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    I stay off these sorts of threads usually, but I need to support Kuri on this.

    NameIn said he would prefer an "outside" dog (in reality an outside PUPPY)
    and believed that the dog would enjoy the space to "run around" (yeah, by itself)
    and would not like to be "confined" (actually safe and warm and loved ) inside the house.
    I'm sorry, but I volunteer with a rescue group and we pick up the mess that people who
    want the perfect pet (that is not a bother), leave behind.

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    Beloz - yes I agree somewhat with what you are saying below:

    'Sorry Kuri, but I don't at all agree that they are "excuses". Isn't it much better for someone to be very fussy about the type of dog they get than to just get any dog on a whim? '

    But - the assumption is that they at least know what the characteristics and the traits the pup has - breed wise ! That is - a bit of homework on breeds and what you can expect.

    The thing I am concerned about is - what happens after the choice is made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    I say look at pet rescue website... and read about each dog. Even with pure breed you don't know what temperament the dog will end up being and while you will get a good indication of size even that is not guaranteed.
    Instead of buying a pure breed, save a life.. it will be SO much more rewarding for you and your family, it will also be a great lesson to teach your kids.
    Many labs and different breeds/looks/personalities to choose from and you get a good idea of what they are like before you even see them. Also most rescue organisations have 2 weeks trial in case you do not get along, allergies etc.
    Rescue a life is my little advice
    Yeah, I definitely see the appeal of rescuing a dog. Thanks for the input.

    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    I believe rescues are a good way to teach humanitarian values to children...just a thought!
    Okay, I wouldn't have said this otherwise to limit off-topic discussion and to keep everyone from having a biased opinion of myself, but I feel a need to inform you that I am not actually the parent.
    But, yes, I agree with you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Sorry Kuri, but I don't at all agree that they are "excuses". Isn't it much better for someone to be very fussy about the type of dog they get than to just get any dog on a whim? I looked at hundreds of rescue dogs before I chose Banjo. And if I would have written it all down, it would've sounded pretty similar: too big, too energetic, too "working dog", might not cope well if left alone, too needy, too fluffy, too this, too that. And then I found my dog who ticked most of the boxes.

    It sounds like Matt is just thinking out loud and going through the process of finding out what type of dog would suit his family. And I think that is positive.
    Thank you, that about summed it up. It's good to know that you understand, and that I'm not the only one like this. I am sometimes indecisive as a person, and I don't want to over-think this, but I don't want to make the wrong decision either.

    I must also add that I am an 'ambassador' for my whole family. I try to include and state everyone's views and opinions, consequentially meaning that there will be much criteria that I try to meet for my family's needs (that Kuri observes as "excuses"). I hope that you understand.

    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    WoW !

    'This name is invalid' - you have now gone from not liking Labs initially - and - then liking them many pages further on in this particular thread - and then now - you are looking at kelpie crosses and/or blue heelers and their crosses ! Do you have any idea what these different breeds are like ?

    Do you and your wife have any idea what could be suitable for your family ? I class you and your wife as the decision makers in your family. Yes, it is fun to get the kids involved - but there must be guidelines to guide the kids.

    Or is this just a game - taking advantage of the good people on this forum to try and help you delegating your decision and then you have someone to blame if it doesn't work out !

    My only and last suggestion now is to look for an older dog from a rescue group - not from a pound - but a rescue group that has this dog in a family situation. I feel a puppy from any breed - regardless - would be too much hard work for your family !
    I believe that I've already covered answering your first few paragraphs.
    Also, the idea that I am using you for a "game" is ludicrous! I don't know where such an opinion would stem from.
    I'm not here to argue, I'm here for advice on choosing the right dog breed, so can everyone please stop attacking me for trying to consider all of my options. Yes, I know there are many, but that's what happens when you have five different people with their own needs.
    Last edited by This name is invalid; 05-11-2012 at 08:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    I stay off these sorts of threads usually, but I need to support Kuri on this.

    NameIn said he would prefer an "outside" dog (in reality an outside PUPPY)
    and believed that the dog would enjoy the space to "run around" (yeah, by itself)
    and would not like to be "confined" (actually safe and warm and loved ) inside the house.
    I'm sorry, but I volunteer with a rescue group and we pick up the mess that people who
    want the perfect pet (that is not a bother), leave behind.
    You may not have seen, but I have written that the dog would be allowed inside when it is uncomfortable. Yeah, "safe warm and loved".

    This thread is getting out of hand. Can we please get back on topic?

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    On topic - there seems to be no breed that will suit you.

