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Looking for big, friendly, 'nice' dog!

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OwlFeathersFluff Mon 19-Oct-15 18:43:09

Looking for dog No2. Must be medium or bigger, very good temperament, able to be let off lead (so no sight hounds etc). Must be fairly intelligent breed.

Does anyone have any ideas?

randomsabreuse Mon 19-Oct-15 18:48:34

Labrador, probably working type but not necessarily high end field trial champion type...

Intelligent, trainable, fun.

Issues being intelligence often applied to illicit acquisition of "food" and shedding!

Themodernuriahheep Mon 19-Oct-15 18:52:29


Pointer, pointer, pointer,

If intelligence, not a clumber but please get one because the breed needs supporting and they are absolutely lovely

Dallies are dotty...

Did I say pointer? Pref English or Mediterranean.

Setters. English seem to need to fart less than Irish.

And in case you hadn't picked it up, a pointer.

TrionicLettuce Mon 19-Oct-15 18:58:01

Standard poodle, fabulous dogs grin

BagelSuffragette Mon 19-Oct-15 19:45:16

Winston is lovely and looking for a home.l

"Winston is a lovely pointer boy desperate for a home He is about a year old, sweet natured and very affectionate. He enjoys spending time with people and is ok around the other dogs in the kennels"

NantucketNightbird Mon 19-Oct-15 20:01:01

Aww I want winston but I have a very loony 6 month lab girl. She is very bright but has endless energy and if I let her off the lead she would probably keep running until she found some lovely fox shit grin

tabulahrasa Mon 19-Oct-15 20:07:53

Intelligent as in trainable or intelligent as in problem solving? And how active and how often would they be left?

Bubble2bubble Mon 19-Oct-15 20:11:52

Black Retriever X pretty much specialise in the type you are looking for - mainly pretty big dogs,but well assessed for temperament. They are also very often looking to place their dogs in homes where there is another dog or dogs.

lougle Mon 19-Oct-15 21:14:13

Sorry, he's mine, sitting by my feetgrin

Bastardshittits Mon 19-Oct-15 21:30:42

Themo mentions setters... I have an English Setter. They can be ridiculously strong willed and will lollop off and be hard to recall, especially around other dogs. The working type are marginally easier to train than show types. I love my dog but he isn't the easiest!

PootlePoseysMa Mon 19-Oct-15 21:42:23

As of tomorrow I will be fostering this beautiful little puppy girl and her 2 sisters :-) If you are interested have a look at the website :-)

Bubble2bubble Mon 19-Oct-15 22:10:39

Oh pootle she is fab!
I have this gorgeous lump of fluffy six month old retriever gorgeousness staying with me at the moment smile

PootlePoseysMa Mon 19-Oct-15 22:17:49

Ahhhhhh bless, gorgeous doggie :-)

IamSantaClaus Tue 20-Oct-15 07:33:25

Retriever !

I'm highly biased though , I just got an 8 week old retriever puppy and she's so chilled out it's ridiculous . Im sure there's madness to come but she's great.

lavendersun Tue 20-Oct-15 07:38:05

Adorable Santa smile.

We are somewhat limited in the Lavender house. DH thinks that the only type of dog that is acceptable is a Lab, maybe a Golden Retriever at a push.

I would like something that isn't a Lab when Lavenderdog goes, she has been such a special dog that I feel that I need a change so it will be a Golden Retriever as I am sure I can get that past him.

Noitsnotteatimeyet Tue 20-Oct-15 08:25:55

Toller smile. Ticks all your boxes - medium, active, highly trainable - and gorgeous

Pebble19 Tue 20-Oct-15 08:45:38

St. Bernard - they're great if you've got young kids that need watching. Not sure on their intelligence but their temperament is very good smile hope this helps

BreeVDKamp Tue 20-Oct-15 08:49:44

Bernese mountain dog!! I have never owned one but in my dreams they meet all your (same as my) criteria and they are sooooo delicious.

OwlFeathersFluff Tue 20-Oct-15 09:08:32

Thanks everyone. Bree Bernese would be my dream dog if only they lived a bit longer.

Hoppinggreen Tue 20-Oct-15 11:17:56

pootle I've been looking for a retriever type rescue puppy.
We've got an experienced and lovely home waiting.

IrianofWay Tue 20-Oct-15 11:21:13


But you can't have him grin

He is a lab/staffy/collie cross. The best natured affectionate dog I have ever met. He lives happily with two cats and doesn't even chase rabbits when they wind him up something chronic. I rarely use a lead unless we are on busy roads with a narrow pavement or where there are signs telling dog owners to do so - I run with him off lead.

Hoppinggreen Tue 20-Oct-15 12:09:00

Adoption form sent - fingers crossed!!

Hoppinggreen Tue 20-Oct-15 12:24:37

Many Tears just phoned me and offered me her Golden Brother ( subject to home check) but only if we collect him this weekend, and we can't!!!!
Very sad

lavendersun Tue 20-Oct-15 12:30:30

Disappointing Hopping, but that is a very very quick timeframe for home check and to make sure you are all happy with the dog/situation.

I didn't imagine that they would re home in such a rush!

holmessweetholmes Tue 20-Oct-15 12:35:24

German Shorthaired Pointer! We have a one year-old boy and he is wonderful.

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