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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. When mature, they are pretty lazy until you take them out. They are easy to train, very loyal, some have separation anxiety, can do fine in a small yard as long as exercised. Some love water, have great noses (used for truffles) and they shed. We have constant tumbleweeds. They sleep inside. The coat needs quite a bit of work. They are considered a rare breed so you may need to go on a list. There’s quite a few groups you can join to use the breed to the best of their ability, including coursing, truffle hunting and retrieving. They are a fabulous breed. Just don’t go on looks alone, or you will be sucked into the void...
  2. Kangaroos dog food issues

    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. Goodbye my gorgeous girl

    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. blinded puppy at the groomers

    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. The Ckcs Photo And Chat Thread

    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. The Ckcs Photo And Chat Thread

    *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. Livestock Guardian Dogs

    Why didn’t they just keep the Anatolian name? I thought they were 2 separate breeds or am I just confused ?
  9. Are Dog Parks Worth the Risk?

    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. Snakes are prevalent as well. So we stick to walking.
  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 environment and react a certain way. For example, a friend had a Cocker Spaniel that in her eyes was unruly and constantly on the move as well as destructive, so she rehomed it to a retired lady who had a calmer environment and lo and behold, the dog calmed down within a couple of weeks and is now a relaxed and obedient dog. The reason I mention this is because it should be taken into consideration as you don’t want to get the wrong breed based only on looks. There are a few people on here with poodle crosses - I’d reach out to them to find out what the dogs are like, though of course it depends on where they got the dogs from in relation to temperament. There are some good breeders out there that do the best they can in relation to the cross breeds, such as desexing and breeding dogs consistently, as well as following the breeding regime (only allowing 2-3 litters for a bitch, etc), so I’d be looking at those breeders if you have your heart set on one. The breeder should be able to match a calm dog to your requirement. Just please don’t do what my sister did, who chose the dog ‘online’, never met the breeder or the dogs and just picked a pup based on colour.
  11. The Papillon And Phalene Thread

    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. Springers And Field Spaniels

    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. I am in love ..... breed not in Aus.

    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/
  14. Springers And Field Spaniels

    They are a lovely breed.