4 month old male Shiba:
Kaze’s family made the all too common mistake of getting 2 puppies from the same litter, thinking they’d have each other as playmates. Good idea right? Wrong! Any responsible breeder, trainer, behaviorist, or rescue will discourage you from doing so because of the significant risk of Littermate Syndrome. Littermate Syndrome happens when the intense relationship between siblings interferes with their social and emotional development, and ability to communicate with their humans, and other dogs. Inevitably, a slew of behavioral issues can arise.
In Kaze’s case, it manifested in the bullying of his sister, and constant fighting and aggression between the two. We find bullying and aggression to be the most common effect of Littermate Syndrome with Shibas specifically. We see at least a couple cases of this every year. Kaze’s family had no choice but to surrender one of the dogs; and Kaze was the one to go.
Kaze has been placed in a foster-to-adopt home carefully selected from our adoption waitlist. They are a Shiba experienced home with no other dogs and plenty of time to devote to Kaze’s training and development. They plan to adopt Kaze after a completing a trial period.
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