So what dog should we get?

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alessandrae83 Fri 25-Jan-19 11:54:36

Still haven't decided what breed we should go for. From my thread further down I think I've gathered that I should carefully consider breed first and then visit rescue dogs of that breed. But what breed? I've done lots of research and come up with 3 possibilities but can't be sure. Here are our circumstances and what we can and can't offer a dog.

1. We live in a terraced house in the city. We need a dog who could fit reasonably into our house and who won't be overly yappy due to us being terraced and having a poorly neighbour who is also disabled.

2. We only have a small yard so not good for zoomies, however we do live by some large woods and parks and a dog would travel across town walking with me to my parents a few times a week.

3. We have two children age 9 and 5. Very gentle and respectful with dogs, although never left alone with a dog anyway. We need a family friendly breed. My kids are not a fan of boisterous dogs.

4. I'm at home all day and husband works so dog would rarely be alone. At most for 3 hours once a month at weekend when we go for a meal.

5. Grooming isn't an issue for me as such. Would prefer less of a shedder but doesn't bother me if it's the right dog and I'm happy to brush and pay for groomer and or groom myself if need be.

6. I can walk a min of hour a day and max 2...roughly. some days maybe more if need be. Some days less if need be.

7. We previously had a terrier x and have decided against them for various reasons. It wasn't a great experience as much as we loved him and me and hubby have had previous bad experiences with terriers.

8. We plan on getting a rescue not a puppy so aware we can go to a rescue and see what they have that suits us but did that before and ended up with a terrier than in the end didn't suit us as they claimed he would. So would prefer to know what breed I'm going for.

Thank you

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Aprilshowersarecomingsoon Fri 25-Jan-19 11:58:00

Imo op you need one of these.
Very underestimated as a family pet.
Very gentle and loving with dc and a great companion.
They even escort me to the bathroom and happily lie on the mat while I bathe or use the loo!! Very sociable with dc's friends and other ddogs!!

BearAusten Fri 25-Jan-19 12:12:37

Alessandrae88, we seem to be in a similar boat. Terraced house, small yard but near a wood, child not fan of too boisterous dogs etc.

What breed of terrier did you have previously? What were the issues? Stubborn determination?

April - that is the one type of rescues I had considered. The only real issue for me is I can not lift a big dog. (Pre worrying) How do you manage with transporting your two?

CMOTDibbler Fri 25-Jan-19 12:20:13

I agree with April. Lurchers are lovely, and whippety ones are smaller

DogDaysAreRover Fri 25-Jan-19 12:21:39

I agree with April. Greyhounds. Absolutely wonderful and completely underrated dogs. And they need minimal exercise. Mellow but are real characters!

(And despite their large frame they curl up into surprisingly small balls!)

bunnygeek Fri 25-Jan-19 12:23:51

Before I even scrolled down to the other posts I immediately thought "greyhounds", don't be put off by their size, or a whippet. A lurcher may also work but they can vary a bit more on temperament depending on their cross.

alessandrae83 Fri 25-Jan-19 12:31:59


He was a Yorkshire terrier crossed with a poodle. He was more terrier in personality for sure. He was stubborn but also very aggressive towards other animals of all kinds, he was also stranger aggressive and bit someone once. He also took a snap at us numerous times.

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alessandrae83 Fri 25-Jan-19 12:32:32

Me and hubby have been bit by separate Jack Russells before also so I'm now put off terriers

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BearAusten Fri 25-Jan-19 12:38:58

Probably not the best type of cross then. Yorkshire terriers, from experience, can be insecure and snappy, a bit 'short man temperament'.

I found an event page for my local Greyhound Awareness Charity. I think we might turn up and see how my child responds to the dogs there.

BearAusten Fri 25-Jan-19 12:40:44

My grandmother had a Jack Russell who was similarly a bit on the aggressive side. Like you I think I have a idea which breeds I don't want.

Silkie2 Fri 25-Jan-19 12:43:31

miniature schnauser, though probably hard to find at rescue as are quite nice wee dogs, I don't think they cast much, not normally yappy.

alessandrae83 Fri 25-Jan-19 12:46:46

Greyhounds and whippets are actually 2 of the breeds on my possible list. My only concern was that I don't have a garden for them to zoom around in only a small yard?

