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Old 06-27-2008, 06:50 AM   #1
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I'm a new visitor to the site was looking for your help.

On saturday i'm going to see a toy poodle x border terrier cross. We are getting a puppy because we have a one year old so we could risk a dog from a home (which i would have prefered)

Does anyone have any experience of this cross bread?

My family already have a poodle

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Old 06-27-2008, 06:59 AM   #2
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Hi emily and welcome.

The first point i'd like to make, is that even if someone already has this cross, there's no way of telling what another will be like. As in all crossbreeds, it varies from dog to dog (even in the same litter) as to what characteristic they inherit from each parent. For example, Labradoodles are trendy at the moment, but they vary tremendously in looks and temperament.

Be aware that there is a terrier mixed in, and terriers can be hard work, they have a very high prey drive and need serious training and exercise to keep them well-behaved and obedient. Ignore this and they can easily become disobedient, aggressive and nippy.

Just don't fall foul of the current trend for 'designer' crossbreeds, if they're charging hundreds of pounds, walk away. At the end of the day it is a mongrel, much as any you could pick up from a shelter for a fraction of the price. and which needs a home just as much.

Don't line the pockets of BYBs.

Other than that, good luck! I don't mean to get on my soap box!
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Old 06-27-2008, 07:01 AM   #3
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Hi Emily and welcome to the forum.
I'm not sure I understand - you have a 1 year old and want to get a young puppy, or a puppy who needs rehoming?
At any rate, I doubt that there is going to be any consistency as far as mixed breeds go, since it is like "rolling the genetic dice." So it will not be possible to say whether such puppies will be like a toy Poodle or like a Border Terrier.
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Old 06-27-2008, 07:19 AM   #4
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i know there is a risk in cross breading, the guy i'm off to see has a 14 year old ped, poddle and a border terrier they had no intension to breed but someone visiting their house left a gate open and before they knew it pups were on their way

I've looked at dog homes for pups but no luck all the dogs where ones i would consider dangerous all the ones you hear about in the news who people bought and then didnt want

I'll see what the dogs like in person and the people before i make up my mind

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since you have a one year old I would probably suggest a calmer mix/breed period..

Poodle = active
terrier = hyperactive

baby= a lot of time and energy

if you get that sort of a puppy it will probably like having twins or triplets for you guys.. Read up on the breeds and remember when you cross two active breeds you often get a very high strung smart and outgoing dog and with smart I mean that it will be likely to end up in trouble if not watched cause it want stuff and will see to get it. If you hadnt had the baby I wouldnt be concerned but dont be fooled that mix is running a big risk of being a tiny dog with tons of energy...

my parents dog is that sort of mix, however I also suspect something more in him like schnauzer but he takes a lot and they had severe issues with him til he grew a bit older and the only one he did obey was me.
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Hi Emily and welcome to theforum

agree with the others with a Crossbreed lthere is really no telling what it will be like in looks or temperament .

May I ask which was the mother and which the father I am assuming that as the poodle is 14 years old he is the father.
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Hi.

Dogs are a lot of work, as i'm sure you already know. I know that at a lot of rescue centres- they wont re-home to families who have toddlers, not just because they dont know how the dog truly will be with babies but also because you've got to ask yourself- why does someone want a dog when they've got enough on their hands with a baby- there's the concern they'll see the dog back in 3 or 6 months. Why do you want a dog at this stressful time in your life? Especially a puppy. And what will happen in the future if you and your partner (assuming you have one) splits up, what will happen with the dog them? You need to think everything out, having a pup is like having another baby, do you really want another baby?

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Oh one more thing- most of the dogs in rescue centres are absolute darlings! I can only think of one truly dangerous dog at my local centre in the last 2 years and unfortunately he had to be put to sleep- he was just too unpredictable and completely un-rehomable, he was a danger and that was only because of the way he'd been treated by people! But the rest haven't been at all. Yes, some dogs can be boisterous etc but thats not dangerous, thats a personality and sometimes a breed trait.

I think a lot of people go to centres expecting the dogs to be all sweetness and light, well their not-whilst their there- in a completely unnatural environment, caged up, with other dogs winding them up constantly. People will never see the true nature of a dog being affected in this way by the environment he is in.

If you really do want a dog then I suggest you call all your local animal shelters, explain you want a calm, older dog who has a history of being good with children etc and if there arnt any there ask to go on a waiting list, or keep phoning back.

The man who has these puppies you're going to see is clearly not responsible at all. If he cant leave a gate closed then he needs to get his animals neutered.

And considering 151 dogs are dying in the UK every week in council run dog pounds because they dont have anywhere else to go, I think this is very important.

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The only snag is the O/P has a one year old child and if she is in the Uk a lot of the rescue centres qill not re-home a dog to a family with a young child/young chilfren.
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Yes, most rescues won't because of the legal implications of placing any rescue dog in a home with a young child, as a child under 5 lacks the ability to be self-aware enough around a strange animal to not harm it. The rescues can be held responsible so better not to take that risk.

I see no problem with getting a puppy, as long as all involved are very aware of the added workload and responsibility involved. Plus, think of all the extra poop and wee in the house with a crawling child.... could get frustrating for you.

I've rescued my past few dogs and will probably always rescue, but there's no shame in wanting a puppy to start from scratch with. I've worked with a few damaged rescue dogs and next time, I'd kinda like a blank canvas...the problem is I always find a rescue that I want to help and the puppy gets put off for 'next time'.
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