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    Default Dog breed suggestions?

    Hi, today my dad said that I could get a dog and I'm in the process of researching possible breeds that will suit my family's lifestyle, and I was hoping some experienced people could give me some suggestions? - I won't be rushing out to get my dog, but will be taking the time and care to make sure that we get a dog that is RIGHT rather than "cute" or conveniently available, etc.
    I have pretty bad post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), so I'm looking for a companion/therapy dog.

    The types of traits the breed MUST have are:
    * Friendly and loyal
    * An indoor breed
    * Low maintenance in terms of both exercise (so around 30 mins for their daily walks) and general care (so no daily grooming), etc.
    * Preferably not TREMENDOUSLY active when indoors (so I don't want it being destructive or bouncing from the walls in boredom 24/7, etc).
    * Small/toy dog (I'm not sure if my dad will allow me to get a medium-large dog, as he believes that the size of the dog equals the amount of space it needs, even though I've explained to him that that isn't necessarily true (like with greyhounds), but that it actually comes down to the amount of energy and activity level of the breed.)
    * Short coat is preferable, but a medium-short coat would be acceptable as well.
    * Cat friendly (I have 2 indoor cats, so they'll be sharing the same space most of the time.)
    * Easy to train, or at least house train.
    * Doesn't slobber everywhere.

    Preferred traits, but not "must haves":
    * Not too yappy
    * Doesn't shed too much.
    * I prefer dogs that have a smooth coat, rather than course.

    We live in a house and have a large back large backyard (but the dog will only have access to about half the yard when it's let out, as we have chickens up the back).
    And as far as allergies go, I don't think there is anyone in my family who is allergic...though in saying that my best friend is, so non-allergy breeds would certainly be a plus! =] (Though we mostly spend time at her house, so it wouldn't be a HUGE inconvenience if it messed with her allergies (at least I hope not! =S))

    When I was living with my mum as a kid I used to have a chihuahua (who severely suffered from small dog syndrome thanks to my mum's influence, and unfortunately I was the one to receive the brunt of the aggression), mini foxies, and a tenterfield terrier.
    My dad's friend used to have a chihuahua who was absolutely lovely and friendly to everyone (which is the reason we decided to get my chihuahua), but due to my experiences as a kid I'm still a bit cautious... I plan to do LOTS of research on small dog syndrome and how to avoid it, before getting my dog, but I'm worried that may not be enough, and I know for a fact that if my new dog ends up behaving like Sandy (my chihuahua) it will mess with my PTSD. In saying that though, my dad really likes chihuahuas and I really loved Sandy, and wouldn't mind having another chihuahua... especially now that I know about small dog syndrome! However I've heard that they can be difficult to house train, which would be a big problem as most of my house is carpeted (and my dad was emphatic that my new dog can be easily toilet trained).

    One of my dad's other friends also have pugs (which I adore! XD), but I've heard that you need to be really careful in terms of keeping the wrinkles on their faces clean, and stuff like that... also I know that they can be weezy and have trouble breathing, which may be a bit of a bother (as we have shag carpet and no matter how much you vacuum it, it can still be quite dusty).

    Anyway these are the dog breeds that I'm familiar with, but it's been a long time since I've had dogs so I would love some expert opinions from anyone who has had these breeds, or any other breeds that may be suitable. - I'm not expecting anyone to do my research for me, but considering how many breeds are out there and the varying degrees of information and people opinions on each breed, I figured getting some experienced suggestions may help in actually finding the perfect dog for me and my family! =)

    Any and all help is much appreciated, thanks! =)

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    Ok

    You have asked for a few conflicting things there...

    Low maintenance and "doesn't shed much" - are things that do not go together.

    A small poodle (toy or miniature) fits a lot of your requirements - but the non-shedding wooly style coats need regular maintenance and clipping every 6 weeks or so.

    Dogs that don't need clipping - do shed - even jack russells. If you have chickens you might not want a terrier though. They can be trained not to eat the chickens - and quite a few will sort out all the rats and mice that move in with chickens - but its hard for the terrier not to eat the chickens - you have to be extra consistent and vigilant to make sure that bad things do not happen to the chickens. A border terrier - would be ideal - for sorting the mice problem... and they're very cute.

    My faves of the non shedders (that need clipping) are
    poodles
    bichon frieze - they're the most laid back and least likely to excavate your back yard or do other naughty dog things - you still have to train them.
    bedlington terrier

    Best way to find a good breeder - is to go to some dog shows and meet them, some all breed dog shows - you can meet lots of different breeds and their breeders and make friends and get on the top of their "ideal home for my puppy" list. You can also meet lots of different breeds of dogs and their owners at dog obedience or agility competitions. You can look these up via sites like dogssa.com.au or just type the breed and your state name into google.

