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Old 01-27-2014, 06:35 PM
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I seem to be drawing a blank and thought I'd get other people's opinions. Besides a good ol' shelter mutt, what breed, if any, fits these criteria?
  • between 25-45 pounds
  • wash and wear type coat OR coat that can be groomed (shaved) to be wash and wear without offending breed fanciers...actually prefer a thicker coat (like a Lab or Shepherd) versus a smooth coat
  • good with other pets (pocket pet/cat)
  • good with other household dogs/polite disinterest with strange dogs
  • good with kids/able to tolerate children
  • good with people it knows/polite disinterest with strangers
  • active, but with an off switch (aka, a "weekend warrior")
  • sturdy, able to play rough
  • handler oriented
  • trustworthy off leash (with training, of course)

Shedding doesn't matter. Prefer to be on the quiet(er) end of the spectrum. Prefer no heat/cold intolerant breeds, although would rather have a cold intolerant dog than a heat intolerant dog. Barking to alert is okay...barking to hear the sound of its own voice is not.

Most spaniels fit the bill, yes? Such as Field or Welshie? Other breeds that jump out at you that I'm forgetting about?
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:38 PM
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The tollers I've met/lived with fit the bill.

I would say Aussie, but barking and "active" and "weekend warrior" aren't the same thing to me lol
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:12 PM
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Standard Poodle

First thing to come to mind, tho was Corgi.
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I would say Aussie, but barking and "active" and "weekend warrior" aren't the same thing to me lol
By active and weekend warrior, I guess I mean a dog that is capable of keeping up when the day requires a Go Go Go mentality...but doesn't need to Go Go Go to be sane. If that makes sense? I really think most average dogs fit the bill pretty well, but there are always outliers that either don't like to Go Go Go (like my mom's Dachshund) or NEED to Go Go Go to be sane.

Also note, I base my "activity level guidelines" based off of Lab/Collie type energy as "normal". Higher than that = no. Lower than that = just fine, as long as they are still playful and able to keep up when days get crazy. Lol
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:16 PM
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Gotcha!

The two I mentioned stand, then.
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but you have to be picky to find a dog in that small size, but Hudson is 35 lbs
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The (5) Aussies I know fit all of that. So I think the right Aussie could be a good match. Although some are barkier than others, so I guess noisy depends on what you feel is tolerable and also on the dog (Journ only barks around other dogs when she's excited or frustrated and she barks at Flyball).

Some of the Tollers I've known fit that list, others not so much. I have a hard time recommending Tollers whole heartedly just because I find them very hit and miss, but a good Toller would fit that list quite well.
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I do think your general spaniel is a good fit. Fields and Welshies yes. Field bred ESS and cockers can sometimes be more hyperactive than weekend warriors, but generally they fit the requirements. Welshies tend to be more reserved with strangers than the others if that's important. Most get along with strange dogs but are reserved (except for my teenage idiot who is Mr Cassenova)

I find the coat to be somewhere between flat and thick. Way thinner than a lab, but definitely not short and close to the body. They have varying amounts of feathers. My boy's coat super is easy to care for and it doesn't mat or hold dirt. You could always shave it too. A true field bred dog has even less coat to worry about.

I think some Aussies and ES fit the bill as well. Brittanies could work but then some fall into the hyperactive category.

Your list is pretty close to mine
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Thanks for all of the suggestions everyone! Just kind of reaffirmed my own thoughts.

In regards to English Shepherds: what is their normal size range? Is it hard to find dogs that run smaller as opposed to larger?
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