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Old 01-16-2013, 09:13 PM
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I got a poodle mix last week, but he is a result of a stray poodle and my friend`s very young poodle mix from the shelter, I do believe she hails from a BYB though. I did not pay for him, Although I covered the cost of his first vet visit at 6 weeks.

I think he will by low allergen, but you never know. He has Maltese, Shih Tzu and yorkie but is about 3/4 poodle.

If I had allergies I would probably take a more guaranteed route of getting a purebred hypoallergenic dog like crock said. (AKA a poodle because they're awesome!!!). It is your decision what kind of dog you want though.

I think you seem like you have everything you need for your puppy! Of course you will buy all these expensive toys your dog will hate and some they will love
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I got a poodle mix last week, but he is a result of a stray poodle and my friend`s very young poodle mix from the shelter, I do believe she hails from a BYB though. I did not pay for him, Although I covered the cost of his first vet visit at 6 weeks.
^And that is why shelters should spay/neuter every pet before it walks out the door.... Anyways, I don't want to derail. Ditto the rest of your post.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:24 PM
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^And that is why shelters should spay/neuter every pet before it walks out the door.... Anyways, I don't want to derail. Ditto the rest of your post.
100 and a million percent agree.
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Thanks to all of you! I'm glad I can ask people about puppy foods and toys, since my previous dog really only liked bully sticks and her banana (squeaker removed because she was terrified of sqeaks,lol) You've also made me look hard at my decision, and I think I'm sticking to it; I currently have no obligation to purchase so if I should find an adoptable that fits the general criterion for size/breed then I may rethink it.

I know I've been aiming at the spaniel/poodle mixes because that's what I previously had and I loved the size (some dogs are just too small and others too big), the general temperament and the uniqueness in personality. My Dog Jazzy was the worst best dog ever (think uptight diva), and I can't wait to have another pooch show me with their own Personality/Traits.

I don't have allergies to all dogs, but I've found I have issues with short haired breeds. I don't know if it's the dander, the dog itself, or something else; but the general consensus is labs/gsd are no goes with me. I should mention my mom wasn't keen on having a dog any larger then 25lbs.

Thanks again for all your help!
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I don't have allergies to all dogs, but I've found I have issues with short haired breeds. I don't know if it's the dander, the dog itself, or something else; but the general consensus is labs/gsd are no goes with me. I should mention my mom wasn't keen on having a dog any larger then 25lbs.
My mother isn't nearly as allergic to my Border Collie/Springer Spaniel mix as she is to my german shepherd, so it makes sense! Do you live in northern or southern alberta? I'll keep my eyes peeled at some of the shelter sites for you. Are you for sure on a puppy? Would you be willing to travel a bit?
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Have you researched reputable Poodle breeders in your area? I grew up with a toy Poodle, who was about 19lbs and an awesomely outgoing dog. I'm not partial to the minis though, but that's just me.

I'm SO glad you're willing to keep an eye out on shelter/rescue websites, I was just curious if you are also willing to look up Poodle breeders.
Have you ever considered a Wheaten Terrier (soft coated)? I've talked to tons of people who have said they chose the breed because of allergies, and they are extremely smart, outgoing and friendly dogs. The ones I've met, at least. Their demeanor (and size) is in between a large and small dog, so it might be good choice for you!

I just think you should consider other "hair instead of fur" breeds before contributing to someone who is doing a disservice to both the Poodle breed and CKCS breed by charging $500 for a litter of puppies that, until a couple of years ago, would've been free, because it's not a purebred litter, and considered a mistake.

Up until this fad came, it was a true embarrassment for a reputable breeder to have one of their bitches get pregnant by a different breed of dog. This woman is capitalizing on this "designer dog" fad, and it's not good for reputable breeders or pet dog owners alike.
If you pay her that money, she has all the more reason to continue what she is doing, which is ripping people off. If you spend your money at a different, more reputable breeder that is truly bettering the breed, then you are not contributing to the downfall of these breeds you love.

If you spend your money at a shelter or rescue, you will literally be saving a life, as well as saving money, as well as that money going to an amazing cause. (Along with the spaying/neutering of your pup, it's shots, vet bills, etc.) If you purchase a dog, it means one more shelter dog is put to sleep because it does not have a home to go to. I don't mean to go into this rant, and i'm sorry to hijack your thread, I just need you to know this.

