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Maybe I'm crazy, but I'm already thinking about getting Ponta a friend 馃檱 I'm just worried that he's lonely while the SO and I are at work/school. Our cats kind of stare at him but stay out of his way (he's too hyper for them). I asked the man of the house what he thought and he said he would love another one with no hesitation... But what do you guys think? Is it too soon? He's only been home for a month and I'm already hankering after another one 馃槹

There is a pup from the breeder's mom (she breeds chis as well) that we fell in love with, and she should be ready to come home in about 6 weeks or so. So that'll have been 2.5 months with Ponta as the only child (he'll be 8 months old then).

Am I being ridiculous or do you think they will be fine? I guess what I'm asking is how long should we wait until getting another one so that both of them are able to get settled in nicely?

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Go for it. I had 2 chis for nearly 3 yrs when I added my third and it took them a while to come around to her but they did eventually. I then added a 4th 6 months later and it was the best thing. For me personally, I've found that getting my chis closer together, in age, worked wonders. I think you should do it. As two is far better than one. Chi's usually love the companionship of other chi's. Also, I love a boy girl combo. You really get the best of both worlds. Although over the years I've grown most fond of having at least 2 girl chi's. I love my boy. Also girls are fun to shop for:blush:
 

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Hey if you want one and hubby is willing, GO FOR IT! Ponta will love her.
Yes, I'm surprised how ready he was when I asked! I thought for sure he would say a big fat NO! 馃槀 Ponta is such a joy to have around. I can't imagine life without him. I really hope so! Thanks for the input.
Go for it. I had 2 chis for nearly 3 yrs when I added my third and it took them a while to come around to her but they did eventually. I then added a 4th 6 months later and it was the best thing. For me personally, I've found that getting my chis closer together, in age, worked wonders. I think you should do it. As two is far better than one. Chi's usually love the companionship of other chi's. Also, I love a boy girl combo. You really get the best of both worlds. Although over the years I've grown most fond of having at least 2 girl chi's. I love my boy. Also girls are fun to shop for:blush:
Thank you Meiosha! OK, so it seems like getting them closer in age will be better. I wasn't sure if Ponta needed more time to settle in. Ponta is good with other small dogs and he doesn't bark at them, so I hope they will get along. Yes, I thought maybe having 2 might be better. I am still nervous about making the jump. How was it like for you adding the second? Ponta is really clingy right now, I think it's because he's lonely when we're gone. Not that I mind the cuddles 馃槂

I also don't know anything about getting a really young puppy. She'll be 12 or 13 weeks when we get her (if we do go with the one we're eyeing). So I'm sure I'll have lots of questions about that!

And yes, girls are fun... I keep wanting to dress up our cats and Ponta with girly things (they are somehow all male, lol) so maybe now I can stop with that 馃槅
 

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The best thing I'd ever done. That is, once they got used to one another. And they were both puppy. After getting my first chi, I got my second, 2 months later they are only a few months apart in age. My youngest 2 are 6 months apart in age. Having two is fun and very manageable. Someday I think I'll stick with two only. 4 is good right now cause in so young. But in the future I'll stick with 2. I think you'll love having 2. And so will Ponta. Is she a long coat?
 

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The best thing I'd ever done. That is, once they got used to one another. And they were both puppy. After getting my first chi, I got my second, 2 months later they are only a few months apart in age. My youngest 2 are 6 months apart in age. Having two is fun and very manageable. Someday I think I'll stick with two only. 4 is good right now cause in so young. But in the future I'll stick with 2. I think you'll love having 2. And so will Ponta. Is she a long coat?
Oh I'm so glad to hear that! How long did it take them to get along? I think we'll stick with 2 unless we move to a bigger place. They aren't that big but neither is our apartment, lol.

Yes, she is a long coat. She probably won't be a tiny. She's charting to be around 5lb, which is the same as Ponta so I think it'll be nice they are around the same size. She's white with sable spots, very cute! I had always wanted a lighter colored long hair (we almost went with a cream colored boy instead of Ponta) but the man really liked Ponta so we picked him 馃槂 I think she'll have a smaller pointer muzzle than Ponta but I'm not really sure (she's only 6 weeks so it's hard to tell).
 

