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Old 19th March 2017, 12:49 AM   #1
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Default What breed should we get? List inside.

Seriously have no idea which one to get..been about 20 years since I owned a dog..which was a boxer. Awesome dogs but too big..

Wife wants a French Bulldog - yeah sure min 4k
Youngest son wants a sausage dog - hiddeous things.
Oldest son wants a Pug - They are ok but too small..
I wanted a Brittish bulldog but found out they shed a lot and very lazy.

What I want is a dog that's medium size, non shedding short hair, that can handle a 30min run with me 4 nights a week, friendly with the kids, able to warn if an intruder is in the yard and low maintenance.

Im not a dog breed specialist so I thought I might ask the professionals in here.
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Old 19th March 2017, 10:31 AM   #2
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A boxer is a medium sized dog? Sounds like you want a small/medium dog. Nearly all the dogs you have listed are "small" (except the boxer obviously).

You could look at something like a beagle, however super sensitive smells means they might bark at seemingly nothing every now and then

BIL has a frenchy - it's a pain in the arse. A good mate has a bulldog and he's awesome, however they are pretty rough with young kids. Those sorts of dogs do have very sensitive stomach/bowels though so need really good food and some care to their diet.

If you were willing to do 1/2 hr everyday, then maybe a australian cattle dog (blue heeler) but they are a working dog, so need plenty of excercise to keep entertained.

EDIT: Lady at work has a groodle (golden retriever/poodle cross) and it's bloody awesome! Exactly what you specified, except for the size.
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Old 19th March 2017, 10:43 AM   #3
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Get a Labrador?

Personally I want a Japanese breed 'Shiba Inu':
http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/shiba-inu

Good mid-sized dog with a good but sensitive nature.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiba_Inu

There like a 2/3's dingo.
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Old 19th March 2017, 11:40 AM   #4
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Frenchies are awesome dogs (I have one) but they shed heaps, short furred dogs do. Not keen on getting a rescue? I reckon you could find one that meets your criteria.

If you like the look of them Bedlingtons are cool dogs.
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Old 19th March 2017, 2:28 PM   #5
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I reckon a staffy fits your needs. Great with kids, barks without generally attacking, short hair requiring little care, full of energy, just generally all round awesome dogs. The only thing that you need to get on top of is socialising the pup at a young age and training as they can be a bit stubborn and domineering if not trained early.
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Old 19th March 2017, 4:00 PM   #6
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Would the dog be inside or outside? What type of activity would it get the other 3 days? Do you have the time and energy to train a pup.

How are your sons around other dogs?
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Old 19th March 2017, 8:33 PM   #7
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I reckon a staffy fits your needs.
Yup

Frenchy: Yup $$$
Sausage: Assholes/wont get the speed for a 30min run, maybe a slow 30min walk :P
Pug: wont last a 5min walk
Bulldog: $$$, love them except the short lifespan and the drooling

Considered a rescue Greyhound? Will do everything but bark at intruders (and you might get one that does a good warning woof but they are not generally barkers and also since it'll likely be asleep )

ed: all the breeds the family/you like are unique looking dogs, so a grey would tick that box of not being just a typical dog

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Old 19th March 2017, 9:41 PM   #8
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From memory, only poodles/poodle crossbreeds don't really shed (curly coated dogs)

We got a Lab, and yes she sheds. 30 min run though, nope... shes too busy sniffing things.

I guess it depends if you like the poodle type breeds.
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Old 19th March 2017, 10:12 PM   #9
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I agree with Staffie too, great all rounder for a pet, my parents had one fearlessly defending off brown snakes from property too. English staffy is better looking than American Staffy.
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Old 19th March 2017, 10:49 PM   #10
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What I want is a dog that's medium size, non shedding short hair
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Get a Labrador?
0/10 for understanding criteria.

Based on the criteria and that I'm not overly fond of staffies (they're lovely dogs but all the ones I've spent more than 2 minutes with have been mental) I'd suggest look at the soft coated wheaten terrier or standard schnauzer. Both are listed as low-shedding.
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for small dogs cocker spaniels aren't bad, cant remember if they shed much
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0/10 for understanding criteria.

Based on the criteria and that I'm not overly fond of staffies (they're lovely dogs but all the ones I've spent more than 2 minutes with have been mental)
Just curious as to what you mean by mental? Aggressive, boisterous, overly affectionate, just plain full on?
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Boisterous, so much energy. Some were affectionate, some weren't. Not aggressive though.
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That's fair enough. I got mine as a rescue from maltreatment, (American staffy, malnourished and beaten, guessing about 8 to 10 months old), and having had larger dogs that were fairly sedate in the past was not ready for how much energy these dogs have. After i worked out how much exercise the dog needed he was much more relaxed. He was already very good with other dogs but with steady training he's becoming about the best dog I've had.

It's been a long haul though as many bad behavior traits had already set in from his previous life such as destructive behavior and total disobedience, but once I worked out how much excercise he needs he was a completely different animal. And as a plus I am fitter than I have been in 20 years.

Sorry for the derail but I think it's relevant as Kannis asked about dogs that can keep up on his run. These dogs will, and also wear out the kids any day of the week.

Also, staffies come in variations. There's the muscle bound short arsed walking coffee tables but there's also a longer legged leaner type. And others in between. Mine is short but muscular and narrow, a more classic 'terrier' form. And I personally think this makes for a very handsome dog.

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Fair enough. The last one I looked after, I tried taking him for a run as opposed to a walk. Just made him more hyper!
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