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Old 01-27-2010, 01:08 PM
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Default Low energy, medium sized breed?

I have already got a lurcher and a collie/aussie shaped dog.
I am interested in getting another dog as my lurcher is getting older and is not as able to go on the long walks anymore. I LOVE lurchers and greyhounds etc. but we have had so many injuries and little scrapes with her that I am looking for another breed.
Our collie type dog is lovely, but much too active and insane for my liking.
I am looking for a low to medium energy dog, medium (ish) sized; able to be left for 4 hours a day and gets on with people/dogs/cats, occaisional children.
I love the look of spaniels, but people all say that they are manic and I don't want to be doing 2 hours of walks a day.
Anyone got any suggestions?
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:14 PM
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Clumber Spaniel? They're not a high energy dog, and you're in the UK, right? I think they're more common there than here in the US.
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:51 PM
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Definiately not a cockerpoodle. My brother has one and that dog is wired, How about a corgi?
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:14 PM
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a mid sized scenthound of som' kind perhaps?
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:40 PM
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LOL! I don't know who told you that corgis are low energy, but they have not been around the pooches that I have

Corgis are small, but they are cattle dogs and are therefore not your typical "small" dog.
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:24 PM
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I second the Clumber Spaniel. The Sussex Spaniel may also interest you. I met an 11 yr old field bred English Setter once. I LOVED that dog. So sweet, gentle, yet sporty. She didn't pull on the leash at all. The spaniel and sporting breeds interest me greatly.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:39 PM
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You might actually look into a smooth or rough collie. Same breed, different coats. One of my friends breeds and shows them, and I've been to a lot of the club picnics. They are much more chill than most other herding breeds, and very sturdy too.

Gordon setters are not too over the top. Just nice dogs.

Also, if you look for a lurcher with a long or wire coat, those dogs will have much tougher skin than your little smooth girl. Some of the bearded collieXwhippets are pretty handsome and show up in rescue pretty regularly in the UK.
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LOL! I don't know who told you that corgis are low energy, but they have not been around the pooches that I have
I second that!
But they do have a good off switch.

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Corgis are small, but they are cattle dogs and are therefore not your typical "small" dog.
They are actually a medium breed.
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Well, it depends on the type of spaniel you like And what you consider 'medium'.

I love the cockers (american or english), because a dog could be very active or walk for hours, or be total couch potatoes. It also depends on where you get them from (what lines, or if you go rescue route).
I love clumbers & sussex spaniels, too
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:13 AM
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I adore clumber spaniels, but I am pretty concerned about health issues. A friend of mine got one for a reputable breeder, who did all the right tests, but sadly her dog died aged 5.

I will definately look into the other breeds.

By medium, I mean that they are not fragile. Because I think that my collie could easily trip over a chi or a italian greyhound and do some damage.
But I also don't want a massive dog, I would be happy to have a larger dog if it wasn't too chunky. A setter would be an alright size, but a newfoundland, who was the same height would probably be too much as he weighs double.

I was originally thinking about getting a hardier lurcher, but I really want a puppy and cannot seem to find reputable breeders who want to sell to a pet home.
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