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    Cool GSP replacement

    Hi All,

    We are a family of 4 living on 6 beautiful hinterland acres. Kids are 8 and 2 yrs old.
    We had a beautiful male GSP who lived to 17yrs of age and he had the most placid beautiful temperament you could ever wish for.
    After a couple of years without a dog its time to fill the void..

    We are ready for another dog... and will probably end up with another GSP unless we can find a smaller substitute.

    I would love to know if there are any other breeds out there with the same temperament however maybe a bit smaller and less need for exercise.
    Or ideally any GSP breeders who are breeding smaller dogs as I have seen massive variations from our boy who was a King at around 38kg and not an ounce of fat on him.
    We love to camp and need a dog who will stick around at home and when we are out and about..

    Thank you for any advice.

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    Hi trekkadog

    I don't know many dogs that would stay home if you're out and about. Maybe a king Charles cavalier spaniel? Or a bichon frieze or some other lap dog. Tho a pug would go looking for food.

    Your best chance of finding a dog similar to the one you had is to go back to the person who bred that dog - and ask them if they are still breeding or if anyone else is carrying on the line.

    I know someone who has a beautiful and small black and white spotty GSP from Oakridge - so they might be able to do what you want. Oakridge are South Australian based - but they might be able to recommend someone local to you.

    http://oakridge-gsp.weebly.com/

    You might also want to look at vizsla - they're supposed to be a bit smaller than GSP - but it helps if you keep a dog lean.

    And you might look at something a bit different like a whippet. My cousin has these on her farm and they stay home when she's out.
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    Whippets are great dogs but we did lose a couple off our property when they went chasing rabbits most likely and dissapeared, possibly shot or bitten by a snake. After that we always contained them in a big pen with a waterproof very warm kennel when we were not at home and sometimes over night. When we were home they had free range of the property and never wandered.

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    I think my cousin has some sort of enclosure for them, and despite one of them winning a high jump competition, beating a bunch of kelpies... they could have gotten out but as far as I know - they never did.

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    Yes our enclosure was not high. The whippets could easily have jumped out but they didnt.

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    Thank you for the information it is much appreciated
    I'm jumping on the breeders website now

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    Thanks - I will look at the whippets
    Friends had one when I was a kid and it was a great dog

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    If you want to leave a dog at home while you are out and about or on holidays may I suggest having 2 dogs, not litter mates though as they are great company for each other.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    If you want to leave a dog at home while you are out and about or on holidays may I suggest having 2 dogs, not litter mates though as they are great company for each other.
    Yes whippets are not good as only dogs if you are going to be leaving them. Cattle dogs are a different story. Quite happy to be an only dog as long as they are allowed to be with you all the times that you are not working. My cattle dogs would much rather by only dogs LOL and have me all to themselves.

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    My cattle dog crosses are exactly the same lol.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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