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    Hi Everyone

    I am looking for a new dog as for family companion. This dog will live with Myself, My Partner and 2 1/2 years old boy.
    When I'm still single I owned 2 GSP at my parents place, We often take them for game hunting, but still holds excellent
    temperament towards to people and other dogs. Sadly I have to let them go because I am having a family and parents
    have 2 other dogs already.

    So now living with my own family and in suburban area of Sydney, now I am in search for a new breed and a new member
    for our family.

    Updated my breed list My choices are the following

    1. Staffies/Bullies (all types)
    2. Mastiffs (all types)
    3. GSD

    Other forum members gave me advise from my introduction thread. Now, I created this just to narrow down all options

    If you have anything to share please post.

    1. How to train
    2. What to look for
    3. Club I can join
    4. Health issues and temperament
    5. Other tips

    Best Regards
    R.Clemente
    Last edited by pbk1776; 01-31-2012 at 07:09 AM.

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    May i ask what happened to the shephards??

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    Sadly I have to let them go because I am having a family and parents
    have 2 other dogs already.
    What does this mean exactly?

    You have to what...get rid of them (dump them at the pound, rehome them, pts?) because you are having a family?

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    I am also wondering what that means, letting them go??

    What state do you live in? If you want to get a pitbull or pitbull x anything I'd be very careful. They are a powerful breed and not for the novice owner who won't have time to train it, due to family commitments.

    I think everyone's concern it what happened to your 2 Pointers??

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pawfectionist View Post
    I am also wondering what that means, letting them go??

    What state do you live in? If you want to get a pitbull or pitbull x anything I'd be very careful. They are a powerful breed and not for the novice owner who won't have time to train it, due to family commitments.

    I think everyone's concern it what happened to your 2 Pointers??
    Yep biggest concern is what is happening to the 2 Pointers. Next biggest concern is then someone who will get rid of their 2 current dogs and how responsible they are going to be with a new dog.

    Unless you live in the ACT or NT Pitbull's are illegal and are in danger of being PTS if you are not responsible.
    They also require an experienced handler with lots of time to dedicate to them especially during the 8 - 16 week socialisation period and the rest of their formative years.

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    Where do you live, pbk?

    ETA: Sorry, I see you already posted elsewhere that you live in NSW.
    Last edited by Beloz; 01-25-2012 at 09:17 AM.

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    I believe in his last post he said NSW near Sydney.

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    My pointers are now with 2 great families - the Male went to Canberra great family with a big farm and the female went to a middle age family in Manly (we made sure that the dogs wil have an excellent family). The reasons why I let them go are

    1. My Parents owns a big land and I have to admit that it is very suitable for my dogs, but as mentioned I have to move out because I started a family. My parents are old and not capable of looking after the GSPs, and they have 2 smaller cute dogs already.
    2. I bought a small house not big enough to keep the 2 pointers - the backyard is only a small to medium size.
    3. I'm in no position anymore to give a lot of time to spend to take the dogs for lots of physical activities, unlike when I am still in Uni and single.

    These are the reasons why I let them go, but As I mentioned we did not dump my dogs to pound or experience neglecting from our family. We waited for the right family to own them before letting go.

    In regards of the new pups I am searching for - I am after for a lot of information before buying 1. Staffy or 2. Pittie or 3. Amstaff

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    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Staffies need lots of exercise too. And if you don't have much time, I would actually advice against any of the breeds you mention because you would have to spend loads of time on socialisation especially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Staffies need lots of exercise too. And if you don't have much time, I would actually advice against any of the breeds you mention because you would have to spend loads of time on socialisation especially.
    Even just a staffy? TBH my only choice is a blue staffy.

    Anyway here is my lyfestyle and how much I can spare time to a new dog

    I work in the IT industry, lives in Mac Arthur Area and works in North Sydney. So about 1hr20mins travel time one way. I get home most of the days around 5:30pm, My parnter gets home after picking up the boy from child care around the same time. So everyday we will spend 1 hour physical activities like walking and playing. remember this dog will be both indoor and outdoor. During the weekend when we go out he/she will come except special occasions such as bdays and etc...

    That's tjsut the overview of our lyfestyle - will this hinder us from owning the dogs in my choices?

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