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Old 08-19-2006, 06:36 PM
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Well I'm looking into getting a dog sometime soon, and I'm still a little unsure of the breed that is right for me. I want something medium sized, pretty intelligent, able to do either agility or obedience, or some sort of activity, if you know what I mean! I have a dog, a lab x Border Collie, and it is important they get on. The youngest child in the household is 8, bt he is well aware of what is good behaviour around animals and what isn't acceptable. We are a pretty active family, the dog would be walked for around 1 hour each day, perhaps more, aswell as training sessions. Erm... as it's my first time starting from a pup, fairly easy to train. Is this to much to ask for? We've been thinking along the lines of an English Springer Spaniel. I love Border Collies, but I don't think it's a good idea, what with it being my first puppy and all. Any help?

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Old 08-19-2006, 06:50 PM
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Irish Setter <33 They are gorgeous are the epitome of intelligence. They are high maintainence dogs though, and need lots on grooming and exercise. Otherwisee.. I dunno. I'd also say German Shorthaired Pointers, because that's just how I roll.
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Old 08-19-2006, 07:42 PM
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I agree that an Irish Setter (or german pointer) would be great (IS's are one of my favs). But if you're set on an English Springer...that's a pretty good choice too. Certainly would suit you if you don't mind the grooming.

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For no particular reason, I like the Welsh Springer Spaniel better than the English Springer. Both are lovely dogs and seem to be fairly easy to train.
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I also prefer the Welsh Springer over the English, but both are great breeds! I think either one would fit into your family very well .
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Love the ESS!
Tessa has one in her household - she'd be able to give you some personal tips
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Old 08-20-2006, 11:45 AM
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Thanks for all the help! How much grooming does a Springer Spaniel need? I need to get a book on it Anyone know if they can work in agility?


I got advised against an ESS today, and told to get a Border Collie, but I don't think it's right for me at the minute. I also prefer the Welsh SS' but there are like, no breeders in the UK. Can anyone help me on this?
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Springers can be a handful .... don't go by size of dog. I'd nix the Irish Setter... lovely, but bone headed...guess my choice !!
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I'm so confused...

What should I do? Irish Setters seems to have ALOT of hair, but then so does an ESS.
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What about an Australian Shepherd?

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I want something medium sized
And Aussie should be about the same size as your current dog.

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pretty intelligent
They are VERY intelligent.

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able to do either agility or obedience
They excel in both, since they are extremly intelligent but very agile also. If there isn't a Border Collie in the agility class, an Aussie could very well be the fastest dog there (of course, it all depends on the dog). The breed is very versatile.

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I have a dog, a lab x Border Collie, and it is important they get on
Aussies aren't normally dog-aggressive, so they would probably get along fine (once again, it depends on the dogs).

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The youngest child in the household is 8, bt he is well aware of what is good behaviour around animals and what isn't acceptable
Australian Shepherds are excellent children's companions, however it is aloof with all outsiders (including children). They bond very well with their family.

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We are a pretty active family, the dog would be walked for around 1 hour each day, perhaps more
Aussies are high-energy dogs, so the more physical AND mental excercise the better. An hour walk, playing with another dog and having something to do (ie doing agility course, practicing obedience) daily is probably enough, but more walking is probably better.

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aswell as training sessions. Erm... as it's my first time starting from a pup, fairly easy to train.
They excel in training classes.



Labs and goldens also fit your criteria.
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