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    So OH and I have talked about the possibility of getting a purebred cav from a REG breeder in the future as a playmate for Poppy.

    I have a few Q's about this...

    When would be the best time for Poppy to introduce another puppy into our household? TBH I don't think we would even consider doing it until early next year.

    Is it better to get a girl puppy or a boy puppy? I'm thinking about how the two might get one...do girls get along better than girl/boys?

    How early should I be looking around for breeders? And how soon should I be contacting them?

    Please don't give me the "worry about the dog you have now" routine. As the title suggests I'm just thinking out loud more than anything.

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    My vote goes to wait until your current dog is well behaved - not so much an age thing. As an age thing, my opinion is after your current dog is a year old. That way she's been desexed, has had her first booster (if you're going down that road) and has been through training for a while

    ETA: As far as getting along goes I've found it depends on the dog. Batty loves both boy and girl dogs and gets along great with both. I think Poppy will be the same. I also think it's not as bad when both are desexed as they don't have as many hormones raging around their systems

    ETA2: I'd head around to some shows and search for the cavalier breeders for a while. Find out what genetic tests they need done, what they need to be clear of etc. Find which ones you like the look or sound of, meet them and their dogs etc.
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    Nothing wrong with considering another dog in the future. Gosh, two dogs together is great IMO. A lot of health benefits from it actually.

    The key is always to get another dog once the first one is through the majority of their obedience training. Believe me, a well trained dog is a massive help when training a new puppy. On the same token, a dog that is NOT well-trained will only teach your new arrival all the things you DON'T want it to learn.

    Focus on looking around at all the breeders in your region. Go and see their set-up if possible, talk to them. You will get a feel for a good breeder or a not-so-good one. Hey, you could even go on their waiting list (if they have one which they usually will) and be notified when a litter has occured etc. Then see if Poppy is at the stage that it will work well.

    Sex wise, it's much of a muchness. Some dogs don't get along with dogs of their own sex, others get along great. For myself I've had bitches together, dogs together, but I really do prefer to have one bitch, one dog.

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    Hi Amy

    Its great that you will be finding your next pup from a reg breeder! Ok to answer some of your questions - (just my opinion)

    - Girl and Boy seem to get along better (in my experience females 'argue' more, tend to always be fighting for the 'top dog' position and also take longer to work out the 'pecking order')

    - Start looking, enquiring with breeders now as if they are reputable breeders they will have a fairly lengthy waiting list or may only breed a litter or two a year.

    - Let Poppy and the pup socialise on mutual ground first so there is no territory guarding. Also perhaps (also thinking out loud) you could give the breeder a blanket for the pup to lay on etc and then give it to Poppy before the pup comes home. Then she may be a little more accepting of her/him if she is used to its scent.

    Hope that helps but remember just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    My vote goes to wait until your current dog is well behaved - not so much an age thing. As an age thing, my opinion is after your current dog is a year old. That way she's been desexed, has had her first booster (if you're going down that road) and has been through training for a while

    ETA: As far as getting along goes I've found it depends on the dog. Batty loves both boy and girl dogs and gets along great with both. I think Poppy will be the same. I also think it's not as bad when both are desexed as they don't have as many hormones raging around their systems
    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Nothing wrong with considering another dog in the future. Gosh, two dogs together is great IMO. A lot of health benefits from it actually.

    The key is always to get another dog once the first one is through the majority of their obedience training. Believe me, a well trained dog is a massive help when training a new puppy. On the same token, a dog that is NOT well-trained will only teach your new arrival all the things you DON'T want it to learn.

    Focus on looking around at all the breeders in your region. Go and see their set-up if possible, talk to them. You will get a feel for a good breeder or a not-so-good one. Hey, you could even go on their waiting list (if they have one which they usually will) and be notified when a litter has occured etc. Then see if Poppy is at the stage that it will work well.

    Sex wise, it's much of a muchness. Some dogs don't get along with dogs of their own sex, others get along great. For myself I've had bitches together, dogs together, but I really do prefer to have one bitch, one dog.

    Thanks girls! I DEF want to wait until Poppy is well trained! I guess in my mind I hope that will be within the next 12 months! I'm committed to furthering her obedience training after Puppy Preschool and so hope that with time she will be as well behaved as Batty!!!

    Its good to know that either sex will do. I also def want Poppy desexed before the next puppy comes along. I would also consider and older Cav from a rescue organisation! Lots of things to think about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeTheDeedNotTheBreed View Post
    Hi Amy

    Its great that you will be finding your next pup from a reg breeder! Ok to answer some of your questions - (just my opinion)

    - Girl and Boy seem to get along better (in my experience females 'argue' more, tend to always be fighting for the 'top dog' position and also take longer to work out the 'pecking order')

    - Start looking, enquiring with breeders now as if they are reputable breeders they will have a fairly lengthy waiting list or may only breed a litter or two a year.

    - Let Poppy and the pup socialise on mutual ground first so there is no territory guarding. Also perhaps (also thinking out loud) you could give the breeder a blanket for the pup to lay on etc and then give it to Poppy before the pup comes home. Then she may be a little more accepting of her/him if she is used to its scent.

    Hope that helps but remember just my opinion.
    Thanks! Thats all very helpful info! I like the idea of meeting on mutual ground! Its what AGB and I did with Poppy and Batty and it worked a treat! I also like the idea of the blanket! Thanks again!

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    On the subject of introductions I think the best way is for Poppy and puppy to meet on neutral ground and for Poppy to walk puppy home, like what we did with Batty and Poppy.

    Squeeeee cavvy puppies are soooo cute! Then again Poppy melted hubby so she's pretty darn cute!

    ETA: Snap!

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    Can't really add much to what others have said, except my vote would be to get a male so you have a male/female mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Can't really add much to what others have said, except my vote would be to get a male so you have a male/female mix.

    I think thats they way we would go! I think it would be nice to have a B/G mix! Just like how its nice to have a B/G mix with human children!

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    Please take this the way it is intended..with a hug and a smile. If you freak so much over everything that happens with one dog, how will you be with 2?

    Now, listen to mummy Di.
    Like with a first child we do want to do things just right and we do go overboard. We also tend by the second one to be a tad more relaxed. I honestly would wait (I know you said some time in the future) until you are much more relaxed about Batty.

    Insert another hug.

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