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Old 12-16-2012, 07:31 PM
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Default How big of a pack?

How big of a pack of dogs do you prefer to own? 1 dog? 2? 3? As many as possible? How many dogs can you comfortably own and be happy and satisfied?

I personally like having at least 2 dogs. The house seems too empty with only 1, especially with such a lazy dog like the one I have now. I've always liked it better when there are multiple dogs...

Your opinions?

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:33 PM
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Well, I'll be starting with one and I assume I'll only really be able to afford one for quite a while (poor college student lol), but in the perfect future I'd like to have four, two big, two little dogs.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:35 PM
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2 is ideal. 3 tops. Depends highly on what is going on with my current dogs and plans and how much Im spending on classes for them. I hope to add a third in 2014 and then I will be done for a long time. The only reason #3 is coming at all is because I am very likely to need a new sports dog in the next few years. I'd like to have one to train by the time I have to retire either or both of my girls. I only see 3 happening as a 'bridge number' so to speak when a dog retires. Ideally I will have two dogs to do sports with at all times.

I can and have taken care of 6 a couple times. Never again.

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:40 PM
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This is seriously hard for me. My ideal max is three (active) I think with good age gaps. As it is right now Didgie and Traveler can be hard because I like doing most of their outings separately so it's a balancing acts.

But, I do want to breed one day hopefully so it's going to be figuring out having the dogs to breed but keeping them at the right number so everyone gets one on one time. It's one of the reasons I'm so happy to co-own Zip with Sara and her husband.

But yes, three active dog is my ideal I think (at this time). My idea tentatively is to keep that third spot open for a keep back puppy.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:40 PM
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2-4 here.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:43 PM
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same here. 2. 3 tops sums it up. Even so vetting is always a factor.

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:46 PM
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4-5+ for me. Right now I have 5 (a foster that needs to be C&R'd, a really really mellow 10 year old, a 13 month old, a 3 year old, and a 4 year old), and I'm a little underwhelmed right now. I love being around a bunch of high energy dogs, all the time.

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:46 PM
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I quite like having two.

In the future, I foresee having Cali as well as an Australian Shepherd.. perhaps an adopted small breed dog so Cali will have an appropriate sized playmate.

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:47 PM
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4. Nice even number, currently all four are actively competing, which does make things a bit challenging, but it's ok now that everyone is over 18 months now. LOL
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:47 PM
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3-4 is preferred (by myself). There's 8 here now between me and my mom, I don't love it but it is what it is.

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