breed for us

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  1. Maxy24

    Maxy24 Active Member

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    I don't know if we will be getting a new dog but my mom seems some what interested in looking so maybe we will! I was wondering what breeds you think would suit us (mostly mom though).

    Size would be anything from Yorkie sized to lab sized. She wants a small dog since she feels they are easier to travel with but really likes labs and dogs of that size too so we are not really sure on size, nothing giant though.

    Must be good with cats, tolerate dogs (though one does not live hear there is a visiting one), and be god with little kids( with supervision of course) since she is thinking ahead to when she will have grand kids.

    Exercise he would get would be a walk a day, more while he is younger since I will be home to do it but once I'm in College it will be one walk a day.

    Easily trained would be best for them nothing too independent either.

    Hair should be no longer than golden retriever (although she really likes Irish Setters, Do they need pro. grooming?) since she does not want to have a lot of noticeable hair around the house but does not mind some and does not want to have to have professional grooming.

    Basically she want an easy going dog. Ask more questions if I missed anything I hope we get a dog. We would Rescue but I'd like to see what major breed in the mix to look for or if we have any breed rescues to look there. You guys could also say what breeds to most definitely avoid.
     
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    Also need to mention we don't want a dog prone to Separation anxiety or excessive barking (barking when people come t the door is fine of course).
     
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    a cavaleir king charles or a cocker spaniel are the first things that come to mind.

    a well bred in either should be happy go lucky dogs, good with people and when socilized good with dogs and cats. smart without being so smart they will try to think around you, easy to travel with as there not exactly large, but not so delicate as a toy breed.
    our cocker is happy with 1 good walk a day and playtime in the garden a few times a day, he loves to play ball and will play inside, but is not a destructive or over active dog.

    their coat requires a good brushing frequently with eaither breed, cavaleirs coats require less in terms of professional grooming just a good brushing,
    a cockers coat can be kept natural for that shaggy dog look (lots of brushing) or cut into anything from a true cocker cut (short on back lots of feathering) a short cocker cut (as above not so long on the feather) a "pajama" cut which is even shorter on the feathering, or many people just shave their cocker (but i think they look nicest in a short cocker cut.

    get form a good breeder and socilize like crazy, or a temperment tested dog from a shelter. i had cockers growing up and NEVER met a mean one, then moved to the USA and everyone who learnt we had a cocker was like "oh they are nasty they bite" this is 100% against true cocker nature, they should be HAPPY dogs, just goes to prove they have been badly bred by BYB's they shouldnt be visious in any way shape or form.

    our charlie boy loves EVERYONE!

    heres charlie, hes an american x english cocker mix.
    forgive the shaggy dog look, it was days before spring haircut time!

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    hes handome

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    loves everyone

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    and is such a push over even 3lb dodger pushes him around lol.
     
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    Muggie'sMum Mistress Wigglebutt

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    I am quite partial to miniature australian shepherds, but that's just me. :-D

    I suppose Morrie is more laid back than the norm, though, or .. apparantly (??), though I've never had any dogs that were execptionally energetic. Their energy is more fun and goofy than a border collie or a sheltie, for example.. not as wound up or nervous energy. Mid length hair, VERY outgoing and friendly with other dogs and people (in fact Morrie loves our agility instructor SO MUCH that he can't even begin to concentrate on a class until she gives him a rub. ;)).
     
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    What about an actual lab? I have a foster that might work out for you.

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    :D How old is Virgo Zoom?
     
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    Virgo is very tempting I''l def. show her to my mom, she'll like that she travels well in the car since that as her main reason for wanting a small dog. Are you sure she will not harm the cats? Because that is one of our most important Criteria for dogs. She likes baths which is a GREAT change for us (Max was half shar-pei and water was his #1 enemy). For thunderstorms does she get destructive? Leash pulling is not a big problem since Max was probably worse and I can work with her on it. She sounds like a great dog, is she dog aggressive or just dominant? My Uncle brings his Shih-Tzu Phoebe over about once a week only for like 15 minutes though so would that be a problem? Whether mom wants her or not I hope she gets a good home she sounds wonderful, I can't believe no one has gotten her :yikes: I'll talk to my mom later today (we have people over right now)
     
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    She likes to hide under things when it storms, but if you're around she doesn't get destructive. She did pull the door off of her crate the other week, but we'd had thunderstorms for four days straight and it was just too much. She does need quite a bit of exercise to keep her calm, swimming and fetch and stuff. She loves doggie daycare!

    She is good with cats, she will chase them if they run, but she doesn't try to eat them or anything. She's gotten a lot better about pulling on the leash in her foster home and for 15 minutes, she can be crated while your uncles dog is over.
     
