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    Well my cattle dogs can shed like crazy. LOL. I have large drifts of hair everywhere if I dont keep on top of it. I have to have a very good sturdy hair removing vaccum cleaner or it becmes embedded in the carpets which I would actually prefer if I didnt have because of the dog hair.

    A good coat stripping brush is good when their double coats are blowing. I noticed my working bred cattle dog sheds much less. Poodles dont have the same problem. I dont mind but I can see that some people would prefer not to have to deal with it if there was another option.

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    Have to agree with MMJ. Staffords are a great dog. I've never owned one but just about all the ones I've met have been brilliant dogs.
    Great nature and smart too.

    They just strike me as the sort of dog I can see a young boy running around with, taking fishing, playing ball together etc etc.
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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    I havent ever had a staffy but the ones I know are certainly high voltage dogs and need plenty of training and exercise and if this is done they are good dogs. I think you would definitely need some mentoring. I have seen far to many end up in rescue because they were not trained or exercised appropriately.

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    Yes they are certainly social and exuberant dogs and have a need to be be with their family and included in the activities. I can imagine they would love kids if socilised with them. They are a fun loving dog, well the good ones that I know are. Like mentioned I think they need to come from a good breeder so it would pay to be selective.
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    So much interesting information

    I have been looking at the below, does anybody have any advice on theses as my Wife is pretty interested in them....

    Australian Terrier

    Silky Terrier

    Thank you in advance again!

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    start time is usually about 8:30 or 9:00 am - people will be there to set up from 7:30am, I expect. There's heaps of room though - if there's no parking where you first drive in - there's usually more around the side (to the left / west) or down the back (right / north).

    You might want to ring them up to find out if it's going to be inside (which shed) or outside (there's a dedicated area out the front). And then you can ask what time is a good time to arrive.

    Dog owners set up little spaces for their dogs and spend the time up till their turn to show - madly grooming and gossiping or both. So it is kind to ask them if they have time to chat or which way to the "terriers" or toy poodles etc. Try to find someone who doesn't look quite so busy and I'm sure they'd be happy to explain. This is the territory of the dog obsessed - so all dogs are gorgeous but they're not all the right dog for you - which is ok.

    I grew up with an Aussie Terrier - and there was one as the House dog in my mum's home when she was growing up. They are feisty - and they won't take bad treatment from anyone - ie they bite if you don't treat them well and it's way too embarrassing to admit. But you can be sure - that the person being bitten - deserved it. At least that was how it was in my home.

    So I'm not sure an Aussie is the best choice for a 5yo boy - given little boys don't always do what they're told. Or it might be the perfect choice - if you believe that it's ok for a dog to tell the boy off when needed.

    Aussie Terriers are also very smart, and can be easy to train, love food and will do tricks. Our fave trick was "bang, you're dead" (roll over paws in the air reward with belly rub) but we had quite a few. Ours could develop quite a doggy smell and had sensitive skin and since she was the runt of the litter - also had some joint problems (solved by removing the entire hip joint $$$ at vet). She didn't mind getting the occasional bath by sharing the shower with Mum - definitely mum's dog. We named her after a cyclone which always seemed apt.

    Silky terriers - I find harder to relate to - they always seem terrified of everything but they are a proper lap dog and love a smooch cuddle. They're much smaller than Aussie Terriers and probably more fragile. I never see them going for a walk anywhere. I have seen the occasional one doing ads on TV so they're probably quite smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orkneyguy28 View Post
    Hi
    thank you for all you information so far as i never knew any of this hence the reason i came on here!

    Yes im sure our Son will love it but we want to take our time and do it correctly

    Puppy Kindergarten, i have also never heard of this before but my friend google shall tell me

    Does anybody have any information on what mini Dachshunds are like?

    I quite like the idea of toy poodles and have looked at a few just through google images and there are so many different breeds, do most breeds of toy poodles shed very little or only some breeds? I would not mind the clipping and brushing

    Thanks once again for the information and quite a bit of interesting reading via the links to other sites
    Had a mini Dachshund smooth when we were kids...great dogs and very protective of the family. Mum wouldn't let us have a large dog back then...what a shame.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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    Hi
    I would just like to give you a little update....

    Firstly, thank you to yourself and everybody else your your information

    My Wife and Son went to the All Breeds Dog Show at KCC Park today and had a great time (What a great suggestion!), they spoke to many nice people and seen some lovely dogs and gathered some great information!

    After seeing a few Australian Silky Terriers they have semi set there mind on getting a Silky Terrier Pup..

    They spoke to a lady there who has been breeding these for many years and has gave my Wife her contact details should we decide to go ahead and purchase one of these after seeing them

    Can you advise me in what we should be looking out for before going ahead and making the purchase?

    Is there paperwork etc that we need to see?

    What should we be looking out for when we go to see the puppies?

    I really want to make sure we are doing the right thing and make sure we are buying the best money can buy if this makes sense, as i have said before im totally new to the dog scene and i want to make sure everything is fully right and the puppy we purchase is super special!

    Does anybody have any past experiences with Silky Terriers?

    I thank you all in advance again for your great information

    Iain

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