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what breed of dog to get ?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by josiejessie, Aug 27, 2013.


  1. josiejessie

    josiejessie PetForums Junior

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    hello wondering if anyone had any suggestions, my friend is looking to get a dog/puppy but unsure on breed.

    she would like a medium or large breed, good with kids and dogs, a breed that can be eventually let of lead and could go on family bike rides, not high paced rides one with her and children.

    thankyou
     
  2. dandogman

    dandogman PetForums VIP

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    A rescue Staffy sounds great! or a Labrador... :D
     
  3. Tigerneko

    Tigerneko PetForums VIP

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    How about a Dalmatian? They are bred to run alongside carriages so should really enjoy running alongside bikes and i'd think would be instinctively quite good at it (ignore what you saw on 101 dalmatians!!) for not getting in the way or anything. They are good family dogs, very energetic and intelligent :)

    If they want something a little less 'exotic' then a Labrador, Springer Spaniel or a Collie might be good..... most medium to large breeds fit the bill really!

    How much grooming would they be prepared to do? That might narrow it down a little if they don't want an overly hairy dog or would rather not pay the cost of a groomer every 6-8 weeks.
     
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    What sort of grooming needs are they looking at? What sort of energy level? Family bike rides are all very well but what about day to day exercise? And training/stimulation?

    One thing to remember is that if they get a puppy they're looking about 12-18 months before they can take it on bike rides of any real length.
     
  5. josiejessie

    josiejessie PetForums Junior

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    grooming wouldnt be an issue, and she said she can dedicate an hr to 1:30 each day on walks/runs and would also do training at home. thankyou
     
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    CheddarS PetForums VIP

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    Think she needs to look carefully at exercise requirements as many of the working breeds would need more exercise than she is planning (when grown up :D )
     
  7. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    Lots of fab Labradors and Staffies in rescue :)

    Many of them are fab around kids.

    A fully grown, healthy Lab would definitely need a good 90 minutes daily. If your friend decides to go for a breeder, PLEASE tell them to ensure the breeder does the relevant health tests on the parent dogs. e.g. for Labs this would be hip scoring, elbow grading, test for PRA. Follow the links in my signature for more info.
     
  8. josiejessie

    josiejessie PetForums Junior

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    thats why i asked if anyone could think of a breed that may be ideal :)
     
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    Staffy!!!!!
     
  10. Phoolf

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    Staffy would be great, not sure how old her kids are but if she gets a bigger breed like a Lab or Dally then the kids could be knocked over quite easily if the dog is too excitable.
     
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