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    (potential) newdogowner

    Please do some research, maybe some of the quiz links - let us know what they came up with for you.

    Please do not get your new dog from a pet shop or an add in the classifieds (online or not), if you're not sure if an ad is legit, post us a link and we will check it for the battery puppy farm / puppy mill warning signs. Why don't you want one of these? Because they often have health problems, both mental and physical because puppy farmers are not usually the least bit interested in the health and welfare of their dogs, or they wouldn't treat them the way they do.

    This site has three links you need to read including a puppy buying guide.
    Help end puppy farm horror | RSPCA Australia | For all creatures, great & small.

    other helpful links.
    This one has a great quiz about your lifestyle and needs in a dog and matches you up with a number of breeds and tells you why a dog would or would not suit your lifestyle. Note - not every dog of a particular breed has the typical breed personality so you'd need to make a personal assessment of the dog in front of you.

    Matchup: Your dream dog | Dog Time

    put test@test.com at the end for your email if you just want to see the results online. And it is a USA based site so you can't really adopt the dogs they have on their site (quarantine problems)

    This one has how to choose a rescue dog.
    ShelterDogs
    PickADog

    This one has how to setup, prepare and look after your puppy.
    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    Remember there is puppy preschool at your local vet, and then puppy obedience classes etc. If the place trying to sell you a puppy doesn't have anything to recommend along these lines - go somewhere else.

    And then there are the basic law and order issues - depending on where you live, but your local council website is a good place to start for finding out your responsibilites when it comes to living with a dog and keeping your neighbours sweet.

    It might seem overwhelming, but just read a bit each day and build up to it. Don't rush, there are plenty of puppies or dogs out there. You don't want to be returning yours later because it wasn't really what you expected.

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    Sharpei are lovely, but they snore.

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    I actually happen to be a large supporter of the Cavador cross. First some advantages disadvantages of the parent breeds.
    Lab Advantages
    -One of if not the best disposition of any dog. Great personality, temperament, energy, etc
    -Short hair
    -Easy to train. Very intelligent
    Disadvantages
    -Prone to hip and elbow dysplasia and rarely can have hereditary myopathy disorder
    -Course dry oily coat
    -Larger size

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Advantages
    -Super friendly, loving personality
    -Silky smooth coat and large beautiful eyes
    -Easy to train. Rarely are wanderers. Like to be by your side at all times.
    Disadvantages
    -Mitral Valve Disease. Said to affect nearly 100% of cavaliers. So much so that if it were not for the disease cavaliers would likely live on average 3-4 years longer.
    -Small size and can be fragile
    -Need to be groomed to prevent matting

    So what do you get when you cross the two? A little research in genetics and you can get an educated guess. Labs carry a double dominant solid coat gene so the puppy will likely be solid colored. Short hair is dominant over long so it would likely have hair on the shorter side. Ears will be slightly longer than a labs. Both dogs have kind of a boxy head so this would be a probable trait. Colors could be black, yellow or red. And size would be somewhere in between the two.

    Health wise it is very important that you get a first generation cross. First generation crosses are much less likely to have genetic health problems because many of them are related to recessive genes. When you get a second generation it is 50/50 whether the dog will inherit the health problems of its grandparents. From the people that I have talked to that breed Cavalier crosses. None of then have had any mitral valve problems. As for most of the other health problems getting a dog from a reputable breeder that does health checks is probably even more important than getting a first gen. Hip tests, eyes tests, and heart tests for both parents would be good information. The biggest complaint I have of "designer breeders" is that they expect hybrid vigor to negate the necessity of breeding healthy dogs.
    Last edited by puggerup; 07-09-2011 at 10:30 PM.

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    Looks like a solid colored beagle
    Pets are forever

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    For me, there's simply too much variation in size in mating a Cav to a Labrador

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    I think they are quite cute

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    Cute perhaps, but mating two dogs so disproportionate in size is madness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    Cute perhaps, but mating two dogs so disproportionate in size is madness.

    Not if the bitch is the labrador. She could safely carry any puppies that may come out of the mating, if thats what your concern is.

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    Not if the bitch is the labrador. She could safely carry any puppies that may come out of the mating, if thats what your concern is.

    This is true, my concern is more with the ethics with such a mating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    Not if the bitch is the labrador. She could safely carry any puppies that may come out of the mating, if thats what your concern is.

    This is true, my concern is more with the ethics with such a mating
    I'm confused... What is unethical about it if it is not unhealthy?

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