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    I know all this thinking about the breed of dog is a really good idea to get something suitable, but I dont get it myself LOL

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    Maybe start with something simple. Like a gold fish.

    Matthew - have you actually managed to get along to any dog shows yet? I'm staring to wonder if your family has time for a dog. There's dog shows at KCC park with lots of different breeds next weekend, including an all breeds show on Friday (guessing in the evening but you might want to ring and check).

    I still think your best choice of dog is a beagle.

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    lol a goldfish lol

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    LOL that made me laugh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    This name is invalid - you have been going in circles trying to figure out which is the best dog for you.
    Picking a breed is a small part of actually picking the right dog because even then you get different personalities and what you thought would suit you might not.
    You seem so particular and indecisive that at the end no matter what you choose you might find does not tick all your boxes.
    If you do decide to foster: 1. you will be saving a life 2. you will be able to try out the dog and decide if you want to keep it for good (in case he is the right one)

    Either way I don't see why you would pass on a good opportunity for trial when you and your family seem so particular.
    Your so right Bunny, while you can do all the research you like, in the end the pup you choose may not have the exact personality traits as described in the "breed" manual, it may shed more or less than the "breed" manual and in the end may just suprise you.

    My parents have been breeding cavies for yonks, and my little ruby girl has the very best of breeding with long lines and despite being loved her whole life...she is a nervous scardy little poppet who always looks like you are going to beat her when you pat her, the total opposite of what you would expect to find in the temperment of a cavie.

    When buying a dog, in the end, they usually suprise you one way or another...so you need to be prepard!
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    Thanks for all of the replies, everyone. I think I know about everything I need to in order to decide, so I'll stop bothering you for now and post if there are any developments in us making a decision.

    Hya, I already posted that I'd try to make it to the all breeds show on Saturday the 16th (if I can manage to round up everyone else). Will also discuss beagles, but the last thing we need now is another option.

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    Okay...

    So we haven't really made a decision yet (waiting to find the right breeder) - I think that both the lab and the vizsla are equally suitable and have their own strengths and weaknesses. The vizsla sheds less and is cleaner, but the lab is generally less energetic and there are more/better breeders (the vizsla breeder I found is very lazy and still hasn't replied to an email I sent a few weeks ago!).

    Anyway, my question is: should I consider a field bred lab puppy whose parents are both EIC carriers? Linky

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    Have you tried phoning the Visla breeder - sometimes breeders are not very net savvy and get drowned in spam and tyre kickers (people who are not serious) - so a phone call can work much better.

    "field bred" - this is a bit like working line or bred to work rather than the fat lazy show lab that has never heard a gun fired or retrieved a dead bird in its life. The one bred to work - is going to be much more energetic and enthusiastic about life than your average lab. Ie just as energetic as your average visla (and I've met some lazy vislas too).

    You need to meet some of these dogs. And the breeder while being honest about the test results (good) - also has pretty strict requriements about what kind of home one of their puppies will go to. How often do you want to go to dog training club? Twice a week and competition on the weekends? Cos field bred / working line won't do well as a back yard ornament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Have you tried phoning the Visla breeder - sometimes breeders are not very net savvy and get drowned in spam and tyre kickers (people who are not serious) - so a phone call can work much better.
    Yes, we've called her, but she doesn't answer her phone most of the time. She replied to my first email and one or two phone calls, just not the second email. I could PM you who it is, but I don't want to give her a bad reputation across the internet.

    "field bred" - this is a bit like working line or bred to work rather than the fat lazy show lab that has never heard a gun fired or retrieved a dead bird in its life. The one bred to work - is going to be much more energetic and enthusiastic about life than your average lab. Ie just as energetic as your average visla (and I've met some lazy vislas too).
    Yeah, I've researched labs and I like the look of the field ones much better plus I plan on doing some hunting and endurance with it.

    You need to meet some of these dogs. And the breeder while being honest about the test results (good) - also has pretty strict requriements about what kind of home one of their puppies will go to. How often do you want to go to dog training club? Twice a week and competition on the weekends? Cos field bred / working line won't do well as a back yard ornament.
    We plan on visiting the breeder very soon, but I feel bad if we go and just decide to get a vizsla. And you think that it's okay that both parents are EIC carriers (although the other test results are good)?
    It won't be a 'back yard ornament' - I've been working extremely hard to convince everyone to let it live inside (if I'm honest, the vizsla has more chance of living inside since it sheds less and cleans itself). I don't really want to do any competitions or join many clubs with this dog. However, this doesn't mean that I won't participate in the activities with it. As I said, I plan on a little bit of hunting and some endurance (mountain biking is one of my favourite hobbies) plus I'd love to train it cool things such as sniffing (lots of her dogs are actually sniffer dogs with the police) and do lots of obedience and training with it (although not in a club. Call me unsociable, but I'd much prefer to train my dog without others watching me ).

    Thanks again, Hy. I can always trust you to reply quickly with the info I need.

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    I agree, if your lucky enough to have the choice of field/working bred or show bred....go with the working bred ..they are more likely to be bred for health and endrance than appearance. I have always liked the working bred labs, they all just seem to be more full of life and you do then have the choice of hunting or agility.

    But do take the time to find a breeder you feel comfortable with and esure they have all the health testing of parents AND grandparents.
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