Mothering Forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,006 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
We are a family of 2 adults, a 5 1/2 year old boy, a 15 year old male pom and a 8 year old male lab, both who are neutered. We have an opportunity to adopt a 6 month female pom. She comes from a family of 6 poms, 2 are her parents, 1 is a sibling and the others unrelated. This is not a breeder, just a family of pom lovers.<br><br>
The one were are looking to adopt is the sweetest thing. I have only visited once but she appears to be very friendly with a sweet disposition. Her eyes were bright, her coat clean, shiny and very fluffy. She has just finished her shots and they have plans to neuter her id she is not adopted.<br><br>
I would really like to add her to our family but our original plan was to wait until one of our other dogs died. Both of our old men are happy and healthy but both are showing their age with sore hips, slower gate and the very first signs of teeth/gum issues. The pom has also showed some sings of incontinence. The labs temperament is still great but the pom is getting grumpy and impatient. He recently growled and nipped at our son when he invaded the his space. The nip did not make contact but you could tell it was a warning for our son to back off.<br><br>
We are going to visit her as a family on Tuesday. Does any one have experience bringing a puppy into a household of older dogs? Did it work? What were some of the negatives and how did you overcome them? Any advice would be appreciated!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,982 Posts
The question I'd ask is "Are you absolutely sure considering the health of your oldest dog, that you will have the time needed over the next year to socialize and train a puppy?".<br><br>
If the answer is yes then why not? You know about this breed and have the experience. But if you aren't sure, then I'd wait. A new pup needs so much work, I wouldn't personally be up for the job knowing I might be nursemaid to a very old dog in the near future, kwim? But those are my limits, and you may be able to handle more.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
31,346 Posts
Will they let you bring her over for a trial run? We added a puppy when our old pug was about 10 he didn't really want to interact and didn't like the puppies playfulness. Luckily we had another dog that was only about a year or so old and so they played together and ended up pretty much leaving the old guy alone.<br><br>
I think the biggest negative in your situation is who is this young dog going to play with and get close to? Will your older dogs let her join the pack?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,210 Posts
Sometimes a younger dog will perk up an older dog (yet annoy them too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,290 Posts
When our rott died, we still had our old lady lab and our shepherd/husky mix. We planned on only having 2 dogs at a time after that. A few months later, our shepherd started getting into trouble, digging, chewing, etc. She and the rott had been buddies- old lady lab never really cared for her. She'd sit and watch and bark at them for acting stupid. We decided to get a 3rd to keep the shepherd out of trouble.<br><br>
Recently our old lady lab died. So, now we're back to 2 dogs again. These dogs are the playmates and seem to be doing ok with just them. We don't plan on adding a 3rd again, but who knows.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,006 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
<b>UPDATE</b>- my husband has agreed to get her but wants to check her out first. We are going to visit her as a family TONIGHT! I am so excited!!
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top