This question is asked second to which sex is best. We feel two dogs is wonderful for the dogs, but bringing home littermates has its own challenges. It isn't out of the question, as we have many seasoned pet owners who insist on adopting two litter mates. But for those inexperienced, it is always advised to adopt one and then bring a second home later.
I thought I would answer that question right here on the site for those considering adopting two puppies. This is a complicated question and really is a case to case basis on which route is best to take. Two puppies can keep each other company during the day, which means less destructive behavior while you are away. Not to mention, they don't get lonely. It is a fact, that if you bring home two puppies at the same time, they will be bonded and you won't have the integration issues you find when adding a puppy to your family at a later date, however it comes with an additional responsibility to train them separately and being aware of sibling rivalry that is very common with litter mates. Litter mates play rough and be prepared to break up the scuffle sometimes. Time apart is always good for them to bond individually with the humans as well. Litter mates need to have separate sleeping quarters, so separate crates is a must, to ensure they develop their own autonomy and don't become reliant on their sibling for their security. We always want to empower our puppies to find their own courage and ability to self soothe. Be sure you have time, or if you have a family—everyone spends one-on-one time with each dog.
Here are some more pros about owning two dogs:
• Two dogs keep each other entertained and exercised—they are less likely to exhibit destructive behavior due to boredom, such as chewing furniture
• The first day in their new home is a breeze—they brought their litter mate with them!
• We hear from our families that it's easier to train the puppies because they burn off all that playful energy with each other and are more focused when they are with their humans. Making a calmer easier going companion.
• Dogs housed together have a companion, and are less likely to develop weight issues, they play!
• The extra dog doesn't require much more work than just having one, and they learn together.
• They provide social and mental stimulation - not to mention they are a blast to watch!
• Dogs will live longer and remain youthful and playful with positive interaction with a house-mate. We feel in the case of dogs—two is better than one and depending on your personal situation, the deciding factor is if you are experienced in raising dogs and have the time to dedicate to training them separately so they learn to bond to their humans as much as they are bonded to each other. If not, then we recommend adopting one and when it is the dog you want it to be, bring home the second.
FACT: An anti cruelty law was passed in Switzerland requiring citizens purchasing dogs and cats to buy two, instead of one. They realize the importance of stimulation for these animals, maybe we should too. We are more than happy to help you choose the best puppies for your family, and if you are bringing in a second dog, please let us know the personality as we do personality and temperament testing and can recommend the best fit for YOUR home.