What dog breed?

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mangos

2,143 posts

128 months

Tuesday 20th August
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How about Dachshund?

So much fun and equally happy with short walks or big runs depending on what you can offer, so quite adaptable.

babelfish

353 posts

154 months

Wednesday 21st August
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Gameface said:
scrw. said:
Plain old Lab for me, VW Golf of the dog world

IMG_20190717_182849 by Old_Chad, on Flickr
Yeah, can't go wrong.

yep



wisbech

1,193 posts

68 months

Wednesday 21st August
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mongrel from a rescue centre. Tend to be much healthier than breeds. We had one that lived to 17 with almost no issues - medium/ small sized (12 kg)

Challo

5,038 posts

102 months

Wednesday 21st August
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Jamie VTS said:
Border terrier! I could go on and on about how great our little man is.

He’s approx 10kg, runs/walks for hours if needed but if very happy to sleep all day! He has the most gentle temperament I’ve ever known in a dog!





How did you find his training? The puppy at our training session never stops barking, or getting upto mischief biggrin


Jamie VTS

1,058 posts

94 months

Wednesday 21st August
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Challo said:
How did you find his training? The puppy at our training session never stops barking, or getting upto mischief biggrin
He’s good as gold. Quite stubborn but he’s got the softest temperament! Recall 75% there but he does get excited by other dogs when on walks. He is so calm, everyone always comments at how chilled he is. He hasn’t ever shown the slightest hint of aggression to anything (apart from his toys) but he has never chewed or destroyed anything that isn’t ‘his’.

Fastchas

1,738 posts

68 months

Wednesday 21st August
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Doberman, female 100%.
Absolutely great with kids at that age. A female is quieter and smaller than the male. They aren't yappy like cockapoos and like to defend their territory against noises etc but aren't too vocal. (I've had 4, males & females).
Other than that, greyhounds take little looking after. One run a day i've heard.

HTP99

15,193 posts

87 months

Wednesday 21st August
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mattnovak said:
FredClogs said:
There's no doubt that some breeds have some behavioural characteristics but people vastly over estimate both their breeds individuality and their own dogs individuality. We're on our 3rd dog as a couple in 20 years and I had dogs most of my life as a kids, several breeds, and they're all pretty much of a muchness. The hair thing is a solvable issue with some breeds, after that it's down to how mu h exercise you a prepared to give it, cost and your aversion to picking up big sts.

Personally I'd go for some kind of terrier Cross from a rescue centre.
Terrier cross? Check. Rescue centre? Check. Meet Maggie:

Yep, we have 2 Jack Russell/Yorkies, they weren't from a rescue though, however whilst I was never a Terrier fan up to when we got Barry 4.5 years ago, I don't think I would have any other type of dog now.

Both are great fun, full of energy, great characters, very intelligent, can walk for absolutely miles with no issues but equally if you are short of time a quick blast will suffice, both are very affectionate and Terriers in general, particularly crosses, tend to be very hardy; we've had no vet trips at all with ours apart from the annual check up and boosters.

Challo

5,038 posts

102 months

Wednesday 21st August
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Jamie VTS said:
Challo said:
How did you find his training? The puppy at our training session never stops barking, or getting upto mischief biggrin
He’s good as gold. Quite stubborn but he’s got the softest temperament! Recall 75% there but he does get excited by other dogs when on walks. He is so calm, everyone always comments at how chilled he is. He hasn’t ever shown the slightest hint of aggression to anything (apart from his toys) but he has never chewed or destroyed anything that isn’t ‘his’.
Thats good. Always liked the breed, and if we where to get another dog and not a spaniel I would get one of these.

covmutley

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1,802 posts

137 months

Wednesday 21st August
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Thanks all. Think were leaning toward schnauzer or cockapoo. Maybe labradoodle or spaniel.

I have had a good look at rescue centres current dogs but I just don't think it's a route we want to go down. I had no idea there are so many dogs in need of a home that are mentally scarred. I feel a bit bad but not bad enough I guess.

I have been reading up on breeders and it seems a bit of a minefield. Quite a bit of criticism of cross breed breeders in particular.
More reading on this and all the checks they should be doing needed!

Think we are looking at the new year to get one realistically,


Ilovejapcrap

2,733 posts

59 months

Wednesday 21st August
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Boxer dogs are ace

LordGrover

31,063 posts

159 months

Thursday 22nd August
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covmutley said:
I have had a good look at rescue centres current dogs but I just don't think it's a route we want to go down. I had no idea there are so many dogs in need of a home that are mentally scarred. I feel a bit bad but not bad enough I guess.
Not sure how many are 'mentally scarred'. scratchchin
They're in rescue for a variety of reasons. Many of them are due to the original owner's change of circumstance or death. Mine were well cared for and loved, but the owner had an accident and could no longer care for them so put them up for adoption. Wonderful temperament, great manners and well trained - couldn't wish for better.
I'd definitely adopt/rescue again - all the hard work of training and socialisation is already done! hehe

Challo

5,038 posts

102 months

Thursday 22nd August
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covmutley said:
Thanks all. Think were leaning toward schnauzer or cockapoo. Maybe labradoodle or spaniel.

I have had a good look at rescue centres current dogs but I just don't think it's a route we want to go down. I had no idea there are so many dogs in need of a home that are mentally scarred. I feel a bit bad but not bad enough I guess.

