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Old July 11th, 2009, 07:42 PM
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Smile Which breed is right for me?

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This is the first forum I've ever joined so I hope you can help me. I'm trying to choose the right breed of dog to get. I work full-time and am toying between a miniature poodle or wheaten terrier. I had a wheaten for 12 years until she passed away. I have two grandchildren aged 5 and 2 that live with me. i'm off in the summer and weekends, but work full-time during the school year. I want to make sure I choose a dog that won't have separation anxiety and will be good with children. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old July 11th, 2009, 11:06 PM
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According to breed descriptions both are good with children but, as with all dogs & cats for that matter, you must socialize them properly around kids and teach your grandchildren proper ways to greet and handle dogs.

As for separation anxiety that can happen to any breed, but most dogs can overcome it with the right training/desensitization.

If you are planning to adopt a shelter dog you can arrange play sessions/walks with the dogs you are interested in and shelter rules permitting bring the children to meet the dogs to see how the dog reacts to and interacts with them before bringing the dog home.

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Miniature Poodle Info
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Old July 12th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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Do not get a toy poodle. They are too small for such young kids.
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Old July 12th, 2009, 01:58 PM
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which breed

thanks for the advice! In the poodle breed, how small would you think is too small? 10lbs or so?
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Old July 12th, 2009, 06:28 PM
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My aunt had a palmaranian for her son who is like 3 years old and they were like best friends, and the dog is super cute.
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And please when you do decide, please adopt a shelter dog.

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