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Hi Forum!
I'm new and have a question! :)

So my BF and I have been looking for the right Chi for a couple of months. We found Hanna a few days ago. She's a 9mos old gorgeous spayed black and tan long hair. I fell in love with her immediately. Her owner was a breeder who held her back for a show potential but than changed her mind. In a conversation with the breeder we also discovered that Hanna has a half brother (same father different mother, different litter) who was also available. He is 3 months old, super cute.

Our initial idea was to get Hanna, and then see how she settled in and then get another Chi (i like the idea of them having a friend!) So should we get Hanna and her brother at the same time? They are not bonded to each other but get along well, and they both have really sweet temperaments.

I figure they are far enough in age that Littermate syndrome won't be an issue and since they already get along and are well socialized it might be better to snap them up now!

I just don't want to bite off more than I can chew! They are already both box trained and Hanna knows basic commands (sit/stay/come) She is spayed and they are both microchipped.

It just seems like such a good opportunity! Please help as I need to make a decision very soon since I have Hanna signed the contract for Hanna but not for her brother.

THoughts?
 

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That sounds ideal,go for it .I know i would !!!!!!it's so nice to see them play together and have a friend
 

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You don't think it will be unmanageable? I mean they aren't new borns (thank goodness) and they are paper trained, I just want this situation to go well! :)
 

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I think having siblings can be amazing and very rewarding. BUT it can also be
challenging at times. Most importantly ask yourself if you have the time and
money. Both 9 and 3 months are still puppies who will require a big chunk of your
time, they will need frequent meals, outings, play sessions, training, socializing,
etc. Make sure you are prepared financially for emergency situations as well.
Make sure everyone in your household is on the same page and is looking
forward to adding two new family members. Make sure no one is allergic and that
even if your housing situation changes you will still be able to keep both dogs.
Make sure you have a plan on what to do with them in case of long work hours
or vacation getaways. If you are confident that you can provide everything
these babies need for possibly 15+ years, then go for it! Best of luck to you. :)
 

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I say go for it, in my mind 2 is easier than 1.

I got my boy Axle at 10 weeks old and it soon became apparent that he was a dog who really needed the company of other dogs. I went back to my breeder who had luckily just had another litter so we got our little girl Chloe at 8 weeks old just 2 months after we got our first Chi.

They love each other's company so much and now I don't feel so guilty leaving to go to work each day because I know the have each other for company (and because I've discovered that they are really lazy and they basically sleep all day).

It's great that the pup you are looking to add to Hanna is a boy as there tends to be less issues when you have one of each sex (as long as they are spayed/neutered) although lots of people have all boys or all girls and don't have issues.

Obviously costs are higher if you have 2 since you need 2 lots of vaccinations, 2 lots of flea and worming treatment, twice as much food etc. As long as you're up for that I say go for it.

It's so lovely watching them play together and as soon as we added miss Chloe Axle's little behavioral issues such as mouthing on us and shredding all of his toys disappeared overnight as he wasn't bored and had someone to get all of his energy out on.

Good luck and I hope to see pics of 2 puppies soon!
 

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I did not get my 2 oldest at exactly the same time, but like others, we got them just 2 months apart and they are only about 3 weeks apart in age. We did very well and have had great success. Seeing them together, I will now always be a proponent of them having friends!
 

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hi i say yes instant family for you and husband how cute that will be seeing them play go pick up your boy hes waiting on yall
 

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I agree the more the merrier!! LOL I just wanted to pop in and say that even though they are not littermates you will want to keep an eye on the same issues. The young one is likely to follow the other dog more than you and the older dog may become extra protective of the pup. Just be sure to spend time with them one on one as well as together. They both will need individual attention so that the pup gains some confidence and to be sure the adult sees the pup as under your care. :) And of course have lots of fun and buy cute matchy clothes!! hahaha
 

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I agree, if you think you are able to afford care for both dogs, not just money wise, but also having time to give them attention and training then you should go for it
My dogs are only a couple of months apart in age too and I didn't have much trouble
I think chis generally prefer to be in a group/pack anyway
And the fact that they are partially trained is a bonus!
 
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