Alternative to Labrador?

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  1. SwampDonkey

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    poodles are great I would like one but I just find them too hairy I don't like hairy much.
     
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    One of my foster dogs was a pointer and was amazing. Shed very little. Loved attention and cuddles on the sofa. Was happy with an hour walk a day with short training bursts. He was a chewer, but had been in kennels for months.
    My friend has whippets and loves them, very chilled at home.
    Personally I want another lab :)
     
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    :facepalm:who am i kidding it will prob be another black lab
     
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    Border collie! Sooo loving, clever, and obedient dogs... :)
     
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    But they need more exercise and work than the OP is able to give them.
     
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    IVDD. not pretty :(
     
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    Sounds to me like the OP needs a terrier :)
     
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    If you don't mind working your socks off on recall, and a bit of noise, Beagles are good. I've recently changed my view on Beagles since I got a new dog walker with one, and Peanut the Beagle is pretty perfect off lead - but with a LOT of recall training in the first couple of years! She's not massively high energy either (although what she'd be like without having a dog walker as an owner, not sure....).
     
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    How about an Airdale terrier.

    We had four different ones when I was a child/teenager/student They are quite big, as big as a Labrador but don't need as much exercise as a weinarama or a vizla. They don't shed but their coats need a trim from time to time, or they look like big teddy bears. They were all lovely loyal family dogs, just got on with all of us and the other animals (my brothers included). My mum did basic puppy training with each one, one in perticular, Paddy, was as good as gold with obedience. I still miss my little Georgie Girl who would wine at my bedroom door every morning to wake me up, even when I left for uni and came home once in a while, she always knew I was home.
     
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    Oh dear, just read the "not hairy" comment. Airedales are quite fluffy without a trim. Actually that's why we don't have one, Hubby isn't frond of hairy dogs either.
     
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    French bulldog. The ones I know are not very eager to run around. Minus is snoring and well snoring from the behind LOL
     
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    They snore though, because they are brachycephalic - through breeding, their noses are too short, they can't breathe properly. :(
     
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    did some more research went ou with someone whos got a wirehaired viszla. Really liked him very different to a smooth wire coat is liveable to. need to do some more digging about hem they have a Viz Wiz near me so might go and have a look. need to find somemore out about english pointers too. I not going to do it for a least 2 years unless something turns up honest well thats what I told the OH anyway he he
     
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    With Pointers and the HPR breeds you need plenty of space as they need to quarter at fair distances. I had German Shorthaired Pointers and when I discovered Wirehaired Viszlas, I really fancied having one. However, they are working dogs and need lots of exercise so as I enjoy the retrieving part of gundogs, I went for Labs.
     
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    I know. there is even a syndrome (click on the link for more info) connected with the brachycephalig breeds.
     
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    Had to google this as I didn't even know what it was. So sad :(
     
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    I agree with Stacia, Charlie is only half a Pointer and WOW, WOW, WOW :eek:. I would really think long and hard about any Viszla's, Pointers English or German as they don't stay with you like most Labrador's do as they are a far rangeing breed. :)

    What about a Flat Coat @sdegg?
     
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    There are a couple of GSP's in our training class. They're about the same age as Ella (12 months ish) and they're the only dogs in our class that are more bouncy than Ella!
     
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    I can imagine Emily, GSP's have boundless energy, they really do :eek:
     
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    yep they use them a lot to out cross to huskies for sled teams and a lot of people who do the canicross sport use them because they can go and go. A friend has one to go running she wanted a lab but they are not up to the job so GSP it was she's a lovely dog
     

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