As many as I could take care of properly. That could change (a lot) in the years to come as I am not out straight with kids and babies, but right now we're comfortable with three dogs and two cats. I definitely won't go higher than two cats. The dogs--well, they're all young. For a show breeder it's dangerous to start "collecting" dogs and then end up with a couch full of middle-aged and elderly dogs and no space or time to keep new puppies. So I am definitely not planning on buying or adopting any more; we'll see what the girls give me in terms of litters and whether I keep one or more of their daughters.<br><br>
I feel like in order to do it "right," each dog has to do at least a couple of training classes and has to be shown steadily. I'm still catching up on that with Bronte, who is now 15 months, and both dogs need to finish their championships before I could even think about taking on the process with a new puppy. And Clue really needs to get into herding...<br><br>
Which is a long way of saying that between three and five dogs, two cats.
I think we are at our maximum now with 2 dogs and 3 cats. That is about as many as we can really care for properly and as much as we have comfortable space for.<br><br>
We had about 10 cats (4 adults & 6 kittens) in our care for 7 months and it was too much. We couldn't give them much individual attention. It was hard to clean up after that many. We went through a lot of food. If they had had health problems we wouldn't have been able to afford medical care. We had to re-home 7 of them. It was hard because we loved them but they didn't actually have very good quality of lives with us in that situation.
For me, two dogs is max. I like having two. They get to satisfy their need or desire or what have you, for communication with someone who truly understands them, and also they can play with one another and that provides mental and physical satisfaction that I can't.<br><br>
But more than two and it starts being a pack. Which is fine, but for me it feels more comfortable to stop before that point. Easier to manage, easier to train. It keeps the interaction where I am personally more comfortable with it.<br><br>
That's from my own experience. Other people have different preferences of course. There is no 'right' answer. If you like a larger pack dynamic then that is right for you.<br><br>
Oh, and I like to have one or two cats, no more.
We're at our limit with cats--we have seven. Five was more comfortable for everyone, but we brought home two more when my cousin died.<br><br>
As turtle says, though, seven is it, "no matter who else dies!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
Right now we have 2 cats and 2 dogs and that's my limit. I don't have any more time to give anymore pets between working and the kids. I was fine with just the dogs and one cat, but a kitty adopted us so we'll keep him.
We're maxed out with 3 cats and a dog (and 2 rabbits). The dog is old and I could see us getting another cat if we didn't have him. But I don't think I'd actively search out another cat until we're down a couple more animals. Cats just seem to find me and I can't say no, so it's not unlikely to "find" another one.
I'd say 0 dogs and 6 cats. However I would consider that the absolute max, and if I got to that point with persians I likely WOULD be shaving them pretty regularly.<br><br>
But, I really don't think that's going to happen. It's much more reasonable for me to have three. Which will probably what happens. Three was a good number, two is fine too. Two is practically like no work. I don't like one because it's really nice for them to have someone else to be around and not be alone when you're out of the house, etc. I will be at three likely within a month or two if the breeder indeed decides to spay the cat she's been talking about. All of my cats are PKD positive. I hope that they can live 11-13 years at least. I'm trying to stay upbeat about that, and being that Heaven is 8 this month it's tough to think she might only be around for another 3-5 years.
We have 3 dogs. That is definitely the max for us. It is actually a bit out of our comfort zone because we ended up having an unplanned human baby last year! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Before we had the baby 3 dogs was good for us. We did obedience classes and took the dogs out in public. Good stuff like that. Now the dogs still accompany us while we do our farm chores, but I don't feel like they get the attention they need. I hope that that works itself out as my son gets older--he's only 1 now. If we had known that we were going to have a child, I would think 2 dogs would be our max. No cats for us, our dogs are pit bull rescues and cats are not compatible in our home.<br><br>
Of course, we also have 6 horses, 4 goats (2 of which are *hopefully* pregnant, so more on the way), and about 70 chickens. So this is part of the factors involved in deciding our "maximum".<br><br>
We have the space for plenty more animals but I couldn't take on any more financially or emotionally, so this is how we know we're out our max. I want each animal to be able to have its basic needs met and then some--which is why I have a bit of guilt over the dogs right now, as with our little one I feel like the dogs do not get the amount of mental exercise that they need right now.
