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Recommend me a good breed of dog(s)

Hi All,

I'm about to take the plunge and get a dog at home. I know it's definitely a lifestyle change, but I'm ready to undergo it. My question for you is what types of breeds do you recommend?

Here's my criteria:

1) Playful personality
2) Size is no more than 20-30lbs at fully grown adult stage
3) Fairly easier to train / smart
4) Doesn't shed as much, I know I'll have to deal with some shedding

Ideally, I'm looking for a puppy that will stay the same size. I want it the cutest possible since the dog is really a reflection of the owner.

Finally, if there are any places you'd recommend getting a puppy in the Seattle area, please let me know.

Thanks!
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Are there any young kids in the picture?
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Originally Posted by General Zod
Are there any young kids in the picture?
No young kids in the picture, however, I would like the puppy tame. Meaning, no rot's or the like.

Thanks for the question
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I like Cocker Spaniels (have 2 of them now). They seem to fit what you are looking for except that you have to take some time to ensure they are groomed properly. Just my suggestion..

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The Chinese crested looks interesting.



Of course this one is pedigreed so others may not look quite as good.
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I will suggest a poodle. They are around the size requirement that you looking for, they are smart and they don't shed as much as other breeds.
The only drawback is that they tend to bark quite often.

BTW, everytime I see a picture of that Chinese dog that X posted, it gives me nightmares.
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my favorite breed of dog is a cat, but I don't wanna be that guy - so I'll just suggest a mini-doberman or a jack russel terrier
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Don't worry, Trigger. I'll be "that guy" for you.
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I was going to suggest a Corgi, Cardigan or Pembroke, but they shed quite a bit. I have two Cardigans and they're awesome.
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We just adopted a Dachshund...ok, well 4 weeks ago. she'll stay small and is smart and won't shed. But they can be tempermental and have attitudes.
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Get a toy poodle. They're smart and love company. My Timmy would agree.

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You've perfectly described the beagle! Check out our two tri-color girls, Bailey (Left) and Minnie. Minnie's a lot bigger, but I don't have any recent photos online.





1) They're very playful, and exceptional around kids
2) They grow to be 25 pounds, if you feed them correctly (they tend to get portly)
3) Their intelligence by breed is above average
4) Short hairs = not too much shedding on average

They go for around $250 to $300 around my parts.

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My dog is the best breed,although i'm not sure what breed he is.Some type of mix,that I got free from an aunt.Smart as can be,freindly and doesn't shed.
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I'd recommend:









Brittany Spaniels are also good dogs

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Originally Posted by Premise
My dog is the best breed,although i'm not sure what breed he is.Some type of mix,that I got free from an aunt.Smart as can be,freindly and doesn't shed.
My guess is that your dog is part Lhapsa Apso or Shitzsu.
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i have a lhasa apso and he has been great.. they are usually 16-20 lbs grown... they are VERY loyal...

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Ok, you always recommend what you love, but I recommend a Shetland Sheepdog...

i.e. a Sheltie.

It meets your criteria, at least, and they are smart, loveable, and really great dogs.





This one is mine:

and so is this one:

Yes, the first one snuck into the corner of the second one's picture.
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You might wanna' check out this thread:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=434022
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My sister has a beagle, and hes a good dog. doesnt shed too much. Poodles are nice because they have hair instead of fur and do not shed. We had a cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle mix) as a kid. I dont think it shed too much but you still got to brush them out everyday or they get tangles really bad.
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Originally Posted by MitzEclipse
I want it the cutest possible since the dog is really a reflection of the owner.
Well, if you really believe that, you should check here

Edited to add:
D*MMIT, Muggins beat me to it!!

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Originally Posted by Seeker
Ok, you always recommend what you love, but I recommend a Shetland Sheepdog...i.e. a Sheltie.
It meets your criteria, at least, and they are smart, loveable, and really great dogs.
Not all the criteria...
Originally Posted by MitzEclipse
Here's my criteria:
1) Playful personality
2) Size is no more than 20-30lbs at fully grown adult stage
3) Fairly easier to train / smart
4) Doesn't shed as much, I know I'll have to deal with some shedding..
My aunt has always had Shetlands, and they shed like crazy...

Oh, and about this part:
Originally Posted by MitzEclipse
if there are any places you'd recommend getting a puppy in the Seattle area, please let me know.
Have you thought about the Humane Society? They can actually tell you a lot about what dog would fit your family, like they did with my cat... they had a questionaire filled out by the person who gave her up for adoption, and you could read it to see if she was good with kids, good indoors or out, well-trained, etc.
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Originally Posted by rabbit77
You've perfectly described the beagle! Check out our two tri-color girls, Bailey (Left) and Minnie. Minnie's a lot bigger, but I don't have any recent photos online.





1) They're very playful, and exceptional around kids
2) They grow to be 25 pounds, if you feed them correctly (they tend to get portly)
3) Their intelligence by breed is above average
4) Short hairs = not too much shedding on average

They go for around $250 to $300 around my parts.
My friend had a beagle and he was really playful. The only drawback I saw was that he was super hyper.

My sister has a scottish terrier and I really like him. He's really well-mannered, but I've heard they're hard to train.

I've learned that I don't really care for dogs much. I think puppies are cute and I don't mind other people's (well-behaved) dogs, but I'm man enough to admit that I'm a cat person.
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Originally Posted by rabbit77
You've perfectly described the beagle! Check out our two tri-color girls, Bailey (Left) and Minnie. Minnie's a lot bigger, but I don't have any recent photos online.





1) They're very playful, and exceptional around kids
2) They grow to be 25 pounds, if you feed them correctly (they tend to get portly)
3) Their intelligence by breed is above average
4) Short hairs = not too much shedding on average

They go for around $250 to $300 around my parts.

I too was gonna say you described a beagle perfectly. They are great around the entire family, super-smart, and cute as hell.

I had one for seven years, he was the greatest !

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