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    Default What would be good with our maltese

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    I am new to this site and just wanted to get other peoples opions. We have a maltese already but my husband wants to get a 'proper' dog that he can take fishing etc. He is thinking of a staffie but i am thinking a labrador would be better with the maltese even tho staffies are ment to be great if trained well. Also we have 2 kids of 8 & 12 so i have to think about them as well. What do others think?

    We are now thinking about a boxer, does anyone have any info. We have looked on website but its nice to get first hand experience.
    Last edited by lsimmo; 10-28-2011 at 12:02 PM. Reason: added another breedof dog

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    I have met many many staffies who are great with kids! they are a very loyal dog.
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    yeah, i have heard that as well. I was just abit concerned about the staffy with the maltese as she is obviously a lot smaller and a lot more delicate. A labrador is bigger than a staffy but not so muscular so i didnt know if that would be the better choice.

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    my mum has a 7kg jack russel... my pup is a 50kg bull mastiff.... guess who bosses who around??? haha it all depends on the dog. just because of their size does not mean they will not get along.
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    It is all about the training. If bought up with the Maltese from puppyhood any dog of large breed will be fine with a smaller dog.

    I know people with Italian Greyhounds (very small and delicate) that also have Great Danes! Not a problem.

    I think what you need to look at is:
    How much time do you have to exercise a new dog per day?
    How much grooming do you want to do?
    Do you want a long or short haired dog?
    How much time do you have for training each day?
    Will you be attending puppy school?
    How much time will you have for socializing puppy each week?
    Will the dog be an inside/outside dog or an outside only dog?
    Do you want a velcro dog or a dog who is more independant?
    Do you have any other types of animals at home (cats, rats, birds etc)?

    Any other general things you want in a dog. If you can answer these questions we can give you a better idea of dog breeds which might be suitable to your situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel&Bandit View Post
    my mum has a 7kg jack russel... my pup is a 50kg bull mastiff.... guess who bosses who around??? haha it all depends on the dog. just because of their size does not mean they will not get along.
    Too true. I have two AmStaffies and while they are very jumpy, they love kids! Bella is always beside herself with excitement when I take her for a walk before the school bus collects all the kids! When we first got her she would fit in your palm and Harley would always play very gently with her so he wouldn't hurt her. If introduced to other dogs from a young age, you won't have any problem with a staffy getting along with other dogs.

    But they do need training, and it needs to be constant. I don't think my two would be good for fishing though, they have to much energy and would want to eat all the gear. But they make great companions.

    Training and socialisation is the key though, but that is the same with any dog you get.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Good list K&P. The only Q I would add is "How much time will the dog spend without their human on an average week day?"

    We love helping people to decide on breed! But we need lots of info first.

    And I agree that any dog will get along with a smaller dog if properly socialised. And it's usually the little ones who lead the big ones into trouble, not the other way round.

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    As a person who has big dogs and small dogs you do need to be careful as accidents can happen during play. Do you know if your current dog likes other dogs, particularly big dogs?

    Some older dogs when small don't fully engage with the big breed puppy or they make quite certain they put it in it's place. This is just to safeguard themselves for when the new pup gets big.

    I love maltese, why can't it go fishing?

    SBT or Lab, I don't see much difference, they will both need training, lots of exercise and brain stimulation.

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    LOL at labs not being as muscular as staffies. Labs are pure muscle, its just not as clearly defined and half of that is probably their double coat not allowing the muscle to show through.

    Staffies are great dogs. Love em to bits.

    If it helps, we have a tiny dog (foxy/shih tzu mix - about 6 kgs) and a lab type mix looking dog (40kgs) and they are fine. Our wee girl bosses the big boy round something chronic. He has fallen on her a few times but she is much tougher than she looks LOL

    If you get a larger breed I would just watch it with the small dog when it is young and hasnt learnt limits about rough play. We had our big dog first so he was already an adult and over the really rough and tumble of youth. he also understood about playing strength matching the size of the opponent. In saying that, he is now just as rough with our little dog as he is with dogs his size but thats coz she prefers it that way LOL

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    I don't think it matters what kind of dog you get, but I did look up what dogs are good with kids, and my boyfriend and I chose a staffy for that reason. My kids are 4 and 6 and they love Oskar, and even though he can be a bit full on at times, he is predominantly a placid pup. He is 4 months. He has been out in the tinny and he just sits there, yesterday we went kayaking and he had a go in both our kayaks. I am also at Caloundra. Good luck on finding your pooch.
    Last edited by Oskar's mum; 10-15-2011 at 10:59 PM. Reason: mistake

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