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    About to add a third dog to the family. An 8 month old pom, to our 7 year old golden and 2 year old cockapoo. For those with 3 dogs, is it out of balance or is 3 an ok thing to do. Is there a "middle child" when there is 3? Let me know if you have any regrets adding the third dog to the family. I'm a bit nervous about this.

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    I have three dogs, and it is not really a problem. Granted, number 3 is a 6 year old chihuahua, so she pretty much stays inside all winter: when it gets colder than 5 below in celsius, she refers to only go for short walks rather than come on the longer sprees with the big boys. As for the rest of the year, walking 3 dogs is a challenge, but still do-able. My chi is the lonely one, she prefers humans to dogs. the other 2, an Aussie cross and a Leonberger cross, are best friends. It all depends on the personality of the dogs, but it can be done. I do not regret any of my 3.

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    I have three dogs. There is no middle child in my family, all the dogs are treated with appropriate consideration based on age and energy level.

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    I have SIX dogs in my house and really there aren't any problems. Certain ones like playing with certain others and certain ones don't really play at all but still enjoy laying near the heater with a buddy. The best advice I can give is make sure that they can all play together with out one getting crushed in the dynamic (like adding a chi to a dane household). It sounds like the pom and the poo would be great play buddies. How well does the goldenplay with the poo? 3 was a little difficult to pull off because one always kinda got left out... in this case 4 was the magic number

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    i have 2 long-legged great danes and 1 short legged corgi. they all get along just fine. danes are both females. corgi is an intact male, intact only because his former owner used to show him occasionally before he developed DM. the girls are very kind to him since he is "disabled" (he doesn't know it). they are very careful when they move around him. when they lay down to rest, he cleans their ears.

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    [QUOTE=Dog_Shrink;660933]It sounds like the pom and the poo would be great play buddiesQUOTE]

    The Golden likes to run out in our yard but the poo would rather chase lizards, so I am actually hoping he and the Pom will be great play buddies. Lexi (the Poo) is afraid of him out in the yard because he can gain ground on her outside, so when he catches her she lies on her back instantly. In the house she would rather chase the golden, but he can't run so fast inside, so that ends really fast. So if a 6lb pom can run with the Golden in the yard and play with the Poo in doors - things will be good. My only concern is Cody (the Golden) rolling on the Pom (of course I am outside with my dogs when they are out, but things can happen in the blink of an eye).

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    About to add a third dog to the family. An 8 month old pom, to our 7 year old golden and 2 year old cockapoo. For those with 3 dogs, is it out of balance or is 3 an ok thing to do. Is there a "middle child" when there is 3? Let me know if you have any regrets adding the third dog to the family. I'm a bit nervous about this.
    My future wife at the time had one dog. After we got married, we "found" another. A little time after that, we "found" yet another.

    Those were the good days as we still have those three and four now in foster care

    Seriously, I honestly think three is about as a perfect number you will find, depending on the personalities of the dogs, but it seems like you will have a perfect fit.

    things will be good. My only concern is Cody (the Golden) rolling on the Pom (of course I am outside with my dogs when they are out, but things can happen in the blink of an eye).
    All depends on the personality of the smaller dog. We've been lucky that every dog has managed it's place in our home and each knows the others strengths and limitations when it comes to playing. You'll notice the 12 lb dog is having a ball with the 60 lb dog

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    I agree - It's all about the personalities fitting together.

    We have 6 dogs. Five of them get along perfectly. The other is a female GS - she likes to be "large and in charge". With our male dogs, she likes them but plays rough and tends to bully - she's getting better though.

    With the girls if you get them together, there will be a fight - no question. We've tried and tried to fix them but failed with the girls. We've learned to live with it.
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