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    Quote Originally Posted by VintagePrincess View Post
    Hi All, I am hoping someone can help me as I am quite lost at the moment.

    Two and a half years ago I lost my darling mini foxi quite suddenly to kidney failure and had to put her down. (She was a month shy of turning 16).

    The loss was quite sudden, as she was happily running around outside that afternoon, only to get sick in the early evening and was gone by that night. She had been my baby since she was given to me when I was 12 and I couldnt contemplate getting another dog without feeling guilt over her.

    I am soon to be living on my own and feel the time is right to have another dog. I am hoping someone could help me with a breed type

    Lifestyle:

    • I work between 830 - 5.30
    • I will be home at night and the majority of the weekend (I'll only be out for a few hours anyway!)
    • I am happy to take it for a daily walk
    • I have a backyard of roughly 500m2
    • It can be an inside or outside dog
    • I'd rather not spend too much time grooming


    What I would like in the dog:
    • Something Loyal
    • Something that will love me as much as I love it!
    • Something to make me feel "protected"
    • May need to be able to live with a cat



    I would value anyone's help in this.
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    I would have thought a fox terrier or something similar might be too active (and possibly too loud??) to leave at home for that long??? What about a rescue greyhound? Short haired, loving dogs who I hear are very lazy???

    I am about to start working similar hours, but my dog is very lazy and sleeps all day. I just need to make sure he gets two walks a day and lots of love while I'm home! Also, I'm going to get a dog walker on some days when I'm away from the house.

    Let us know how you go

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    Wow, firstly, thanks all for your replies! I meant to come back soon, but with house building and all...its just crazy!

    I have done some research, and I am going to attempt to adopt a greyhound. Sounds like he/she will be happy to sleep and then spend time on the sofa with me at night!

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    I did the test, and came up with a weimaraner as my number 1, with Labby's being number 12 and GSD's being number 22 lol.
    Mummies little 12 years in the making..... and Daddies little ratbag!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodiesGirl View Post
    I did the test, and came up with a weimaraner as my number 1, with Labby's being number 12 and GSD's being number 22 lol.
    Goodies Girl, is that your shepherd? Its beautiful! I'd have liked a Shep, but I am not sure it would like having to sit at home from 8 - 5 without a friend or its Mum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    I don't think you need two dogs to be honest...

    Why not another Foxy?
    Otherwise I think you should take a visit to your local shelter.
    Have a look at this website and fill out the quiz, it will tell you(going by your answers) what breed would most suit you. Its quite helpful.
    ★☞ Dog Breed Selector Quiz SelectSmart.com
    Another one or two foxies would be easy (my sister has two though, and they are naughty! But I think that has more to do with my sister not putting the effort into disciplining them), but I dont think I could have another dog that was the same as Susie. I would feel like I was trying to get another her, or trying to replace her - and I am not. I need to love the dog for who that dog is, not trying to make it another her (if that makes sense).

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    Quote Originally Posted by VintagePrincess View Post
    Goodies Girl, is that your shepherd? Its beautiful! I'd have liked a Shep, but I am not sure it would like having to sit at home from 8 - 5 without a friend or its Mum.
    She is indeed, she's my lil angel (read ratbag) HAHA! She's 8 months old now. If you want a GSD, look into a slightly older rescue. I wouldn't suggest, no matter which breed you get, getting a baby.... They're too much work and need to much when you work so many hours a day
    Mummies little 12 years in the making..... and Daddies little ratbag!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodiesGirl View Post
    She is indeed, she's my lil angel (read ratbag) HAHA! She's 8 months old now. If you want a GSD, look into a slightly older rescue. I wouldn't suggest, no matter which breed you get, getting a baby.... They're too much work and need to much when you work so many hours a day
    The puppy stage is so cute though (read: tiresome!). Is a GSD cuddly?

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    She is the biggest sook lol, she is sure she's a lap dog! I absolutely adore GSD's, they are the best dogs (IMHO), but of course they aren't without their issues! She has had her moments where I felt like giving her away lol, but I wouldn't truly give her up for the world. I grew up with GSD's, and we have photos of me dressing them up in my pink tutu! Mind you, this was back at the time when they were a really unliked breed.
    Mummies little 12 years in the making..... and Daddies little ratbag!!
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    I waas going to suggest Greyhound but you beat me to it. As for being away from home for long periods - sighthounds are your best bet. The bigger the hounds the better, they will cruise through the day snoozing then relish a half hour walk with you before crashing out on the rug (or couch!) for the night.

    Smaller sighthounds can be more high-maintenance temperament wise (Afghans and Salukis spring to mind!), but big guys like Greys, Deerhounds, Borzoi etc are usually pretty laid back.

    Many Greys are safe with cats, just be sure you go through a reputable adoption group or foster carer. You will find the majority of people adopting out Greys are honest about them. They don't want the dogs ending up mismatched again - forever homes is the aim!

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