Should I Get One Dog or Two Dogs

Should I Get One Dog or Two Dogs

Today we are going to discuss having just one dog or possibly getting two dogs and some of the reasons that two dogs can be better than just having one dog.

Dog Mother for Many Years

woman walking her dogsI have had dogs for as long as I can remember actually there was never more than possibly a year that I went without having a dog in my life.

For myself, they are companionship, loyal, loving, and non-judgemental friends who I can tell whatever I want knowing it will never ever be repeated they keep secrets quite well (smiling).

Having dogs is really very much the same as having children (without getting pregnant and having to carry them for 9 months) as puppies they require constant care and love.

In my honest opinion, having more than one dog has its advantages and disadvantages so this is going to be a difficult one for sure.

At one time I had seven full-grown dogs with two litters of puppies at the same time – this proved to be way too much work and I swore that would never happen again. (Which I made sure of!)

Having this many dogs was not so much the feeding, grooming, and taking care of them because they were great dogs and learned their hierarchy as time goes on. (Labradors in case you are wondering.)

litter of lab puppies

A nice thing about having more than one dog is they manage to occupy each other always having someone to play with and amuse themselves.

They keep each other company when you are away either keeping them out of trouble around the house or possibly more than one helping the other get into trouble.

This does lead to confusion upon returning home knowing which one of your cute little darlings was the culprit or started the whole thing.

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One Dog or Two Dogs

The question still is one dog or two dogs right? If you are getting a dog for the very first time in your life one dog is going to serve you very well starting out.

picture of beagle puppyWith experience comes the knowledge that just having one fur baby is great and adding to your family very rewarding.

After having your new fur baby for a year or so then you might decide that he/she could use a brother/sister if this is the case do research prior to getting yourself another due to some doggies just do not like other breeds.

This can apply to same breed dogs as well, so making sure you have a compatible pair is very important to keep peace and harmony within your household.

Prior to bringing the new arrival home having met and greets are the best way to introduce your old fur baby to the new fur baby. Possibly at a doggie park or take them for walks together letting them get to know one another.

Doing this will let you see if they get along well by how they interact; the best possible place is always the park, where they can run and play together rather than just walking alongside each other.Free Shipping & 125% Price Match Guarantee Pet med

Bringing the New Fur Baby Home

Things have worked well on the meet and greet and you are sure this is the new fur baby you want to add to your growing family.

When you bring the new baby home make sure it respects the one who was there before it. Do not show the newer puppy or dog more love and attention than the one you have held dear for the past year or longer.

picture of french bull dog puppies

This can cause anxiety with your older doggie causing behavior problems or worse causing resentment and then they will not get along so well.

Make sure to have supplies in place for the new arrival and treat your older baby to new stuff too! Dogs have feelings and brains do not for one second think they do not notice the new toys or bed.

Treat your wonderful friends exactly the same and adjustments will come quickly they will decide who is going to be the boss of the house in their own way.

Space Required

This is another thing you must always consider when getting a puppy/dog how much space do you have and how much space does the dog/doggies require once they are grown.

picture of mixed breed puppy

Small dogs full-grown do not require the space of medium or larger dogs so living in an apartment you would not want a Great Dane or Mastiff.

Small dogs are great apartment dwellers and having more than one is not a big deal in the smaller spaces either because they do not require so much space.

Make sure they have a place out of the way for their bed and comfort zone so when company comes they can retreat away from all the noise and commotion.  (Most little dogs like the quiet comforts.)

If you own you own a home and have a decent size yard (preferable fenced in/or purchased an outdoor kennel) then medium to large dogs might be ones you would consider.

Medium and large dogs need more space and are more suited to people who have a house and yard for them to move around.

picture of great dane lying down outside

The same applies for them however they do require a space in the house that belongs to them out of the way where they can retreat when they feel they need their own space.

In other posts, you will find many other suggestions and helpful information for sizes of doggies and requirements for what they need.

But if you learned here today that having one dog to start with is plenty and as time goes on adding to your family just like having children means the more the merrier is what I have always found 🙂

In Closing

Whatever you decide one dog or two dogs just make sure to research the breeds, sizes, and dispositions of them all before making a commitment you may regret.

People who think oh that little puppy is the most adorable find that when it is full-grown now weighs in at 150 pounds and is so large but wants to be your lap dog.  Things do not work out and the poor babies end up at a shelter.

I must be honest here if I could have 50 doggies I would and the breed does not matter or the size I love them all!!

But for you, this is an important life-changing decision if you have never had one dog and you are thinking of going two dogs starting out.  Just think of it this way twins as in having children.

twins picture of a set of twins

Thanks for coming by and having a read on One Dog or Two Dogs hopefully we have influenced your decision in some way.

Please come back soon for more at delightfuldoggies4u.

We welcome all questions, comments, and suggestions please leave them in the box below.

Until next time,





10 thoughts on “Should I Get One Dog or Two Dogs”

  1. Awww how adorable! I have to say I was in your same position many years ago. I had many dogs and litters at the same more!!! But I agree with you, if you are bringing a new dog into the family make sure you do your research on how the bread reacts to other dogs, the space needed for this new addition, accommodations, etc. Really informative article thanks for sharing. 

