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Thinking of getting a 2nd dog... (am I crazy?)

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So, we have a 16 week old female Akita/GSD puppy, Luna. We originally planned on getting two dogs, but decided to start with one.

Lately, I've been getting the urge to get a 2nd dog. I know most people say to wait until your puppy is 2 (or at least 18 months) before getting another one, but I found a dog that seems like he will be a good fit.

My husband and I had discussed getting a Siberian Husky before we adopted Luna. Then, we planned on getting a Sibe puppy from a reputable breeder after Luna is a bit older.

Now I stumbled upon a Sibe that some people are rehoming (he came to them as a stray, they cleaned him up, searched for the owners, and now are looking for a new home for him).

They said he is 1.5 years old, good with dogs, cats & horses, housebroken/crate trained, and knows his basic commands. If so, somebody took a lot of time with this boy...

He sounds too good to be true. I've emailed the people with questions (was there a vet exam, any health issues, is he neutered, etc.). Can anyone think of any other questions I should ask?

More importantly, am I completely crazy to think of doing this? If we decide to go ahead with this, we'll bring Luna over to meet him prior to making a final decision (he's located about 3 hours away from us)... although I'm a little leery of doing this if he hasn't had a vet exam...
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I'd probably try and wait a little bit, trust me I'm itching for another dog (my chessie is 1 year old) but you have to remember adding another dog, you don't have the same amount of time for your puppy. If you end up with a problem (and they do arise, ahhh adolesence) you will have less time to deal with it. Having two dogs it could also make more problems, dogs either bring out the best in each other or the worst. Don't be too hasty, enjoy your puppy's puppyhood, trust me I can't wait for my next dog but if you do it too quick you will miss out on a lot.

one last thought, a 16 week old puppy and 1.5 year old seems like a good idea until they're 10 years old. You'll have two old dogs so when they pass they'll probably pass around the same time or have medical problems around the same age.
why would the dog be adverse to playing with your dog? My parent's 7 year old border collie mix and 12 year old rottie play with my one year old chessie.

what if during adolescense your pup becomes dog aggressive? Akitas often times are da, what will you do then? and make sure you find out why they are giving their dog away, a lot of people lie about their dogs when they give them away, no one wants to give away super dog ;) Just a caution, 1.5 year old husky might not be housebroken, aggressive towards pets and people, children, etc. Or might have physical problems, huskies are known for digestive problems. Sorry if I seem really negative but I have bad luck ;) I HAVE to think worst case senario lmao!
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