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How many dogs are too many?

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South_park_me_max50

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Posted over 5 years ago

 

I love dogs to death, however my friends and I were talking about how many dogs we thought were too many.  What do you think?

Me_max50

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Kinda depends on the circumstances doesn't it? Like how big your house/yard is. How many people live in the house, how big are the dogs, how many people help take care of them. There are a lot of things to consider including weather or not you can afford to take care of them.


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 All great points. Another biggy to considerer is what kind of temperment the owner has. STOP LAUGHING!!!!!!! I'm serious. People get one or two dogs things are fine, people get a lot more dogs, there's friction because things  don't always go according to plan and the dogs winds up paying the price at the hands of whom???!!!! As with all things there is a tolerance limit and it's what goes on behind closed doors that counts. A lot of this winds up being self policing but people that just can't resist when they already have 6, 7, 8 at home have a serious cog loose. It's like having and raising 8 or so 2 year old children at once. I've been in that situation before, more with cats that "find you" after being aboandoned but it's the same. As Clint Eastwood said, "A man has got to know his limitations."     Me- it's 6 cats and a Rotweiler that thinks he's a cat. And there has been an occasion were they have so bad I considered taking up alcoholic beverages or playing in traffic, lol.

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Even if you have a giant farm and plenty of money for food and toys they still need affection so I'll say 2 or 3 per person if money and room are not an issue. 

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I agree, 2-3 for the average person is fine depending on if you can properly care for them (shots, food, toys, room to play, proper supervision in case anyone is having a bad fur day and feels a little snarly, heartworm/flea control, vet bills, etc, etc.).  They really are like having a kid around except you don't get to claim them for taxes!  Anything more than that I would say that they need to have a great deal of experience and a lot of time and room on their hands. 

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I definately agree. I always wanted a house full of dogs but we have 3 big dogs (a purebred yellow lab and 2 black lab, husky, bull mastiff mixes) and that is definately enough. I love them very much and would love to have more but some days the house does not seem big enough and that wouldn't be fair to them

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I agree with you all.  2 or 3 is probly the best number for everyones sake.  I at the momenr don't have one of these beautiful creatures, mainly because my landlord won't let me have one.  I do have 5 cats and they crave attention from me so I have to do a lot of reffering, but I wouldn't give up a single one of them.

Basco-22_max50

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I agree with the others 3 is a good number. But, right now I have 5 :)


When I had the 2 big dogs & the 2 little dogs it was OK but my step son left for the army about 6 months ago and some how we ended up with his dog (i though his dad was getting him).. Anyway I've had some problems between the new dog and my retired dog so that's what's making 5 too many.

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I have two German Shepherds of my own plus a foster every once in a while. That is plenty for my house. We have a large yard that the dogs love and I have spent many long hours training both of them on their manners.  My mom on the other hand has 5 of her own and three to four fosters at any given time. However she is home all the time and has three other adults, well my dad and two teenagers who help her take care of them. They all get walked at least twice a day and have a big yard to play in. All of her dogs recieve lots of one on one attention and training too. She is able to take in more fosters than me due to her "set up" at the house for litters of pups so I stick with the bigger dogs while she does smaller dogs and pups. I really think it is a different number for everyone. However I have seen many people turn into "collectors" and that is the worst possible thing to do. If you are unable to provide the dogs with a quality life where they are provided proper food, shelter, attention, and healthcare then you have too many dogs.


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Intervent_2_max50

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I'm also a breader of the American stafforrdshire terriers and all i can say is that if you have your own familly and other responsibilityes in life,more than 2 dogs that your gonna look after verry well,is not possible!! There are a periods when i have a bunch of little puupies and i just can't  imagine  how it will be like every day in a year,no way!!


2 dogs,maximum! :)

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Well I think every person or situation is different. There are alot of restrictions out on how many dogs or pets you can have. Like if you live in a city they generally have a limit to the number of pets you can have even if you have the capabilities and every city has a different number. Even HOA's (Home Owners Associations) have limits in the communities to the number of dogs allowed by each household. Plus, many times not only are there restrictions on the number of dogs you can have but also the size and breed of the dogs. Aside from that then there are the issues of having plenty of space for you and your dogs to be comfortable and all the toys, kennels, dog beds, and other dog accessories that come along with a dog. It takes alot of time and money keeping your house clean and grooming your dog. Lots of money involved with food, vet visits and treatments, boarding/pet sitting when your gone, leashes, toys, items to clean up doggie poop, and so many other things. You also have to have the time to train them, play with them, clean them, and walk them. So I really think it depends on where a person lives, the area they have in their home and outside their home, and the time and money they have to put into it.