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    Hi 'Simonr' - big dogs and small dogs - yes it works - but as 'grevillea47' said - unless there is supervision and training - then it could turn to tears !

    Instead of getting dogs straight from the pound - why not look at rescue groups ? These groups foster dogs for a time in a home situation and put the dogs up for adoption - when the dogs are ready.

    You will get a lot more useful information regarding temperament and behaviour of the dogs than going through a pound.

    A link for you:

    PetRescue - Inspired by unconditional love - PetRescue

    Good Luck !

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    Thanks grevillea. That's what I was wondering about. My wife does want a chihuahua x (possibly dachshund but it depends what we find) so it won't be know tea cup. Might have to do a bit of research in medium dogs

    If anyone has any ideas with a 2nd dog that would suit feel free to through them my way, I would like a dog reasonably trainable as they will spend a bit of time inside.

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    I call Labs and retrievers big dogs but consider them mate...they are awesome breeds !! Mediums i'd say go for a Staffy...heaps and heaps in rescues Aussie wide looking for furever homes. Please adopt Simon...you'll feel all warm and tingly inside for saving your new best friend. Good luck mate.


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    Cheers Sean. I do like labs so ill put them on the short list. As for a staffy I know a few and they are great, it just worries me that they get the label of having a lock jaw, is that something to worry about been that it will be with a smaller dog?

    And thanks Riley, I actually stumbled across that site last night, it's good to hear a recommendation going for it.

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    Hi Simon,

    Adopting a dog really is the best feeling ever, it's so rewarding watching them grow and learn to be loved and they really do seem happier and more 'thankful' than other dogs. I have 2 rescues and will never go back to 'buying' a dog. Plus for $300 odd dollars, they are desexed, vaccinated, microchipped etc so everything is done for you

    Big and small dogs certainly can get along, we have a small/medium dog and a large dog and they are the best of friends! My sister-in-law also has a Maltese and a Labrador and they get along great too.

    I wouldn't look at certain 'breeds' as such, I would make a list of what qualities you like ie. not much grooming, energetic but can miss a day or two exercise, medium size etc etc and try and look for an individual dog that fits those qualities, not a particular breed and some dogs don't fit their breed description at all.. I know of a border collie cross husky up for adoption, it's normal to assume that that breed mix would need loads of exercise but in reality, he's happy to laze around all day getting cuddles. Keep an eye on petrescue and your dog perfect dog/dogs will definitely jump out at you... When you know, you know!

    Good luck and please keep us updated, we'd love to see photos when you do get a dog

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    Cheers kristy. Will definitely read some profiles and post some pictures. Still a month and a half off getting our pups, we have some time off and thought that would be the perfect time to introduce them to the knew environment, hopefully a little warmer too.

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    Hey Simon,

    That 'lock jaw' thing is a myth mate. Dont let anyone convince you a Staffy or even a pitbull for that matter are dangerous dogs. I'd gladly own either breed and have them around small dogs and children. Any breed of dog will need to be trained and socialised well to accept other dogs and even kids. My mothers Shi tzu is the most aggressive dog i know and he's also the smallest dog i know. Have a look at Spaniels aswell.....i cant say i've ever met a bad spaniel....the cocker spaniels are georgous dogs. I wouldnt think there'd be to many in rescues though.


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    Heres somthing i quickly googled just to show you i'm not mistaken about the lock jaw thing.

    Pet Myths: Do certain dog breeds have “locking jaws?” | Tails Of The City | an SFGate.com blog


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    I currently have a English staffy and a King Charles cavalier in the backyard and they r now the best of friends. The staffy is really gentle, but it did take some supervision at first because he would get very excited.image.jpg

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    Cheers Sean.

    I was told it was a myth and every staffy I have been around has been very tame. It's funny (in a frustrating way) how a myth that has obviously been proven wrong can stick for so long.

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