What type of dog do you have? What type should I get?

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  1. PornForPatric

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    After losing my beloved Lucy two years ago, I'm finally ready to get another dog. My only trouble is I have no idea what type of dog to get. I'm hoping you good folks will have some suggestions. What type of dog should I get? Even if you don't have any opinion on what I should get, feel free to tell us about your dog.

    For background, Lucy was a Jack Russell & Chihuhua mix. We met at a Humane Society shelter where I was actually looking for an Irish Setter. However, I saw Lucy and I just knew when I saw her that she was going to be my dog.

    I think I would like a Weimaraner or Border Collie. I work from home, but I live in a rental and my back yard is a mere 20x30. I'm not sure if that would be enough for them to run around in on days I couldn't make it to the dog park.
     
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    Depends what sort of characteristics and attributes you are lookingfor tbh...... A labradoodle is a good bet tho as long as its 75%+ poodle.
     
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    I think adopting another dog from the humane society that just clicks with you is a better idea than picking a breed. Not that there is anything wrong picking a breed either, I happen to have a few breeds that I love. Collies, Labs, Huskies, Malamutes, Shepards. I tend to like bigger dogs over small ones.

    One thing about Collies is that they are really smart and like to do work and stuff. In my experience if they don't have a outlet for that urge they become a little more high strung and can develop little odd ticks. My collie mix has some odd ticks, but none of them are a problem, but I've seen some who will always get in the trash when left alone and things like that. This is just my personal experience with the breed though.

    Pitbulls are a great breed, it's sad that they have such a bad reputation. If you live in a tight neighborhood (especially if there are a lot of kids) I would try not to get a pit simply because you can catch a lot of flak for having one. I know I have in the past.

    If you like swimming a lot and go to rivers and stuff, Labs are great because they are water dogs. Labs are also very mild mannered, and are pretty smart, and are handsome. It's probably the first breed I fell in love with (now I have a bunch :p).

    The worst part about having a dog (or any pet) is when they pass away, but I've never regretted having them.
     
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    Well i have four dogs. St. Bernard (Bonnie), Chiweenie (BiBi), cocker spaniel (Sally), and a Rottweiler mix (Molly).
    I love my babies... perfect for me but for you, only you can know... go to the shelter again and what happened with Lucy will happen again for sure. Your proof that you dont always choose your pet.
     
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    on Saturday July 23rd 2011 Lucas County Animal Shelter held an open house we went not really looking to get another dog Dusty had been gone less than a year but there he was a boxer puppy 7 months old was not barking and had his ears and tail and was fixed too
    he name clinched the deal he looked in my eyes and i was his
    his name is Bobo and he is all boxer puppy he has been here just over a week now and adjusting very well I will post pics soon as I get them off my phone.
    yes go and look at the pound and see if there is one there you want to take home I did not expect to find a dog I wanted at the pound but he is so sweet and playful has a loud bark and is too funny to watch my friend has a yellow lab golden retriever mix that is just past 3 and she just loves him too
     
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    I think to be fair,er to the animal as well
    Consider one that matches as close as possible, your own personality
    fr eg
    dont really go for a Pitty if your a gentle soul, as you more than likely wont be able to control or match his particular behaviour

    I by fortune decided on a Red / Irish Setter in the day, and what a beautiful soulful animal, ideal and so compatible with & for me personally
    People said they were dumb' and couldnt be trained, baah he proved them wrong and was more than content to respond to the merest of hand signals
    enz
     
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    I have a Boxer and Boxers are da bomb. However, they need room to exercise and don't do well left along when they are young. I think a miniature schnauzer would be a good choice for you.
     
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    I have a 4 1/2 year old Apricott Toy Poodle named Mason. I live in a condo and he is the perfect size for the place. He's just a bit over 8 pounds and still thinks he's a puppy.

    Smart and spoiled, that's my Mason. :biggrin1:

    Sklar
     
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    A have a Drahthaar A.K.A. German Wire Haired Pointer. They're really smart, obedient and caring. Magnus has just turned 6y.o. two days ago and he still plays like a pup. He loves playing with everyone and also with our cat.
     
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    I have a puggle. Her mother was a beagle, and father a pug. She has qualities of both. The pug wrinkles and abbreviated snout lend her a puppy look, even though she's grown. She has long ears like her mother's, and slightly buggy eyes. She barks a lot, and makes a lot of strange, beagley noises. She is thrilled to chill on the sofa with my cat, or go for long walks with us. She is a lap dog. She needs constant contact with a pack member. She is jealous of my attention, but does not care who my husband pays attention. She is extremely food motivated. She is good with children, but we had to teach her to be good with them. She always loved them, just. . . too much. She's ridiculously strong. She makes a terrible guard dog, but an excellent watch dog. She barks like a German Sheppard, or other larger breed. She sounds huge, compared to her actual size. She's the size of a small beagle. She needs lots of exercise and plenty of chew toys to remain well-behaved. She is vindictive. If you displease her too much, she eventually shits in the bathroom when no one is looking. She is super affectionate. All one must do to get some love from her, is be within tongue's reach. We once tried to count how many times in a row she would lick a person, but lost count and instead watched the clock. After more than half an hour passed, I just made her stop.
     
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    A hotdog.
     
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    Get a Border Terrier,you'll never regret it!!
     
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    The obvious answer for this site: A WIENER DOG!

    But seriously, I have a mini dachshund and he is smart and hilarious.
     
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    Any idea where I can get me a Dire Wolf?
     
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    20x30 metres? yards?

    My friend has a staffy x cattle dog and a bull arab. Both require a lot of exercise to be really happy (the staffy x cattle is particularly high energy), but they get by when she isn't able to walk them. I think her yard is a similar size to yours (totally guesstimating with that though). She makes sure they get lots of attention, they have access to toys (only a few at a time and they are cycled regularly), and they have regular short training sessions to keep their minds active. Even before they got the bull arab, the staffy x cattle was fine if a walk or two was missed (ie. the extra dog isn't the determining factor). If you make sure everything else is in place and you don't skip their walk too often, I think even a large dog would be fine in that size yard.


    Pendy, our dog preferences match up perfectly!!!
     
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    depends, depends, depends.

    are you going to be giving your dog several hours of intense stimulation every day? if not, i suggest not getting a shepherding breed (collies, etc). they're bred to be on the go and have a tendency to become neurotic when under-stimulated.
    constant company but not constant interaction? well some of the gundog breeds might be worth looking into (large poodles, spaniels, etc). they're bred to wait patiently, but will need a couple of good work outs a day.
    are you proud of your garden? terriers will dig when bored. and jump. and yap.
    the sight hounds are kinda jumpy but good at lounging on their arses for a lot of the day. if there are no small animals to worry about then a retired greyhound might be the ideal, chilled out companion.
    scent hounds are usually happiest when there is more than one dog in the household, as most are bred to work in close packs.
    fighting breeds will need a lot of training to stop them doing what they're supposed to.

    think carefully about the function of the breed first. hundreds of years of breeding in the desire to chase/pull/dig/bark/herd will need to be considered. it might be worth going to any local dog shows, meeting the dogs and talking to the owners about what their breed is like to live with.

    ...you've not given us anywhere near enough detail about your lifestyle and expectations to make an accurate suggestion of what might be best.
     
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    I like a dog with a certain amount of style. My fave, the CHINESE CRESTED.
     
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    I grew up with Golden Retrievers and thought I could never warm up to another breed, but I have a Miniature Dachshund now and I'm totally sold on this breed. They are smart, fun and very loving.
     

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    I always vote for feral dogs. If there are some shelters near you, go and make some puppy happy!
     
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