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    Hi,
    I need some help as a new dog owner choosing a puppy.

    I've always loved the Labrador but want to know whether you need a big backyard for this breed?

    Also, someone has mentioned that the Cavador (Labrador x Cavalier) is a beautiful crossbreed but I don't know anything about this breed.

    Can anyone provide some advice?

    Thanks

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    First of all, Google is a great tool when searchin for the right breed.
    How big is your backyard? How long will the dog be alone a day? How much grooming are you willing to give a day? What size dog would you like? Male or female? How much exercise are you willing to provide for the dog? How much time are you going to put in for training?

    All of these things are important to consider when selecting the right breed for you. I recommend going to this site and doing the breed selector quiz: Dog Breed Selector: Help Choosing A Dog Breed, Dog Breed Quiz, Dog Breed Finder | Purina.com

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    I dont want to preach, but please don't get a cross-breed. A purebreed has less health problems and a more predictable temperament. What Boxerini has said is really good in helping you choose, so good luck

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    The Labrador is a beautiful dog, but yes does better with a large backyard and a family that can give it lots of exercise and the time to take it to obedience training.

    I know nothing of the Cavador (or whatever they want to this Xbreed) but the Cavalier is a wonderful dog that is far less demanding than a Labrador and would be more suited to a small backyard.

    Both breeds need to be carefully researched and the right breeder selected as genetic health problems exist in both breeds.

    A Xbreed does not necessarily mean you will rule out any health problems, nor can registered breeders promise that you puppy will be 100% healthy but provided you select the right breeder you will at least know they have put in every effort to ensure there puppies are as healthy as possible.
    Last edited by mouseandchicken; 05-09-2010 at 08:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    I recommend going to this site and doing the breed selector quiz: Dog Breed Selector: Help Choosing A Dog Breed, Dog Breed Quiz, Dog Breed Finder | Purina.com
    Seems not all dog breeds are represented in the data base..
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=577&dateline=12727082  14

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    Hi newdogowner,

    I am totally against the deliberate breeding of cross-breed dogs, so afraid I can't comment there.

    regarding a Labrador, IMO one must be very prepared for what they are taking on.
    Sure, I'd prefer to see a breed of that size with a good large yard to run around in, but you have to take into consideration what you are going to experience with a Labrador for the first couple of years - at least!

    A Cavalier is a lovely breed that I personally think would suit a new dog owner perfectly.
    As MAC has stated, all dogs have certain tings one needs to look out for when purchasing a puppy, and the Cav is no different. Research as much as you can, meet the dogs if you can to ascertain which breed is right for you, and make sure the breeder you choose to purchase from has done all tests required to try and minimise health issues.
    All the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitte View Post
    Seems not all dog breeds are represented in the data base..
    Hmm... I couldn't find this one before but this is my favourite...
    Animal Planet :: Guides :: Dog Breed Selector

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    Well I appreciate everyone's comments... I am just concerned that Labradors need a big back yard and I don't have one.

    My second preference are Shar-Pei. What are Shar-Pei like? Can anyone tell me about them?

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    Have a chat to Shar Pei Rescue Victoria. She deals with pei alot, so shar would know best

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    Shar Pei Rescue Victoria would be the best person on here to talk to re: Shar Pei's and their disposition and needs...

    I would hate to tell you the wrong things...
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