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    Hi!
    Recently I've been considering a new addition to my family! Although it could
    be a while before I have sufficent time to care for the pup, I thought it
    would have been best to get some basics down. I've looked around the web and taken a few Breed Tests ect but I still haven't really found one that suits my family.

    My family has 4 people. 2 adults, a teenager and a 4 year old
    *]we live in a small-medium house with a smallish yard
    *prefer non-shedding to minimum shedding
    *once the settled in puppy will be left alone 7-8 hours per day except for school holidays and weekends
    *we can offer 30 mins of excersise per day and a good long walk once or twice per week
    *can offer 2 grooming sessions per week
    *I don't mind whether its a purebreed or crossbreed

    The main role of the dog is to be a nice family pet I'm quite new to this world of dogs so sorry if I ask some stupid questions

    Thanks!

    Sorry if this is in the wrong spot

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    Would the dog be allowed inside when the family is home?

    And you are very limited to Breeds if you want none to low shedding.

    If the dog was allowed to be inside with the Family when they are home, the 30 minutes for exercise would be just so. But if the dog was to be an outside dog and only 30 minutes of exercise it would lead a sad life, hence the query.

    Funnily most of the none- low shedding dogs are high energy dogs. If the dog was allowed inside and the shedding was of no importance i would have gone more for the cavalier or pug, but they both shed. the poodle and some of the other low shedders including crosses are dogs with huge amount of energy to spare.

    It is a hard thing to choose, not knowing you, your family or situations....LOL definitely not a newf
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    Good on you for giving it some thought before hand, a lot don't. Have you made contact with your local dog rescue? they often have dogs long term that need re homing and because they are able to observe the dogs closely they may have one waiting to be adopted to a forever home that suits all of your needs.

    Pure breed or cross breed they all can have very varied personalities it all depends on the person that was breeding or owned them. I don't take on any older dog unless I have had it introduced to all family members and pets first a few times for extended periods, most rescue places I have ever dealt with will allow you at least a supervised visit to your home, and as you don't mind if it is a pure breed then a rescue dog in need of a loving family may just be the answer
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    You could always get a rescue greyhound. They don't shed much (if at all?) and are real couch potatoes.

    I agree with newfsie that any energetic breed will require more than 30 mins exercise a day. Usually 1 hour as a minimum, I think.

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    He will be allowed inside when the family's out
    and with the shedding how much do cavaliers shed? I've looked around and all say some what different answers?

    thanks newfsie,kdee and beloz

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    Quote Originally Posted by icecream View Post
    He will be allowed inside when the family's out
    and with the shedding how much do cavaliers shed? I've looked around and all say some what different answers?

    thanks newfsie,kdee and beloz
    My friend has 5.........In the house, plus the occasional litter. She has more issues with cat hair. They do shed in Spring and just before Winter. But the hair is soft, not like the yellow lab and JR/Foxie's (which can stick into anything).The best thing would be to go and meet someone who has one or two. I find my friends dogs delightful. They are friendly, soft, very social and just lovely with children. We also get some in Obedience classes and they are one of the breeds i like training with. They seem to love to learn and happy, but not too silly. As with all breeds, you need to make sure you get them from a good breeder as there have been some health issues and they are popular with Puppy Farms...But if you find a breeder who does health checks you would have a great dog.

    Greyhound rescues are also great when they come from the recognized rescue's who check their temperament. they are a happy lazy dog and also soft. But they are of course a lot bigger
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    If you are prepared to spend some time training and socialising your new dog, a staffy would meet your requirements imo. But if you haven't owned dogs before i would strongly suggest professional training if you go this way. Well trained and socialised, staffy's are awesome family pets, untrained and unsocialised they can be a problem. Really to get the best pet out of any breed, training it well will go a long way - there is lots of information available online and your local library to show you how to train yourself, if you have the time.

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    But no dog is a nice family pet without some time training. Doesn't have to be much, like a few sessions of a couple of minutes a day and then generally when you're with the dog.

    Note that most non-shedding dogs have woolly coats that need clipping every 6 to 8 weeks and that can be $60 to $80 or more per time depending on where you live and the skill and care of the groomer.

    And non shedding dogs are more likely to get grass seeds and burrs tangled in their coats than short coated shedding dogs like Jack Russells.

    If you don't mind cross bred consider pet rescue
    PetRescue - find your new best friend!

    Choose puppy in the size field or just contact a rescue in your area and discuss what you want with them. Most puppies never appear on the websites. The best thing about pet rescue is there are many dogs that are in foster until they find the right home - so the foster carer can give you lots of information about whether the dog is a good fit for your home and they will take it back if it doesn't work out so they have a vested interest in making a good match.

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    A white miniature poodle.

    And yes color in poodles does make a difference in personality. Every white mini I have met has been extrememly sweet natured and loves children. Of course, there are exceptions to the norm but I have known a lot of poodles over the years.

    I have a white mini myself and he is just the nicest dog to live with. Very laid back (he is asleep on his back on the couch at the moment) but he is also quite happy to go for a run at a moments notice. My partner and I both work full time.

    Grooming is a piece of cake and you can easily learn to do it yourself, you just need to invest in a pair of dog clippers.
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