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    Mellow breed.

    I'm not planning on getting a 2nd dog anytime soon, but its never too soon to start planning. My dog right now is a Jack Russel, and to be honest, he's a little to hyper for me. I would like a medium sized dog (30~50ish lbs) with a mellow personality. I know it also depends on the individual dog, but are there any breeds that are generally very laid back?

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    30-50 lbs is a hard category for a mellow dog

    Um...a few of the different bulldogs are pretty calm for example French Bulldog, English Bulldog. If you are willing to go a little smaller I highly recommend a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Very sweet, calm dogs that are friendly with almost everything. Retired racing greyhounds or whippets are also very good mellow dogs as long as they get a few long walks a week they're very very calm around the house.

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    I wonder if having two dogs with different temperaments is the best thing. I do understand your logic to some degree. My experience has been that many of the mid-sized dogs have a greater activity need--especially when they're young, than other breeds. Older dogs generally have a more placid demeanor. By the time they get old they've probably just worn themselves out. Our spaniels (cocker and springer) are mid range--again, until they get older. Our dachshunds are frisky, but don't require the same kind of "burn-off" the terriers and boxer demand and need. My recommendation would be to look for an older dog for the reasons noted.

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    Chow Chows are about as mellow as they come, especially in that weight category, but they definitely aren't for everyone. Typically, they have a very hard, stubborn personality and need a strong alpha owner. They also aren't my first choice for people that have a lot of people coming and going in their homes, especially kids. However, the Chow temperament stigma has prompted a lot of breeders to really focus on breeding for good family dogs, if that's what you're looking for.

    However, unless there's a particular reason you want a puppy, I would just look to shelters and rescue for a somewhat more mellow adult dog. It doesn't take much to be more laid back than a JRT!

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    Basset hounds are very mellow, Ringo has what I would consider the perfect energy type. He is more than willing and loves going to the dog park and going on walks and everything but if you want to just sit and hang out he is always ready for that too. He really molds his energy to what you are doing, I like it

    Ella is a lot more energetic, she is a little over one and she is also mixed with another breed I think so that may have something to do with it. But in general bassets are a mellow laid back breed with lots of love to give out!

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    The bulldogs look to scary for my tastes =/ The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is absolutly adorable, but still on the smaller side.

    I'm not too concered about the exercise requirements. I don't think there are too many breeds out there that require more than a Jack Russel.
    I was thinking about an older dog as well. I've always wanted a Black Lab, and there has been one (7 yrs lab/pointer mix) in our local shelter for 2-3 months now. I went to see her a few weeks back and she seemed relatively calm compared to all the other dogs there. I was there to look at cats with a friend so I didn't get to play with her or find out anything about her. I am concerned that she has been in the shelter for a long time. Would it more likely be because she's an older dog? Or because of behavioral or health issues? I'm not too experienced with dogs, so I'd probably be going way over my head if I take a dog that has a severe behvioral/health issues. How would I go about fostering a dog? Are the shelters usually strict about fostering?

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    I'd be willing to bet she's still there more because of her age and color than health and behavioral issues. Black dogs are infamously difficult to adopt out, and most people tend to overlook the older dogs, too. Poor thing has a double dose of not much going for her.

    Fostering requirements seem to vary greatly from one shelter to another. If you're interested in her, ask the shelter and find out what they have to say. My guess is that they would be THRILLED for her to have a home, even a temporary one!

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    Just to let you know that the Cavalier is a bigger breed (often) than the standard suggests).

    The Cavalier King Charles often comes in a 25-30 pound package (the average on a 2007 survey for bitches is 8.4 kg - 18 pounds, and for dogs is 9.2 kg - 20 pounds). They throw back quickly to their blenheim spaniels roots (Blenheims were small cocking spaniels and are also behind Cocker Spaniels) without careful breeding, and sometimes even with. Many of the dogs that are championed at ~18 pounds do that before their second birthday, and Cavaliers fill out a ton in their third year.

    Some of the most prolific sires in the last 20 years - when full grown - were well above 20 pounds. Margaret Carter has said her Monty - a very prolific champion - was 23/24 pounds as a full grown adult.

