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    Smile Suggestions: Parents getting new dog!

    My parents are going to get a new dog in June. (Our Beloved family pet dog of ten years died suddenly late last summer. )

    They want:

    -Something a couple years old(potty trained!)
    -something that is not too overactive and will get along with older people(they are 75 and 80)
    -Something maybe just a little big bigger than a lap dog..not too tiny, but something that can be carried about and taken on trips, washed in a sink, etc. (not too teeny tiny)


    They want me to help pick it out.

    Any suggestions?
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    A poodle/something mix. Non shedding,smart,not too active. Comes in all sizes. But mostly start monitoring the local pet shelters & talk to the people who have been fostering the dogs.
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    I think rescue centres do a kind of dating service for owners and pets, well they do here. They match what an owner is looking for and show what dogs they have to offer to match the criteria. New dog, exciting time

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    Puggle I think you wanted one Sojitodd? Or was it a beagle???


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    I need to squeeze that puggle and kiss it

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    Poodles are good. Very smart, don't need huge amounts of exercise, and they don't shed - a HUGE plus. I somehow doubt you will find one in an animal shelter or RSPCA home and I'm guessing you don't want to pay a lot of money for a pure bred pedigree but if you can find a mutt with a good dose of poodle genes you'll be fine.
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    I have never been much of a poodle person. We had Boston terriers in my family. They are really smart and such a good family pet. A lot of small dogs can be too yappy- barking at everything. Ours only barked if someone was knocking on the door or that sort of thing. She was great.
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    Terriers and retrievers need a lot of exercise. That means, dachshunds, Beagles, etc. are probably ruled out, right?
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    A smooth coat miniature Dachshund! They love everyone, they don’t shed, and they love to cuddle.
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    PUGS baby!!!

    Though, would be hard to find at a Shelter. Mixed breed or Mutt would probably be their best bet for good tempermant, though Pugs are super cool and usually laid back when they are a bit older.

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    My son and I have begun volunteering at our local shelter, and you'd be suprised the kinds of dogs they get in there. There was just a Weimeramer (spelling?) up for adoption, and I know those are $500+ dogs.

    I choose a dog more for it's temperment than how it looks. There was a very intimidating Rottweiler there, and he was the nicest, sweetest boy. I say go to the shelters to find a dog with the temperment they are looking for, rather than worry about the breed.
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    For Easter, I got my son a Great Dane/Bull dog mix. She's gorgeous and is the color of the Weimeraners (everybody thinks she is one) and it is the most hyper damned animal ever! My arms are so chewed up.... of course, I did say that I wanted an "ass biter" just in case the ex pulls something funny again.
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    -Don't get a puggle. Pugs are sedentary (tend to get fat) but beagles are NUTS, esp around food.

    After working at a shelter for a few years, I found that English Bulldogs are good for the elderly, as they can't walk much, due to their legs. They're gentle and relatively quiet.

    -Toy Poodles yap a lot, and are very intelligent (though the smaller ones are less so) Toy Poodles get into everything and have a tendency to snap or nip when they don't get their way. Go for a standard (large_ Poodle if you want the best of this breed, intelligent, calm, non shedding and quiet.

    - Someone else suggested a Westie, also a good chioce, as they don't shed (less clean up!) and can be kept outside for longer hours than most small dogs., not as yappy either.
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    Rescue groups are also great once you settle on a specific breed. They often have mixes of that breed, too. The staff will do everything possible to make sure the dog is a good match for the family, temperament-wise and everything else.

    Shelters and rescue groups = good
    Breeders and puppy mills = BAD

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