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Old 11-14-2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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I live in a large town in west Oxfordshire, but there is some grassy areas, I was wondering what sort of dog do you think would be right for me? I want a small - medium friendly dog, that will walk far when we have more time, but would also be fine with about 30 mins walk daily, I don't want a really expensive little dog (but I know that they can be) and I don't want a really tiny one, between about 8 - 15 inches tall, and a dog that gets on well with kids and strangers, and other dogs. I don't mind a little grooming but don't want to have to spend more then 10 mins a day grooming. Does anyone have any ideas what sort of dog would suit me?

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Old 11-14-2008, 09:12 AM   #2
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What sort of disposition do you want it to have? What do you want it to look like? How affectionate? How lively?
You could look at spaniels -cockers, springers, cavalier king charles.
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Why not try an internet breed selector (google it). There are lots of them.
They ask a host of questions about your lifestyle and the type of dog characteristics you like and then give you a list of suggestions
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sounds to me like a great choice for you. They are beautiful friendly little dogs (while not being TINY). They require some grooming, but not a great deal. They are about 12inches max height.

http://www.cavaliers.co.uk/

However they can be prone to illnesses, the most important (and maybe the one you will have heard of a lot in the press lately) Syringomyelia (may have spelt that wrong, sorry if I have), and Mitral Valve Disease, so if you do go for one, make sure you see proof that the parents are tested and healthy!

Good luck in your search!
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I've got a cocker spaniel and she's great. She's a big dog in a small package. She hsa personality in bucket loads and is wonderful with people, large and small.

I couldn't recommend a well chosen cocker spaniel more, they make wonderful companions and can make the transition from cuddly lap dog to energetic field dog effortlessly.

You would need to probably look at the calmer show lines rather than working though (as working will need a lot more exercise). There are a few things to research should you go down that route such as eye problems and temperaments (some lines, particularly golden colours have incidences of Rage). They do need a fair amount of stimulation as they are very intelligent, and an amount of grooming is a necessity.

Cavaliers are also wonderful little dogs, but Cockers and Springers are the ones I've owned and know best. I've owned other breeds of dog, but to me none compares to a spaniel for a loving, trustworthy companion that is friendly to all.
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Any of the above will be a good choice, you can also look to one of the terrier breeds... a West Highland White/Cairn/ Border .. if you are in no hurry a good idea would be to visit Crufts in March and do Discover Dogs... you will be able to view many breed that might suite you.

On thing in your post concerned me.... the bit about not wanting to pay much money..what do you mean by that..

When purchasing a new puppy, you must be prepared to pay the going rate for said breed..... I would guess (only a guess) that all the above will be from 400 / 600

It is important to remember if you are purchasing a puppy of any breed for a much reduced price , it will more than likely be from a wrong sort of breeder.

When choosing a breed, look up their health issues in your choice, and make sure yo ask the breeder if they have done the relevant health tests for said breed.

The saying........you get what you pay for , is never more apparent when buying a puppy.

If money is an issue, then you may be better looking to rescue centres... they usually have puppies, and paying their adoption fee.

Don't set yourself up for heartache by buying cheap , when buying a pedigree... the cost the money they do because breeders have put a lot of time effort and money into raising as healthy a litter as they can.
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If you do not adopt or rescue one, a Schnauzer, Yorkie, Penn Brooke, Boston, many kinds would work out. But, any dog is going to need a daily good walk for exercise. It should also be put in puppy classes and then Obedience along with you, this will teach you how to start to train your new pup.

If you buy from a Breeder, make certain you get a warranty on diseases for a lifetime of the dog, anything the breed is prone to should be accompanied with a warranty in writing. The Breeder should take it back and give a full refund if it gets a disease that would effect it for its life.

Get an honest Breeder, not a BYB that just breeds over and over for the money. Ask questions and they should ask of you plenty also or Beware!!
Good luck and you might want to take a look at dogbreedinfo.com all the breeds are on that site and temperments, life span, etc. You could learn alot and maybe make a good decision from it.? Good luck and take your time to be sure you get what will fit your needs and room.
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Any of the above will be a good choice, you can also look to one of the terrier breeds... a West Highland White/Cairn/ Border .. if you are in no hurry a good idea would be to visit Crufts in March and do Discover Dogs... you will be able to view many breed that might suite you.

On thing in your post concerned me.... the bit about not wanting to pay much money..what do you mean by that..

When purchasing a new puppy, you must be prepared to pay the going rate for said breed..... I would guess (only a guess) that all the above will be from 400 / 600

It is important to remember if you are purchasing a puppy of any breed for a much reduced price , it will more than likely be from a wrong sort of breeder.

When choosing a breed, look up their health issues in your choice, and make sure yo ask the breeder if they have done the relevant health tests for said breed.

The saying........you get what you pay for , is never more apparent when buying a puppy.

If money is an issue, then you may be better looking to rescue centres... they usually have puppies, and paying their adoption fee.

Don't set yourself up for heartache by buying cheap , when buying a pedigree... the cost the money they do because breeders have put a lot of time effort and money into raising as healthy a litter as they can.
what I meant is not paying over a grand as I think thats too much, but I would pay anything up to 700 for a good dog and good breed, it won't be rushed as I'm staying with Chaz at the moment, its a bit cramped but there was a house fire, so I wouldn't think of getting a dog before thats sorted anyway.
Thanks for the advice everyone I think I like the sound of a type of spaniel, whether a cocker or a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel but I also like the sound of a small terrier, although there are loads of Jack russels around where I live who are quite aggressive to other dogs, and I wouldn't want that, but I think that I will go to crufts after you said that, as then I can spend money and look at cute dogs

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I can't see a Springer or Cocker coping well with a 30 minute walk!

A Cavalier seems to fit your critera well, or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which are very people loving but not always so tolerant of other dogs.

Are you set on a puppy? How about a going to your local rescue and seeing whats available, if you go to a reputable centre they will match you to a dog that will be suitable. There's an enourmous amount of dogs in rescue and massive waiting lists at the moment.

Whichever breed you decide on ensure you do lots of research, find out what health problems there are in the breed and ensure all the relevant checks have been done.

I would steer clear of the internet breed selectors and go off real peoples opinions and advice.

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There's also a min. poodle. You do need to clip about every 8 weeks or so. I used to have mine clipped in the 'lamb clip' not the regular poodle clips.

I agree with AJ re the springer/cockers they would need more exercise than you are proposing.

http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.p...light=choosing

you might like to look at that thread too.

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A show bred cocker or maybe even springer would be able to cope better than a working bred one.

It does depend on how much goes into that 30 minutes too; if its a calm stroll on lead then definitely not enough, but if you go for a run, cycle or involve a fast activity like fetch it can be a lot more tiring.

My dog when I was a kid/teenager was a springer and I used to take him to a field for about 30-45 minutes after school and just play fetch the whole time. That would be enough for him to settle when he got home. I also played with him for a couple of hours at home too, we used scenting games to stimulate his brain. Though if more exercise was on offer, he didn't tire. depends on the dog.

Show cockers don't need anywhere near the level of exercise of a working one either. My cocker is somewhere in between the 2 (she was a rescue and doesn't look completely like either). She can walk 15 miles and still be ready for more, but she can also make do with a half an hour run and not be climbing the walls (though I must admit you wouldn't get away with this often). She does spend most of the day zooming around the garden though.
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