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dog breed reccomendations

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by vegasbaby100, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. vegasbaby100

    vegasbaby100 PetForums Junior

    Jul 19, 2009
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    Hi all

    New to the site so be gentle please!

    Myself and my wife are looking at getting a puppy and are looking for reccomendations and advice. Our situation - We are very active and want a dog that we will be able to take on walks and also jogging and is going to be good both on the lead and off the lead. We have plenty of time to spend with training and socialising the dog. However we will need a dog that wont become to distressed on his own as he will be left for upto 5 Hours (Maximum) on some weekdays. We are very keen on Beagles however are aware that they can be very hard to train and are not very good off the lead and recall can be next to impossible. I have also been told that they are not suitable for jogging can anyone confirm this?

    We will be looking at starting a family in the future so would want a dog which is good with Children.

    Does anyone know of any dogs which would be suitable for our situation or any experienced beagle owners or breeders? we are not fans of very small dogs the smallest we want to go is beagle size
  2. Nicky09

    Nicky09 PetForums VIP

    Feb 26, 2009
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    Border collie? I'm not sure how good they are on their own though. I'm not sure about beagles not good at jogging but they're extremely stubborn and don't have very good recall. There are a lot of very active breeds maybe a german shepherd if you have time to really train it and maybe do agility or something when its old enough. Maybe a labrador or golden retriever brilliant with children very active.
  3. haeveymolly

    haeveymolly PetForums VIP

    Mar 7, 2009
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    We have springer spaniels, and they would fit your lifestyle and are very good family dogs.
  4. rona

    rona Guest

    Golden retrievers fit everything you require
    But most of the gundog group would be suitable
  5. hollie.hocks

    hollie.hocks PetForums Member

    Sep 30, 2008
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    We are unable to run with Alfie as he's a typical Beagle and spends his life with his nose on the ground! They can be very stubborn and with Alf if he wants to go in a certain direction there's not much we can do about it!

    They are great dogs with so much personality, might be worthwhile googling Beagle welfare, they have some good info on the Breed, along with the Beagle Club and Beagle Association.

    I think every dog has their problems, yes they can be harder to train and may struggle with recall but they tend to make great family pets. I think another common trait is they are great thieves, once Alf has something in his possession then he's rarely prepared to give it up without a fight!

    You'd need to check with a vet for the correct advice but you wouldn't be able to run long distances with a very young Beagle, you'd need to gradually build it up to ensure you don't cause it any long term damage. I know a trail hound who the owners run/cycle/ walk with for miles so may be worth looking into.

    It will be interesting to see what breeds people recommend, size was a factor when we chose a Beagle but since then we have seen some rather small and slim labradors and have def wondered if life might have been easier!

    Be good to know what you decide x
  6. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

    Apr 15, 2009
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    Staffies are great.
  7. Matrix/Logan

    Matrix/Logan PetForums VIP

    May 7, 2009
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    Springer or cocker spaniel i reckon would suit your lifestyle. Both breeds are very good with children in my experience and love excercise. I have seen people jogging with springers.

    The only reason i havn't mentioned labs or gsd's which is what i have, is because they have to be 18months before you can increase the exercise to jogging and running on a regular basis and they are pretty large so more of a handfull when your mind and body is on other things, such as jogging!! ;-)

    Good luck with your research and your final choice, you must keep us up to date!! :D :D
    #7 Matrix/Logan, Jul 19, 2009
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2009
  8. aurora

    aurora PetForums Senior

    Aug 16, 2008
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    Borders are great family dogs, love children and people, and are good with other dogs, fairly easy to train if you have the time, which you say you have, and they love to go running:)
  9. Ducky

    Ducky PetForums VIP

    Nov 23, 2008
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    i agree with holly in that i cant go out jogging with my beagle as he is far to interested in stopping and sniffing every 2 seconds. his recall is getting better but as beagles are extremely stubborn it does take a good few attempts to get him back...but as they are also very loving dogs, he always does come back eventually (in his own slow time) as he loves being around me.

    i would also maybe recommend looking into a spaniel of some sort.
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