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    You know... I used to do real estate and had all these people with a list of "needs" and "wants", all detailed and set.
    Then they walk into a home and they just fall in love. The list is out of the window...
    I think it is an emotional decision with reasonable amount of consideration to what you need. But at the end of the day - you will look at a dog and fall in love.
    Rescue dogs will forever be thankful you saved them.. and I promise you - they know!!!

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    'This name is invalid' - I really do not understand from my comment - that you could come up with this:

    'Also, the idea that I am using you for a "game" is ludicrous! I don't know where such an opinion would stem from. '

    'I'm not here to argue, I'm here for advice on choosing the right dog breed' - that is good - and - you have had heaps of advice from a lot of members of this forum - not just me !

    So - start doing some homework for yourself - Mr 'Google' is good. Visiting dog shows is fantastic - particularly the Open Shows - they have heaps of different breeds showing and you and your family can see heaps of different breeds.

    Good Luck !

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    You know... I used to do real estate and had all these people with a list of "needs" and "wants", all detailed and set.
    Then they walk into a home and they just fall in love. The list is out of the window...
    I think it is an emotional decision with reasonable amount of consideration to what you need. But at the end of the day - you will look at a dog and fall in love.
    Rescue dogs will forever be thankful you saved them.. and I promise you - they know!!!
    I know exactly what you mean! At the end of the day, you can read as much as you want about a particular dog breed, but, until you witness the dog yourself, it means very little.
    We sort-of have fallen in love with a dog already. I would probably be training that cavador right now if I hadn't listened to everyone's feelings towards puppy farms and pet shops.

    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    'This name is invalid' - I really do not understand from my comment - that you could come up with this:

    'Also, the idea that I am using you for a "game" is ludicrous! I don't know where such an opinion would stem from. '

    'I'm not here to argue, I'm here for advice on choosing the right dog breed you have had heaps of advice from a lot of members of this forum - not just me !

    So - start doing some homework for yourself - Mr 'Google' is good. Visiting dog shows is fantastic - particularly the Open Shows - they have heaps of different breeds showing and you and your family can see heaps of different breeds.

    Good Luck !
    I am trying to decide and you are all playing a role in my decision, so thank you all. Also, I mean "you" plural (there's not word for that in the English language, so confusion often arises, I guess) meaning everyone who has helped.
    The reason why I ask for advice here is that, although I do turn to other areas of the internet for information, I trust the opinions of regular people their own experience over just any website. But, if you recommend, I will try to do more research elsewhere. However, I did notice that Hyacinth actually owns a cattle dog cross, so I was hoping that he could shed some light on the breed (although it's, of course, somewhat different the ones up for adoption) if it's not too much trouble.
    Last edited by This name is invalid; 05-11-2012 at 09:11 PM.

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    I don't want him to go out and get a dog tomorrow for heaven sake, great your willing to do your research but this is going absolutely nowhere. Your idea's and posts are all over the place. I'm concerned that if your family decided on a dog and it was not at your expectation - what would happen to it?

    You've been told a Lab would be no good for your allergies so i would give up on that idea.

    Hya has already suggested you go and check out some clubs, this way you can gauge how bad your allergies are, and observe behaviors of breeds that you like. If your too busy to check it out as you stated, then you are not committed enough and therefore your too busy for a dog - surely of the 5 of you, somebody can make an effort to attend.

    I think we should start from square one again, with what your looking for in a dog but also what your willing to put into your new dog.
    You have already stated:

    Here are some of the things that I am looking for in a dog:
    - Medium sized
    - Okay for people with allergies (short coat, doesn't shed very much, etc.)
    - Intelligent and fairly easy to train
    - Athletic, but not too energetic
    - Good looking (of course, that's preference, so a few options would be good!)
    Now you need to tell us:

    - How much training are you willing to put in. Are you going to take your puppy to pre-school or dog to obedience?
    - Amount of exercise time you are willing to allocate your new dog
    - Grooming
    - How much time alone at home will it spend? (you don't want a breed that doesn't do well alone for long periods of time)

    I agree bunny girl. It is an emotional decision and shouldn't be all about the check list. Took me 8 months to get my pooch after making the decision that we wanted a dog. No checklists for me, just looking for that connection.

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    This is the RSPCA policy on petshops
    What is the RSPCA policy on pet shops? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    ACA does not actually meet the RSCPA standards. They're nearly there, but the source of their puppies is a major worry. And their breeders don't meet the RSCPA responsible breeder criteria either.

    Person who answered the phone at the RSPCA clearly doesn't know what RSCPA's own info is. Plus RSPCA does not want to get sued for defamation. They would shut down the Gippland puppy mills but it's really hard to get a search warrant when they won't let anyone near the places.

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