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Old 09-17-2012, 07:42 PM
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Have you ever had someone look at you like you're a mad woman? Or irresponsible?

We were walking our 5 chis, as we do, and we often come across people who stop and stare or comment - usually on how cute they are. And I'm sure a lot of you can relate to the over excited chi when another dog is walking by. Our 5 tend to bark and get excited when they see another dog and we always, our of respect, apologise to the other dog owner - which is normally laughed off and greeted with a smile or an 'I understand' comment.

But we did get a really awful look from a woman this weekend. She looked at us like we were irresponsible for having a 'pack'. It made me feel really bad.

So the question is, is there such a thing as too many? We've always said (even after the first) that this is enough. "We'll only ever have one", "two is enough", "three is really the limit", "we're really done at 4", "5 is getting crazy but it's manageable", "6? no way!!!". But I'm pretty sure we're not stuck at 5....!!!!
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:53 PM
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I think everyone should have as many dogs as he/she can properly care for. This includes (in my opinion) love, attention time for each dog, walking all dogs, being able to pay for all dogs (vet, food, etc.). So if someone has 5 dogs and there are all healthy and cared for then I think it's totally fine. I am just not agreeing to people who have loads of dogs and seem more of an animal hoarder than a responsible dog owner (no users of this forum is such a hoarder though not that anyone gets me wrong).

For me and my partner it will just be Rocky though. We did plan on having another dog but after seeing him with other Chis we decided it wasn't for us. He will just be his spoiled self and I don't think he would ever get used to having to share us with another dog. Also I am travelling every year on my own and I wouldn't be able to take 2 dogs in cabin with me. So one is the limit for us.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:07 PM
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I agree with Sabine, al long as you can afford them, financially, emotionally, and give them each attention, then you should be able to have as many as you feel you could comfortably handle.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:56 PM
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I currently have 4 dogs and a 10 week old kitten. One of my dogs is a 15 week old puppy chi/corgi mix. Its almost a daily basis that I get told I have too many :/
But honestly its like uh they are all in great health and cared for, vet care, proper, diet, even having more clothing than i do lol! So i just blow people off, I dont take their opinions to heart.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:04 PM
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I think that it is okay to have as many dogs as you would like, as long as you can properly care for them. I would possibly like to have 3 someday, but I can only afford to have 2 at the moment. I want to be able to provide them with high quality food and vet care (and attention of course!), and I couldn't manage that with 3 dogs right now.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:10 PM
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I have 6 (4 little, 2 large) by myself. That's too many--10 years ago it wasn't, but now it is. When they start passing, I will not replace them. I would like to have just have two Chis.

So I guess my advice is to really think before adding to the pack. People change as they age. In my 30s I had 5 big romping dogs, and there were no issues. Now, I'm less tolerant of the noise.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:45 PM
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I agree that the only way you can have too many dogs is if you cannot afford proper love and care.

I grew up with five dogs and a cat. They were all taken care of and we had each of them until they passed away except for one that bonded with my grandmother and went to live with her.

Right now, I'd love to have two dogs. But there is no way that I could afford two, so it's just Toby. One day I'd love to have a little girl- but right now one is all I can properly care for.


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Old 09-17-2012, 09:51 PM
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Well my county has a law and 3 is all you are allowed to have unless you register as a breeder with the state. But if you have no laws and all are being taken care of have as many as you want. For me 2 dogs and 2 cats and 1 bunny is plenty for us.
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