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Old 11-22-2006, 04:54 PM   #1
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Question Which breed should I get?

I know you must all get sick of people asking this so I'll try and keep it short.

This will be my first dog but I have been dog sitting for a friend for over a year now and have had a fair bit of experience with dogs and trainig (My friend used to do obidience to a very high standard and she's been teaching me a bit)

I work in a fairly large workshop making marquees, the fabric side of them only, so although there's occasionally a bit of hammering it doesn't get too noisey or busy (there's only me and one other guy working there plus a couple of part-timers who come in through the week.)

My boss is very happy for me to have a dog there at work. Their irish setter used to come in untill she was sadly put down last year. Occasionally a 6month old springer spaniel comes in but thats not very often and he spends his time mainly in his crate.

There is also a cat but she pretty much just keeps away form the dogs, 'you don't bother me I won't bother you'!

My dog could be loose, tetherd (my spelling is terrible, I'm sorry) or in a crate depending on the dog / age

I'd love to hear opinions on what breeds might suit this lifestyle. I'd also like to do a bit of agility and/or obidience, but just for fun, not competitively.

Size of dog is only limited by having a small hatchback car and although work is only a 5-10min drive away I don't want my dog to be cramped.

Finally I have had mixed advice on whether it would be better to get a puppy so it can grow up used to my lifestyle, or an adult dog (possibly a rescue). (my boos is extremely understanding and would allow for puppy potty training time etc)

Sorry to have gone on, I hope you will give me your opinions, I hope I haven't missed out anything too crucial (probably have).

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Old 11-22-2006, 05:10 PM   #2
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Hi K_T.... Welcome to the forum.....Labrador, Golden Retriever..spaniel...I always suggest rescuing...there are too many dogs put to sleep in shelters and rescues and not enough homes...everyone wants a pure bred puppy ..local shelters are full of adult dogs that are already housebroke and that have already had training....
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:10 PM   #3
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P.s i live in the uk if that makes any difference, oh and I don't really want to spend more than £200 (£300 max) although I don't mind have a cross breed and not having a pedigree dog

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You need to decide roughly what size of dog you would like, then think about whether you want long or short hair (do you like grooming?), what sort of exercise would the dog get - do you like to walk fast for miles, or just amble quietly? Do you want to take part in any dog sports, do you relate to active playful dogs or more sedate types?

If you want to let us know the answers to these questions we would have a better idea of which breeds to suggest.

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I too am in the UK and I would suggest a retired Grreyhound they make great pets o but I see where you work there is a cat you would have to ensure that the dog had been cat tested. or
a Whippet if you want a smaller breed. It is difficult as Kaos says to advise you without knowing a bit more about you and your lifestyle so you can match a dog to that. let us know and we can then perhaps help you further. And a big welcome to the forum.
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Just about any dog you get will absolutely love being nearby while you work. High-energy dogs need more exercise more often during the day, so if you don't have time to provide some exercise breaks, you might want to avoid a high-energy dog for your lifestyle.

If you want a dog that will be patient and quiet while you work, and you want to go low-maintenance on the grooming, then I suggest adopting a cat-safe retired racing Greyhound. The adoption fee should be within your spending limits, and you get a purebred rescue. I'll spare you the sales pitch, but it you'd like to know more, PM me.

If you want a dog that will be patient and quiet while you work, and you don't mind a little grooming, then an English or Welsh Springer would be worth considering. Excellent companions, obedient, quiet, and a nice size, so consider a breed rescue.

These are two that I think would do well for you, but there are many excellent choices. There are a lot of mutts out there just waiting for a home, and all would make excellent companions.
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Thanks for the advice so far. I'll try and answer a few of your questions:

I want a small-medium sized dog ideally (a small JR terrier upto maybe something like a big spaniel) although I would consider something bigger if it didn't mind travelling in a small car (e.g greyhound)

I don't want anything too hyper active although a bit of spirit is good because I want to do a bit or agility if I can.

I had seriously considered either a greyhound or a whippet (I was told greyhounds can't do agility, even just for fun- don't know if this is true?!?)

The only reason I am put off a greyhound or whippet is because I will only have a small enclosed run in my garden where they could be let off. (I was told sight hounds are not safe to let off leash in an area that isn't enclosed) So I am worried that he wouldn't get enough space to gallop in. I have plenty of fields and parks to walk a dog in, but they are not enclosed.

I don't want to do a huge amount of grooming but I don't mind a once a week good groom.

I am not into walking for hundreds of miles but a couple of good walks a day would be welcome, plus going out for a shorter one or two during the day if neccessary.

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Hi. Just an FYI for a group of dogs-terriers. I personally love them, but terriers, including JRs- LOVE to chase cats. That, and they enjoy digging to a large extent and are great escape artists.

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Not to everybody's taste, but poodles seem to fit your criteria. You can choose the appropriate size to suit, and they excel at dog sports like obedience and agility. They are very trainable so are likely to be able to be exercised off leash, and the smaller ones won't need a huge fenced area (assuming they are getting enough exercise on walks).

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I just got a second dog as a companion for my nuetered male Rottweiler.

"Freddi" is a 7 month old, spayed female Sheperd/Akita cross ( more or less)
and will go maybe 60/70 lbs. when fully grown.
She is medium sized dog, and is very loving, & loyal. Quite content to be laying close by, but loves to play with my other dog, "Diesel", when he's into it.
Like most *working* type dogs, she needs to get out and run for a bit, and I take the two of them out twice a day for this.
Before, and after work, typically.

The advantage of getting a young/juvenille dog is that they are usually house-trained, but have not had too much time to develop bad habits; and will bond to you quickly.

Terriers are wonderful dogs, but are not as content to 'hang' with you, and are not "known" for their loyality and devotion. I hasten to add, that this is not to say terriers are NOT loyal, - it's just that they tend to have a "mind of their own".

Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue agency, is a wonderful thing to do I.M.H.O.

Bottom line, - get a dog that you are comfortable with, and who is comfortable with you.
Remember too, that some breeds are not for 'everybody', Rottweilers, for example, and ex-track dogs, as nice as would be to rescue one, may not be the best choice either.

- good luck!

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