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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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Bonnie Lass- -in loving- memory-

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Barked: Sat Jan 26, '13 5:33pm PST 
I am about ready to get a pup and would love some advice. I am working on moving now and plan to adopt when I do. I have talked to a couple of breeders and know which breeder I would go with if I go the Westie route. But other than that I not sure. I am open to rescue and breeder depending on the breed I go with. There are a lot of things I want in a dog but not everything I want is mandatory. I'm fairly flexible!

I would love a dog that can handle snow and rain and likes water. I plan on taking my dog running, hiking and plenty of off leash time. I like getting together with friends with dogs so playful is a plus. Regular training classes and at home training will be a constant. If we aren't in an obedience class, I enjoy nose work, agility and other dog sports but not necessarily competitively just depending on the dog. I enjoy camping and backpacking and would love to have a dog who can come along. Training is important to me and I do appreciate a biddable dog, but I also like independence and a dog with a mind of its own.
I have no problem with high energy and would hire a mid day dog walker if the dog needs the extra time out while I'm at work. I don't love the border collie, Australian shepherd type typically. I don't know why, because they would fit well in some ways, but just not quite my type.

I have some breeds/ breed mixes that I am pretty certain I will own, but I'd love to hear what people think and see if any of my picks are mentioned. I am looking at an apartment with some breed restrictions that I may not do because of the restrictions, but I could not get either dog I thought I might because of it. Any suggestions?
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Bunny

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Barked: Sat Jan 26, '13 7:01pm PST 
Standard Poodle? wink I swear that's not my stock answer laugh out loudMini if you want smallersmile I was thinking Lab too, but you said you like a dog with a mind of it's own, which doesnt really add up to a Lab . I mean they are smart and all , just not what a terrier person would be used tosmile
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Bonnie Lass- -in loving- memory-

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Barked: Sat Jan 26, '13 9:05pm PST 
Oh I tend to prefer bigger dogs! Terriers aren't exactly my typical preference but I was so in love with Bonnie that another Westie is tempting.
I've considered the Spoodle but it isn't exactly my type. Yet such awesome dogs!
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Bunny

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Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 6:20am PST 
Hmmm. I kind of got the impression maybe you werent attracted to the collie types because they are *too* willing to please and maybe too clingy. I could be wrong? What is it about the Spoodle that makes them not your type? ( and are you nuts?wink JK laugh out loud )

ETA how do you feel about hounds? The reason I am not suggesting terriers is because of your wish for them to get along well with other dogs. I know there are many exceptions to that rule, but if we are talking generalities, that is not a typical terrier trait. smile

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Mayhem

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Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 6:32am PST 
How about.... A Golden?wave

They love to be outdoors, great in the snow cold, worship the water, perfect camping/hiking companion. Excell at obedience, as biddable as you can get. Playful and energetic as they are puppies for their first few years and some never grow up. Typically get along with everyone, both people and other dogs. The only thing you mentioned that they don't have much of is an independent mind. They are shadow dogs, just want to be with you and do what you want to do. My golden is wonderful off leash. We go to a relatives house in the country where there are no fences and I let her right out of the truck, she never wanders. Also had my other dog get out of our fence once and Mayhem instead of following never left the yard. Consider that with Hounds (both scent and sight) that can be more of a problem if you are looking for a good off leash dog.

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Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 8:23am PST 
Hmmmm. Well, I know it won't seem like it to you, but that list isn't too distinct laugh out loud Many would qualify. Oftentimes then, my advice is...truly....to consider a shelter mutt. Sometimes, we just don't precisely know. Not enough has yet kept into our sensibilities, like and dislikes, to form any sort of ultra distinct picture. Your list says a lot, but not much about personality....do you see that at all in there? I think then, we are still on our journey, and in such cases going to a shelter, looking at a dog who speaks to us and assessing carefully.....not the worst idea in the world.

