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  1. We have 3 Field Spaniels. They are a ‘soft breed’. By that I mean, they don’t respond well to being yelled at (not saying you will, but it should be mentioned as there are breeds that are ‘tougher’), they need to be socialised at a very young age, otherwise they will be scared of everyone and everything and no amount of training will help, when young they are a ball of energy and need lots of training. They can knock you over if not careful. They may be shorter than an Irish Setter but they weigh up to 25kg. I have 2 who are bird dogs and one who would have been an excellent rabbit dog.
  2. Agree about a slow transition. My 3 dogs don’t tolerate kangaroo. I think it might be too rich?
  3. Thanks Mita. Will check them out as I’d be keen to get an older pup.
  4. What a sad and beautiful list of memories. Made me teary. I could picture everything Minty did; written so eloquently and full of emotions. so very sorry for your loss.
  5. Agree with the others. Most important thing to do is get your dog to the vet (which I expect has occurred by now) and then worry about the groomer. At this stage, you have no idea as to the cause but your dog’s well being is paramount. Also, unless the groomer is an ex-vet, I don’t know how they could say with definite knowledge that your dog will go blind. That sounds like a guess to me. Let us know what happens, hope your dog is ok.
  6. Sorry about losing Bree, that must have been devastating. Unfortunately i can’t upload a photo as they are too big, but I’ll give it a go.
  7. *cough* After all that, we ended up with another Field Spaniel!! He is an absolute darling and the cuddliest dog I’ve ever had. So it will be another couple of years before we get another dog.
  8. Why didn’t they just keep the Anatolian name? I thought they were 2 separate breeds or am I just confused ?
  9. We’ve gone to dog parks a couple of times, but I’m not keen with some of the morons who go to let their dog run loose while they sit there and don’t pay attention. we’ve been lucky in that people tend to be honest if their dog is aggressive or not. the other reason I avoid them is because we have witnessed people with aggressive dogs who always say: he/she never behaves like that or my pet favourite: they will sort it out, when it’s your dog getting attacked. Er no, they won’t, I’ll just end up with a dog that’s harassed and stressed or a dog fight will occur.
  10. I agree with a Standard Poodle over a cross. The ones I’ve met at training had the most beautiful soft coats and a steady temperament, whereas my sister decided to spend $4000 on a ‘minature’ poodle cross and that dog has unfortunately fed off the household of four children and it barks all the time for attention and is absolutely hyper (and at times snappy). Completely wrong dog in my opinion (she did ask for my assistance, but ignored every suggestion and just went with the ‘popular and cute dog’ instead of a calmer breed). I am a firm believer that dogs pick up on the environmen
  11. LFF, are you going to consider getting another Pap? (That sounds weird, but you know what I mean...). Reason I ask is that our 11 year old was really starting to slow down, but now 10 months in, he’s got a new lease of life and is finally, finally playing with the younger one. Best thing we ever did.
  12. Ooh! I love, love any black and white dog (I don't know why) so B&W Springers are my fave! He's gorgeous!!! Are you going to breed from him?
  13. Oh! Bags joining! There are so many fantastic breeds that aren’t in Australia... *hold please* black and tan coonhound - https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/black-and-tan-coonhound/ otterhound: https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/otterhound/ greater swiss mountain dog: https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/greater-swiss-mountain-dog/
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