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Old 01-31-2008, 11:57 AM
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Default Breed Suggestions.

I can't remember if I've already done this before, but anywhooo.

Some might know that my brother's been looking at getting an Aussie. But I'm just not sure that he'll be able to handle that much dog.

We've contacted who knows how many breeders - either they aren't having litters anytime this spring or are show breeders.

He doesn't really want to go the rescue route, but it's not totally out of the question if the right pup came along.

Okay, on to the point....

He says goldens, labs or spaniels are "too original" for him. So those really aren't anything to suggest, even though I think he would do awesome with a well bred-golden.

I need help with breed suggestions:

-20+ pounds
-Friendly with other dogs and people, strangers included.
-Hair really doesn't matter, though he would like something with fur like Lizzie (long and straight).
-Something preferably that isn't as high energy as a BC or Aussie.
-Is ready to take on new things (he'd like to try Flyball) but content to just be lazy for a few hours.
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:43 PM
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Do you think he would like a Flat Coat? ( And I know I speak for Zoom and myself, how dare there not be baby Aussie pics coming. )
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:10 PM
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LOL yeah!

Most, or at least many, Aussies have a terrific "off" switch. I know Sawyer does...he's sacked out beside me waiting until I get off my butt and take him to the park. He'll go forever outside but is content to just bum around indoors. There are so many awesome dogs in rescue too...does he say why he doesn't really want to go that route? Aussies puppies are DEVIL CHILDREN until they're around a year or so...is he ready for that? I had enough issues with Sawyer when I first got him and he was 18 months.

They'll take on just about anything you can throw at them too...very much an all-purpose dog.
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:27 PM
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I will definitely look at the Aussie Rescue, but he's said he doesn't want to go with rescue.

But, we haven't found any breeders so that might be the only thing left.

He says he would like an aussie, but I'm just not sure he knows how much "drive" he's getting with that kind of breed.
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:35 PM
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An Aussie sounds like a good choice. Maybe an Aussie cross? I have a thirty pound or so Aussie/Jack Russell mix, who definately has a off switch, and plenty of drive. He too, is currently sacked out beside me, but thats because we just came back from a training foray into the neighborhood. He'd be up in a heartbeat if I asked him to play ball though!
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:10 PM
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What about a Brittany?
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:17 PM
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Lizmo, what about a Chinook? There is a lot of information about the breed as well as a number breeders listed on the the Chinook Owners Association website: http://www.chinook.org/.

The breed shares some of the temperament qualities that attract people to Labs, Goldens, etc., in that they are an easily trained, non-aggressive and people-oriented, but they're still uncommon and definitely off the beaten path.

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Old 01-31-2008, 06:20 PM
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I like Brittanys a lot. I haven't been able to spend enough time around them to tell you a lot, but all the ones I've been around have a ginormous amount of energy, not sure about whether they have an off switch or not.
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:21 PM
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Brittanys are very sweet dogs, very excitable and still quite high energy, though. I've found that Aussies have a better off switch.

How about an English Setter? They've got a lot of "get up and go", but aren't quite as drivey as an Aussie.
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:40 PM
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Really?! Chinook? My friend (who used to come here) had a Chinook. The dog was a rescue dog, but still, not something I would recommend for him. Are breeders pretty rare? I'm in South AL.

I'm not worried about energy, so much as drive.
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