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Old 11-26-2009, 07:04 PM
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Hey guys I need some help. My SO's family put their sheltie down in september and they are thinking about getting another dog. And me being the dog person in the family I wanted to help them out with suggestions. I know they do not want another Sheltie. They hated dealing with the shedding and barking! They have a younger daughter who is 9 who is very good with dogs. She is constantly doting on Teags. The do alot of camping during the summer as well. I know they want a dog about the same size as a sheltie or smaller. They also live on 10 acres of land so the dog will have lots of room to run and play. The family is also outside alot of the time. And Teags will be there alot of the time playing with the dog. The father does not work so I am thinking a puppy or an older puppy might be ok if they are willing to put enough effort into training ect ect..

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Old 11-26-2009, 07:10 PM
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Do they have any size requirements?
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Old 11-26-2009, 07:20 PM
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I believe they want something about a Shelties size or smaller.
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a spaneil might be a good choice (assuming from a GOOD breeder) cockers are great family dogs, happy go lucky and sweet natured (again assuming good breeder)
unfortunatly cockers have a bad rap due to byb's...
there not known for their smarts, however they are very eager to please and like to learn.
there not huge shedders, least compared to shelties lol, medium size, good activity level.
but im a bit biased, i was raised with a cocker, my sister learnt to walk using our cocker as a grabbing post, and our current cocker is such a mushy dog!
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:11 PM
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I like Foxy's suggestions of the spaniel family. Maybe a Cavalier? Those seem like such great little dogs but with a sporty edge to them and great fun to train
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:36 PM
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how about a wheaten?
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:44 PM
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I agree with the spaniel, they can make great family pets The only thing I'd be worried about is grooming.
I was also thinking beagles are good with kids, like to be with their families, and like to be outdoors.
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How much grooming would they be willing to do? If they're worried about shedding most of the breeds that don't shed much can be pretty high maintenance in the grooming department. If they aren't opposed to it I'd say a Miniature Poodle might be a good fit.
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As I suggested in another thread there is a breed selector that you could use. Answer the questions and it will give you a list of breeds. Along with the list there are corresponding pictures and you can see what the breed is all about from that location also.

Animal Planet :: Guides :: Dog Breed Selector

It would be interesting to see what it suggests.
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How much grooming would they be willing to do? If they're worried about shedding most of the breeds that don't shed much can be pretty high maintenance in the grooming department. If they aren't opposed to it I'd say a Miniature Poodle might be a good fit
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I know with their Sheltie they did not groom her too aften, maybe a good brushing every week or so. They have no problem with taking it to the groomer though.
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