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  • Please Help Me Choose a Puppy

    Hi All,

    I am after some advice as I am about to purchase a puppy for my DD7. We already have a cat and she is desperate for a dog. Can any one please offer some advice to a breed of dog that will be hardy around kids and a very dominant cat! This dog will be mostly inside, when we are not home and can go out side all other times.

    So I am looking for something small, that doesn't mind being inside (with the cat!) and hopefully doesn't mault too much!

    Does this dog exist?

    Any advice and tips will be welcome

    Thanks inadvance, Carley.

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    Whippet. Easy care coat, gentle with kids. Don't knock them over, gentle on lead.

    Awesome in the house, good sleepers. They are happy with some zoomie laps around the backyard if you don't get a chance to walk them, and a lap afterwards of course! Oh, and when they grow up with cats they are very good with them.

    They need comfort though, coats in winter and indoors as they don't tolerate being cold having light coats and lttle body fat. Luxury suits them well - doona and cushions, fancy collars...
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      poodle, bedlington terrier, bichon frieze - are all not much moulters. But if you get a non shedding dog, you usually need to clip it, and that's just gone up to $50 per small dog in my area every six weeks or so.

      I also like the papillon, and cavalier king charles spaniel - though most spaniels are good with kids. the ckcs is the least rude if it doesn't get much training. All dogs do better as family pets with good training.

      I would avoid the designer breed dogs if possible because it's hard to find a responsible breeder. Many of them keep the parent dogs and young litters in horrific conditions and sell the puppies too young at 6 weeks old. 8 weeks is better. Those 2 weeks make a difference to how well the puppy will speak doggy body language and avoid getting into fights later.

      What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

      Get any promises about taking a puppy back if it's not right - in writing. The best breeders will take an adult dog back rather than have it go to the pound if you decide you can't keep it for what ever reason.
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      • #4
        Bulldog ?

        Never had one but they arent to big and dont look to me like they'd be too keen for a lot of exercise. Heaps of character and cute too.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sean View Post
          Bulldog ?

          Never had one but they arent to big and dont look to me like they'd be too keen for a lot of exercise. Heaps of character and cute too.
          They shed like a biatch thou!!!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
            They shed like a biatch thou!!!
            All short coated breeds do, my girls shed terribly its ridiculous.

            I would vote for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they are fantastic dogs, very gentle, good size, don't over shed, grooming isn't as high maintenance as other breeds, don't need loads of exercise, great with kids, very trainable.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
              All short coated breeds do, my girls shed terribly its ridiculous.

              I would vote for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they are fantastic dogs, very gentle, good size, don't over shed, grooming isn't as high maintenance as other breeds, don't need loads of exercise, great with kids, very trainable.
              Ruby is Shedding her winter coat at the moment.. So Yes she generally sheds but the last two months have been hair Hell! It just comes off in chunks and you just have to brush past her and your covered!
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              • #8
                A miniature Schnauzer could be a good choice too?

                Or a French buldog! I love Frenchies... But some experts on another forum seem to be saying that they don't cope well with being left alone and possibly also not with being an only dog. The latter could be a bit of a subjective observation though.
                Last edited by Beloz; 25-11-2011, 01:15 PM.

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                • #9
                  Cavalier

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
                    Ruby is Shedding her winter coat at the moment.. So Yes she generally sheds but the last two months have been hair Hell! It just comes off in chunks and you just have to brush past her and your covered!
                    Mine are doing this too, its driving me nuts!

                    I'd say a cavalier king charles spaniel, I love those dogs!
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                    • #11
                      Thanks every one, the dog hunt is still on, still not sure. My mum has a King Charles, won't be getting one of those, not sure if it is just hers but she is very needy and her fur is everywhere!

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                      • #12
                        For a seven year old kid - a needy dog is better than a feisty dog. But if you don't like needy - maybe a terrier - though those will often bite naughty children. Depending on how well you train both puppy and child.

                        As kids wee had an Aussie Terrier and we did tease it beyond it's limits often but if it bit, we never complained cos we always deserved it, and it always warned us first to back off. As very small kids we had a bull terrier cross, and while it wasn't very nice to the postman unless he made use of the tennis ball in the letter box, the dog never hurt us kids no matter what we did to it.
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                        • #13
                          Shih Tzu..

                          I Don't know if it's perfect for you. I am a shih tzu lover

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                          • #14
                            I would also go with a cavalier.......I have a lot of students with Cavaliers and with a bit of training I find them just the best dogs for young kids. I know quite a few and none seem needy. every breed can be made needy in the right environment. Needy/anxious dogs are often made by owner behaviour.
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                            • #15
                              Cavaliers do shed a ridiculous amount. I can also guarantee you that a Cavalier will not stand up for itself in front of a dominant cat! A terrier breed with a dominant cat would be a disaster.

                              I'll plug one of my own breeds, since you wanted something low-shedding, happy to be inside and small. That would be the Bichon Frise. We have our second one now, a male, after our first female passed away last year.

                              Their coat can be clipped every six to eight weeks in a shorter cut that is much easier to maintain than the traditional show cut. Jag is kept at a number 10 cut (minus head and tail) all year round because of the high tick area we live in, and also because he is my sporting dog and it keeps him much cleaner!

                              Bichons are really easygoing, love people, and get on well with other animals when raised with them. Jag came from a pound and settled right into our house with 3 existing dogs, two birds, and recently we added a kitten to the mix. No issues at all. They're fun-loving and they like to play but they definitely have an offswitch. I'd say their energy levels are low to medium; they need a good 30 min walk per day, but will happily take more than that, or skip a day if you don't feel like it.

                              Bichons are a pretty quiet breed. Jag never barks unless there's reason to, although he does like to 'talk' (whinge!) when asking for a pat.
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