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    Smile Help with Deciding on Puppy Please!?

    Hi
    We are a family with two kids (4 and 6 yrs old) and i can't decide between a King Cav Spaniel or a Beagalier?
    My concern is i have read somewhere that the Cav's can be a bit cross around young kids?
    We don't want the Beagalier digging up the garden either!
    All other traits and looks we love in both dogs ~
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks in advance ~

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    Any beagle crossbred can have a tendency to dig if not mentally and physically challenged enough. It's a bit of anyone's guess with a crossbred, they could be more like either parent or nothing like either!

    I haven't heard of good Cavaliers being bad with kids if raised correctly with them. They are sweet, gentle little dogs. Mind you kids have to be good around them as well as vice versa.

    I would think that they would be easier as a beginner dog than something a bit more challenging like a Beagle.

    But do find a good one, badly bred Cavaliers can have temperament and health problems.

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    i agree, i think a Cavalier would suit you better ... also Toy poodles are good too, and they're so intelligent , friend has a little black one, Lucky, he is an angel! X

    you could do one of those Breed select quizzes online, theyre cool too, if you have an open mind to what your looking for!

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    Do you mean a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Beagle? or a Cav x Cocker Spaniel and a Beagle x Cocker Spaniel/CKCS?

    In terms of the pure bred dogs they both have very different activity levels, how many times a week will your dog be walked and for how long?

    Will the dog be an inside dog or an outside dog?

    Where it's going to be hard with advising on a cross-breed dog is that there is no way of knowing which traits are going to be more likely, in terms of temperament, coat, etc.

    A good registered breeder will be able to advise whether their breed is the right one for you after asking you lots of questions, and will always be there to help with advice and guidance. Once you've decided on a breed, the breeder will often be able to pick which pup is going to be the best match for you.

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    Cavalier 100% they are the best next to pugs for a family.

    Not bias though honest

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    Please don't get your puppy from a pet shop. Both breeds you describe are likely to come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are like battery egg farms except they're using dogs to breed not chickens. You don't get to meet the puppy's parents, you don't get a clue about temperment or coat because with a cross you could get anything.

    If you must get a crossbreed, start with the RSPCA or AWL or any of the dog rescue organisations. All of them have puppies from time to time. It's not something to rush into.

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    Too true.

    Further to Hy's links, make sure you read this page and the attached PDF - not horror stories but just sound advice.

    Choosing a puppy | RSPCA Australia | For all creatures, great & small.

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    just to add

    I got the most gorgeous blue heeler cross puppy from AWL. She was never on their web page, and she was the friendly one from her litter. Pick the puppy that likes you.

    She's wagging her tail in her sleep right now.

    At the rescue places, you get to take the puppy into a space with just you and the puppy and they get to meet all your family members including any other pets you bring eg other dogs and maybe the cat to see how they get along.

    here's some more info on how to pick a puppy
    Gary Wilkes ClickandTreat How to pick a puppy and/or shelter dog

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    i would take the whole family on a trip to your local RSPCA or rescue, meet a few dogs and have a chat to the people there, they have heaps of good information and can suggest what will work for you.

    also sit down as a family and decide what you want/expect from the dog. There is not a lot to be gained by buying a dog with a high energy level, if you are going to expect it to stay home alone all day! Try to think about the kids, not just now but in a couple of years time, are they going to want a dog to play ball with or just lay in front of the couch, and what do you want your kids to be active or sedentary??

    Cav's are great if you want a lounge dog, but dont be fooled by there cute little faces, they are still capable of digging and chewing if they dont have things to do!

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    Everyone has given you fantastic advice. I can't add any more. Keep us informed
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