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I wont be able to get a dog till I have a job so I have plenty of time to look through the different breeds. Thing is I am having trouble choosing a breed! I have gone through many breeds and researched many of the ones I like the look of but just can't make up my mind. I am after a small companion dog thats easily trainerble and short haired.

Am I just being too picky here? I own a cocker spaniel but have all ways wanted two dogs and one I want to be small-ish. I know I don't want another cocker as I'd like another breed. Our walks consist of anything from 40 mins to an 1 and half (usually I go for the 1 1/2) we get out every day and have a park and beach local to us and many other parks that are just a drive a way.

I will be doing the training myself as I can't get to any training centres but will be able to go to the vets puppy socialising classes as its just down the road from where I live. I'd also be happy to pick a purpose bred cross (or designer dog) so long as I could find a good breeder. I had also considered a rescue as a second dog.

How did you choose the breed you currently have? What did you take into consideration?
 

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Have you thought about a jack Russel terrier? My dogs were kind of "sprung" upon me, except Bentley. But I will always have a lab,thats for sure. I like how easily trainable they are, and goofy(I could never have a dog that is serious100% of the time), and there are other factors.
 

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I have been 'stuck' on papillons so long (our last 7 dogs have been paps and the 3 before were all shelties) that I've been having trouble settling on the right larger breed for my next dog. There's really 4 breeds I think could potentially work and I've gone back and forth over them again and again. There are things I love most about each and things I don't like as much about each.

I finally realized it's more about the breeder and the lines than the breed at this point. I would be happy with any of the breeds. The reality is finding a good breeder at this point that follows my ideals as closely as possible, is producing well balanced dogs I like, and will offer a contract I can agree with is the most important.
 

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Honestly, to me, since you already have one dog, the personality would be of greater concern that the breed.
What I mean is, we have had so many posts about how the new dog and old dog hate each other and don't get along and "what do I do" type of thing that I would count myself lucky if I could find a dog that connects well with my other dog.

And, actually, we were lucky enough to have that! When we were adding to our family, my husband and I knew we would never agree to adopt a certain rescue dog unless there was a connection between all the dogs involved....no matter what the breed.
 

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Honestly, to me, since you already have one dog, the personality would be of greater concern that the breed.
What I mean is, we have had so many posts about how the new dog and old dog hate each other and don't get along and "what do I do" type of thing that I would count myself lucky if I could find a dog that connects well with my other dog.

And, actually, we were lucky enough to have that! When we were adding to our family, my husband and I knew we would never agree to adopt a certain rescue dog unless there was a connection between all the dogs involved....no matter what the breed.

Agreed - especially if you're considering getting an adult dog instead of a puppy, make sure the dogs get along. You could have your perfect breed, but if it doesn't get along with your other dog your life will be hell anyway.
 

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When I have a secure job I will get a dog I would want to know that I could financially cope with vet fee's so it would realisticly be a year after a I get a job before getting a second dog.

I like Jack Russells and before I could with doing 1hr 1/2 walks I thought I wouldn't be able to cope with one. Sadly many round here are too much for their owners to cope with they don't understand the breed is not a toy dogdespite "being little" so lots that are sadly out of controll. I know my parents would disagree with me getting such an active dog but I know JR's are really smart.

I just don't think people take into consideration how their dog will take to a new member of the family and just get one in the hope that all will plan out. I have thought a great deal about this as I would not like to upset my current dog. I know she would benefit from having a k9 companion which is why I thought that a rescue maybe a good idea as good rescues assess both dogs and will only let their dog go if the two get on which makes sense. I think most of the time tpeople fail to introduce their dogs because they don't set things up propperly or think about the consequences. The expect their dogs to get on thats the first mistake when introduce dogs, dogs are like people they need time to adjust if their to live happily together.
 

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It sounds like you've got your poop in a group! I hope you find your perfect K9 companion for both you and your other dog. :)
 

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I knew that I wanted another Pit Bull for my second dog. My third dog will also be a Pit. After that I'm thinking about maybe getting a Doberman Pincher, which I have always adored.

How did I pick my second dog? I loved the breed since I first owned my first Pit Nubs, and I loved every Pit I've met. I knew what I wanted in a dog: Hard working, trainable, great with people, higher energy, smart, and most importantly able to bounce back from anything thrown at them with a smile and a wagging tail. Pits are a perfect fit for that.

You have plenty of time to find your second dog. Mine second dog was dropped in my lap when she was rescued off the side of the road by a fellow DFer. I knew after a few weeks of fostering her that no one would want a dog like her for a pet, she had to be in a working home. When it happens it happens.
 

