Which one?

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alessandrae83 Sun 28-Oct-18 15:20:05

As in the title..can anyone tell me more about each of these breeds please? We are not first time owners. Some facts about us are

- we have 2 children aged 9 & 5

- we have a small yard but live close to parks and woods

- we had a laid back dog but he was too independent. We would like a dog that would sit with us and enjoy a walk.

- someone would be at home most of the time.

- we live in a terraced house so I don't want a dog that barks excessively


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sleepismysuperpower1 Sun 28-Oct-18 15:49:58

what about a border collie? we have kids similar ages (15, 9 and 3 year old twins) and the dog is great with all of them. he doesnt bark, and really enjoys walks (although the myth about the huge amount of exercise they need isn't true) they just need a walk each day and then my son (9) throws a ball in the garden for him.

alessandrae83 Sun 28-Oct-18 16:16:23

Thanks for the suggestion. I've researched collies and know people with them and none have been great with children. Also think the exercise I've read may be tooo much for us. I want to walk a dog an hour to hour half per day or less if it's a companion dog fine, with some indoor play as well. Everything I've read on collies seems to point to even more than that or they're bored.

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Wolfiefan Sun 28-Oct-18 16:17:29

Which breeds OP?
Also what about grooming needs?

alessandrae83 Sun 28-Oct-18 16:20:04

Oh gosh, I do apologise. I've just realised I didn't say the ones I was looking at

Bichon frise



Shih tzu


Any other suggestions based on my first post above welcome.

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alessandrae83 Sun 28-Oct-18 16:20:40

I don't mind brushing daily and getting a dog professionally groomed every 6-8 weeks. I'm not keen on terriers

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Aprilislonggone Sun 28-Oct-18 16:23:00

Never previously been a fan but we have ended up with these....
Loyal, friendly, sloth like most of the time, little shedding /grooming. No barking, no slobbering. Amazing with dc. And dcats. And other ddogs!!
Can squeeze into small dcat beds ime.


alessandrae83 Sun 28-Oct-18 16:25:41

Omg, absolutely lovely photo. They look so loving. Are they greyhounds or lurcher? I would love a greyhound, my only reason for not thinking of them is that I have a small yard so they wouldn't be able to stretch their legs and run and I know most can't be let off lead in public.

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Namechangeforthiscancershit Sun 28-Oct-18 16:25:43

I have a cavalier King Charles and the exercise time would be totally fine for him. He adores children and attention. He is having a barky couple of weeks but he’s still a baby, plus the cat winds him up like mad!

He’s very gentle and cuddly. He is not (and I am being polite here) the brightest dog I have ever come across.

Obligatory picture attached.

Wolfiefan Sun 28-Oct-18 16:27:34

Haha. That’s clearer. Most of those need too much grooming for me. Couldn’t manage a white dog! blush
Some of those are much more barky than others.
Also research health issues. Cavaliers have lots of awful health issues.
Also worth visiting Crufts and Discover Dogs to meet a few.

Namechangeforthiscancershit Sun 28-Oct-18 16:28:26

Small garden would be fine for my boy especially if he had trips to the wood as he LOVES running through anything that will attach to him!

Thatstheendofmytether Sun 28-Oct-18 16:30:03

I have no experience with snippets but I think they are lovely dogs and I'm not sire about barking but I don't think they make a lot of noise. As for the other breeds you have been looking at I think most of them can be pretty yappy. My my mum had 2 yorkies when I was growing up, they were lovely little dogs and neither of them barked, ever and one was the most nervous little thing yet still never barked. Not sire if that is a trait in the breed though.

Namechangeforthiscancershit Sun 28-Oct-18 16:30:56

snippets should 100% be the next designer cross breed grin

Namechangeforthiscancershit Sun 28-Oct-18 16:32:48

Discover Dogs is a great idea btw and also the most amount of fun

Wolfiefan Sun 28-Oct-18 16:33:53

I’d bloody love a snippet. Picture please. grin
Also worth considering how delicate toy breeds are.

alessandrae83 Sun 28-Oct-18 16:37:33

I really love the look and sound of Cavaliers. The only issue I have is the serious health problems that can come with them.

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Wolfiefan Sun 28-Oct-18 16:41:34

Me too. They are gorgeous little dogs but the syringomelia (spelling?) isn’t something I could cope with

Namechangeforthiscancershit Sun 28-Oct-18 16:54:53

It is grim but there is a lot of work by some breeders to minimise the risks. It’s really expensive though- I think just the MRIs of the skulls cost silly money. The heart health has to be checked too.

I don’t say this on MN because of the hate for designer crosses but having done a gazillion hours of research and bugging my vet for her views I ended up getting a cross that looks (I think) a ton like a King Charles and everyone assumes he is so I don’t correct but is 1/4 miniature poodle. I met his mum (obv), 4 grandparents, 3 great grandparents and a million aunts and great aunts and the CKC ones all had well formed skulls (without short snouts for their overall size) and clear heart certificates at 5, and the great grand parent I didn’t meet had died from something not at all SM related at 14. I won’t bang on any more about it! So when I say he is a CKC I am a little bit dishonest... But yes it’s scary.

Costacoffeeplease Sun 28-Oct-18 17:16:59

I wouldn’t get a cavalier, I’ve known about half a dozen, one was pts at 2 years old, the others all developed heart issues and had fairly short lives

alessandrae83 Sun 28-Oct-18 17:32:51

I really don't know what to do arghhhh lol

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Aprilislonggone Sun 28-Oct-18 17:47:48

Dm +dd Lurchers, great off lead. Can squeeze onto a small cushion on the sofa!!. Beds were bought for dcats but claimed by ddogs!!

Wolfiefan Sun 28-Oct-18 18:05:33

Oh yes. The heart issue.
Not all lurchers or greyhounds can’t be let off lead. I imagine an ex racer would be more of a challenge but my giant sighthound has excellent recall. (Doesn’t come naturally though!!)

alessandrae83 Sun 28-Oct-18 18:39:13

What about the small yard though? Would that be an issue if taken for at least an hours walk a day? They probably need some good off lead time I imagine x

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Greyhorses Sun 28-Oct-18 18:45:58

From your requirements I would go for a whippet or border terrier.

Wolfiefan Sun 28-Oct-18 19:16:22

I don’t have a lurcher or greyhound but a wolfhound. She needs the chance to stretch her legs but we live in an 80’s newbuild with a postage stamp garden. Not an issue!

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