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RIght so no to brown lab - what breed do we get then?

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MadameCastafiore Mon 08-Sep-08 12:47:40

On account of hair shedding!

Right so any suggestions - want something that is not huge, something that can be trained, something that doesn't shed too much hair. We have room for a dog and a big garden and fields to go walking in so would prefer something that in DHs words 'Doesn't make me look like a complete faggot!' (So yorkies are out!)

cheesesarnie Mon 08-Sep-08 12:52:08

bichon frise dont shed hair apparently but need clipping regulary

forevercleaning Mon 08-Sep-08 12:52:44

i gather the breed labradoodle (cross between lab and poodle) is the one for not shedding hair and also for wheezy types. No experience of them personally but thats what i heard.

would recommend an english springer. A mans dog! We have 2. they are not that sheddy with the fur, and would love the kind of home you are looking for as they need space and lots exercise.

Ps. you do have to have a bit of a crew loose to have one though as other springer owners would tell you!

forevercleaning Mon 08-Sep-08 12:53:19

crew? sorry screw grin

MadameCastafiore Mon 08-Sep-08 12:53:23

That would go in the Faggot cateogory for DH me thinks cheesie!

Mutt Mon 08-Sep-08 12:53:56

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NomDePlume Mon 08-Sep-08 12:57:40

hmm @ "faggot"

Charming

Legoleia Mon 08-Sep-08 12:57:55

Airedale?

forevercleaning Mon 08-Sep-08 12:59:11

yes you are right mutt - but those worried eyes make them so loveable and when alert and listening to you (happened the once!) they put their noses straight up in the air all nobley !

FiveGoMadInDorset Mon 08-Sep-08 12:59:11

labradoodle

MuffinMclay Mon 08-Sep-08 13:01:54

Springer. They love walking in fields and look suitably manly.

Not sure about training though. Mine is a bit hit and miss on that score. They are nuts, but in a nice way.

NomDePlume Mon 08-Sep-08 13:07:10

Spaniels are sooooooooooooooo not manly !

Jack Russell ?

Mutt Mon 08-Sep-08 13:08:13

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Zahrah Mon 08-Sep-08 13:11:50

Get a Staffordshire Bull terrier - lovely breed, brilliant around kids, don't shed tons of hair, all in all hardy little characters.

morethanyoubargainfor Mon 08-Sep-08 13:12:31

PBGV, are fab and really good with children and other dogs. picture here

Mutt Mon 08-Sep-08 13:12:52

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MuffinMclay Mon 08-Sep-08 13:13:20

Not manly.shockshockshock But they are hunting dogs. They look in their element standing next to tweedy men with guns.

Cockers, Sprockers, Cavalier KCs less manly imo(but very cute).

morethanyoubargainfor Mon 08-Sep-08 13:13:28

I don't have one but have spent many a hour walking them and working in show kennels with them. I have a curly coated retriever.

There is a list of non-shedding breeds here which maybe of use.

The wesite generally is full of useful information about dog breeds.

If this isn't something you are planning to do imediately, then I would strongly reccomend going to 'discover dogs' at crufts, as you will get to meet breeders and owners who can give you so much information.

Imo it is much better to get a puppy in the spring than the autumn, better weather for walking, no wet muddy pups running rampant in house, no lost pups on dark nights when walking etc.

Have fun, whatever breed you choose.

platypussy Mon 08-Sep-08 13:15:47

Sod the shedding - get a brown lab - they are fabulous.

Millarkie Mon 08-Sep-08 13:16:17

We have a black lab cross (vet thinks it's a labradoodle) and don't have much problem with shed hair. She does drop hair but it's quite managable (although this may be because I'm comparing it to the pyrenean mountain dog I grew up with).
I don't think that Springers are very manly tbh (sorry).
We have a friend with some sort of rare basset which is lovely (but scenthounds have a tendancy to disappear chasing nice smells when off lead).

Zahrah Mon 08-Sep-08 13:16:22

Badly socialised/trained staffies (any dog) are prone to fighting.

CountessDracula Mon 08-Sep-08 13:17:55

Are you sure you dh really wants a dog
It's a bit like asking for a child that doesn't cry or answer back, ever.

wink

Dogs smell. They shed. They have shitty arses. You have to pick up their poo. When they have upset tummies you have to scrap runny poo from the floor. They chew. They bark. They are dogs basically.

Ellbell Mon 08-Sep-08 13:25:09

Go to a rescue centre and get a crossbreed. They are much hardier than pedigree dogs and they come in all shapes and sizes and coat varieties. AND you'd be doing it a good turn.

cheesesarnie Mon 08-Sep-08 13:25:30

i agree with platypussy .sod your dh if he uses words like 'faggot',get what you want.

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