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It will probably be sometime before I get another dog, but that doesn't keep me from thinking about it! I've been doing some research lately, i'm interested in what sort of dog might best suit me, as well as my current furbaby! Research is helpful, but I think the most helpful information comes from experienced owners and just actually talking to people instead of internet breed selectors.

Of course, breed selectors is what i've been doing, and they're fun but not at all accurate. They almost always give me dogs that don't match me at all. But i'll tell you what i'm looking for and see what you all think.

Ideally, i'd like a dog that enjoys playing, but is also content to sit with me while I do homework or read a book. One that's affectionate and eager to please, so they take to training very well. Small to medium sized would be nice, i'd say smaller than my current dog [about 36 lbs] but not so small that the two can't play together. Definitely has to be good with other dogs and sociable. Grooming isn't too important to me, as long as i'm not taking them to the groomer every month.

All this being said, I understand that no matter what you plan on getting, you can always wind up bringing home something completely different. But having an idea of what to look for is always helpful. Not to mention, I really enjoy learning new things about different breeds : )

P.S. I won't be looking into breeders, shelters and rescues are where i'm going.
 

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Since you are interested in rescue I would write down what you would like in a dog and take that list to the shelters. Its easier that way than looking for a specific breed or mix :) Some rescues/shelters do behavior evaluations (the one I work for does) which helps a lot!
 

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It sounds as though something from the Terrier group, might suit you. How about a Smooth Fox Terrier,
West Highland White (Need grooming)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Parson Russel Terrier
Cairn Terrier (Need grooming)

Toy Group.
Miniature Pinscher (Can be a bit hyper)
Pug
Brussels Griffon (Roughs need grooming) Always many in rescue.
Toy Fox Terrier

Hound Group.
Beagles are always fun. Usually many in rescue.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.

Non Sporting.
Boston Terrier (Lots in rescues)
French Bulldog (Lots in rescues)
Schipperke

Forgot to mention Cardigan or Pembroke Welsh Corgis. My daughter just adopted a Cardigan. Fun-loving dog to the max.

All dogs have some quirks that many wouldn't want or be prepared to deal with. I waited a long time to get our Brussels Griffons and wouldn't change them for the world. Even though they are considered a Toy breed, they are all Terrier and are usually up for lots of fun, are very game but are also content to be a lap dog. Lots in rescue, since they became popular when the movie, "As good as it gets" came out.
Minpins can be too hyper for some. Same with Boston Terriers. Many breeds can be barkers. Another reason why they end up in shelters and rescues. The Russels (Jack and Parsons) really need an active household, but with training, make wonderful companions.

I'm sure I've missed some, but these might give you a start for your homework.

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Wow, thank you very much for the suggestions : ) Both of you, i'll definitely write them down once i'm ready for another dog.

About the Terriers, breed selectors were actually giving me lots of Terriers but I thought they were too active and hard to train? A Beagle is what I have now [well Beagle mix] and I love him but he's also the reason I want my next dog to be more trainable lol.

How are Spaniels? I was very interested in CKC Spaniels before we got our Beagle mix.
 

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I was thinking terriers sound like a good match for you. I breed and rescue Smooth Fox Terriers. They are VERY smart! I start training all of mine as puppies, and that makes it much easier for their future owners. They need rules and boundaries, and do great with clicker trainer. They are active but not hyper. They usually only bark if there's a reason. I compete in conformation, agility, obedience, rally-o, tracking and earthdog with my terriers :D

Good luck on your search!
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I love beagles. A beagle would be a great companion for your current dog (show looks adorable)
I had two cocker spaniels a long time ago and the male was difficult and rather mean. The female was very lovable and socialized easily with everyone. Even though I love the breed I would be careful. My brother had a cocker too and it bit everyone. My mother had a cocker and it also bit people...these dogs were all socialized at an early age and never neglected or abused...it was kind of strange. There wasn't anything wrong with them medically (I had the vet catscan them! thinking brain tumor...)
 

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You are welcome.

I've never heard of a CKC Spaniel. My favourite spaniels, are English Cocker, Clumber and Sussex. Clumbers do drool though. American Cockers need an enormous amount of grooming.

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CKCS or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They aren't called ckc spaniels.
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Got it! My first thought was something dreamed up by someone using the Continental Kennel Club as their registry. :eyeroll:

Someone I know, is crossing Jack Russels with Cavaliers and constantly have buyers for big money. Just don't get it.

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I know they aren't called that, my bad. I was just shortening it for typing's sake.

Well i'm a little surprised that Terriers are a match for me but i'll definitely look more into them : ) Smooth Fox and Westies came up a lot for me, as well as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. But if Spaniels get nippy I might be rethinking that : (
 

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I have never known a nippy spaniel of any breed, but no doubt, if they are not well bred, well socialised and very well used to grooming when young, they could turn out that way. I have only actually owned an English Cocker, who was a delightful little soul.

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I was going to say that ckcs have TONS of health issues!! Friends of mine breed them, and its scary!!

If you want any info on Smooth Fox Terriers just let me, I love education people on my breed :D
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Goodness, poor babies : ( If I had money for vet bills I might still want one though. I was aware of health problems before, one reason we shied away from them. But they sound like excellent companions. And gosh are they adorable : )

And I would absolutely love to learn more about Smooth Fox Terriers : )
 

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Oh, and as a groomer/trainer/boarding kennel owner, I have seen PLENTY of biting spaniels, usually American Cocker spaniels, both poorly bred and well bred ones. A few springers, but their "Rage" issues would scare me too much.
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Thanks Instyle! I wrote that we had some american cocker spaniels and they bit a lot! I thought maybe it was something that me and my other family members were doing wrong...whew!
 

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Oh, I forgot to add about the american cocker we had...you hit the nail on the head when you said "rage". With no precipitating event that I could see, his eyes would turn bright red and then he would try to maul me. Still loved him a lot and found him a farm with a male owner in the middle of Illinois. They got along great! Poor Duffy.
 

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I'm looking on adoptapet just to get an idea of how many terriers are in shelters and rescues, poor Pitties make up just about every page : ( But I don't think i'd get one as my next dog. Not because I have anything against them, but I would hate to mess up training and add at all to their bad rap. In time, when I have more experience, then I might : )
 

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Westies definitely sound like a possibility for you. They need grooming, but they don't shed; mine gets groomed every 6-8 weeks and, unless he's been running through hedges backwards, I never need to brush him. He loves learning new tricks; only 6 months ago I taught him Beg and he's about to turn 7! He's also a cuddle monster, loves being near me but perfectly content to be asleep at my feet when I'm on my computer.

Either way, I hope you find the perfect match!
 

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I was actually going to recommend looking into spaniels. Cocker spaniels are generally medium energy dogs (though it does depend on the individual dog and how old it is), very friendly, and right in your size range. Some people did say that they've seen some bite and I think that the reason for this is that they're very good dogs and in the past have been quite popular which led to puppy mills and bybs breeding them and ruining their genetics. Some lines continue to be high strung and fearful or aggressive.
However, since you want to go through a shelter or rescue, they will find a dog that will be great for you no matter what the breed- many of those dogs are temperament tested and you can get an idea of what they're like beforehand. Some shelters even let you have a trial period with the dog you're interested in to make sure that it gets along with family, pets, lifestyle, etc.
 
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