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Old 09-06-2006, 09:43 PM
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Portugese Water Dogs are great dogs know to be non-shedding.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:45 PM
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I think I'm going to give up looking for a dog. We are limited due to allergies by my hubby. I've posted on a couple of different websites questions about breeds and every single one came out as "bad" or not good.


Maybe I'll post what requirements we have and you folks can suggest some breeds for me?

Low-shedding
Small-medium
Good with children
Can be let off-leash (and come back! lol)
Active but not hyper


Any suggestions?


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So wheatens are not good dogs? I get so confused on this site when people criticize every breed of dog. Every dog would be a terror if not trained properly, right?

I'm just going by all the breed descriptions on the net. Has anyone here actually trained one? What was your experience?

Thanks everyone for the input...much appreciated! I need all the info I can get!
Dont forget that posting on boards are all from opinions as well.
ANY dog can be a good dog if you have the time, patience and energy for that specific breed.

An example would be - I have a Belgian Tervuren, but NOT everyone can have a good one. Many people are scared of them because of what their temperments can be like - even some judges at shows that I've been to with Riot, my dog, were scared to run their hands over him - for no reason that he has given them either.

Everyone has "their breed".

Honestly it depends on what YOU, as an owner are willing to put into this dog. Make SURE you research for a good breeder, get a puppy from parents that have been hip, elbows and eyes tested.

Any Terrier will have "terrier" instincts that you can't get rid of. Ie. stubborness, but you can learn to work WITH it to benefit you.

Any dog can be reliable off leash in certain situations - it just depends on the method of training, the amount of training and the maturity of the dog.

I've known a handful of Huskys that were 100% reliable off leash through woods, open fields etc. but then again, I know many other Huskys who I'd never trust off leash.

Just be careful and picky on who the parents are of the puppy you bring home.

Poodles are fabulous dogs to have around, they are smart, willing to please, but do have LOTS of energy! hehe They also come in 3 different sizes.
DONT be fooled by the "teacup" poodle - there is NO such thing by any standard. They are bred by BYB..

Anyways, Good luck and I hope that patrolling dog forums hasn't put you off owning your own dog. Your doing the first greatest step in owning a dog - the research!
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Old 09-07-2006, 01:13 AM
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Low-shedding
Small-medium
Good with children
Can be let off-leash (and come back! lol)
Active but not hyper

If you're looking for a dog of this Standard, it's really going to boil down to the actual, specific dog. If I read this, I'd originally say Yorkie, because this discribes Dixie exactly, but not all Yorkies are this way. Most people wouldn't have a Yorkie around kids because they are "nippy" Dixie ADORES kids, and almost wags her little tail off when we go through the line to pick up my sister(10yrs old). She has never growled at, or nipped/bitten anyone, including children (she's been around all different ages from 3mo-5yrs and all in between and over that). She's ONE dog out of many though. Another Yorkie owner may not be able to say this about their Yorkie. Also, Yorkies are known to be Hyper...Dixie's the opposite, she lays on the couch all day unless I take her outside, and then she RUNS! She loves it, but she'll come to me the second I call her name. Silky Terriers, I've had AWESOME experience with. They are small (8-12lbs) and do awesome with kids. I've never met one who didn't like kids. There could be others who couldn't say that, but in my experience, Silkies are GREAT. The only problem we had with Princess, our Silky who passed about 5mo ago was that until we trained her she was a runner. If she got outside, she'd run off like a bullet after a cat, squirrel, etc. After she was about 6mo though she really settled down, and never really had any desire to run off. If you properly train your dog, and take it to obediance classes etc, you're going to have a good dog. Any breed coul fit this standard if trained well (exept the small part...lol! they're kinda born with that one! ) Good luck in chooseing a breed!!!!!!!
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Old 09-07-2006, 01:16 AM
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Old 09-07-2006, 12:05 PM
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oh ok, so you are posting your experiences based on kennel/shelter dogs (which could have been bred badly).

The breeder I have been talking with has been breeding them since 1979 and does not have them outside at all (outdoor kennels/runs). They are raised indoor with her family and grandchildren. She sounds really fantastic and that she knows what she talking about.
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Old 09-07-2006, 12:18 PM
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I'm not talking about your generic "cement and chain link" kennels; this is an upscale bording resort where our client's median salary is at least $80,000/yr. These are the people who go out and will spend $1500 on a dog because they believe that the higher the price, the better quality the dog. It works for cars, not for dogs. However, I fully believe that at least 75% of our clients have no clue about dogs, hence all the petstore buys.

What it really boils down to is that Wheatens are terriers, which means that they will have an insane amount of energy when young, will dig, bark and chase small animals. With proper training, you can direct that energy, teach them not to bark and dig and while most will probably always chase squirrels given the chance, you at least stand a better chance of them coming back to you when called.

If your breeder fits the criteria of a responsible breeder (take a look at the threads with a thumbtack symbol at the top of the Dog Breeds/Breeding forum for what that is), then go for it.
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:21 PM
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A woman I work with got a SCWT, unfortunately, from a puppy mill. They went through the same puppy stuff that I did with my Belgian (but without the biting). They also didn't get any training. They still love their dog. He does have to sleep in his crate because he's a little chewer. Loves to eat glasses and all the usually stuff that has the family members' scent on it. They are very good at taking the dog for long walks. My friend is very fitness conscious, so the dog goes with her on 3 miles walks. But they really don't have any problems other than the normal untrained dog type of thing.

But the key is, the whole family loves this dog, and he seems like a good dog from my visits.

Don't forget, there are Wheaton rescues.

http://www.wheatenterrierrescue.org/
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