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    Question Advice Please

    Good afternoon,

    I am new on here so i thought i would say hi. Hi! I am alittle nervous so forgive me if i ramble or make no sence.
    I am hoping that someone might be able to help me. I am interested in either a schnoodle or moodle dog, i have a three year old son and i am a stay at home mum, but we would like a smaller dog as our house is only 12squares. I did google them to find out what the major differences between the breeds are but it didnt really help.

    So i was just wondering does anyone own either of these breeds?

    Thank you very much.

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    Hi and welcome!

    These 'breeds' are not actually breeds but rather a name given to a particular corss bred dog. At a guess, 'schnoodle' would be a cross between a Schnuazer and a Poodle and the 'moodle' would possibly be a Maltese and a Poodle.

    When it comes to how the dog looks, this will depend on a number of factors.

    Firstly, the parent breeds. Poodles come in three sizes, toy, miniature and standard and the Schnauzer also comes in different sizes; miniature and standard. The difference in the heights between these breeds is roughly up to 70 odd centimeters. So, you may end up with a small dog or a dog whose height reaches way above your knees.

    Is there any reason why you have chosen a corss, and not something say like just a normal Toy Poodle?

    If you can define a little more what you are looking for in a dog, we can possibly point you in the right direction.

    I hope this helps.
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    My Friend, (gordo) has a cavoodle (cavalier spaniel x poodle), he is small and friendly, so it might be worth a bit of research

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    Hi,

    thanks for getting back to me soo fast. I did a quiz thing online and it came up with poodle, so i googled them but came across the other breeds. My son has asthma and i read that both these dogs are low shedding. As much as any dog can be. And i like that they are small and meant to be easy to train.

    um yeah i dont think there was anything else ohh yes and they are soooooo cute.

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    Oh okay great thank you for the advice i will do that now ;0

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    Ok, so if you are looking for a dog that will have the least chance of creating issues with your son's asthma, then I'd like to suggest a couple of breeds;

    Bichon Friese
    Poodle
    Lagotto

    Do you want a dog that is largely independant or does the idea of a dog sitting in your lap all the time more appealing?

    Are you inclined to spend time grooming your dog and do you have the financial ability to pay to have the dog professionally clipped?

    Would barking be an issue for you (ie do you have neighbours that might complain or do you live in a confined area close to neighbours like a unit?)

    Do you want a dog that loves to be walked and has energy to run and play or want that is happy to potter about the house and yard with occassional walks?

    How much time will the dog be at home by itself both now and in 5 years time and beyond?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Ok, so if you are looking for a dog that will have the least chance of creating issues with your son's asthma, then I'd like to suggest a couple of breeds;

    Bichon Friese
    Poodle
    Lagotto

    Do you want a dog that is largely independant or does the idea of a dog sitting in your lap all the time more appealing?

    Are you inclined to spend time grooming your dog and do you have the financial ability to pay to have the dog professionally clipped?

    Would barking be an issue for you (ie do you have neighbours that might complain or do you live in a confined area close to neighbours like a unit?)

    Do you want a dog that loves to be walked and has energy to run and play or want that is happy to potter about the house and yard with occassional walks?

    How much time will the dog be at home by itself both now and in 5 years time and beyond?
    Thank you sooo much for your help and questions

    Okay first can i have both, i like the idea of a lap dog but also like the idea of a dog been independent. Can there be a mix?

    Grooming kept to a minium i dont mind brushing daily but nothing that required alot of work, oh my god does that sound terriable?

    I dont mind a warning back but not a barker who will bark at the tree's moving or a bird walking accross the yard.

    I walk everyday for about 30to40 mins, but if the puppie/dog doesnt require that much ill would love a dog that could be quite happy to play in the yard and help me garden then come inside for a cuddle.

    I am a stay at home mum, so the only time the puppi/dog would be alone is if we go to a friends place or have a party or something.

    I feel like i sound really nasty, i want this dont want this. sorry if i am been that way.

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    You don't sound nasty at all. It is vitally important that you are honest about what you want in a dog so that you can match yourself to an appropriate breed.

    I am time poor and I would never own a dog that needed anything more than low levels of grooming. I am also not one that has the time to take a dog for a walk everyday. Those preferences aren't wrong, they are just preferences, but it would be pretty stupid of me to get a dog that had long hair and was very energetic. I have Pugs instead.

    Yes, you can certainly have both independence and a dog that loves to sit in your lap all day. To my knowledge, the Maltese can be a lovely mix of both these qualities, as can the Bichon. I feel a Poodle might be a little more independent, but they are also very affectionate and smart.

    Most breeds, if brushed daily, would be fine. Breeds such as a Shnauzer and Poodle will require a visit to a professional groomer a couple of times a year. In fact, if you can, regardless of which breed you choose I would recommend sending them to a groomer a couple of times a year to ensure their coat and nails are kept in good order.

    All breeds could walk that amount daily. Regardless of breed, it will help them to stay healthy and it is also a chance to expend some of their energy if they have excess energy.

    Have you ever considered a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
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    Cavalier King Charles are soo easy. I have one and although she does shed, her hair is fine so it's not an issue.
    She doesn't need to be professionally groomed, just bathed every now and again and brushed.. no cutting.
    She is a lap dog but is happy to be left alone to snooze also.
    They love a walk but don't have to be walked daily. They are easy to train and very loyal and totally adorable.

    I also think a Bichon Freise would be a great dog for a young family. You would have to keep a close eye on your son though as they can be pretty fragile as pups.
    This breed is quite hardy and have a longer life span than CKCS with less genetic issues.

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    I was just reading another members comments on their Lhasa Apso too and they might even suit. They are apparently not big barkers and are very cuddly.
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