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Old 05-06-2013, 07:21 PM
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Single there would be no max. I'd have already opened a rescue and would take whatever I could handle at the time. We have five now, but hubby says eventually the max will be three. He knows the rule, though. Nobody goes anywhere except the rainbow bridge when its time.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:34 PM
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Single, max would be one dog.

I'm in a relationship and max would be 2 permanents and a foster. With the permanents with a big span, one young one and one oldie.

I might be able to handle more physically, but I can't imagine being able to spend the time with each of them that I do now with more than I have. Especially since I plan on having more terriers, and most of them you can't just take to the park and let loose.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:01 PM
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I am single and have never been in a relationship with a dog owner before. I think I can say that 1 or 2 dogs is my ideal. Maybe, maybe 3 dogs but the 3rd dog would probably need to be a low maintenance couch-holder-downer dog.

If I were in a relationship with another dog person, I could probably be okay with 3 dogs. Possibly 4 dogs, provided that the SO is 100% dedicated to the dogs...but 4 still sounds like it would be a crowd. 2-3 dogs is probably still my ideal, even in a relationship.

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Old 05-06-2013, 08:25 PM
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I'm single and will always be single. I think my limit is 3-4, but I prefer one or two. I have cared for a dozen at one time, so I know I CAN do it, but it's not something I'd WANT to do. The lady who owned all those dogs lives by herself and has had 6+ dogs for years and years and years.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:30 PM
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A relationship wouldn't affect my numbers, unless we were married. My sister was in a relationship for 7 years, and they broke up, and they sort of had "joint" dogs. Which... made things really tough. Of course, I guess that could be a problem no matter how many dogs there are- people get attached, and then who gets to keep them? Anyways- if I were married, living on the right property (lots of land, maybe some sheepies), I might have up to 6 or 7. Many more than that, and I think I'd have too many dogs to really work with individually.
Even in our marriage, though we both pitch in with all the dogs, there are definitely "my dog/future dog" and "his dog/future dog". Rider and future ACD are mine. They would go with me. As much as I LOVE Harlow, she loves her daddy, and would be happiest with him. I would hope if anything ever happened, that we could kind of share her, but if we didn't, then off she would go. And I would cry, a lot. But it would be best for her. Future Wirehaired V would definitely go with Josh, as that is going to be his dog to start with.
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I think that 3-4 would be ideal for me in life, both single and in a relationship. Right now, DH does help a bit (he's been a GREAT help with the puppies since I work too far from home to come let them out during my lunch break), but he's not really in to dog stuff so they are seen as my responsibility. Though he does love his little Bubbles

It also depends on future money and space/land. I can always make the time and would obviously not have more animals than I could realistically afford, but right now my little ranch house is totally at capacity.
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Just figured I would add, since many people have mentioned having property allowing them to have more dogs...

While I could handle our three dogs by myself without a problem, I couldn't keep up with the land too. It really is a two-person job. Not just in terms of time (though that is true too!) but some jobs just require more hands.

I'm sure it depends on the property and what you do with it, but figured I'd throw that in.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:07 PM
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Regardless of relationship status, I think I'd stick with either one larger dog, or two small dogs. My BF will help out here and there, but I am the main caregiver.
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Just figured I would add, since many people have mentioned having property allowing them to have more dogs...

While I could handle our three dogs by myself without a problem, I couldn't keep up with the land too. It really is a two-person job. Not just in terms of time (though that is true too!) but some jobs just require more hands.

I'm sure it depends on the property and what you do with it, but figured I'd throw that in.
Oh yeah. I like that DH mows our lawn

I personally mean just a bit more land than my super teeny lot (6,900 sq feet including house and front yard). Would be nice to build some kennel areas so that the dogs could be outside during nice days for a bit without my worrying about a possible escape
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