I do adore greyhounds though. I also like the idea of bichons and shih tzu but maybe yappy?

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Hungrypuffin Fri 25-Jan-19 12:48:13

I second a greyhound. There are loads in rescue (ex-racers - they retire early so this will still be a young dog - or ones which don’t make the grade). They are lovely dogs, happy with a couple of walks a day and then to laze around the house.

Hungrypuffin Fri 25-Jan-19 12:50:25

Greyhounds much nicer than shih tzus in my opinion (they can have health probs due to squashed faces, and any in rescue are likely to be from puppy farms originally which will increase the risk). Bichons are lovely little dogs but you’d probably have more of a wait for a rescue.

Sexnotgender Fri 25-Jan-19 12:53:36

Third a greyhound!! They tick all your boxes and are fabulous.

We got Sam from the rescue in August and he has well and truly stolen our hearts.

He’s gentle, incredibly biddable. And LAZY! He’s a super low maintenance dog.

There’s known as a not very barky breed too. Sam never barks unless my husband is teasing him.

Icklepup Fri 25-Jan-19 12:54:26


SleightOfMind Fri 25-Jan-19 12:54:50

If you do go for a rescue sighthound, I’d recommend starting the exercises in Total Recall by Pippa Mattinson, very soon after they come home with you.

My retired racers have all been able to go off lead on walks because of this book (and lots of socialisation with little dogs) so my lawn was never wrecked by zoomies.

SleightOfMind Fri 25-Jan-19 13:00:33

They’re lovely dogs for DC too, very gentle.
Here’s one of the Sleighthounds with DD last night.

Aprilshowersarecomingsoon Fri 25-Jan-19 13:05:29

Lurchers are very portable - and foldable!!
These beds were bought for our dcats!! Poor things never got a single paw in!!
When I am old (er) I am going to be a crazy Lurcher Lady!!

confusedandemployed Fri 25-Jan-19 13:14:03

Everyone always recommends greyhounds / lurcher on these threads. Fantastic dogs as they are, there are other breeds that would work for you.
If you're getting a rescue go and have a look with an open mind. Border terriers immediately sprang to mind. Ime they tend to be less manic than other terriers. King Charles Spaniels too could work. Or Maltese, Beagle, Bichon, Lhasa Apso, Corgi.... The list goes on.

Just a reminder, Crufts starts on March 7th,if you can get there go and look at Discover Dogs.

Greyhound22 Fri 25-Jan-19 13:14:52

Greyhound nods

And I'm not just saying that for obvious reasons.

They fold up and fit compact into small spaces. We live in a flat - we haven't got a garden and my boy is fine.

Great with kids. Mine doesn't bark at all - most are not noisy.

Will sleep quietly whilst your husband works - they just like some company.

Either that or a whippet/lurcher.

DivaDroid Fri 25-Jan-19 13:20:05

Greyhound! We've a tiny garden too & he manages no problem. Only had our Bobby boy since October & can't imagine life without him. He's an ex-racer & lazy af.
He's great with the kids (10 & 7), loves a stroke or eleventy billion.

Sexnotgender Fri 25-Jan-19 13:27:00

Only had our Bobby boy since October & can't imagine life without him.

He’s lovely!!

Yes people do always recommend greyhounds on these threads but for very good reason smile

They are just great dogs.

There are plenty of other great breeds I totally agree. I love labs and border collies particularly.

If I was given a choice though I’d pick a grey every time.

alessandrae83 Fri 25-Jan-19 13:40:40

I think I'm going to have to go for a greyhound as they were where my heart kind of wanted to go anyway but now you've confirmed lol I just hope the rescues let us with only having a yard

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Mooster62 Fri 25-Jan-19 14:32:19

I had a large rescue lurcher, very small garden and young children and he was brilliant. Very silent and never barked. I now have a Westie, who is also a happy, fun little dog. She doesn't bark either, mainly because I worked with her since she was a puppy and taught her not to in the house.

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