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Old 11-26-2006, 03:36 AM   #1
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My family and I are looking for the 6th member to join our chaos. I am looking for your opinions as to what breed would be best suited for us. Our family as it stands includes my husband and I and 3 children aged 10, 8 & 7. We have a 1200 sft home with a large unfenced town lot. All the kids are in school 9-4 and I work 9-5 5 days a week (possibly less in the near future) and my husband is rarely home. We have had pets in the past and had to sadly see them leave and my husband is hesitant to get another pet due to them wrecking the home whether by wetting on the rugs (it started smelling and the marks have not been abled to be removed by a carpet cleaner) or chewing on things they shouldn't. The breed we had in the past was Beagle. He is also concerned with the money that these precious animals need. We had a very hard time seeing our last pets go a few years back and I regret selling them. When the discussion about getting a new dog was brought up I was told by my husband that he wanted to be caught up on certain payments ( and we are), he wanted me working (and I am) so now I have started researching what breed would best suit us. I know we only want a short haired, very small breed dog. we were thinking a miniture daschund. What are your opinions regarding male or female? I was opting for male but if someone has a different opinion I will seriously consider it. It will be spayed /neutered as soon as is safe(6months?). And after the breed is decided (the kids have already decided on a mini daschund named Frank) we need a reputable breeder in Manitoba, Canada.
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Old 11-26-2006, 10:01 AM   #2
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Welcome Joni to Dogforum.org.

I am in Manitoba too.

I think your choice would be fine or even a Yorkie would be fine. Here is a website to help you locate a breeder: http://www.dogsincanada.com/breeds/index.html

Look under " D " and the breed you want will pop up. At the bottom or the page there are breeders.

You can also contact the Canadian Kennel Club and ask for breeders there.

Please let us know how you make out and best of luck in finding your new friend.

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Old 11-26-2006, 11:41 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Dog Forum. For pets with children I always recommend a female. They by my personall opinion make better pets, easier to train and not as aluff as males. I wish you the best and as suggested get a smaller dog, non shedding also the Maltese, Mini Schnauzer are good pets as well. All good dogs come with a price tag, sorry.....
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Hello Joni, first of all a big, bog welcome to the board.
May I just say one thing, and please don't think I am trying to dissuade from getting a dog I would never do that, I couldnt live without my doggies. I'm just a little concerned that you want to get a puppy and you are working most of the day. Puppies in their first few weeks need companionship and of course there is the house breaking to consider too. Would you perhaps be better in getting an older rescue dog. Just a suggestion and of course you would not have the problem of chewing that comes with puppies.
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Maria is right, have you thought through how you will cope with a young puppy whilst you are all at work or school? Crating for that period of time is not an acceptable situation in my opinion, but giving the pup the run of the house before it is house and chew toy trained would also be a bad idea. Puppies do require a lot of supervision, training and companionship. Also, having an unfenced section will mean someone will have to take the pup outside to toilet on a lead every single time initially - this would be very hard work, especially when the weather is bad.

Your breed choice sounds good, and I think either sex providing they are neutered will make a suitable pet (my preference is for dogs rather than bitches so I guess it just comes down to personal choice).

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I worked full time when we first got Rudy and he did fine. We were able to come home from work at lunch to let him out, are you able to do that ?

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...My family and I are looking for the 6th member to join our chaos...Our family as it stands includes my husband and I and 3 children aged 10, 8 & 7...All the kids are in school 9-4 and I work 9-5 5 days a week (possibly less in the near future) and my husband is rarely home...my husband is hesitant to get another pet due to them wrecking the home whether by wetting on the rugs (it started smelling and the marks have not been abled to be removed by a carpet cleaner) or chewing on things they shouldn't...He is also concerned with the money that these precious animals need. We had a very hard time seeing our last pets go a few years back and I regret selling them. When the discussion about getting a new dog was brought up I was told by my husband that he wanted to be caught up on certain payments ( and we are), he wanted me working (and I am) so now I have started researching what breed would best suit us...
Several things you said raise flags. You had pets before and sold them. Your husband is hesitant because of past experience with pets that weren't housebroken, finances, costs, and your employment. You are working full-time, now, but may not be in the near future. I would be concerned about the difference between you and your husband regarding a pet.

Housebreaking: Until you neutralize and eliminate the evidence of past accidents in the house, you are going to have a hard time housebreaking a new dog. It will smell the old accidents and try to mark, there. If your puppy has accidents in the house, is your husband going to change his mind, resulting in you having to sell your pet, again?

Chewing: a puppy is going to chew and be destructive, even if it is small.

Cost: Any dog, regardless of size, is going to cost a certain amount to obtain and maintain. This financial burden does not go away because you choose a small dog.

Finances: Is a reduction in your work hours going to make your husband change his mind, resulting in you selling your pet, again? What if you get behind on certain bills?

I know you miss and want a dog, and I sympathize. You have some hard questions you need to think about before you do anything. I would hate to see you adopt a dog and then have to give it up. Good luck, regardless.
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Thanks for the great input all of you!
A few comments on the red flags
-we will not be adpting as pet unless all family members are in agreeance
-we are not new to the animal owning world - my husband and I have both grown up with pets and had a variety in our married yrs .... some were given to us to find proper homes because the owners were lacking in responsibility, some ppl wanted housebroken animals and when they were ready they were sent to their respective homes. Our male beagle, Gus, was sold due to aggression (he was very protective over my family) to someone who understood the situation and could help him. Since the change in homes Gus has not had been as aggressive and is doing well. We sold them as a pair because I didn't want extra stress put on either of them.
-we are now looking for a permenant member of our family therefore once we have adopted a new member we will not be changing our minds. This is why we have researched for a year what type of dog would best suit us and from which breeder is reputable.
-we understand the housebreaking and chewing and financial responsibilities when adopting a pet. We have always taken the best care of all our pets and would do the same again.
-the reason I wanted to adopt now is because I have 2 weeks off over christmas to spend and bonded with him/her. Someone will be available over lunch to let them out for an hour. I am not working because I NEED to work but because I WANT to work, money is not an issue. When I said my husband was concerned about the cost of pets it was regarding papers. He doesn't feel we need to pay $600 for an unregistered mini dasch when we can get one from a reputable breeder for $600 WITH papers.
-my knowledge is limited, we learn as we go. and any help with how to neutralize and eliminate evidence of past accidents would be greatly appreciated.

Just for the record .. we will be adopting a pet but we are still researching what type and what breeder would be best. We are not impulse buyers when it comes to pets or irresponsible owners

Thanks for the GREAT input and I look forward to hearing more from you all.

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Best wishes in your search. Look into rescue groups they may have a good dog that will suit you.

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