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Good afternoon,

Looking for a bit of advice really.

My husband and I are looking to get in to the job of dog owning in the new year. I have always grown up with dogs, 2 x working black lab dogs, then 1 x yellow lab bitch and 1 x jack russell dog. Husband hasn't really been around pets so much.

We would like to have 2 jack russell puppies in order to keep one another company if we are at work.

I am just wondering, what is usually best, girls or boys? Same litter or not?

Many thanks,

Louise
 
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Hello and welcome. :)

I'm not an expert but I have heard people advising against getting two puppies at the same time as it can become difficult. However I know people who have done this and even though it's hard work, it's been enjoyable.
 
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Personally I prefer to give it at least a year preferably 2 before having another puppy, but 2 at the same time is doable if you can put the individual time into bonding and training.

I would definately say a huge no to from the same litter and my preference is boys I find them easier all round.

A friend had 2 jrt from the same litter both bitches and by 2 years old had to rehome one as the were fighting so much and not just tiffs visits to the vets required.
 

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When I first decided to get my dog, I specifically wanted 2 x JRT's & was advised against it - especially from the same litter & same age. They were from rescue.
I came home with a collie cross:D
 

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Thank you for your reply,

I am happy to have the one puppy but I worry when we would have to go to work, I know everyone has to work but does it help when they're not alone when you're out the house for 5/6 hours?

We had the yellow lab bitch alone to begin with and then when she was 7 had the jack russell dog. He is a bit of a wimp and loves her and goes to her for comfort where as she is mostly annoyed by him and almost wishes it were a few years ago before he came along!

We have always had dogs kennelled during the work time and then everyone in the house when the 'humans' were in and then out to the kennel for bed again. I am not really sure what is the best thing though.
 

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Good afternoon,

Looking for a bit of advice really.

My husband and I are looking to get in to the job of dog owning in the new year. I have always grown up with dogs, 2 x working black lab dogs, then 1 x yellow lab bitch and 1 x jack russell dog. Husband hasn't really been around pets so much.

We would like to have 2 jack russell puppies in order to keep one another company if we are at work.

I am just wondering, what is usually best, girls or boys? Same litter or not?

Many thanks,
Although people have got 2 puppies togther and it has worked, its not usually reccomended as the best situation. A lot of good breeders for that reason will not sell two pups together.

Two puppies together can be harder to train and bond with their owners as left constantly together they can be so bonded and involved with each other it can be to the exclusion of human owners.

To get it to work, you would need to bond and train them individually, which means, double the work. Pups and especially adolescents can often have problems that need to be addressed and having two togther they can also influence each other and that goes equally for bad things as well as good, two can hype each other up too especially if you get 1 live wire it can be bad enough but two is even harder still. Even if you start to do early training and socialisation come adolsecence dogs can start to push boundaries and start to do things like not coming back even if they did before so with one you need to up the training and work through the adolsecent stage, which can be hard enough having one.

If you get two same sexes they may be fine, but come adolescence and sexual maturity things have been know to change both with males and females. Males can start to compete more, females when they come in season can start to pick on each other and fight too, and sometimes females can be worse then males for fighting. Obviously if you get a same age male and female then come a season and the males sexual maturity and fertility as well, then you would need to separate them for best part of 4 weeks. Some Males can be driven loopy with a bitch in season and can be very adept at getting to a bitch as well.

If you do work too, toilet training is going to be harder and also habituation socialisation and general training. Its all pretty intense and time consuming at the best of times with one at a time.

If you do want two from the start, it might be worth looking to see what the rescues have as regards to already established pairs that are that little older
and have already been toilet trained, and socialised. You could very well get two that are already spayed and neutered as they are that bit older so no worries there either and as they are used to living together may be easier in general. often rescues have pairs they dont want to split up and they want to go together and because people dont want two in one go mostly these are sometimes the ones needing homes the most. So a slightly older already established pair may be the answer even.
 

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I would strongly advise against getting 2 females. A lot of members on a breed specific forum I used to use (before i became addicted here) would always advise against 2 females. There was also quite a few people joining having to rehome 1 of their females due to fighting.
There are always exceptions but I wouldn't personally have 2 girls.
Sled dog hotel and Ambernero have offered great advice regarding getting 2 from a rescue that have lived together and don't want to separate :)
 

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Thank you all so much for all your help.

I had looked in to re homing before and not got very far to be honest. There are a quite a few places near me and all full of staffys most of the time. I just don't know enough about the breed to be 100% sure what I am doing. Often when there was a small dog(s) available they would be taken very quickly!

I am not far from woodgreen, I have heard good things about them. I visited but left in tears!
 

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Thank you all so much for all your help.

I had looked in to re homing before and not got very far to be honest. There are a quite a few places near me and all full of staffys most of the time. I just don't know enough about the breed to be 100% sure what I am doing. Often when there was a small dog(s) available they would be taken very quickly!

I am not far from woodgreen, I have heard good things about them. I visited but left in tears!
Dont forget too that every breed has its own rescue, so if there are any breeds you are keen on you could contact those.

There is Parson Russell Terrier rescue the ones recognised by the KC
Parson Russell Terrier Breed Rescue

There is also terrier rescue which I think deal with all terrier types
Terrier Rescue
 

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I'm another one who would advise against two bitches and litter sisters. I've lived with two female terriers, who were not litter mates and boy did they dislike one another at times - b i g vet bills. So, for that reason alone I'd never ever have two terrier bitches again.

Currently I have a male JRT x (and two Rotties) and I have to say he's adorable and makes us laugh every day with his antics. I understand you're not far from Wood Green, I bet you'll find your best ever companion there, just waiting for you. I truly believe in fate, you're just not ready for each other yet. The time will come, and when it does, we love pictures on this forum, so please don't forget! :D
 

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If you want two dogs because you want two dogs that's one thing, but getting two dogs as company for each other sadly leads to problems. Jack Russells are usually very independant, so getting two, well they just won't need you at all.

They will bond very strongly to each other, rather than any of their owners, especially with you being out all day. This will affect every aspect of your training, especially if you want to let them off the lead for a run. I would recommend ONE puppy, get a good dog walker to drop in once a day if you really are only out 5/6 hours, until around 6-8 months, by which time this is not too long to leave the dog alone. You will need to make sure tyour other 8 to 10 waking hours your dog is very much part of your family.

As mentioned, everything will take a bit longer as you're not there, but if you're active dog owners while you are at home then after you've got through the first year the dog should be the same as every one one year old dog. If you insist on getting two, then as novice dog owners you'd need one male, one female, and get at least one neutered.
 

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Well this is sounding all very positive, 1 dog is better than 2! I really am happy with that, I had just wondered about them keeping them company. All dogs I have had when younger had all had a 'mate' but never from the same little and never the same age so it is all starting to make sense now.

We def want a dog to become part of our family, we don't have immediate plans for children but it would be nice at some point. Most of my family have dogs so we are planning on bringing them along at all opportunities.

I would love to re home a dog. I took 2 cats in when I lived alone that had been tortured by young children so we all lived a very happy little life together for a while (I wasn't a fan of kids in my early 20's either!)
 
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