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    Question Help! What dog is right for me?

    Hi all,
    I am hoping experienced dog owners can provide some insight as to what the best dog breed would be for my lifestyle. I am 27 and I have moved into a fully fenced property, with a reasonably large backyard area and a pool.

    I am looking for an intelligent, calm, friendly dog to be my companion. I will be able to take it to work with me during the day, however other than at lunch it will need to stay in my office, next to me and be quiet and under control. It will be exposed to a lot of people at work, so needs to be friendly & calm and not bark/yap when it sees people/hears noises etc.

    I live in Brisbane so it can get quite hot (don't know if this is a factor). I would be able to exercise it twice a day for at least 20 minutes each time, sometimes three times a day. There are no children or other pets in the household. I am hoping to find a breed that can be reasonably easily trained as it needs to be under control when at work, but also one that will be happy sitting by my side for hours as I work- not bored and running around destroying things.

    Size and price are not an issue. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have spent hours looking over breeds and have ended up confusing myself. Any help hugely appreciated
    Thanks!
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 05-07-2014 at 08:35 AM.

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    Glad to see you're doing your homework before buying a pup
    The first breed that comes to my mind for your situation is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are beautiful dogs, can be calm or active when needed. They are trainable and very gentle and people loving
    I'm sure other people on the forum will have other suggestions too, but for now my mind seems to have gone blank and all i can think of is the Cavalier

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    Hi,

    just my 2 cents - I've only ever had Staffordshire Bull Terriers so I really can't speculate too much about other breeds. If you are not after a puppy, why not contact a dog shelter and explain what you are after and see if they have a perfect match- just like dating, but with dogs. Don't worry so much about the breed at this stage, but more about the dog's temperament, overall health, any historical behavioral issues etc etc. The people around here are extremely helpful and will most definitely be able to help you more with potential breed types for your situation.

    good luck with it all

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    not bored and running around destroying things.
    I am also looking for a dog like this - so I can replace mine.
    Last edited by goggles; 05-06-2014 at 10:17 PM.

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    I think rescue is definitely the way to go.. You are looking for traits that are only found in individual dogs and not entire breeds. I know some very lazy border collies who would be perfect for you and some VERY crazy, energetic smaller dogs who are meant to be quiet lap dogs.

    Have a look at PetRescue - Inspired by unconditional love - PetRescue and you might just find your perfect match Rescue is amazing, you will get a dog that has been health and temperament tested, wormed, microchipped, desexed etc and you will be saving a life

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    I agree with rescue. I have always had staffies, previously from breeders, but the two I have now I got from a rescue here in Victoria. They are both 2 year old, so happy to run and play but also happy to curl up on the couch and snuggle, best of all both were house trained when they came to us.

    I love the Stafford breed and I think they fit what you want in a dog.

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    I agree with the others. I've got a rescue border collie x who is convinced she is a lap dog. In fact she would probably be your perfect match. Too bad for you she is taken

    Also the 'not destroying things' bit suggests a grown up dog and not a puppy. So I'd go for a rescue organisation that works with foster carers as they can tell you more about how a dog behaves in a home environment.

    If you go for a rescue dog just be aware that they need time to settle and don't get discouraged at problems at the beginning. Our rescue needed months to really trust us and show her real personality. Its a very rewarding development to watch and I'd never get another dog than a rescue dog.

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    I reckon a GAP greyhound might be the go, or even a whippet.

    All puppies get bored and destroy things. So it's a good idea to provide them with things to destroy. I used to go to op shops and buy stuffed toys suitable for "under three years old" and let my dog have 10 minutes of joy ripping them to pieces, and then take the stuffing and bits and put them in an old football sock, tie a knot, and repeat...

    Greyhounds are the biggest couch potatos.

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    Most of what you ask for is from training. What kind of dog do you like? Big ones, short ones, hairy ones? Maybe go to a dog show and meet a few dogs to see what sparks your interest? If I took my dogs to work they would sleep all day whereas for most other people the breed would be shredding the place and probably guarding the desk too lol once again, what kind of temperament can you live with and keep a lid on?
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    King Charles Spaniel would definently be worth a look into. Very lovely little dogs. Well the ones i've met have been anyway.

    On the other end of the size chart .... A Bullmastiff would be pretty happy to sleep in a air con office all day if you want that sort of thing. The snooring might might drive you nuts though .....and the farting might be a issue too. LOL.

    Go on You Tube and search for 'Dogs 101 (whatever breed)' ...its a good quick run down on diffrent breeds.


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