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    hi everyone,

    I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Cas, I am from adelaide, I am married and have two quaker parrots called jazz and coco!

    In early December we lost our spoodle to stomach cancer, it was very sudden and extremely hard.

    I have had a few dogs through the years, including a chi, wolfhound and a jack Russell but my spoodle was special. She was a rescue and although we had 14 years together it seems so short. Having said that I was the one that made the call to give her, her wings! I couldn't watch her suffer.

    So this brings me to why I am here, simple, I am doing some research, I intend to get another dog in 2015 sometime, I am not sure what type of dog or if I will get another rescue or a pup! I wanted to see what other people have and what might be best for us! I will never buy a pet shop puppy but I am not set on a pure breed either!

    Any way sorry for raving on! I can't wait to see all your fur Babies!
    Cas

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    Welcome to the forum

    I think it is always great to get a rescue pup/dog. I prefer to go through rescue organisations over shelter simply because the animals are in foster care and the foster carers have a better idea of behaviour of the dog than if they are in a shelter, unable to show their true personality.

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    Hi Cas

    I'm in Adelaide too.

    When you're ready - the rescues and shelters are good places to get a dog. So are some of the ANKC registered breeders (but not all of them).

    Glad you don't want to support the puppy mill industry.

    I know Heather from Adelaide all breed rescue a bit. She is always looking for foster homes if you're not sure you're ready to get a dog - this is a good way to give one a good home until it finds it's forever home. Also she can let you know if she finds a dog that she thinks would suit you.
    Adelaide All Breed Dog Rescue Inc. - PetRescue

    There's another rescue I don't know much about that has scored a mum and all the puppies and they will be looking for homes at the end of January
    Search female medium dogs within 50km of 5000

    Any rescue that lists with petrescue.com.au is supposed to make sure that all the dogs they rehome are desexed and vaccinated etc. And that they provide good support to the adopters. And if you have a problem you can take it up with petrescue and they can delist a rescue where appropriate. There's a big SA rescue that doesn't get their dogs desexed before rehoming and things can go wrong. There's another shelter - out in the Riverland that is constantly overwhelmed with the number of dogs they have. They're not bad people but they have a hard time saying no - so their rescues can suffer because of that. And RSPCA comes out and removes a lot from time to time.

    I got my dog from AWL when she was a puppy. You'd have to visit the RSCPA or the AWL on a regular basis and be all steely and sure about what kind of dog you want to take home or it can be a bit traumatic - you can't take them all home - so make sure the best one for you gets a good home.

    If you think you've found a good puppy - you can always post a link here and we can check it out for you and help out with what questions to ask.

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    Welcome to the forum! Do feel free to share some photos of your previous dogs, we love seeing peoples dogs on here

    I haven't rescued a dog myself. I've got an Aussie shepherd and a Kelpie both from breeders. I'm tossing up between two options for my next dog (thats probably a while away though). Either a Standard Poodle from a registered breeder (mostly because they don't seem to pop up in rescue very often, and because I'd like the family history of the pup, health wise and temperament wise). Or an adult rescue Kelpie, I'd go for an adult so there is no questioning the energy levels the dog might end up with... I'm not keen on a hyperactive, never wants to sleep, Kelpie, haha

    What are you hoping your next dog to be like regarding energy levels, training, grooming etc?

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    I am not really sure but I am thinking small - medium, wooly(non shedding), probably a girl, we only have a small yard, we live in the city but I am happy to walk a few times a day, we work from home, so never alone for more than a couple of hours! I don't mind grooming, my spoodle got around a hour a day! Whatever we get will be desexed! I don't want puppies! I have two boy birds for the same reason! It will also go to obedience, so nothing too head strong! Having said that I did obedience with my jack and everyone said she would never be trained.
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    That's a very cute dog.

    I haven't met many spoodles that have been trained. My neighbour has one and I can train it but he can't. All I'm trying to get it to do is quit barking when I ask and all I've got for it is praise when its quiet... I talk to it and tell it what a good dog it is but if it barks - I shut up... it is pretty desperate for attention.

    This page has a selection of pedigree breeds that don't shed
    Pantone Poodles - Poodle Info - Whats in a Doodle?

    It's hard to get a cross breed and be sure it won't shed or that you will get the coat you want. And beware of Golden Retriever x Poodle - they take after wolf hounds - I don't know how but they're bigger than the biggest poodle or golden retriever - all the ones I've met - even when the owner says it was a little poodle - they all grow enormous. My brother has one - he took it on from one of his friends who couldn't handle it.

    The trouble with poodles - they are super bright so you do have to engage their brains.

    Bichon Friese - on the other hand - do not seem very bright to me. They do love company tho.

    All the Laggotto Romaglo I've met - have been dog aggressive. I don't know why that is.

    Bedlingtons are gorgeous. The undesexed males will tour the neighbourhood looking for fun. You also need to check that the line you get is not too inbred - which has been a problem with them. My uncle has always had one or more and they've all been adorable with people and dogs. Sometimes they're unhealthy - very sensitive to quality of diet, and some are very shy.

    Personally I'm not that fond of woolly coat dogs. I do have a soft spot for standard poodle but only because there was one in the family when I was growing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    All the Laggotto Romaglo I've met - have been dog aggressive. I don't know why that is.
    I have never met one, but I've heard lots of people say the same thing about Laggotto's... I did a bit of reading up on them (comparing them to poodles) but was quickly turned off when I heard of their reactive tendencies...

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    Just checked out that list of doodle alternatives. Most of them I haven't met before. But I have met some...

    Bichon Frise - Cute little dogs, happy and friendly, but as Hyacinth said, not the brightest of dogs.

    Lowchen - I've only met one of them. He was an absolute matted mess I had to shave every scrap of hair off him. He was however a fantastic dog to work with, very friendly and patient, also seemed quite intelligent. Great little dog, I'd consider one If I wanted a small dog with that type of coat. I was quite fond of him, and honestly could have taken him home, he was gorgeous!!

    Irish Water Spaniel - The one I met was an entire male who is a show dog. Nice dog, well trained for the grooming table. He seemed smart but could probably have done with some more basic training (loose leash walking). His coat was stunning (he had the full show coat). The one thing that surprised me about him, was the sheer size of him! He was way bigger than i was expecting, seriously big dog! Very solid and extremely strong!

    I've never met one, but Portuguese Water Dogs have always intrigued me. I don't know much about them though. They're probably too big for what you're looking for though.

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    thanks for the ideas, like i said in am in the research phase, i have a friend who has a lagotto and she is a horrible dog (personal opinion) but her owners don't believe in training or socialization, it never went to puppy school or basic obedience, so as an adult it is awful. my spoodle was more springer than poodle, so she loved to please! she also loved to paddle and no water was safe including the bath.

    I have had a wolfie but they are so short lived, i dont think i could deal with that again, my last one was 9, a good age but not long enough. he was mega easy to train once i discovered that treats were useless and his thing was toys...in my defense I was only 16 when we got him.

    I had not considered a bichon but that is a real contender, the good thing with happy but not too bright is that they are easily pleased.

    I have also considered a cocker, they dont have the wool but i am told they are not big shedders! I would love a clumber but they are too big and a bit drooly.

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    Hi and welcome to the forum,

    I'm from Adelaide as well. Good on you for looking for a rescue We've got our BCx girl from Paws&Claws Adoptions. . They're now running a 'cat cafe' in Magill where people can pick out cats to adopt. But their dogs are also there on occasions to meet.

    Let us know how you go

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