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Old 04-16-2010, 09:02 PM   #1
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Question Best of Breeds

My husband and I are previous Labrador owners and sadly, in 2008, we had to put our Shiloh down. (You may have actually heard of him as I posted about it in the Rainbow Bridge board). We currently don't own any dogs (or cats for that matter) and were curious about different breeds that may be best for us. We're looking for a small(ish) dog, obviously smaller than a Labrador. We live in a 1 bedroom (so small) apartment, and no yard, so outdoor visits would require leash play.

Are there dog breeds best suited for apartment life? We talked to a petshop, and they suggested a King Cavalier Spaniel, and we actually got interested in a specific dog, but we wanted to do our research first.

Does anyone own Cavalier Spaniels? Can tell me a bit about them?

Information for grooming requirements , sizes etc and stuff would be excellent, but if you let me know your favorite breed I can just as easily look them up.

Also, dogs known to have problems with getting along with children would have to be out of the question because we are going to be expanding the family at some point.
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:49 PM   #2
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Cavies CAN have some major health issues. You need to research the blood line before you buy one.

As for basic and specific breed info I suggest you look over the following links. Others here may have more for you.

http://animal.discovery.com/guides/d.../choosing.html

http://www.akc.org/breeds/

http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-breeds/dog-breeds.aspx

I tell ppl that the most important thing is not to find a dog that fits your home, it is more important that it fits your life style!!!

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Old 04-16-2010, 10:15 PM   #3
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i personally love my italian greyhound mix. they are great for families with older kids or no kids. they love to cuddle and excel at litter box training. they are great for people with allergies too.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:24 PM   #4
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I am currently training a patterdale terrier. Oh, what a super breed. Max weight will be about 20 pounds. A short haired sturdy dog that will be able to keep up with a baby at some point and be able to handle roughness if need be. Very social and happy.
Only bad point is they are extremely high energy, but very trainable and eager to please. It's a working dog so that's to be expected.
Look them up they come in lots of different colors.
It's a fairly rare breed so if you need help let me know. It sounds like it would fit perfect into your lives.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:44 PM   #5
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A patterdale terrier. I've been studying dogs since I was like 8 years old, and have heard VERY little about this breed. I have heard, however, that due to their strong, confident attitude, they have a high tendency for "Small Dog Syndrome". Something that my husband would not stand for. We also have heard a lot of stories as they don't make good apartment dogs because of their excessive desire for play and hunt. Though of course this is all what we've heard from others, many people whom only researched them, and not actually owned them.

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I am currently training a patterdale terrier. Oh, what a super breed. Max weight will be about 20 pounds. A short haired sturdy dog that will be able to keep up with a baby at some point and be able to handle roughness if need be. Very social and happy.
Only bad point is they are extremely high energy, but very trainable and eager to please. It's a working dog so that's to be expected.
Look them up they come in lots of different colors.
It's a fairly rare breed so if you need help let me know. It sounds like it would fit perfect into your lives.
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Old 04-17-2010, 03:54 AM   #6
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A patterdale terrier. I've been studying dogs since I was like 8 years old, and have heard VERY little about this breed. I have heard, however, that due to their strong, confident attitude, they have a high tendency for "Small Dog Syndrome". Something that my husband would not stand for. We also have heard a lot of stories as they don't make good apartment dogs because of their excessive desire for play and hunt. Though of course this is all what we've heard from others, many people whom only researched them, and not actually owned them.
They are definitly strong and confident, but the little guy I am training is so eager to please. He is super happy and friendly with everyone, they just got another one, a little girl ( i haven't seen her yet) but they say she's a little more reserved, but very calm. I think all small dogs have the tendency for small dog syndrome, it just depends on the environment. I can ask her for pictures of him if you like.
I have been training him for only three weeks and he is picking up on everything so great and he is only five months old. He heels fairly well, distractions are a thing, his auto sit is perfect, and we just learned down today and he picked up on it so quickly. I love how he looks at his mama, like "ok mama tell me what to do next" it's so cute.
I've been around quite a few cavaliers, all of them were very sweet and cute, but kindof shy. lower energy, needs lots of grooming. The dirt doesnt' just wipe out of the hair. We do have one that just finished agility. Sweet little dog.
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Old 04-17-2010, 03:58 AM   #7
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If I was in an appartment I would have any of the 'toy' group of dogs, they are all small and smart, and were bred for companionship. http://www.akc.org/breeds/toy_group.cfm

Some might be a lil vocal for appartment life, but if raised and trained in that setting, I am sure they will be ok =)
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I personally LOVE the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I own one I rescued about 4 years ago and I don't know that I will ever NOT own one. He is very sweet and loyal and happy. Not very fearful even though he was not treated well in the past. Mine in particular has a luxating patella that is common in most small breeds but has been healthy otherwise. They do have trouble sometimes with heart problems and a few other issues but if you get one who has been checked by a vet and bred properly they are WONDERFUL dogs. Heres a pic of my Leo! He does have itchy skin so I keep him clipped short in the summer but usually they require very little grooming, just a regular brush and bath is really all they need unless they have allergies like my Leo does...
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:46 PM   #9
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Leo's a dollbaby. Have always wanted a Cavvy but I'm sorta stuck on Cockers!
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Leo's a dollbaby. Have always wanted a Cavvy but I'm sorta stuck on Cockers!
I know I'm partial to both, but I do have to say that a Cavie has all the cuteness and personality of a Cocker without the bad attitude LOL
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