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    There is any number of rescue organisiations - greyhounds, border collies, shetland sheepdogs, and then there is the all types guys like Best Friends Rescue - not sure how you get in touch but I guess if you googled them you would be able find a phone number. Being a foster home is a good idea but it gets to be quite hard to stop wanting to keep all the little lost souls.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    South West WA


    Motion of the ocean. Sorry, couldn't help myself.

    I like big dogs personally but that is not to say I wouldn't help a maltese x shih tzu in need!
    Owning a dog should be a partnership. Much like a good marriage it should be based on love, trust and devotion until death do you part.
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  3. #13


    I love big, but I love laid back too. I like some little dogs but often find them too intense. We used to foster everything from wee fluffies to working types and they were almost all higher energy than I'm used to.

    Mine are sighthounds and cat safe, in the house with my cat. He is the boss indoors. Cats that stray in our yard tend leave much more quickly than they come in...

    Any breed of dog can be non-cat friendly. But greyhounds get a bad rap for it. Being cat aggressive is more likely to be a death sentence for a grey than for most other dogs. It's just a stigma.

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    I have to say I only had one greyhound, and he must have been at least 3. He seemed to have been owned by every tradie that did work at my place, at some point!!! He came and was quiet as a mouse, a couch spud, and at all times treated all cats as VIPs. Only trouble was, he'd never had a chance to develop personality. It was a bit like having a nonreactive autistic dog. You only knew he loved something, because he didn't want to stop. He was very gentle with my little dogs; was in love with a jrt, loved my bed to lay on, only thing he didn't like, was my deerhound even looking like he might try to pass him, and when he was really excited, he'd spin, silently, but as you approached, he'd become still as a rock. Sometimes, it was as tho he'd never learned to just have fun.

    His great daily joy was being barked at by his beloved jrt, and the having her chase him, flat out, around my very big backyard. After less than a half hour of that, he'd have a drink, and put himself to bed. I have heard that there can be greyhounds that will go for cats, but that is what the great foster parents do, tell you what they are like. I was just really lucky, when I got mine from death row.

    If you have a greyhound, look into whether you can join the greyhound racing club, if it's near you, as they often have really safe, 2 metre high fenced exercise paddocks, you can get access to, to let your dog free run, safely.

    If you get a middle aged dog, that appears to be a big or little softie, it would be hard to go wrong. Just head for the quiet, gentle older - you don't have them as long, but they are so rarely saved and are often such beautiful gentle loving animals. I don't want to adopt dogs under 4, anymore. If you get a smaller dog, even at 8, it could still outlive a puppy huge dog.
    Last edited by Menageriemanor; 05-17-2012 at 06:28 AM.

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    Aug 2011


    NL, isn't the cat issue the main reason why they need to wear a muzzle unless they are cleared by a training organisation? I have heard of cases of a pack of greyhounds (ie. two or more) killing cats. I thought it had something to do with being encourage to chase small fluffy animals to the extent they are when being trained for racing?

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    melbourne australia


    For me, definately.
    Im blind on my right side, and trip over tiny dogs. Whereas a large breed enters my peripheral vision of the left eye. So i can see them.

    Im clumsy as all hell, and trip over things as i have no distance vision. I trip over small dogs a lot.

    Also, smaller dogs, have a higher pitched vocal range it seems. And there is a note in that i find offensive.

    And lastly, im 6" tall, and have back issues. I dont want to lean over.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    melbourne australia


    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    nah, personality is much more important ... at least thats my claim

    but seriously, unless you want a guard dog, i don't see how a big dog is better than a small dog - i like bull breeds for their personalities not anything to do with size(jack is only 16kg).
    I work with people who steal from houses. They dont do houses with dogs, because they bark, and it doesnt matter if big or small, they want in and out in 2 mins without confrontation. a JRT can bark just as well as a rottie.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2012


    Menagerie - that is something I have been thinking of, all the greyhounds I have met have not had much personality. When I was doing my Cert 3 animal studies, the dogs we had were part of the GAP program, they were all very well behaved robots, but then, I never got to see them after they had been in a proper home for a while, so I don't know.

    bernie - another valid point you raise, I am only 5"3 and slim - If I had a newfie I could probably put a saddle on it and go for a ride around the park!

    Are greyhounds escapists? We have a relatively small garden, our fences are about 1.5 meters - is this too small? What about whippets - I have seen a few of these in rescues.

