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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-12-2008, 10:55 PM
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Always had 3 or more so for me,no difference.

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Mine did ok with just the 3 of them and when I fostered Cruiser is was an even number and they paired off, but still played with each other. But I will say that Maggie and Hootie play together and Cruiser and Abbie play together mostly.

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We are a 3-dog family because OBi (12.5 y/o Goldie legally is neighbor dog & we've developed a shared ownership - he's with us majority of time - goes "home" 1x week).

At home, having all 3 is great, but OBi is a senior & doesn't require the activity level the kids do -- another neighbor dog (Berni mix) has kinda gotten left out as Sadie's best friend.
-walking: I won't walk all 3 alone cuz I couldn't handle 3 if a "situation" occurred.
-Going places: some vehicles will only handle 2 (small kingcab truck), airplane loaded with camping gear will only handle 2, tying up outside restaurant - 3 can get tangled alot easier. It's much easier for us to deal with 2 dogs - whether they are on or off lead

Sadie (lab) is 7.5, Bridger is 11 months.

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I would love to have three but DH has talked me out of it by saying I only have two arms to be petting them all the time. Then Gunner developed health issues and realistically I know we can't afford a third.

We take our boys almost everywhere with us so having three would be crowded in the car and also it's overstepping our daughter's hospitality enough to bring two goldens to her house, let alone three! (She has a golden too and three kids! It get's pretty wild and crowded!)


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I think it really just depends on the individual temperments and energy levels of all the dogs. There is no magic combination or right age in my opinion.

I have 6 dogs. Each addition does change the pack dynamic in some ways. Sometimes good, sometimes with some issues. Some of the dogs have taken months to accept a newcomer, and still have to be watched, and some have bonded immediately and are inseperable.

The young dogs tend to adapt pretty quickly, my oldest one still doesn't love everyone that is here, but he is dealing with it. They all have their own alliances within their pack and the hierarchy is always changing, but for the most part it isn't a big problem.

I originally only had males. My newer dogs are all females so now I am pretty evenly mixed. They are all fixed, but I don't have a preference to which sex is "easier" per se. They all have their own personality quirks.

I have one girlfriend, who lives with 3 males. Two pitbulls and a lab and they all get along beautifully. They eat together, sleep together (the two pits sleep in the same kennel) and chew on the same bones. There has never been any fighting among them and they are the best of friends. So I really think it is just an individual thing.
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