#1-Well, my mom is getting me a dog. It is going to be a house dog but has to be good around horses. It needs to be under 25 pounds and fairly easy to house break. It would be best if it isn't vary hyper and not a poodle or poodle mix (I really don't like the poodle's looks). It can't be vary expensive - under $200. I need it to tollarate cold and hot weather. Do you have any suggestions?
#2- What is the easiest way to house break a dog? How can you housebreak them to "tell" you when they need to go out. How long should it take you to housebreak a dog?
under $200 from a good breeder is going to be hard to find. usually dogs from good breeders are about $600 or more and more and more. maybe a shelter, with a guess as to breed? crate training has always been the best way for me to housebreak a puppy. they just kind of naturally figure out asking to go out with time. my pug took till 6-8 months old to be housetrained, not very reliable till about a year old.
I've already checked most of the shelters but nothing has really been what we want, I'm going to a shelter tomorrow but it's not a very big shelter... I would really like to get the dog as a puppy also. I would consere a mixed breed dog but am mainly looking for a purebred dog. How do you crate train a dog? What are the steps?
Cocker spaniel Border collie-if you have horses then a border collie would be a great farm dog.If they have enough exersize they are not hyper
got to www.petfinder.org and look for dogs for adoption their.I think a young adult or adult dog would be best for your situation.Go to your local shelter
Get the dog on a schedule.Take it out after he etas,drinks,plays,sleeps.Hook to you by a leash adn never let it out of your site.If you cant watch it oput it in the crate.I really think an adult dog would be best or an older puppy.
Where are you located?
Not all poodle mixes are ugly we fostered a scottie,poodle mix that was very cute and smarter than you would imagine.
***Edited By: cockerlover on 5/5/2006 9:18:31 PM*** Reason: add
It depends on the dog.We just adopted out a 8 month old border collie.She weighed 33 lbs but she was a bigger border collie.She was very smart and already knew how to herd animals.She was obedince trained and already housebroke.She adored people and got along with every animal.They are good farm dogsShe also was not a heavy shedder.
Im going to try and find you a couple dogs that are up for adoption.
***Edited By: cockerlover on 5/5/2006 9:21:26 PM*** Reason: add
If you don't have your heart set on a certain breed, and you are concerned with temperment, you might even want to consider adopting an adult dog. You could probably find plenty of (young) adult dogs at a shelter, and you would get a much better idea on their temperment than you get for a puppy. Just a thought. But good luck finding your new puppy/dog!
Just my advice... get a whippet... whippet... whippet... they are geat. Hard to look at at first because you always want to feed them. but they are great... and the best breeder in the world is a woman known as Roberta Jameison, although she does not get along with one of my best friends (they are at war) - Roberta has great dogs. And BOY - does she know everything about feeding a dog.
A great dog with horses under 25 lbs is a cavalier king charles spaniel. They are great house pets and love to sit on your lap but also love run around and play,the only major downside is that they are very expensie however they are as cute as can be and their breed has four different colors that are all beautiful I think unless you can adopt a dog from a shelter-which is great, you will be looking at more expensive prices. I have a long haired chihuahua and a cavalier puppy and I am now obsessed with cavaliers! You should def look into the breed, they are more than worth the money!
I'm a Sheltie person. If you're looking at a Border Collie, look into a Sheltie. They're smaller, just as intelligent, and Shelties are a little easier to handle if you've never had an extremely intelligent - um mischeivious - dog. The herding breeds tend to be really easy to train, super eager to please, but they need good socialization and training to be happy and be good dogs (they learn easily and quickly, but you have to actually commit to the effort).
For $200 you have a couple of options :
1.) Get a Shelter dog. That's about all you're going to find in your price range really. Check out rescue organizations (there is a great Sheltie rescue in the Minnesota/Iowa area I believe).
Consider an adult. While puppies are fun - they are A LOT of work and it sounds like you're still in school. You're going to need to be able to make that commitment to a pup during that first year to make sure training and socialization is taken care of.
2.) Save your money a little while longer and find a good breeder. For most breeds you're not going to get a puppy that is even the quality you'll find in the Shelter for $200. While you might be able to find a cheaper puppy, the vet bills that will probably go along with it at some point in the first couple of years are going to be a lot closer to $1000-2000 dollars. Breeders selling at that price are usually breeding dogs with health problems or temperament issues.
And stay far away from Puppy Farms!!! If the breeder lives on a farm, makes the dogs live in a barn, and has more than 6-8 dogs they are probably a Puppy Farm. If they have more than one breed - run far far away. You'd be lucky to get a pup that doesn't have parasites and some other health problem right off the bat.
If you want a well bred puppy that is going to be healthy and live a long life, you want to go to a good breeder. With Shelties, if you pay less than $500 you're getting a poor quality dog.
whippets don't tolerate heat/cold very well, and most toy breeds/very small breeds are difficult to housetrain. Dacshshunds are a great breed but are stubborn.
Maybe a cavalier king charles spaniel? They are normally pretty high priced though. I would say just do lots of research on several small/toy breeds and then decide which would best fit your lifestyle. Check out books from your library, go online and do searches......