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should we get 2 puppies?

Help! We went to look at puppies today and my 3 kids fell in love with 2 puppies. One was really cuddly and one was really playful. They are from different litters and one is a male and one is a female. We have a 4 year old collie at home. They are 5 weeks old right now. Is it difficult to bring 2 puppies home at the same time? My daughter loves the female that she could do anything to. The puppy stayed right by her and she carried her everywhere. My son loves the male that would play with him and follow us anywhere. My daughter is 7 and my sons are 10 and 13. So I could really use some advice on what to do. I have heard when you get 2 puppies they tend to bond with each other and not the owners. But I don't know which one to pick.
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It is definitely harder raising two at the same time. Many breeders won't even let you do it. OTOH, there ARE people who do it and enjoy the experience. Just know what you are getting yourself into.

The dog (or dogs) should be FAMILY dogs,not belong to any particular family member. So you, as the adult, need to really think it through and decide which personality will work better with your family. Both puppies will play, both puppies will cuddle (at least when they are sleepy! ) THe more playful pup may also be more of a handful to raise.

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Karen gave great advice. I agree with raising two puppies at the same time will be a very demanding challenge.
Go with the personality of your family life.
Good luck,
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I wouldn't do it. One puppy is hard enough. Plus the havanese need regular grooming or they will matt.
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I got two within 4 mo of each other. I wouldn't do it. Very hard to train two.

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Get one puppy fully housetrained and solid in basics manners - sit, come, not jumping on people, etc then get the 2nd pup. They will still be great buddies as long as you socialize the first one with other well mannered dogs.

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Having one or more well trained ones will help you train the new one. Having to train two at the same time means neither will get the best.
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You'll also want the puppy and your collie to slowly become acquainted and to get along. That will be much easier with only one puppy.
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We had two puppies from different litters, born one day apart. It was a lot to handle. Housebreaking was the trickiest. I was never who sure who did what. I loved both of the dogs so much and we had them for 15 years. My husbands used to say aren't you glad we got two. I always thought yes, but wish I had gotten them a year apart. Wish you luck with your decision.
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I totally realize how hard it is to pick just ONE....that's pretty much with any 'box of puppies'.
I strongly agree with's a FAMILY dog! All our dogs prior to Teddy were adopted from shelters. Our first one we got when our daughter was a year old. She loved that dog and he stayed right next to her almost all the time (even allowing her to diaper him, powder and all...don't even ask about that mess I had to clean up!!). When her brother came along, two years later, "Fred" would play and play and play with BOTH children.
Personally, I wouldn't get two puppies at the same time.
Now to pick WHICH one??? What I would do is decide which one will best fit our family, then tell the children the other dog went to another family...make sure you tell the breeder, so they play along. Is it lying...yes...but this will keep the family happy and not "how come SHE/HE always gets what they want!!!"

Have a SUPER-DUPER day,
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