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Old 01-04-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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My partner and I are looking for a dog and after a visit to the RSPCA have fallen in love with Ben, a collie cross with a SBT.

My question is whether this is a suitable dog for our situation.

We are hoping to start a family in about 18 months. We work full time but have time to come home during our lunch hour. We travel to family regularly and would want to take the dog with us.

Can anyone offer any advice on likely temperament, behaviour etc? We have put a reserve on him and are taking him for a walk tomorrow before making a final decision.

Thanks in advance.

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On the Staffie side, Molly has Staffie in her. She is wonderful, loyal, caring, gentle baby. Love that side of her cross.

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Hi Missy and welcome to the forum.
How wonderful that you are thinking of adopting a dog!
Typically both of those breeds are gentle with people, but temperament almost always comes down to the individual dog. Perhaps the people at theRSPCA can tell you a bit more about his history and disposition? That could tell you much more about what to expect.
And of course if you do take him into your home you can influence his behavior by how your train and teach him.
Not sure that this answers your question, but I hope it helped a little.

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Thanks for both your replies, I'm excited about going back tomorrow to see him! Skunkstripe, thanks for that link, its really useful.

Will let you know how we get on tomorrow!

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Hi,
My partner and I are looking for a dog and after a visit to the RSPCA have fallen in love with Ben, a collie cross with a SBT.

My question is whether this is a suitable dog for our situation.

We are hoping to start a family in about 18 months. We work full time but have time to come home during our lunch hour. We travel to family regularly and would want to take the dog with us.

Can anyone offer any advice on likely temperament, behaviour etc? We have put a reserve on him and are taking him for a walk tomorrow before making a final decision.

Thanks in advance.

have you spoken to the RSPCA about your plans, as they will know the dog tempriment best and know if it will suit your future or not.

Knowing the RSPCA like I do, the likely hood of you passing a home check if you work full time is slim.

but please don't let this put you off you never know what may happen, and good for you for thinking if taking on a rescue dog.
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Good luck and do let us know how it goes getting your pet....
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Quick update for you, we went back on Saturday and are definately having him! He was neutered yesterday so we have to wait 10 days from that, and have our home visit, so we are hopefully looking at a week on Saturday when he can come home with us! My other half has been working hard and has made a kennel area under the stairs, its great.
I'm a little nervous as he is the first dog I've had but am prepared to work hard to help Benson fit into our family.
Vixen, thanks for the info. We have already told the RSPCA that we both work full time and they said its not a problem. I can come home every lunch hour and my partner can come home at different times in the day some days.
Thanks for all your help guys.

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Quick update for you, we went back on Saturday and are definately having him! He was neutered yesterday so we have to wait 10 days from that, and have our home visit, so we are hopefully looking at a week on Saturday when he can come home with us! My other half has been working hard and has made a kennel area under the stairs, its great.
I'm a little nervous as he is the first dog I've had but am prepared to work hard to help Benson fit into our family.
Vixen, thanks for the info. We have already told the RSPCA that we both work full time and they said its not a problem. I can come home every lunch hour and my partner can come home at different times in the day some days.
Thanks for all your help guys.

Thats great, I so pleased for you, I sorry if my post sounded negative, but I did'nt want you to get your hopes up to high and be dissapointed. I known people go to the RSPCA and where turned down because of they work full time, one of those where going for a cat but all centre's are different and some are better than others.

keep us posted and don't forget plenty of pic's when he comes home.
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