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Old 06-23-2006, 09:16 AM
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Well, I've been learning a lot reading the different posts on this forum. I'd really love to get a dog. I grew up with a Springer spaniel and a beagle which you can see in my siggy. I haven' met many different breeds of dogs and I was hoping that I could get some suggestions on breeds that would fit my lifestyle. I've read alot about different breeds but it isn't the same as talking to someone who owns one. Well, I'm a college student living in a 3br duplex with a small unfenced yard. There are lots of trails and parks in the area to explore. There is also a big track field across the street from me which would be a great place to play fetch. Here's what I'd like for a dog
- med. to small but not tiny (15-55 lbs)
- 2-3 45 min walks and an hour training/play session per day
- moderate shedding ok (but not blow coat like husky)
- good with cats and strangers
- okay alone for 5-6 hrs max a day
- not terribly noisy ( I realize training has a lot to do with this)
- possibly do obedience or agility

I'm very interested in boxers, std. poodles, vizlas, brittanys, bichon frises, scottish terriers, and springer spaniels, but I'm very open to other suggestions. I'm also thinking about going to a show later this summer to meet different breeds in person. This will be my first dog on my own and I really want to do everything right. I'd appreciate any suggestions and advice.
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Old 06-23-2006, 10:58 AM
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Going to a show is a very good idea! It gives you a chance to see the breeds and real life, and talk to some of the people that live with them everday. Out of your list, IMO I'd count out the Vizla and the Boxer. Terriers might be a challenge for a first time dog owner as well. I think some of the sporting breeds would be perfect for you - your springer spaniel (I've never owned one, so that's just playing by ear) or possible an english or american cocker.

With some of those breeds (poodle, bichon, spaniels) there needs to be quite a bit of grooming that needs to be considered as well.

I'm hoping someone comes along and posts the breed selector link that we all like so well lol
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Old 06-23-2006, 12:06 PM
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Awwww, no boxer? But they're sooo cute! I realize they're bigger than my weight requirement but I love their squishy faces! lol

Is the k9 country quiz the one you're talking about? I've taken that and ended up with a lot of results. I'm trying to take into account some of the things the quiz didn't cover. Like sharing a wall with a neighbor! I'd love to get a beagle but the baying probably wouldn't make the neighbor happy. Greta in my siggy doesn't bay much unless there is another dog barking but While reading up it seemed some articles said a beagle makes a great apartment dog and some say not because of the baying.
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Yeah the K9 country quiz was the one she was more than likely talking about
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Old 06-23-2006, 12:20 PM
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Honestly, I'd count out the Boxer and Viszla as well. THe Viszla because its a hound and requires consistant daily training as well as they aren't known for their recall skills and will follow their nose. I knew a Viszla in Agility and she never really went that far and she was with a professional trainer. I'm sure there are the odd few that are fabulous though.

A Boxer mainly because of the size requirement that you put out. A friend of mine has a Boxer - Riot grew up with him. It took a long time for him to "find his brains". Hes a great dog now, but when he was younger omg he had a mind of his own lol
If you liked the squishy faces, have you checked out a pug?

There is a pug in Riots RallyO classes right now and hes got to be such a smart little puppy!! Hes only 9 months old and is already in the advanced class and does better then some of the other dogs in his class.

Dont forget with a Poodle you will need consistant coat trimmings unless you learn on your own how to clip them.

Perhaps the Springer Spaniel or Brittany Spaniel would be best for you?
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do u like cavaliers??
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Old 06-23-2006, 12:47 PM
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I think cavaliers are very adorable! But they seem to be a bit out of my price range. They usually run from 800-1500 around my area and I'm still in college..... I've heard that a lot of cavaliers have heart problems, is that just a rumor or is it true? I think your cavaliers in your siggy are gorgeous by the way!

I think pugs are cute but their faces are a little too squishy for me, lol. I guess I'm weird! Have you seen any brittanys or springers in agility summerriot?
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thankyou georgy girl
yeah cavaliers do have heart problems, but mine r fine though, wot about another beagle? i love that breed
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I think cavaliers are very adorable! But they seem to be a bit out of my price range. They usually run from 800-1500 around my area and I'm still in college.....
I hate to say it but any well bred pure bred is more than likely going to cost you that. Poodles, Bichons, Havanese may be more expensive. Your sporting dogs will be up there too.

Labs can be cheaper depending on the bloodlines and if you want a working lab or a show lab. Labs she ALOT though. And are VERY high energy.
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Actually around here you can get a well bred puppy whose parents had hips and eyes certified for $500-$600 dollars. I don't want a show dog, I want a pet. I'm also not ruling out rescue and in that case there aren't many cavaliers in rescues in my area.

Personally, I feel that paying over $1000 for a dog is ridiculous unless it's a rare breed or a show dog. That's just me though.

Labs are great dogs but I agree that they're probably a little to big and high energy for me. I probably could find some lab mixes in a rescue that are a little smaller and calmer.
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