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    French Poodle... Nuff said. Some people are utterly convinced they are called French Poodles and they originated in France. They are a German hunting breed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFabiani View Post
    Im not at school at the moment for personal reasons but obviously soon ill be going back, But my mother would be home so it wouldnt get home alone at all at most probs like 1-3 hours aday.
    How about training and socialisation? Lack of early socialisation, especially the AmStaffy can result in you having a dog aggressive dog. Obedience classes are also pretty important.

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    Fab, where do you live. If it is in Victoria, get yourself a Rotti, or a Dob, or anything else because their breed specific legislation is a nightmare if you have a dog that even looks like a pitt bull.

    In your shoes I would probably go for a Staffy. They are very people orientated dogs and we have trained a number of them through our agility club. They are destructive towards fencing so you need to ensure you have a really good property fence - colourbond steel with 12 inches of chicken mesh laid on the ground to prevent her digging out. Forget any sort of wire fencing - they eat it for breakfast.

    As stated by others above, incredibly important to get as much early socialisation as possible. Join a dog club and go there with your pup as often as possible. Take her to the front of a shopping centre and let her interact with people. Have pockets full of treats and reward her for being calm.
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    My next question was just asked by Nev

    If you are in Victoria and as you say,going to adopt a dog , then I would be suggesting you adopt any other breed that doesn't look 'Bully' .
    Even though as the law stands you're Cattle cross Kelpie for example can be labeled a Pit Bull and seized and destroyed if it fits the Visual ID that the Rangers are using. Sad and totally wrong we know....but thats the way it is down there.
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    I also hope your mother will have the dog when and if you move out into your own accommodation when you are older. Not a lot allow pets.
    If she is happy to in a worst case scenario then yep, get a dog.

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    Have merged the threads. We don't need two separate threads on the same topic at the same time, and this one has a much better subject / title. Not that I got a choice in that.

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    I'm 15 so i feel i can handle a dog
    Erm this is not a logical thing to think. I know some grown ups that can't handle a dog, and if you get a dog that grows up stronger than you but you never learn how to train it you're in all sorts of trouble no matter what your age. But I'm sure you could learn. It would help if there was a dog school or obedience club or similar near where you live, unless Mum's taxi will take you there because as far as I know 15 is too young for a drivers licence and you can't catch the bus with a puppy. In some states it's also considered to young to be in effective control of a dog, ie you can't take it for a walk unless you take someone 16 or older with you. You need to check with your local council if they have a minimum age for registering ownership or walking the dog on their footpaths.

    English staff or a American Staff
    Both of these breeds are very strong. If you live in Victoria, you will need to make sure you buy from an ANKC registered breeder - and get papers that show the ANKC pedigree. Because Victoria has introduced laws that make unpapered unregistered AMStaff illegal - because they look the same as pitbulls and the councils are using a visual id to confiscate them and PTS. I suspect that they will make the same law apply to SBT or Staffordshire bull terriers soon because they're crazy. But you'd still have to live with crazy BSL if you're in Victoria.

    So the ones that have ANKC papers - are off limits. The ones that don't have these - are fair game for confiscation and PTS in Victoria.

    This is very important. When you find a breeder you like - we can check if they're registered with ANKC for you and that they have a good reputation and are a responsible breeder if you post here your choice.

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    I think SBT are not very protective. Australian Cattle Dogs are often very protective. And so are Aussie Terriers. I don't know about Amstaff - they should be but you don't want them to eat the meter reader either.

    SBT and AMstaff are both very active. SBT never grow up as best I can tell (my brother has one).

    SBT are extremely affectionate and like to be with people all the time. I suspect AMstaff are the same but I haven't lived with one so I don't know for sure.

    A doberman or rottweiler also meets your criteria. Any strong looking protective dog you get - if you live in Victoria, get it with ANKC papers to protect your dog from BSL changes.

    SBT are complete clowns.

    If you get a dog that is not shedding - it will need to be clipped every 6 to 8 weeks. All the other dogs shed somewhat. Some more than others. I suspect Golden Retrievers are the worst. But it's not the end of the world having to clean up a bit of fluff.

    And I second what some of the others said, get a dog that your Mum loves and can handle - because you don't know what your future holds right now and I see so many dogs given up because their owners lose their jobs or want one overseas or interstate or cannot get rental accomodation that allows dogs.

    My sister got a dog and when she went to uni interstate - pretty much dumped it on my parents. My mum was a bit terrifed I'd do the same, but I've finished uni and bought my own place so there's no way she's going to get this dog if I can help it. They're only just starting to pay proper respect to each other and I've had this one for 3.5 years.


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    Go a Staffordshire (or English Staffy as ou called it). A bit smaller. Ridiculosly easy to toilet train, and train fullstop because they are so people oriented and eager to please their people. They are absolutely happy happy little chappies. Quit ehigh energy though so a good run they love. They are always up for a play.

    My main piece of advice though would be to socialise socialise socialise. They can be prone to dog aggression even when well socialised so you want to minimise this as much as possible.

    Personally, I dont find them to be very good protection wise because they are generally very friendly. But they can guard (our Staffy Rosie was a ferocious wee guard dog despite being a complete softy)

    I am not going to comment on your age because I dont know how capable you are, but I will say, only get a dog if your mum is willing to do much/all of the work when you are not around.

    My mums ex boy was a breeder and I grew up with SBTs (his and one of our own - plus 2 of my own x breeds), and they are just the best little mates ever. Small enough to take everywhere, big enough to look like a real dog (snigger). I have a real soft spot for them and recommend them whenever I get the chance LOL.

    IMO, you are pretty hard pressed to get a human aggressive SBT, which is what ya want really. They are just neat little dogs.

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    It's just the dog aggressive ones that become an issue :S I probably wouldn't recommend an AmStaff to a first time owner. I don't think either of them are really "protective" either in the keep people out of my property way. I think our dogs would help robbers carry stuff out if they could... so long as they stopped to play! ha

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    LOL Jadie!

    My staffy/boxer x Lennox was an awesome awesome guard dog, and actually stepped in to protect me when I was heavily pregnant and he was only 6 months old. He was the best guard dog ever, just off his own bat. Probably more of a fluke than anything, he was extremely protective of his family.

    I am guessing what the OP want though is more of a "watch dog", something to bark and let ppl know there is a dog around to put them off. And a staff will fulfil that need for sure. They just wont keep the person out if they decide to risk it anyway, they would welcome them with a wigglu bum lol.

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