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Puppy ideas please

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by McKenzie, Apr 18, 2011.


  1. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Hi everyone,

    I posted about this a while ago but just seeing if anyone has any new ideas.

    My dad is looking for a puppy after his beautiful GR passed away earlier this year.

    His main criteria is that it doesn't shed a lot (a little bit is ok), but he doesn't want a little terrier - something medium sized preferably. And he's not really a poodle person - he could go for a 'doodle' but I know there's no guarantee with shedding with them.

    Someone a while ago mentioned flat coated retrievers, but I've done some research and can't get a definitive answer on whether they are low-shedders or not.

    Any ideas? My dad saw a puppy in a pet shop the other day (they still do this in NZ) and considered it :eek: so I really want to get him some info and set him on the right path :)

    ETA: He doesn't want a schnauser or greyhound either!
     
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  2. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    I don't know much about them - but they might be worth investigating :)
    Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
    They are a medium size, I don't think they shed and from what I know are fun playful dogs although they can be strongwilled so need consistant training and good socialisation when young.
     
  3. babycham2002

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    I dont think there are any other mid sized dogs that dont shed :eek:
    Hmmmm, lets have a think about it. Have you shown him a poodle with an unclipped face, they do look quite different like that.
     
  4. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    A wheaten terrier would be a possibility, but I don't know how common they would be in NZ.

    He really doesn't like 'curly' dogs which is why poodles and some of the water spaniels etc are out.

    A bit of shedding is ok, but he just found with his GR it was too much - anything less than a GR would be fine!

    I realise I'm asking for the near-impossible here...:rolleyes:
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    I dont think Airedales shed but you would have to double check for sure.
    They are a substantial sized dog.

    www.nationalairedale.co.uk/
     
  6. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    How about a Basset Griffon Vendeen
    You can get a petit (came 2nd in crufts this year) or a grande.
    My friend has a petite he is just scrumptious, so laid back with kids and other dogs - although being a hound and there being a lot of rabbits in our area he's never been off lead.
     
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    It really depends on the time he has to spend with it and how fit he is for giving the dog the appropriate exercise. How about a Springer Spaniel?
     
  8. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Thanks for all the ideas guys.

    He might be interested in an Airedale if I showed him them not in the show cut. Likewise with a Kerry Blue. Does anyone know anything about these dogs?

    I fell in love with the Basset Griffon Vendeen at Crufts :001_wub: But even the grande one is too small for him :(

    I don't know how he would get on with a springer. He's very fit and is home all day, but I don't know if he would have the patience. Are they low shedding? I will mention it to him.

    I really appreciate the ideas guys :) I'm going to do a lot of educating about where to buy puppies from too!!! :rolleyes:
     
  9. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    There is also the Russian Black Terrier, another Large terrier, again like the airdale you dont have to have the show cut.
    Russian Black Terrier RBT Club

    There is also the Giant Schnauzer
    Giant Schnauzer Club

    The airdale club
    HOME

    If you check on the breed club links that will give you are the details for the various breeds as regards to temprement, care,grooming etc.
     
  10. Tanya1989

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    I spoke to my friend in more depth about the shedding (she breeds them) the have 2 blows a year, where it all comes out over about 4 days, but then the rest of the time they are really low shedders.
    She said they were no where near as bad as goldies for shedding. Numerous times I have had flatcoats on my knee at ringcraft and I've never found a hair on me afterwards, and they've literally been mugging me.
     
  11. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    That's great, thanks Tania. I think he'd really love one as they are so similar to goldies, and I have found 2 breeders in NZ. I'm definitely going to look more into them for him.
     
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    They are absolutely cracking dogs. I'm not particular smitten with the retriever family, but I'd have a flatcoat in a heartbeat
     
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