    Anyway, they are a somewhat mellow breed, and would be mellow in comparison to a JRT for sure, but are also excitable and LOVE their exercise. On Cavalier forums there always threads about curbing the excitable barking when the leashes come out, and the one that I often have with me does just that. Stamina wise, they play out pretty quickly though, and have a great off switch. Lots of health issues to consider when thinking on this breed and a knowledgeable and testing breeder is a must.

    I have found that there are American Cocker Spaniels with similar 'somewhat' mellow temperaments, and they are often 30 pounds. Personally, by temperament, I appreciate a good Cocker more than a good Cavalier, but again Cockers are a breed also known to be sometimes high strung and reactive (due to popularity and bad breeding). As a prior sporting breed that no longer is bred that way there are also many that would not be considered 'mellow' at all, so a knowledgeable and caring breeder would again be a must. They are also a chore and a half to keep well-groomed.

    I always have an eye open for the Spaniels or Spaniel mixes in rescue. From rescue they can often be seen in that 25 - 30 pound range, which is one I like as well.

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    Greyhounds are generally laid back.



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    Re: Mellow breed.

    Or if you want something smaller than a greyhound, go for a whippet.
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    Re: Mellow breed.

    Quote Originally Posted by stevenham View Post
    I'm not planning on getting a 2nd dog anytime soon, but its never too soon to start planning. My dog right now is a Jack Russel, and to be honest, he's a little to hyper for me. I would like a medium sized dog (30~50ish lbs) with a mellow personality. I know it also depends on the individual dog, but are there any breeds that are generally very laid back?
    The good news is that, compared with your J.R.,
    they're probably all going to seem mellow.

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    Retired racing greyhounds older than 2 or 3 years old are fairly laidback. However, greyhound puppies are commonly referred to as 'landsharks' by greyhound people. They are very active, bouncy, mischievous and goofy. Pretty much like most puppies of any breed. Puppyhood for greyhounds seems to last for 2 or 3 years. I got Lacey when she was 5 months old and can say from experience this is very true. She is eight years old now and can still be a goof at times.

    Greyhounds are sighthounds bred for hundreds of years to run down and kill small game. Some greys have a higher prey drive than others. Lacey has grown up with cats and is very good about leaving my indoor cats alone. However, she has killed at least six squirrels and unfortunately, with the help of Olivia and Sue, a neighbors cat that got into my yard. Sometimes, prey drive can be managed and sometimes, with very high prey drive greys, it can not.

    The greyhound adoption groups are very good at selecting a greyhound suitable for a particular home. A home with cats and/or small dogs needs a low prey drive grey. Greyhound litters stay together until they are six months to a year old and then go on to racing. They do not know that other canines are dogs and can direct prey drive toward another dog (especially small dogs). This is not the same as being dog agressive. Usually, most greys learn that there are other dogs beside greys and are fine with them.

    Whippets are more active than greyhounds, though not as active as Italian greyhounds. They love sleeping under the bedcovers. They can be velcro dogs and will follow their person around the house, because of this, seperation anxiety is sometimes a problem with whippets. Actually, the same could be said about greyhounds.

    My experience with greyhounds and whippets is that both are easy to housebreak. They tend to be 'soft' dogs and respond best to positive training methods. They are more people oriented than salukis or afghanhounds.

    Stevenham, a whippet might work well for you and your little dog too. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Greyhounds tend to be large; 50 lbs. for small female up to 85 lbs. for a large male. Whippets tend to be 30 to 35 lbs.. If you have any questions about whippets or greys I would happy to help.

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    The Cavalier King Charles often comes in a 25-30 pound package.
    A well-bred cavalier generally will not be this big. My biggest dog who comes from a good, health- conscious breeder tips the scales at 20 lbs and he is considered a big Cavalier. Choosing a good breeder is paramount to getting a healthy Cavalier. You need to be concerned when dogs fall too far outside either end of the breed standard, either excessively small or excessively big is not a good thing.

    Have you tried training in agility for your JRT? A tired terrier is a good thing!

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    Re: Mellow breed.

    I dont know what my dog Bella is but she is mellower than Maggie (my JRT) but still has lots of energy. I dont know what your dog is like but I know Maggie would probably drive a mellow dog nuts. Both my dogs play all day long and wear each other out
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    Re: Mellow breed.

    If you've already raised a JRT you can do any dog now.

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