BUT, off what you have had to say, and also off your personality as well, my advice would be GSP. That's a breed I'd like for you and which seems to suit. They are really great to work with, but enough their "own dog." Pretty limitless in terms of the sort of training venues you can consider. Are VERY outdoorsy. Terrifically social in all parts....gregarious....and with an upbeat attitude. But also just the right brand of sensitive, which I think suits you in a training sense. Good alternate a GSD, but I see a good amount of challenge-good match-personality compatibility in the GSP.
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Sabi

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Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 8:55am PST 
Agree that a shelter dog could easily fit, and I love the GSD ideawink Alternately a Toller maybe? Active, trainable, social, love the water and have all weather coatslaugh out loud
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Bonnie Lass- -in loving- memory-

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Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 9:16am PST 
Bunny- its the look red face

I tend to be drawn to more unique dogs. The lab, the golden etc are awesome dogs and I know and love many, yet they're so... Common. That in no way would make them less of a good fit, but it makes it less interesting and exciting for me.

I had thought I would go with a rescue pittie/ pit mix or a German shepherd/ shepherd mix from rescue but most of the places I've talked to about living have restrictions on both confused That doesn't mean it isn't still a route I would go, but it made me think I should look into some other options.

Tiller- I know my specifications don't really narrow down the field much, which is where I am running into problems! I have fostered a wide variety of dog types and most of the traits and issues, rather than deciding oh this is something I couldn't live with, I come up with, oh I could adjust some things in my life to that. I have fallen for dogs of totally different types.
I will try and lay out more ideals and see what comes up!

I don't exactly mind Velcro but I like when I work in the kitchen the dog lays down just outside of it, picks a spot and stays there (rather than hanging around my feet every step) or that checks in the kitchen and goes as lies elsewhere.

I like petting and cuddling a dog, but I don't like constant neeeeeeeeeeed for attention. The Westie was sometimes a bit too aloof for me in that they are pretty "on their own terms." Yet, I'm considering another so it didn't get to me too much

Some day in its life, it is likely to be around some livestock and I would like if it didn't go crazy (but I figure it wouldn't be as likely or as much as an issue the first few years I owned it so training is key and a poor livestock dog wouldn't get eliminated from my list)

I like lots of energy, but the ability to chill in the house. But I'm not thinking getting enough exercise will be a huge issue as I plan on a run in the morning, hiring a dog walker for the afternoon (if the dog needs the extra exercise/ to break up the day while I'm at work), and either another walk, off leash time or some type of training class in the evening.

I kind of like a dog that will test its boundaries. It's not simple to train, but it's amazing when trained without blindly following. I like the idea of a dog trusting and following me because it chooses to, not just because it is bred into them. I've loved working with dogs that will look at me as they start to do something new as of to check my reaction, yet not waiting for approval. I don't mind the blatant disregard of my commands sometimes in training. Yes, it drives me absolutely crazy. But I also like the resolution there. I want to get to a point of rock solid training with great off leash reliability and recall and the ability to ignore other animals for me, but I'm willing to work hard for it and am not scared of a dog that will challenge me a bit in getting there.



Part of my problem is that I don't want to eliminate possibly great dogs because of being too picky, and I'm running into the issue of not being picky enough!
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Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 10:23am PST 
Well that's all a lot more GSD-ish than Pit-ish. I would worry about being "too picky" for you can end up on the opposite extreme. There is a dividing line between "custom order a dog" mentality and being so loose as to end up with a dog who wasn't what you want or suited to your plans, lifestyle, etc.

One option always is to either go to a shelter looking for the connection or fostering until you fail. Nothing wrong with that. Connection trumps all, in terms of lists of what you want and don't want. That's like me and Cockers. I do have a list of what I want/demand and they do come up a little short in some contexts, but I am just so INTO them, it doesn't matter. Those prickly parts fade into the background.

Of course, if you want to get precise, then you do get closer to getting a dog who is conforming to your ideal and future plans, yah?

Sooo.....if you like unusual. Well, let me start with the Cesky Terrier, who would be the terrier experience but doing away with all the terrier parts you did not like. Curly-Coated Retriever or English Shepherd? You have the right vibe for a Vizsla, and I rarely say that wink Or, you can take on a challenge.....Briard, I can see that. That or a Polish Lowland....exciting dog for you, as they are brilliant and very athletic, but tricky. What about a Bearded Collie? They are a trip and you don't see them a ton....I could see that.
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Sun Jan 27, '13 10:27am PST 
Well the Sporting Group and the Herding group are biddable. Some are more velcro, some less. Some more aloof with strangers, some less. Many suit your outdoor requirements well. They bond well, some have an independent streak. Some are naughty.

There are various working breeds to look at as well as larger terriers.

Anything leading you away from the larger terriers, if you like that sort of personality (which is not really my thing at all)?
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