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    (Sorry in advance if I posted this in the incorrect section).

    I'm looking at getting a puppy around March and have lots of ideas in mind for the breed I might like to get, however am having difficulty narrowing it down.

    Ideally I would like a pug or a pugX as I find any dog with some pug in them to be heartbreakingly adorable, however I have read these dogs are crazy shedders and I would prefer a breed who's shedding is limited (though I am well aware that all dogs shed).

    I will be moving into a house that I will own so no landlord troubles about having inside dogs, and a decent sized backyard. I'm thinking a small/medium dog will be more suited to me (dream one day to get a Siberian Husky but will wait until I own some acres for that!), however I run for leisure and would love a dog who could come on jogs with me (I only go 5-6kms). I would assume a pug wouldn't be the ideal dog in this case, I can't imagine them running a long way with their little legs, or am I wrong??

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, I love all dogs so every time I see a picture of a new breed I fall in love with them! I obviously have a few months to do lots of research but as everyone on here is already dog owners I thought you could offer me more insight than most websites can.

    I've been reading this forum for a few days now and I know that pet stores and backyard breeders are not the way to go. What do you recommend is the best route to take when getting a new puppy? Where is the best place to find breeders, and how do you tell if people who sell dogs in places like the trading post are reputable? When getting my new friend I want to make sure I don't support any practices that are cruel to dogs.
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    I certainly wouldn't recommend a Pug for you. Yes they shed BUCKET loads and no, they're not athletic dogs.

    My advice when it comes to finding a breed and a breeder is to ring the applicable canine association for your state and find out when and where the local dog shows are. That way, you can get up close and personal with a lot of different breeds and their breeders in one hit. Take a pen and paper and jot down notes and contact details as you talk to them.
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    Purina - Dog Breed Selector

    Try that out, its a doggie selector quiz.

    Just a side note I will never know what people find appealing about the Pug Cross. Every Cross bred I have seen just looks like an ugly chihuahua! All I see when you cross a Pug is that all the beautiful physical traites a Pug has gets lots in the cross!
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    Baha, I have to agree with you about pug crosses, Bulldog_Lover! Pugs are gorgeous, but I've never seen a pretty cross. There are a couple of lovely pug x Cavaliers that I regularly see, but god they're ... "interesting" looking..

    As Anne said, Pugs don't tend to be athletic dogs (and she would know far more than me!) That said, I do know a couple of very fit little ones that do go running with their owners. Two in particular are some of the most athletic little things, though both are quite small and much leaner than usual. Both are purebred- no idea about lines or anything like that, though.

    Poodles don't shed! I doubt my poodle would like to go running with me - she's much more a stop-and-smell-the-roses type girl, but others I know would be perfect for your situation. If I were you though, I'd go to a shelter and fall in love with a doggie That's just me though - only rescue dogs for me from now on.

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    Have you thought about a small terrier or Staffy? Or perhaps a Golden Retriever? Terriers are great little go-get-em dogs, but with short little legs jogging everyday should tire them out (depending on the dog of course) Staffy are also great jogging partners but also love to snuggle on the couch and shed very little. Goldies shed a little bit more and there is a little of grooming that will need to be done. But they just love to do whatever you are doing whether jogging, gardening, painting or having a lazy day in bed.

    Or perhaps even a Whippet or Greyhound? They wouldn't mind going for a jog but are also really laid back dogs, and also shed very little.

    hmmm i will keep thinking
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allie View Post
    Baha, I have to agree with you about pug crosses, Bulldog_Lover! Pugs are gorgeous, but I've never seen a pretty cross. There are a couple of lovely pug x Cavaliers that I regularly see, but god they're ... "interesting" looking..

    As Anne said, Pugs don't tend to be athletic dogs (and she would know far more than me!) That said, I do know a couple of very fit little ones that do go running with their owners. Two in particular are some of the most athletic little things, though both are quite small and much leaner than usual. Both are purebred- no idea about lines or anything like that, though.

    Poodles don't shed! I doubt my poodle would like to go running with me - she's much more a stop-and-smell-the-roses type girl, but others I know would be perfect for your situation. If I were you though, I'd go to a shelter and fall in love with a doggie That's just me though - only rescue dogs for me from now on.
    what about my pup

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    We have had a collie x lab and she was great. Loyal, VERY energetic, easy to train and walk of lead etc, very limited health issues throughout her 15years. She needed a brush once a week and did tend to loose hair. Maybe look into something like that.

    We also have a staffy x kelpi who in contrast can be timid, protective, she is slightly energetic (maybe 30 mins tops), but she does love to swim and will do it for hours. She doesn't need a brush or loose much hair. She can be a bit bitey towards small children.

    I am contemplating getting a 2nd dog now and possibly looking into another collie x breed (older than 4 I think).

    If I was going to get a pup it would have to be a pure border collie, they are very energetic from what I have been told, they also malt and require brushing much more than a x.

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    You need a well behaved athletic pooch.

    A greyhound would probably suit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asharee View Post
    what about my pup
    with the exception of Asharee's pup Anne.

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    Don't be mistaken by the short haired dogs. They shed A LOT. I have two short hair dogs. One a medium length short (Bullmastiff/Ridgie) and one a very very short (Pittie X) and they both shed bucket loads, it is everywhere in my house and it sticks into everything.

    Greyhound sounds like a good option.

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