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We got Harley when we had only had Bambi for around a month. We hadn't planned on getting a second, it just sort of happened because he needed a home.
Best thing we ever did, they were best buddies and two Chi pups were easier than one.
 

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We got Harley when we had only had Bambi for around a month. We hadn't planned on getting a second, it just sort of happened because he needed a home.
Best thing we ever did, they were best buddies and two Chi pups were easier than one.
That's like what happened with our cats. I guess it was kitten season when we got them, because we found them outside about a month apart too.

I'm glad to hear two is easier! Why do you think that is?
 

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They play together which helps to wear them out lol. If you have a pup that likes to mouth and chew on hands etc that usually stops when they have another pup to play with.
Plus you don't have to worry about leaving them, they always have company.
It can also help with building confidence, and they teach each other. So if your first pup is toilet trained he will help the new pup understand the rules.
 

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I don't think anyone here will discourage you from getting a second one, I agree that close in age is good. We usually space about a year between them so that the first one is well trained which helps in training the second and makes life generally easier. I'll look forward to pics of the new addition.
 

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I do think if you have two pups there needs to be two people training them. It is crucial that they learn to be independent, so need to be walked, trained and socialised separately.
Doing everything together can have long term negative effects, look up littermate syndrome (they don't actually have to be littermates)
It would be very difficult to socialise two pups on your own
 

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Thank you everyone for your advice. Stella, I'll definitely keep that in mind as something to prioritize. And I'll get the man to help out with that too. Thanks so much!

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Like others said, go for it. :D We got Rocky not that long after getting Lilo and it's the best thing we could have done for her. They're both nearly the same age and I think it's been a great thing for them. As puppies they both had a ton of energy and didn't tire of playing together so that made it a lot easier for us. Less attention and exercise needed from us. lol But it also made them very happy to have each other. I used to leave a webcam out when leaving Lilo alone and she'd cry and howl a lot, but she became happy and calm as soon as we brought Rocky home. Having a companion can make them a lot happier. :)
 

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Like others said, go for it. :D We got Rocky not that long after getting Lilo and it's the best thing we could have done for her. They're both nearly the same age and I think it's been a great thing for them. As puppies they both had a ton of energy and didn't tire of playing together so that made it a lot easier for us. Less attention and exercise needed from us. lol But it also made them very happy to have each other. I used to leave a webcam out when leaving Lilo alone and she'd cry and howl a lot, but she became happy and calm as soon as we brought Rocky home. Having a companion can make them a lot happier. :)
I'm glad to hear that! I wouldn't say Ponta is super high energy (he has his moments once or twice a day though) but I think he would like some company. Thank you! 馃槅

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Yes everyone here will not discourage you ? We all love chi- I have four. 16 & 12 yrs old and babies 7mths & 6mths. Having two close in age is great but also double the cost & patience. They do have each other to play with, my older chis don't have the puppy energy so they love playing together. They are little escape monsters and have learned to unzip their play pens :) and chase each other around the house.
I love my chis and wouldn't change a thing but there are days I ask myself what was I thinking having two puppies so close in age?? Especially when I'm paying my vet bill :) lol- having two chis are great, they have each other when you are not home.
 

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I have six and I love every minute. They range in age from 17 to 4. Four of them were rescues. They all get along. Favorite thing to do is lay on the couch with me.
 

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We're thinking about getting another one too and ours is almost ten months old. I think we're ready considering our first is totally house trained, and mostly well behaved :p. He's shy though, and when he's around a dog buddy it's like he's a different dog.

I say if you have the time and patience why not!
 

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I don't think age really matters. Sometimes it factors in. I have a 3 years span between getting all of my guys. My boy takes it well with getting a new puppy and he's the oldest at 9 and have since added 3 to our pack. He's all about the puppies and play time. I just added my first adult, she's 2 years and it was the greatest thing for them too. She brought in characteristics to our pack that are priceless, that I believe a puppy wouldn't be able to do.
 
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