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Old 06-08-2008, 05:33 PM   #11
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Melamaphine - My mum is not a dog person. I wont lie, but today she said out of the blue, if you can find a small dog that does not need a lot of exercise and get along with cats you can have a dog. She blew me away. I have been begging her ever since my last dog, well not ever since but since I thought about it and she just kind of said I could.

I am planning on going to college and uni, I have thought of that which is why I want an easy, calm, small first dog which will fit into my future plans.

I know dogs grow up, after my first dog I know how hard it can be, I am prepared and want to do the best for the dog too.

I will look into shelters ect

Thank you all! Keep replying, your advice is really helping!

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Old 06-08-2008, 06:05 PM   #12
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I'd just like to say to Madaboutdogs that you sound like a very sensible young person.

The fact that you have taken the time to come and join a forum like this shows that you are thinking your decision and options through.

I am sure that many young people your age would just pester aay at the parents and then go and pick up the first dog they could find being given away.

Maybe your Mum has said yes because she has faith in your ability to do the right thing.

Good luck in your search and I am sure that the right dog for you and your family is waiting for you at this very moment.

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Bulldogs are quite small and they dont need much excercise, they are normally content to laze around. Getting one from a puppy can be expensive, unless you find a cheap one. Just make sure you investigate all paperwork and medical health certificates carefully and make sure you can ring the pups' current vet so that you can make sure all the information is genuine before you buy/adopt ANY dog.

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Taking on a dog is a big decision & you sound like you want to do the best for it. After your 1st post I was going to recommend a cavalier king charles spaniel, but they do have heart conditions. All breeds have some health problems. That's why it's important to know what they are & to ask a breeder what testing their breeding dogs have had to make sure they are free of those diseases.
I think Mel's suggestion to volunteer at a shelter would be great. You'd get to know the dogs there. Help with their feeding, cleaning their pens & taking them for walks.
It's important to get a puppy that has been properly socialised to all sorts of things & people, & to continue that socialisation for the rest of the dogs life.
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Well funnily enough in 3 weeks I have my work experience in an animal shelter, the one I got my last dog from, which is so exciting, I will ask more about it here.

With my last dog I was so naive, it was a mistake to get her, not on her part but ours, we were the wrong owners and she was not the right dog for us. I just saw her and did not think. I have seriously learnt from my mistakes and now I know how demanding dogs are but I adore them and will do anything to get one.

I want a couch potato! who will enjoy exercise but not be desperate for it as I dont have a lot of tim,e and dont want to be cruel and have a dog who needs a lot. I definitely want a companion dog though!

My mum says we need to decide which breed we want before we do anything. That is my aim right now, to settle on one.

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:20 AM   #16
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Hi Madaboutdogs,

you've answered my questions, sorry if you felt like I was giving you the third degree, but that is how I honestly believe dog ownership should be approached. Too many people rush into it and this is why so many dogs are abused or in shelters, I strongly believe that all dog owners should be licenced. Having owned rescue dogs for years, I've seen first hand the damage that an indifferent owner can do.

The suggestion of a bulldog is perhaps not ideal, you need something trainable and few of the bull breeds are easy to train for an inexperienced owner. I seriously think that the time you spend at the shelter may give you a better idea of what you want. Don't discount a crossbreed, an adult one will already be showing its personality traits well enough for you to tell if its right for your family.

If I was to recommend anything, it would probably be something like a well-chosen cocker spaniel, although they do require quite a bit of exercise. They're cute, friendly and playful and my mum who didn't like dogs much absolutely adores my cocker Molly. There's also the terrier types which are small, but again they can be difficult for inexperienced owners to handle.

If you want a couch potato, I would say you need an older dog. This may also work better when you go off to uni. They need less stimulation and exercise as they age and may be easier for your mum to cope with.

Dogs Trust and most shelters match a dog to your home life, there really isn't a breed that will be the best - even in breeds you have diverse personality types.

