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Hi guys,

I was hoping for some advice on what would be a good breed for me.

I am looking for a pretty calm and obedient dog. I am in a motorised wheelchair, so training would need to be fairly easy to do and I guess a dog that isn't likely to jump up (although if its a small-medium size that shouldn't be an issue). Preferably a small to small/medium sized dog.

I have my own place which is a relatively big bungalow, with a good sized garden and its in a nice area with plenty of green areas and walking routes.

I have been looking at King Charles Cavalier and Cavachon's, however I am not sure if there are better choices out there?

I previously had a labrador for 4 months, which unfortunately became to much for me to handle size wise and she is now living in the Lake District with a close friend. I do consider myself a novice with dogs, so a fairly easy to train dog is vital.

Any advice is really appreciated.

Feel free to ask any more questions.

Thanks,

Sam
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(Original post by SamiC)
Hi guys,

I was hoping for some advice on what would be a good breed for me.

I am looking for a pretty calm and obedient dog. I am in a motorised wheelchair, so training would need to be fairly easy to do and I guess a dog that isn't likely to jump up (although if its a small-medium size that shouldn't be an issue). Preferably a small to small/medium sized dog.

I have my own place which is a relatively big bungalow, with a good sized garden and its in a nice area with plenty of green areas and walking routes.

I have been looking at King Charles Cavalier and Cavachon's, however I am not sure if there are better choices out there?

I previously had a labrador for 4 months, which unfortunately became to much for me to handle size wise and she is now living in the Lake District with a close friend. I do consider myself a novice with dogs, so a fairly easy to train dog is vital.

Any advice is really appreciated.

Feel free to ask any more questions.

Thanks,

Sam
Avoid choosing a dog simply by breed, it is no measure of how "easy" it is to train rather physical features (eg; size, shape, colour, breed related health problems, etc). I have worked with more than my fair share of badly behaved, or even aggressive, Cavaliers/Bichons/Cocker Spaniels/West Highland White Terriers/etc.

The main points to focus on with dog training is getting some professional advice on how to do it properly in the first place, getting a dog that isn't too big for you to control, dedicating plenty of time to do it properly and consistency. You don't just stop when they hit 6 months old, it is an ongoing commitment.

My best advice would be to go to a decent dog rehoming centre (eg; Dogs Trust) where they are properly assessed, trained and matched to your abilities/circumstances. If you are going to go for a pedigree make your choice based on how responsible the breeder is and their reputation for producing relaxed, well behaved puppies, not just the breed itself.

I personally would never buy a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel because of how common breed related health conditions are (ie; mitral valve disease +/- congestive heart failure, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, syringomyelia, chiari malformation, etc). They can have endearing temperaments but if you are going to get one make sure you are properly insured.
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King Charles Cavalier Spaniels are known for their really bad health and renowned for bad breeding too. Try researching into it, I know every dog has health issues but this is particularly bad and don't want to be spending loads on vet bills.
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French Bulldog

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