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What dog is best for us?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by HollyW, Sep 1, 2018.


  1. HollyW

    HollyW PetForums Newbie

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    Hello, first post here so excuse if I do something wrong.

    I have had a dog in the past, a retired greyhound, when I was a teenager living with my parents, but me and my husband are looking for a dog suited for us.

    We have 2 children, 2 years and and 4 years. We want a dog who is happy to come jogging with me, but I’d need it to be able to settle down when their at home. Of course it would need to be okay with children, although obviously they would never be left alone together and I don’t expect them to put up with the kids hitting it. We would also like it to be okay with other dogs as my mum has a dog who frequently visits. Would like it to enjoy agility training and obedience training as well, although of course this isn’t necessary. It would be getting at very least an hour of exercise, and would most likely be going to puppy classes. Size doesn’t matter, neither does slobber, barking or shedding.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. Sarah1983

    Sarah1983 PetForums VIP

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    Lab or Golden would tick those boxes although young Labs at least are a bit thuggish and my 7 year old Lab still sends my 3 year old child flying on a daily basis. Would think a poodle of any size would too. What sort of grooming requirements are you looking at? That's the main thing that narrows my list of breeds down lol, I don't want anything that needs more than a quick brush but otherwise I have much the same wants in a dog.

    You're not going to be able to jog with any breed until it's fully grown. Are you set on a puppy or is an older rescue a possibility?
     
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  3. HollyW

    HollyW PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, I read somewhere that Labrador’s are too big for agility training as they will struggle with the weaver poles, but if not then I will add them to our list of options. Grooming requirements aren’t a huge deal to us, however wouldn’t want to be at the groomers every 5 minutes. We are set on a puppy, but I already knew about the jogging.
     
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    There are probably a number of breeds that would fit :)
    Any preference of looks or breed type?
     
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    Labs do agility. All dogs can do weaves if trained albeit speed may differ, but remember not all dogs enjoy dog sports (whatever breed). My first thought was lab as well
     
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    Have a look at the brittany (but not if you go out to work as they don't do well left all day - 2 or 3 hrs whilst you're shopping is fine)

    They are calm in the house but balls of energy outside and will go all day. I absolutely LOVE my brittany. She does need exercise but if you can commit to that, very settled indoors.

    Without it, you would get destructive behaviour without a doubt. They aren't spaniels though you might hear people refer to brittany spaniels due to their appearance. They are hunt point retrievers and bred as bird dogs but as long as they are given an outlet for their energy, you don't need to go hunting at all!


    OH does canni cross with ours. I do obedience and some basic gundog work with dummies only. Tbh, she was too excited at the outdoor agility i tried with her but i am a novice too. Brittanys can do well in agility. Very compact dogs, low shedding. Perfect really in every way!
     
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    Ps VERY cuddly and affectionate with the family and great with kids.
     
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    Second this, though as a golden retriever owner I would say they too can be a bit thuggish, some are more chilled than others. My youngest is very sweet and soppy, yet despite being 2 she still goes off on one and has managed to headbutt me in the face a few times. My eldest is less of a mad hatter, but he’s a more difficult dog overall, he wouldn’t be pushed around as much as my youngest would.

    I’m quite like cocker spaniels at the moment. Not sure what they’re like at agility though!
     
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    If you don't mind something smaller, a Miniature Schnauzer is a good choice for anyone with with young children. They're a hardy healthy happy go lucky little dogs, who really love to be with their human family.

    Mine aka the small black hairy creature is interested in every thing I do and can easily out walk me! We don't do agility, but my friend's Schnauzer does competitive agility and obedience.

    Mini Schnauzers do need to be brushed several times a week and depending on how fast their coat grows need a trip to the groomers about every 12 - 14 weeks, unless you decide to do it yourself.
     
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    Cookielabrador PetForums Senior

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    As a classic Labrador/golden retriever fan,
    I personally would consider both breeds
    The labrador is a perfect jogging partner but can be a lazy dog when at home
    They are very loving with people/strangers but will need socialising with other dogs when a puppy or it will result in antisocial or even aggressive behaviour towards other dogs
    Golden retrievers are very similar except they shed more (have longer hair) and are better with smaller children
    Hope you find the right dog :)
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    Sophie
     
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  11. HollyW

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    Thanks everyone for the replies, I have loved Border Collies since I was a child. We have a normal sized garden, and easy access to huge open running places (the seven sisters, if you’ve heard of it, and multiple open fields where many dogs go) and a forest. I jog most nights along the beach, and of course that means the dog can go in the water sometimes if they wish. I am able to give them around 30m-1 hour run around the field after taking them on the school run once my daughter starts school, which is when we would get it. I can then take them out for at least an hour in the afternoon, and another 1-2 hours in the evenings. On the weekends, we are normally out most of the day, at the places stated above, or to my mums. The only times they would be left alone would be for 1-3 hours for shopping or such.
     
  12. tabelmabel

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    Why not go for another collie then, if you like them? Brilliant for agility and herding the kids!

    Sounds like a brittany could be as perfect for you as it is for me though . . .
     
  13. CheddarS

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    Collies are great, but bear in mind they are not always sociable to other dogs, they can be obsessive and high maintenance. I love them but I do working dogs. With your busy household would wonder if you really have the time needed for an extreme case. They could be great but they could be awful. Look at what you can cope with now.
     
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    3-4 hours a day would be quite a lot of exercise (different to the hour you said in your original post?) and you'd have to be careful with not overdoing it. Too much exercise can often create a dog that is needy and struggles to settle as it's always on the go.

    Border Collie's can be a real mixed bag of characters and don't always necessarily make easy pets. It sounds like you live near me and if you are out walking on the Downs, there is livestock everywhere for most of year (especially spring/summer when everything is turfed out to graze) so that comes with a lot of limitations, especially when walking a chase-driven dog. Mine spend lot's of time on leads/long lines due to livestock. Also, dogs are banned from parts of the beach in the spring/summer months until the end of September.
     
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    Given the ages of your children I’d say wait because fitting a dog round all their activities, school, holiday restrictions (dogs can’t go in lots of places) can be tricky.

    Judging by the number of threads started on here by people who can’t cope with the added pressure of a dog in the mix and all that entails, waiting makes sense.

    A pup will not be able to jog with you for many months and adult rescues are a gamble, especially with young kids (and their visiting friends) but also in terms of how they settle and any issues that might surface.

    I waited and getting my rescue lurcher was relatively trouble and stress free as I had no other pressures on my time.

    When my son was younger we were always busy with other things around him tbh and having no other ties made life blissfully uncomplicated.
     
  16. Veba

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    How about a show cocker spaniel? Mine is only 6 months but from what I've read suits what you are looking for. His half sister does agility and loves it.
     
  17. HollyW

    HollyW PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks. I read somewhere that they need that much exercise, which I could give but if they need less than that would be fine.
     
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    What they need just as much is mental exercise. An hour or two's walk plus some trick or obedience training and games such as find a ball that's been hidden under a cushion in another room for half an hour or so and the collie would be tired. Walk/run for 3 or 4 hours a day without the mental stimulation and you can end up with a super-fit hooligan.
     
  19. HollyW

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    Thanks for your reply. I would start working once my youngest daughter would be in her second year of school, and would get the dog when she starts, leaving a year for training. Even then, I will be able to walk for about 30 minutes before work, play with them when I come home for lunch break, and at least 2 hours after work (my mum has agreed to collect and look after the kids until I get home once I start working).
     
  20. HollyW

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    Thank you.
     
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