What dog breed?

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covmutley

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1,801 posts

137 months

Monday 19th August
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We are thinking of getting a family dog. We have 3 kids aged 7 to 14. Live in a detached house with small to medium sized garden but in a small village surrounded by fields and footpaths. We also have a cat who is about 12 and enjoys a quiet life indoors mainly.

My wife works 2 days a week and 1 of these is quite often at the weekend, so there is usually someone at home.

I think we want a puppy, as would like to go through the whole training etc from start but also because I am working on the basis that it is goning to be easier to introduce our cat to a puppy that is in a crate (at least at first), than introducing a rescue dog perhaps not used to cats.

If I could choose some characteristics I would say nothing too large, short coat with minimal shedding. Ok on 1 hour of exercise a day and it would potentially be good if I could bring it on my 5km run loop I do 2-3 times a week. We would be first time dog owners (I had a few as a kid) so nothing too difficult to own (happy to do/learn training etc) and nothing that is going to bark all day long.

My wife and daughter lean more toward 'cuteness' as a factor (im being a bit flippant here), whereas I am more concerned about getting a well behaved dog who will thrive in a busy family house, add to the fun and be a great companion.

The next door garden has a lot of rabbits (ours doesnt have any at all) so I have been rightly or wrongly discounting terriers and others with high prey drive? my wife does like welsh terriers.

My research so far has led me to labradoodle, cockapoo, boxer, schanuauzer, schnoodle, wiemaraner (probably too big), beagle (too howly?) springer spaniel, hungarian vizsla?

Any help would be appreciated. I appreciate we cant have it all, but I just want to get as much as advice and research as i can before we do anything.

Shambler

832 posts

91 months

Monday 19th August
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Look past the short hair and get a springer spaniel

Scabutz

2,114 posts

27 months

Monday 19th August
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Shambler said:
Look past the short hair and get a springer spaniel
+1 for Springer. They are mad, but much fun, great with kids. They are bred for a soft mouth and can't bite hard even if they wanted to, which they wont. They do need a lot of exercise though. We take ours running, she pulls so much when running and dragging us she has developed enormous delt muscles.

This is our 3rd springer. We have never had a puppy, always rescue. They can be hard work from a rescue. One of ours had attitude problem with other dogs and that took a lot of work. Our current one was 2 when we got her and not house trained. That has been hard work, and we pretty much now need a new lounge carpet.

louiebaby

9,164 posts

138 months

Monday 19th August
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The Kennnel Club breed selector suggests a Kerry Blue Terrier...

https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/b...

Have a play on:

https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/f...

Challo

5,024 posts

102 months

Monday 19th August
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We have a Cockapoo who is brilliant and would recommend to anyone. Loves people and dogs, great with kids and loads of fun as just wants to play games.

Our neighbors have a vizsla and while he is a soppy sod he is huge.

What about a bog standard lab? A springer would be a good shout as well.

stevesingo

3,707 posts

169 months

Monday 19th August
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Bavarian Mountain Hound

Calm natured and loves being around people.

Start off cute



https://youtu.be/hVUDmRRcVJc

Has some endearing qualities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlU8F77G5y0&fe...

End up handsome










Bit of a bugger with recall when his nose is on the ground mind you!

LordGrover

31,051 posts

159 months

Monday 19th August
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1. Puppies are hard work and time consuming
2. Adopt/rescue dogs are fab (maybe hard work and time consuming too)

I was looking for miniature schnauzer or similar but ended up adopting a pair of Yorkies. When you meet the right one(s) you'll know - they all have the potential to get under your skin in no time.

Alex

9,875 posts

231 months

Monday 19th August
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As a Beagle owner, I would discount a Beagle. Beagles are HARD work.

Some can howl, but ours never does. In fact, I don't think I've ever heard him bark.

Beagles are very intelligent and very trainable, but extremely mischievous. They are driven by their nose and are always hungry. They are totally food driven. Training is with treats. Without a treat, they will ignore you.

Our Beagle NEVER stops searching for food. This is somewhat true of all dogs, but he is relentless. This gets very tiring, as you cannot leave food out anywhere. He will smell it and will try to get it. This is where his intelligence comes into play. For example, he has learned to open the oven door, use it as a step to get on the work top, and then walk along opening the cupboards looking for food. This means we cannot leave him in the kitchen overnight. Also, we had to swap all our door handles for round knobs, as he learned to open the doors by pulling on the lever handles.