I just want to make sure you have the facts, i'm not trying to sound like an extremist or that I am totally against anything but adoption. That's not my stance. I just feel that when you have a choice like you do, and plenty of time to research and educate yourself, you should know the truth about the decisions you make. And if you have this chance to take the time to choose where your new pup is going to come from (i.e. instead of finding a pup on the side of the road that you decide to keep), why not make the best decision possible?

I would not be wasting my time and energy typing this if I didn't get the vibe from you that a) you're intelligent, b) you care about your prospective new pup, and c) that you are respectful and take into consideration what we're saying, instead of just blowing us off because we have opinions that vary from yours or comments that stray from your original question.

Ok, i'm beyond rambling lol. Sorry! Just let us know Kay, if you're willing to consider other breeds, because there are other awesome breeds that fit your criteria.
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Zoorun-I live in lethbridge (2 hrs south of Calgary), I've looked at the rescue they have there (Pawsitive Match) that are dogs from high kill shelters around North America, but haven't found any online that speak to me.

And Yes I perfer a pup, but would go as old as 2 yrs, just because I love being able to connect with a dog from a young age.

Megs 87- I went through a lot in the last 2 years with my 14 yr old girl. Just after my dad died in 2011 (her true owner) she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart, excessive liver values (from unknown causes), and tumor on her hind leg (we never had it tested but figured because of the size. In the week before she died the tumor bleed profusely, and then 2 days before we put her down she had 2 grand mal seizures. She's the reason I want to do my best to track down a decent pup.

I only like the cavapoo or cockapoo idea because of the best worlds of low shedding and the spaniel look, please I got a general feel for the mutt breed from my previous girl. I guess I'm a floppy ear/shaggy dog lover lol. Plus The dog must be low shed. I also don't like mini-dogs my friend has a Chihuahua type dog an to me that's not really a dog, more like half a dog . I open to most breeds, just as long as their 15 to 25 lbs as adults.

I'm not guaranteeing anything with breeders, or shelters, but I do know that I plan to have a dog become part of my family sometime this year. Being without a dog in the house is driving me nuts! Who knew I had so much time to think? and how am I supposed to relax without my Personal Exercise Trainer demanding I take her on a walk? I miss Jazzy greatly and hope she can steer my in the correct direction to her legacy...
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I should also mention I'm finishing off my college classes this april, so I hope to get a dog after I'm finished so I'll have more time to take with the dog (my work allows me to have an hour lunch break, plus my mom and I work opposite shifts so she'll cover whenever it's needed). It's hard looking when you know it's best to wait for a busy semester to be over so you can focus on bonding.
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KayWilson, it's great that you've done so much research and you really seem to know what you want. There's nothing wrong with choosing a breed, even one that might be considered designer, and getting it from a breeder. I know how hard it is to find a suitable dog at a shelther or rescue, where I live a majority of the nearby shelters only have chihuahuas and pitbulls. If they don't have what you're looking for, going through a reputable breeder is a good choice, and yours sounds like a great breeder.

Don't feel the need to justify yourself, or feel discouraged because a few people think that getting a "designer" dog is a problem. People have their own opinions, but you're the one that gets to choose in the end

However back on topic, there's lots of great foods out there as well. I already mentioned Taste of the Wild, but Acana, Orijen, Evo, Blue Buffalo Wilderness are also really great foods. They are all grain free, soy free, by product free, etc. Most of the ingredients in these brands are relatively the same, and it's really just your preference. Some of them are cheaper than others, and some can only be found at certain stores. So I'd just shop around and see which food would fit best into your budget and is easiest to find. Where I live, Acana and Orijen are pretty hard to come by, so we go with ToTW. Plus, our dogs didn't really seem to like evo or blue buffalo as much.
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A reputable breeder is not one who breeds mutts... A mix breed is a mutt... Reputable breeders only breed pure bred dogs to better the breed... They don't create new mix breeds. Please reconsider purchasing a mutt from a backyard breeder. These people support the unnecessary euthanasia of sooooooo many animals and people who purchase from then unknowingly or knowingly do so as well....

You say the parents are health tested... You mean a vet say they are healthy?

I really encourage you to look at what this breeder really is and what he/she is doing and is encouraging. You will find a great thread that helps people fine reputable breeders who truly mean well.

If you still think this is all okay, please take a look at high kill shelters and look at all the "whatever-poos" that end up in them.

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