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i have a 2 year old standard poodle who is absolutely the most precious, most brilliant, most wonderful dog ever to exist. no, really. he is.<br><br>
my breeder sent me an email last week letting me know that one of his sisters (same litter) is ready to be adopted and she would love it if i would take her. "diamond" was not adopted out originally because she was going to be shown for conformation but her handler was in a horrible car accident and isn't able to show her anymore.<br><br>
i am overjoyed at the idea of chachi having one of his littermates around and we recently moved into a new house with way more than enough room inside and out. we have the financial means to take on another dog and since i am at home, i have time for the extra grooming etc. that a second poodle will require.<br><br>
so, i guess my questions are, are there any downsides to having two dogs in the house? will it be difficult for my chachi to adjust to not being an only dog? what other questions should we be asking ourselves??
 

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I'm sure someone smarter than me will answer you but I had to respond. CHACHI?? I love it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br>
I think you and Chachi will be happy to have a second dog in the family.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm sure someone smarter than me will answer you but I had to respond. CHACHI?? I love it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br>
I think you and Chachi will be happy to have a second dog in the family.</div>
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aww, thanks! it's actually short for "liberace". well, to reveal my dog dorkiness, it's short for "chip liberace bump le deux brown". chip was his name when he was born, liberace is just the perfect poodle name, bump le deux is in honor of my previous dog (a chihuahua named bump) and brown, well, that's our last name. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
if we do take diamond, her name will quickly be changed to "diamond cleopatra something something brown". we haven't figured out the "something something" part, but we'll actually call her "cleo".<br><br>
okay, i know. i'm totally rolling my eyes at myself now.
 

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Just to give you my experience... I got a cocker spaniel from the pound and had him for about 2 years before I started thinking about getting another dog. I thought Bogey would be less lonely while we were at work and just be happier having another canine. Well, we got Cooper and Bogey was NOT impressed. Even today, 5 years later, I think Bogey could take Cooper or leave him. It wouldn't really bother him for Cooper not to be there. Now, Cooper, on the other hand... follows Bogey around all over the place and adores him and I think he would be certifiably depressed were Bogey not to be here.<br><br>
Maybe these dynamics would all be different, though, considering they are litter mates???
 

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I like it even more now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I have two dogs. The first I have had since she was 2 months old and she is now 7.5 years. The second I adopted 7 months ago at the age of 8.5 years.<br><br>
The transition has been seamless. The senior dog I adopted is the first and only female dog my first dog has ever gotten along with. I was shocked. But they get along beautifully and I am thrilled to have two dogs to love again.
 

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IME, 2 dogs are better than 1, but all instances are different. Maybe take her on a trial run? Of course, if I had a dog named Chachi, I'd HAVE to name a female companion Joanie!! Joanie loves Chachi, after all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Of course, if I had a dog named Chachi, I'd HAVE to name a female companion Joanie!! Joanie loves Chachi, after all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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I was thinking this exactly!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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yeah...i thought about "joanie" but it feels just a tad incestuous. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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It depends on the dogs, we have a great pair that love each other. But we had one in the past that didn't like our other dog much.
 

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so, how long of a "test run" should we aim for to decide if the two will get along? two weeks maybe?
 

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We have 2 labs. We had the first for a year and then got another puppy. They are buddies and are now 9 & 10. I think dogs are social animals and if your dog spends time home alone a buddy, even one they are not so interested in, is better then being alone.
 

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You know most well socialized dogs get along fine and since they are the same breed they probably have similar traits so they will understand each other. If it's hate at first sight it's usually pretty clear. In our case the dogs didn't get along well because one was pretty old and liked to be left alone and the younger wanted to play. Once we got the younger one a playmate they all got along fine. You shoudn't have that problem though, since they are the same age. Unless one is much more active and the other one a couch potato.
 

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I saw the title of your post and had to laugh. Are two dogs better than one??? Well in my house 2 dogs was better than one, 3 dogs was better than 2, 4 dogs was still better than 3, 5 dogs was (of course) better than 4...we stayed at 5 for awhile thinking we really had out done ourselves and should remain at 5. We probably should have stayed at 5 but I cannot imagine my life without all 7! Now...7 is my limit and truly over my limit but no one is going anywhere...we just won't be filling voids once our numbers start going down (hopefully no time soon).<br><br>
In my opinion, there are very few breeds out there that like being only dogs (granted they are out there but they are few and far between). Dogs like packs and packs are more than 1 most usually!<br><br>
I love the names!
 
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