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Thread: Toy/Mini Poodle - Good Companion Dogs?

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    Those breeds of dogs, it's easy to teach them anything. It's neglect that leads to bark a lot.

    So you'd teach them to speak and be quiet on command, and what is and isn't ok to bark at when you're home etc, and I'm sure it would be all good. It's the people who don't train their dogs who end up with problems. And with such intelligent dogs - like I said, barking is fun and they will find their own fun if their owners don't do it for them.

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    What did the choose a dog recommend?

    If your family doesn't like tenterfields after meeting some - you might want to get something they do like. It's always best to have the whole family happy with the dog choice. Tenterfields do shed a bit, but won't need clipping. They do get cold though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitnhealthy View Post
    Hachna so you think that a mini schanuzer might actually be a better dog for me rather then the tenterfield terrier. Would they meet teh requirements above do you think?
    I would say yes except running as I do not run. My minis loves camping though camping with dogs are not easy in terms of regulations on National Parks or conservation areas.
    My minis will go 4.5km walk with me around the Parramatta lake and it takes 1 hour (I CAN walk). He then cries for off leash dog park on the way. We stop by and end up staying there for another hour. Minis are born ready but also very home bound without much complaints. They tend to bark but they have reasons to bark IMO. Again I hardly see minis bitches that bark too much.
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    There is a lady that runs with her mini schnauzer at my dog park - so they can/will. When she's running she does about 30 minutes of laps around the football oval and the dog just follows. Except when it has to crap. And then we have to yell at the owner. She's better now, expect crap on first lap and act accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    There is a lady that runs with her mini schnauzer at my dog park - so they can/will. When she's running she does about 30 minutes of laps around the football oval and the dog just follows. Except when it has to crap. And then we have to yell at the owner. She's better now, expect crap on first lap and act accordingly.
    I am so happy to see other dog owners do what I do about poops at the dog park. I wish there are more people like us!!!!
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    The choose a dog recommended a few American breeds not so common here and nothing of interest to me. So I tried the pedigree version and it gave me poodles and mini schnauzers and a few others. I actually live on my own so not as important what my family think. I know they will like it if I get a tenterfield, but not their first choice. I have been looking for years now and still no decision. It's so confusing and of course everyone has different opinions. I met a tenterfield pup 1 year old last weekend and the owner loved it and was her second. My heart is leaning toasted tentafield, but thinking of visiting a registered breeder on the weekend to look at her pups. Such a tough decision which I haven't taken lightly at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitnhealthy View Post
    The choose a dog recommended a few American breeds not so common here and nothing of interest to me. So I tried the pedigree version and it gave me poodles and mini schnauzers and a few others. I actually live on my own so not as important what my family think. I know they will like it if I get a tenterfield, but not their first choice. I have been looking for years now and still no decision. It's so confusing and of course everyone has different opinions. I met a tenterfield pup 1 year old last weekend and the owner loved it and was her second. My heart is leaning toasted tentafield, but thinking of visiting a registered breeder on the weekend to look at her pups. Such a tough decision which I haven't taken lightly at all.
    No rush. It is not a competition! It took me many years to decide on minis and then quickly s/tzu x...long story. I have always had cats though.

    I even considered rough coat parsons russell terrier, beagles, and ridgeback! In the end I chose minis, as the rest of family was against small dogs in general. (I don't need their support.) ABC Wagging School has information on how to choose puppy once you decide on a breed.
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    I wouldn't recommend the shih tzu for dog sports - they're smart enough and willing, but not very able or fast.

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    It seems like you're looking at the right kind of dogs for you. The breed selector for me recommended about 10 dogs in the top list and then another about 50 or so, and there were 50 or so it put in the not recommended - mostly couch potato type dogs.

    There were quite a few dogs recommended for me, I'd put in the hound or "sight hound" category ie dogs that are really hard to train to come back when they're called. Then again, the dog I've got isn't all that interested in recall either. Some dogs - it's easy - they just do it, other dogs, you have to work at it every day.

    And I can't imagine anyone but a farmer being able to manage an "anatolian shepherd" though I do like those dogs. And one of the things it didn't rate was the drool factor - unless one of the personality questions covered it. I really hate drool. My dog only drools when I've got toast and promite. Cos I use it for training.

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    Good on you for doing your homework.
    I would research the breeds you are interested in, contact breed clubs and meet the dogs and breeders.
    Maybe check out dog show.

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    Hello All and thank you for all your advice.

    I ended up getting so confused with the research etc, so I went to RSPCA on Saturday to have a look at all the adult dogs (which better suits my current situation) and found Neddie. When I said hello to him throuh the cage and he cocked his head to listen, I knew he might be for me...

    We spent a little time together in the big pen, and he was such a relaxed not fussed dog. Came when I called him etc.

    So I adopted him, little Neddie, 3 year old Jack Russell x Australian Terrier.

    He seems like he has been really well trained, he heels even off the lead on the beach. This is my first dog and he is perfect. Great little personality, just need to socialize him with other dogs (at the moment he snaps, but already improving just from our beach walks) and needs to get used to my cats. My cats like him, but he snaps at them if they get too close, other then that he doesn't care about them.

    Here he is:

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