another male would be a no-no. He did so well with Jill's little Tess and that really decided us. The only drawbacks I can see are increased vet bills and traveling. We are retired, in our 60's. Let us know when you get your new furbaby!

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hmmm, i had not thought about male or female...
mugsy is a playful male that seems to be afraid of his own shadow somedays.
he will be 'fixed' in august.

as to the 2, i'm not afraid of the work or the cost so much as a negative effect on mugs.
but then there is the fact that he will have someone around all day when i'm at work and i like that idea.

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Hi Joe - I think two are fabulous - I've always had more than one dog. With Havanese you want to get a breed that is playful and if you keep to the smaller sizes, the bath and walks aren't a problem at all. If you get another male, as long as it's younger, you should be fine. But if you have a choice, I'd agree that a female is better. Why not also contact breeders of the types you are interested in your area and see if they know of anyone who needs to re-home a dog. That way you'd get a purebred and have a better understanding of the temperament. Remember that it's best to have Mugs meet the potential new addition and to do it on neutral ground. Some had recommended taking them on a walk together. Good luck - I know how much you've really wanted another.


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I have two and enjoy seeing that they both adore each other and keep each other company. As Lisa suggested, I would consider a trial period to make sure Mugsy and the new addtion are suitable for each other. Even with pure breed Havs, sometimes their temperaments and personalities do not gel. My breeder selected Lizzie so that she and Benji could both thrive. Yet, she gave us 10 days of trial period to make sure that they really were good with each other. She gave us specific instructions as well to deal with both initially. It really helped with our transition from one to two and their bonding.

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Joe, ditto on what Julie said! Both boys prefer us over each other.

I have to say that Lincoln was not thrilled when we brought home Scout, since Lincoln is way more submissive. Scout drove him crazy a bit with the puppy energy and just his more dominant behavior. After about a year, they seemed to accept each other more - Scout behaves better, and Lincoln has learned to stand up for himself a tiny bit more.

They just had a 12-day vacation from each other (they stayed with different friends when we went on our trip) and they actually seemed happy to see each other when we brought them back home! So, like an old married couple, they irritate each other some, they play some, and they are used to each other's companionship. I feel better when I have to leave the house. The ironic thing is that Lincoln is very happy being alone but Scout is not. So I guess the benefit of the second one has been primarily for us humans!

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