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    Hi All,

    I am after some advice as I am about to purchase a puppy for my DD7. We already have a cat and she is desperate for a dog. Can any one please offer some advice to a breed of dog that will be hardy around kids and a very dominant cat! This dog will be mostly inside, when we are not home and can go out side all other times.

    So I am looking for something small, that doesn't mind being inside (with the cat!) and hopefully doesn't mault too much!

    Does this dog exist?

    Any advice and tips will be welcome

    Thanks inadvance, Carley.

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    Whippet. Easy care coat, gentle with kids. Don't knock them over, gentle on lead.

    Awesome in the house, good sleepers. They are happy with some zoomie laps around the backyard if you don't get a chance to walk them, and a lap afterwards of course! Oh, and when they grow up with cats they are very good with them.

    They need comfort though, coats in winter and indoors as they don't tolerate being cold having light coats and lttle body fat. Luxury suits them well - doona and cushions, fancy collars...

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    poodle, bedlington terrier, bichon frieze - are all not much moulters. But if you get a non shedding dog, you usually need to clip it, and that's just gone up to $50 per small dog in my area every six weeks or so.

    I also like the papillon, and cavalier king charles spaniel - though most spaniels are good with kids. the ckcs is the least rude if it doesn't get much training. All dogs do better as family pets with good training.

    I would avoid the designer breed dogs if possible because it's hard to find a responsible breeder. Many of them keep the parent dogs and young litters in horrific conditions and sell the puppies too young at 6 weeks old. 8 weeks is better. Those 2 weeks make a difference to how well the puppy will speak doggy body language and avoid getting into fights later.

    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    Get any promises about taking a puppy back if it's not right - in writing. The best breeders will take an adult dog back rather than have it go to the pound if you decide you can't keep it for what ever reason.

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    Bulldog ?

    Never had one but they arent to big and dont look to me like they'd be too keen for a lot of exercise. Heaps of character and cute too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Bulldog ?

    Never had one but they arent to big and dont look to me like they'd be too keen for a lot of exercise. Heaps of character and cute too.
    They shed like a biatch thou!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    They shed like a biatch thou!!!
    All short coated breeds do, my girls shed terribly its ridiculous.

    I would vote for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they are fantastic dogs, very gentle, good size, don't over shed, grooming isn't as high maintenance as other breeds, don't need loads of exercise, great with kids, very trainable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    All short coated breeds do, my girls shed terribly its ridiculous.

    I would vote for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they are fantastic dogs, very gentle, good size, don't over shed, grooming isn't as high maintenance as other breeds, don't need loads of exercise, great with kids, very trainable.
    Ruby is Shedding her winter coat at the moment.. So Yes she generally sheds but the last two months have been hair Hell! It just comes off in chunks and you just have to brush past her and your covered!
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    A miniature Schnauzer could be a good choice too?

    Or a French buldog! I love Frenchies... But some experts on another forum seem to be saying that they don't cope well with being left alone and possibly also not with being an only dog. The latter could be a bit of a subjective observation though.
    Last edited by Beloz; 11-25-2011 at 12:15 PM.

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    Cavalier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    Ruby is Shedding her winter coat at the moment.. So Yes she generally sheds but the last two months have been hair Hell! It just comes off in chunks and you just have to brush past her and your covered!
    Mine are doing this too, its driving me nuts!

    I'd say a cavalier king charles spaniel, I love those dogs!

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