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Old 06-07-2013, 01:08 PM
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I'm usually good at recommending breeds to others but this one has me a little stumped!

This is for a friend of mine that currently has a westie and a hound mix.

- 30-55 lbs
- no professional grooming necessary, no continuously growing coats, no wire costs
- very biddable
- food/toy motivated
- no short legged dogs
- light/thinner boned, think sport bred BC/kelpie structure(I suggested a small Golden but she said they're built too thick boned for her)
- not known for DA/SA
- friendly towards people and small critters
- cuddly and people oriented
- active
- sound nerves, not easily nervous or shy from noises, sights, movement

This dog will just be an active pet/hiking/jogging/biking buddy, she said she might try freestyle dancing with the dog but likely not a ton of dog sports.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:38 PM
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Small ES or Aussie?
One of the smaller spaniel breeds? (eg. ESS, Brittney)
PWD
Standard Schnauzer?
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Small ES or Aussie?
One of the smaller spaniel breeds? (eg. ESS, Brittney)
PWD
Standard Schnauzer?
PWD and Standard Schnauzer are both going to need grooming.

I guess really it depends on what is meant be "small animal friendly". Smaller retrievers (rollers) could work, if they just have to ignore smaller animals. Brittany and ES could work, though I'm not terribly sure on size.

ETA: I guess by ignore small animals, I mean like, just ignore in the cage. Or if they mean cats.
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PWD and Standard Schnauzer are both going to need grooming.
I wasn't talking to you. Go away :P

I don't really know much about PWD, but couldn't someone do it at home, with a pair of clippers. It wouldn't need pro-grooming.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:51 PM
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I wasn't talking to you. Go away :P

I don't really know much about PWD, but couldn't someone do it at home, with a pair of clippers. It wouldn't need pro-grooming.
Continually growing coat. I took it as not wanting to do grooming at all. Lol


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Old 06-07-2013, 02:27 PM
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Yeah, that list is a little tough.

I want to say...the right Vizsla maybe..but they can be a nervous breed.
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You know, I think a Collie would work. It's a bit out of the size requirement, but sometimes you can find a smaller bitch or something. They are active, generally people-pleasers, good with other animals. Pretty solid temperaments, from what I've seen.
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I would suggest visiting an animal shelter to see if she falls in love with anything there.

A sheltie from performance lines might work for her, but might be a tad small.
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PWD and Standard Schnauzer are both going to need grooming.

I guess really it depends on what is meant be "small animal friendly". Smaller retrievers (rollers) could work, if they just have to ignore smaller animals. Brittany and ES could work, though I'm not terribly sure on size.

ETA: I guess by ignore small animals, I mean like, just ignore in the cage. Or if they mean cats.
Cats and rabbits and sometimes guinea pigs. Teaching the dog to ignore the animals are fine. Nothing that wants to kill them.

Um... In terms of grooming.. Lots of brushing is fine. But no clipping or stripping (other than maybe a potty trim). Shedding and semi-long coats are fine too. Just no clipping.

Edit: I did think of some sporting dogs but from what I hear a lot of them like Brittanies and Vizslas can be very nervy and high strung and some are quite sensitive? I'm not sure as I haven't met that many, especially brittanies
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