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    Smile Breeds?

    We're looking for a companion for Rox and I'd love some suggestions.

    We'd like something medium sized, low maintenance. I'd prefer a x to purebred, so I guess it sort of goes by what puppies are available, but I'd really just like some breed ideas in general so I know what I'm looking at.

    Any ideas would be great!!

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    Firstly, have a look at various rescue shelters - you can start by looking on the internet. It should tell you in the dog's description whether they are low maintenance or high, size and temperament.


    But, something medium sized and low maintenance, I would recommened a Beagle

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    Yeah, I would recommend a beagle aswell

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    I really really want a puppy. We love Roxie, but she still has issues, and with our lifestyle at the moment I think it would be really cruel to get a dog that needs more work than we can give.

    Beagles are adorable but I've heard they run off if they catch a scent and tend to dig and escape.

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    Pet rescue and such online sites plus pounds have puppies as well. My sister has a very low maintenance beagle, great temperament and great with kids.

    If you do not have time for another dog I suggest not to get one.

    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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    How about a Pug?

    But Pugs get back problems, need their eyes stitched so they can't fall out, some having respiratory problems.

    Just a thought but keep those in mind.

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    Umm, I'm afraid that I would not call beagles low maintenance! They have a high hunting drive and if they get a scent then off they go, good luck getting them back! But like all breeds there are exceptions to the rule.

    Cate0404 is involved with beagle rescue so she will be able to elaborate more about them.

    A nice sized dog is a whippet, medium sized, laid back, low maintenance in terms of coat, but once again need exercise.

    If you are looking at a cross breed, then really the main thing to worry about is temperament - breed mix is really irrelevant as the traits you see in purebred dogs will not necessarily show in cross breeds.

    Contact a few rescue groups in your area, they will ask you lots of questions about your current dog, your lifestyle etc. They can then suggest some dogs that might suit you, and you can arrange to meet them, and see how they get on with Roxy.

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    Just out of curiosity...why would you prefer a x?

    And a second dog is going to be extra work regardless of what kind you get.

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    Di_Dee, don't get me wrong. We have time for a pup, and it will have Rox as a companion. Roxie just had a LOT of issues, if we get another rescue dog with as many problems as she had it won't work.
    I'm not an irresponsible person who is just going to throw the dog in the backyard and say 'heres a playmate, have fun'. I want to give the best I can to a pup, and be the best I can for Roxie as well. Having another rescue dog won't enable any of us to do that.
    Thanks though, I will keep an eye out on those sites for pups but generally they 'go' very quickly.

    Belle, my friend breeds pugs, they have a litter at the moment, they're so cute!

    We were kind of going for something a bit bigger though. I just found an ad for staffie x bull arab pups...I'm in love! That's a bit bigger than what we wanted though, lol.

    Thanks greysaregreat, I'll keep that in mind! Exercise is not an issue as Roxie gets two walks a day and sometimes a third with a friend.

    Cat, in my experience crosses are heartier. Every person I know with a purebred is always at the vet, they always have some sort of issue. We've always had crosses, my first dog didn't go to the vet for 14 years and lived til 16. We've also always gotten the underdog, the mistakes or dogs people didn't want. 'Picking' a puppy is a new experience.
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    Just because a dog is a rescue doesn't mean they are going to have problems. One of my dogs is a rescue and she has been the loveliest, easiest dog.
    However, you're more likely not to have problems if you get a purebred dog from a registered breeder. Getting a x from the paper is not really going to be that different than getting a x from a rescue (except for the whole supporting a byb than a rescue thing and I would think a rescue would have assessed temperaments more)

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