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    Question Advice About New Puppy

    Hi Guys, I am new to this forum and will be grateful if you can give me some advice about puppy.

    Firstly, I haven't own any dog (only a rabbit). My twin daughter (7 yrs) loves puppy and begging me sometime to have one. I am thinking to get one and doing some research for the right breed. I have tried to use breed selector online and getting different results based on the questions.

    Basically:
    - We like small dog.
    - Prefer less maintenance (e.g. grooming, etc) and less hairy.
    - We can provide daily excerse (15 minutes+).
    - Town house with small yard.
    - Good with children.

    Few suggestions we have received so far:
    - Maltese
    - Jack Russell

    Any suggestions? Any good place you can recommend to buy a puppy (campbelltown or closest suburbs, NSW)?

    Thanks in advance.

    - Happs

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    Hi Happs &

    Sorry i cant offer advice as to what breed dog is best suited to your situation as i don't know much about other breeds other than Staffordshire Bull Terriers in which i wouldn't recommend to anyone that has not had any dog experience or pet dog before.

    Have you considered a rescue dog, their are so many dogs in need of loving happy homes at shelters, rescue centres etc

    BUT PLEASE WHAT EVER BREED OF DOG YOU CHOSE DO NOT BUY FROM LOCAL PAPER.. TRADING POST..PET SHOPS..BACK YARD BREEDER OR FROM AN UNREGISTERED BREEDER AS THE PUPS COME FROM SUCH HORRIBLE CONDITIONS ETC, GOOGLE PUPPY FARMS & YOU WILL SEE WHY I'M STEERING YOU AWAY FROM PET SHOPS, BYB, LOCAL PAPERS, TRADING POST ETC


    For further info etc about registered breeders, try this link it full of registered breeders for all types of breeds.
    Dogs NSW - Promoting Responsible Dog Ownership | Dog Breeders NSW |

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    Hey Happs,
    I agree with Aussie Floyd.

    Google NSW dog rescues,
    Have a look on 'pet rescue'
    Lots of beautiful small-med pure/x-breed pooches needing homes. Lots would meet the criteria you outlined.
    Good luck!

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    Thanks for your advice.

    I am keep looking at the dog shelters/RSPCA site, currently they seems to have big dog where we need puppy. Anyway, I will continue my search.

    Regards,
    Happy

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    You sound like a very responisble clued in person.
    I like that.
    I have owned the same Jack Russel since I was ten, and he's still going at the age of 11.
    He was quite good with myself and my younger sister, but he was quite a biter, once or twice drew blood. Most JRT pups we get in the vet are biters, but easy to fix.
    They are also little Houdini's, so you will need a very secure yard.
    A shelter is the best option, my mum got Roly from a Pet Shop (which she regrets deeply now) and Lady from a shelter. Shelter pups are the best
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    Yikes! Don't think about a Maltese if you are not into lots and lots of grooming!!

    Umm... Have you thought about a Whippet?

    If you're near Campbelltown you can try the local pounds. They have different dogs in each week. You have Blacktown Pound, Renbury Farm or the RSPCA at Yagoona. There re LOTS of smaller dogs going through them each week.

    Renbury Farm is huge: Renbury Farm Shelter

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    Can I ask why is has to be a puppy? As i feel in your situation (Being a first time dog owner with 2 younge children) an already trained/partly trained shelter dog would defiantly be the better option

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    I totally agree with Leo01! Having not owned a dog since I was a child, I made the choice to rescue an older dog. She was 2 years when we got her and was fully house trained and is the sweetest little staffy you could meet

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