Choosing a Suitable Breed

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  1. Cavendish

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    Hi All, :Smile:

    We'd like some help with choosing what sort of puppy we should get. The only pet we've ever had is a goldfish so this is completely new to us. We're looking for a small/medium size dog that is excellent with children (daughters will be 5 & 7), easy to transport around and sheds little hair. Any suggestions appreciated.

    Also when is the right time to introduce a puppy to motorhoming how old should they be?

    Oh and nearly forgot we've a reasonable sized garden, live near plenty of walks/open space and I'll be at home for majority of the time.
     
  2. Bryan

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    Labrador...Golden, Black, Chocolate...in that order.

    Why? Dunno, But that's my dog of choice. Oh, and get a bitch..

    hth
     
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    A westie small not scared of anything good companion good character and very lovable
     
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    Never met a Westie yet which doesn,t want to kill everything within biting distance, bad tempered little Jock,s , and the dogs are the same. :BigGrin:
     
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    we got a border terrier best dog ever had always had large dogs this is the most loving and what characters they are ours is no prob at all loves coming away in motorhome good with our granchildren and any one elses children wreally friendlt with other dogs :Smile:
     
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    Hi
    If you all like walking get a German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) they are the most biddable breed and adore children

    They never need clipping and shed vertually no hair.

    The working dog people will tell you that a GSP is half trained when it is born and most other breeds are only half trained when they expire

    Seriously they are ever so easy to train they are just born to please

    Yes choose a bitch -- a dog is a dog all its life a bitch is only a bitch twice a year.

    You can take it MHing a soon as you get it at eight weeks old but ideally it should have all its inoculations before it goes where other dogs have been.
     
  8. solitaire woman

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    I have a golden retriever and they are lovely dogs but they lose hair constantly. If you want a dog that doesn't shed hair then they are not for you! Have had border collies and alsatians in the past and they are loyal dogs but again need plenty of grooming.
     
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    We like Poodles quite unlike any other dog. Three sizes Toy, Miniature, and Standard, take your pick. Don't moult as they have wool not fur just need clipping, you don't have to go for the show cuts if they put you off, they do me.
    Miniature and Standard will walk all day no problem, Toys are so small no problem to stick under your arm, they prefer it this way.
    We have 2 they have always travelled with us love it in fact are always trying to get in motorhome even if being taken out in car.
    In fact they are now breeding other dogs with poodles to help out with moulting and allergy problems, with fur.



    Dave:thumb::thumb:
     
  10. RonnieJ

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    Best dog for a motorhome

    My suggestion is a Tibetan Terrier, about the size of a spaniel, does not moult, non aggressive but very alert and will bark a warning if anyone is about but will not bark for the sake of barking. Travels well, not big enough to get in the way but big enough to be taken for long walks. Very fast on their feet and love jumping and agility. Never grow old and sleepy always got time for a game and a play even when old. Never trust strangers, cannot be won over by strangers with even the most tempting morsels so unlikely to be tempted away. Once introduced to people will size them up and when ready will approach them themselves but this can take quite a while as they trust no one but their owners and children and take their role in life as a companion very seriously.
    They have a very interesting history, check on the web, if you get one you will probably never want any other kind of dog. They have not been 'messed about with' by questionable breeding tactics.
    They are energetic and will exercise as much as you want or be content to have little or no exercise apart from a run around in your garden.
    Also they don't leave 'doggy' smells around unless they have rolled in something nasty, so being in a fairly confined space does not cause you to have to keep spraying air freshener to get rid of the doggy smell.
    They are also very beautiful to look at, without looking soppy.
    They love other dogs to play with and if bought up properly will never be confrontational with anyone, dog or human as if they bark at someone its usually over their shoulders as they run away!
    They enjoy training classes and perform very well at obedience and agility as they are very intelligent but they do have 'attitude' in a nice and funny way.
    Have had many dogs over the years and our Tibetan Terriers are the funniest, friendliest, best behaved, most affectionate and playful dogs we have ever met.
    Prices range from around £450.00 for a pedigree, non Kennel Club registered to well over £1000.00. Breeders are usually very careful over who they sell to and very protective of the breed which you will understand if you read up on their history.
    Hope this information is helpful or at least interesting.
     
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    Have you considered a rescue dog, maybe of mixed breed, there are often a good selection of younger dogs looking for a loving home.

    Our girl was from a local rescue centre and was about 3 or 4 months when we got her, although she had lived mainly outside, she only had one "accident" in the house when we first brought her home and after that would only "go" when we took her out. She is very clean and extremely bright, (too intelligent for her own good sometimes!!) she is very loyal, playful and loves motorhoming.

    They do say that mixed breeds are hardier and less prone to illness often caused by close interbreeding also certain mixes of breeds create super intelligent dogs.

    Plus think of all the unwanted puppies out there!

    Just a thought.
     
  12. WillH

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    A miniature schnauzer ticks all the boxes for us, we have had two. Some good advice above though, a bitch is easier than a dog. We find the dog we have now is ultra-protective of us, the house, and especially the van, makes a lot of noise when he thinks anyone is threatening us.

    Rgds
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  14. greenasthegrass

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    I am biased towards Dachshunds - they are cute and cuddle have two longhaired which shed very little had one shaved though as she gets all knotted and fluffy due to being spayed so now have a smoothie - she wears a coat as she gets chilly aw bless and definitely have the aw factor. Easy to carry the miniature ones and everyones friend - its not the dogs its the owners usually we have a problem with! They can walk for miles and eat anything but like any dog have to watch their diet.

    Greenie
     
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    Labrador......don't even think of any other.

    Soon as you mentioned 'excellent with children' that became the key point. Labradors are absolutely brilliant with young children. Totally soft and a very very gentle nature.
     
