Question: What Is Littermate Syndrome?

Littermate syndrome is when two puppies from the same litter are raised in the same home and develop a bond with each other.

This early bond to one another can cause dog on dog aggression in the future and prevent the puppies from bonding to you.

Can littermate syndrome be cured?

Littermate syndrome can be managed, but it is a lot of work. An owner should know that preventing littermate syndrome doesn’t just double their workload, but rather triples it. They’ll have to train with each dog individually, and then together.

Is it a good idea to get 2 puppies from the same litter?

Taking on two puppies from the same litter often results in what is known as littermate syndrome. The puppies will be bonded to each other and this will make them less likely to bond to you. The pups may not show obedience and will exhibit anxiety when they are separated from each other.

What age does littermate syndrome start?

Littermate syndrome is an anecdotal term that refers to a host of issues that tend to present when siblings are raised in the same household beyond the normal 8-10 weeks.

Is littermate syndrome a real thing?

Littermate Syndrome isn’t even a real thing. And dogs aren’t stubborn. And they don’t try to “dominate” humans. When we label problems with two young dogs as “having Littermate Syndrome,” we absolve ourselves from the responsibility to fix problems that humans created and can (perhaps) resolve.

How do you deal with littermate syndrome?

If you do adopt two dogs from the same litter, there are some things you can do to ward off littermate syndrome: Schedule separate outings: To ensure that pups are looking to you for guidance instead of each other, take them to separate puppy classes, on separate car rides and on separate walks.

Will brother and sister dogs try to mate?

Dogs lack emotional maturity, so a male dog will still naturally attempt to mate with his sister, without giving any thought to morals or repercussions. Brother and sister dogs are most commonly bred together to help produce puppies with predictable traits related to temperament and appearance.

Do puppies get sad when they leave their mom?

After your pups have reached the appropriate age, you will become their “parent.” If the canine mother is no longer in the home, it is natural for a puppy to cry or whine at first as he adjusts. When the puppy is first separated from his mom, he will need a lot of attention and contact from you.

What happens if a brother and sister mate?

If two dogs who are siblings mate, it increases the odds that their offspring will have their shared traits. Every dog has two genetic codes: one from the mother and one from the father. A mother and father who are brother and sister may each have only one code that carries a disease, so they do not show symptoms.

Should two puppies sleep together?

If the pups are very young, sleeping together may be fine for a while, as long as they are getting enough one-on-one time with you, but before long they should sleep in their own crates. It’s certainly good for them to play together sometimes, but each one needs time playing with you, every day.

Should sibling dogs be separated?

Dunbar agrees that it’s often best to separate littermates, especially if symptoms appear early, so that each has a chance to develop normally as an individual.

Should I get brother and sister puppies?

On the plus side, a brother sister duo may keep each other company and be able to play with one another. This, however, can happen by raising one puppy to adulthood and adopting another after you have the first dog trained. This solution is far less difficult than raising sibling puppies at once.

What happens if a brother and sister dog have puppies?

When siblings mate, new genetic defects may present in their offspring. When two dogs born in the same litter mate, the likelihood that their offspring will have the same traits they have.