I don't think it always has to do with "how old" but more to do with "how well trained". Anka came home on Argos' 1 year birthday. Cade came home 2 months after Anka's birthday. Argos and Anka were both in a place where they understood the signals that there was work to be done and were capable of ignoring the puppy. That's what I want from my older dog. I want a neutral dog. Also I do a lot of separation between my older dog and puppy. This helps to ensure that the younger dog gets the training and individual time that it needs. If you're planning on putting everyone together most of the time you're better off to wait.
This is Argos with Anka when she can home. You can see that even though she doesn't have much self-control, he is perfectly capable of ignoring her and paying attention to me. This helps because some of his obedience and attitude rubs off.
I think though that if you haven't done much training you are better off to wait. A one year old dog is still very much a puppy and training is by no means complete. Any bad habits that your adolescent has or will develop with maturity CAN rub off on the new pup.
I would say in general for the average pet owner, it is best to wait until maturity on the older dog.
Bianka vom Eisernen Loewen IPO3, CGC, TC 1-3-08
Cade vom Eisernen Loewen IPO1, CGC 3-25-09
D'Artagnan (Tag) vom Eisernen Loewen BH 2-2-10
G Aiko von Burkndeiros SchH 3, IPO3, FH, TC, KKL2 9-17-02 (Retired)
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Last edited by JKlatsky; 04-16-2010 at 09:29 PM.