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    Default HELP!! Advice on the right puppy please.

    Hi all

    I am new to the forum and have come here for advice, all of which I will read, consider and be greatful for! I have had dogs all my life (mostly large breeds), usually I keep 2, and they are always rescues. However, this time is different. This time I am getting a puppy for my daughter who is almost 6. They will be going to puppy school together and she will be learning to care for it, walk it and train it. I will be fully assisting with all of this but am expecting they will at times be unsupervised at home (not home alone ever but I mean I do not always watch her in every room of the house!), so am looking to get a specific breed that would be best suited. SO... I am considering a Cocker Spaniel perhaps, or something of the like? My daughter is gentle but assertive, great with the other pets and very keen to learn the correct way to love her own dog.

    I am a bit scared because I am terribly against the puppy mill issue and refuse to see a dollar go towards supporting it. I have never bought from a breeder, only rescued dogs as I mentioned before, so how do I go about this to do the right thing? Where do I find reputable breeders and how do I check that this pup is from a good place?

    Facts about us.. We have 2 indoor cats that are fine with dogs. We have one dog that is a desexed wolfhound x, an 11 year old male that is the kindest, most gentle and perfect old dog in the whole world. We had another dog (a female cattle dog x) that lived with us until she passed of cancer last july aged 12. She and Mannie were the best of mates and never once had a disagreement. She was very much my daughters dog and they spent all their time together. It has taken me this long to consider another dog. My heart was in a million pieces when she died.

    We also have chickens that are in a secure pen but free range only when I am home. I am home every morning til school time, back every afternoon, and if I'm not I actually organise a pet sitter as I never leave them alone overnight. That said I do spend at least 2 full days home every week. Whenever I am home my dogs are inside, unless they indicate they would rather be out. Dog gets leisurely walked at least 3 times a week (as fast and far as a 5 yr old can go!), we have a smallish yard but a dog off leash park just up the road. Only my daughter and I live here, but we often have friends over to visit.

    My ideal dog fits in with the crew, won't bite and will rarely bark, just like my boy I have now. Must be a female as I find that male and female combo has been better for me so far. After researching I am considering Cocker Spaniel but am open to suggestion. I love all of my animals very much and keep them until they die from old age, often in my arms, so I take bringing a new family member into my life very seriously, as I know just what "For life" entails. So please, feel free to give me any advice, tips, ideas, ANYTHING, that you think will help me make an educated decision.

    Thanks dog lovers x
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 11-14-2014 at 10:02 PM.

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    Welcome Mannie's Mum

    The best way to find a good breeder of a pedigree dog - is to go along to some dog shows or even dog obedience competitions or agility competitions and meet the people there and talk to people that have dogs you like (and bonus you get to see them working with their owners) and find out where they got theirs and who they recommend.

    The best breeders who care most about where their puppies go and put the most effort into raising good family pets - will want to meet you as much as you would want to meet them. Ideally at some point you get to go visit where the mother and puppies will be and maybe meet the father dog and see whether their temperament suits you and your daughter.

    TBC

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    I would go a beagle.. They are very stable and great kids dogs. I'm a specialist in the working dog world (I train service and protection dogs - as well as obedience and in home consults).. So I'm personally not a fan of dog shows.. Where often (not always).. Focus is taken off the breed temperament and put more on aesthetics. I would look up some breeders from the internet and go and visit them.. Meet the parents and ask questions.. The parents will likely give you a good indicator to what the pup will grow up to be like. Obviously a puppy is a lot of work for a 6 year old.. Not telling you what to do and you're definitely capable, but I've seen so often the children of the house turn around and really resent the new arrival after a couple of weeks perhaps be prepared good luck!!

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    What about a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? They are beautiful dogs and so great with kids!

    To avoid puppy farms, make sure you buy from a registered breeder whose 'pedigree' dogs (not 'purebred') have been health checked and tested for any genetic conditions. You should be able to visit where the puppy has been raised (preferably in a home environment)
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    beagles - are great with kids but have a tendancy to nick off that makes off lead walking difficult and they can be escape artists - so they need a lot of training.

    They are a working breed and a hound - they love training and can be very very naughty if left to their own devices to seek their own entertainment

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    Thank you everyone for your time and advice! I am looking further into the Cavalier as it seems a lovely breed with a kind temperament, that will stay a manageable size for my daughter to walk/sleep/play with! Now to find the right breeder.... It's a minefield!

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    Cavs are pretty safe. They are usually very good natured and tolerant and don't require a lot of exercise tho they do enjoy a walk 20 minutes or so. And one person trained them to do endurance - tho that's not what I'd be wanting to do with cav.

    There's ANKC registered breeders here. Beware of breeders who say they are registered (with council) but don't have a breed prefix.
    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breeders, Australia

    Also beware of ones that have more than two litters a year with less than four bitches. Ie bitches are supposed to be bred not more often than every 18 months (ANKC code of ethics) - so if they're pumping out litters every year or worse - something is wrong with that breeder.

    It may take a year or more to find a breeder with dogs you like (temperament wise) to organise a litter but that would be worth waiting for.

    There are Cav breed clubs in most states - that might be a good place to meet breeders and their dogs - at one of their social events. If you make friends and show them you are good home for a cav - then it will be much easier to get a good puppy.

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    This is the web page for the QLD cav club

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of QLD

    Unfortunately it seems you have missed their Christmas party but you could contact the secretary with a view to meeting some breeders socially or at a meeting...

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