For us two permanent dogs is the max, because that leaves us able to take on a foster at any given time and still only have three dogs, which is a doable number to walk. As for cats, we have three, and I'm definitely not looking to ge any more, but I'm also not sure what difference another one would make. The difference between two and three has been really negligible.<br><br>
I hope at some point to have the space and money for a rotating pack of dogs, though, somewhere in the 7-10 range.
I was up to 10 dogs at one point: 1 retired ex-working/ancient, 4 house (2 altered - 1 real old, 2 breeding/show), 4 working flockguards (2 also breeding/show, 2 altered - one of those elderly), 1 show/house/working/breeding (he was a super special boy who did a little of everything - sire of the 2 breeding/working, son of 1 of the housedogs, 1/2 sib of another house dog, brother of 1 of the altered/working).<br><br>
This was <b>before children</b>, & I had a job that paid for all this doggy support, plus the time to train every day, go to handling and obed. classes twice a week, & to matches, seminars, or lessons on weekends. It was still about my max, considering I also had a couple hundred fancy chickens & 2 horses at the time.<br><br>
Now? 3 is way plenty, we have an ancient house dog, & 2 working (1 of those show/breeding). And to be honest, it's a bit of a stretch w/me being a SAHM right now.<br><br>
I'm not a cat person <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
We like to say that our rule is no more pets than there are people living in the house. And it's just DH and I right now, with 1 dog and 1 cat. We're kind of at a stand-off, though. A cold pet war, if you will. I'd like another cat, and DH would sure like another dog, but as soon as one of us makes a move, it'll just keep escalating. Lol.
I'm sure that our circumstances will change in the future, but for now, 1 dog and 2 cats is perfect. (and one horse) Our dog doesn't get along well with other dogs, so as much as I'd like to have 2 or 3, I have to respect her and think about her happiness as well, and that means no more dogs while she's still with us. As far as cats, I could be happy with one cat with a good personality, but I lucked out recently and got 2 with good personalities, so 2 it is. Don't think I'd want more than that though.
For us, we are at our limit now. Currently we have the three dogs, two cats and one hamster. I am allergic to the cats,and it is a PITA because I am the one who has to take care of them (groom, feed, clean litter boxes). Plus, I cannot afford to feed anyone else!<br><br>
To be honest, three large dogs is too much for me some days. I feel bad saying that, because they are great dogs; well behaved and pretty easy to care for. I love them to bits and would never ever get rid of them, but I cannot keep up with both the grooming and cleaning of the home & pets. Some days I feel like I am being smothered in pet hair and my house smells like a shelter.<br><br>
We do have plenty more physical room for more animals (or humans), and I feel like I have enough love in my heart for more "babies"... but those two things are sadly just not enough. I think that two dogs and one cat would be perfect for me. Maybe one or two hamsters/small cage animals would be ok too, but I am not in a big hurry to adopt anymore rodents and I would certainly never, ever buy one.
We are at our max with two dogs, a cat and a hedgehog. I would actually prefer having just one dog, but dh argued that Jack was my dog and wanted one he could bond with. Of course he's deployed now and said dog is totally bonded with me, so now their both my dogs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> It can be a challenge walking them both and keeping an eye on dd. I can't imagine adding another one to that bunch, so two is definitely the max I can safely care for.<br><br>
We had two cats at one point and it wasn't really too different from having one. But I don't know that I'd get another one. I do like only having one box and I don't have to put Buffy in the laundry room at night anymore. She's calmer at night by herself.<br><br>
The hedgehog is really no trouble at all. Like a hamster that you can litter train. He's my work out buddy, the elliptical machine is right next to his cage and he gets in his wheel at night when I'm on there. They're really neat little pets. But I think all together, we have enough pets. Especially since I'm the one doing most of the work caring for them.
<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span>We have three kitties and three is as high as we would go. We have one dog and are planning on adding one in 2009.... and two would be our limit due to the exercise requirment, one can upend me and pull me down the street so I would definately would not want to walk more than two at a time!</span></span>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We like to say that our rule is no more pets than there are people living in the house.</div>
That was our rule for kids, we never wanted to be outnumbered.<br><br><br>
Our pet max is where we are right now. Two dogs, a hamster, and a reef tank. We'd like a cat, but are afraid of having a cat with two Shibas. I think they may view the cat as food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">