I know I've posted a similar thread before but my wants regarding a dog have changed a little.
So I'm wanting to buy a puppy to join our little family. I'd prefer a medium to large sized dog. We have a small two bedroom cottage on 3/4 of an acre, which is fully fenced. I've done a complete turn around and would now like an inside/outside dog.
It would need to be fine with being left at home for up to ten hours a day, four days a week while I work. I would be leaving it outside in our yard during the day. I'm reasonably active and am happy/ looking forward to walking it everyday. During summer, we spend a lot of time at the beach,
I've also got chickens, so I need something that's not going to eat them. Therefore blue cattle dogs, etc are out.
My biggest worry with having a dog that comes inside, is I'm terrified of having dog hair everywhere! I also don't want a 'smelly dog' with that strong 'dog odour' like a labrador or a golden retriever. In my opinion, these dogs stink, no matter much you wash them.
So, does any breed loosely fit my wants?
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04-05-2014 14:18 #1
Recommend me a dog breed
04-05-2014 14:28 #2
First of all the breed of dog doesn't determine whether they will eat chickens or not, it's how the dog is raised. I would recommend that you don't get a puppy as they require a lot of training and would probably end up destroying your yard being left for that length of time. If you are looking for a placid couch potato that doesn't smell, I would recommend a Greyhound that has been proven small animal friendly. You could also get a Standard Poodle cross but these may require grooming. Try having a look on the Pet Rescue website and get in contact with some of the rescues, they may be able to help match you with a dog. Good luck with your search.
04-05-2014 14:33 #3
My American Staffordshire suits all your wants, but you can't have him haha. Sorry, I haven't read your other thread, are you a first time dog owner? (Only asking because Amstaffs get quite strong and muscly quite quickly, so experience in teaching positive voice commands early on is very helpful). I have him and I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Our SBT is not happy left on her own all day, but our Amstaff is much more independent.
Usually they are snuggle buddies who like to be inside at night, fairly happy to amuse themselves outside when left alone, intelligent, wonderful with kids and their coat is super short - so we don't notice that doggy smell or much hair loss (very wash and wear type dog ) bd not to mention they are hilariously entertaining
The only part my particular boy wouldn't be great with is chickens (we have 7 of them but they're in a separate area) however he just has a particularly high prey drive and never saw chickens until he was 5 years old. (He actually doesn't really like other animals in general that much). I know plenty of other people who happily keep chickens, cats and all matter of small animals with their Amstaffs with no problems.
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04-05-2014 15:19 #4
This website can be a helpful start but only as a general guide.
I personally have a Rhodesian Ridgeback and wouldn't have any other large breed. A good place to access lots of registered breeders is
You still need to do your own checks most good breeders will be open with information and ongoing support for the life of the dog. I hope this helps
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04-05-2014 16:11 #6
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04-05-2014 16:22 #7
I agree an adult would be better, our dog is 4 this year and has only just settled down, he is only a medium sized dog (cavalier King Charles) but holy crap the destruction he did was crazy.
Holes in the garden, he chewed all the skirting boards in the house, after he was desexed he reacted to the meds and lost bowel control, he shat everywhere and he couldn't control it for a good few days, toys chewed, I could go on.
A puppy was more work then dd some days.
He is a good natured dog now, quite, pretty much sleeps all day, loves cuddles and is great with kids. Extremely gentle and compassionate.
He has bad separation anxiety though, if your leaving the house for long periods of time please make sure you check that the breed you get doesn't have this, might sound trivial but it's quite expensive and really restricts holidays, work etc.
we have owned a toy poodle in the past, just be careful as they can jump high and we had to give ours away to someone who could spend more time with him as he would get bored and jump the fence about 3 times a week.
Greyhounds are very placid, great natured dogs, I would defiantly be looking into this breed.
Another thing to look into is health issues with different breeds.
We have pet insurance now, which is a life saver for us financially, but when buying purebreds there can be some common health issues.
It also helps to talk to a vet, we did this, I think it's cost us $48 from memory, but we were able to ask her about all sorts of things and it really helped us with choosing a pet that suits the family and our lifestyle.
04-05-2014 16:44 #8
I'm not really after a couch potato, I'd like something that would happily run around with dd.
04-05-2014 16:47 #9
My Labrador has all the qualities you are after, but i think it's how she has been raised, she is lovely.
04-05-2014 16:49 #10
Oops, sorry just saw you don't want a lab.
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