    Please promise me that you will not get a puppy from a pet shop. And ideally not from gumtree either (or not without checking here first).
    I'm sure someone else will explain or I will later. Or you can search this site and you will find out why.

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    What about a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

    Socialisation and training from a young age will help prevent the dog having aggression issues. Also not treating the dog as if it is a precious toy helps too!

    Good luck!

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

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    Another vote for the CKCS here! A well bred Cavalier has a wonderful & easy going temperament. Devoted to their owners and easy to train. They shed a bit and so they do require weekly brushing. Good luck with your research

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    Aw - how could you not treat a Cav as a precious toy? It's a lap dog for Spanish princesses...

    They do meet all the criteria except the coat requirements, they do shed a bit, and the coat is medium not short.

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    I've never owned one, never even met one, but people seem to rave a lot about Miniature Pinschers. Might be worth checking out! Another terrier you might like is the Manchester terrier.

    As others have said, please ensure you do not purchase your dog from a pet shop, regardless of the breed, and avoid any "breeds" with ridiculous-sounding names and names ending in "poo". Go to dog shows where you can see the sizes and colours of lots of breeds, and talk to breeders honestly about your requirements and the dog's requirements.

    Taking your time and doing your research to find your perfect breed is great, and great fun, too!

    I wish you all the best in your search, and with your health.

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    You mentinoed greyhounds... what about them? I actually think they tick all of the 'must have' boxes.

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    Why dosnt anyone ever ask for a big lazy bugger that slobbers everywhere...farts and snoores like a trooper...eats you out of house and home and barks so deep and loud they scare the owners let alone the bad guys.....????

    then i'd have the perfect dog for you !!

    How about a mini Bullmastiff.???..also known as Pugs.


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    Thank you everyone, your replies have been really helpful! =D

    Breeds I've completely ruled out:
    * Toy poodles (the constant need to keep their fur brushed and clipped is a bit beyond me)
    * Bichon frieze (same)
    * Jack Russells (If going to go for this style of dog, I'll stick with what I've already had i.e - Toy fox terrier or tenterfield terrier)
    * Pugs (Due to their difficulty breathing, my dad and I realized that we didn't want to risk causing them more difficulty breathing than necessary (considering our carpets))
    * Any type of bulldog (same)

    Breeds I've only minimally looked into (but still plan to look at) or have yet to research:
    * Bedlington terrier
    * Cavalier king Charles spaniel (or any of the other smaller spaniels)
    * Miniature pinschers
    * Dachshunds (my aunt had one as a kid, and my dad really liked having it around... I'm not sure how I feel yet, as I worry about it having back problems!)

    Breeds that I've found to be the most suitable so far:
    * Italian greyhound (which are basically perfect, but depending on how much they cost I may not be able to get them. - I'm waiting for a reply from a breeder, for a general quote.)
    * Greyhound (I LOVE them, but not only are they too big, but from what I've read they aren't suitable with cats (or at least the ex-racers aren't (according to one website)... I've tried looking for breeders (just as a general price reference) and I can't find any, so I don't know if they'll be an option)
    * Chihuahua (that's not just 'cause my dad likes them... I've actually looked into the specific aspects of the breed, and they are none-the-less quite appropriate! =] I've decided that they are one of my "backup" breeds)
    * Toy fox terrier/Tenterfield (These are the other "backup" breeds - I grouped them together as they are quite similar)
    * Chinese crested (I tried doing some research for a general price, and I couldn't find anyone in Sydney who sells them so they may not be an option)

    As for Hyacinth's remark on not purchasing any dogs off of gumtree, I was just wondering why...? I must admit I have been using the site (and others; e.g. the trading post, etc) as a general tool for finding approximate prices for each breed.
    As for the whole pet shop scenario, you most certainly don't have to worry there! - I don't plan on buying my dog from one of those wretched places!

    Thanks once again everyone for your help, and I'll continue to look into your suggestions as well as the dog shows (thanks for that suggestion, I would never have thought of it!). =)

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    You won't find many well bred dogs on sites like Gumtree/tradingpost etc. Responsible Breeders don't need to advertise their dogs on sites like Gumtree because they should have homes for all pups before they breed. Most people that advertise on those sites are just back yard breeders who mostly breed to make money off of their pets.

    I got my dogs off of the Trading Post, I don't regret it cause I love them but I won't ever do it again.

    Your best bet would be to go out and attend things like dog shows and meet breeders of the types of dogs you are interested in. They will be able to help you the most with picking a breed that will be most suitable for you and your family.

    Have you considered looking at rescue dogs? PetRescue - Inspired by unconditional love - PetRescue have lots of smaller dogs looking for homes. Most will be fostered as well so you would be able to get an insight to what they dog is actually like before you adopt and whether they are okay with things like cats etc. They also have puppies as well though they may be harder to get because most people are after puppies.

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

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