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My next dog will be another herding type dog as I miss having them around. It depends mostly on the lines and the timing and my situation at the time. Border collie, sheltie, or Aussie are the three I am tossing around. Sheltie if I need to get another smaller/easier dog and because they are the familiar breed to me. The only way I'd get a sheltie over the other two is if I do really NEED to get a small dog due to living situations. Border collie is what I really want and I have a breeder list already picked out. I don't think shelties fit me as well as BCs and Aussies and there's things I'd like to do that having a bigger dog would be beneficial. I've been pining for a BC for years but will not get one unless I am certain I am in a place to handle one. Aussie is one I've thought about then decided they weren't for me then recently decided I do like the smaller working type dogs. I'm still not quite as sold on them but I do really like them. Playing with an 11 week old Aussie pup all last week didn't help much either.

I still have at least 2 years to wait out though, unfortunately. I'm saving up for a house right now.
You know Laur in 2+ years I will mail you an Aussie puppy in a box addressed "To: Mia"
 

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You know Laur in 2+ years I will mail you an Aussie puppy in a box addressed "To: Mia"
Haha mia will be so unhappy when I finally do get another dog. She's such a spoiled brat and so used to being the babydog.

Mia wants a cat now though. I am telling her tough luck on that one.

 

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As someone else said, I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking about my next dog. My husband tells our current dog I'm already looking for her replacement. As if!

I would like a GSD or a Doberman. I had an amazing GSD but the shedding drove me bananas. I'm looking at a local rescue for Doberman's and plan on going to their next open house to learn more. I heard they have about the same temperment as GSD's but obviously have less shedding.

I prefer to give older dogs a home, so it really will depend on what dog is in need of a family when we are ready. I could end up with something completely different when the time comes. Whatever dog needs us (and we need back) will find us.
 

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Keechak, I may actually really be interested in an Aussie in 2ish years though. ;) That'll be right at puppy time for me and I adore your dogs haha. Now you've got me thinking, which is always a bad thing!
 

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There was one in my OBED. class the same size as a beagle. I thought it was a mix but she said it was a mini Australian shepherd.

This is the size I want
http://www.akc.org/breeds/australian_shepherd/
If it was sold to her as a Mini Australian Shepherd then it was actually a Mini American Shepherd, they recently changed the name of the breed.
http://www.akc.org/breeds/miniature_american_shepherd/photos.cfm

But even that breed is normally a tad larger than most beagles.
 

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Great choice, we have a half Sib Husky and she mostly has Husky traits. They are very strong animals and walking her was a bit of a challenge, now we have a gentle leader harness and it is great...she loves it too and just prances around like a show dog. looks like you live where there is snow...very nice!
 

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We talk about it alot. We have his breed and his name. I had a vision/dream of this future pet. He is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, named Tanner. My husband in into hunting and fishing. I am working hard to train our new one year old lab (rescued from the park by the Columbia River when she was barely 9 weeks old), so I will have the knowledge and skills to handle a Chessie. This will be several years out because we can only have two dogs in our neighborhood HOA. Plus, two is more than enough to handle.
 

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I have been researching and drooling after a Beauceron for a while now. But hopefully that's a few years in the future. Toby is 8 and Cameron is 7. I want to have at least 5-6 years with them yet.
 

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But even that breed is normally a tad larger than most beagles.
Like 50% of the beagles around here I think are technically oversized, so I guess it's kind of a subjective comparison. My roommate's beagle was over 35 pounds. Because of that I always think of them as bigger than they're "supposed" to be. It's crazy to me to think Sydney is right within the normal range of size for a beagle! She seems smaller to me.

I also have kind of a warped idea of the size of shih-tzus because the only one I know is also 35 pounds, which is way over the normal size. ;p

Wikipedia says 17-30 pounds for Mini American Shepherds (but of course, their article is still under the name Mini Australian Shepherd), momtolabs, so that should give you an idea. I have to say I would greatly enjoy a Sydney-sized Aussie. I didn't realize they were that small...I'll have to look into that. :D
 

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My next dog will most definitely be a herding breed. Either a BC, Aussie, Catahoula, ACD, or mix there of. I'm working with a rescue right now, but with our living situation right now and moving again in 2 months, I don't know whether or not they will accept my app, though the phone interview went well. The ACD breeder that I love has a litter planned for next spring, so if I don't have a rescue by then, we may look seriously at that.

When Harlow gets to be around 6 years old, we will probably get DH his Vizsla. We will probably always have a bully breed (not sure whether or not it will be another Boxer, AmStaff, or American Bull), I know I will always have a herding breed, and DH will probably always have a sporting breed.

I have always had a love for English Springers as well... and eventually when I am rich, I will have a Koolie. But that could be a while.

I also have a weird thing about naming my dogs long before I have them. Males only though, for some reason... I can't name females in advance.
 

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I find myself all over the place with "what next", so clearly I am a far way away from being ready. Some days its "I will never own another dog again!". Other days I think I would like to get an adult rescue. Then I have my fantasy dogs... I have always loved bench English Setters. For the past good while though I have put in some serious research in the Korthals Griffon. I met my first one recently and I was absolutely smitten. Who knows, maybe an adult rescue Korthals? My Boys are not even 5 yet though, so that is still a long ways away.
 

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I am looking for a English Bulldog! I just havent found what I'm looking for yet. I also am still on the fence about getting a puppy. I hate puppies, but with EBs I feel like I probably should suck up and raise one from the start. Rescue ones are hard to come by (many they want in a single dog, no cat home which Im not), some retired breeding dogs come about but with their shorter than "usual" lifespan I think I'm really screwing myself that way.
 
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