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Old Jul 8th 2020, 2:53 pm
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We are about to get a new dog. I have had dogs previously in the UK, this will be our first Canadian dog. I was wondering what are your experiences of having a dog here and any info or suggestions would be welcome.
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We are about to get a new dog. I have had dogs previously in the UK, this will be our first Canadian dog. I was wondering what are your experiences of having a dog here and any info or suggestions would be welcome.
Check your local bylaws - licensing, no off lead (leash) walks, get a breed that's happy to go out in the snow
Vets are expensive so you may want to get one of those pet insurance packages.

https://www.citywindsor.ca/cityhall/...20245-2004.pdf (opens in new tab)
https://www.citywindsor.ca/cityhall/...-Licences.aspx
https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents...Dog-Parks.aspx
Other stuff https://www.petsplusus.com/node/645

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Old Jul 8th 2020, 3:41 pm
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We are about to get a new dog. I have had dogs previously in the UK, this will be our first Canadian dog. I was wondering what are your experiences of having a dog here and any info or suggestions would be welcome.
Here in BC there are loads of backyard breeders advertising on Kijiji. Make sure you buy wisely and be prepared to wait if you are looking for a specific breed. If you don't care too much about breed, you should visit your local RSPCA to see what they have.

Other than that it's pretty much the same as owning a dog in the UK. Pick up after your dog and don't let it off the lead in a dog park if it is aggressive towards other dogs.
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Six years ago, when we bought the house, we got a 6ish month old red mixed breed from the OSPCA. He is great.
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Vets are expensive here even compared to the US, so keep that in mind.

If your looking for a specific breed, be prepared to likely pay a fair amount, dogs for whatever reason in Canada are crazy expensive.

If not looking for a specific breed then various rescues might be an option, just be aware some rescues import dogs from other countries, strays usually, with limited or no background on the animals history.

We ended up having to go to the US to get our dog 5 years ago, I wanted a dachshund specifically, which really never show up in the BCSPCA (they seem to hardly ever have any smaller dogs) but because we lived in an apartment the rescues all said we didn't qualify for a dog, so we went to Washington state where the shelters and rescues had no problem adopting to people who live in apartments.

Your city will probably have an annual license, its usually not too expensive, but make sure to get it as the fine is usually higher than the cost of the license.

We rent so adding a dog limits our housing options, but its worth having a dog, she brings great joy to our life.
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Originally Posted by Siouxie View Post
Check your local bylaws - licensing, no off lead (leash) walks, get a breed that's happy to go out in the snow
Vets are expensive so you may want to get one of those pet insurance packages.

https://www.citywindsor.ca/cityhall/...20245-2004.pdf (opens in new tab)
https://www.citywindsor.ca/cityhall/...-Licences.aspx
https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents...Dog-Parks.aspx
Other stuff https://www.petsplusus.com/node/645
Quite. Laws regarding dogs differ from municipality to municipality let alone province to province.

I'd suggest ensuring that you have a fenced area for the dog to go outside, (& be prepared to shovel the fencline in the winter to prevent the dog escaping over the snow drifts!) and check out where, locally to you, you might exercise the dog. (Dog parks etc). Vets bills can be phenomenally expensive. One of our dogs (10ish, a rescue bitsa) was sick the other weekend & visits to the Animal ER service for a vet consultation & X-ray was $1k - credit card required upfront. (Veterinary care is all about monetising the owners love for the pet). Colleagues of my wife are facing a $10k bill for care and surgery for their dog.

Consider a rescue dog. We have two. They have markedly better lives now than they did but can come with their own set of challenges.
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In this house we have a whippet and a greyhound and previously had a golden retriever/poodle cross. Every week I see a black Lab, a Newfie/something-else-big cross, an Australian cattle dog and a chihuahia/terrier cross. All of these dogs live in the country, all cope with snow (some in coats).

I'd say that the choice of dog depends on the same considerations as in the UK, they can all manage here.
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Originally Posted by Siouxie View Post
Check your local bylaws - licensing, no off lead (leash) walks, get a breed that's happy to go out in the snow
Vets are expensive so you may want to get one of those pet insurance packages.

https://www.citywindsor.ca/cityhall/...20245-2004.pdf (opens in new tab)
https://www.citywindsor.ca/cityhall/...-Licences.aspx
https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents...Dog-Parks.aspx
Other stuff https://www.petsplusus.com/node/645
He is a Bassett Hound so deep snow not ideal lol
Much less of a problem in Windsor than NB though. We will get pet insurance. Thank you for the links
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Six years ago, when we bought the house, we got a 6ish month old red mixed breed from the OSPCA. He is great.
What a handsome chap! 😁 😁 😁
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Vets are expensive here even compared to the US, so keep that in mind.
We ended up having to go to the US to get our dog.

Your city will probably have an annual license, its usually not too expensive, but make sure to get it as the fine is usually higher than the cost of the license.
Thanks Jsmth things being expensive in Canada? I don't believe it On the plus side I can't remember how cheap /expensive it was in the UK so hopefully that will take the sting off.

License!? He can't reach the pedals!
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Quite. Laws regarding dogs differ from municipality to municipality let alone province to province.

I'd suggest ensuring that you have a fenced area for the dog to go outside, (& be prepared to shovel the fencline in the winter to prevent the dog escaping over the snow drifts!) and check out where, locally to you, you might exercise the dog. (Dog parks etc). Vets bills can be phenomenally expensive. One of our dogs (10ish, a rescue bitsa) was sick the other weekend & visits to the Animal ER service for a vet consultation & X-ray was $1k - credit card required upfront. (Veterinary care is all about monetising the owners love for the pet). Colleagues of my wife are facing a $10k bill for care and surgery for their dog.

Consider a rescue dog. We have two. They have markedly better lives now than they did but can come with their own set of challenges.
What's a snow drift? Garden is fenced but I will check it a bit closer.

We will definitely be getting insurance but wholly dog biscuit batman!

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I probably should have mentioned it in my op but we have already chosen the dog. He is a Bassett Hound named Bennie.
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I probably should have mentioned it in my op but we have already chosen the dog. He is a Bassett Hound named Bennie.
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Cute little bugger, always liked basset hounds, don't see many around these days though.
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My daughter has literally just taken home an 8 week old Havanese ............... from the photos that I've seen he's as cute as a button, but she's going to have learn to groom him.

They have non-shedding coats, so the hairs just grow and grow and grow. If not shorn, the hairs will reach the ground. Grooming is very expensive!

Good dust sweeper upper, though

Her original thought 2 years ago was a silver labrador whose tail would have cleaned the coffee table, so maybe small is better ............... actually, their rooms are small-ish as the house is almost 90 years old, and the lab would have filled the whole space in front of the fire place!
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