Hey people I am in 8th grade im 14 i have a busy life. But i have wanted a dog my whole life and so have my parents. My mother just recently visited my grandparents who have a few dogs and realized just how much she wants one so..... yea this is my oppurtunity to convince them. Here's the thing: 1. my whole family is gone everyday (except weekends) from 8a.m- 3p.m and depending sometimes even longer
2. We have 4 cats
3. R house is pretty ...crowded i mean its two stories but still
So whats the breed for me? I did a breed search on purina.com and it recommend cocker spaniel. Would a cocker be happy in my home?
Welcome and I would like to add that only you and your family can tell if a cocker is right for you. Do the research into temperment and charistics. I have heard they have a lot of illnesses associated with them...So do my breed of choice by the way...but that wuill have to be addressed because it could make vet care costs very high for the average family. I personally would look into what your life style is like and since it is so busy during the day at your house..take into concideration the grooming needed with cockers..They shed something fierce...so think about that also. Make it a family decision...so that you dont insist on a breed and the parents cant tollerate it and then it is with out a home in the long run..HAppy shopping..this is the fun part..learning about all the breeds that you like..relax, read and enjoy...and again welcome to tp...
I'd say it's probably not the best time to have a puppy right now. Puppies, especially very young ones, can only be left in a crate for about 2 hours or so a day. Anymore than that really isn't fair. Locking them up outside all day also isn't fair. They need LOTS and LOTS of time to play, exercise, train, etc.
I'd say write a list of 10 reasons why you want a puppy and 10 reasons why a puppy would want YOU. Also, what will you do with the puppy when you are not home? Are you willing to give it the exercise it needs? How will you train it? Etc.
thx for the advice after some more discussion with my parents i ended up with a no for reasons such as 1. we'd have to arrange are schedule to come home and let it out 2. it wouldnt get along with the cats
so sadly thats the end of that............................ thz any way people- at least i tried-
I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. But keep researching all breeds. Sometimes spending lots of time reading about all types of dogs will help the time go by until the day comes when your family decides to adopt or buy one. For now, just explore your love for animals and expand your knowledge on them. :) Take care.
HEY!!Cocker Spaniels are great but they are very energetic.You should probably get a Cockapoo.They are a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.They don't shed much, are very cute, mellow, patient, easy to train, and are great companion dogs.They come in 4 sizes-Teacup Toy:under 6 lbs.,Toy:under 12 lbs.,Mini:13-18 lbs., and Maxi: over 19 lbs.They are sooo great.I'm about your age and I also would love to have a dog.I have done a lot of researching about this breed and they are amazing.
Actually cocker spaniels iwth proper training can indeed do great with cats. I can see where a cocker spaniel would be a good pet given what you've described. Not too big, not too fragile/small. However, as others have said, they do have a lot of fur and may require regular grooming by a professional, especially if you keep them clipped down. If summer is coming up, will you be out of school for the summer and home more often? If so, this might be a great time to get a puppy, as you will have all summer to house train it before fall classes start.
I suggest you and your parents sit down with an 'all breed' dog book and everyone pick out breeds that they all like. Then go from there. If people are typically gone at your house from 830 to 330, that's a long time but many people work and have happy healthy pets. Housetraining might take a little longer, is all.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/19/2005 5:29:51 PM*** Reason: add
You didn't say whether you have a fenced yard or would look at constructing a dog run. That might alleviate changing daily schedules around. Also, how much exercise are you willing to do? That must be a consideration. Dogs need exercise. As for the cats, I have three. They are all over 10 years old. I recently brought in three Siberian Husky girls into the house. They are all six months old. They have learned to get along (no blood involved) with each other. I still wouldn't leave them alone together. That is just too much temptation. When I had an eight week old puppy, we would confine her in the bathroom when we weren't home. There was room for her crate (for a den), toys (only safe ones), food, water and a place to potty. Having a linoleum (sp?) floor made clean up relatively easy. This kept her from the cats and from annoying the neighbors. As she got bigger we could graduate to the kitchen with child gates (you can use the doorway ones or get the larger enclosure type). As for type, depends on you and your family. Do you have shedding or grooming issues? If so you should probably find a short haired breed. Then look at the sizes of the breeds at maturity. Go to http://www.akc.org and look at the different breeds. Under breed standard the site will tell you weight and height (at the withers) for a mature dog or bitch. That should help get you started and remember whatever you get, now or in the future, PLEASE spay or neuter your pets. Good Luck with the parents
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 5/19/2005 5:33:45 PM*** Reason: ??
Puppies do take a lot of time and need a lot of attention but what about getting a little older dog. you could check out the Humane Society in your area and if you didn't find one on your first trip you can stop back at another time and so on till you find that perfect dog that the whole family could love and enjoy. Don't give up! Someday you'll have your dog.
mcaluda, the good news is that your cats may get along with a puppy, mine just ignore my pup. I had two cats before i got a puppy and this was a concern of mine too. They adjust, depending on your cats personality. especially if its a small dog and an even smaller puppy, you grown cats may only look at it as an annoying yappy thing. If you have a female cat , it may think that the puppy is a kitten and "take care of it". The point that im trying to make, is that perhaps your cats will not act as violently as you think they will. As for what type of puppy you can get, a small breed would be the best choice, in my opinion. Larger breeds may be too much to handle, for you being a first time owner, plus the fact that you may not always have time to take hour long walks. I dont think that you need to rearrange your schedule to take care of a puppy. If you get a small breed such as a maltese or a chihuahua, you can train it to go on a wee wee pads and take it out for walks before bed time, or quickly in the morning....and the benefit of that is, the puppy will be ok alone from 8 to 3. If you dont do anything over the summer, perhaps a wise decision would be to get a puppy on your summer break, 2months will be enough to train you pup, and for it to be able to stay home alone by september. There are many options, and there is always a solution. Talk to your parents about it, perhaps tey can come up with something. Godd Luck!!!