I want a dog

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    Sep 21, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    I used to have a Norfolk Terrier but after my partner was killed in an accident 3 years ago I wasn't able to take care of her so I had to give her back to the breeder.

    But now I really feel I want to look after a dog again. I live in a new flat with a little garden of my own and I'm able to work from home a couple of days a week.

    So, what sort of dog do you think I should get? There's a big park near by so I can take the dog for lots of walks but I don't think I want a big dog as the flat's not that big. Is it fair to have a big dog? Is it ok to leave a dog on its own during the day? Don't they sleep most of the time?

    I think I'd like another terrier maybe a Westie. What do you think?
  • GQjock

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    Sep 21, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    Since you had a Terrier before you know the MO
    They're pretty rowdy guys
    They get into everything ... they have energy to burn
    but they are smart and can make you laugh all day long

    Westies are great
    so are Yorkies ... I have two
    Pugs are great little dogs too

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    Sep 21, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    Australian Shepherd ftw.

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  • Webster666

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    Sep 21, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
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    Sep 21, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    Lhasa Apso. Get them young. You will love a Lhasa trust me. They are beautiful.
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    Sep 22, 2009 3:46 AM GMT
    get a Wiemaraner , they are serioulsy the best dog i have ever had, they have so much compassion and personality and they make great jogging partners. i miss mine icon_sad.gif


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    Sep 22, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    I love Wiemaraners. But that dog will tear up a small apartment. icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 22, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    I'm actually in the process of looking for a dog too, and I think I'll be adopting a corgi mix puppy named Dolly (pictured below. ADORABLE).

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    Anyway, if you're looking for an apartment/flat dog, I'd definitely suggest something smaller, but also quiet. I have a few neighbors with little fru-fru yippers and it is NOT fun to listen to. That's actually why I tried to find a Corgi - they're small but sturdy, and fairly quiet compared to others their size (corgi's also have quite a bit of energy, but they're fun as hell icon_biggrin.gif)

    Also, try looking to adopt - there are a bunch of awesome, healthy critters out there looking for places to call home!
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    Sep 22, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    BUY A YORKSHIRE TERRIER!
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:15 AM GMT
    Funkapottomous saidAustralian Shepherd ftw.

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    Sorry I do have to ask: why did the American who bred this American breed, call it an Australian sheepdog, when it has nothing to do with Australia, as it's an American creation, and not an Australian cattle dog at all.
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:17 AM GMT
    Red if you are thinking of getting another Terrier, look at the Border Terriers, as they are the Rolls Royce of Terriers.
  • JP85257

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    Sep 22, 2009 4:23 AM GMT
    I fall in love with my puppy EVERY time I look at this pic. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:25 AM GMT
    My Beagle has been the best dog by far. He is always on top of his game watching out for goons when my bro, dad, and I are out and my mom is here by herself. They can be a handful at first since they usually try and test their limits as little ones and are very curious but if you give them a firm setting while pups they are awesome. Prince Kael'thas of the backyard, FTW!

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    as a pup
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    He's espically special to me since my Ex, his other daddy, picked him out for my out of the whole litter. and acutally the reason why I got a beagle was because of their size. they dont grow all that big. spent about 3 yrs researching the breed and it was by sheer luck that I got him when I did... my Ex and I were driving by and saw a guy selling them on the side of the road one day. $120 for a breed that usually cost over $500. I dont care for papers and all that stuff. I just wanted a buddy. hah.
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    Pattison said
    Sorry I do have to ask: why did the American who bred this American breed, call it an Australian sheepdog, when it has nothing to do with Australia, as it's an American creation, and not an Australian cattle dog at all.



    Your answer is here;

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Australian+Shepherd


    "They acquired their name because of association with Basque sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia."
  • JP85257

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    Sep 22, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    My vet told me that my Beagle is retarded. It explained many things.

    When he was a TINY baby he got a very bad ear infection and the fever baked his little brain.

    He is so cute tho. His ears are crinkled from how they healed up.
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    Sep 22, 2009 4:56 AM GMT
    There are lots of great breeds of dogs. The hardest part is choosing just ONE.

    I have a Whippet... who I love dearly and who is the sweetest thing ever. Whippets (which were bred in England first) are about 25-35 lbs... so they are a good size for an apartment (my place is about 80 m2 or 800 sq feet)... if you have a park nearby then you'll have no problem giving them sufficient exercise.... I've had dogs almost all my life... so here are some great breeds for apartment life (besides the Whippet)

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    a. Dacshund (lots of character, fiercely loyal, great dogs)
    b. Bichon Frise... sweet... the ultimate companion
    c. Italian Greyhound
    d Miniature or Toy Poodles ... any kind of Poodle mix is a great dog because of their high intelligence level
    e. Soft Coated Wheaen Terrier (ADORABLE and SWEET)


    Hope that helps a little icon_smile.gif

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    Sep 22, 2009 4:58 AM GMT
    Funkapottomous saidAustralian Shepherd ftw.


    Hands down. There is no other dog. The definition of loyalty.... VERY smart. And just adorable. I've owned 4 of them (They all live with my dad now) and have never seen so much genuine personality, intelligence, and love from any dog.
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    Sep 22, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    Italian Greyhound would be my second choice. My friend's boyfriend has one and I just love him. very good indoor dog too.
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    Sep 22, 2009 5:09 AM GMT
    NakedDevil said
    Pattison said
    Sorry I do have to ask: why did the American who bred this American breed, call it an Australian sheepdog, when it has nothing to do with Australia, as it's an American creation, and not an Australian cattle dog at all.



    Your answer is here;

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Australian+Shepherd


    "They acquired their name because of association with Basque sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia."


    thanks for that!

    I do like the breed, but could never understand, why they called it an Australian sheepdog, and growing up on a farm, I grew up with cattle dogs.
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    Sep 22, 2009 5:19 AM GMT
    I'd say get a:
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    Real chick magnet. icon_wink.gif

    ...but I would prefer it if you picked your dog up from a pound. They just seem so lonely trapped in their cages. ------->It makes me sad just thinking about them.
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    Sep 22, 2009 5:55 AM GMT
    I have a giant schnauzer and adore her. I have a condo and wish I had a yard. I would go with a standard Schnauzer though. Amzing dogs and very intellegent.


  • Webster666

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    Sep 22, 2009 6:10 AM GMT
    It's amazing to me how many guys have absolutely hideous looking dogs.
    But, then, everybody has a different opinion...
  • auryn

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    Sep 22, 2009 6:31 AM GMT
    Bedlington Terrier

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    Sep 22, 2009 6:37 AM GMT
    I think it depends on your lifestyle. Most dogs will do fine in any environment as long as they get to let off steam and release energy. With some dogs that can be accomplished in 15minutes, and others need at least an hour of physical and mental activity a day in order to be ok. Think it just depends on your lifestyle, and how much time you're willing to devote both before and after work to exercising him. Just be realistic. A good compromise is going to your local shelter and adopting a dog who might have the best of all worlds packed into one warm body.
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    Sep 22, 2009 6:41 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the tips, guys.

    Awwwwww. Doggies.

    I may get a rescue dog from Battersea Dogs Home.