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Old 08-02-2007, 05:20 AM
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okay, so it won't be for a few years. But I've started thiking about it, because i might move out in less than 3 years, or maybe not for 6.

Well, I started looking at breeds anyway, eventhough I'll be getting a dog from a shelter, I'd like to have an idea.

I'll probably be in a house with medium sized yard.
I'll still have Buzzy and they will get 1-3 walks a day and a few good runs off leash every week.
Chances are I'll still be in uni and would need to put the effort into study so I won't be looking for a hugley active breed.
Must be cat safe, as I'll also have Panda.
Trainable and dog friendly (i know those are about individual dogs but would probably avoid breeds that are known for not being cat/dog friendly just to make it easier)
shedding is not really an issue but I don't want to be vacuuming 20 times a week, Buster sheds a lot as it is so it doesn't really worry me
as for grooming, i don't mind having to brush them through every week.
size wise, I prefer medium to large dogs, ACD size and up.

For a few months I've been looking up Greyhound and have been leading towards them,
also looked up GSD's becuase they are just every where in shelters. But not sure on their energy level.
I like Huskies but I can see they would probably need a lot more stimulation than I'd be able to offer at the time.
I've also looked into Bull Terriers as I've always liked them and in the last 2 weeks I've seen 2 purebreds on shelter sites

The dog would still get plenty of attention, quality food, obediance training and perhaps become a therapy dog.

I would love another working breed but want to save that till I have the time to put the effort into it for agility, flyball, obediance and herding.

I'm also going to adopt an older dog, probably female and 6 years+ as i want to skip the puppy faze and not have to deal with chewing, teething, socialisation etc.

Looking for a few more breeds I can start researching.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:15 AM
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I think a Greyhound does sound like a good match. They're an awesome breed - I'd love to own one someday!
The only glitch I saw there is that the dog must be good with cats, but greyhound rescues seem to be really good at screening and placing the right dog with the right person because that'll depend on the individual dog.

With GSDs, especially in shelters, it's hard to say of their energy level for sure because there is such a wide variety in the breed. Missy would do fine with the amount of walks you mentioned. A good game of fetch, or 'hide and seek', and short/frequent training sessions is a good way to burn energy as well.
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they will get 1-3 walks a day and a few good runs off leash every week.
Getting an adult from a shelter or a rescue is such a great idea. That way you'll know their 'friendliness' and whether the can be placed with cats

I'll have to think about it for a little bit and see if I can think of another breed for you... lol...

Good luck on your search
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:28 AM
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i see where you're coming from. Buster, when looking at the likley breeds that he is, he should be exploding with energy when he doesn't get enough excercise, but he amazes me how he can just hold it in. I've had the flu for the last week or so (just mild, i should still be walking him but i havn't been) and it hasn't effected him at all.
Only thing is, if i don't walk him for too long, his loose leash training goes out the window when i do walk him.
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:03 AM
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Bearded Collie?
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:54 AM
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i just looked them up, says they need a lot of excercise and that is some long hair! lol
plus i've hardly seen any of them around here.

I was thinking, i may also consider getting a mature dog from a breeder.

started looking at smooth collies, their gorgeous to, why do there have to be so many breeds?
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:56 AM
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I'm also wary of long coated breeds because of the paralyses ticks here. I've heard of them still attaching even when the dog has tick protection on, and although they'd get a daily check over, i'd hate to miss one due to a long coat.
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