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September 17, 2007


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Casey Butler

I hace two littermates, girls, labs. They love eachother and us so much. They play however never take it too far. They have never been away from eachother and have and always had the same crate. They walk great together on a leash. They are so loving , lay all over eachother like puppies still. They are five years old. While they were puppies, nothing unusual othee than typical puppy behavior times two. We were very strict with them and they turned out great. I would def do it again.


I have two littermate Chihuahuas however they only see each other on weekends ones mine the other is at my parents. The biggest thing I see is my parents one is super loving and has to be on you all the time and I think is a little bit slow mentality.mine however is alert smart and a little con artist. Their complete opposites but I love them both.


i have a male and a female littermate they are bullmastiff cross blue heeler they have just only turned a year old and they are constantly fighting..

my female is the one that starts the fights and my male always ends up being hurt and has to go to the vet because he is all torn up, but as soon as they have finished fighting they are acting like they hadn't fort at all

how can i stop them from fighting so much or in general? its at the point where i have to get rid of one

Sara W.

I have a lot of positive experience with basset hound littermates. One thing that I have grown to appreciate, is that to have them in homes where they get to have frequent visitations, but do not live together, is often an ideal relationship. I have two seven year old intact males that have had a very enriching relationship throughout the years. To live together would be too much, but to get that mutual play time or be able to even spend a few days together has kept their relationship very fresh and continuing in a super way. I also think that all dog relationships can change over time, so it is important when you have two dogs to keep that added extra enrichment and time separate from each other to simply rest and relax. Many dogs can successfully live together in very meaningful family relationships, and through visiting and co-loving, you can have this turn into a lifetime of love for a family.

Julie Brasseal

Hello, I have female and male littermate springer/pitbull mix that are 10 years old. They have just in the last 6 months started fighting each other with 4 really bad fights. In the last 10 days, they have started fighting every day. We are at the point that one has to be in a kennel or out side at all times. Even when they are in the same room and one is in the kennel, they will try to fight each other. I read the information that you posted, I see now some of the signs that I could have watched for and may have headed this off, but what can I do now. Can I work with them to get them back together or will they have to live out their life being apart at all times? Before now they could not be with out the other and now it is like they don't know each other. There has always been some aggression with the female and any other days around myself so I have always watched her closely. She did show aggression towards her puppies when they got around 8 weeks old. She did not like me giving them attention. It is more the male now that is giving the problem with the aggression and is starting the fighting. I do feel it is over being jealous of me, but it has gotten to a point where it is anything now.

Is there anything I can do short of getting rid of one dog or keeping them apart? Could one not be healthy?
Julie in Colorado

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