  9. #19


    Every so often, they get greyhounds for adoption that have puppyhood injuries, so they have never been trained to chase a lure, but sight hounds, a lot of dogs, can't resist a fast moving target. If you are in town, I guess, you'll need that certificate for letting them stroll the streets, without muzzle. My lot never chased anything. They are taught gentle, and it is one of my non negotiable words. I am pretty slack, but I have certain LAWS that must be obeyed. Many of the dogs that came to me were handed over as dangerous cat chasers, even warned that they would kill. I honestly can't remember one dog that wasn't standing next to a cat in the kitchen, hoping for a handout, within a week of arriving. I did have seriously confident, laid back cats, that helped in training. SOME greyhounds are kept as family dogs, and are pretty house friendly and housetrained, when they are handed over. Not ALL greyhound men have them out the back, and treated like automatons.

    The one shock I got from Rolly, (he was fine with everything), EXCEPT once, on a country walk, he saw kangaroos and took off faster, probably, than he ever raced.

    Whilst he seemed a bit autistic, in relation to other dogs, he had a love that was very subtle, and you got used to a sort of silent look of affection. I always had a feeling that inside, he was just trying to work out how DOES one hug? And he loved massages and being touched. It's a very restrained, well behaved adoration, like a Jane Austen love... All internal angst... BUT I have seen photo's of bouncing affectionate greyhounds - but surely you would be wanting a quieter type in a townhouse sort of space.

    Other than that, go for the middle aged, gentle, calm, the ignored, and so often left to be PTS loving older dogs.

    My fellow was far from an escapist. It was hard to get him off my bed. The deerhound and the greyhound, would stalk my bed, wanting to be the first on, when I got out of it. Often, at bed time, I had to tell one of them to get off. They had beds, but clearly, my bed was better. I suppose I had what looked like an animal skin on my bed. But mine snored and farted - and lazily flipped a tail, if I went past.
    Last edited by Menageriemanor; 05-17-2012 at 08:41 AM.

  10. #20


    I think you will know the perfect dog for you when you meet him/her (or it picks you) regardless of size. Trust your gut instinct but it is great you are thinking things out rather than making a spontaneous decision (keeping in mind sometimes those type of decisions are the best ones we ever make!)

    I think many of us have gone to a rescue place with intentions of what sort of dog we wanted and come home with something completely different.

    One rescue I was adamant it was going to be a calm, middle aged, medium sized female dog. I made a decision based on emotion rather than good/common sense- oh! dear. I came home with an 8 mth old jack russell who was male, small, demanding, naughty and high energy, he had been dumped twice in eight months - love him but could kill him! To be very honest it is not a match made in heaven that is for sure. But we have found a way to make things work. We would both die for each other but have spent the past 7 years butting heads - it gets tiring for both of us. He is generally well behaved but I feel I have to be on his back 24/7 to maintain this behaviour. Give him an inch and he takes a mile. There is no time to sit back and relax with this boy. As awful as it sounds, I am being honest when I say it sometimes makes it hard to enjoy him.

    When I got past the emotion and grew up enough to realise I could not save every animal in care in Australia (possibly the world) I was able to buy a Cavalier which is the perfect dog for me and my circumstances. She is gorgeous and perfect and I am biased! But she ticks all the boxes for us. I did a lot of soul searching (after adopting Java), research, question asking, vet probing etc. I really wanted to know what I was getting myself into as there was no way I was up to taking on another dog similar to Jrt. My exhaustion was not because of the dog but circumstances within the home - one child with a disability another with a serious illness. Some may think we shouldn't have taken on another dog at all but my KKC is the balance within my home. She is the one who gives us a cuddle and lick when things aren't great. Her gentleness is soothing for us. In her own quiet way she is an example of how calm should be and how great that feels (too much Oprah again!). If I am anxious my jrt is anxious aggressive yet my KCC is smoothering in her love and attention. I know which behaviour I prefer!!

    Point is - take your time in making a decision (which you appear to be doing). When I took time I made a perfect decision as opposed to my rushed, emotional decision.

    I agree that when deciding on a dog you do need to not only consider the dogs size and what you want but what that means - such as expenses, room in house and yard, height of fences, how much exercise is required, time you are home, kids, other pets etc etc. There seems to be a rather large list of things to consider! Good luck!

    I think the idea of getting a dog already in care is a great one as you can pick the brains of the foster family as to what the dog is like.

    If looking at rescue sites, please be open minded. I am a big champion of rescuing but I have problems with places where they describe each and every dog as unbelievably good. That tells me "buyer beware" - maybe the best of intentions to rehome a dog but morally very wrong in my opinion. Can lead to all sorts of trouble for dog and owner. As mentioned my own jrt was dumped twice in eight months which makes me think he was not placed with the right family by the rescue organisations - not sure if the error lies with the organisation or the previous owners not being honest. But how do you get it wrong twice. Guess I will never know.

    Though we currently have two smaller dogs we are not really big dog or little dog people. We are all dogs! But regardless of size the smoochier the better!!

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