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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate, post: 273329
    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!
    I think anyone who takes on a dog needs to understand them, no matter what their size. I can see where you are coming from, but don't think it's specific to any one breed. I suppose society does expect bigger dogs to be better behaved. I think the trouble is that a smaller dog sometimes 'gets away' with things a bigger dog wouldn't.
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    I've had two dogs in my life, a German Shepherd who was quite rambunctious and tough on my sister and brother (both younger than I by 5 and 10 years respectively) and a Toy Collie. We had to give the shepherd away and I cried all the way home. I honestly don't remember what happened to the Collie but I think he died after I went into the military.

    DW is a cat person so since I have known her we have had cats. I would love to have a dog but our present cat was traumatized by dogs and children while with her former owner. If I got a dog I would love to have a Lab but Donna favors poodles.





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    Quote Originally Posted by uscwest, post: 273364
    I've had two dogs in my life, a German Shepherd who was quite rambunctious and tough on my sister and brother (both younger than I by 5 and 10 years respectively) and a Toy Collie. We had to give the shepherd away and I cried all the way home. I honestly don't remember what happened to the Collie but I think he died after I went into the military.

    DW is a cat person so since I have known her we have had cats. I would love to have a dog but our present cat was traumatized by dogs and children while with her former owner. If I got a dog I would love to have a Lab but Donna favors poodles.

    ooh you could get a Labradoodle! That would solve the problem.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Esmeralda, post: 273365
    ooh you could get a Labradoodle! That would solve the problem.
    You beat me to it!!



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    Keith, you have had a lot of good advice here, so I just wanted to add a little thought of my own. I know that many people will say that you shouldn't take on a rescue dog as you don't know what problems it may have, and of course, in many instances that is true. Some of these issues are small, and some are a bit more difficult to deal with. However in the current climate there are many many dogs who are being handed into rescue care because their owners can no longer afford to keep them, and therefore their background and temperament is fully known. All they need is a loving home. A good rescue will be very upfront about any issues, and if you require a particularly placid dog for example, or a high energy one, then they can advise you on suitable matches.

    This is a good site to get an idea of what is available in rescue, and the rescues on there are known to the people who run the site, and meet certain criteria:

    www.dogpages.org.uk/forums
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    If you look at the bit where they show Dogs Needing Homes you may get an idea of what you do and don't like, and whether a dog has "issues" or not. I have found that one excellent advantage of getting an adult rescue dog with a known background is that they are already fully trained! And if you have a Dog's Trust nearby then it may be worth popping there for half an hour to have a look at the dogs in real life, see how you both feel about them. You may just fall in love with one.

    The main things I would consider are:
    Puppy or not? Are you prepared for puppyhood?
    Holiday care.
    How it would fit with your particular lifestyle (I know that, for example, unless we take the dogs we just can't go out for a whole day anymore).

    Anyway, that's my too penn'orth!






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    Tell you what I HAVE learnt... Dog owners are passionate about the breeds they have. Don't go asking a big dog owner about smaller breeds or vice versa. Recipe for utter disaster

    I think, given it would be our first dog and the amount of space/time we have, that a smaller breed would be a better fit. (although subjectively, I like the look of larger dogs like the shephards, collies etc.)

    There's no young children to worry about so that's ok. I'm not particularly bothered about the cost, more bothered that we don't get a dog that would be bored with its lifestyle or unhappy in any way.

    Intelligent would be good, not particularly yappy if we can avoid it LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 273385
    Tell you what I HAVE learnt... Dog owners are passionate about the breeds they have. Don't go asking a big dog owner about smaller breeds or vice versa. Recipe for utter disaster
    Exactly I have always had totally different types of dogs and they all have their plus points! Thank goodness there are so many breeds to suit everyone! After all, if we all only liked Angelina Jolie then Cameron Diaz would feel ignored wouldn't she?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb, post: 273391
    Cameron Diaz would feel ignored wouldn't she?
    as long as I'm alive, Cameron Diaz will never be ignored :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 273399
    as long as I'm alive, Cameron Diaz will never be ignored :)









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    If you want a small dog, how about a tea cup Chihuahua?

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