I am thinking of buying a puppy for my children for christmas. A friend of mine is selling puppies which are collie/labrador. I have been told that collie dogs are quick tempered and not very good with children. Can anyone advise me.
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I am thinking of buying a puppy for my children for christmas. A friend of mine is selling puppies which are collie/labrador. I have been told that collie dogs are quick tempered and not very good with children. Can anyone advise me.

- Yes, to get any kind of pet around Christmas is a BIG NO NO. There is far to much noise and commotion going on, it is not the best time to get a living being into the family. In fact the best time to get a puppy is when the family has a good long holiday that they are prepared to spend with the new puppy, as puppy will have to learn not to chew on clothes, electrical installations and be able to hold it while the family is gone to work and school during the day.- What kind of puppy. Well that really depends on your children's age and what you want from a dog. You do say that the dog is for the children, but you probably do know that you are the one who will have to feed it, walk it, pick up after it, train it etc. So you get a dog that you want and that fits in with your life: Do you want a heavy shedder, a dog that you have to groom every day, or do you just want to groom it once in a while, do you want a yappy dog, do you want a dog that only barks when there is a reason for it, do you want a dog that is easy to train, do you want a dog that has a lot of energy or do you want a dog that is satisfied with a walk around the neighbourhood.

ETC. There are a lot of questions that you have to ask yourself as it is so important that you find the right dog for you and your family. Take your time picking the right breed/ x-breed.
Lone
- Yes, to get any kind of pet around Christmas is a BIG NO NO. There is far to much noise and commotion going on, it is not the best time to get a living being into the family.

generally, yes, but that's not a hard and fast rule. the holidays may be the best* time for some individuals/families to add a puppy. i specifically started serious dog hunting at the beginning of the holiday season because i knew i would be able to take time off work to get the new dog acclimated. i would be more concerned that the OP is looking for a dog as a Christmas present. dogs are generally a bad present idea, and responsible breeders will not place a dog under those circumstances without a *very good reason.
In fact the best time to get a puppy is when the family has a good long holiday that they are prepared to spend with the new puppy,

heh. that good long holiday might be the Christmas break!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
I am thinking of buying a puppy for my children for christmas.

Generally, not a good idea. There is entirely too much going on at the time for you to pay proper attention to the puppy. How old are the children? Chances are that once the novelty is worn off, the kids will lose interest in the puppy, and all the responsibility for taking care of it will fall on you. A puppy is just as much work as a baby, so ask yourself if you are willing to put in the effort to raise it properly. A well brought up dog can be a joy, and an ill brought up one absolutely hell to live with.
friend of mine is selling puppies which are collie/labrador. I have been told that collie dogs are quick tempered and not very good with children. Can anyone advise me.

A well bred Collie (or Lab) can be a fine companion animal. Lots of good information on how to find a good breeder here: http://www.dog-play.com/ethics.html
What are your expectations for your dog with regard to any interactions with children? Are the children well mannered around dogs and know how to properly interact with it? Are you willing to spend the time to teach the puppy how to behave in the house and around people? Puppies aren't born knowing how to behave, and require a lot of input from the people to teach it right from wrong. Keep in mind that even the best of dogs were most likely hellacious puppies with lots of energy to burn, and it is the amount of work and training that you put into it that'll influence how the pup will turn out.
Suja
Collies... Rough Collies, as in Lassie, are generally quite good family dogs. Smooth Collies (Lassie with a hair cut look) may be a bit more mouthy, and would be best with older children.
What's wrong with the picture is bringing home a new pup for Christmas.. You know how wild and wooly things get just before Christmas and until a few days afterward. And you want to add a new puppy? Just a second, and I'll give you the phone number to make an appointment with my psychiatrist..
If possible, wait to get this pup, until New Years, after you have the decorations taken down and the kids are back in school and life is "normal" again. Give the kids the dog gear that you already have as proof that the pup is coming.
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
generally, yes, but that's not a hard and fast rule. the holidays may be the best* time for some individuals/families ... a bad present idea, and responsible breeders will not place a dog under those circumstances without a *very good reason.

- I know that Christmas might provide the perfect time for a new dog for some. For us it would be a perfect time, we don't have any kids nor any family comming over Emotion: smile
- I know that Christmas might provide the perfect time for a new dog for some. For us it would be a perfect time, we don't have any kids nor any family comming over Emotion: smile

It always would be for us. Every year we get at least 2.5 weeks off during the Christmas holidays. This year it will be from Dec. 17- Jan 4. For us Christmas time would actually be one of the bestest times of year to add another dog. Though that will not be happening for a long time. I highly suspect I will be retired before I add another dog to the mix.

But I definitely know that many ppl who work at Universities also get the same amount of time off as I do. Also many industry jobs have numerous days off in a row. And it is fairly easy to combine 5 days of vacation and get nearly
3 weeks off.

Gwen
It always would be for us.

Yup. But, I didn't think that the OP had a similar situation on hand. She was looking to get a puppy for her children for Christmas. Quite a bit different from choosing a breed carefully, doing the legwork and finding an ethical breeder, etc. I know of no responsible breeders who sell their dogs as Christmas gifts, and many of the rescues I know do not adopt out during the month of December.
Suja
It always would be for us.

Yup. But, I didn't think that the OP had a similar situation on hand. She was looking to get a ... as Christmas gifts, and many of the rescues I know do not adopt out during the month of December. Suja

I agree with that Suja. I was pointing out my situation at Christmas time.
As for the OP I don't think it is ever a good idea to give a puppy as a gift at Christmas time. Kids aren't able to care for puppies on their own and most of the time end up ignoring the puppy.
I think it sort of stinks though that the rescues will not adopt out for "all the right" reasons in Dec. In other words the dogs in rescue have to wait an entire month more for the possibility of finding a new forever home. I can see why they would not adopt the week of Christmas and possibly after as well, but the entire month of Dec. sounds a bit overboard IMO.
As for good breeders this is true which is why no litters are ever planned to be ready around Christmas time.
Though the OP was obviously not asking about a
responsible breeder since they were asking about
a litter of puppies that happen to be a cross
of lab/collie. I wouldn't define them under "responsible breeder" label, therefore I am sure the OP can obtain a puppy from this person that is selling mixed breed puppies.
In all fairness to the puppy, the kids and
the family it would be advisable not to ever give a living being as a Christmas gift.
Gwen
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