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Old 05-24-2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default New Dog, Any Suggestions on breed?

Ok, so here is the situation, right now we live in an apartment that does not allow dogs. But we are currently looking for a house, and when we do get a house I am going to focus on getting one with a backyard.
I was talking to my mom about dogs, and if we want to get one or not, and she said she isn't ready for one right now but will be after a while.
I asked her what she wants when it comes to a dog, and she said she wants a dog that can swim, since we live somewhat near a dog beach and would really love to take a dog there, but would like one to play in the water and enjoy it. But we would also like a dog with short hair, since we do not have the time to brush the dog daily or weekly. I personally would love to get a Brittany Spaniel, because we have had one in the past and it was a great dog, but 2 problems with that breed, they are hyper and when they see a bird they take off, we want a dog to have fun at the dog beach but we want to be able to catch it when we are ready to go.
So what we want is a dog that likes water, short haired, and isn't too hyper.

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Old 05-25-2008, 07:15 AM   #2
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Hi <3 and welcome to the forum.
I'll say a Poodle! They are water dogs, they don't shed, and they have nice personalities. The other thing you can do is see what kinds of dogs are at this beach that you might like.
One word of advice though-you shouldn't have to 'catch' your dog after a romp at the beach. If you practice recall long and hard beforehand, your dog will come when called. Just don't let him / her offleash at the beach until you're sure your dog will come.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:37 AM   #3
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Maybe a lab? They love water and have short hair. I agree with Skunk that you will need to train the dog in recall. Any dog not trained in recall won't come when called, and a lot of dogs will also take off after something they see if not trained other wise. It's just a matter of training and not the breed. You shouldn't ever let a dog off lead untill your positive he will come when called. I never let my dobe off lead for that reason, He'll come to me 8 or 9 times out of 10 so I just don't risk it. He hates the water anyway so he's not missing out on anything. Goodluck with finding a doggie!!
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A poodle is a good suggestion, but just remember that it needs clipping and grooming so perhaps not the one for you because of this.

What about a whippet,whicjh is short haired and most dogs can swim once they get used to the water,or a smooth haired fox terier, neither of these need a lot of grooming.

As the others have said all dogs need to be trained before they can be trusted to be off lead.

Good luck and hope you find the dog for you when the time comes.
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Hi and welcome.

I agree with others, a lab sounds like it would fit the bill, as would most members of the gundog family. I've had spaniels and they love the water, they're a little hairier but springers don't need grooming every day, just a brush once a week will do.

A labrador would be perfect though, and as for wanting a dog that comes back, well there's no such thing as a breed which does that on its own - they have to be taught it!!

I find that females are easier to recall train, they don't seem to have the same propensity to run off in my experience. My current 2 are a lot more trustworthy off lead than my old springer boy was. But, it's taken a LOT of training, and no freedom until they earned it.

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I agree with Borzoi Mad - whippets sound like a great suggestion, as are smooth fox terriers. However, I would be weary of labradors. They tend to be hyper and slobbery in my experience, though I suppose it depends on whether you get a field type lab or a show type lab. Generally the show type has less drive & a lower energy level.

I have a Golden Retriever, and she does not require very much grooming other than a weekly 5 minute comb to get rid of any developing matts in her ears and around her elbow fluffs. I find that goldens are generally more laid back than labs.
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I'm confused- didn't you just post that your dogs were missing and possibly a neighbor has them?
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I'm confused too.
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Yes I just saw that! Very confused as to why you'd be shopping for a new one when you think your neighbour has the current ones
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Yes I just saw that! Very confused as to why you'd be shopping for a new one when you think your neighbour has the current ones
Probably because this is a child messing around with us. Nothing makes any sense - 5 days ago they were dogless and in an apartment. Yesterday her 2 puppies that, according to her signature, are the loves of her lives, were stolen. Seeing as how this person/child hasn't responded to anything since then, I think we can write it off as a child with nothing better to do than make up stories. Unfortunately it happens and we all waste our time and energy trying to help and understand.
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