Two pups - Different breeds?
Hi all, new member who's gonna be needing a LOT of help & advice!
My sons have been asking for a puppy for a while. My parents found out and asked if they could get them one for Christmas. I said fine since I'm a stay at home mom, have the time, and have potty/basic obedience trained a few dogs in the past (a couple of labs, a Boston terrier, and a basset hound). My sons couldn't agree on a breed - oldest wants a boston Terrier, youngest wants a GSD, I figured grandparents would pick one for them. Nope. They bought one of each! And no, neither of the dogs can be returned according to them (or they're refusing to, either way there's gonna be two because my sons both know and I don't want to refuse either). The BT is a male and the GSD is a female. Would it have made a difference or been better if both were males or females?
So, exactly how can I make this work? I've heard the horror stories of taking two litter mates, but what about 2 puppies of totally different breeds within 2-4 weeks of age of one another? I don't want to end up in a situation where the dogs end up more bonded to one another than to my sons or me. I'd also like to keep their training moving forward in an orderly fashion, while allowing them to have fun with us and each other. We also have a senior (9 yr old) female basset, but she naps on the couch most of the time nowadays and rarely plays, I can imagine she'll be holding her position when the pups show up.