Total crazy dog lady here. So crazy in fact, even in the midst of ivf I got a new puppy, so now have her to train as well as bub on the way!
I have smooth fox terriers (standard not miniature), they are a smaller dog bit with a big dog personality. Very active, very smart & love children. Not yappy or bitey as some other smaller breeds can be, and loyal to a fault. Fully grown only about 7 1/2kg. Nice short hair that the dirt falls off, so easy to groom & keep clean. Needs to be trained (but I believe all dogs need basic training) as very smart.
Just an option if you're not sure about a big dog. I'd always had bigger dogs, but really enjoy this size, much more manageable.
I have 2, this is a pic of my 6 month old puppy. She won't get much bigger, just fill out a little.
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I have a rescue American cocker spaniel and she is loyal, gentle, loves playing ball still at nearly 9 years of age and sleeps next to me every night. No barking, easily house trained and so so loving. I'd be lost without her. ImageUploadedByThe Bub Hub1452904313.049399.jpg
Am loving the doggies! We have a big dog who is a bitsa - bull arab cross staffy cross lab (I think!) - and she was bought by DH as a guard dog for his work
And that didn't work out at all! She weighs 45 kg and is THE biggest sook I've ever seen in my life. She thinks she is a tiny dog and belongs on your lap - ummm 45kg of big dog just doesn't fit She loves kids and when we go out to DSSs sporting events we take her with us and little kids crawl all over her and she just loves it, she absolutely adores kids. She's the most gentle dog in the world but her bark is ferocious, and really low and loud.
I was bought up with labs and I love them, such good kids dogs, but agree, crazy for the first couple years, but nothing puppy school won't sort out. I'm of the same thought, all dogs need training. Ours is incredibly well behaved and when I'm out walking I see dogs pulling so hard at their leads that their owner is almost falling over and running to catch up with the dog and that's just not fun.
They are working dogs so they are very smart so need basic training. They are extremely loyal. Growing up we had a Lab she was lovely and a maltese he was super cute although he did have big dog syndrome (he was only 4 kg but he thought he was much bigger) he gave us many a heart palpation trying to fight a pit bull and a staff and a cattle dog. Lucky they just looked at him and laughed😉.
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Not sure if I'm uploading photo properly, but these guys were my besties. We were together 14 years and they have both died a few years ago. I think about them every day!!
we had a miniature foxie when growing. best dog and she was so cute. these days we mostly spend time with a friend's Italian greyhound. he likes 10mins of hyper activity in the morning (&going for walks where he prances mostly rather than walks) then sleeping on your lap or warming your bed under the covers (they were bred as aristocrats bed warmers). there's plenty of greyhounds looking for homes (for a more grown up version)
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