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Old 07-09-2013, 12:27 PM
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There's been some serious talk about adding a dog in 2014. Crossbone just LOVES the company of other dogs and I've always loved having multiples. DH is on board and wants one just as much or more than me! (which he has always been a 0 to 1 dog person). We've been checking out petfinder periodically or talked about grabbing a Koolie when we're in Australia in January.

What we're looking for:
- Between 14-19" tall
- Med/High Energy - needs to love to play and keep up with Crossbone. He loves to wrestle, chase and play tug with dogs. Fetching is a major plus.
- Adaptable- needs to be able to travel every other weekend to different houses with us that could have other dogs, kids, etc
- We're gone between 7 & 13 hours a day for 18 days each month (we're home or travel with the dogs the other 12) but walk/bike/jog 4 miles 3-5x per working week
- happy & friendly


Dogs we've talked about:
I've been toying around with rescue vs breeder. I've never had a dog from a reputable breeder and would love to have some idea about temperament & health, especially because I love dog sports. But I haven't found "my breed" and love the idea of having a slightly older rescue mutt.

- Another cattle dog mix or rescue.Would love to have a small female. Only concern really is no health testing/temperament guarantee.

- Koolie - Major concern, among others, is their size and intensity with our 750 sq ft house and 4ft jumpable fence.

- DH LOVES the look of Chinese Cresteds but I can't find ANY good breeders and they're not terribly sporty

- Rat terrier? Not sure if I want another terrier and I'd have to do a lot more research

- Mini Poodle - DH thinks they're scary looking but I think it'd be a good traveler and I could see it meshing well with Crossbone


Any suggestions or opinions?!?!

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Old 07-09-2013, 12:46 PM
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There's been some serious talk about adding a dog in 2014. Crossbone just LOVES the company of other dogs and I've always loved having multiples. DH is on board and wants one just as much or more than me! (which he has always been a 0 to 1 dog person). We've been checking out petfinder periodically or talked about grabbing a Koolie when we're in Australia in January.

What we're looking for:
- Between 14-19" tall - Koolie fits
- Med/High Energy - needs to love to play and keep up with Crossbone. He loves to wrestle, chase and play tug with dogs. Fetching is a major plus. Depending on what lines you are looking at, koolies range from medium to high energy. They are known to have great off-switches if fostered from puppyhood.
- Adaptable- needs to be able to travel every other weekend to different houses with us that could have other dogs, kids, etc Koolies tend to go with the flow. Mine travel to people's houses, trials, training centers, work, odd locations like county fairs for demos without skipping a beat.
- We're gone between 7 & 13 hours a day for 18 days each month (we're home or travel with the dogs the other 12) but walk/bike/jog 4 miles 3-5x per working week Shouldn't be a problem with any high energy breed. As long as they are getting a predictable outlet for their energy, longer days aren't an issue.
- happy & friendly This should be the koolie motto. At least for a koolie in correct temperament.


Dogs we've talked about:
I've been toying around with rescue vs breeder. I've never had a dog from a reputable breeder and would love to have some idea about temperament & health, especially because I love dog sports. But I haven't found "my breed" and love the idea of having a slightly older rescue mutt.

- Koolie - Major concern, among others, is their size and intensity with our 750 sq ft house and 4ft jumpable fence. Zip Tie figured out how to jump our 3.5' potty area fence, but hasn't ever thought twice about jumping our 4' chain link fence. All of my dogs easily could, however, I'm pretty careful about not leaving them outside unattended for long periods of time. They are only outside when we are or if we have the windows open and are periodically checking on them.

As far as house size, we have a 1,100 sq foot house, but only really live in the upstairs. I don't find the close quarters to be a hinderance with three high energy dogs except for when they are all running around crazy and wrestling. Then I solve that by either shoving them outside, working them, or crating one so the other two can play. However, I have to deal with this because I don't deal with chaos very well and it's my way of coping.


- Mini Poodle - DH thinks they're scary looking but I think it'd be a good traveler and I could see it meshing well with Crossbone
I adore mini poodles. That's all.


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Old 07-09-2013, 02:27 PM
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- DH LOVES the look of Chinese Cresteds but I can't find ANY good breeders and they're not terribly sporty...
Check out this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zlhkMwppKw


Diva wasn't the only Crested Lisi did agility with. I've known of others who have, too. I also know many who do obedience, and there's at least one who does UKC weight pull.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:02 PM
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Uhm, you need a Lucy. That is all.


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In all seriousness, if you don't mind LOUD(er), then a Kooligan may be a good fit. I'm just one to push cattle dogs of course. Lol!

ETA: Lucy would be an amazing sports dog. Just another thing to think about.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:17 PM
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That video made me cry. I would absolutely do more Crestie breeder research -- I'm very particular about which ones I like.
ETA -- DH calls them "those beautiful punk rock dogs"

Meagan, I think we need to have a Crossbone/Lucy play date!!!!! Lol at the LOUD(er). I swear Crossbone barked more than Traveler or Didgie (or Frag & Rider) at the park.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:28 PM
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I'd look into a crestie a little bit more...I've known some pretty athletic ones, and I believe MafiaPrincess does agility with Arson.

The mini poodles I've known have not been a fan of any kind of rough-housing, wrestling, etc. with other dogs.

In your situation, I think I'd be looking for another herding mix rescue, but personally I've always leaned towards rescue dogs.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:20 AM
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That video made me cry...
Me, too. I "knew" Lis through a couple of other forums. I still can't watch that incredible video or read the write up in the Gazette without bawling my eyes out.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:01 PM
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If Rat Terriers are an option but seem too small, maybe a Decker Rat terrier? I think they're a bit more intense than a "typical" rat terrier. Don't know much more about them than that, however.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:39 PM
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I know Cresties are athletic, we see a few who do agility at some of the venues I frequent, they're just not terribly serious about the game.
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