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Old 03-31-2007, 01:30 PM
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We live in Tucson and thicker coated dogs seem to do well here as long as they can get out of the midday summer heat. My mother in law next door has a chow and a golden, they both do very well. The chow gets shaved in the summer, but the golden just keeps her coat year round and she has never had any problems. They are both in their teens now.

Shorter coated dogs would work too. The only concern I would have is sunburn, especially if they ended up picking a lighter colored dog. My aunt has a bull terrier with white markings and they have to put sunscreen on his white spots or he gets terrible sunburns in a matter of minutes. I imagine a greyhound with white or light spots could have the same problem.

As far as breeds go, goldens and bernese mountain dogs sound like good fits. As do greyhounds. I'm a grey fan, and the other bonus to those is that you are getting an adult dog that has had their drive and temperment assessed already, hopefully making for a good fit with the family.

Smooth collies are very mellow and laid back, friendly. Nothing remotely like border collies. A close friend has one from working lines that she has trained for search and rescue. Even though he is a drivey working dog, he is EXTREMELY mellow, lives with 4 cats and a boatload of chickens. He doesn't pick up and get active until they put his working vest on. HE reminds me a lot of a greyhound though. He'd be content to lay in his bed all day, every day, if they let him. Very easy to walk too. They never had to teach him not to pull the leash. I don't know what state you are in, but there is a collie rescue in Phoenix that gets smooth collies in pretty frequently.

I don't know if I would get a standard poodle. Every standard poodle I ever met was VERY standoffish to anyone except their families. They definitely seem to be a one-person dog. If your parents are worried about the dog being good with guests or other people they meet on walks that might not be a good choice. Other than that, they seem great for the people who live with them.
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Old 03-31-2007, 01:46 PM
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Here is a picture with my friend's collie, in the middle. (ignore the slouching old man on the left) He came from a kennel in Oregon I think, but can double check.The lady who bred him was awesome! She videotapes all the puppies individually and together several times, and sends you the tapes to watch before you get your puppy, and she did an awesome job of picking out which ones would be good for different jobs. Like all the qualities Tucker needed for search and rescue, vs. a family pet, herding, agility, or show. She also has a lot of sheep and works all of her breeders. Definitely reccommend dealing with her if you pick this breed.

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Old 04-02-2007, 09:08 AM
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[QUOTE=SisMorphine;648422] All Greyhounds CAN sit, but not all can do so comfortably.

Also, I know of a handful of Greyhounds who can swim.

I gotta admit i miss typed the first one. but im also telling things right off the track since i dont have a pool and none of the people i know have tried to teach them to swim. It is the matter of low body weight and bouyancy(sp?). come to think of it at the beach they would be able to with the salt. HMMM. id have to ask someone else about this.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:07 PM
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I got in contact with someone from greyhound rescue yesterday and met a few dogs. I'm in love. They're so gentle and polite.

I'll keep you guys updated! It'll be a long time until we get another dog (Eve needs to grow up before I even think about it, lol!) but I think that will be the route we'll take. They're lovely, sweet creatures.
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:09 PM
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YAY!!! LOL. Told you you would end up with one when you said you liked Scirrocco LOL
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mini schnauzer maybe?
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