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    When rescue puppies go to foster carers, do the rescue centre advertise them, or do you have to go ask?

    I'm just wondering, because you never see puppies in the rescue center - obviously, not the best place for a puppy, but how do you find them? If I could find a puppy that fit my criteria in a rescue, then absolutely I would take it.

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    There are health risks associated with any breed. That's why finding a really good breeder is very important. It won't mean that the dog won't ever get ill but you will have a much better chance of having a healthy puppy/dog if it is well bred.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Asrais , email some of the Rescue Groups and get 'known' . Talk to them and let them know what you are looking for . The beauty with rescue is that most often,if one group does not have a youngster that fits your life ,they will be able to net work with other groups that may have the ideal dog.

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    If you do get a pup, and it is bought up around cats from day 1 any breed will be great with them, its generally only when cats are introduced to older dogs the fun begins.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    Thank you all so much for your help, so far! I must say - I am more confused now than ever! But that's ok, I have time to decide - I think I will start emailing rescues and breeders and see where I end up.

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    Can I just ask the few people who said it, why are small dogs not suitable for jogging?

    My foxy/shih tzu loves running. Especially beside a bike. If my kid gets her bike out, Pippi goes ballistic coz she thinks she is going for a bike ride.

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    Personally, their size and their stamina. I just can't see myself running a pug, cavie or mini foxy for example down the road. I try to avoid running my two... they don't know the difference between sprinting and jogging, they are all just sprint sprint sprint!

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    At home, I had a cross breed maltese/ shitzu/ scottish terrier - she loved to run and was fine jogging. But then that may have been the terrier in her!

    I have had an email response from a papillion breeder. She hasn't got any puppies at the moment, but has invited us to see her dogs. I'll have to work on a list of questions!

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    Pappilions are pretty cute! I love their big ears!

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    Cleo's profile at PetRescue - is she your new best friend?

    Petrescue - has some dogs or puppies listed that are in foster care - and those guys would know if it gets along well with all the critters you already have. There's no guarantee a breeder will be socialising puppies with the likes of cats - and then it may well result in a particular cat is ok and yours is not part of the pack and you will still need to introduce the puppy and cat properly. And never mind what your cats will think of the idea, tho I think most of them get over it.

    Bichon are very cute and laid back but might not be so keen on going jogging. I do love papillions too - they are so enthusiastic about everything, and I know one that lives with a beagle and will greet any dog at the park - no matter how big, and is very loud if a clutz dog steps on him. Usually works. So far no injuries at the park. And he's FAST.

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