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hi all ive had cocco now 2 weeks and we would like to get him a friend to play with cocco is now about 9 weeks do you think it would be ok to get him a chi friend to curl up with and play with or do you think we should wait till he is a bit older would love to know what you all think
 

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I personally would wait until Cocco is older. Simply because I know of a lot of people who bought 2 puppies at a time and had lots of trouble trying to train them. Especially, as one of them developed a bad behaviour, the other one just went along and copied the bad behaviour. I think the best time to get a second dog is when the first one is already at least about 1 year old and trained well. But thats just my personal view, the decision is yours :)
 

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I think for you it would be nice to find a puppy friend (should be as small as Cocco) for Cocco to play with. Then, he would have loads of fun while you still can train him on his own until he is old enough to get a second one.
 

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The problem with having two puppies together is that often they will bond with each other rather than with you. That and the fact that it's typically harder to train two puppies together. It was difficult enough for me trying to train Jazz with Tango around and he's a couple years older than she is. But he wanted to be involved with everything I was doing with Jazz! And was NOT happy when I'd put him in his crate for brief periods to keep him out of the way so I could work with Jazz. Typically he's never crated when I'm home.

It's certainly more work, and more cost. That's the other thing. It's expensive to raise a puppy, so double your costs of puppy shots, food, vet care and exams, flea and tick medicine, beds........whatever you're paying out right now, double it. At least.

There's a lot to think about when you're considering adding another dog. It took me a year to fully weigh all the pros and cons before I decided that it was the right thing for me and Tango to add a second dog.
 

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I have a different perspective so I'll offer that to give you more to think about!
I was going to wait to get a bio sister for Hope when the breeder breeds her parents again. That will happen again this fall.

I read and read and asked people (here, as well) and we decided to get our second when Hope was a little more than 16 weeks old. Ruby was 14 weeks.

We are gone during the day. Both husband and I work full time, outside the home and in a corporate setting where we cannot bring pets. They keep each other company when we are gone. We thought of this as well when we have to travel and they cannot come.

We had Hope home for 2 months before we brought Ruby home. I had read a bit about getting 2 puppies from the same litter and bringing them home together and the bonding to each other rather than us.

Hope maintained her alpha (she was here first) and Ruby quickly established dominance over food (she lets Hope lick her bowl but only when she signals to her by stepping away from the dish). The best part is that neither is obnoxious about it or think that they own us or anything in the house. They share us beautifully. They are not jealous when we offer attention to just one.

They have the BEST time together. They do cuddle but they also run and chase and wrestle and play. They wear each other out.

Hope was pad trained when we got Ruby (who was NOT trained) so it took us 2 weeks exactly until both were pad trained.

Hope was a medical mess (all good now, thank goodness) but Ruby has been super low maintenance.

Ruby came with all of her puppy shots and Hope's breeder provided all of hers so we had no expense there.

Hope is high maintenance. She wanted our attention every waking moment. That is changed now. She and Ruby interact constantly and we are able to play with them and give the our time and attention appropriately.

They love each other. They look for the other when we ask "where is sister?".

It has been the best decision ever and really because the one we added happened to be so easy going, to us it is not harder than it was with the one. They are growing up together.

Now, I would be hesitant to introduce a new one later. My worries of jealousy and how they would treat another now that they are a few months older and have things really well established.

Just my thoughts on how things have worked for us.
 

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hi and thanks for what you said i thought it would be good for him for all the reasons yopu have said about your dogs so thank you very much i have things to think of for now
 

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Most people dont recommend 2 pups at once but on the other hand with Chihuahua's it is possible to do it coz they are so people orientated and wont grow into huge dogs.
I had Adam for 2 mths when I got Hannah. He knew the basics (sit, recall, well socialised, good with his puppy pads) but I realiesed from taking him out that he would never be able to play properly with any of the other much larger dogs we met. I had no trouble training them coz, a- they were always more interested in playing with me then each other, and b- I didnt train them to do much, just sit and recall really. I didnt need them to beg, roll over, or be agility/obedience trained. Ok, so Hannah took 10 months to house train but I blame the fact she is half Daschund rather then having 2 puppies at once!!LOL:D
 
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