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Old 06-25-2008, 10:36 AM   #1
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Default walking toy breeds.

Im in the process of getting my first puppy and am wondering what breed would be best. Am thinking a toy breed coz;1- i live in a small house with small garden, 2- I have 8 house cats and other small furries, and 3-well they are cute aren't they?
I would enjoy taking a dog for a walk somewhere green but the closest park or fields are all half an hour walk away(I cant drive so am, by necessity, a keen walker!). In terms of exercise I was thinking morning-half hour walk to park,half-hour walk in park, half hour walk home, then half hour late afternoon walk and a quick bedtime wee break walk.
I realiese a small dog with low prey instinct who could be a jogging buddy is out of the question but what pooch would you recommend?

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Old 06-25-2008, 10:42 AM   #2
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Don't underestimate some of the smaller breeds, many can take a lot more exercise than people believe. It's a common misconception that small dogs don't need to be exercised like their bigger counterparts.

We've had mini dachshunds for years, alongside bigger breeds and apart from struggling in long grass etc, they've always been able to carry on walking as far as the collies and spaniels. I think terriers are out of the question with your cats and small furries, but what about a miniature poodle or sheltie? Both can be a jogging companion and are small, both breeds excel at agility and are very intelligent...plus they're around the small size that would be ok in a small house as long as you're willing to exercise like you say you are.
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:52 AM   #3
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i would recommend a king charles spaniel i have one i have had one before as well and i would never go back they are a pure joy and the perfect pooch for familys or ppl like yourself in your situation. she is great on the lead learns quickly and loves to be with you all the time. very affectionate and just a joy to own. they dont need huge long walks half hour every day is plenty.also there not bothered if its longer they are hapy to just be with you.
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I would also recommend a cavalier king charles,
I have a chihuahua,and he's Difficult to walk because he hates other dogs and barks all the time
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mini shnauzer, trust me, she will wear you out!
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Yeah Schnauzers are a good choice either mini or standard ones.

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I think a good small breed for people who are not really "toy breed" types is the Eskie. They'll hike and jog with you everywhere and don't tire out easily.
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Just be aware - I've got a Bichon puppy who is far more energetic than my Lab was as a puppy! Make sure you read up on breeds as far as exercise, grooming, trainability, etc. Some terriers do not do well with cats because of their prey drive, but I've fostered terriers with my plethora of cats before & had no issues.
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My yorkie is a great jogging partner at 12 yrs she will go for about 1-2 miles

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A jack russell terrier. But if getting a puppy of any type you can't take them on long walks until they have matured.
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