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Old 08-19-2008, 06:05 PM
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Though those are all nice dogs, they are all very intense, extremely active, hyper dogs that need a "job" to be happy. Unless your idea of "fetch" is high powered arial frisbee or competative flyball, these breeds probably arent' right for you, as wonderful as they are. Your average family can't provide the kind of hard work that those breeds thrive on. I agree that a golden or a lab (or a mix of the above) might be a good match, or a herding breed mix that has been mellowed out by virtue of the mix. Since you are set on a puppy, a purebreed rescue with a proven laid-back personality is out.

There are probably a number of other breeds that would suit your needs as well, but we would need more detail to make a suggestion.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:15 PM
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Many Lab x's are in fact...medium sized dogs. Labs themselves in spite of what you may see...are not SUPPOSED to be huge 100lbs+ dogs...lol.

Mixes often keep to a median size that is very "handy" for most people.

If you want something smaller perhaps consider a Beagle Mix. Many end up medium sized, my hounds enjoy fetch from time to time...and ALWAYS enjoy cuddling.

The breeds you mentioned...are a LOT, of dog...
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:30 PM
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Many lab mixes aren't that big. Labs are really not THAT much larger than border collies. I had a labrador / border collie mix and she only weighed 50 lbs.

At any rate, out of those choices I would say Brittany, because the other choices are very intense dogs. A lot of border collies need a job to do or they will create their OWN job to do, which can be things like "staring obsessively at a dripping faucet" or "chewing."

If you do decide to get a puppy, make sure you know how to pick out a good breeder. The people in your local newspaper are probably not good breeders. Puppies at pet stores are DEFINITELY not from good breeders; avoid pet store puppies at all costs.

Adult dogs are sooo much easier for a new dog owner because puppies . . . well, as sweet and cute as puppies are, they are A LOT of work. BUT if your heart is set on a puppy, you can find them at shelters and in rescues. That's where I got my dog as a pup. Either that or go to a GOOD breeder. If you need help locating a good breeder near you, feel free to ask how to find them / how to tell if a breeder is good.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:31 PM
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Have to agree with everything above, and just add that you might want to avoid anything husky too! We have a beagle/husky pup (8 months old nearly), and we find that he's delightful, but aloof, likes to do his own thing (follow his nose to food mostly!), he's not big on cuddling (likes to be with you, but not ON you). He's also not reliable on his recall at the park, in the yard, or anywhere else, if there's a scent in the air.

I do think that there are many many puppies out there waiting for homes in shelters that you should take a look at. Don't discount "big" dogs out of hand, but just take a look through petfinder, or local shelters, and help save a puppy. A mutt/mongrel/mix is generally a great family pet.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:37 PM
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I personally think you should contact a rescue group. There will be tons of mixes of dogs there who will fit in with your family. And rescues DO have puppies!!

Those three breeds you mentioned don't seem like a good match for your family!!
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:29 PM
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How about a show-line Springer Spaniel? They are somewhat like Britiannys, but a lot less intense? Or a minature (not toy) or smallish standard poodle? Both breeds will happily play fetch with you, but will also settle down at the end of the day.

With a Springer, though, MAKE SURE you get one from a breeder whose lines are free of rage. Or a rescue.
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if you are getting a puppy PLEASE don't get one of those 'designer' mixes that are out there. (unless you adopt from a rescue or shelter). Find a good breeder who will help your family get the right pup.

(and yes labs should be medium sized dogs, if you get one from a good breeder it will be)
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If you don't mind telling me, what state are you in, i can check out petfinder and see if i find anything that seems good for your family.
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australian cattle dogs and border collies are definitely not for new dog owners.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:34 PM
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LOL!!! Besides my Bubba the most laid back dog I ever met was a Dane/Fila mix . He was here for 3 days until I found the owners and he kept coming back to visit . What a loving couch potato and he was huge ! I can understand why you want a puppy , but please visit and see the set up and try to meet the sire if possible . The apple doesn't fall far from the tree !
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