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    Hehe, now you have me browsing for puppies. I can think of worse things to do on a Friday night!

    Faith's profile at PetRescue - is she your new best friend?

    I have developed a bit of a soft spot for kelpie crosses since I've had my current dog though. I meet so many on our walks and I think they are just lovely.

    And yes, you could definitely call RSPCA about the pups, just don't put it off. Pups go really quickly usually and some of them will be adopted over the weekend.

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    Last one, I promise! Jenna's profile at PetRescue - is she your new best friend? A 4 breed mix. Very unusual to actually know the breeds in such a blend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    And if you aren't really fussy about breed, have you looked at PetRescue - find your new best friend! I found this one, not sure if it's in your area: Freddy's profile at PetRescue - is he your new best friend? The foster carers will also be able to give you loads of info on whether the dog's temperament would suit your family.
    Well, I'm not too fussy, but the others seem to become uneasy at the mention of "cattle dog" or "kelpie".
    But I'm not sure if it's the right breed for me anyway. As I said, maybe too energetic.
    Freddy seems nice. I'd be happy with either, I guess.

    Edit: I like Jenna too. A complicated cross, though! She would be a bit bigger than the others too I assume.

    Edit 2: Oh, I missed the second one you posted. Hahaha maybe you need another dog?
    I don't really like the look of Faith, to be honest.
    Oh, and, I agree! What could possibly be bad about browsing puppies on Friday night? Relaxing and fun!
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    I would love another dog! But I don't know if I ever will get one... I might foster instead.

    The tricky thing with crossbreeds is that it is very hard to predict which genes are dominant when it comes to temperament. But the good thing about dogs in foster care is that they will be able to tell you a lot about how the dog behaves living with a family. I have no idea what breeds my dog is but she had the traits I was looking for. Only afterwards did I realise she probably has kelpie in her. Which was ironic because when I started looking I was adamant I did not want any kind of working dog x. But she turns out to be less energetic than I expected. And smarter. A bit stockier than what I would have normally gone for, but I decided it was ok to compromise on some things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I would love another dog! But I don't know if I ever will get one... I might foster instead.

    The tricky thing with crossbreeds is that it is very hard to predict which genes are dominant when it comes to temperament. But the good thing about dogs in foster care is that they will be able to tell you a lot about how the dog behaves living with a family. I have no idea what breeds my dog is but she had the traits I was looking for. Only afterwards did I realise she probably has kelpie in her. Which was ironic because when I started looking I was adamant I did not want any kind of working dog x. But she turns out to be less energetic than I expected. And smarter. A bit stockier than what I would have normally gone for, but I decided it was ok to compromise on some things.
    Nice! Thanks for your help.

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    Labs are just as boisterous and energetic as a cattle dog! I've been following this thread very closely and all i see is excuse after excuse.

    That dogs too big, that dogs too energetic, that dog might make my allergies play up, i don't like the look of that one... i mean, come on. Your going to run out of breed options very, very fast!

    Maybe you should consider another animal for a pet.

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    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

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    I believe rescues are a good way to teach humanitarian values to children...just a thought!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuri_89 View Post
    Labs are just as boisterous and energetic as a cattle dog! I've been following this thread very closely and all i see is excuse after excuse.

    That dogs too big, that dogs too energetic, that dog might make my allergies play up, i don't like the look of that one... i mean, come on. Your going to run out of breed options very, very fast!

    Maybe you should consider another animal for a pet.
    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.

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    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 !

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