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Want a new dog wondering how it will get along with the old one

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by James7395, Jan 12, 2018.


  1. James7395

    James7395 PetForums Newbie

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    When we first got our border collie we already had another dog (mongrel) who never really got along but ended up tolerating each other. When we had these two we got lab pups and while the collie got along extremely well and the other dog was the same as when we got the collie with the labs but grew to tolerate them again. The labs eventually had to leave due to relocating and their not being enough room for them though we still see them every once in a while so its not too bad for them (worst mistake of my life, miss them to this day and believe dogs should have homes permanently which is why im asking this question). This was around 8 years ago now and the collie is turning 15 but is in great health except her hips have been going for a while so she cant go on long walks to socialise with other dogs and its been this way for a couple of years. Now I would like a male Doberman and was wondering how people think they would both get along with each taking into account the lack of socialisation and age of the collie. Also worth nothing when she does meet other dogs in the short walks she can now manage she does get on well with them and she has a generally exceptional temperament and behaviour. I hoping in might perk her up in her old age and she may mother it a little bit once they get to know each other. Any questions ask me and thanks for all input.
     
  2. Siskin

    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    I doubt she will try to mother it, probably would prefer the puppy want there at all. She really is quite an elderly dog now and I suspect she won't be thrilled with a lively puppy disturbing her quiet life. You may find yourself in the position of having to keep the two dogs apart most of the time so your old girl can rest quietly.
    Sad to say your old girl may not have much longer left, personally I would leave it until she's gone if it were me which is what I did with my last dog who lived to 14.5 years.
     
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  3. Rafa

    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    I would never introduce a pup into a household where there is such an elderly dog.

    The pup will hound your Collie constantly, such is the nature of pups, and I don't think that is at all fair.

    I would allow your Collie to have peace and undivided attention in her old age and think about a pup when she is no longer around.
     
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    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    Personally don't think it would be fair on such an old dog with bad hips. Surely better to wait until she's gone.


    I booked a puppy 11 years ago now (in fact the litter were really bred for me by a friend) and the bitch didn't take so I had to wait another 18 months, if I remember correctly, for the litter to be born. By that time my oldest collie bitch was 15 yrs old and quite honestly it was a nightmare keeping them apart and extremely hard work. The old girl was pretty frail and I had to be very vigilant to stop the puppy jumping on her or knocking her over.
     
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    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    There is absolutely no way I would be introducing a puppy, especially a male Dobermann, with a 15 year old dog in situ. The last thing you want is for a puppy to dominate the final stages of your old dogs life.
     
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    I agree with the others. A puppy of any sort at this stage would be extremely unfair on your old dog. Puppies are a pain in the ass and your old girl deserves peace and quiet to live out the rest of her time with you. The breed choice makes it even worse tbh. I have absolutely nothing against dobermanns, but they aren't for the faint-hearted. I know a few young males and they are too much even for my young GSD, who is an absolute nutcase! I can only imagine how an old dog might feel.

    If you are dead set on bringing in another dog you could have a look in rescues to see if there are any older, calmer dogs which will happily snooze much of the day away and leave your girl in peace.
     
  7. MissSpitzMum

    MissSpitzMum PetForums Senior

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    I would say yes to a puppy of a small breed with a larger elderly dog. We had an old Lurcher who really came out of shell when we brought a puppy Yorkie home, they were inseperable. However a large breed puppy with a frail medium sized dog? I would say no because although you might be able to handle the puppy hassling her, teenage dogs are a whole other obnoxious thing.
     
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    I’m not sure that size matters. My Lhasa/poodle was 2 years old when I bought my Yorkie puppy home. He had been a lovely calm puppy. She was a typical terrier and he found her highly irritating. I was forever stopping her bothering him and even if he did warn her off she was back within a couple of minutes completely unfazed. She even worked out that by digging her claws into the sofa/carpet on the stairs she could pull herself up despite only being 4kg now.
     
  9. MissSpitzMum

    MissSpitzMum PetForums Senior

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    Very true Jobeth, we might have just been lucky with personality matching. Our Yorkie girl was a cuddle bum, and our whippet sized Lurcher liked to cuddle up to her. They never really pestered each other or played rough.
     
  10. tabelmabel

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    Imagine yourself as an elderly person in your final weeks of life. Would you really want your toddler great grandchild moving in with you? Climbing on your knee, pulling off your glasses? I doubt it!

    Please treat your faithful collie with the respect and dignity he deserves in his final years of life. He is an elderly dog so it won't be too many years before you can take on a new puppy.
     
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