Recall is poor in Beagles, as they will always follow scents. They can be trained to come to you, but if they discover a more interesting scent, they will investigate that first. We will let ours off the lead in relatively enclosed fields or parks, but he is not the sort of dog to walk to heal off the lead.

He is very lovable, but almost cat-like in his disdain sometimes.

Beagles are not aggressive and will put up with any amount of poking and pulling by small children, but this also means they are rubbish guard dogs. Ours barely lifts an ear when the postman comes, for example.

Fermit and Sexy Sarah

7,342 posts

47 months

Monday 19th August
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Alex said:
As a Beagle owner, I would discount a Beagle. Beagles are HARD work.

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And as Vizsla owners we can say the same for them. They're crackers.

Gameface

10,306 posts

24 months

Monday 19th August
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I'd avoid all these new trendy cross breeds.

Go for a traditional well established breed from a well regarded breeder.

I got a black Labrador from a breeder that breeds guide dogs.

He's the perfect companion.

robinh73

476 posts

147 months

Monday 19th August
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My partner has a Weimaraner which while she is a lovely dog, is an absolute little sod for stealing food. Nothing is safe, anywhere. She has a lot of energy and needs a lot of exercise, but is so mild mannered and great fun. Also, she does not moult or shed hair and is not a smelly dog.

Blackpuddin

9,411 posts

152 months

Monday 19th August
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Gameface said:
I'd avoid all these new trendy cross breeds.
That's a bit of a generalisation. Cockerpoos/spoodles tick every one of the OH's boxes and a few more besides.

Gameface

10,306 posts

24 months

Monday 19th August
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Not meant as a generalisation. It's a just a personal preference.

CharlesdeGaulle

11,024 posts

127 months

Monday 19th August
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I think a Cocker is hard to beat as an engaging family pet, but one hour's exercise a day probably isn't enough. Most spaniels thrive on lots of exercise and stimulation. If you can offer them more time than that, I'd recommend them in a heartbeat.

Cheib

17,090 posts

122 months

Monday 19th August
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I don’t think a dog that will make do with an hours exercise a day and then be happy to go on a 5km run a couple fo times a week is possible. A dog that wants that kind of exercise will want it everyday.

Henryhall52

193 posts

3 months

Monday 19th August
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Op, I wouldn't discount a rescue dog as far as your cat is concerned, a good deal of dogs in such places do come with some history.

covmutley

Original Poster:

1,801 posts

137 months

Monday 19th August
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Thanks all. Really useful. Does anyone know anything about schnauzer?

They seem to be the right size for us I think, and seem good from what I've read?

Pesty

40,646 posts

203 months

Monday 19th August
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Is this type of thread where everybody says get their breed smile

Oh ok no so much for a change

But I’m going to buck the trend

Everything you’ve said bar one thing is saying ACD

The 1 hour excercise a day would be problematic. If you could make that 1 hour morning and and evening you’d be fine.
Running with you would be fine, in fact they’d love it but you’d make a fit dog fitter that would always want more.

Very easy to train but you have to be consistent and so does all the family. These are smart dogs. Too smart.
Love humans but you have to do lots of familiariseation with other dogs from puppy to avert aggressiveness towards none pack members.

Whatever you choose, buy books, watch YouTube go to classes.

Have patience and know that it takes time and won’t always be easy.

Acd
Shedding low
Loves family
Loyal
Needs excercise two one hour sessions with ball throwing
Will run with you all day
Not barkers* unless there is something to bark about.you will know if somebody is thinking of commingled to your house.
Easy to train
Great pets
Love people
Can be agressive to other dogs if not familiarised
Need to know you’re the boss they are like velociraptors always looking where the line is smile
18-20” so lower medium size

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koq1G5eDDEE


Edited by Pesty on Monday 19th August 21:34

scrw.

1,872 posts

137 months

Monday 19th August
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Plain old Lab for me, VW Golf of the dog world

IMG_20190717_182849 by Old_Chad, on Flickr


covmutley

Original Poster:

1,801 posts

137 months

Monday 19th August
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Went for a walk this evening and saw a lovely looking lab! Much smaller than the one my mate had.

Presumably you know what size lab you are going to get by seeing the parents?