Is It Better To Have More Than One Dog?

The More Dogs The Merrier?

If you already have one dog there may be a temptation for you to get another one. The question is, can anyone really have too many furry friends running around their house?

The answer varies from family dynamic to type of dog. Some breeds of dogs do well on their own while others require a lot more attention. Understanding the needs of your pet and what lifestyle you have will help determine if you are better off with one furry friend or multiple.

The pros and cons of owning multiple dogs

Find A Breed That Fits Your Lifestyle

There are over 339 different types of dog breeds that are divided into 10 groups based on the dog’s purpose or function. So it is important to try and find the right breed of dog to match your family dynamic.

For example, if you and your family spend most of your time away from the home than you should look for a breed that is known for their independence.

Basset Hounds, Chihuahua, French Bulldogs, Malteses and Whippets are known for being low-maintenance house dogs.  Other breeds of dogs don’t do well being alone for long periods of time.

The pros and cons of owning multiple dogs

Dogs Are Pack Animals

Dogs are descendants from wolves so they have a natural instinct to travel in a pack. They also tend to feel safer when they are surrounded by other dogs.

The English Foxhounds, for example, are a pack hound. So, when they are left alone they become very bored and destructive. The Cocker Spaniel is another type of breed that enjoys the company of a furry friend. They are known for their gentle demeanors and their loving personality.

The Bottom Line

Some people say that dogs are like chips, you can’t just have one. For some families that could be true, the more dogs the merrier, while for others one dog could be more than enough.

When deciding on whether you and your family should add another furry addition it is important to research which type of breed would fit best with your family.

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