I read through the posts on this thread, and really didn't see where anyone was critizing you, they are only trying to help, by explaining the health problems, and trust me when you have an animal with health issues it can be quite costly. Just yesterday you had a list of dogs, and you were crossing some breeds off as dogs you don't want. So that leads me to believe that you really haven't done your homework, there is no possible way you could have read enough, I researched my breed for 2 years before I got it,that included, reading any, and all info on the breed, talking extensively with other owners of that breed, as well as handlers, and our vet tech who was a breeder of my particular breed. I was 17 yrs old when I finally got my pup.
I wanted a monkey too. I still do but i wont get one utill I have millions of dollars and enough time and room to take care of it properly. Will i ever get that monkey? probly nt but a girl can dream cant she lol
I dont think they ment to be mean i think it was more they were getting fed up with everything.
That would be due to the hundreds of pointless threads before this. Inquiring about where everyone got their puppy from, and if they had to convince their parents..
Followed by many many threads on tell me about X breed, and then x breed, and maybe x breed.. Rather than researching..
And now 3 threads in one day about how a list of varying dog breeds is now magically the perfect one, and the sniping about how her lack of research is somehow connected to health issues in OTHER breeds of dogs.
It's endless and it looks like most peopel are simply tired of it.
I remember being your age and researching dogs and the different breeds - and yes, I too had a different "favorite dog" every week or two. Hehe - pretty much like I liked a different boy every week or two... it's a wonderful part of being young!
As a kid, I read every book that I could find on dogs - how to train them, the different breeds, veterinary textbooks (didn't understand them - but enjoyed reading them). I think it's wonderful that you have a passion for animals. I think that it's wonderful that you spend time reading up about different breeds. Especially in an age when many kids your age are into ummm... different, more dangerous hobbies.
Enjoy reading about the different breeds - read as much as you can so that when you do have the decision to make - you can make the best possible decision. I know a lot of people suggest that you volunteer at an animal shelter - and if that's possible for you (ie: your parents will allow you to, you have enough time, you can find a shelter that will allow you to) then I think it's a great idea. Otherwise - continue doing what you're doing. Read as much as you can and dream of having those dogs... dreams are what being a kid is all about.
My dream is to someday own a rescue - it always has been... at 32 yo, I'm not there yet... but I will be. I don't let anything discourage me - and I don't think that you should let anything discourage you either!
As for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - I love their look. I think that they're about as adorable as can be! Yes, it seems that they are prone to a lot of health problems - maybe you'll be the one to figure out how to prevent some of those issues from occuring... who knows? And then again - maybe next week you'll discover another breed and think "aha - that's the one I want..." - and you'll research that breed. It's ok. My guess is that if and when your parents decide to let you get a dog - no matter what breed it is - THAT will be your favorite. And yes, Animallover - I think that you will be a very good dog owner. Take care Sonja
I wanted a monkey too... and still do! But my parents wouldn't allow and now my husband won't either... meanies! LOL!
I understand that people are tired of seeing the same type of post over and over again from Animallover... as adults we wonder, "Why can't she ask about something else?" In the same respect, she's young, she wants a dog and doesn't have one... and she wants to talk to people who do. I can understand that.
For those who are suggesting that she do some "real research" - please post some ideas for her that are appropriate for a 13 year old. When I was her age - we didn't have the internet - we had the library. I talked to everyone I met who owned a dog. So - I'm assuming that being a member of a message board of people who love their pets is pretty similar... I think that TP is a great place for her to learn.
I know that when I was 13 I offered to volunteer at our vets office - and he always kinda patted my head and sent me on my way... but maybe there is a shelter or a vets office in her area that would react differently...
I'm assuming here that mom and dad may not share the passion for animals and may not be willing to take her to dog shows, events etc... so most of the research that she would be doing might have to be things she can do from home... if anyone has any ideas - i'm sure Animallover would appreciate them!
Sienna ,*sigh ...I no what Im talking about I am very intelligent on dog breeds and am really interested in the cavalier(also shih tzu)then most other breeds before.I am not taking ANY of your comments because they are ALWAYS RUDE!and thats a fact!!!!!!!!!
Dang monkeys being so cute that everyone has to have one.
You can get some dummie books, I have seen yorkies for dummies, jack russles for dummies, danes for dummies, all kinds of breeds for dummies im sure you will find one with your breed. Im not calling you a dummie but I have herd people rave over the dummie books. If you can afford it they have nice chairs in barns and noble and they will let you sit there and read all day if you want to.
Also google for breeders of the breed your looking at and email them, Some breeders are real great and will chat to you as much as you keep replying.
id also keep my eye on other breeds you like just in case you find this one is not for you. Like I said we looked at tons of breedes and talked to a ton of breeders.
animallover, after the first of the year the dog show season starts again. Check out infodog.com and find the link for shows by state. I'm not sure where you are located. But there are numerous shows throughout the US. Go to some shows, talk to the people who show the breeds you are interested in. Volunteer at any local Specific Breed Rescue groups you are interested in. Then you should be able to make the correct decision. Nothing beats first hand experience
i agree 100% with sonja and i understand exactly how you feel im 13 too and research breeds constantly and read vet books in fact i just had a fite about me getting a dog about 20 minutes ago with my parents (who would NOT shut up ) but that is whole new story bethani
animallover23...I wanted the same breed as well, but i couldnt afford one from a reputable breeder at this point in my life. So we are going with something else, i dont know where you live but i will give you the website to a breeder that i think is excellent from what i have seen. www.cavaliersbycrumley.com, she has some beautiful cavaliers, and i spoke with her via email a couple of times and she seems to know what she is doing. I would check out her website and see what you think. It is an expensive breed, and i dont know what your parents are wanting to spend, but i would definantly do your research and know what it ahead of you. But you sound like you know what your doing..good for you! Good luck!