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Old 10-15-2008, 05:20 PM   #1
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I have spent hours and hours reading books, webpages, forums etc looking for a dog breed, and I still havnt found one that I think would suit me. I was wondering if anybody could help?

I want:
A HPR dog - I am not too fussed about pointing but I want a dog to be able to find and flush quarry and be very obedient whilst doing so
(Obviously) an obedient dog
A small(ish) dog, no bigger then 30" at the shoulders
A dog that dosent need tons of exercise (about 20 minutes of jogging tuesday, thursday and saturday then a 1-2 hours hunting and free running over a few acres on monday, wednesday, friday and sunday)

I am not worried about how difficult they are to train, how dominate they try to get etc. A few breeds some have suggested are:

Toy fox terrier
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Brittany spaniel (not sure how to amount of exercise would hold out on that dog?)
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Poodle x chihuahua

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Hiya

How about a working cocker spanial, Or an English springer spanial. I no of some working cocker that do this kind of work, And my brother have both breeds to do this with.

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Another possibility, although I am not sure I could handle a springer spaniel (we had one when I was younger who we had to re-home, every time I see one it breaks my heart) but a cocker spaniel could be great..added to list thank you!!

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I wouldn't go for a terrier - they are often high energy.

I'm slow(er than normal) tonight. What is HPR?
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How about a Mini Schnauzer? I think they are so cute, not much shedding at all. Not alot of hard work and a cutie of a doggie.

Also, Yorkie dogs are small but cute. There is one behind us that minds it's business and let's the big dogs like mine alone.
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Have you considered a German Shorthair Pointer? I'm not sure about the exercise requirements, but Applesmom who posts here is a GSP expert. She used to breed and show them and has one now, too. She can give you more info if you are interested in this breed.
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I'm slow(er than normal) tonight. What is HPR?
Hunt-Point-Retrieve

I have thought about a GSP or GWP but they are high energy and Big (BIG) dogs and too big for what I want (or what I could have should I say )

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OK, so definately under 50 lbs? I wouldn't classify a GSP or GWP as low energy - so you are right there. (My Lab/GSP is almost 5 & might slow down some in the energry dept in the next 5 or so years lol)

A Brittany Spaniel is going to be close to too big for you then, I would think.....as the ones I've met have been around the 50 lbs mark.

I can't see any of the smaller poodles being hunting dogs - IMO, that has been bred out of the small sized Poodles. You might have an issue finding a smaller sized poodle who will have the hunt instinct/desire there.
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What about an Irish Water Spaniel.

Read this link and see what you think.

The breed are endangered, so by getting one you would be doing the breed a great service.

http://www.siwsc.org.uk/articlesphot...cles&article=0

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Try looking at lurchers they might be your best bet

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