Yep, we've got a couple of options at the moment.
There's that Brittany pup from a breeder that I mentioned (even though we're seventh on the waiting list we can get one because the mother had a huge litter), and there's also an Airedale/Lab mix at the RSPCA which I went to see this morning. I'm a bit stuck because I like both and we have to make a decision pretty soon.
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That's a tough decision.
Why don't you have a chat with the breeder of the spaniels and see what they think about taking your chances with them. I'm not sure how well pleased you could also consider a rescue and not be completely besotted with their breed, but we told you to go this path. You can blame us. Depends a lot on how reliable the breeder thinks you are - so you do need to talk to them and maintain friendly contact if you want one of their dogs.
An Airedale / Lab is very full on dog. But if you reckon you can handle it (and you'd have to be very decisive, sure and clear all the time to manage one of those) then maybe it's the dog for you. At least you could be sure of what dog you're getting right now. I think I'd kiss your back yard good bye for a while tho.
For some reason I thought you'd gotten a Visla. I will have to go back and re-read the thread.
Excellent! Both have their positives and negatives! The spaniel will probably cost you more money in the long run with desexing etc. but at least you know the breeding and that the parents have (hopefully) been tested for any genetic issues so you're getting what should be a nice, healthy dog.
The RSPCA dog will have all vaccinations, microchipping and desexing done and there is always something 'special' about rescuing a dog, everyone at our local park always comments on how 'loving', 'happy', 'friendly' and 'loyal' my dogs are compared to other dogs, and I'm positive that it's because they've experienced what it's like to have a horrible life and they're thankful about what they have now. The problem with rescue dogs is the unknown.. you don't know their background and their parents more than likely weren't tested for any genetic disorders among other things. Personally, I'd never go back to owning a 'breeder' dog after owning rescues, just something about their attitude that draws you in and tugs at your heart strings!
It's really a decision that you and your family have to make as it's for the next 15+ years. Goodluck and please keep us updated with your decision (and plenty of photos)!!
I think the Airedale x might cost more in the long run with landscaping and sofa replacement.
I wouldn't pick a rescue thinking it will be cheaper. I might pick it because it's in front of me, and not a "maybe" from the breeder.
Note - when counting people for hockey teams, and parties, and promises from real estate agents - I always count "maybe" as "no".
Can you play?
- ok that's a no then. Ie it's a non confrontational way of saying "no". Tho in some cases it will only delay the confrontation.
Thanks for the replies.
Someone put the Airedale x on hold yesterday (what I should have done, and I really should have learned by now with all the dogs I've missed out on) and she was adopted today. So I guess I've got a very easy choice unless anything else comes up.
'This name is invalid' - heaps of Good Luck Wishes in your continuing search for your pup !
The right one will eventually turn up for you all !
I've got some really good news, guys! I'll post pictures very soon
Aaaargghh!! Must. See. Loveable. Dog. Photos.!
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