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  1. What is going on is compounded, we have prices going up all over the place. Interest rate rises are compounding on the Covid puppy boom, many people also can't afford rents as the rents in some places are going up 200% and they probably also can't afford to move either. It is horrible but I have a feeling the worst is still yet to come. --Lhok
  2. Do you have to have a female to start with? If you are interested in breeding and showing then perhaps a male would also work that's what I did with my Keeshond, I got a male on mains with the desire to show unfortunately things haven't been smooth (my heath has been bad) but we are still hoping to get there. You don't need to start with a female --Lhok
  3. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were included because apparently they couldn't find any healthy specimens within the country that weren't affected by some kind of heart defect. --Lhok
  4. $8000 sounds pretty cheap to me currently haha, but that's only because I am looking at importing a new breed to Aus at which the starting cost is roughly to set me back around $15,000 for one dog and depending on the puppy temperament it could end up being a male so I would have to look at importing another pup from lines that would complement my first pup if that was to happen I would be in the red close to around $28,000-30,000 before I even bred a litter. I'm not made of money either and importing dogs isn't for the faint of heart, however I think since I have been looking into the breed for close to 11 years now its now or never. --Lhok
  5. Its a shame you don't want the coat because a Keeshond would suit all of that. So perhaps a Field spaniel? brittany? --Lhok
  6. They look similar to Koolies, I wonder if they needed to if they would look at breeding with Koolies to make the gene pool bigger.
  7. Oh awesome I will definitely check Tibetan spaniels out, I'll also agree that perhaps a ex show dog would be perfect. Thanks for the suggestions!
  8. Probably not the Bergamasco, I don't think I could handle the dreads nor would most people be able to that come to the clinic, interesting breed though. Shedding isn't too much of a concern, given any dog we get will be professionally groomed and brushed in between grooming sessions. The clinic dog beds and what not also get cleaned weekly and of course the clinic gets cleaned every day. Having said that coats that can be clipped into a shorter coat so they don't bring in a lot of debris would be preferred if they have a longer coat. We do have a lab already, but we would also like a smaller dog because even though he is awesome some people are still not sure with his size.
  9. Basically we work with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD in adults and children. We also work with people on the spectrum and therefore the dog in question needs to be as close to rock solid with these behaviours as can be. We also work in a variety of situations as well, so I guess the closest thing I can think of would be the delta therapy dogs although not quite the same as them. Having said that I'm thinking the guardian nature of the Std Schnauzer might make it less of a candidate. Thanks for the suggestions of the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier and the Petit Bassett Griffen Veneen, although I am not sure how hound like the PBGV is but I will still look into them.
  10. Oh I wouldn't have thought of Havenese, Smooth Collies, or Standard Schnauzers, I'll have a look at them. I'm not sure about the beagle, I know they would be great at it but I don't know how well I would go with training them, although they are super smart I haven't had a lot of experience with hounds, but I will still give them a look over.
  11. Hey all! I am back, after a long time away I am in need of the DoL brains trust! As I am looking to get another dog, one that would be good for animal assisted therapy, in a clinical sense not assistance dog work. Currently we have a lab but would like something to be smaller to medium sized. Non drooling, not super bouncy or overly friendly, kinda in the middle would like interaction but not hyper in your face kinda deal but also not chilled to the point of not wanting to interact. No aggression either as the dog will need to be able to work around other dogs, people etc. Grooming isn't a super concern as I would be taking the dog to a professional groomer. So far the suggestions have been cav king charles and whippets, but I would love to see what the dol brains trust thinks!
  12. One of the most important factors if you are wanting an assistance dog in the future is looking for a dog that comes mostly from proven lines for that work. Its not a 100% foolproof but it does help. Next you will be wanting to outline what tasks the dog will be needing to do, and start training for those tasks from the moment the dog comes home, good assistance dogs are hard to come by and most aren't a pet first and then eventually turn into an assistance dog after awhile ( yes some have but they are the exception not the rule) so if you are wanting a pet dog first and then an assistance dog later your dog might not make the cut and wash out. If you are going down that route its probably best to talk to a trainer that has proven they can task train an assistance dog before you get your pup especially if you are new to dog ownership. --Lhok
  13. The facebook group Learning about LGD's is quite good, I would suggest joining there. I do have to ask if you are wanting your dog to stay with the poultry or be a housepet? As it's typically advised to keep the pups with the stock in a pen for both their protection. Otherwise it can interfere with the bonding process at 15 weeks she is still quite young, usually depending on breed and lines it can take up to 2 years to get a good LGD. Either way, check out the facebook group mentioned they are a wealth of information. --Lhok
  14. My Keeshond's pants get mats after he goes swimming in the kids pool when I can't dry him and sometimes he gets dags. However a good rake comb thingy gets them out with the help of some conditioner spray. I use the medium shear magic undercoat rake and it seems to work well. --Lhok
  15. So sorry to hear Grumpette, Zephy was a favourite of mine of the Dol dogs. I really liked hearing about the joy he brought both to you and others. Huge hugs.. Run free Zephy --Lhok
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