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Ask Dr. Diane: Adopting Two Dogs from One Litter

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Dear Dr. Diane,

I would like to adopt two puppies from the same litter if available at the shelter but my husband doesn’t think that’s a good idea. What do you think?

I think that it is a wonderful, humane and compassionate act to adopt two puppies from the same litter. My husband and I have done this on several occasions and the biological and emotional bonds between the animals have proven to be remarkable.

You are among the generous and kind-hearted people that would be adopting the two family members together. I think you and your husband would find this to be a very gratifying experience both for you and the puppies that are siblings and may well be lifelong best friends.


Dr. Pomerance is an animal behavior specialist and an expert on topics such as deciding which puppy is best for your family, how to pick out a rescue, and on healing from the loss of a pet.

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