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    Default First Time Doggy Owner...Help Me!!!

    Hi Everyone,

    My fiance and I want to add a fur baby to our home!

    We want a small/medium sized breed with a low maintainence coat and a great tempremant.

    We were thinking a Beagle but after reading some other members responses about this breed it has made me think again! Choosing a "right" breed for us seems SO hard!

    So I am after reccomendations!

    TIA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    My fiance and I want to add a fur baby to our home!

    We want a small/medium sized breed with a low maintainence coat and a great tempremant.

    We were thinking a Beagle but after reading some other members responses about this breed it has made me think again! Choosing a "right" breed for us seems SO hard!

    So I am after reccomendations!

    TIA!
    Staffies are medium sized dogs

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    toy or miniature poodle fits all your criteria

    possibly a pug?

    A whippet?

    a staffy?

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    Look at your living situation, adding kids to it in the next 15years? Space you have, time you have to spend walking and having a dog around THEN look up breeds that fit into this lifestyle. You can always just visit pounds and possibly the right dog/pup may be there too.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    My ridgie is my first dog, and thats a breed that is NOT reccomended for first time owners at all however, I had a checklist when looking for a dog - had to have a great temprement, be good with kids, and plenty of other things, and the ridgie met all those criteria. So really, you have to think about what you want in a dog, and then look for a dog who fits that criteria (I hope that made sense?)

    As for being a first time owner, I read everything I could get my hands on in regards to the breed, I spoke to three or four different vets, and contacted a number of breeders. I also got him into training straight away, the training was more for me than for him though, and any questions I had were answered. Obviously I wasnt perfect and I did make a couple mistakes in a few areas like dicipline and when to show affection etc, but I've changed my ways and am trying other tecniques which are working great.

    Just because youre a first time owner doesnt mean you should avoid particular breeds, but you need to be aware that certain breed's will be much harder to train than others and you'll have to be prepared to put in the extra effort.

    I really hope this made any sense at all because im typing inbetween watching the tennis, keeping an eye on the dog, and getting dinner ready. who said males cant multi task

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    Do you have heaps of time to devote to your dog?
    Do you like a dog who thinks it is human and crave human companionship?
    Are you 100% commited to early socialise and obedience train your dog?
    Can you see through fingers regarding occasional digging and chewed up things?
    Would you love being licked to death by your dog?
    Are you commited to excise your dog?
    Do you like a dog that "talks"?
    Do you like a dog who is a sooky la la?

    If you answer yes to all of the above...the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is for you
    Last edited by Cleasanta; 01-24-2010 at 05:25 PM.

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    Hi amy86,

    Congratulations on making the decision to get a dog! You've come to the right place to seek advice!

    Firstly, I'd recommend you go to PEDIGREE: Select-a-dog or Selectapet - find the breed that is right for you | PetNet
    to do a survey to find which dogs suit your lifestyle and requirements. It is important to answer all questions as accurately as possible (resist the temptation to go back and modify your answers in hope that you will be matched with what you think is your ideal breed!!)

    These websites will direct you to purebred dogs only. I recommend that you only get a pure bred from a registered and reputable breeder. Alternatively, there are plenty of wonderful dogs at pounds across Australia looking for a caring home. As most people on this forum will avidly stress, it's best to avoid pet shop pups, backyard breeders and 'designer dogs' (eg. Maltipoo, Labradoodle etc etc). The thread on BYB on this website will give you a good background if you're unsure.

    Secondly, it's important that you commit to socialising and training your dog. This means you should contact your local vet to see what puppy programs they have available, and also dog obedience schools for further obedience classes.

    If you both work full time, it will be important for at least one of you to take a week or two off work to care for the pup when you bring him/her home.

    As for beagles, they are great dogs, but many do seem to end up in the pound as they are notorious escape artists!!

    Also be aware that a smaller dog does not mean it's less maintenance!! All dogs require walks, grooming, training and love. Make sure you can walk your dog everyday to exercise it's mind and socialise.

    Most of all, keep us up to date on your journey!! Good luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Do you have heaps of time to devote to your dog?
    Do you like a dog who thinks it is human and crave human companionship?
    Are you 100% commited to early socialise and obedience train your dog?
    Can you see through fingers regarding occasional digging and chewed up things?
    Would you love being licked to death by your dog?
    Are you commited to excise your dog?
    Do you like a dog that "talks"?
    Do you like a dog who is a sooky la la?

    If you answer yes to all of the above...the the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is for you
    Some of those things appeal to me...some don't!

    What are the reasons I should steer away from a Beagle? Just the hard to train aspect? And if I am willing to persist with the training will that help?

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    Look...nobody says not to get a Beagle

    As long as you understand what you are getting as a breed, then you will be ok

    Do your homework...talk to breeders...talk to other Beagle owner at shows and you will get an idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Look...nobody says not to get a Beagle

    As long as you understand what you are getting as a breed, then you will be ok

    Do your homework...talk to breeders...talk to other Beagle owner at shows and you will get an idea.
    Thanks! Where do I find information about shows near me?

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