Former ‘Counting On’ Stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Reveal They Are Expanding Their Family

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are about to expand their family. The former Counting On stars revealed on Instagram that they are planning on adopting a pet dog for their two boys, Israel and Samuel. But before they sign the adoption papers, the couple wants to know which type of dog would be best suited for their sons.

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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard to adopt a dog

Taking to social media, the couple announced that they are planning on adopting a dog sometime in the near future. The pair wants to add to the family by Christmas, though they haven’t settled on anything just yet.

“So … my hubby and I have been talking about possibly … maybe … someday … maybe … getting the boys a dog,” the Dillards shared on Instagram. “Okay, so maybe for Christmas, but IDK.”

Alongside the announcement, Jill shared a photo of her two sons playing with some puppies.

She then asked fans what kind of breeds are good with children and revealed that they are looking for a medium to large type of dog.

Fortunately, it sounds like the two are planning on adopting from a local shelter, so props to them.

Fans also gave them plenty of advice in the comments. Some breeds that were recommended include Boxers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Shih-poos, and Australian Shepherds.

If Jill and her husband do adopt, then their new pooch will have plenty of company. According to In Touch Weekly, several members of the Duggar family have dogs in their homes. Jana Duggar, for example, has a white pup named Willow, whom she introduced to the world last year.

Is Jill Duggar pregnant with her third baby?

Dog adoptions aside, Jill has been fighting rumors of another pregnancy in recent months. The baby bump talk heated up after Jill posted an image of herself putting a shopping bag over her belly.

While Jill was holding the bag to promote some new outfits she had just purchased, fans suspected that the bag was covering up a growing baby bump.

Jill Duggar has not shown off her stomach on social media for a long time, so it is difficult to say if she really is expecting. That said, the image was originally posted in May, so it’s been a while since the pic was taken.

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If Jill was pregnant at the time of the photo, she would be pretty far along by now. This could, of course, explain why we haven’t seen a full photo of her in a while, though nothing official has been confirmed.

The Duggars have announced a slew of pregnancies this year. This includes Amy Duggar, who shared a pregnancy announcement this past April. In total, there are five Duggars who were pregnant at some point this year.

It wouldn’t be that surprising if Jill announced a pregnancy, though the couple has struggled to have more kids in the past.

Inside Jill Duggar’s pregnancy struggles

Amid all the pregnancy speculation, Jill’s husband recently dropped some huge news about expanding the family. Dillard told fans on social media that he and Jill have been struggling to get pregnant — and it’s all due to some fertility issues.

Dillard also told fans that they will not be getting pregnant in 2019. In fact, the former Counting On star revealed that it is “pretty much impossible” for Jill to have another child, though he didn’t say exactly why.

Jill and Dillard have always been open about their sex life, so we’re pretty sure they are not having trouble under the sheets. This past summer, Jill posted about how she has been reading a Kama Sutra book to spice things up in the bedroom.

The pair currently have two sons, Israel, 4, and Samuel, 2. They have not revealed any plans to get pregnant or adopt in the near future, though other options might not be off the table just yet.

Unfortunately, we won’t get any future updates on Counting On, as Dillard and Jill are no longer a part of the show.

Derick Dillard was booted from the series after making disparaging remarks about the LGBTQ community on Twitter. Jill Duggar followed his lead a few months later.

The new season of Counting On is scheduled to premiere mid-October on TLC.