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    Hi everyone.

    I'm looking to own my first dog but can't seem to find the right breed for me. If anyone out there has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

    Me and my girlfriend live in a house with a medium sized enclosed backyard. We have a cat that thinks she's royalty (as most cats do I think) and the dog would have to get along with her. We both work 5 days 8-4 so the dog would have to be ok left alone and not bark all day or destroy the yard.

    We don't want anything too energetic, ie. we want a playful companion but not one that it constantly obsessed with playing fetch 24/7. I would get daily walks of 30-60 mins. We don't want a toy dog but it should be happy curling up in front of the tv and getting cuddles. The size is no real drama, but we've been looking mostly at small to medium.

    I'd like to be able to train the dog well and be comfortable letting it run off lead and knowing it will come back, so I guess an intelligent dog that doesn't have a chase instinct.

    I've considered many different breeds and maybe I'm overthinking the whole thing but I'd appreciate any input from you guys.

    Thanks

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    How about a shelter pup?
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    greyhound - there are some who don't want to kill cats!!

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    I love my mastiff. They are a large breed dog, but he would quite happily be a lap dog.. He also is playful, but happy to be in the yard when my husband and I are at work. The only downside is he is a bit stubborn, and you have to be really proactive about his diet because any food with preservatives makes him a bit loopy. I feed him Supercoat (recomended to me by his trainer) dry food (used to be eukenuba but apparently that gives him to many extra nutrients) and beef pet mince from a pet mince specialist.

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    Borzoi. Large yes. Demanding, not at all.
    They have attractive coat without much maintenance. Easy to fence in, don't bark or fret. Off lead, depends on the individual and the training...

    Whippet?

    Or a Greyhound. If you go through a rescue group you can get a great cat friendly one. Best couch potato dogs ever.

    But any of these can be challenging to have off lead...

    Ummm....

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    I thought of brachy breeds, pugs and frenchies as well as brits. But I would worry about them being left alone all day. If they were indoors that would be ok. But they can't be left where they can overheat.

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    Hi there,

    Somebody posted above reccomending the Mastiff. Mastiffs can be like cats in dogs clothing, but in order to assist you further you may want to let us know if you have any further preferences ie long hair or short hair. Some of the smaller dogs ie Jack Russells can be balls of energy, some of the larger dogs are a bit more laid back.

    Hope this helps a bit.

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    schnauzer? They seem popular around here and they don't nick off like the beagles can do. A lot of it is down to training and if you're going to be out all day, you're going to need to separate the puppy from the cat somehow. Ie the cat is inside and the dog is outside that might work.

    Border terrier? Although they do seem to like chasing things and are sometimes a bit reluctant to go back on lead.

    Bedlington Terrier (beware genetic problems in this breed).

    Fox terrier? Although might be keen to chase things.

    Cocker spaniel - These seem pretty harmless and keen on sleeping.

    Do not get any kind of farm dog - you haven't got enough time to exercise it or train it and it will get up to no good (digging, escaping) if left alone in the yard for that long.

    This site might help.
    Are You Ready for a Dog, Should I get a Dog?, I want a Dog

    I couldn't get the "breed selector" bit of it to work though

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    Well thank you all for your replies. We have now been looking at rescued dogs and there seems to be an abundance of good dogs out there.

    We actually chose one last weekend and picked her up on Tuesday. Unforntuately she escaped on Thursday and we spent 5 hours looking for her with a rather pissed off lady who resuced her. Subsequently she was found but was not returned to us but instead taken back to be homed with someone else more suitable.

    I have rung up about a few other rescue dogs that have looked appropiate but have been told each time that someone must be home most of the day and we must have a second dog already. Sometimes this was expressed quite rudely.

    I am a bit worried now that most rescued dogs will need the attention of somebody most of the time so because me and my partner work full time we wont be suitable to take in the majority of rescue dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krooza View Post
    Hi everyone.

    I'm looking to own my first dog but can't seem to find the right breed for me. If anyone out there has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

    Me and my girlfriend live in a house with a medium sized enclosed backyard. We have a cat that thinks she's royalty (as most cats do I think) and the dog would have to get along with her. We both work 5 days 8-4 so the dog would have to be ok left alone and not bark all day or destroy the yard.

    We don't want anything too energetic, ie. we want a playful companion but not one that it constantly obsessed with playing fetch 24/7. I would get daily walks of 30-60 mins. We don't want a toy dog but it should be happy curling up in front of the tv and getting cuddles. The size is no real drama, but we've been looking mostly at small to medium.

    I'd like to be able to train the dog well and be comfortable letting it run off lead and knowing it will come back, so I guess an intelligent dog that doesn't have a chase instinct.

    I've considered many different breeds and maybe I'm overthinking the whole thing but I'd appreciate any input from you guys.

    Thanks
    Bit of a biased opinion here since I have already owned one but i would recommend a Staffordshire bullterrier, they are loyal, loving and can be very obedient. I'd say they're high in pack drive by seeing their love in people, mine would rather be petted than fetch a ball.

    When indoors they just lay around and chill out, but like all dogs need their excercise and daily walks. They are a smallish medium breed with a short coat which doesnt need as much maitenence as a long haired breed.

    If socialised well and trained right, you shouldnt have any problems having him off lead at the park. I trained mine to come when called, heel off the leash and when it cames to other dogs he'd have a quick greet and carry on with me on our walk. He didnt bother with aggressive dogs and would just run back to me if the dog was unfriendy.

    I think all dogs will dig for some reason whether it be boredom to finding a cool spot, it can be managed with excercising your dog or maybe giving him an assigned area to dig, mine would dig on hot day in a shaded area for a cool spot.

    I think a Staffy could suit you but it'll take dedication, training and your love to mold your pet to how you want him.

    Your doing the right thing to get as much information as you can cause you will be spending the next 10 - 15 years with him.

    Good luck on your choice it is a hard decision.
    Last edited by Obie16813; 09-19-2009 at 03:18 PM.

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