Truth be told...I love all dogs. I do have some preferences for type and look etc but Iwould own ANY dog probably.
Well obviously I would....I was never a fan of labs or small dogs and now I pretty much have one of each LOL
ETA: thought I better add, I think they are lovely dogs so its really just a preference thing....
Apologies for thread hijack LOL.
Back to topic....
ahh ok yeh i get that. i love all kinds of animals too but i dont see myself ever owning a toy breed dog or a cat..but then again ill never say never lol
Wow thanks for all the replies!
Actually my sort of favourite dog would be a golden retreiver who I think are lovely but I thought about it and as much as I like it the a smaller one is best for me. I have a tiny car and would like to bring my dog lots of places - and in my experience smaller dogs are less threatening and more readily accepted. In this way the labrador, PWDs, etc would be too large. I looked up the breeds mentioned though.
Bare minimum exercise would be half hour walk a day, but likely long walks on the weekends, and I ride horses so he'd probably come out to the paddock and play with the other dogs there, perhaps come on slower rides once trained.
For weight to size ratio I was going off what the Australian Labradoodle Association has on their webpae. They have three size catagories with the minatures ranging from 30-40cm and weighing i think they said about 6 - 12kg. Apparently after a few generations they can breed in fleece coats and they do seem to all fit the type. Adorable but surprisingly pricey.
I'm a little nervous as I will have this dog for 10+ years and really want one that suits me. As much as I want to play and have fun I really want the type who will want to curl up on my lap in the evening. Although that likely depends on the individual as well as breed.
I wouldn't rule out a slightly older dog, but I do really want a puppy. You only get a puppy once every 15 years or so, if you only have one dog, and i did want to take advantage of it. But I will checkout the RSPCA when I am ready to buy, I have heard that there are a fair few abandoned pups in the new year - unwanted gifts or something, perhaps I can come across one that suits me.
Poodles - they seem lovely but I just can't get over thinkg they look strange! All angular and sharp where all I want is soft and cuddly. I just don't think I am a poodle person.
I saw some pictures of Spoodles today, and they are so adorable. Although much the same problems I think of the L-doodle. Except many breeding places seem to have a more "you choose puppy" arrangement.
Anyway keep any suggestions coming. I know I come off as a little fussy but I just want to make the right choice rather than rushing into something.
I also used to say I would never have a small dog, what was the point etc etc...now I have one (6kgs max and can carry in one arm if need to) and I just adore her.
When I look for dogs, I usually just follow my "insinct" (for lack of a better word) and dogs are chosen based on a feeling that they are meant to be with us if that makes sense LOL (which is how I have 2 dogs who I would never have picked on purpose but adore regardless and wouldnt swap for the world)
Fudge, keep hijacking....Ill shut up now
Hi there. I would definately recommend you spend a few hours on the breed pages of dogzonline, or also try out the select a pet online quiz. Be aware if you go the cross breed route you will need to be thick skinned as dog lovers tend to disagree with cross breeding as it is generally not done with the same integrity as a registered purebred breeder. ( i recently discovered this as i have a cross breed).
Definately check out a lab, or a logotto, there is a logotto in my puppy class and he is about the size you want and stocky and furry and cute. Pay attention to the exercise reqs though, you dont want an unhappy dog cause you dont have the time to exercise it for hours.
How bout a golden-doodle... Saw one at the dog beach sooo cute!
Our poodle was a beautiful dog, defintiely not all angles and also very cuddly. We had her clipped in a puppy clip which softened any angles. Given the wrong cut my mums labradoodle can also look very sharp and angular.
You also need to be able to choose your puppy. If a breeder told me that they would allocate me a dog sight unseen I would run. I am happy for a breeder to suggest the most suitable dog in a litter etc. after getting to know me and what I want etc but not otherwise.
I also dont get the absudly high prices they charge for some of those crosses. I dont understand how a cross between a poodle and a labrador costs more than a purebred of each dog. Money making machines and demand I guess. All my purebred dogs have come between $400 and $700 with all the genetic testing in place.
Really there is very little difenrence between our poodle and labradoodle except our poodles coat was easier to maintain and she didnt suffer from allergies.
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