Re: Having two?
I have three sets of littermates.
Babs and Jenna were together until about 15 months old. Then I realized that Babs was not as tolerant of Jenna's bossyness, and I decided I would separate them.
I have NEVER had a problem with them being depressed or anxious when the other is gone. Occasional jealousy, but not bad between littermates, much worse between individual bitches. There has been no blood between Babs and Jenna to date. But at almost four years, they do not run together. They are kenneled next to eachother all day. In the evening one is in, at night the other is in most nights.
Heidi, Whitney, and Tori. Well, Tori was gone for six weeks and then came back to me. At that point she did not come back into the group as well as I had expected. When she left she was the top pup, bigger, more confident than the others. When she came back she was smokey, and timid, my crew was not too excited about having her back. So she was separated from Whitney and Heidi at nine weeks, came back at fifteen weeks and I had her in her own kennel by eighteen weeks. Heidi and Whitney were together longer. By a year old, though the new kennels were set up and each had their own. Only once did I have blood between any of the three, I wasn't there, my Dad brought one of the girls home for me. It was not an all out bitch fight though.
Milla and Ninja are ten months old. They have had separate kennels for about a month now. I still let them run together in the morning and evening.
I guess I do not ask permission of my dogs as to whom I can take out and work with. When I take Milla out, if Ninja bitches, tough, I do not even notice it. I took my dogs to training classes separately and I socialize separately from early on. When I go for a walk at night, I put two dogs in the car, then I take them separately for a walk.
So I guess I do not have inseparable dogs because they have been taken places separately all along. With each litter they were left in the puppy pen, together up through five or six months. Then one day I change the puppy pen and put them in crates at night.
For my dogs, it is rediculous to think they care more about each other than me. Sometimes I wish they would.
When my brother brough Scar to the same obedience classes with Violet, all Scar wanted to do was play with her littermate. But class is one hour. She has my brother all day. So the sister was exciting.
I do love to sit and watch littermates romp and play. I let them be puppies for a long time. When I take them out, to the vet, wherever, they pay attention to me.
What I worry most about having littermates, is them getting old and dying close to each other. Having eight dogs under four years of age means that ten years from now I will go through ****.
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