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Thanks for your reply

We definitely want a puppy, even my mum agrees on that one

The exercise must be low, I am aware that puppies are more active and need more exercise when they are young, but not to intense. I just need to decide on a breed.

I would like a mongrel. I like cavalier king charles spaniel too but they seem expensive.

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If you want a mongrel and a puppy there is absolutely no way that we can advise you what to get, as by definition crossbreeds do not all have the same personality traits. Even crosses that have been done before can't be commented on as you don't know which of the genes will be stronger. Some crosses work very well if they get the best of mum and dad, but some get the worst of both.

Think very seriously before getting a puppy, they are a LOT of work, they destroy things, chew the furniture, pee and poo everywhere and bite like mad until you teach them not to. It worries me that your mum, not being a dog person, may not like this. Cats often don't like puppies either, especially if they're not used to dogs.

Talk to some rescues, get their honest advice and don't rush into it. Most young dogs, irregardless of breed need decent exercise and if you can't walk for hours you need to stimulate them with training and play.

It's when you ignore the dog's need for stimulation that problems appear, they will find an outlet for their energy somewhere.

I honestly think a well-chosen older dog would be better as you don't have much experience with dogs, but of course it's up to you and I hope you find the pup of your dreams. Just think carefully so he/she doesn't end up as another thrown away puppy who got past the 'cute' phase and was no longer wanted.
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Hi there. First off, EVERY dog needs exercise. Lack of exercise can result in problems; even little dogs need exercise. It is extremely important. The only exception to this is senior dogs and even they should still be taking a stroll around the block if they can swing it. So if you are not going to be able to exercise this dog on a regular and consistent basis, I would say you are not in a good place right now to have a dog. I do have to say that I am a bit concerned about the money issue. Like someone else mentioned, anything can happen. If your new dog got hurt and needed medical attention, is your mother going to pay for it? Who is going to pay for the shots and to spay/neuter if the dog isn't already? I do commend you for coming on here and seeking advice - but if you have limited funds and the inability to exercise the dog regularly - I would say hold off for now. Enjoy your cats and you have many, many years ahead of you in which to give a dog a home.
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:53 PM   #20
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I appreciate your comments.

I have had experience with dogs. I understand what you mean about puppies, they are active and you need to let them adapt to your living conditions, exercise them, get them accustomed to things, train them ect. I am aware that it is not a easy job. ALso the cute factor is not an issue. I think all dogs are cute! But they all grow up, I am not looking for an adorable puppy, rather a dog that I can have as a companion and that will suit my needs in the future.

Although my mum is not a dog person she would not mind a dog if I took on the main responsibly - which is what I want. Seeing as after school and on weekends I am often not doing much I think it would fit in well.

I am aware that in the week I am at school for 6 hours a day, which may pose a problem, but as long as this dog does not destroy the house and kill the cats it should be fine.

I have really thought about this. My cats would not take kindly to an adult dog, even if it was ok with cats. Its size would be a problem. That is why a puppy would be good, although it would grow it would come smaller and learn to live with my cats. Off-course this might not work out, my cats might not adjust in which case I would unfortunately have to find the dog a new home. This is why I think an animal shelter would be better in some ways as they sometimes offer trial adoptions which is really handy as if it did not work out we would not be in a bad situation.

I also pose to get the dog in a half term or at say christmas when I am at home for the majority of the time and can settle it in. Off-course if I went to an animal home or a breeder they might not have suitable puppy at the time but at least I have an idea.

I am really sure about this. I just need to live myself time to decide on a breed, or a whether I want a mongrel and then begin to do some research

I came here to help find a breed.

Does anyone have any questions that can help me narrow down a suitable breed?

So far I know that I want a dog that required a low amount of exercise - not none but something I can handle and wont be begging for constant attention. I am aware that when it is a puppy it will be more active but I am talking about in the long run. I also need it to be friendly and generally get along with other cats.

Sorry for all the long winded replies!

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