I have been reading up on breeders and it seems a bit of a minefield. Quite a bit of criticism of cross breed breeders in particular.
More reading on this and all the checks they should be doing needed!

Think we are looking at the new year to get one realistically,

I wouldn't write off a rescue dog, loads that would be suitable and the home will determine which dog would be suited to you.

Some breeders can get funny about hybrids / cross breeds but just make sure any puppy you go an see you have all the vaccinations completed, micro chipped, and you can see the parents with the puppy.

FredClogs

13,767 posts

108 months

Thursday 22nd August
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LordGrover said:
covmutley said:
I have had a good look at rescue centres current dogs but I just don't think it's a route we want to go down. I had no idea there are so many dogs in need of a home that are mentally scarred. I feel a bit bad but not bad enough I guess.
Not sure how many are 'mentally scarred'. scratchchin
They're in rescue for a variety of reasons. Many of them are due to the original owner's change of circumstance or death. Mine were well cared for and loved, but the owner had an accident and could no longer care for them so put them up for adoption. Wonderful temperament, great manners and well trained - couldn't wish for better.
I'd definitely adopt/rescue again - all the hard work of training and socialisation is already done! hehe
No rescue centre or rehoming centre is going to allow someone off the street to come and take a dog home that's not suitable for the home or family, they spend their days (most often for free) rehoming animals that have been wrongly been sold by unscrupulous breeders (most often for hard cash) to the wrong people or wrong households.

Do you really think they want to see dogs go out and come back...?

I could have quite the rant about this but nuff said.

Supraman

6,821 posts

218 months

Thursday 22nd August
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Apologies, Long post but mixed experiences from rescue dogs. My parents inherited my Grandparents rescue dog. A Cross Collie that they had from a puppy (from a rescue centre). He was a lovely little character.
When he passed in 2005 my parents went back to the same rescue centre and saw a young greyhound. Had all the home checks done, got the dog home and it went psycho. Completely uncontrollable. On the sofa belting around the lounge and garden, and when you went to encourage it off the furniture it went for you. I was pinned down on the chair with it humping me, afraid to push it away without it biting me. Within half an hour we realised it had serious issues and had to go, but the centre had closed for the night. Left it down stairs overnight and it started howling like a banshee. Parents took it back the next day and in the office it went for my Dads hand as he lent down. It was very unusual behaviour from a Greyhound, and was obviously mentally unstable. We think it had been kept in a flat and never seen a garden which explained its behaviour, but it never came to light at the centre. Not wanting to risk another dog with an unknown or undeclared background, my parents got in touch with the breeder we had got our previous Golden Retriever from in the 1980s. We had him until last week, and was the best dog we have ever had.

Who me ?

6,879 posts

159 months

Thursday 22nd August
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First of all a serious plug for a rescue dog. Research the breed you want and then look at those dogs in rescue ( RSPA/Dogs trust). I'm biased on breed and suggest you look at Cairn Terriers. ( CTRF is a good place to look at). I'm an old Cairn fan, but of late there's been few in rescue. My search ended when a little lady ( JRT/Yorky x) spotted me. Small dog, but full of energy. An abused terrier given a lot of love becomes a good pet as they just respond so well to love and TLC.

covmutley

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1,802 posts

137 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Picked up a mini schnauzer pup today!

My kids are loving him.

I'm sat on the sofa and he is settling down nicely now in his crate. Bought a pen too, which we have attached to the crate, so a very controlled environment.

Our cat has seen him and is nervous near him, but seems fairly relaxed in the house and is not hiding away. I'm pretty happy with how the introduction has gone so far.

Not sure what sort of a night we are in for. The training will start tomorrow!

chemistry

558 posts

56 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Brilliant! Mini Schnauzers are awesome.

Scrabble says hi...


spookly

2,266 posts

42 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Reading through this thread.... and a lot of the suggestions are going to need a *lot* more than an hours walk a day.

I always wanted german pointers but didn't get them as I could not guarantee the time to properly exercise them every day.

Spaniels need a lot of exercise, as do Vizslas, Labs etc. It's quite sad that almost every labrador you see these days is overweight, they are a great family dog but do need either a restrictive diet or preferably a hell of a lot of exercise.

Lazermilk

2,767 posts

28 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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covmutley said:
Picked up a mini schnauzer pup today!

My kids are loving him.

I'm sat on the sofa and he is settling down nicely now in his crate. Bought a pen too, which we have attached to the crate, so a very controlled environment.

Our cat has seen him and is nervous near him, but seems fairly relaxed in the house and is not hiding away. I'm pretty happy with how the introduction has gone so far.

Not sure what sort of a night we are in for. The training will start tomorrow!
Good choice, my parents have one and he is great, proper little character.

How was his first night?

Should post pics of him too wink

Pothole

27,708 posts

229 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Fastchas said:
Other than that, greyhounds take little looking after. One run a day i've heard.
Two half hour walks, mine is happy to sleep/lie around the place most of the day. Just bear in mind if you get a retired racer they'll not be as much fun immediately as a puppy and have to learn 'how to be a dog' after being a pro athlete and living in kennels for the first 2-5 years of their lives. When we get another one after the inevitable happens to Eric (Express Treasure if anyone wants to look him up - raced mostly at Monmore Green) we'll try for as young as possible.