I want to keep my two male puppies ... advice pls

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Hi everyone. My beautiful english dobbie recently had puppies. One of the male puppies we believe may be blind and also has some problems with his back legs. He did not suckle from birth and we tube fed him. He is now 7 weeks old and eating and drinking fine. He does walk and run but occasionally his back right leg gives way. We have decided to keep him and will be getting his eyes checked next week to get some confimation about his sight. We also have another male dobbie that we would like to keep ( his brother ). I know from reading many articles about keeping two males that it is not recommended. As I know that one male will want to dominate , but as my other little male dobbie is possibly blind amognst other things I am not sure if the dominance thing would still be an issue. My dobbie boy that we feel has some disabilities is calm , laid back and just backs away from the other puppies when they are play fighting. He is just happy doing his own thing so I dont think he would be in a position ( especially if he is blind ) to want to excert his dominance. Or am I wrong .....this would not be like bringing another male into the home as they are siblings so not sure if anyone could maybe let me know what you all think if possible. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated ( I hand raised my two dobbie boys and would really love to keep them both if possible. ) I think my dobbie boy that is strong and well would automaticlly become the dominant one in charge as i dont feel the other boy would be in a position to challenge him.Many thanks to anyone who can offer some guidence x

 

 

 

 

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The one that is normal may still very well bully and pick on the disabled one just because it is weak and inferior, and the disabled one can't protect itself.  It's an unsure situation where the blind one is at risk, so why risk it at all?  The only sure thing is to place the stronger, normal one in a home of its own so you know the blind one is not at risk. 

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OH WOW, I agree with Glengate - this is not a minor problem between the males as I have read here it's a seriously dangerous situation and a dog that cannot see cannot take evasive manuers or defend themself - they cannot see where the threat is coming from, to me this is asking for your blind dog to die......rehoming the one who is healthy is easier than trying to rehome a blind dog or one with limited sight.

Please reconsider this situation for everyone's safety as stated - why risk it at all - if you can see to it no one is at risk?? Better safe than sorry.....

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Completely agree with everyone. You need to keep the lil one with you for great care. I've read a lot and it might not be a dominance issue but what could occur is sibling syndrome and you can't have that either. I would keep the weaker one and place all the others in great homes:/ sorry to say it but just cuz one might not be up for the challenge doesn't mean he won't get picked on, hurt or worse... Don't let it come for that. Nurture the lil guy cuz the other one can find a good home with your help :)

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Thank you everyone for your advice. I will look for a good home for my big boy Buddy. As you all say about the weaker one ( possibly blind )  needing lots of care and attenetion......do you also think his mum ( our family Dobbie girl ) would cause him any problems ?? I cannot rehome him and wold not want to. We are happy to keep him and love him loads but I am now a liittle worried that due to his problems would his mum cause him any issues.She loves to play and charge around and she would not realise that he is blind or has a bad leg. She is also a big clumsy lump and may knock him over when playing as as you say he would not see her coming possibly and his back right leg is weak.Sorry to ask so many questions ... just want to make sure the decisions I make are the right ones for my dobbies. Thank you everyone for your advice

 

 

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You know I'm no expert but mom and dogs have a knack for knowing when was needs a little more help! If anything she will probably keep him safe in my opinion. I don't know though I've never experienced this. As for her energy why don't you just make sure she's zooms around outside and gets that out of her before seeing her pup :)

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Some of the breeders here will know a bit more about parent to puppy responses than I would as I have not had the privilege of having a family of dogs except a bunch of rescues not related