|Barked: Wed Sep 19, '12 8:00pm PST |
|Agreeing with everyone else that dogs and kids are nothing alike and a puppy shouldn't be viewed as a "practice baby." They're so different--you could raise the best dog the world has ever seen, but still be completely and totally unprepared for a human baby. Likewise you could raise some pretty good kids but be totally clueless on how to raise a dog. It's just like when parents will give their kid a pet rock as a "practice hamster." One won't prepare you for the other.
Most of the things you mentioned in the first post have more to do with how well you socialize and train your puppy when it's young. Smart is relative.. There's lots of smart breeds, but a Husky is a TOTALLY different type of "smart" from a Golden Retriever, for example. They're both trainable, but you can't train them the same way, if that makes sense. A husky is far more stubborn. They love their owners, but if they don't see the point to a trick, they won't do it. On the other hand, a typical Golden would do just about anything without question if it would make you happy. Border Collies are considered the most intelligent breed, but they're a breed known for being sensitive to the point of emotionally fragile. They don't take well to harsh training. At the same time though, they'll take advantage of you if you let them.
I'd spend more time thinking about what smart really means to you, and it will help narrow things down.
A larger dog like a GSD or Collie won't be good for a jogging buddy, or any strenuous activity really, until it's at least 1 or even 2 years old when it's done growing and the growth plates are closed. You don't want to put strain on a pup's joints until then.
Edited by author Wed Sep 19, '12 8:03pm PST
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