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Old 01-05-2014, 09:44 PM
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2-4 years is ideal I think. I want them to be close enough in age to be able to enjoy each other. Lucky was 11 when I got Rowan and he really hated having another dog around, even though Rowan was always very respectful. He didn't like other dogs much anyway but I think he would've adapted better when he was younger.

Rowan is about 5 years older than Riff. He was 6 1/2 when I brought Riff home. I really wanted to get a second dog before Rowan got older (8-9+) and it's worked pretty well. I want another while Rowan is still around, but I don't want him to be too old, and it might not be feasible until he's a senior. At that point I might just hold off. We'll see how it works out.

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Old 01-05-2014, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Laurelin View Post
I like having 5 or so years between dogs. Our papillons are all spaced about 1 year apart and I don't want to do that again. I don't like having multiple seniors at the same time. Multiple youngsters is fun but the senior years can be very very rough.
This exactly. Kim and Webster are only a couple months apart (though we got Webster a year after Kim, he came pre-grown. A little bit. Not like he grew very far.) and there are two years between Mira and Webster.

We're starting that whole Ha. Mira turns five in July and sometime this year we plan to add our fourth. Then no more dogs for a very long time, least five years. If everyone lives forever (and that is my plan) then there will be no more dogs at all, so I hope our fourth is as amazing as our first three

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Old 01-05-2014, 10:17 PM
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I like a smaller gap than some here, 1-3 years. I like them to be young together, even if it sucks when they're old together.

My plan is and has been to start seriously looking into getting a puppy, or adopting another young dog, just after Astro turns 1. He's been, despite my occasional whining, a very easy young man - mannerly, not hyper, reliably housetrained, quiet, playful with other dogs, friendly to every stranger, quick to learn. I think he'll do well with another dog, and I'm anxious to have a multi-dog household, and I like (despite all the craziness) puppies and young dogs.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:25 PM
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Mine are all three years apart right now. I'm pushing it a bit further on the next one, looking for four years... maaaaaybe five. Auggie will be ten (or eleven) when the next puppy comes home. At four dogs I will be full up until someone leaves me (or I get rich and move out of the city where the dog limit goes away) so that will be it for a while. I don't mind three years between them, but since I can't have six or seven dogs around in town, I need to stretch it out a bit more.

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Old 01-05-2014, 10:39 PM
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Ziva will be 7 in March, Kestrel just turned 5, Aeri just turned 3, and Snipe is just over 2.5y.

Personally I like the 2 year gaps. The 6 month gap between Aeri and Snipe was not planned - Aeri was supposed to be the last dog. There was a 7 year gap between Maggie and Ziva and that was OK, but I prefer closer.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:58 PM
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I like a 3-4 age gap, I think.

Dogs growing up were 7 years between the first & second (too much!), the second and third were siblings (waaaay too close!) and the third and fourth were 6 months apart (still too close).

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Old 01-06-2014, 01:23 AM
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I like the 1 to 3 yr gap.
Tania will be 12,in May & Gaia is turning 3,in February so that's a gap that is too big.
The good thing is that Hovas stay young,for a long time!.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:14 PM
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I like a one to 3 year gap.. Just depends. I do like them younger together, because I have a lot of breeds that will probably become more intolerant of dogs as they get older.

Kit was 3 when we got Frag. Frag was 2.5 when I got Sir (age 1 year) and 3 when I brought home Recon as a puppy. Now Kit has passed, Frag is 4.5, Sir is 2.5, Recon is 1.5 and Patton is 10 weeks. I like the spacing that we have, currently. I like being able to do different things with each of them and have them keep up with each other as well.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:20 PM
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There's a 7 year gap between Rocky and Baxter, but I would prefer closer for my next dogs (when I move out Rocky will most likely be gone and Baxter is technically my sisters dog so I can't take him). I would prefer 3-5 years. Enough time to develop a solid foundation with first dog, but not so long that first dog would have to deal with adolescent energy as it gets up there in age.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:36 PM
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I like a 4 year gap, personally.

However, Harleigh will be 5 in February and still no puppy plans for me.

Looks like my gap will be getting a bit larger

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