Wondering if anybody has any suggestions re getting a second dog.
I had provisionally had reserved a puppy from a GSP litter, this was to be a Christmas surprise for DH. This sounds dreadful, a 'puppy for Christmas', I don't mean it to be like that, DH has been keen for an addition for ages, I was less sure but has completely come round to the idea, so this was the surprise.
Most of you know I struggled initially with our dog, I wanted to do it 'right', but I am so besotted with him now it's incredible, he's a true member of our family and I love him so very much.
Anyway, I had too many glasses of wine on Friday night and told DH of my lans, but I am glad I did, as he didn't like the idea of a large dog. I hadn't realised he felt like this, he has always admired large breeds and indeed owned one, but he enjoys the size of our small Springer. I respect the decision, I got it wrong.
DH does want another dog though, very much and we had a long chat about our requirements. I wondered if you can help though? I'll list below so muddled thoughts below.
Springer - definitely, we all love our small, skinny boy so another one would be great. Cocker - DH really like them, so do I, but I am concerned about just how many litters are for sale, which is a strange thing to be concerned about, but I am. And health issues. They are double the price of a Springer! There's maybe one or two litters at most of Springer's in our area, maybe 15 Cocker's (just a quick search on puppy selling sites) No Staffie's - I like, DH just doesn't. JRT's - I like, DH doesn't. Terrier in general - fine.
Our Springer is intelligent and active, but loving and soft too, so I would love a breed which compliments this, it would need to be able to cope with 2 plus hours walking a day, and enjoy training.
I have also been to our local Dog's Trust and had a long chat with them, they were VERY keen to help further, and would be happy to rehome a puppy to us. They have a 5 month old 'Jug' available, but we have a busy Christmas planned, with night away, I feel this isn't the right time, no routine and a lot of noise and action. I am going to volunteer to help actually, as I have some spare time at the moment.
We have always had springers and cockers.. I love gundogs.
When we decided on a second dog in the summer I researched a breed I'd always liked the look of - Italian Spinone.
Their temperament appealed to me. They are quite a docile breed ( as adults ) gentle, laid back, exceptionally good with children and other animals. Totally different to the hyper activeness of a spaniel.
We now have a 5 month old dog ( bought him at 8 weeks ) and we adore him. His calm, loving nature is delightful. He's responsive to training, great out on walks, good in his crate.
They aren't for everyone though. They are BIG dogs, they have a beard that gets messy and needs wiping and their paws are huge. So far I haven't noticed much moulting which is good.
I find them much easier to have around than spaniels, not as neurotic and intense and would definitely have another one day.
What about a working cocker? that should be able to keep up with your springer provided you have the time for them. I know they are high energy dogs, a friend of mine has one who has fitted into family life very well.
I did talk to the vet today, as we were there anyway. Personally, he is a BIG fan of Spaniels, for their temperament, a Cocker or Springer would be his second dog of choice (they have one already). he's has only had one issue with a Springer is all his years as a vet, and this one was old and had dementia.
He said the same re Schnauzers, lovely but can be yappy.
I will look into your suggestions everlong, I have read about Welsh Springers today, they sound lovely, and in keeping with our English version.
DH very keen on a working Cocker, they would be a good fit hennipenni. We are up for the activity levels, we have coped fine with this one.
Lady - yes, I do think a puppy tbh.
I rescued a little JRT today! She was lost and shivering and cold and, frankly, adorable. Tiny. Tried to sit on my knee as I drove to the vets. She was micro chipped and name tagged, so I think a happy ending is order.
Also went to Dogs Trust to volunteer, I am not needed, no space for volunteer dog walkers!
A Border Terrier would definitely be a good fit with a springer. I have just posted on another thread that my BT gets on best with the springers, beagles and vislas in our doggy meet up group. There is also sorts there but my BT and the 2 springers are the ones that roll around together tirelessly.
They are fabulous fun dogs and not snappy or yappy.
I have a BT and he is fab, so friendly and gorgeous. I was given an old book about BTs by a farmer friend and the breed standard says that a BT should be "able to follow a horse and combine activity with gameness" - it goes on to say that BTs should "have a certain amount of terrier spirit and should be brave and alert, without being quarrelsome". Lovely dogs.
I also have a miniature poodle x lab who is gentle, not too big, very affectionate. She's great. But hard to replicate!
Can I throw another breed into the mix? I think our a dog like our gorgeous Toller would be absolutely perfect with a springer
They are medium sized when fully grown, are ridiculously beautiful and all the Tollers I've met have a fabulous temperament - they have been bred for generations to be playful, active and obedient, a bit like collies with an 'off' switch. They are working dogs so happiest when they have a job to do.
The only downside is that there aren't very many if them on the uk so you'd have to go on a waiting list, although I can't believe they'll stay a 'secret' for much longer. I am completely besotted with our little boy
mrslaughlan - I met two Tackal's yesterday, I was chatting to their owner in the middle of the wood. We had along conversation about the breed (I had Googled them the other day, so knew the basics by then). She had Springer's for years before this, so I got another perspective too. Had never even heard of the breed before this week I confess.
(It was only afterwards that I found out she owned the estate that I was walking on!)
I went on Champdogs to look at Toller's, so few breeders as you suggest basildon
Do Manytears rehome over the country then?
Had pretty much agreed on a working Cocker until last night, and they are my favourite, so I lurked on a couple of breed specific forums, who seemed to warn folk off having them as pets rather than specifically working them and they would be too manic.
I got confused then, most folk warned us about getting a Springer with working blood in him, but he's been easy peasy, do you guys think folk paint a grim picture?
I would worry that we just struck lucky with our dog.