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Old 12-22-2006, 07:35 AM   #1
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Hi all,
Sorry, but I'm another newbie wanting your expertise to figure out which breed of dog I should get!
I want a small dog, but obedient. I have a little experience with dogs but not loads. I have other preferrences, but I've given up being too picky as nothing seems to match what I want.
So, what small dog is obedient? I don't mind spending time training, but once the dog has got the hang of what I want from it, I would ideally like obedience to be unthinking and immediate, as much as possible.
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get a staffy lovely dogs small, good with humans but need a lot of discipline

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Obedience is something you teach a dog, they are not normally obedient by birth. Breed depends on what you really want, by small do you mean Yorkie size ? Or something more along the size of a Beagle or Basenji ?

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I know obedience needs to be taught, but some dogs are naturally more obedient than others. Terriers, for instance, have a reputation for stubborn disobedience and willfullness. Beagle, basenji or yorkie are all ok-sized.
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I know obedience needs to be taught, but some dogs are naturally more obedient than others. Terriers, for instance, have a reputation for stubborn disobedience and willfullness. Beagle, basenji or yorkie are all ok-sized.
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I don't know of any dog that is naturally more obedient than any other dog, some dogs are easier to train and more willing to learn than others but if you put the time into training a dog, you can have whatever type of puppy you like.


Ask yourself how much time you have to devote to training and exercising then narrow it down.

Alot of the smaller dogs need just as much exercise as the larger ones.

Or you could do what alot of people do, get a mixed breed dog, and have the best of both worlds....lol

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instant unthinking obedience is not a product of breed in any way. the only way to have a supremely well trained dog is to work, work, work, work with the dog for it's entire life. dog training is not like programming a computer, once you have done it correctly it is done forever. keeping a dog well trained is an ongoing process. i know dogs of every type who are beautifully trained, but it's the owner, not the type of dog that is responsible. sure it is easier with a border collie than with a border terrier, but you are the deciding factor. another trainer once said to me that you get the dog you pay for- in this instance you pay with time and consistency!
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I'd say miniarture poodle as they're more willing to learn - that doesn't mean their easier to train. But be aware that you could also end up with a stubborn, pig-headed one.

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I agree minature poodle - they are intelligent and quick to learn. But, tell us what your circumstances are, e.g. how long will the dog be left, time commitments with the dog, do you live in a house/apartment is there a garden etc.

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Miniature aussie,shelties border-collies,springers, they all need exercice but they are very trainable.You also have the Nova-scotia.
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