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hi all

My gorgeous cockapoo had puppies awhile ago,we have found fab homes for 3 of them and was always going to keep one...however we have fallen in love with two girls from her litter. I was hoping to bring the dogs up together to be as well balanced as there mum, but i have met a wall of negative comments from people saying that you should never raise siblings together,because of fighting etc.Obviously i want to do whats best by these lovely girls so just needed advice on whether this is a good idea and maybe tips on how to acheive it.
They playfight and sleep together, but they still run to greet any person who enters the room so hopefully they are not to bonded to each other.
Mum seems to like to nip or pull there ear and run away...is this her trying to play chase... sometimes it can look a little nasty so i was hoping this is not any sign of aggression towards her pups.The pups are currently 9 weeks old so want to make the right decision so they can become happy well balanced adults.

Thank you all any advice greatly appreciated
 

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How difficult to give one away now! I have heard too that brothers and sisters aren't a good idea but you may find someone on here who has a success story. There were two brother shiatsus in my puppy class and they loathed each other and fought all the time!
 

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Hi I'm afraid I don't have the best new for you. A few years ago I got a present of 2black lab bitches for Xmas. I ended up having to let them go to other homes at 10months old. They were always fighting and tough to manage.

My mother fell and injured herself while they were play fighting so that was my deciding factor.

I was devastated but knew it was the right choice.

Sorry I couldn't give you good advice hope everything works out for you. 😄


Jeanie 😉
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It can work out but will be extremely hard work. I have heard a saying " males fight for breeding rites, females fight for breathing rites" they may get on ok but if they don't it will be a constant worry for you as the fighting will not stop. My own experience with greyhound has always been that sisters do not like each other at all but these, while lovely soft dogs they were not pet dogs. I do not have experience of cockapoo siblings but generally in the doggy world it's not advised.
 

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oh dear its not looking good is it :-( i am so disappointed i really do love these two girls...will have to have a good think over the next week, any longer and i think it will be to late to let one go...unhappy times
thanks for all the advice x
 

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Hope I'm not too late to give a positive experience. We have two 16 week old sisters. F1 cockapoos. We didn't read the bad news until after we got them. It is hard work - two lots of house training we are getting there. Two lots of obedience training. But already they can both sit, stay -almost, come here, this way. They are very good with other dogs and well socialised with visitors to the house. We have two teenagers so there is an endless stream of friends arriving.
So in our experience so far- yes hard work but woth it and we wouldn't part with them. Perhaps we have been lucky with their own natures and personalities.

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Do you own Mum and Dad or just mum? If its just mum it can work but would suggest you have them spayed because coming into season can cause issues. If you have dad as well then you can get problems with the girls fighting when sexually mature to be Alpha female. With good socialising (lots of it) and good training there is no reason why sisters can't get along just fine. It is hard work owning three and makes training a lot more difficult, put in the work and I'm sure you will have no problems. You often find in groups they will sort themselves out into who fits where and they do this but a kick snap to say "back off". Good luck with whatever you choose. I bred Boxers for many years and had siblings together with no problems. Mary x :)
 

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My son bought two sisters they are cavalier king charles spaniels, both from the same litter. They are 2 years old, they love each other, when they were younger they used to play fight alot, sometimes sounded quite aggressive, I used to worry they were hurting each other and if I was around I would split them up for a time out. They are fine now.
 

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I had two jack russell litter mate girls they got along but were not close and every so often they would have a real 'spat' . When I got Hattie I nearly got another from the same litter but I remembered the house training of two at the same time (nightmare!) and I did my research the concensus of opinion seemed to be not to have litter mates especially the same *** and also problems can arise with keeping a puppy with its mother. I think it will be hard work and don't expect them to be best buddies but if you have enough room so they can be seperated occasionally and plenty of family help good luck. I am considering getting Hattie a playmate now she is nearly 8 months and will be 9and a half if I get 'Eric'.
 

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My sister and her hubby own Margo's brother, it's early days as they've only had him a couple of months (they rescued him) I look after him in the day when their at work. They do fight but also they get on, I think it may take time as yours are so young but it can work. Also how do these dogs know their related? I often think about this with my Margo and her meeting her brother after 10mths?
 

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Generally young siblings will be no trouble at all apart from the extra training involved, the trouble starts when the dogs hit sexual maturity, by that time it will be a far more heart breaking decision to make. People may well have a very happy family for many months but when the hormones start flowing is when the trouble can kick off.
 

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Although I don't have any personal experience I think the general concensus is it can work but you have to invest much much much more time into them.

It's the reason I don't think I could ever breed dogs, I would want to keep the babies so much!

If it were me I would only keep one, but keep in close contact with the owners of all the pups so you can meet up and see how they are doing.
 
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