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View Poll Results: Preferred Age Gap Between dogs
Under 1 year 0 0%
1-2 year gap 7 18.92%
2-3 year gap 14 37.84%
3-5 year gap 12 32.43%
5+ year gap 4 10.81%
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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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For Multiple Dog Households, Preferred Age Gap?

Just curious for those who are a multiple dog household, what is your preferred age gap between dogs?


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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 10:42 AM
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I have 2. The age gap I have had was 4-5 years. But right now it is almost 8 years.

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This is my first time having two dogs (it's been a little over a year now since getting dog #2). I have an almost 11 year old and the other one is around 4 years old. It has worked out pretty well. Sometimes I wish my younger dog had a playmate (my older dog does not like to play) but at least he is old enough that he isn't overly exuberant and pesky to her. And I enjoy not having a puppy
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I currently have two and there is an 8 or 9 year gap between them (can't know for sure how old my rescue really is, so 8 or 9 years is an estimate). I won't do that large of a gap again. I think a 3-5 year gap is what we will do next time.
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I have six-the oldest four are within 6-8 months of the one before the next-then two years and then 4 years.
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I like 2-3 years. Gives me time to raise one before focusing on another.

Right now I have a 12 yo, 9yo, 9yo and 3yo.

The second 9yo is a recent "rescue" from a friend who passed away. Or else I would not have her. But I love her dearly having known her her whole life.
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I used to think 2 years was the sweet spot, but after fostering a puppy and Delgado was 3 years it was perfect! Delgado was great on his training but still had lots of energy and a great amount of patience for puppy antics


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My 2 are three years apart and it has worked out great.

The older female has had quite a lot of obedience training and she is very active and accepting of her younger male 'brother'.

Because she has had a lot of training, it has made it easier to spend the time needed to get a good start with the pup, plus she is a good example!

I wouldn't do it any different.
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 03:17 PM
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I think anywhere between 1-3 years would be ideal, or else two opposite sex puppies @ same age puppies. I have found that the bigger the age span, which might be ideal for us, doesn't seem to work as well for the older dog who usually does not want to be pestered to that degree by a puppy.

Some people don't like to get dogs too close in age as they will get older together and they will most likely go through heart ache back to back. On the other hand, I have seen people struggle with the dilemma of having a young high energy dog ready to go for miles and having to either leave the older dog at home which is devastating to the older dog, or taking the older dog with them and the older dog struggles to keep up. I even know of one man whose older Irish Setter would just lay down on the trail and he would continue on with his younger Irish Setter as both him and his young dog were far from ready to call it a day. He would swing back to get the older, now rested dog on his way back and take them both home. Not an option I would choose, but leaving the older dog at home is heartbreaking to the dog and to the owner.
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Preferred would be 2-3 years, but that hasn't happened in a long time. LOL

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