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Old 08-19-2004, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Renee750il
My question is how can anyone pass a Bassett sitting there, gazing soulfully, and not stop to gush?

Oh i know.. they're so cute !
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Old 08-19-2004, 05:10 AM
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Facez of Death, Greyhounds have a high prey drive but they don't all like to kill cats. Rescued racers have a tendency to chase small animals because of the mechanical lures used when they are racing.

But, the retired racers are fabulous couch potatoes.. They'll still enjoy running on occasion, but they don't seem to *need* that running once they're retired and placed in a home...

Edit -- OMG, Renee.. There is this little Basset that is owned by the groomer we take our dogs to.. Sometimes she's in the 'beauty parlor' when we take our guys in.. Oh. My. God. Talk about irresistable! She climbs up a little ladder to sit on the counter and get kisses.. Her face could melt anything..
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Old 08-20-2004, 11:18 AM
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There are a lot of grey hounds that were racing dogs that get injured. After hat most of them are put to sleep soemtimes they try to give them away first so that is a good way to get a greyhound.
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Old 08-26-2004, 03:52 AM
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Our family had a retired greyhound and she was wonderful. They're great with older kids. They don't kill cats they just have never been introduced to them. They just like to chew up stuffed toys (especially squeaky ones) and go after squirrels when you take them on walks. They must always be on a leash outside, they know nothing about cars (or stairs, or swimming pools, or sometimes, even barking). Once they learn that cats have claws (they are very sensitive dogs) they will be afraid of the cats - believe me. They are big fraidy cats. Ours did not need much exercise at all! She was strictly an indoor dog even though we had a huge yard for her to run around. She preferred to laze around.

My parents lab from a breeder is a hyper dog, 8 years old now and is the kind of dog you want if you have young kids and you want something to wear the kids and the dog out. Labs and retrievers are superb pets for the family but not calm until later on.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend an English Bulldog, they have some nasal issues, other health issues and don't live very long, plus they're pretty expensive if you buy from a unless you get him/her from a rescue group or pound that's the best way to go.

A basset hound is great and you can find rescue groups - just depends on the activity level you need for your dog. They may have a few health issues with the breed.

Whippets are also another good, calm breed. I highly recommend them. They also don't need a lot of exercise and are indoor dogs. They can tolerate heat but would need a coat as would a greyhound for walks in snowy weather.

P.S. Our retired racing dog was not injured, she was in perfect health when we got her so I'm not sure what FacesofDeath is talking about regarding injured greyhounds being put up for rescue. Check retired rescue sites on the web in your area if you are interested in a retired greyhound. Many of them are fostered first to socialize them with animals, stairs, etc. before being adopted to families.
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Old 08-26-2004, 11:58 AM
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BlackTan pup might work, I have A 3yr old GR daughter who play with all my hounds and I sale them to familys who have kidds
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Old 08-29-2004, 08:11 PM
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After working as a vet technician for 12 yrs., I've seen it all! In my opinion, the majority of Labs and Goldens are hyper for most of their lives. Often to the point of bouncing off the walls. Many small breeds are hyper - especially the toys. Of the large breeds, I'd say Great Danes are one of the calmest, as are St. Bernards and Akitas. But some Akitas can be aggressive, so not recommended unless you're an experienced dog owner. Depends so much on what you are looking for, and where you live. Fenced yard? Short or long haired breed preferred? Do you want a large, medium or small dog? Jack Russells are notorious for being super hyper, as well as most terrier breeds. Many Boxers are crazy hyper, but when you find a calm one, you've got a darn good dog. I have a Boxer that is about as calm as you can get, and intelligent to boot! Our two pugs are opposites - one is hyper and one is calm and relaxed. So its not all just the breed (although generally your chances of getting a hyper dog are much higher in breeds known for this). The individual can be either calm or hyper, as there are exceptions to every rule. I love Whippets - they are calm in the house, yet they can run like the wind. Most sporting breeds will be very active because they are bred to hunt all day long. The same for husky types. Samoyeds, spitz, Siberians and Malamutes have too much energy to spare due to being bred to pull sleds in deep snow for at least eight hours a day. You can't expect a hyper dog to be calm - its just not fair to the dog. They are born this way, and its just better in the long run to see both the parents and spend time with them. Why? Because chances are high that if the parents are calm, the pups will grow up to be calm too. Also remember that ALL pups are very active until mature. Hope this helps!

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Old 08-30-2004, 07:19 PM
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I agree! Greyhound is the way to go. A retired grey only wants to be loved and have a soft spot to lay down.
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Old 09-07-2004, 10:32 PM
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Get a Jack Russell Terrier... ha ha ha!!! Okay, okay. Just kidding. My baby can get pretty hyper... but he does settle down and he likes nap time as much as play time but he loves to bark and get into everything so not a good choice.

Let's see.... you want to stay away from all terrier breeds.

If you want something not too hyper and something that is not that big, I would suggest a pug.

If you want a big dog, you might want to consider a great dane or a newfoundland.

With any breed of dog, be sure to meet the parents first. The parent's temperament and activity level have a lot to do with how your pup will turn out. Also any dog can be a terror if not trained properly, ignored, or not given enough exercise. Hope this helps!
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Old 06-04-2006, 11:21 AM
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cavaliers r calm and lovely..
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Old 06-04-2006, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by sandypaws
I agree! Greyhound is the way to go. A retired grey only wants to be loved and have a soft spot to lay down.
Yes, greyhounds are wonderful dogs. Chaz folks always give such good information. Depending on the rescue organization, most are fosters before they are ever adopted out, so they have been small animal tested. Also, many have a very short racing careers so prey drive isn't as much of an issue. So many of our greyhounds live very happily with small dogs and cats, you just have to look for the ones that are proven in foster.
Another thing to consider is a retired breeding bitch, most often they are the sweetest, kindest cuddlers one could ever meet. As for exercise, they do require a couple of good walks a day but are not at all exercise hogs. They're are often called 42 miles an hour couch potatos.
I do all the behavior training for rescue greyhounds here.....and with that particular rescue, I'm not very busy... always a good sign

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