Any advice on a dog breed for us?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by internetcxt, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. internetcxt

    internetcxt PetForums Newbie

    Mar 20, 2017
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    Hello :)
    My family are looking for a dog breed which might be good for us, we're looking for a dog that is medium or large in size, good for training, normally a healthy breed and doesn't usually require over 2 hours of exercise daily?

    We were thinking about a border collie, but are worried we wouldn't be able to provide enough exercise for them (probably 1 hour and a half to 2 hours a day, sometimes more). We've owned one dog before and plenty of other animals so have some experience.
    Any recommendations?
    Thank you in advance! :D
  2. smokeybear

    smokeybear PetForums VIP

    Oct 19, 2011
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    What dog did you own before?
  3. Dave S

    Dave S Cosy Corner Collies

    May 31, 2010
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    It would seem that a BC would not be suitable for you as they require a lot of mental stimulation as well as exercise
    They are working dogs and not suitable as rug rats.
    Have a look at something that does not need so much attention.
  4. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

    Jan 18, 2014
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    What breeds do you like? Write down how much time you can realistically spend with the pup/dog each day, including grooming, walking, training, playing etc. Puppies need a lot of attention when young, including taking out to toilet every hour to help with house training. They bark, chew, and nip, and it's completely normal for them to treat your skin, clothes, and possessions as chew toys.
    Think about what you're looking for in a dog (size, temperament, trainability, grooming, exercise etc) and then research breeds and talk to breeders. Different lines will have different temperaments, so if you're looking for an easy dog I'd suggest show lines rather than working lines as they tend to be more driven and need more work (a generalisation obviously).
  5. Goblin

    Goblin PetForums VIP

    Jun 21, 2011
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    Has to be asked, have you thought about rescuing and talking about your requirements with the rescue?
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  6. elmthesofties

    elmthesofties PetForums Senior

    Aug 8, 2011
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    That's not very specific to be honest... how flexible are you on the aspects that haven't been mentioned?

    When you say 'good for training', what do you mean? Things like competitive obedience, or a dog that is generally quite biddable?
    You mention family, do you have other animals or children?
    How do you feel about shedders or dogs that require regular grooming or clipping?
    Outside of walks, how much time would you be willing to spend with your dog per day to do any extra activities? For example, would you be willing to do something like an agility class?
    What would your daily routine look like, and how would you like a dog to fit into that?

    There are a lot of other factors to consider, but that might narrow things down a little bit. Just from what you've mentioned so far, I'm sure there are potentially hundreds of suitable dog breeds out there... but that list will get smaller when you get more specific.
  7. labradrk

    labradrk PetForums VIP

    Dec 10, 2012
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    I won't echo the questions that have already been asked. A lot more info is needed before anyone can suggest anything.....