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#1 siobhan1980

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 09:16 AM

Hullo hullo

Hubby and I have decided to move into a house when our lease is up in a few months so we don't have to hide our cat and so we can get a dog (hooray!)

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Now the trouble is we really don't know what type to get and being a cat person I really don't have much experience with different breeds. rolleyes.gif

Here is our criteria for a pooch:

1. Must not eat the cat;
2. Must be able to live in a smallish yard and probably sleep indoors;
3. Must be small/medium sized (Im a bit scared of big dogs);
4. Whilst it doesn't need to be a guard dog per se I'd like the doggy to be very alert and bark its head off if a bunch of robbers crept in through a window;
5. A dog that doesn't need to be walked a lot would be better and a dog that could deal with being alone during the day while we work without going mental and barking at the world at large.

Tall order huh? laugh.gif

We were thinking of maybe a beagle or a mini daschund or mini doberman..or even a whippet?

Thanks guys

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 09:34 AM

We currently have a mini dachshund x jack russell and she is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Would certainly meet your criteria. We previously had a mini foxie, and I think this too may suit.

Both breeds entertain themselves, and their owners... they also exercise themselves a lot by running around and doing laps.. very funny and very gorgeous breeds... great nature.
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Posted 20 June 2005 - 09:36 AM

Hello gorgeous!!

Personally I have a huge bias towards toy poodles. Highly intelligent, extremely loyal, outstanding guard dogs, don't shed, adore sleeping inside. The only minus is that they need it made clear that they are a DOG and not a fellow human (too intelligent for their own good), and they don't like being left alone (but few dogs do). Having Otto will come in handy with that though. Another big plus is that poodles are NOT yappy dogs in the manner of terriers.

My second choice would be the miniature daschy. They can be a bit suspicious of people though and can get snappy if not properly trained.

Hope that helps!!

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 09:45 AM

I can PM you a site that asks you a bunch of questions and then gives you a list of suitable dogs - that might help?



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Posted 20 June 2005 - 10:15 AM

Jack Russells have a reputation for not liking cats.

I know our 3 hate them.

This snippet is from a JR breeders site;

"Jack Russell Terriers are commonly known to harass, injure or kill other small pets, such as cats, birds, rabbits, mice, rats, etc., simply due to their strong natural hunting instinct. Raising a puppy with a cat does not guarantee the cat's life-long safety!"


In other words - don't get a Jack Russell!!
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Posted 20 June 2005 - 11:36 AM

Oh no! I was just thinking the Jack Russell was a winner.

Seems a miniature poodle may be the go, although I think I'd really like a Whippet if we could commit to walking it every day....


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Posted 20 June 2005 - 11:43 AM

What about a beagle or my fav little dog...miniture schnauzer (sp???)

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 11:57 AM

You could always go something like a maltese or shitzu something.I think bubbly bride has a little puppy that she has photos of???
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Posted 20 June 2005 - 12:44 PM

Choices choices choices!! Firstly, congratulations on the news that a dog is coming into your life - they all make great pets.

As far as a breed goes, it's a very personal choice. I'd agree about the Jack Russells though they can be difficult with cats. Also, a beagle often requires a lot of attention & are a demanding dog coz of their hunting nature so I wouldn't recommend.

Whippets are very loving & can be great guard dogs, their walking is minimal so that shouldn't bee too much of a problem. Mini schnauzers are also gorgeous dogs too as someone mentioned. Don't have much knowledge of the toy poodle so I won't comment, as that wouldn't seem fair but have heard they make great pets.

Have you considered getting one from a shelter? Only reason I say is you often then have a lot of the guess work taken out by their screening of the dog's behaviour & can often make suitable matching to owners a little easier to do.

These dogs are also then being given a second chance & I'm still convinced they always seem to know that & heap their love & affection on you so much.

Good luck deciding & let us know what you end up picking?

How old is the cat by the way? That often can have some affect on how it will take to introducing a dog into the home.

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 01:07 PM

Our cat is nearly 3 and because he's half persian he's snooty and temperamental to the extreme.

I'd love a whippet if I could be sure it didn't need to be walked every single day. I reckon we could walk it about 4 times a week but if this isn't enough we may need to consider an italian greyhound instead. BUT I have heard if bad men come into the house at night the IG is likey to be shaking under your doona instead of barking and acting like a guard.

A little black poodle is also looking like a contender but only if its gonna be okay while we're both at work during the day. Don't want to send a dogge insane by our absence. I know we have a cat but he is strictly an inside creature so he couldn't play with the dog between 8 and 5 sad.gif

I've gone off the daschunds because I don't like the idea of a snappy dog (my luck I'd end up with the snappiest) and Clayton has said in no uncertain terms are we to get a Maltese or similar (which is sad because I love the miniature ones)...

So..I guess its poodle, whippet or italian greyhound....

ETA: If we can get our chosen breed of dog (of an age which could allow it to still integrate with our cat) from a shelter we definitely will Nicole. Would be wonderful to give a doggie a 2nd chance. Otto was from the RSPCA.
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Posted 20 June 2005 - 01:10 PM

Whippets need lots of exercise or they will tear up the place..My sister used to have a beautiful whippet but if she wasnt ran daily she would destroy everything..I think they are very energetic!
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Posted 20 June 2005 - 01:16 PM

Ahhh cheers for that tip Michelle smile.gif

Looks like the list has now shrunk to small poodle or Italian greyhound.

Hmm.. coolness of the skinny dog...vs ...ability to bark at burglars....
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Posted 20 June 2005 - 01:16 PM

Why not try SelectaPet to see what they suggest is suitable for you...

http://www.petnet.co...selectapet.html

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 01:18 PM

great website, Anita!!
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Posted 20 June 2005 - 01:19 PM

Thats a great site- it gave me the breeds that are being discussed here.

But didn't mention the poodle though unsure.gif
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