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View Poll Results: What age difference do you prefere your dogs?
1-2 years 12 19.67%
2-3 years 24 39.34%
3-4 years 16 26.23%
over 4 years 9 14.75%
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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-29-2012, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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What is your prefered age difference?

I am just curious on how far apart you like your dogs.
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I'd love to here people's answers for this! I'm looking to rescue another shepherd in about a year or so

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I'd love to here people's answers for this! I'm looking to rescue another shepherd in about a year or so
I am on a list for a puppy already. I didn't want to be thinking of a puppy this soon but it will be the only mating of these two dogs and I must have one By the time the puppies get here and are ready to go home my current dog will be around two, give or take a couple months.
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1 or 2 years apart, but it really depends on the situation...

By coincidence, I ended up with 3 that are each a month apart from each other. I've had some tough moments in the beginning, but for the most part, they get along and it works well. I don't recommend this to most people, but for some reason, it's worked out for us. The two GSDs will be ready for a BH in a couple of months and are working towards an IPO1. Hopefully, they will both get their SG ratings in a month or so as well. I think Wiva can get her V in 2013. My rescue has some temperament/nerve issues so I don't enter her in any competitive dog sports. She is happy being a house dog and playing ball I will probably add another before the year is over so I'm looking forward to that!

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I'd say 2 years.. give or take a couple months. As you know I did that with my 2 and it seems to be working great. Titan knows all his basics very well and it's so much easier being able to rely on him to not frustrate me while I'm training Athena. I grew up with 2 Labs of the same age and until they were adults it was an absolute PAIN. They fed off eachother's bad behaviors and didn't learn well.. a lot did have to do with the lack of training on my parent's part.. but I'll never have 2 pups at the same time unless it just so happened that way.

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A pup and a 4 year old will still play and enjoy each other. Then when your dog is 14 your pup is 10 and that's a good differance in elderly dogs. You have a better chance on not losing them at the same time.

I think it more about dealing with old dogs that might need extra care / cost.

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A pup and a 4 year old will still play and enjoy each other. Then when your dog is 14 your pup is 10 and that's a good differance in elderly dogs. You have a better chance on not losing them at the same time.

I think it more about dealing with old dogs that might need extra care / cost.
Never actually thought about it like that.. you make a good point.

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I like mine FAR apart. Over 4 years. Of course a lot depends on what kind of dog you're talking about, but I generally don't want to introduce a puppy until my older dog is a well-seasoned active senior. I think I've generally gone about 9-10 years in between, and it's always worked out well. The senior keeps a pup in line without feeling competitive, and the pup keeps the senior active and on their toes.
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I think it more about dealing with old dogs that might need extra care / cost.
That is my main concern. My parents are running into that now. They have been losing a dog a year for the past three years. It sucks!
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