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Old 07-09-2006, 06:29 PM
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In about two years the situation should be right for me to own a dog. I am not sure what breeds would work out for me. i just wanted to tell everyone what i want in a dog, and maybe someone can help me out!

-i want a jogging partner! a dog that will be ready to run with me, and with a playfull side. i want a dog that will play frisby with me and maybe even do agility courses!

-i will probably have my own home, but there is a possiblitly i will be renting an apartment. so that means i will need a smaller sized dog. I prefer a medium sized dog anyway.

-MOST importantly I want a dog that if raised around rabbits will be rabbit freindly. i know all dogs have a prey drive, but my rabbits are my babies and i dont want a dog that is likely to be aggressive with them. (they will never be together unsupervised anyway)

-i dont like dogs that are mouthy and chew on you. i dont like slobbering either. i am fine with shedding, i am sure there are ways to keep it under control. also i have no grooming prefrances.

-it would also be nice if the dog could protect the house. maybe even give more than a warning bark. but i dont want it to be agressive with people when i am taking it for a walk, etc.

-i want an active dog but not a yappy hyper dog. id love a dog to snuggle with and spend lazy days on the sofa with.

some breeds i have been considering are:
shelties and bull terriers
and maybe border collies??

ps. i dont mind a strong willed hard headed dog. i prefer a bit of a challenge
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:34 PM
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oh yeah, i like heelers and aussies too! and anyone know about kelpies? i think they are just in australia tho! i wonder if a siberian husky would work for me? are they a larger dog
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:44 PM
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Your best bet is to get a puppy from a shelter while it's still young enough to be raised around your rabbits. I had rabbits and my newfie wanted to chase them at first but then he was ok. You will never, ever be able to assume that your dog can be left around your rabbits unsupervised. It's just not possible. If raised around them then can probably be loose together but always supervised and give your bunnies lots of places where they can seek shelter. You probably know that.

Anyway, you probably don't want to get heelers or aussies or any herding dog as they like to chase. You probably want a breed or mix that will be quiet and content inside but still wants to go play when outside. I'm not that good with breeds but I'll think about it.
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:47 PM
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i was thinking of a mix myself. i work at the dog shelter down here and spend lots of time with the adoptable dogs. since i know there personallity maybe it would be best for me just to chose a mix
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I think that's a marvelous idea, Rabbit
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Even with a mix you can sometimes get a good idea about what their energy levels will be like. I adopted nanook as an adult but just from looking at her mix I knew she'd be high energy. (that's an understatement). She's husky gsd (probably) so you know she's going to be a busy girl.
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what about a boston terrier (or mix)
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/bostonterrier.htm
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My Heelers play with my ferrets but I think that may be exceptional. I would never leave them alone together. Heelers can be a lot of work and really may not be a good choice for a first time owner.
I agree that a shelter puppy might be best for a first time owner and for the rabbits.
Happy hunting because there are so many out there just waiting for someone to love.
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:55 PM
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i love husky mixes myself. maybe a husky mixed with a small dog breed!
boston terriers are a little small for me. i mean, could i go jogging and take it to agility trails?
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http://bostonterrierclubofamerica.org/faq.html

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Q. Can Boston Terriers do agility?

A. If you want to see something that is not only exciting but fun for the whole family, then find an agility match that has Bostons in it...or go to the BTCA Agility competition held during the BTCA Nationals. There you will see just how athletic a Boston Terrier can really be. They can jump with the best of breeds. They can weave, run, sit & stay, go up and down planks, go through tunnels and anything else that is ask of them. But best of all, they can steal your heart as you watch them compete with all the heart of a true champion. For more information, click HERE.
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