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Find a breed that matches your lifestyle. This is key, because you're likely going to bond with a lot of different dogs, but it's more about how compatible they are with you.
1. Exercise needs
2. Grooming needs. Do you have time to brush the coat everyday?
3. Good with other pets?
4. High energy level? Low energy level? *this is different from exercise needs. i.e. how hyper your dog will be in the home.
5. Need for attention/independence
6. Okay being left alone?
7. Food costs - larger breeds are going to cost substantially more.
8. Potential health problems

Write a list of what your lifestyle is like, and then pick the top 3 most important factors, and work from there.

Here is what I found out about myself:
1. I love getting affection and cuddles so I definitely wanted a small dog who could sleep on the bed with me, and very sweet and loving.
2. I can't go outdoors all the time, so I need a dog who's good in small homes and needs little-moderate exercise.
3. I am away at work all day so I need a breed that can handle being left alone. *This is a key reason why I decided NOT to go with the maltese.

Here are the sacrifices I decided I could live with:
1. Bichons need a lot of grooming.
2. Bichons need a LOT of attention.
3. Bichons are high energy, and will be hyper in the home.
 

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When we got our second dog (it's been just over a month now.. and yes, finally getting a bit easier!), we knew we wanted another large/giant breed dog. Livia came up in rescue and we went for it. I know my limitations re: hair, shedding, exercise, etc but it was most important she got along well with Loki. Loki is so laid back though that it we weren't really concerned.
 

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I worked with dogs for years (doggy daycare) before I got my first dog. I got to meet so many breeds through that job and it helped me fall in love with the Dobermans. Based on my relationship with the dobes that I knew and then further research on the breed I felt that they were the right breed for me. Everything seemed to fit!

For my second dog - I sort of fell into the breed. I wanted a small dog (that would eat less than my current dog) that could hold it's own against my doberman so I was looking at herding breeds, specifically corgis. I was watching Westminster when I saw the Icelandic Sheepdog, a breed I'd never heard of. I decided to look into them and found that they fit pretty much exactly what I was looking for with the added bonus that they were a little less independent (more velcro) with corgis and were built structurally just a little better (no extra long backs). I started contacting breeders for more personal information and one of them offered my Ruthie to me. It all worked out.

Picking a breed can be hard but if you truly have no true preferences than find the breed that is best for your lifestyle.
 

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I'm SUPER picky about my second dog too. I think I have too much time and have been reading and researching too much and now can't decide. lol. It doesn't help that Jackson has set my standards super high, he's just so great and perfect for me. Which is what led me looking to Silky Terriers, but then again, I don't just want to get one and expect it to be JUST like Jackson either, which is why I started looking at other breeds. I'm in the same boat though.
 

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I spent a long time online looking for what type of breed I wanted for my second dog. I want the dog to be on the smaller side, a male (I already had a female), good-natured, less high-strung than my current dog, etc. I planned on waiting until Coco was 2 to get a new dog.

Then my Dad came to my house one day, looked at me as if he had done something wrong, and said he found a dog in the road and picked him up. As soon as I saw the dog, I could tell he was a puppy. He was covered in fleas and ticks, looked starved and scared out of his mind. When my Dad picked him up, he was heading for a major highway. After taking him to the vet, discovering no chip, and attempting to find the owner with no success, I decided to keep him.

Lucky is a smaller dog, male, friendly, easy-going (yet hyper) and gets along great with Coco (who is high-strung with humans but loves other dogs). We think he's a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix.

Lucky fell into my lap after all that research and planning I did.
 

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I spent a long time online looking for what type of breed I wanted for my second dog. I want the dog to be on the smaller side, a male (I already had a female), good-natured, less high-strung than my current dog, etc. I planned on waiting until Coco was 2 to get a new dog.

Then my Dad came to my house one day, looked at me as if he had done something wrong, and said he found a dog in the road and picked him up. As soon as I saw the dog, I could tell he was a puppy. He was covered in fleas and ticks, looked starved and scared out of his mind. When my Dad picked him up, he was heading for a major highway. After taking him to the vet, discovering no chip, and attempting to find the owner with no success, I decided to keep him.

Lucky is a smaller dog, male, friendly, easy-going (yet hyper) and gets along great with Coco (who is high-strung with humans but loves other dogs). We think he's a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix.

Lucky fell into my lap after all that research and planning I did.
Hehe that is such a sweet story <3 In Toronto, I never encounter stray/abandoned dogs :( I think the Animal Services picks them up, or people get to them first! I hope one day I"ll get to experience rescuing one! I can't wait till Butters gets older and I can get myself a house with a yard, so I can rescue one myself!

Good on you :)
 
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