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If you are wondering what is the right dog for you, this is the place to be. In this introductory forum we talk about topics such as breed vs. mix, size, age, grooming, breeders, shelters, rescues as well as requirements for exercise, space and care. No question is too silly here. This particular forum is for getting and giving helpful, nice advice. It is definitely not a forum for criticizing someone else's opinion, knowledge or advice. This forum is all about tail wagging and learning.

  
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Trixie Bean!

none so blind as- those that will- not see
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 6:54am PST 
Ok, soon the boyfriend and I will be getting a place together.. And eventually, when we have the money together and everything sorted a puppy will be on the horizon! His puppy is going to be first, with my GSD to follow a year or two later wink. He already has his heart set on a breed but i'm curious as to what you guys think would suit him smile

He would most likely be working full time, but I will be working part-time and then doing dog walking in my free hours, so the puppy would be alone at most for 5 hours maybe twice a week- other than that I would be able to pop in on it every couple of hours.

He wants a big dog, anything less than maybe 60lbs would be too small. He prefers a shorter coat however that isn't necessarily a deal breaker.

He enjoys playing with a dog- he will happily get on the floor, roll around, pull on a tug toy ETC.. He would be bored with a dog that wasnt interested in playing with him a lot!

A naturally dog friendly dog is important, I have dealt with dog issues in the past and could not cope with that again.. Obviously socialisation will play a big part in that but a dog that tends towards dog aggression is NOT something we want.

We have two cats, so high prey drive/chase drive may not be the best of ideas.. Of course I know if brought up with cats a lot of dogs can be just fine. The kittehs are both good with dogs.

As far as exercise is concerned, we usually do 3-4 miles a day with Trix off-leash. Would be willing to increase that for a puppy and, with my dog walking, there will be plenty of time to include puppy on walks with clients! Basically energy needs can be accommodated for but I don't really think he wants a bouncing off the walls, nutcase of a dog. Roxie was that type of dog and while he had fun with her, he would also get frustrated when she wouldn't settle down after 8 miles offleash walking, play time, training AND zoomies laugh out loud.

I don't think he would enjoy having a particularly aloof dog but at the same time, i'm fairly sure he doesnt want a dog that adores EVERYBODY. Some middle ground where that is concerned would be nice.

If I have missed any important information, feel free to point it out!
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Dr. Watson

Not a wiener- dawg!
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 8:40am PST 
Hmm, how velcro a dog will he tolerate? Does he want a dog that naturally fetches? How do you all feel about slobber?

Remember, a growing large breed puppy will likely need less hard exercise than an adult, as their bones are growing in.

Will have to think on this for a while.thinking
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Trixie Bean!

none so blind as- those that will- not see
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 8:44am PST 
Well where we are planning on moving has a lot of open countryside, so the dog would most likely be walked on grassy areas which I know is easier for growing puppies! Would also limit walks when the pup was young, and use mental activities to tire out whatever little terror we find outselves with wink

He likes a dog that wants to hang around with him.. Glued to his side and staring into his eyes adoringly would likely drive him insane though laugh out loud. Generally just a dog willing to hang around with him is something he likes. A completely independant dog is really not his thing.


Fetch- not too sure what he thinks about it. He likes to play tug with a dog, fetch I dont think he is fussed about one way or another.

Slobber, not a big deal to him. Excessive slobber *I* wouldnt be too keen on. He on the other hand would rather deal with slobber than shedding (god help him when I get my GSD party )

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Shane DEC- '08-JAN '12- RIP

In dreams I walk- with you..
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 10:51am PST 
hmmm.. a dobie perhaps or a rescue greyhound/lurcher
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 10:52am PST 
Ewwww, slobber is always my first response. Labs, are very playful, but a well bred one might not be big enough for him. And I suppose you can't talk him into a GSD. Deerhounds and Wolfhounds do have a problem with chasing prey, although the one in our house doesn't go after our cat, he did have a problem that was corrected with chasing deer. Another wolfhound mix had to be corrected from chasing cows. Same problems, I expect, with a Borzoi. As for the scenthounds, I expect Bloodhounds, which are quite large, are rare in your country.

Are you sure he can't go as low as 80lbs? He's ruled out the Gundog group, and that includes very playful dogs, some of whom are not velcro.

Mastiffs fit the huge and slobbery part, but they are not known for being playful.

The Great Dane is very large, has a short coat, and is sometimes playful.

The Newfie is quite large, has a long coat, is slobbery, and is very playful.

I have left out several breeds I feel completely unsuited.
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Trixie Bean!

none so blind as- those that will- not see
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 11:45am PST 
Shane, he might like a Dobie- he has admired them from afar. My only concern with that would be that with them being so one person, I could see them choosing ME as that person as i'd be around more laugh out loud which he would not be impressed about.

We have both spent a fair bit of time around greyhounds and he finds them pretty boring. I think they are a bit too couch potato for his liking!


Watt, I think he would enjoy a Gundog actually but he appears to have his heart set on a Giant breed. Maybe in the future a gundog would be possible- I'd love a Golden Retriever! I think he would enjoy one as well. He has expressed interest in some Spaniels but his issue is SIZE of course *eyeroll* . He prefers a sturdy dog, so perhaps he will lower his size limit if he spends a little more time around some of the breeds and sees that they are actually not as breakable as he thinks wink


I cannot convince him that TWO GSD's would be a good idea.. I will eventually be getting a GSD either way, no doubt about that smile. He just wants a breed of his "own" seeing as how the GSD will be the love of my life laugh out loud
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Tyler

Whippy- The- Whipador
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 1:33pm PST 
How about a Rottie?


What happened to the Ridgeback dream? wink
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Trixie Bean!

none so blind as- those that will- not see
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 2:26pm PST 
Tyler, that was my ex .. Not been with that guy for a long time! (thank goodness).


Rottie, the boyfriend likes.. I like them too but theres just something that doesnt *click* for some reason. He isnt that interested, they are something he looked in to.
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Tyler

Whippy- The- Whipador
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 2:49pm PST 
Ah ok way to go


I quite like the Newfie suggestion or maybe a Leonberger if that's a size range you're both comfortable with?
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Star BN RN- RA

IM too CUTE
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 14, '13 3:04pm PST 
Okay...other than the coat it sounds like a Bernese Mountain Dog would fit, good with other animals...like to play and be around people but not velcro...usually more than 80 lbs....and they do not slobber (except sometimes when they drink).
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