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    I have pandered to Mrs Durbs animal needs over the years. We have at the moment house full of cats, fish and guinea pigs (with various other creatures coming and going over the years) i've finally decided i'm going to get what i've always wanted - a dog.

    I've very little experience with dogs, having grown up in a cat family (and having had everything from snakes, lizards and hamsters since) so what is a good breed to look for?

    I grew up in a pretty rural place so am used to collies but know from experience that farm dogs can range from lovely to insane within the same breed so am after:

    - Big'ish dog, at least collie sized, none of these tulipty little toy dogs my mates seem to have
    - Likes exercise but not to the extent of some of the nutter collies i've known
    - I've 2 kids under 5, so nothing even remotely aggresive, needs to be good with kids

    Any dog people with any tips? Basically, i'd like a farm collie but know from experience that it'd be a bad idea so what comes close?

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    You know the answer, you need a black lab.

    Ours was a "failed" gun dog, so very well trained, but the most amazing family dog, would be as happy walking for hours in the rain as catching a pheasant as letting kids try and ride him like a horse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halcyon View Post
    letting kids try and ride him like a horse.
    I like that bit and add it as requirement 4! Black Lab is a good dog.

    Was just looking at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligence_of_Dogs and was really surprised at No 2.

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    I love Weimeraners but you have to be very firm with them as they are so big. The two I've known have been great with cats, strangers and kids (and very good natured) but they were trained from birth.
    Maybe what you need is a collie crossed with someting chilled like a lab? Have a look round a local rescue centre and tell them what you are after - I'm sure they'll have a lovely mutt to suit.
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    Steer clear of collies, spaniels or terriers, you're after a hound. But not a bloodhound or foxhound. I have a mate who breeds dogs and has taken many a sire to Crufts. PM me some more detailed requirements and I can come back to you with a range of options.

    We'll be doing the same soon, as we (I) plan to get a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by realityhack View Post
    you're after a hound.
    I'd looked at Greyhounds, not normally what you'd consider but looks like they make a very good family dog.

    Just been looking at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyhound and this bit:

    "Greyhounds do shed but do not have undercoats and therefore are less likely to trigger people's dog allergies (they are sometimes incorrectly referred to as "hypoallergenic")." caught my eye - i'm allergic to cat hair (great, seeing as i live in a house full of cats) so thats a big bonus.

    Was assuming a rescue animal as all our animals have come via that route but with a dog i'm debating a puppy so it has time to acclimatize to the cats/kids.

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    Growing up as a kid, my family had two dogs (not at the same time). We rescued both of them from the dog pound as puppies for the cost of a donation. Both were mutts - the first a cross between a border collie and a small spaniel, and the second a cross between a black lab and something small and very muscular.

    They were both great companions.

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    Hows about a fighting dog ?


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    Just wanted to put a word in for Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Absolutely wonderful dogs, especially with children. They *do not* deserve the rep they have got from being owned by idiot chav's who think they are hard and then dump them when they realise they are actually more likely to lick you to death than try and bite anyone.

    The are loyal, obedient and exceptionally patient, especially with kids, and have skin like a rhino that will take anything small children can throw at them without blinking.

    They are short haired, so low maintenance and havea relaxed attitude to exercise. They will love it when available but don;t get stressed if not walked every day.

    You might also think about going to your local rescue center. Most will have a whole variety of dogs needing a home and you may well end up with a breed you never considered to begin with as well as giving an abandoned animal a new home.
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    Traitor! Stick to cats!!!

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