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Old 12-17-2012, 01:44 AM
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4 is ideal, could go 3 or 5.

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Old 12-17-2012, 01:52 AM
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Two dogs maximum, and even then I'm not actually sure if that's what I really want. I've only ever had one (Trent) and have second thoughts about adding another all the time. Three is virtually out of the question unless the third is a Whippet.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:25 AM
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3. 1 older dog still competing, under 7 years old. A up and coming competition dog....around 2-3 years. Then a puppy to get started.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:54 AM
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Depends on the dogs I think.
Atm I am happy with my two but hopfully by mid next year I will have them both going well enough that adding a foster dog will be an option. (When I move out, to hell with adding anything else to this household)
I'd eventually like quite a few dogs but I have enough issues between my two to do as much training as my heart desires without adding another at this point.

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:53 AM
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The more the merrier but considering the vet bills, the food expense and the expenses for the classes, 3 would be ideal for me.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:13 PM
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One for me personally.
but two in the home.
In the perfect situation, me and my significant other would each have a dog.

I like having one dog.. but I also like the idea of the dog having some other dog company when I'm not around, so it's the ideal situation.
Yes! This would be an ideal for me. I loooveedd when my moms dog was still alive - she helped 'raise' Jackson when he was a pup, and gave him lots of playtime and such in the house, but wasn't 'my' responsibility. If she had to go the vet, I wasn't expected to pay, I didn't feel guilty about leaving her at home if I took Jackson somewhere, or training classes, etc. But it was still sort of like having two dogs. Win win!
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:39 PM
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I grew up with at least 2 dogs always in the home. As an adult, I've only ever had one permanent dog, along with fosters.

I like having a pair of dogs for various reasons. Really looking forward to my sport prospect puppy coming on the scene next year. Henry is a total couch potato and I think will do great with a puppy. He's 6 right now and I'd like to bring a puppy in before he gets too much older.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:34 PM
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I would like to get down to 3-4. I have 6 now. Have had as many as 15 including fosters. Over 10 is just too many. Up to 10 is doable for me as long the dogs are compatible. I do not travel and have never boarded my dogs. Cost is the main factor for limiting the numbers. Vet bills, food bills, and accessories get pretty pricey with a lot big dogs.

If I had plenty of money, I would probably say 8-10, but most would be sighthounds with a few others thrown it to keep it interesting.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:51 AM
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4 is perfect for me. 5 gets to be too hectic and i feel i'm letting someone down. Right now it works because i have 2 old dogs (10 & 12) and 2 young dogs (18 months & 10 months.) The two old dogs are chill and the two pups are in training and keep each other occupied.

If i chose to get more laid back dogs i could probably keep more, but most of my dogs are fairly high energy at their peak. And of course, multiple bull breeds are always a juggling act.

i do really want a highly biddable dog for obedience though. i miss my BC sooo much. For now, my Amstaf pup with her "creative thinking" will have to tide me over. She certainly keeps it interesting!
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:35 PM
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Being as I've always had three to four, I really don't even know what it's like to have less. I really liked having only two dogs for the couple short time frames it happened, but I also really enjoy having three/four as long as they're properly spaced out in age. It helps though that I don't live alone. Some day when I live alone I might change my mind. It's hard to say. I really don't find three/four very difficult though even when I am the only one taking care of them.

I definitely would not want more than four though. Especially if they were all very demanding and high energy. I would feel like I couldn't devote the proper amount of time to everyone individually.
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