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    Unhappy Second Dog, is There a Best Breed?

    I was jsut wondering after all the adivce i have gotten about certain dog breed's i was wondering if there is certain breed of dog that you think would be ideal as a second dog, or is it more what the person need's?

    I am just a little hazy on this. Not sure if i am doing the right thing, not sure if i am looking at the right breed. Doubting myself.

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    Do you want a second dog? - DO YOU - for yourself
    What are your requirements of a second dog?
    size, coat, temperament, etc

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    My suggestions:

    - Think about the level of activity you have in your lifestyle as well as the level of activity of the existing dog and match them accordingly.
    - Ony get a dog if you are 100% sure.
    - Look at different shelters and breeders and meet some puppies/dogs face to face and see if any strike your eye and then come home and research them further to see if they will match the above citeria.
    - Dont rush into it. There will always be a dog that needs a home so take your time

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    I live in a multi-dog house-hold but it is not for everyone.

    Things you need to ask yourself?
    Do I have time for 2 dogs?
    How old is my current dog, does it still require training?
    Just because you have two dogs doesn't mean you can miss the daily walk.

    Twice the food
    Twice the love
    Twice the holes
    Twice the poo
    Twice the hair etc left behind
    Twice the vet bills
    Twice the barking
    Twice as much room taken up in the car & the list goes on.

    There is no doubting that most dogs enjoy the company of other dogs and they do learn from each other, but they are also just as likely to adopt each others bad traits as they are their good traits.

    If you are going to adopt an older dog then its recommended that both dogs meet a few times to make sure they match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taraboombara View Post
    I was jsut wondering after all the adivce i have gotten about certain dog breed's i was wondering if there is certain breed of dog that you think would be ideal as a second dog, or is it more what the person need's?

    I am just a little hazy on this. Not sure if i am doing the right thing, not sure if i am looking at the right breed. Doubting myself.
    IMO...if you are doubting yourself...then it is probably not a good time for a second dog

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    I disagree with twice the poo. I firmly believe that poo multiplies like an amoeba if there are two or more dogs. It's an exponential function!!

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    I have found that any second dog will or won't fit depending on the dog's individual personality/housing situation they are in etc. I have had BC and GSD together. BC, gawd knows what mix mongrel and ACD.
    Aussie terror (intentional spelling) and ACD. Most worked very well, some were grudging acceptance but fights as well.

    Have witnessed many more differing pairs in many places each with their own degree of success.

    My opinion is that it is a total crapshoot. Proper introduction plays a good part though.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Occy

    Not if one dog is a poo eater...

    Taraboombara

    You have a flat coat retriever, and you'd consider a kelpie or ACD or I dunno for a companion for your first dog? And I suggested finding out what kind of dogs your dog likes by visiting a dog park / exercise area. My dog has distinct preferences for dogs of similar build and energy to her... She doesn't mind the small white fluffies but she rarely plays with them.

    So have you been to a place where lots of dogs get exercised? What did your dog do? Why are you asking us to be doggy mind readers?

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    Hy - too true - had me one of those too

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    Thanks for all the help and advice. For the moment i think we are just going to watch Jade grow up and enoy that. And if and when the time is right for a second dog we will look into it further.

    hyacinth: I am not asking anyone to be mind reader's im simply asking for help in an area i know nothing about.

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