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Old 06-23-2006, 01:01 AM
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A Golden Retriever. I STRONGLY discourage you from getting a Border Collie. They are dogs for experienced owners.
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Old 06-23-2006, 02:44 AM
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what about something more like a miniature poodle, or a cocker spaniel?
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Old 06-23-2006, 03:12 AM
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I'd just like to put in about the "bunny" comment; Rabbits aren't usually pets for kids. They are social animals and so need to be two to be happy (usually), and most kids want to pick up, carry around, cuddle rabbits. Most rabbits HATE to be picked up, they would rather be near their owner, being pet, while their owner is sitting on the floor or on the couch next to them. Rabbits are more work than most people think, and are not for kids, only for kids who have knowledgeable adults helping the kid look after them.
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Old 06-23-2006, 05:19 AM
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i think u should she should get a golden retriever
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Old 06-23-2006, 12:14 PM
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Between the two deffinately a Golden Retriever. Border Collies are way too intense and way too driven to just be a family pet. They need high amounts of excercise, always need their brains challenged and most of all, they need a job.
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Old 06-23-2006, 01:34 PM
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I'd go for a young golden from a shelter - already housetrained, but still young enough to have lots of energy and be a good dog for a nine-year-old. As many other people have said, Border Collies are just very intense dogs. They're amazing dogs, but can be challenging for someone that doesn't want to spend a lot of time training, exercising, and just being with the dog. I have to disagree with oc about them being family pets, as that's what my dog is, but my definition of family pet includes training sessions every day to keep her mind busy, long walks, and spending the majority of her time with me. We have a very close bond and she is very loyal to me.
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Old 06-23-2006, 01:42 PM
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Any small/toy breed would be better for her, I think.
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Old 06-23-2006, 02:20 PM
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I have to disagree with oc about them being family pets, as that's what my dog is, but my definition of family pet includes training sessions every day to keep her mind busy, long walks, and spending the majority of her time with me. We have a very close bond and she is very loyal to me.
I meant family pet as in your average American household family pet Of course a dog who is intensely trained and/or has a job is a family pet too! My boys are both working dogs but they''re family pets first.
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Old 06-23-2006, 02:23 PM
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my mom doesn't want to get a small dog, she's afraid we'll step on them...lol...no really out family is full of giants! lol
IF not little dogs then I dunno. If you want a big dog I would go for a golden retriever!
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Old 06-24-2006, 12:21 AM
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thanks guys!
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