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    Hi! My names Rebecca. My husband David and I are searching for the perfect puppy for us!

    What we want:
    * A loving, snuggly puppy, that will want to be with us
    * Not a heavvy shedder. Im happy cleaning up some shedding, but not tumbleweeds of fur everywhere!!
    * A small to medium sized dog.
    * A dog we can have fun with, go for walks, parks, swimming etc.
    * A social dog, good with other animals or humans
    * A puppy that will get on with our cats Fergus (ragdoll) and Harriet (tonkinese)

    Breeds that we have considered:
    * Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
    * Brittany
    * West Highland terrier
    * Schnauzer

    Our house is 3 stories, the bottom level is a granny flat which will be rented out. The backyard will be shared. THe backyard itself is not huge, its big enough for a dog and we have the potential to fence the front yard which is very large. So a dog that is going to bark alot will be a problem. We will definitely take whatever dog we get to training etc.
    I do know that poodles would suit us very well, but my aunt has had 3 poodles and my grandmother is looking at getting one, so i'd prefer something else.

    We are very open to suggestions!

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    Hi BexBoo

    Welcome to the forum.

    All those dogs shed except the schnauzer - and that one will need clipping.

    A small poodle - toy maybe would meet all your needs.

    Getting along with the cats is a training thing and would be up to you - maybe with some expert help.

    All those other breeds - the ones I've met have been gorgeous, but they may shed some. I just got a flat static mop from Sabco - deals with most of my dog's shedding and is quick and easy. A short coat dog will shed less than a long coat dog - sort of - the hair will be half as long so half as much. The toller and the spaniel have medium coats. If you're considering these, you might also consider a cavalier king Charles spaniel - not quite so energetic. And maybe a papillon - can be quite energetic. They're both about the same size as a cat so might be less inclined to pick fights with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BexBoo View Post
    Hi! My names Rebecca. My husband David and I are searching for the perfect puppy for us!

    What we want:
    * A loving, snuggly puppy, that will want to be with us
    * Not a heavvy shedder. Im happy cleaning up some shedding, but not tumbleweeds of fur everywhere!!
    * A small to medium sized dog.
    * A dog we can have fun with, go for walks, parks, swimming etc.
    * A social dog, good with other animals or humans
    * A puppy that will get on with our cats Fergus (ragdoll) and Harriet (tonkinese)

    Breeds that we have considered:
    * Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
    * Brittany
    * West Highland terrier
    * Schnauzer

    Our house is 3 stories, the bottom level is a granny flat which will be rented out. The backyard will be shared. THe backyard itself is not huge, its big enough for a dog and we have the potential to fence the front yard which is very large. So a dog that is going to bark alot will be a problem. We will definitely take whatever dog we get to training etc.
    I do know that poodles would suit us very well, but my aunt has had 3 poodles and my grandmother is looking at getting one, so i'd prefer something else.

    We are very open to suggestions!
    welcome to the forum rebecca....

    can i jsut remind you that "your snuggly puppy" wont stay a puppy forever......

    any dog can be social and get on with all animals and people....... that comes down to how much you put into it.

    good luck in your search
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    Thanks,

    * Poodles don't really interest us.
    * I've been looking at the King Charles, but they don't really seem right for us.
    * I've met a papillion and they were tiny! My cat Fergus is a very large cat. He is probably the same size as my mums silky, and he is only 6 months! I'm not really worried about the dog and the cats fighting, the cats can definietly hold their own! They are 6months old so should adapt fine to us getting a puppy (not an adult dog). My cats are super playful and love rough fighting!

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    Hi Bexboo,

    Have you looked into rescuing a dog? I really can't recommend it highly enough, there are so many wonderful dogs out there needing homes. Maybe you can search rescue sites for a certain 'type' rather than breed. Rescue dogs are generally cheaper than buying from a breeder and come with all their vaccinations, microchipping, worming, desexing, behaviour testing etc. so you save a lot of money in the long run. Try searching on Adopt a pet or PetRescue - Inspired by unconditional love - PetRescue

    If you do decide to go with a purebred dog, make sure that you buy it from a registered, ethical breeder who do all the necessary testing of both parents etc, and definitely not a pet shop or back yard breeder (usually advertise in newspapers, gumtree etc).

    You will probably find that with the right introductions, the cats get along great with the dog. Our cat is almost 6 months old too (and a massive 4.5kg) and gets along so well with our dogs, they're constantly wresting, following each other and cuddling up to sleep. The best of friends!

    Goodluck and keep us updated
    Last edited by Kristy.Maree; 05-09-2013 at 12:18 PM.

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    We have thought about a rescue dog, but we'd prefer a purebred. The local RSPCA only really has larger more agressive breeds. I also worry about any anxiety or stressed behavior from a rescue dog.

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    What about a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. I think the only requirement they wouldn't meet entirely is the shedding. But they have a short coat anyway so you probably wouldn't have tumbleweeds.

    My Staffies (American) get along with our cat perfectly. Since you are getting the dog as a puppy it would grow up around the cats anyway so you shouldn't have any issues with them not getting along other than the cats getting annoyed at the puppy. With the right amount of training and socialisation it would also be fine around other dogs and since they love to spend time with their humans they would be great to take anywhere.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Staffies always seem like agressive looking dogs, I know they aren't aggressive but they look it. I'd prefer a dog thats maybe a bit softer looking..

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    i think that what you want, and what you can get, might be your decider.
    A bull breed would love to be with you, never grows out or runs out of hugs. Nice a docile in the house, but can run all day long if need be for more active days.
    And they come in all sizes. SBT american, large, or ESBT tiny.
    short coat, so you wont have tumble weeds, you'll just have short hair stuck in your clothes forever

    Rotties are great family dogs and get on well with cats if trained correctly

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    I'm with Kristy.Maree on this one... maybe try a smaller local rescue organisation that doesn't have their dogs in a kennel til adopted like the RSPCA, but in foster families. That way you get a much better settled and socialised pooch and their foster parents can tell you a lot about its personality and traits. We rescued a little Border Colllie X girl about six months ago and she would tick all of your boxes (well, apart from the shedding one maybe). We would have never considered a BC for us due to their high activity needs. But her foster mum assured us that she is a couch potato - and she was right!

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