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Sue Kirby
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From:O' Fallon, MO, USA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 07-15-2003 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sue Kirby     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Everyone,

We're looking to get a puppy for the family and have done extensive research on different breeds, size, coats, personalities, etc. We've narrowed it down to 3 different dogs: cockapoo, maltipoo, and shih poo. We have to have a small dog, and we also have 4 children (16, 13, 11, and 3) rabbits and 2 cats. We've had dogs before, and even did rescue work. I feel we know what we're after, and have read books about temperment testing a pup, and have found a good breeder that has a nice reputation from the local PetsMarts, PetCo's and a few other folks we've bumped into that have bought from him before. Now it's down to what will work with our family.

I'd like to ask the forum what their opinions would be in the differences of personality traits between a Shih Poo and a Maltipoo. We have kids visiting vastly over the summer months, and my 3 year old (as dog saavy as he is...) can be hyper (although he knows not to hit or chase the dog - as was stated before, we've had rescues here and he's very good about his behaviour when he's very near the dogs) - but we're looking for something that can take the "punishment" of an active family with kids and kid noise and such, and not lose it's mind (lol).

A cockapoo is our first choice (we've had an abused cocker for 7 years and I grew up with a cockapoo who lived 18 years, but I want to have as much information behind me before we go out and see what litters are available and temperment test any pups. We want a nice middle-of-the-road dog that can keep up with the flow of things when everyone is at home, but still be happy when the kids are all in school and there is quiet time in the house (which is one of MY favorite times! lol). Any suggestions as to which breed mix might fair better?

Thank you all so much,
Sue Kirby

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iluvmypup
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From:ohio
Registered: May 2003

posted 07-15-2003 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iluvmypup     Edit/Delete Message
i have a shihpoo which is now 6 months old .we've had him since he was 8 weeks and i have 3 boys 8,9 and 11 years old my youngest has gotten a bit roudy with max(the dog) a couple of times and he handled it very well.shihpoos aren't hyper but every once in a while get a burst of energy and want to play as any puppy would.the shihpoos hair grows very long.but they don't shed which i just love.mine looks like a shih tzu and acts like a poodle.they are smart dogs so they are easy to train.
keep us posted and good luck

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Sue Kirby
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From:O' Fallon, MO, USA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 07-15-2003 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sue Kirby     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the fast reply - I'm glad to know that your pup can take the heat that a large family can dish out. I've read about all the traits of each individual dog (ie: maltese, shih tzu, cocker) and some traits would not work for us in these dogs, but when you mix them with the poodles (not to mention socialize, train and work with your individual pup) those traits may not be issues any longer - but I am still interested in what others think that own these particular dog mixes and hopefully out of everything we will be able to buy a pup that will live with us everybit of it's 15 to 20 years! Thanks again for your opinion on the topic! It's appreciated very much. :-D

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ilovemypets
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From:Tennessee, USA
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posted 07-15-2003 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
Your choices are all good! They are fine breeds! (all breeds are lol) but anyways, sometimes small dogs dont react good with younger children. But as you said your 3 yr old knows not to pull at the dog or anything. If not this should be fine. I've heard alot of good things about shi-poos though!

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puttin510
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posted 07-15-2003 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I also grew up with a cocker-poo. I think sturdiness wise that breed is good. Shitzu's, and maltese are much smaller than cockers, thus probably a little more fragile. I have heard even with the tiny toy breeds that you have to be sooo very careful with them because if dropped or kicked they can easily sustain a head injury or die. But out of the catagories you said I think the cocker-poo is sturdiest. I have a min. poodle and she really detests any kids touching her. But that could happen with any of the breeds. I have heard of people that got their dogs and had to re-home them because the dog had issues with the children. As long as you make sure your children do not pester the dog, any dog so much that it feels it need to lash out you will be fine. Some dogs have a memory like an elephant and never forget how they were treated from a certain child and think all are like that. Let us know what you decide.

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Julia1119
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From:Southern Tier NY
Registered: Jun 2003

posted 07-15-2003 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Julia1119     Edit/Delete Message
I have a Shih Poo that comes to work with me three days a week. I work with pre-schooled aged children. She is great with them. I dont know any characteristics of the other breeds that you mentioned, but i do know that shih poos are great dogs. I have had no problem with her and children!

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bellasmommy
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From:miami, fl, usa
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posted 07-15-2003 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bellasmommy     Edit/Delete Message
bella is half shih tzu and half toy poodle.. she lives with my boyfriend and me but loves everybody and everything.. we both coach highschool kids and she loves going to the competitions.. we coach rowing and the regattas are filled with tons of people, all ages.. she loves the activity and especially the children good luck.. let me know if you have any other questions or want some more info from me..

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jjami57690
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From:matthew, NC, USA
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posted 07-15-2003 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjami57690     Edit/Delete Message
julia 1119--i lived in Binghamton NY for about 42 years. i see your from the southern tier. do you know Binghamton, lol?

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Julia1119
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From:Southern Tier NY
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posted 07-16-2003 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Julia1119     Edit/Delete Message
I sort of know binghamton...i went to elmira college for my undergrad and then after going away for my grad work, i moved back to elmira for a job. one of my friends is from binghamton, so i have gone there a few times. where do you live now?

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jjami57690
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From:matthew, NC, USA
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posted 07-16-2003 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjami57690     Edit/Delete Message
we live in Charlotte (actually Matthews) NC now. have been here about 8 years. i miss upstate NY especially in the fall. we still have a lot of family there and we get up about once a year. its a haul! i know Elmira some, my son had to play a football game there against another highschool. don't remember the name.

nice to talk to someone from home!

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