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Old 08-16-2007, 10:12 AM   #1
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I'm new on the board...I've owned a dog before but it died from sickness...it was a mutt (sheppard/retriever) i think...

anyways...I was wondering if someone can recommand a breed to me...I'm looking for a dog with the following characteristics:

- mid size (~under 50lbs)
- very friendly and good with animals
- loyal and easy call-backs when off leash (smart quick learner)
- little groominig...minimal shedding
- fairly active...I'll run her at least 30 min a day (don't have a yard though)
- like being outdoors...hiking, rollerblading, jogging etc...

any ideas?
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:16 AM   #2
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if you can only exercise for 30 mins a day, and you dont have a yard, you need a dog with a low activivty level, what about an older cavalier king charles / cocker spaniel
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:26 AM   #3
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I would check out the AKC website for different breeds that might fit the size and temperament your looking for. http://www.akc.org

Bichon comes to mind, Poodle, Beagle, Pom, Boston Terrier. In fact there are several terrier breeds that weigh in under 50lbs.

Once you find a breed that meets the criteria contact the breed club for a listing of breeders in your area. Attend a few dog shows to see the adults in action and talk with people who on the breed.

Remember all dogs need training to teach them things like come when called. Even a biddable breed of dog such as the Cavalier needs to learn come, sit, stay down. Good luck in your search :-)

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I'd check the local animal shelter...see if there's a retriever or labrador mutt mixed with a smaller-sized breed.

I thought about a Boston Terrier, but I'm not sure on how much they shed.
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Oh, I forgot...I wouldn't go with any of the hounds (ie Beagle, Bassett Hound) since you're looking for something that will come when off leash...they get a scent of something, they're gone.
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Hi,

I'm new on the board...I've owned a dog before but it died from sickness...it was a mutt (sheppard/retriever) i think...

anyways...I was wondering if someone can recommand a breed to me...I'm looking for a dog with the following characteristics:

- mid size (~under 50lbs)
- very friendly and good with animals
- loyal and easy call-backs when off leash (smart quick learner)
- little groominig...minimal shedding
- fairly active...I'll run her at least 30 min a day (don't have a yard though)
- like being outdoors...hiking, rollerblading, jogging etc...

any ideas?
Thanks in advance
P.S. here is a link that might help you to narrow down your choices
its sort of a quiz to help narrow the search

http://www.pedigree.com/community/se...lectadog%2Easp

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Old 08-16-2007, 10:48 AM   #7
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I have experience with dog training...and I enjoy the whole process of it...

I don't want to get a small breed such as Bichon, Poode etc...

was looking for a more sporty dog...a breed that i can take on hiking trips and jogging and such...but i know that with the limited exercise time I won't be able to get a full sporting/herding breed...

I'm leaning towards someing like a labrador retriever and even cavalier...but the cav is just too "girly"

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Hi Ruffy and welcome to the forum.
Sorry to hear about your other dog.
If you'll be running your dog 30 minutes AND hiking, jogging, rollerblading etc then maybe a moderately active dog would be fine.
Good luck whatever you decide!
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well...i'm not THAT active...haha...

I'll be able to walk her at least 30-60 min a day...but the outdoor exercises would only be during weekends maybe a couple times a month...

i'm thinking that a lab would be too big now...

anyone have experience with Eskies? (american eskimos)

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a cairn terrier thats exactly what i wanted in a dog abbie is such a quick learner!. Also king charles are small but their coat sheds dont it erm westie are cool too and yorkies......
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