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Breed Ideas? Biased people WELCOME!

7954 Views 33 Replies 24 Participants Last post by  LittleFr0g
I am trying to decide on a breed and/or mix breed (would look for these mixes if I adopt from shelter or petfinder). I have the chance to get an Aussie, but I want to make sure all of my options are explored before I make this big decision. (I didn't struggle this much over my apartment or car choice, BTW.) :eek:

Here are the things I'd like to have:

*Smart, pretty easily trained
*Basic tricks
*Maybe play ball/frisbee
*Attractive (aren't they all?)
*Good with older kids (mine is 7, visited occasionally by a 3 year old)
*Needs moderate exercise
*Eventually would like to get my daughter into 4-H with the dog
*Barking would be a problem as we can hear our neighbors all the time! (I can't wait to move to a house!!!)
*Small to small-medium dog (Avoiding toys or gargantuan dogs. LOL)

My facts:

*I live in an apt, second floor. Large floor space to play, and large yard/field in back right out our door.
*Off in the summers, work during school year 7 hours a day. Would be crated.
*I have a 7 year old daughter that NEEDS a companion and is very responsible and dog savvy.
*We walk about a mile or more each day and go to the park a couple times a week and walk even more.
*We have time to devote to play and training every day.
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I am biased toward Mutts. If showing isn't what your daughter wants, for training, agility, etc., many mutts are perfect. Both of mine are perfect for my lifestyle...slug...but both would have done well in agility, if I was so inclined.

Yes, it's a crap shoot on what you will get in the mix, but I don't know that I would have anything else.

Good luck. So did you decide the Aussie was not for you (from another post)? I had an Aussie mix and she was the smartest dog ever...and loved the water (she had her own pool).
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