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    Thanks so much everyone for some brilliant suggestions. There's a lot to think about!

    A friend has a Parson Russell Terrier which he highly recommends
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    I grew up with german shepherds and one day i would love love to have another one, they are just wonderful - but alot of that depends on their owner imo. A dog like that you need to know how to handle - as with alot of the bigger dogs.
    However, i think with dd small if i were going to get one id get a lab I wouldnt consider a terrier with a little child though, i always think they are quite snappy and im a bit wary of them being around dd. My sister has one and she got her when she was 8wks old, she loved my dd and then one day for no reason at all she snapped at her, ive now lost all faith in her and tell dd not to go near her - just dont trust her which is sad



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate, post: 273299
    I wouldnt consider a terrier with a little child though, i always think they are quite snappy and im a bit wary of them being around dd. My sister has one and she got her when she was 8wks old, she loved my dd and then one day for no reason at all she snapped at her, ive now lost all faith in her and tell dd not to go near her - just dont trust her which is sad
    yeah I've read that they don't all like being pestered and can be a bit snappy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 273302
    yeah I've read that they don't all like being pestered and can be a bit snappy
    I have never liked terriers after seeing my brother bitten by one when we were young.

    Our friends have a Parsons and he is adorable, he completely won me over in a matter of days :) he is brilliant with their boys and is always rolling round on the floor with them.









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    Jack Russell's (Parsons) are supposedly two things:

    1. Smart as a whip.
    2. Seriously hyperactive.


    At least according to a friend of mine who had one. Crazy dogs. But cute and charming as can be.

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    Jack Russells are extremely high energy, if you can put a lot of time into training then this can pay off really well, the downside is that you could be left with a dog that is just too much to handle because of all it's energy.As you know, my previous dogs have been terriers but I never truly realised just how hard work they were until I had another breed to compare to. Terriers are very quick to give a warning nip if disturbed by something that scares them even the slightest. Nando has been warned by a number of them and he is at least 5x their size. In each occasion it *was* Nando that was at fault- lolloping over to them and frightening them, but in other types it seems that they have the patience to give Nando a 'puppy license' and be a little bit more leinient with his gangly ways!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate, post: 273299
    I grew up with german shepherds and one day i would love love to have another one, they are just wonderful - but alot of that depends on their owner imo. A dog like that you need to know how to handle - as with alot of the bigger dogs.
    i'd have to disagree there, providng early socialisation is done, I would trust my shepherd over any of the other dogs I've owned. 'Firm handling' is a bit of a myth- all you require is consistency and patience. The basis of all dog training is positive reinforcement and I think the belief that staffys, german shepherds, rotweillers etc need 'firm handling' has done more damage than good and caused many owners to aversion methods or negative reinforcement leading to a distrust in humans and that strong guarding instinct to come into play.
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    Dont mind you disagreeing Josh!
    Im not sure what sense you mean "firm handling" in? I think owners who have dogs like GS, Rottweilers etc need to understand them and their needs before they can handle a dog like that properly. So many people take on the bigger dog and dont understand them and that is when the trouble begins. But thats my opinion!



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    well i disagree with what has been said about terriers they are fantastic little pets its training which makes a dog simple from the tinyest dog to the biggest if there not triained properly it the humans thats at fault.
    lucy is a rescue dog she has had the tuffest of starts in life but has made the most super companion. there are so many dogs in rescue that are there because of no fault of there own and they can become the best friend you will ever have :)
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    I think that ultimately you need to decide what characteristics you want from the dog and go from there.

    I am in a fortunate position that I have two very different dogs- a Doberman and a Parson Russell. They are both great and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either of them to anyone.

    They both have pluses and negatives;
    The Doberman is exceedingly loyal and very needy and will be he first to scare off any possible intruders. The down side being he can be very powerful on a lead, requires a lot more exercise, more expensive to feed and more expensive to keep in general (Vet bills, insurance etc). Holidays are very awkward with him as he needs specialist care, and transporting him can be a nightmare!

    The Parson on the other hand is very independent, doesn't like to be over fussed and can be easily transported whenever and wherever we need to go. Food and bills are a lot less and people queue to look after him when we go away.

    Although the examples above are specific to my dogs I imagine it will be the same for every big dog/ small dog situation.

    Decide on the size you want, the personality you would like it to have and lets be honest the look of it. From there its a case of narrowing down and viewing them but I'll warn you when it comes to viewing go to your favourite first as most will walk away with the first one they see!

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