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Old 05-30-2008, 04:03 PM   #1
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Wink Breed suggestion HELP!

Me and my family are thinking of getting a puppy...
We live in a good sized 3 bed house
We have a small garden
The dog/puppy can be taken for lots of walks everyday
We have access to a large forest area 24/7
The dog wil be left for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 7 hours
My 7 year old brother has Autism so we need a calm dog.
We have no children under the age of 7 years
Little to no moulting if possible.

So.... any suggestions on breed...?
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Old 05-30-2008, 04:06 PM   #2
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Adopt dont Buy, adult dogs are calmer and theyre all so much more greatful for their new home. If you really have your heart set on a puppy, wait until a litter comes into a rescue center near you. Its sad really, lots of puppies and pregnant bitches get dumped all the time.

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Unfortunately there is no such thing as a dog that doesn’t shed at all. All dogs will shed and replace at least some of their hair, just like people do. There are some breeds that shed far less than others,

Toy/Min/Standard Poodle
Airedale
Labradoodle - but you need to make sure that it doesn't shed as some do
Irish Water Spaniel

I'm sure there are lots of others and other members will have suggestions.

It really depends upon how you train your dog with regard to leaving it as you don't want it to have separation anxiety.

The same applies to having a calm dog. And, with respect, I think your brother can only benefit from having a dog in the family.

Fingers crossed for you, let us know what yu decide - good luck

you could also look at the shelters (dogs trust) for a dog

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Dogs Trust are good. I got my First ever dog from there, his name was Tay. What a sweetheart he was

Alternatively there are specific rescues that only deal with the breed your interested in, So have a look around some websites now and see what you can find, or ring some rescues.

But ALWAYS research the breed your intrested in and meet some if possible, if your friends own any or something, it always comes in handy.

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Hiya

Ino of two more breeds that hardly shed
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Hope you find your forever dog soon.

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http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming...index=315&pn=2

Dogs Trust have some pups in Leeds & Glasgow

http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming...index=317&pn=2
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I have a Lhasa Apso and she is very faithful and smart. She is very into the outdoors, she loves to run around and play. she also is a perfect size. She weighs approx. 10 lbs.
She is the most well behaved dog that I have had.
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You will need to do a lot of research on puppy training before you get a puppy. They are a lot of work, fun to own, but get into a lot of mischief. If you get an older pup/dog from a shelter/fostered dog, the people looking after it can tell you what its like. Don't get a lab or golden just because you see them as seeing eye/therapy dogs, they have had a lot of training before they go to their new homes.
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There is absolutely no such thing as a calm puppy, so even if you opt for a breed that is likely to end up being calm with the right training, handling and exercise, you can expect two years of boisterous puppy / adolescent behaviour. If you are not keen on dealing with this then adopting an older dog would be a good idea.

Breed choice very much comes down to personal preference. Your situation could potentially suit many different breeds, but deciding roughly what size of dog your family would like would be a good starting point, we don't want to recommend a great dane when you had in mind a bichon! How far do you think you would like to or be able to walk the dog every day? Will anybody have time to take the dog to training classes or perhaps ultimately want to take part in a dog sport such as agility or obedience? Will the dog sleep indoors or outdoors? Have your parents owned dogs before?

Re living near a forest, this sounds lovely for a dog, but I would bear in mind that if you want to be able to let your dog off lead in the forest you may be best to avoid breeds with a high prey drive since I assume there are rabbits / birds etc.

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Try a cocker. My friend has an autistic brother, and the cocker is great with him. Shes also brilliant with small children and other dogs, and shes a beauty!

Try and adopt if you can
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