I am currently raising 2 sets of littermates.
Rodrigo and Sydney were born in March 2010; Scout and Zoey were born on Halloween, October 31, 2013.
- Rodrigo is Border Collie, Blue Heeler; he might also be Australian Shepherd
- Sydney is Labrador, Blue Heeler; she might also be Australian Shepherd and a Bully Breed
- Scout is Australian Shepherd, Catahoula, and Blue Heeler (his Catahoula is dominant)
- Zoey is Australian Shepherd, Catahoula, and Blue Heeler (her Aussie and Blue Heeler are dominant)
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Rodrigo and Sydney at 8 weeks old.
Scout and Zoey at 8 weeks old.
Why You Shouldn’t Adopt Littermates
- They may bond to each other instead of to the humans in the home.
- They’re difficult to train, because they get distracted by each other.
- It’s difficult to give them both what they need in the same moment.
- Many dog owners aren’t prepared for the work and cost of 1 puppy, let alone 2 puppies.
- 2 puppies isn’t double the cost, try quadruple (or more) the cost.
- Littermates may fight and if you don’t understand dog behavior, then this can end badly.
How We Avoided Littermate Syndrome Twice
- We hired a reputable dog trainer and behaviorist RIGHT AWAY!
- We allowed our puppies to set the pace of when they were separated at night (Rodrigo and Sydney slept together until they were 4 or 5 months old; Scout and Zoey slept together until they were 3 months old).
- We separated our littermates periodically to give them quiet time and one on one time with each of us.
- Each of our dogs has an eating area that’s at least 5 feet away from their sibling.