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I have been waiting for a litter of pups to be born for a good while. The parents are just the mix of pedigree I have been looking for, however there were only two dog pups in the litter. I am a bit concerned about the lack of sibling interaction and all that goes with it, I.e. Interactive play, learning to deal with frustration,
Perfecting play skills etc, If there was only a singleton pup I would walk away. Does anyone have any experience of small litter size and any differences therefore in pup behaviour.?
 

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I understand your fears, but personally, if I liked one of the pups I'd not hesitate. My friend had a singlton, (Lucy did everything the easy way!) and she kept him herself. Trev made a wonderful dog, very well balanced and no problem.

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Scooby was a single pup and it really has made no difference at all. Understandably when he sees a new dog for the first time he used to get very excited, but dont they all?.

The breeder was very very good with him, not letting him nip etc.

Its a personal decision, im sure there are negative points and positives.

One thing we were made aware of by the vet is that single pups or two pups may be a little over weight, but at the same time they would be getting all the goodness from the mother as everything doesnt have to be shared around a big litter.

As i said in a earlier post, having a single pup feels very rewarding when your goals are achieved.
 

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Scooby was a single pup and it really has made no difference at all. Understandably when he sees a new dog for the first time he used to get very excited, but dont they all?.
Hope was from a litter of 8, had her sister with her until 17 weeks because she was off to France, lives with four other labs - and still goes barmy if she sees another dog if she is out on her own with us :lol:

I've had no experience myself, but I know quite a few people who've had singletons, and they've not encountered any issues.
 
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