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    My son has just bought a Lab for the family pet Webster (9 months) is so full of mischief and brilliant with the boys Remember a dog selects YOU not the other way around!! good luck:thumb:
     
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    Hi Claire & Mat +kids hope you are well.

    A Newfoundland like our Tara is out the question then :Rofl1: Alhtough of course they have to be the best breed ever with kids,

    Here is some suggestions for you. Im on my first dog ever but have absoloutly gone into it lock stock and barrel. Im in to agility training with Tara as well as spending long hours training.
    so- Labradoor, nice puppys, loyal and fairly decent with kids unless you get a bad tempered onem can shed hair!!

    I have been walking with a minature Jack russel today, very cute and dont shed much hair and great fun with kids, unless you get a grumpy one.

    The breed though I would recomend is a long nose nose germanlong haired pointer- or wirehaired pointer

    Interim

    General Appearance
    Medium sized, noble and elegant, powerfully built with overall impression of an energetic, well balanced dog.

    Characteristics
    Dual purpose Pointer/Retriever, very keen nose, determined hunter and game-finder; equally good on land and in water.

    Temperament
    Calm, even tempered. Alert, biddable and very loyal.

    Head and Skull
    Aristocratic appearance, muzzle and skull of equal length. Top of head slightly rounded; medium width nasal bone, showing slight arch in profile and rising gently to forehead with no pronounced stop. The foreface should be of proportionate length to the skull, fairly broad and deep without being coarse, well chiselled below the eyes. Flews fairly deep, but not pendulous or exaggerated. Jaws strong. Nose brown, but slightly flecked markings permissible. Head hair considerably shorter than body.

    Eyes
    Brown, as dark as possible, of medium size slightly oval shaped, neither deep set nor protruding. Tight eyelids, no visible haw.

    Ears
    Broad and set close to and quite high on head. Turning slightly forward and leathers reaching to a point half way between corner of mouth and nose. Turning out on the bottom edge; well feathered on the outside with longer hair. Slightly wavy feathering should reach beyond tip of nose. Lower half of inside of leathers covered in hair. Ear leathers twice as long as broad.

    Mouth
    Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Full, strong dentition desirable.

    Neck
    Moderate length, muscular and slightly arched, without dewlap; joining the shoulders and chest smoothly.

    Forequarters
    Shoulders sloping and muscular with top of shoulder blades close; upper arm long. Elbows set close to body, turning neither outwards nor inwards. Forelegs straight and well feathered, sufficiently muscular and strong but not coarse-boned. Pasterns slightly sloping.

    Body
    Well developed sternum, visible when viewed from side. Broad, deep ribcage, reaching at least to elbows. Back straight, firm and moderate in length. Very muscular around loins.

    Hindquarters
    Long croup, slightly sloping. Stifles well bent. Hind legs straight when viewed from rear. Pasterns nearly upright.

    Feet
    Well arched, compact, close knit, round to oval shaped with strong nails and pads; turning neither in nor out. Tufts of dense short hair between toes.

    Tail
    Well feathered, slightly scimitar shaped, moderately long, not reaching below hocks. Strong at root, becoming gradually thinner. Carried horizontally or just below line of back. Previously, docking of tip of tail was optional.

    Gait/Movement
    Free, long-striding, stylish and graceful, with good forward reach and powerful drive from hindquarters.

    Coat
    Correct coat very important. On back and sides of body, about 3-5cms long (1-2 ins), close fitting and with good undercoat. On throat, chest and stomach, coat may be longer. Body hair sleek and close lying, smooth or slightly wavy. Back of front legs and hind legs to hock joint, well feathered; below hocks significantly shorter.

    Colour
    Solid brown: white markings permissible especially on chest and feet. Dark brown roan: with varying sized brown patches, brown head with blaze or star. White, ticked: with varying sized brown patches, brown head with blaze or star. Trout-coloured roan: numerous small brown patches on white ground, brown head with blaze or star. Brown & White: either clear, or with large brown patches (e.g. saddle) and very few small patches; brown head with blaze or star. Black highly undesirable.

    Size
    Height: Dogs - Minimum height at withers 60 cms (24 ins), maximum 70 cms (28 ins). (Ideal height 63-66 cms (25-26 ins)). Bitches - Minimum height at withers 58 cms (23 ins), maximum 66 cms (26 ins). (Ideal height 60-62 cms (24-24½ ins). Weight: Approx. 30kgs (66lbs).


    you could always contact Losos, he's the funsters dog whisperer:thumb:


    here's a link to their club http://www.german-longhaired-pointer.org.uk/events.htm
     
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    Our most recent addition to our family is Mac, a Jackadoodle!!! Jack Russel/Poodle. He sheds very little and at 16 weeks is already quite at home in the Motorhome. Our other old fella is Buzz, a English Bull Terrier/German Sheperd and the best dog we ever had.
     
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    In 2007in the USA Labradors bit more people that any other dog. In 2007 the Labrador was THE most common pet dog in the USA by miles. In 99.9% of these case it will not be the dogs fault.

    Whilst almost every study agrees that you are more likely to be bitten by an English Cocker Spaniel than any other dog. Any dog may bite if frightened or if the owner does not understand the dogs behaviour. Learn about the breed and its needs, join dog forums or local clubs and ask advice about the care, conditioning and disciplining of a new puppy and the chances are that your dog, no matter what the breed will never bite anyone.

    The 3rd/4th most dangerous dog on most lists is the German Shepherd. I have owned many over the years, in fact i have never been without one, I trained them professionally for almost 11 years, none of my family have ever been bitten by these "dangerous dogs" :RollEyes: Do your homework, buy a puppy so they grow up with your children, join a training club, learn as much as you can. And remember, no matter what happens, you will eventually begin to look like your pet, so choose a good looking one:thumb:
     
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