Posted : 10/13/2010 1:46:53 PM
When I think of "littermate syndrome" I don't really think of 2 dogs from the same litter, same sex, being aggressive towards each other (although it can happen). What I think of is 2 dogs, same litter, same sex, being too attached and too focused on each other. Take 2 Goldens I take care of for example: Great dogs, very happy-go-lucky, love people. At dog parks they do not pay any attention to any of the dogs there, only each other. At home, they're constantly playing together, sleeping together, eating together; they do everything together. Now, when one has to go to the vet and the other is left at home the one left at home melts down; barkings, whining, crying, shaking, drooling, until the other comes back. The owner has an extremely hard time getting their attention because they're so focused on each other. They're not comfortable or happy when seperated- ever. They melt down when seperated.