Help me choose a dog.
A rescue dog would be an option, but really want to get a puppy (soft I know, but the kids really want a puppy). Also I’ve known a few rescue dogs and while some are great, others turned out not to be so good. I know it’s the owners that make a dog, but it’s easier to make it your dog when you have it from a pup.
Would a Parsons jack russell need a lot of work? Seem to be good as pets as well as working dogs from what i’ve read.
I like border terriers, and definately an option, a lady in our street has one and it’s a lovely dog, missus not so keen on them for some reason.Posted 8 years ago2hottieMember
Border Terrier. Mine will follow me on the bike for 2hrs plus of running! hard as nails!
I live in a small house with the GF and the dog doesn’t get in the way. They are small enough to fit in the boot of a small hatchback, yet have the heart of a loin.
Pics of Brian..
Hope this helps,
2hottiePosted 8 years ago
Our kids are angling for a dog as a pet, and we’re coming round to the idea, I’ve had dogs in the past so know what I’m letting myself in for!
Our criteria are it has to be
-small (to fit in car with three kids, camping gear etc, and into our smallish house without causing too much disruption. ie a German sheperd would not be good)
-good natured (again because we have kids)
-able to run a good distance (XC rides and GT/innerleithen)
-be able to follow me down a downhill course! My friends’ collies are great for this, amazing to watch! (collie would be a bit too big for us)
We’ve been considering one of these, a Parsons Jack Russell.
we would have to call it Eddie, obviously!
Anyone got any opinions on the breed and suitability as a mountain bike friendly dog? From reading about them it seems they can run all day and seem quite good with kids.
Or any other options?
I throw myself on the wisdom of the singletrack massive!Posted 8 years ago
stonemonkey, what a lovely dog, really that hard to train? wo. My last collie cross was trained to heel, sit, stay, stop running and come back in about an hour!
Teetosugars, lovely dog again (owner looks a bit dodgy mind), but whilst I’m not looking for a devil dog, westies are just a bit too soft looking fo me!
Staffies are great, a mate had one for years and it was the nicest dog, so a staff cross might be a shout. Cockers are nice dogs, but are a bit too big and hard work I think for us.
Good to hear Jack russells are good with kids.
Think It’s a toss up between a parsons terrier and a border terrier, i’ll post up our new dog when we have it.Posted 8 years agostonemonkeyMember
To get her to come back on command consistently , yes . However, other commands were learnt quickly. I had a border collie before and these dogs are intelligent in a different way, if you know what i mean. Dont let this put you off they are great dogs and make lovely family pets.Posted 8 years ago
Im leaning towards the Border Terrier-it would be easier to take out on a bike. Ive seen alot of inbred Westies with skin, joint etc problems. I know it goes on with every breed but for some reason around our way every other Westie seems to be on medication or has to avoid the rain/water etc. Ours is spot-on though, he gets wet at least twice a week, loves mud but I wouldnt take him on a long bike ride (he’d do it though). The only time hes seen a vet is due to disagreements with bigger dogs. Our dog loves children but after a while starts nipping their ankles!Posted 8 years agosoobaliasMember
anagallis, depends what cross they are – my mates is part saluki and will run all day quite literally. however i too fail to understand why anyone wants to take a dog out mountian biking. I sometimes accompany the dog on my bike – never the other way round
so you are going to get a puppy cos the kids want one.
you think you can train a terrier in an hour.
congrats. you are not only encouraging the breeding trade but will soon be helping to fill the animal rescues. Still as long as someone tells you its cute, thats all you want eh.Posted 8 years agocows_in_carsMember
Not really sure about types of small dog, but get a rescue dog. Honestly so much more rewarding than a pedigree. If you get a good one, which in this day and age is not that hard, a good re homing centre will be able to help, they usually have files on the dogs, they will do anything for you. They genrally seem to be so greatful that you have given them a home. They do have the odd issue sometimes but then any dog can have this and you do have the benift of knowing this before hand rather than with a pup you have no idea what it’s going to be like.
I would recommend a dog like mine, collie/greyhound/lab cross, great nature and loads of endurance and super fast! But maybe a bit on the big side?Posted 8 years ago
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