Two Puppies Or One?

    

It sounds like so much fun, doesn't it...two puppies at once? They can keep each other company. There will be "more puppy to go around" for the kids to play with. You love the breed so much that you just can't get enough! It sounds good....but is it?

Very few reputable breeders would feel comfortable placing two pups in a family at the same time. Even if the two puppies are not littermates, there is still a strong possibility that problems will arise.
Breeders have experienced this first hand, as we often "grow up" a couple prospective show puppies before deciding which one to keep. To allow each puppy to develop to its full potential, we must give each pup individual time, training, trips and experiences separately. It isn't hard to have each pup sleep separately in its own crate, but it is much harder to have the necessary individual time daily...not just for a few weeks, but for months. The added potential problem with Wire Fox Terriers is that two  puppies may get along just fine as babies but may not like each other AT ALL when they reach adolescence or adulthood!

A much better choice is to properly raise your new puppy on its own and then add a second pup when your first Wire is a minimum of 18 months old. Waiting until the first one is two to four years is even better. There are lots of advantages: Both dogs will benefit from their individual time and be strongly bonded to their humans. The younger puppy will learn things from the older, trained dog. The younger one will usually defer to the older dog and many fights can be avoided.  Two puppies close to the same age may also reach the end of their lives about the same time too. That can be incredibly sad to lose both of them at once. Having them a few years apart decreases the chance of that happening.

This is a quote from Nancy Voller's Super Puppy Site:

DOUBLE TROUBLE.......Raising Two Puppies At Once!
by Nancy Vollmer

You couldn't resist. They were totally adorable six-week-old balls of fluff romping and scuffling on the breeder's carpeting. So you agreed to take Molly and Jasper home at eight weeks, and now they're romping, scuffling, eliminating, chewing, and digging on your  carpeting!

You had the best of intentions. Not only would they keep each other company during your long hours at work, but you and your spouse would each have your own dog. And it didn't seem like two little puppies would be much more trouble to take care of than one.

Unfortunately, the operative word is "trouble." You soon discover that two pups seem to make not twice, but eight times the mess as one! It's as if they "feed" off each other's energy.

But the real problem is not the constant chaos involved with trying to keep up with two perpetual motion machines, but the realization that since the dogs have each other, they really don't need you! They're much more interested in roughhousing and running together than the ball games and long walks that you planned on enjoying with them.

Training is a nightmare. When you and your spouse try to separate the twosome for their daily lessons, they cry and bark and carry on trying to get back together. Even standing on your head, you can't get their attention for a moment. What can you do to get things back on track and have these pups grow into the wonderful companions you wanted?

The underlying problem is bonding. Since the pups were left alone together while you were away and never separated when you were around, their primary bond is with each other and not with you and the other family members! Never having been separated, they haven't had the opportunity to develop a closer bond with humans

Nancy does go on to give some tips on how to raise two puppies but clearly, this is not something that is recommended. While the prospective family has the best of intentions, the reality of raising two is usually overwhelming. The sad thing is that if you try and are unsuccessful, you now have TWO unsuitable pets.

Much more has been said about this. Here are some links for you to explore:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=2043

http://fl.essortment.com/puppiesbuying_ralf.htm