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Originally Posted by RipSnort
Look into English Cocker Spaniels out of serious hunting bloodlines. Sounds like one of those would fill the bill.

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My sister has one that's about two years old. He barks more at the folks place than at home, still not bad though. He's from an agility rather than hunting line, so lots of energy.

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One of the best we've had was a border collie / lab mix. Had the intelligence and coloration of a BC but the coat and dexterity of a lab. Bigger dog, about 75#, and thought he was a lap dog. He almost trained himself. No-kill shelter find. Smart dog. I got a Chessie while in college. Hunted with him for over 12 years, he was 1 1/2 yo when I got him. Great on upland birds and with our kids. Son would ride him like a 125# horse and use his ears for reigns as a toddler, dog never so much as looked cross-eyed at him.

Last 9 dogs we've had have been either shelter finds or give-aways. Still have 5 of them. They are all different personalities, and they will pick you, not the other way around.

Good luck with your search. (I have become partial to the standard dachshunds over the years, though.)


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Manchester Terrier should check all of your boxes. Cool dogs. Muscular and spry.
I have a mix that’s mostly Manchester but has white on chest and paws. He’s gotten a bit grey in the muzzle in these pics as he is @ 8. Loves to chase squirrels, kill rats and rabbits and is just as comfortable on the couch lounging with the kids. He does not like to play “ dress-up” even when he’s the sheriff.
When he passes, I will find another.

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Originally Posted by EdM
Both young female adults 1+ (the red) 2+ (the blue) years and are just brilliant. I am not a rancher but they do run acreage yet are fine in the house. They are in their kennels sleeping with Momma as I type. They do like their kennels. The blue sheds like hell (semi-annual blow time at the moment), the red not at all. The red midget was the sole survivor of a litter of two. Likely our last dogs.

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As I've said in the past, those are some good looking dogs EdM. They remind me of mine.


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I knew a woman that kept Pomeranians and French bulldogs. They were both fun


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Originally Posted by deflave
If you have a horrific temper, get a heeler.

Nobody will question your killing a Heeler.

I had a heeler once, extremely smart and great help with the livestock. She was also protective and very loyal



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Important thread for us here on farm as BIL(former farmer with MS) just lost his second companion in 5 years. We have been getting rescue dogs from the pound. This time around ....small, good companion, no shed, no pulling my sister into next county as she has her hands full.....Interesting pooches on here!

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Originally Posted by Triggernosis
Mountain curs, wheelers, and German shorthairs are going to be too big for me.


Do you know how big a mountain cur is?


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Originally Posted by Triggernosis
Mountain curs, wheelers, and German shorthairs are going to be too big for me.


Do you know how big a mountain cur is?
Well, sir, I had to check because I honestly wasn't 100% sure I knew, but this description is pretty much what I was thinking: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Cur
With a jacked up reconstructed shoulder, there's no way I'm going to be able to handle 30-60 lbs.

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The Miniature American Shepherd, aka Miniature Australian Shepherd. The AKC officially recognizes them as "American," but in reality they're the same breed.

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Only breed that has bitten me more than Cocker Spaniels are German Shepherd types.
I'm biased, I guess. our last 3 were Border Collies or mixes. They need quite a bit of coat maintenance, though.
(Ours were long-haired)


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I would say Sheltie but it’s a mixed bag. I have one that’s high strung, the other 3 are good to go, no issues. Bad part is the high strung one rubs off on the younger pup and they both can get rowdy.

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If you work long or weird hours that the dog can't be with you all the time, and you plan on it being an inside dogs when at home, I would suggest a small female type that you can potty box train in the home. Never have to worry about coming home to a mess.

Easier to potty box train that to housebreak a dog. That's been my experience anyway.

Lola will happily go outside but if she has to she will always use the box☝️


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Originally Posted by MPat70
If you work long or weird hours that the dog can't be with you all the time, and you plan on it being an inside dogs when at home, I would suggest a small female type that you can potty box train in the home. Never have to worry about coming home to a mess.

Easier to potty box train that to housebreak a dog. That's been my experience anyway.

Lola will happily go outside but if she has to she will always use the box☝️
Interesting.
My dogs will stay outside on the screened porch with a doggie door to the outside when we are gone.

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Originally Posted by mark shubert
Only breed that has bitten me more than Cocker Spaniels are German Shepherd types.
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What in the world kind of work do you do that you have been bitten by multiple dogs - veterinarian? Animal control? Mailman?

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Oh boy....... smile


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Looking for similar breed as well.

Had a Bishon-Shih-Tzu for 17 years, may just get another. Lots of coyotes around us so that makes me hesitant.

Was pretty much a house dog, but we lived in town when we got him so it worked. Didnt shed at all, very smart. Loved to sit between your feet on the recliner. Tried the litterbox training when he was a pup, he wouldnt have it.

Would chase about anything once we got out of town, would kill small rabbits, mice, chipmunks if he could catch them.

He liked to watch tv with us and would jump down and bark at dogs or other animals he saw on tv. When the scene changed and they were gone, he would do his "I'm a Bad Azz, I chased them away" walk. Putting him down was one of the hardest things we had to do.

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Originally Posted by LeakyWaders
When I read your title...I immediately thought Boykin or Cocker. And, I read all the input and people gave some good advice all the way around.

We've had daschunds in the past...one lived almost 17 years. Did the border collie thing...she lived 14 years, very smart but not cuddly.

Then we got SM's and my wife loves them so we are stuck with that breed...they are good dogs but maybe a little bigger than you want we have four females (43lbs, 46lbs, 46lbs, 44lbs).

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What breed is this, a SM?


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The wife says once she can no longer handle the goldens we typically get, she's getting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I find them to be a bit homely, but she's been around a lot of them over the years and says their temperament is top notch.

https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/cavalier-king-charles-spaniel/

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