Hi there, I have been luring for a little while here but finally signed up.
Anyway here is my question; I have been offered by a local rescue
a yellow labrador/cocker spaniel X she looks beautiful on the pic.
A little smaller than a normal lab.
The problem is she has been an outside dog and at 11 months old is not really
house-trained and not spayed yet. What do you think?
She belonged to a breeder who only breeds cocker spaniels and has 18 dogs in total.
You always give great advise, so I am wondering what you think....
If let do time his job, it could work out
I once had a cocker/golden retriever mix, Teddy, who was a wonderful dog. Sadly, he died of lymphoma at age 7. I had Teddy since he was a puppy, but my Duke, the only dog I ever got who was not a puppy,(got him at age 8 months) was very easy to house break. I think it would be easier to house break older dogs who have more bowl/bladder control. I suspect Duke was kept outside; he was tied up outside when he was picked up from the family who didn't want him. He readily adapted to being a house dog, likes to sleep in bed all day.
You should have the opportunity to meet her in person. Good luck with your decision. If you adopt her, please post many pictures.
will she be spayed before adoption? Housebreaking isn't an issue at that age...you bascially start from scratch. If you have the time and the love in your heart, adopting a mix is a great thing. But I would be leary of any rescue that doesn't spay before adoption...and if she wasn't being fostered inside a home while she awaits adoption.
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I agree, housebreaking can be done at an older age. Simon was not really housebroken when we got him at seven months.
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I would go for it but I'm surprised your rescue doesn't spay/neuter and housebreak and give all shots. The rescue I got Nellie from would never release an un-neutered dog who had not been checked (and cured) of heart worm and given all shots. They also housebreak any dogs they adopt out.
Thank you all for your advise. I will meet her later this week so let's hope for the best.
No she will be spayed the moment I will adopt her, the rescue drops them off at the vet
and you pick them up there and pay for the bill.
I am a little afraid what to expect of the energy levels, I have heard,
and you probably can confirm that, labs and spaniels are very energetic
dogs.. what does that mean.
I am happy to go take her for a 45-60 min walk in the morning and another 30 min at night.
Would that be enough you think??
Yes, especially if you can do some off leash fetching.I am happy to go take her for a 45-60 min walk in the morning and another 30 min at night.
Would that be enough you think??
But I am concerned about this dog's previous socialization with people and other dogs during its first 4-6 months of life. That is a critical period in socialization for dogs. If adequate socialization experiences have not occurred during this time, it may have a life-long effect.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
They told me she lived with 18 other dogs so I'm not too worried
about that. Will ask a little more if there was interaction with kids etc.
Thanks for bringing this to my attention