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Old 07-09-2006, 07:10 PM
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Try this breed selector. If you are honest about answering all the questions, it's a really great tool.

http://www.k9country.com/perl/dogBreed.pl

Be patient, the site is very slow at times.
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Old 07-09-2006, 07:36 PM
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thanks. i will try it now. i have tryed a few in the past and totally didnt agree.
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Old 07-09-2006, 07:52 PM
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that was good! but it didnt help the most important question. i need a dog with not much of a prey drive!
most dogs they listed were the hearding group, and sighthounds
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Old 07-09-2006, 08:04 PM
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Honestly I would avoid sighthounds with the rabbits. It's just not a good idea. even if you do get a puppy and raise it with rabbits, they have an instinct to chase little fuzzy things. I would also avoid most of the herding breeds. While some are good with smaller animals, most are a little rough with them. My Border Collie is a saint with the small furries but I know some that would eat them if given the chance.

How about a Miniature or Standard Poodle?

What size do you consider "medium"? Like the size of a Boston Terrier (under 20lbs) or that of a border collie (30-55lbs)
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Old 07-09-2006, 08:06 PM
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size of a aussie would be nice
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Old 07-09-2006, 10:56 PM
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Why is size an issue ?? A Retriever fits all.
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:58 AM
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the panting that big dogs do drive me crazy.
and its harder to rent with big dogs
they eat more
and well.... there bigger!
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Old 07-10-2006, 11:42 AM
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It is harder to rent with bigger dogs, and the cutoff is frequently very low. Toys (12lbs and under) are the most easy to get housing with, then 25lbs, and then 35lbs and under. It's maddening, but true. Don't forget that many breeds that are considered potentially dangerous - pit bulls, bull terriers, GSDs, Rotties, Dobes, etc. - are even harder to find housing with.

I think your idea of simply looking for a suitable personality at the shelter where you work is the best move. Types and breeds can be surprising. I had a terrier/husky mix who I'd always assumed would shred anything she caught. She turned out to have a mouth so soft that she could (and did) carry around 'fainted' possums and unhappy cats without a scratch.
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Old 07-10-2006, 01:17 PM
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Just go to the pound. Each dog will have its own personality size and shape, and there are normally PLENTY of pups that are desperate for a home in shelters.. so it really couldnt hurt to look. My friend got this dog from the pound (he is so mixed with breeds that its hard to tell what he is lol), and he sounds a lot like what you want.. and Im sure theres many dogs out there that fit what youre looking for
And I would suggest getting a dog when its younger so that you can teach it to respect smaller pets while its young

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Old 07-10-2006, 01:45 PM
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affenpinscher, do some reserch on them, they fit most of it, and they are gorgeous.

also you could try with a sheltie, but shelties can be hyper, try to go for show lines rather then working lines if you get a sheltie.
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