    • Andrea,

      Thank you so much for the very nice comments about having one or two dogs.  Yes, having litters and more than one at a time to care for is work, but so much worth it!  Glad you enjoyed the facts given for how to prepare for having more than one fur friend in your home.

      Please stop back anytime I will be adding more fun facts and thoughts to the site.


  2. Thoughtful article Susan for sure.  I’ve had a dog for most of my life…and mainly two at a time.  I’ve had three a few times and that seems too much (for me).

    One gets lonely if you work and she’s left alone all day…two offers very nice social interaction…and then three turns into a bit of a pack mentality (not necessarily bad just a different dynamic).

    I agree with you that there are many factors to consider in being a pet parent including your time, the expense, and the emotional investment.  Dogs get old, get sick, and die.  Easy to forget that part when they are furry little sweet puppy- bundles…but it is a long term commitment.

    Keep up the great articles!

    • Tim,

      Thanks for pointing out a few good things people need to remember which I did point out in another post on the site.  Yes, unfortunately our fur friends grow old just as we do only at a much more rapid pace, when they go it leaves a big empty space not only in our lives and hearts but in our homes.

      People need to realize that some dogs really need companionship of their own kind just as we humans need companionship of our own kind.  Other dogs are loners and prefer to be the only one in the house with their humans.  Doing research on all breeds and how they interact is very important should people want to have more than one dog in their home.

      Please come back anytime I will be adding more breeds and pointers for all dogs and people..


  3. Hi Susan.  Great article.  I have one dog… and to be honest, whilst he is awesome, one is enough for our family and he is indeed a very much loved part of our family.  We actually didn’t consider getting two dogs so this post stuck out for me in a sort of “oh.. didn’t think of that’ type of way.. haha

    Having said that, I have friends with more than one dog and both have very different outcomes.  The first got two Rotties and put them in a very small suburban backyard.  They have literally destroyed the place and are costing him an absolute fortune in food.  He loves them but openly regrets getting two.  His problem now is that they have bonded together and separating them would be cruel.

    The second got a single dog, a Staffie… and it also didn’t start well, It cried all the time and ate EVERYTHING – when it wasn’t escaping that is.   Staffies are great family dogs and was great with her kids, just a nightmare to leave alone.  All this changed when she inherited a Jack Russel.  They became instant friends and the staffie’s behaviour settled overnight.  

    At the end of the day, your advice to do your research is extremely well founded and something that is sadly not considered by most as they rush to the pet store.  Thanks again for a great article.

    • Paul,

      Looks like you have been doing some research of your own concerning having one dog or two dogs or more.

      I currently have three wonderful well adjusted Pit Bulls they love each other and when I lose the oldest she is 14 years old going on 15 I am sure the other two are going to miss her very much.  

      What people fail to realize is all breeds are different and depending on the breed they need to research extensively before deciding which one best fits their needs and family life.  People who work but still want pets need to find the best pet to fit into their schedule.  Rottie’s require so much attention and exercise they are highly intelligent and become bored easily therefore causing massive destruction.  Staffie’s do not like to be a lone dog in a home they require friends with fur the same as them a playmate and she was smart to figure this out.

      Well either way one dog or two dogs people usually figure this all out sooner or later; thank you so much for giving my readers more to think about, please come back anytime looking forward to learning more from you!


  4. Hey Susan,

    For people being totally excited about having their own dog, the question of getting a second one might become an itching one. In fact, I know quite a few who consider this.

    Actually, we don’t have a dog at our home but we are dog sitters every once in a while. And during the summer vacation season we took care of two cuties, a Labrador and a mongrel. As they were used to one another, the time with them was fun.

    The space at home though really was quite challenging. So talking about this crucial issue is important – and you do it.

    Another point is that both the old and the new dog might not get friends with each other, so you do a great job in introducing the awareness of sharing your love for both the same way.

    Personally, I would be satisfied with having only one dog. I think that’s enough unless you have a huge mansion or a business that requires more than one.


    • Veit,

      I am glad you enjoyed the article not having any pets of your own seems dog sitting for more than one dog at a time pleases you.  Considering this some people do not have the time for having their own dog and that is understandable.  You talk as if your trying to convince yourself that you do not NEED a dog but would like to get one someday. That makes me smile knowing that you have it in your heart knowing out there is the right one for you and you just are still looking 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and if you even need any advise on getting that first fur baby come on back I will help you with that honest!


  5. “I can tell whatever I want knowing it will never ever be repeated they keep secrets quite well” it makes me smiling too 🙂 The fact is two are good companion for each other, but is there space enough for two dogs? is the time to take care of them enough? I think the decision to have one, two or even more dogs, depends on many factors, also enough money for food, doctor and so on. I liked your post, it is so cool. Thank you for this post. And the pictures are so cute, wow !

    • Maria,

      You sure did hit the nail on the head reading my post on one dog or two dogs 🙂  There are very many factors to consider when having multiple pets in a home.  For me having three at this time is plenty but I could not and would not turn a pet in need away just do not have it in me.

      Yes too people need to remember pets are not cheap they have to eat, have belongings, and go to the vet just like children go to the doctors (but you can get dogs health insurance policies now).

      Thanks for stopping by and please come back anytime I will be giving out more tips and information.



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