not much point asking for advice then huh lol
not much point asking for advice then huh lol
Nah dan i appreciate everything so far! I never thought i'd get this kind of hope so quickly. I mean, I'm in a toss up between corgi's and Staffy's now, Without you guys i would still be with beagle, I still want a beagle sometime down the road but i'm new to owning my own dog, I've lived with them and been around them since they were pups to adults i've just never owned one. i can't thank you enough for your help so far!
i was just kidding. your choice is your choice, if you love staffy's i would say though that you need to be ready to get into alot of training with your new fur kid to make yourself and the dog happy and content. they are great dogs, full of love and very playful.
hahahahaha fur kid, That's hilarious
Tips for staffy anyone? LOL
My friends beagle goes for half hour walks twice a day and that's enough for him.
Staffies don't need as much exercise, but they can be stubborn like all Bully breeds. They usually love people, but aren't always friendly with other dogs.
If you like Beagles you could go for a Basset Hound, they are generally pretty placid and easy going, don't need a lot of exercise and are pack dogs so get on well with other dogs and enjoy having a human pack as well.
Just purely from a dog training point of view and watching Beginner trainers with their dogs in my classes. You have not chosen the easiest breeds for a first time owner.
I am not saying it cannot be done, but i would never recommend a staffy for a first time owner. As said before they may not be generally dog friendly and are quiet strong and in our classes not the easiest to train (for Beginners, don't shoot me down). Beagles follow their nose and are fairly independent. I love their character, but again not a beginner dog, though great in the friendly department. And Corgi's if not well trained can have aggression problems with other dogs and kids. I have known a lot of them as there are a few local Breeders here.
I think some thing that would be easier to train and is "lovey dovey" and most beginners seem very successful with is a cavalier and as Dan4as says a cocker.
But you can always choose a Rescue with known temperament, there are some lovely Rescues waiting for new homes and I have found that of all my dogs the rescues are the most devoted.
But this is only my opinion and from what I see in my classes...........
Pets are forever
Sorry ATT, I'm going to hijack (briefly)
Walking a dog off leash, except in a designated off leash area, in a fully enclosed area or during specific training/ competition is irresponsible
We've just had 36 pages of talking about irresponsible owners. One model overseas that has had profound effects went back to basics and enforcing responsible dog ownership- including training a dog to walk on lead, and fining owners who had their dogs off leash in inappropriate areas. It is law and it is responsible ownership.
Rant over. ATT, as a new dog owner, please do consider what I've said.
Now, back to breeds......
I don't think I mentioned anything anywhere about walking dogs off lead in areas where it is not allowed? We have plenty of off-leash areas in Canberra that are not enclosed - most of them are not. The requirement is always that you have your dog under control. Which obviously is even more important if the off-leash area is not enclosed and/or close to roads.
Then there's beaches and rural areas... Plenty of opportunity to let your dog have a good run without being an unresponsible owner. As long as you train your dog a perfect recall.
@ aussietomtom, the first dog I owned is an American Staffy (the fawn one in my picture). They are great dogs to own and a lot of fun.
We did puppy training class and he did really well, he picked up all the tricks very quickly (and has still remembered a few now) he doesn't really like other dogs that much at all. He was also very food aggressive and tried to be the dominate one in our little family (I've trained the food aggression out now, and he know's his place in our pack).
When we got our second staffy (the white one) the first hour he spend with her, he spent it slobbering and sniffing her (not sure what she was) and I gave it a good month or so before I left them alone together. Now they are best friends and you can't take one away from the other or they get separation anxiety. She on the other hand loves everything, other dogs, people and I am fairly sure even the goats next door (I think she gives them kisses through the fence), although she is extremely hyperactive and like to escape.
Staffy's are great pets and they have awesome personalities, but you really need to train them well. I also recommend having a large yard because they can be rather destructive in a small space. Personally I think you also need to have a lot of time to spend with them, as they love being around their people (something I wish I could do more) and, as I am currently finding out a very very good secure fence.
At the end of the day though, all it takes is a big smile from them and a lick on the face, and all the bad things are forgotten.
I'll echo others and say SBT is not a breed I recommend for first time owners, not saying it can't be done just that they would not be my recommendation.
I think Cav's are a wonderful breed for first time owners.
Given the hours you are away from home I would suggest contacting some breeders who may have older retired show dogs looking for a home or adolescent dogs that for one reason or another haven't quite come up to show standard. Also contact the relevant Cav Club in your state to see if they know of any rescues. Also look at shelters, though Cavs do not usually last long before they are adopted.
Greyhounds are also wonderful dogs for those that work, many requiring much less exercise that what the public realises. Whippets also are a great first dog though for those that work long hours, they would prefer the company of another dog.
I never recommend getting two puppies at the same time, twice the amount of work, but two older dogs in a home where the occupants are away from home 8+ hours is something I'd look into. Though careful consideration of the pairing is very necessary unless they come from the same home.
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