(Closed) How many dogs is too many?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I have a new shelter puppy and was asked to adopt 2 at the same time. I thought about it for about half a second.

I’m glad I took only one. I forgot how much work puppies are.

For us, one is plenty.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Don’t ask me, because I’d have you taking them ALL home:)

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Having too many dogs to me is taken care of too many dogs if your finances can’t handle it. I would say 3 is a safe number of dogs. Any more, then it could get tough. It depends on your finances though, imo. If I had enough money, I would rescue a bunch of animals from the shelter and try to find them new homes.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think 2 is my MAX. We have one right now, and have thrown around the idea of getting another one when Leroy is 2 or 3 years old.

There is a guy on our block who has 5 dogs in a townhouse and I think that’s insane. That’s probably more to do with how poorly behaved they are, but also, unless you live on a farm or something, do you really need 5 dogs? Where do they run around?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My boss has no joke 9 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 birds (not sure what type of birds).  But she has her, her husband (he doesn’t work), and 2 kids (19 and 20) to help with that.  I just can’t imagine having so many running around (all animals sleep inside and stay inside most of the day – unless it’s pretty and not too hot/cold).  But they’re all well taken care of.  So I guess it would really depend on the financial and emotional support that you’re able to give. 

Caesar has like dozens of dogs though, and he’s getting along pretty well 🙂  Love that guy!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I depends on the person and how much care/attention/training they can provide to each dog. For some people, 1 dog is too many. Others can handle caring for 10+ successfully.

I have 3 dogs, that’s a handful. I think 2 is the best number for me. 4 dogs would be my maximum, but I’m not planning on adding another dog any time soon!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

For me, two is max. I can’t handle walking duties or vet bills for more than two. Even though I would like to rescue a million.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I found that two dogs was the same amount of work as one, but when I added a 3rd, it changes things lol!  I love having three, but I think two dogs is the perfect # really.  Sometimes I see one of my three being left out while the other two play and it’s so sad!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

FH and I have 3 dogs and 2 cats.  I would get another dog if FH would let me, haha.  I don’t think I’ll ever have 3 again though, especially once I have kids.  But on the same note I would never have just 1 again; having 2 means they entertain one another, and a third just adds to the fun, lol.  A key is that before I got another puppy the others were potty trained and knew their basic commands.  Also, we did meet and greets to make sure they all got along.  Now all three of them are obsessed with one another (they snuggle on the love seat together quite often):

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would love another dog, and will hopefully be adopting another one w/in a year. But that’s definitely it for us! I didn’t find much difference between one dog & two.

@europomme: Now you need a 4th to balance them out! lol, kidding.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I think 2 is good, 3 is ok, and 4 is too many.

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