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Old 01-01-2008, 07:04 PM
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Not for me. But a good friend of my fiance just lost his 18 year old Sheltie-mix to kidney failure. And we are trying to help him think about another dog. But we're having some trouble thinking of a breed . . . so I thought I'd put it out there:

The prospective owner:

Lives in Phoenix, so HOT!

Owns a house with a yard

Travels alot, so would need a portable dog (not TOO big); but he's traveling by car, not plane, so it doesn't have to be tiny . . .just small enough that he can find hotels that will accept it.

Likes "cuddly" dogs

Is very overweight . . . he'll walk the dog religiously, but it needs to be something he can keep up with

Has a quirky sense of humor

Has obnoxious relations that barge into the house without warning, often making lots of noise and yelling. (In fact, one reason we are trying to encourage him to get another dog now is that we are terrified that his mother will deposit something totally inapproprate from a puppy mill with him . . . even if he tells her not to. She DOES things like that)

The previous dog was a Sheltie-mix . . . I suspected some Corgi and maybe Golden in there as well . . . friendly, happy little dog.

So, ideas? Everything I can think of off hand falls down on one of the requirements . . . or, like a miniature poodle, is something I know we couldn't talk him into.

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Old 01-01-2008, 07:23 PM
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What about a cavalier... although with them its important to find a breeder that does health testing..

They can be prone to lots of health problems such as MVD, SYRINGOMYELIA, and a number of other problems
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He sounds like a pug man if it wasn't so hot where he lives! Darn!!!

I'll keep thinking...
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maybe he could check out a shelter, you never know, the perfect dog might be there!
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Many of my Golden owners had former shelties and some moved on to shelties when their golden's died . Size isn't a problem to me . All my Goldens love traveling and were layed back . Really , motels would rather have a big dog than a yippy poo-poo dog !
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maybe he could check out a shelter, you never know, the perfect dog might be there!
That is definately an option . . . but we want him to at least be able to say to his mother that he has a certain breed in mind and is looking at breeders/breed rescues . . . Otherwise she might just dump something she thought was "cute" on him. . . if he says shelter, god knows what she might bring him.

So . . . we want him to have something in mind and check it out . . . if he ends up going to the shelter and bringing home a mutt or a rescue, so much the better! I think he needs to have something in mind though . . . and I'm pretty sure if he does he'll look at breed rescues.
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First thing that came to mind was Papillon.
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what about a Havanese. Whisper loves to camp and be brushed about every other day, low maintence in the activity dept, smart, pretty much wash and wear besides the brushing which takes all of 10 minutes, only around 10 lbs, if they dont like someone at least in whispers case she just goes away to her spot.

or maybe a mini schnauzer (sp?)?
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:41 AM
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Whippet came to mind immediately. Awesome, friendly, lovable dogs. They'r smallish in size and they tolerate the heat better than most breeds (but obviously still need lots of protection during the summer, as any dog does in this ungodly climate). As adults, they are low key as far as exercise goes - they seem content to be housedogs and get a daily walk and a good hard run several times a week in a safely fenced area.
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they are a good choice IF they do not have the same type of puppy hood as greys LOL. I have never been around a puppy whippet. Are they as hyper as greys when they are puppies?
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