I'm excited to say the least that I have a deposit on my next female GSD and she's expected to be born sometime in the next week or so. She'll be #4 that I'll have raised from 8 weeks old.
However, today I received an unexpected call from my local vet. Apparently they have a client that needs to re-home a 2 yo intact female GSD due to the owner having a baby on the way and another young child that has become allergic to dogs. This is about all I know so far, but I do intend on finding out more specifics before I commit. One of my vets assistants did say the dog is house broken, crate trained, well behaved and is somewhat of a hi drive.
For the last couple years I've given serious thought about adding a 2nd GSD to my life, but figured it'd be on my terms and I'd know when the time is right. Bu now that one has been put in my lap so to speak, I want to be sure I make the right decision and not just react on a whim. I say 'whim' because in a way I feel my hand is being forced to react. For one thing, I wasn't expecting the 'right time' to just show up at my doorstep like this one has. I know 100% in my mind and my heart I want a 2nd one, so no worries there. I'm also confident that I can handle the additional financial responsibilities as well. Plus now that I've taken an early retirement due to my knee injury, I can devote all the time needed for raising/training 2 GSD's and have the ideal rural property to do so.
But...is it wise to raise 2 females, 2 yrs of age apart? I've heard/read that a 2 yr age difference is a good starting point, but I'm not so sure about both being females. All my previous were girls, so I'm no stranger to that sex. But 2 of them together?? My thoughts are that I have at least 2 months before I bring home the new pup. So in that time, the 2 yo and I should become well acquainted and she would become familiar with her new home and the surroundings. Plus I would think if she already has some training, the 2 months would be more than enough time for her to transition from her current owners training commands to mine. Am I biting off more than I can chew?
Besides the raising 2 females part, I would sincerely appreciate hearing pros & cons, dos and don'ts, the good bad and ugly about transitioning from one GSD to 2...especially from the multi dog owners and those who went from one to two. I have a fairly good idea of what I'm about to face if I do choose to accept this 2 yo. But in case I'm over looking something, I'd like to hear from those of you that have more experience with this matter.
Any and all related experiences are welcome!!