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Your Questions About Beagle Schnauzer Cross

Lizzie asks…

What is the BEST family dog breed?


Me and my partner have been looking into having a puppy join our family and I have been doing my research on the different types of breeds in the past month. We have a reasonably large sized house and garden and I am a stay at home mum (who loves to get out and about i.e for walks) so can dedicate plenty of time for the new pup to grow and learn.
We have a young little girl and a cat too, so obviously a dog that could grow to adapt easy enough would be essential, hence the reason we want a puppy!

We have been looking at possibly getting one of the following:

A) Miniature Schnauzer
B) Miniature or standard Daschund
C) Beagle
D) Border Collie or
E) Labrador/Golden retriever

Or a cross breed of the said above.

Can anyone please give me advice on the best breed of dog that would suit our current living situation. We would like a non-aggressive, friendly, smart, small to medium sized FAMILY suited dog. I’m not a massive lover of Pit bulls, Staffies or the similar to be honest. But any suggestions welcome.

THANK YOU 🙂 Claire x

Sarah Jones answers:

Hi Claire,
Deciding on a dog for a family can be difficult at best with all the gorgeous breeds out there. May I introduce you to the Samoyed, the most awesome family dog ever…

The Samoyed comes with an ancient history of being there for the family. They not only hauled the homes all about Siberia, but they were brought INTO the home to keep the children warm at night, and left to take care of the children when the adults had to be out hunting and gathering. The fact that they brought the dogs INTO their homes is the remarkable part. There are other nordic work dogs, but when they were done doing the work, they were left on their own until needed again. The Samoyed was a highly regarded dog in the Samoyede world. They even gave them honored burials.

This is part of the Samoyed nature. They are to this day great with children. They will take being yanked on, pulled on, rode on with a smile. Samoyeds love being with their family in whatever they are undertaking. They will be happy to fetch the ball for you, jump for the frisbee, swim, run, or just curl up along side you as you read a book. They just want to be with you.

The Samoyed is considered a medium sized dog. The male will average about 55 to 60, while the female weighs in at about 45 to 50 pounds. Don’t be scared off with their stunning white coat. It is actually quite easy to take care of for it is iridescent and actually sheds dirt. A nice brushing every 3 days will keep your Samoyed beautiful. They are a double coated dog, that sheds its undercoating once a year for males and spayed females, twice a year for intact females. There is quite a bit of brushing required during the “blowing coat” times, but once it is done it is done for the year.

Samoyeds are intelligent, interactive games to play with them. They are working dogs, but will be happy in your walks, just change up the routine. They will love to be out in that lovely garden of yours, but these dogs want to be with their people. Be out there with them, or bring them in. They are not the dog to pin out in the grass just to be left.

Since you will be bringing in a puppy, you can train the puppy alongside your cat. We have three cats and all three of our Sammies learned to live along side them. One cat loves being with the dogs, one tolerates them, and one prefers to only come out when the dogs are in the yard or on their run.

Claire, in which ever breed you choose, please do your research on breeders and find a reputable breeder who is willing to share their knowledge with you as well as show you their kennel. Ask lots of questions, one main one to focus on is how they breed for temperament since you have the young child. See if there are dog shows in your area to attend and get a feeling for the dogs you are interested in and speak to the handlers and or breeders that are there of the breeds you’re thinking of. Call your local kennel club for lists of breeders and call. Plus, the internet is a fabulous tool that keeps us only a button away. We live in Wisconsin and found our girls all the way in New Jersey through the internet. I established a relationship with the breeder and explained to her what I was looking for in a girl. Eight months later our Bella was born and EVERYTHING we wanted. Two years later we went back to her and got our Lily. Now we have two of the most gorgeous Sammy girls ever.

Good luck in your search for the perfect new family member. I have included sites on Samoyeds in the resource section.

My 2 cents worth,

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Your Questions About 661 Area Code

Thomas asks…

does anyone know of a descent bk lawyer in the Antelope Valley? 661 area code?

Sarah Jones answers:

Contact your local bar association and inform them about the nature of your legal problem. They will recommend pertinent attorneys for you./

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Your Questions About Husky And Chihuahua Mix

Carol asks…

Should I adopt this dog?

I went toodling around to the local animal shelter yesterday. There was a beautiful Husky female (1 year old or thereabouts) there who knew how to heel, sit, and shake paws. I instantly liked her; she was obedient, docile, and sweet. She comes up for adoption this Wednesday.

I wouldn’t have a problem feeding another dog, but I’ve never had a Husky before. I have chickens and horses, and I’m afraid she might end up chasing one or both. I already have a Great Pyr and a Pug/Chihuahua mix, and I’m not sure she and the Pyr would get along.

What do you think I should do? I really like the dog…
This is a small, podunk animal shelter, and I already asked the manager what he thought about the dog and chickens/horses. He didn’t have any input (typical hillbilly redneck), and she was a stray, so they have no info on her.

Sarah Jones answers:

OK you need to ask the personal in the shelter would this dog do well in environments with other animals, the shelter usually does a background check and should be able to tell you everything.

Its wonderful that you are choosing to adopt a give a dog a loving home. I hope you are able to get her. Good luck and Congrats.

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Your Questions About Cocker Spaniel Beagle Mix Puppies

Donna asks…

Price of purebred beagles?

I have a beagle/cocker spaniel mixed dog, but mostly takes after & looks like the beagle. I absolutely love this dog, so I’m sure I’d love to have another beagle and I’m thinking of buying one. How much would I expect to pay for a purebred beagle puppy? And where can you go to find purebred dogs?

Sarah Jones answers:

If you want one for a reasonable price, try these places. :0)
Adoption fees are not expensive

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Your Questions About Yorkie Poodle Mix Temperament

Laura asks…

Whats the healthiest small dog?

By small, I mean tiny enough to carry everywhere. I was thinking a yorkie-chihuahua mix but I’m no expert. I just want something to cuddle and love on me, so I don’t care about appearance or pedigree, but I need to know it was well-bred to avoid health issues. Extreme heat/ cold wouldn’t really be a problem (I live in Virginia and have no problem dressing a dog for cold weather or even paper-training) I don’t care about temperament really, so long as it’ll love on me, it doesn’t have to like everyone. I’ve had dogs before that hated men and/or children, and I just learned to avoid whatever the dog didn’t like. But I’m EXTREMELY neurotic about my pet’s health and want something I won’t have to worry so much about. Like seriously, the vet clinic is my first speed dial number, and I use it often. I’m also interested in a dog with as long a lifespan as possible. Oh and I’m really not crazy about poodles, but everything else is fine. Thanks!

Sarah Jones answers:

Mixed is healthiest..purebreds health is so bad BBC quit broadcasting dog shows and RSPCA is not gonna fund them in 2010….get a chorkie if you want one i have pomchis…

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