Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Gloucestershire England
Re: Considering owning 2-need advice please!
I'm really interested in this and would agree with Redbirdog they would need some time together on neutral territory doing 'the walk' to see how they engaged and what sort of relationship was likely to develop. I find it fascinating the way dogs connect to each in different ways. Like people, they can forge really strong bonds, or not gel at all - it's all down to the particular dynamics between the dogs.
The only thing I would add though is that when Burdy was 8 months old she loved EVERY dog she met with a passion, except one. There was a 20 month old powerfully built german pointer who she was terrified off. When she glimpsed this dog she would cry and hide behind me or conceal herself in a hedge. However, this german pointer became Burdy's absolute best friend of all a few months later. It was almost as if the energy of the german pointer had frightened Burdy until she grew to be the other dog's match. After that they tried to become inseparable. My point is your pup might show a nervousness at this age which he would not exhibit if he was a bit older. It's tricky. You will just have to take it slowly and it may all be fine.
Just in response to SteelCityDozer, are two really better than one? Burdy loves playing with other dogs and is highly sociable. Do you think that the company of living full time with other dogs makes them happier? I'm really considering looking for a 2nd young adult v. and this would be the overriding factor? Will they enjoy life more as a pair?
'Burdy' born 10 May 2012 aka 'Faithful Cimbora' - and she is