Two puppies from same litter lay on grass

Great Debate: Is it ok to have two puppies from the same litter?

Raising a dog from puppyhood is extremely rewarding, but it also poses challenges – which double if you decide to take home two puppies from the same litter.

Many behaviourists, breeders and shelters discourage adopting siblings, as this might result in 'littermate syndrome' - a situation where the pups are so bonded that they are unable to develop their individual coping skills with the world around them, resulting in unruly behaviour, lack of self confidence, and severe distress if separated even for a short time. While it is not set in stone, they say, it's not a risk worth taking.

Two puppies from the same litter

Others argue that, while adopting two littermates poses some challenges, there is no reason why a prepared owner shouldn't be able to properly train each of them individually so that they grow into well-behaved and happy adults, and that the pups will be happier with a sibling as their playmate in the new home.

Is it advisable to adopt two puppies from the same litter?

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