I would suggest an Australian Shepherd, similar to a border collie but not as hyper!
I'm actually not quite too sure how to proceed with this topic now.
You seem experienced ,speaking of agility and having owned a specialist breed .... but then...that breed first bit a lady out walking only to again manage to bite your friend. I guess I'm wondering was anything put in place after the first incident? What were the triggers ? The dog would of been giving off some type of signal for a time before it built up to actualy biting. Did it perhaps see you as being under threat and was protecting you?
May I ask what happened to the Tibs?
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With Kai my boy what happen was; Both myself and Clare was sitting on couch watching a dvd enjoying ourselves like always do, keep mind in that stage she was living with us for past 6months without any issues. I then let him from toilet break, he layed on mat and she reached for the remote, he then jumped up and just grabbed hold her arm and wouldn't let go. I had to beat him off her. Then the next day he tried having a go at my grandfather. He just turned?
With Cherry my girl; Both myself and cherry were out in the front yard while doing the gardening (keep in mind we had 5ft fencing around the front yard). Then a lady with her two pointers walked passed and before i reliesed cherry jumped the 5ft fence... went straight past the ladies dogs and grabbed a hold of leg and just shacking and ripping into both her legs. I grabbed her and yelled at cherry to go home, and she did, went to the front door.
It was horrible there was the ladies legs bleeding out NON STOP and with chucks of legs laying on there on the ground next to her.
I just don't what happen to my dogs, they were so beautiful and stunning! Kai was desexed and had his CD title. Cherry was an Aust Champ, both done obedience every weekend and Cherry got shown often.
Last edited by DogHappy; 12-14-2012 at 07:48 AM.
You have a very clear idea what your new dog should be like. In that case I wouldn't go so much for breeds but for personality really. Why don't you just try a local rescue organisation and see whether they have a dog (of whatever breed) with a personality, that would fit into your household?
When we looked for our second dog we ended up with a BC X girl. A breed we would have never considered because everyone said they're so high maintenance in terms of stimulation needs. But her foster carer assured us that she is a couch potato - and she really is! She'd be quite happy to spend all day on my lap having her belly scratched. Am still not sure how this dog survived on a farm...
Last edited by margoo; 12-14-2012 at 09:16 AM.
What about a GSP ? They are a very versatile breed of pup and can be found at shows, obedience, agility, and retrieving trials, DWS, sledding and ...........really anything you the owner would enjoy doing with the pup. If you want a 'lounge lizard' - then they are more than happy to oblige. Happiest when they are with their family and just looooove kids !
Regardless of breed of pup that you get, I would suggest that you get a male. I have always had male and female dogs together and never had any problems at all. Also if you want to get into the showing side of things, it is much easier getting a male suitable for showing than a female from a breeder.
Some other breed suggestions are greyhound, Italian greyhound or a whippet. Completely different from a BC - but still very good pups.
Do your homework diligently when looking at the different breeders and ask heaps of questions - concentrate on health and temperament areas in particular. Maybe go to a few shows and see examples of the breeds and breeders that you may like - and go from there.
Happy Hunting !
Why don't you look into Belgian shepherds, the Groenendal and the Tervuren
Groenedal is black, Tervuren is black and tan a lot less full on then the Malinois, great personality, real show stoppers too with their looks and very smart.
I was going to suggest an Australian Tenterfield Terrier or a Whippet but since you've got rabbits that might not be the best choice. They are fantastic dogs though.
I agree with RileyJ, if you've already got a female it's best if the next dog you get is a male. Males and females are more likely to bond well together and squabble a lot less.
Get a poodle DDDDD
Love them. I wish I got one instead of Charlie.
Golden Retrievers are very popular at our obedience club. So are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (and those guys are insanely smart, and good at agility and obedience). And koolies. But I suspect a koolie might like chasing rabbits - might depend on how you bring it up - probably applies to any dog.
And another friend has rough coat and smooth coat collies (like Lassie with more or less hair).
GSP - being hunting dog as in find game - not retrieve stuff shot by someone else - might not be so good with rabbits. But you'd never lose the rabbits.
And we've got someone in our club doing obedience with keeshund. I don't know how they feel about rabbits but they're not overly distracted by possums or magpies at the club. Unlike the border collies and cattle dog x (eg training and practice counts for a lot).
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