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    Hi all. So we want to get a dog to take us out for walks, keep us warm at night on the sofa, guard the hens from foxes, catch the rats, make friends with the cats! Terriers will chase and dig, working dogs will round them up....any suggestions what we should consider as the ideal dog? I want a small to medium dog, and not a dirty shaggy-coat one - after all it's going to share my house! Oh and no yapping!

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    I'm not really a doggy person, but had a friend who was in a similar situation.
    She looked into cross poodle breeds.
    There are loads to choose from so might be worth looking into each cross breed?

    https://thehappypuppysite.com/poodle-mixes/

    https://thehappypuppysite.com/small-poodle-mixes/

    (Oh....and nope, she didn't get anything in the end, but only because of a major change in her personal circumstances)
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    You may well decide to go down another route of course?!
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    That's a long list! I'm not sure there's one dog that's a good fit for all your requirements. What is the higher priorities?

    I have a poodle and a cocker spaniel. They are both great in different ways. The spaniel will chase foxes (and deer, and pheasants) but I don't trust her around my chickens. The poodle couldn't care less about the chickens and loves to play. The spaniel needs a lot of walking, the poodle is a couch potato. They are both great companion dogs.
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    Well, we had a limited selection of breeds while growing up as kids... and when I had a family I plumped for a collie. They are friendly, easy to train, don’t yap. Did run rings around the chickens and also need lots of walking. When he went VC pointed out a lovely smooth haired collie ( fur balls on the floor) - he didn’t have a long life but was the best friend I’ve ever had. On the back of that I had another smooth haired collie, he doesn’t round up, hardly barks, wouldn’t chase a rat - ever! So even within breeds you may not tick off all those boxes.
    When we were kids we had terriers and spaniels. The terriers will manage your rats...but are all yappy, not sure you’ll Find any other dog that is a tatter other than a terrier though? (IMO)
    Then we’ve had Spaniels, hair is everywhere! Any dog brought up with cats will usually tolerate them.
    I wouldn’t leave any dog outside with chickens loose unless supervised.
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    Best advice is get a Heinz 57 from a rescue centre. Go tell them what you are looking for and why. By sounds of it a smooth haired medium sized dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsbusy View Post
    Hi all. So we want to get a dog to take us out for walks, keep us warm at night on the sofa, guard the hens from foxes, catch the rats, make friends with the cats! Terriers will chase and dig, working dogs will round them up....any suggestions what we should consider as the ideal dog? I want a small to medium dog, and not a dirty shaggy-coat one - after all it's going to share my house! Oh and no yapping!
    Two of mine with a chook!
    dogs and hens-dscf9817.jpg

    The dogs take us for walks, keep us warm on the sofa, watch the hens but don't chase them, chase off intruders, chase rats, catch moles and mice, don't have cats to be friends with, small to medium size, don't "yap" but bark when the doorbell rings or there are strangers around, don't moult but do get dirty as any dog who plays outdoors will.........

    Breed? Who knows. All I know is Bess (the white one) is supposed to be a Cavachon (from a rescue) and the pups are hers.
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    breeds can give you a clue of what to expect, but the behaviour of a dog s often what you make it from a very young age so take breed as a very rough guide beyond what the purpose of the breed is.

    I personally am a border collie man having had them all my life, one or two have been very highly strung ,bordering on neurotic but thinking back that could have been my fault. as a young bachelor I probably just didn't pay them enough attention. I have also had the odd couch potato.

    collies won't hunt rats but will certainly chase them, my current dog quite happily sees off the grey squirrels, stoats and weasels that try to enter his garden. yet out of the garden doesn't tear off after everything that moves, although bolting roe deer may require a little verbal urging.

    all dogs will find mud if it is there to be found, they do shed hair everywhere but do give great cuddles and the finest companionship.

    I think the best advice is to get it young and make the effort to train and shape it in to what you want

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