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Which dog is right for us?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by LisaA2006, Jul 29, 2009.


  1. LisaA2006

    LisaA2006 PetForums Junior

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    Hi,

    I need some help wtih choosing a puppy. We are a young family (eldest daughter is 6 and youngest is 3) we live in a good sized house with an enclosed garden and would very much like to get a puppy. I have been on many dog sites doing the quizes about which one to get but I'm still not sure, we would walk the dog in the mornings and in the evenings, we both work full time and are gone from the house from 9am till 4pm. However, I come home for lunch which is normally an hour it's not ideal for them to be left that long I know so I'll be looking at getting a dog walker in during the morning and then in the afternoon and am also looking at doggy day care. As our garden is enclosed and the dog won't be able to get out we are thinking of instaling a doggy door...

    We would walk the dog in the morning and in the evening, ideally grooming once a month but most of all it would need to be a breed that gets along with children the only dogs we aren't keen on are greyhounds, boxers & Staffs.

    Any suggestions would be welcomed

    Thanks, Lisa
     
  2. If you would consider an older dog a rescue greyhound sounds like it would be perfect for you! and so so rewarding! check out some of the rescue !
    Re the doggy door! I would be very very cautious of this! there are so so many dangers lurking in our garden! and if you do decide on a pup this would not be a good idea!

    Welcome to the forum by the way! and good luck with your search!
    DT
     
  3. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    poochimama PetForums Senior

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    hi there tbh i dont like my dogs going to ppl that work all day ...but if you have someone going in regular and puppy gets out a lot to socialise it could work.
    maybe a small robust dog would be the one for you ....a cavaliar, westie, mini shnauzer size but i agree with fleur find a good breeder someone who will answer all your questions and someone who will ask u plenty :) just remember hun they may come across harsh in questioning but most breeders just want to ensure their babies go to fab, forever homes
     
  5. LisaA2006

    LisaA2006 PetForums Junior

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    Hi,

    And thanks for your replies, my friends aunt is a dog walker & has been doing it for years so I would ask her to come in failing that then the only other person I would trust would be my dad :) he's more than wiling to come in let the dog out take it for a walk & the best part is they live round the corner so he could take the dog home with him!. I guess not knowing what kind of breed we want makes it even harder, we both agree that we dont have the time for a lab but would like a small dog - hmm that narrows it down to millions then!!! My little girl is very excited about the whole dog thing & is looking at toys etc :)
     
  6. poochimama

    poochimama PetForums Senior

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    looks like u are all sorted then hun :) awww its going to be fun for your little girl looking for bits and bobs (hide her from all the pink bling hehe) hope you find a lovely lil furbaby
     
  7. Patterdale_lover

    Patterdale_lover PetForums VIP

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    Hi,
    Great to hear you are putting lots of thought and time into this!
    Have you ever thought about rescuing a very young crossbreed? Sometimes they can be the best fit for a situation, giving that you dont get a cross with high energy parents.
    OR maybe a toy breed such as a Cavalier king charles spaniel, shih tzu, toy poodle or yorkshire terrier?
    Good luck in whatever you decide and please keep us updated!
    Chloe
    x
     
  8. harmeetjohal

    harmeetjohal PetForums Senior

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    leonberger...best breeds in the world... may need a lil more grooming tho...
     
  9. Nicci

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    I think your overlooking breeds there that are reowned to be excellent with children, what sort of sized dog are you thinking about? Small, medium or Large? Coat types, etc...?
     
  10. boxerlife

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    Hi, we are getting a boxer pup this weekend, i have a 6 yr old and 2 yr old.
    I thought about a rescue dog but decided to get a puppy so we knew its background as we have young children. Boxers are great with children, but they don't like to be on their own so not good for full time workers. They like to be with the family at all times!! Good luck x
     
  11. boxerlife

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    ooops sorry, thought you said dogs you were keen on were boxers, greyhounds and staffs!! My mistake. But yes I will second what Nicci said boxers are fantastic with kids! I grew up with them x
     
  12. cavmad

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    I would also surgest a cavalier as they love to sleep when alone but love to go for walks and play with the children but if you want one please check the breeder and make sure both parents have health checks for heart and a recent MRI scan for SM. Cavs areone of the most popular breeds that the byb and puppy farmers breed and have no health checks at all
     
  13. LisaA2006

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    Hi,

    We're looking for a small dog, though my hubby has just mentioned a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as a lovely dog - does anyone know whether this is suitable breed with young children and I have also read about leaving it "home alone" but if my dad or friend came in during the morning I came home at lunchtime for an hour & then my hubby is home at 4pm that would be ok? The dog would get walked for an hour in the morning before I went to work / drop the kids off and then in the evening when I got home. How do you decide whether to get a female or male?
     
  14. poochimama

    poochimama PetForums Senior

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    get a toy poodle and bring it to me for holidays hehe
     
  15. Nicci

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    I personally like Cav's and have always wanted one, the only thing that has stopped me is my family seems to be expanding in the form of little humans :D :eek:
    I would be actually really terrified for such a tiny puppy to be with us, not that my kids are horrible but with toddlers you can never be too careful.

    Example :- My auntie has a tiny Lhasa puppy we visited a couple of weeks ago my baby fell on the puppy (no damage done to either) but puppy was winded in the process and squeezed a very smelly fart out :eek:
    So for that reason, I don't think I'd risk it I'd be treading on eggshells with a puppy so small and babies running around. I've always gone for something a bit more robust with my children, in the form of Bull Breeds which are really dependable breeds providing the correct training and supervision is there, that includes my kids too :D
     
  16. CheekoAndCo

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    Poodle :D I think a miniature would be better around kids though because toys are smaller and more fragile. We've always had miniature poodle. Really they were very over grown toy poodles!
     
  17. Ted&Sarah

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    Have you considered a Havanese - they are fairly rare but my husband and I have recently got a puppy and he is adorable. Very gentle and soft natured, never tried to bite us or chew anything other than his toys. Very good with our god-daughter (18 months) and just loves to snuggle up for cuddles. They are quite small and don't require too much exercise.

    Just a thought as many people I meet have never heard of the breed!

    Havanese - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  18. LisaA2006

    LisaA2006 PetForums Junior

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    I haven't given a Havenese much thought to be honest, the most important thing to us is that we get a breed that will be good with our children, how is your dog with being left alone? that's our other consideration about being alone, we will have someone coming in during the morning and I will be back during my lunchtime but it works out that the dog will be alone for around 3-4 hours for the whole day. I will be buying all the bordom breaker toys especially the Kong Time Automatic Toy Dispenser that will dispence toys etc to keep it occupied. How often do you walk your dog if you don't mind me asking?
     
  19. Ted&Sarah

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    I am around most of the time but he is left for 2-3 hours a couple of times a week in a crate. He is not too bad, cries a bit at first but then settles down to sleep. I guess with all dogs though - they get used to your routine.

    I walk him once a day for about 1 mile. Not if it is pouring with rain like today though! Just play indoors instead.
     
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