We're looking to get a Chihuahua and have come across 2 1.5YO dogs who are incredibly sweet. They seem to be in excellent health (I will get them checked by a vet if I decide to get one or both). My concerns:
We were looking to get only 1 dog. We plan to expand on our dog family in another couple of years but I wanted to start with 1 now. Since these two little guys have been together all along, is it cruel of me to separate them? The owner is willing to either way though she would prefer it if they went together. My SO feels that since we will be getting another one down the road, why not get two now? Both of us work so the dog will be by himself about 8 hour a day (except for the company of a very talkative cockatiel).

Both these dogs have been in a similar situation since the owner is gone most of the day and returns only in the evening. But at least they had each other for company...Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks,
M
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We're looking to get a Chihuahua and have come across 2 1.5YO dogs who are incredibly sweet. They seem to ... 1 now. Since these two little guys have been together all along, is it cruel of me to separate them?

Wow. What a difficult decision. The normal advice is to not raise two puppies together because of constraints on your time and the natural bonding they'll do with each other.
The owner is willing to either way though she would prefer it if they went together. My SO feels that since we will be getting another one down the road, why not get two now?

How willing is your SO to be involved in the training of your dogs? I think that it can work out well if you give a good deal of time to train both dogs separately and to swap them between you and your SO.
Both of us work so the dog will be by himself about 8 hour a day (except for the company ... gone most of the day and returns only in the evening. But at least they had each other for company.

Other than defecation issues, eight hours is not overly long for an accompanied dog. If you have the training support of your SO, I'd say go for it.
It would be a good idea to take both dogs to an obedience class, separately though. If you go to more than one, swap dogs after each series of classes, not individual classes.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
We're looking to get a Chihuahua and have come across 2 1.5YO dogs who are incredibly sweet. They seem to ... day and returns only in the evening. But at least they had each other for company...Any advice would be appreciated.

Since they are already mature dogs, not tiny puppies, I would say go for it! If they are already a bonded pair they will probably adapt to their new home better than if separated. Matt mentioned separate obedience classes - that is a great idea, because you don't want them to be SO bonded that they can never be apart, and they are still young enough to keep that from happening. Separate walks, training time at home, etc. will all help. However, if you do decide on just one, it isn't really cruel. They are still young and would likely be fine apart. When you're talking two dogs who've been together 8-10 years, then yeah, it is tough to separate them, but these guys are really just out of puppyhood.
Christy
My daughter has 2 females and they do great together. They stay in a crate, probably about 6 hours while she works. I wouldn't worry too much if I were you. I have a chi puppy, 4 months, and he is a doll. We also have a two jack russell terriers that are older and they all get along great.

Pat
Blessed are the flexible..
for they shall not be bent out of shape.
We're looking to get a Chihuahua and have come across 2 1.5YO dogs who are incredibly sweet. They seem to ... day and returns only in the evening. But at least they had each other for company...Any advice would be appreciated.

Against all advice to the contrary, we got two chihuahua puppies - 12 wks old. We went to get one, but came home with two - they were littermates and just so adorable together.
I know - that's not a good reason for getting two. We had had a "single" chihuahua for sixteen years, and we both worked. I felt badly about leaving her home alone all day, but she didn't take well to other dogs. We had already decided that we wouldn't have another singleton, for precisely some of the reasons you mention - particularly having each other for company while we were at work. So we had planned to get a second dog soon after the first one, just not concurrently.

It worked out very well for us and for the dogs. Yes, they are well-bonded to each other, but they also bonded to us individually. They have always gotten along with each other. Gordo, the male, is my velcro dog. Chile, the female, is more independent. Training was a bit more difficult than with a singleton, but not extraordinarily so; after all these dogs are very small. I wouldn't say the same thing about getting two GSD puppies at the same time.
Gordo and Chile are now twelve and a half years old, and they are still adorable together. :-)
So you see my bias. If you think you can handle the two dogs and if both you and your SO will actively participate in their training, I'd say go for it. Especially since they are already bonded and you know they get along well. But you know your needs and circumstances better than I do.
Good luck, whatever your decision.
FurPaw
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Hi ,
It would be a shame to seperate them . They would be great company for each other and chi's don't take up much room . Why is the owner parting with them , does she any problems with them ?
Alison
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Gordo and Chile are now twelve and a half years old, and they are still adorable together. :-) So you ... already bonded and you know they get along well. But you know your needs and circumstances better than I do.

This reminds me of a situation about a Chi at work last week. One of the people in the office had a 6 month old Chi and she asked me to help find her a new home for it.
I agreed, but before I could ask around she placed an ad in the paper asking for the full purchase price of the pup. I told her not to be surprised if she didn't get any offers, as I have always dealt with large dogs and in my experience, no one wants to pay full purchase price for a large dog that's no longer a cute puppy that hasn't been house trained.
The Chi had no outstanding breeding behind it nor anything else to account for what followed.
To my astonishment, her phone kept ringing off the hook and she fielded 50 calls the very first day her ad ran, and there were people competing and BIDDING on the price ,to get that dog first, sight unseen!
Is this common with small dogs like Chi's, or just a fluke? I still can't believe it.
Terri
We're looking to get a Chihuahua and have come across 2 1.5YO dogs who are incredibly sweet. They seem to be in excellent health (I will get them checked by a vet if I decide to get one or both). My concerns:

If I were in your shoes, I'd take them both, as they are 1.5 years old. I wouldn't say yes if they were still puppies. I've done that with two GSDs, 3 months apart and while it can be done, it has a different set of concerns and needs that need to be addressed, with puppies. It's also something I won't be doing again, but that's not important here.
But even given the age of these Chis, I'd still do what Matt recommends and that's to make sure each one gets it's own training time and classes.

Terri
Is this common with small dogs like Chi's, or just a fluke?

Taco Bell already did the advertising.
I still can't believe it.

"Yo Quiero" means, according to babelfish, "I Want." The extension to that is "so I'll buy it." What happened to your cynicism?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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