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    Well I asked my mom and she said if we get one it will not be for a while since my Grandpa is coming to live here when he comes home from the hospital on Wednesday and he could be here for a while. He is very unsteady on his feet and she does not want a dog to trip him (honestly the cats are more likely to do that). Sorry Zoom but if we are still looking and Virgo still needs a home when my mom is ready We will look inti her again. Breed suggestions are still welcome though :)
     
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    Cassiepeia Chihuahua Mum

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    I agree that a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sounds like a perfect fit for your mum. :) Check out the national club for info on them http://www.ckcsc.org/ and do a google search for more info. If your mum likes Irish Setters (they need heaps of exercise by the way) she might like the 'ruby' coloured Cavs. They're basically the same colour (some a little lighter) as the IS with the same kind of feathering on their coat. But need much less exercise and less grooming.
    Here's a page with pictures of an adorable Ruby Cav. http://www.honeybet.co.uk/alfie.htm

    Cass.
     
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    german shorthaired pointer, english setter? mini foxy.

    i entered into a "whats the right breed for me quiz" thing and got

    Australian Labradoodle
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/australianlabradoodle.htm


    Dandie Dinmont Terrier
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/dandiedinmont.htm

    Glen of Imaal Terrier
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/glenimaalterrier.htm

    Hairless Khala
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/hairlesskhala.htm

    Kerry Blue Terrier
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/kerryblueterrier.htm

    Peruvian Inca Orchid (PIO)
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/peruvianincaorchid.htm

    Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/petitbassetgriffonvendeen.htm


    Portuguese Water Dog
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/portuguesewaterdog.htm

    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/softcoatedwheatenterrier.htm

    Xoloitzcuintle
    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/xoloitzcuintle.htm

    not even sure what most of those are but it might be worth looking into. or maybe basset hound. and i've read a bit on the Petit Basset Griffin Vandeen. they seem like gorgeous dogs.
     
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    If you want a breed that is not prone to separation anxiety then DO NOT get a cavalier.

    I have a cavalier myself, they were bred to with people 24/7 and can not be left alone for long frequent periods of time without a companion, they also don't handle stress very well. Here's a quote direct from the CKCSC "Cavalier puppies do not thrive when left all day without human companionship or the company of another animal."

    Cavaliers are also prone to a massive ammount of genetic problems that are detrimental to to breed and devasating to thier owners. It can and normally takes 2-3 years to find/get a puppy from a reputible breeder who does everything necissary to enusre that they are breeding the healthiest pups posible. If you are not willing to spend up to 3 years looking for a pup then it would be best to look for a different breed or consider a rescue.
     
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    :D Well as you can tell I love the Maltese.. I also love the ShihTzu and Rotti's.
    It's so hard to choice they are all special and adorable!!
    Andrea:p
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions and if we get a dog it will be from a rescue . The reason we don't want separation anxiety is because I will be out of the house while I am at school (my mom too since she is a teacher). I don't think we will be getting a dog for a while though :( I really want to foster but they keep saying no. Thanks for your help!
     
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    we had a maltese/shih tzu.
    i never really liked "little fluffies" but she was one of the most special dogs i've ever met.
    tough, adaptable, bossy but oh so sweet
     
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    I am not really into the little fluffy dogs either but my mom likes them I'll just have to weight ten years before I can get my dog for now mom will get what she wants (even though dad doesn't like small dogs either, I wonder how will feel about this). Maybe If we get one I'll start liking small dogs who knows, I've never met ones that were well trained. Plus I like sporty dogs like Retrievers, setters and hounds. My parents (dad) don't like hounds because he thinks they all bark their heads off for no reason. We all have very different tastes though so it's hard, we'll probably end up getting who ever the rescue thinks fits us best(if we get a dog) but I still like to see what breeds would fit us anyway.
     
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    Nemo is really well trained and he's so laid back.. I know what you mean though.My first dog (And the love of my life:( ) was a Doberman named Ceasar. I always wanted a Rottie but at the time my kids were too young and I wanted to wait till they got bigger. I have enough experience with large dogs to know you must be the alpha right away.. Then as my kids got older I really didn't think about it much. Then my son saw Nemo fell in love and he came into our lives.. I know alot of the little dogs are yappy , but the Maltese breed is really opposite, they are just like humans and have such a great personality..
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    i would definetley own a maltese one day. probably as soon as i move out. but i think i would always just look for mixes at rescues
     
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    I always say people who rescue are really "Angels in disguise":)
    Good for you, I think thats great!!!
    Andrea
     

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