You shouldn't get a _____ if ______.

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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Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"

My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 11:12am PST 
You shouldn't get a Beagle if:
- You don't like to exercise.
- You lack patience.
- You don't like social canines.
- You don't like wet doggy kisses.
- You don't appreciate a great escape artist.
- You don't like a lot of food drive or prey drive.
- You don't like clipping nails(hound nails grow notoriously fast!).
- You like grooming a lot.
- You want a guard dog(he's more likely to hold the flashlight for a burglar).
- You can't handle a bored dog.
- You can't laugh at their antics.
- You don't think wiggle-bum syndrome is adorable.
- You don't like a bark that half-sounds like a howl and should probably come from a dog ten times their size.

You shouldn't get a Border Collie/Lab mix if:
- You don't like water lovers(seriously, it's like a two year old in a puddle; everytime you turn your back, they're splashing in the water).
- You don't like CRAZY toy drive.
- You don't like exercise and LOTS of it.
- You can't keep a mind occupied or from getting bored.
- You don't like springs on the paws(bouncy, boing, bouncy).
- You don't like being stared at. "Throw it... Throw it.." as they try to hypnotize you to play their game.
- You don't like herding instincts.
- You don't like FAST.
- You don't like shedding or grooming.
- You don't like trying to find the ONE toy that is indestructible.
- You don't want to rescue.
- You don't want a dog that has the smarts BUT lacks the impulse control or patience to bother figuring things out.

You shouldn't get a Rottweiler if:
- You want a lap dog that is actually small enough for your lap.
- You don't like being lifted off your feet by a dog that walks between the legs.
- You don't like bouncy paws.
- You don't like a dog that loves to PLAY!
- You want something that will back up its intimidating looks(I haven't known ONE Rottweiler who wasn't friendly with people).
- You don't like shedding or grooming.
- You want something with more of an off switch.
- You don't like a goofy clown.
- You don't like exercise.
- You don't like stubborn/head-strong.
- You don't like physically strong.
- You prefer a dog that is AWARE of its size and strength.

I may have missed a few things, but I figured this would be fun to do.

You shouldn't get a -name of breed- if -reasons- :

What's your breed, and why SHOULDN'T a person get that breed? We always talk about all the characteristics that people will want, and often people get dogs for the WRONG reasons, thinking that ONE characteristic will make that breed for them when that's not the case... I know we've done the similar posts, discussing why our breeds are bad breed ambassadors - so why not do this one too?

Have at 'er! Tell us why we shouldn't get a ________.
Maci & Harley & Jigar

Golden butts
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 11:36am PST 
You shouldn't get a Golden if:

you like a clean house
you do not want to train (golden do not come train as good family pets)
you do not like sharp teeth and nipping that lasts until they are 2
you do not like dogs that never grow up
you do not like a dog retrieving your underwear for the stranger at the door smile
you can not exercise them daily
you can not exercise their brains daily
you do not like grooming
you can not afford to have pet insurance or start an emergency fund
you do not want a velcro dog - both of mine swear there is a hidden backdoor in the bathroom
you do not want a dog on the couch or bed (okay you can train this but I never owned a dog until Maci that assumed the couch was hers.)

I forgot--- you want a dog where teething/chewing behaviours end after puppyhood.

Edited by author Mon Jun 3, '13 11:38am PST


Life is better- with Sheltie- love.
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 11:47am PST 
You shouldn't get a Sheltie if:

You hate grooming a dog every day.
You want a quiet dog.
You can't handle a strong herding instinct.
You don't like dog training.
You don't like velcro dogs.

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Backtalking- sassface
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 1:02pm PST 
I have a rottie and a Rottie mix. The rottie is an absolute breeze to groom and never sheds. The other has a double coat so its a different story. The rottie has an off switch and hasn't required a lot of excersize, other than a good mile~ walk a day when she was younger but I don't think thats to 'out there'.. big laugh Escpiecailly considering my pup can play for 1-2 hours hardcore then have to go on a long hike/swimming/backpacking to be a semi-decent dog.. LOL.

You shouldn't get a lab if
1. you can't deal with the dog lovin EVERYONE.
2. Don't like that tail knocking things off of side tables.
3. Don't like being knee cap'd durring play, they have no self awareness!
4. Don't like a dog thats never serious.
5. Hate puppies. Labs are puppies for YEARS.

I don't think I will EVER own a lab again! laugh out loud Not for me

I\\\'ll do- anything for a- treat!
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 1:32pm PST 
You shouldn't get a Dachshund if:

-You don't want a watchdog (they alert to everything and their bark is loud!)
-Having your dog heel perfectly is important to you.
-Having an obedient dog is important to you. Patience is key with training this breed and you really shouldn't get one if
-You don't have a sense of humor!
-You don't love cuddles and kisses. Which would be weird-who doesn't love the kisses?!
-You expect your puppy to be housetrained in less than 6 months.
-You can't resist sad, pleading eyes. You WILL be at your dogs' mercy if you can't resist those eyes. Also, your dog will get fat.
-You don't like being stopped on walks by kids (and even adults) calling out, "Weiner dog!"
-You want a dog who loves everybody equally. Your Dachshund will unabashedly prefer you to everyone else, and may be choosy about who receives his affection.

Do you even- lift?
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 2:07pm PST 
You shouldn't get a German Shepherd if:

-You aren't willing to exercise daily
-You consider a leashed walk exercise
-You feel obedience/herding/sports is a waste of time and money
-You'd rather try to crush herding instinct than channel it
-You don't want a dog with a strong prey drive
-You don't like a vocal dog
-You think three years of defiant adolescence is too long
-You feel structure is unnecessary
-You don't have the physical strength to control a very strong dog
-You don't want your house and belongings covered in fur
-You're opposed to frequently finding fur in your food
-It upsets you if people are afraid of your dog, say your dog is "mean", ect.
-You live/might end up living somewhere with breed restrictions
-You want your dog to be excited about strangers
-You feel backyard breeders are a good place to get a dog and/or you aren't willing to take the fairly large risk your dog will be unhealthy in some way
-You think a dog that barks and lunges at anyone who gets near it is a good protection dog
-You aren't willing to socialize extensively and constantly
-You don't want a dog with the intelligence to figure out how things work to get what they want (ie opening doors, the fridge, gates) and the sense to wait until you're not looking to do it
-You aren't careful to keep your dog from becoming overweight and think a clearly defined waist means a dog is too skinny
-Your dog will most of its time alone and/or you think dogs belong outside in the yard

Ice cubes? YES- PLEASE!
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 4:15pm PST 
You shouldn't get an English Mastiff if...

-You can't stand drool.
-You can't stand a heavy shedder.
-If you want a clean house in general.
-If you don't like snuggling with dogs on the floor.
-If you do not want a 120 lb. lap dog.
-If you do not want a dog that likes to follow you everywhere.
-If you cannot handle human aggression or dog aggression behaviors.
-If you cannot manage a strong protection/territorial instinct.
-If you want a dog everyone thinks is friendly.
-If you want a guaranteed dog park socialite.
-If you don't want a dog that acts like Scooby-Doo all the time.
-If you only have a tiny car.
-If you don't have enough space for a dog the same size as you to get the zoomies in.
-If you want a jogging partner.
-If you are not strong enough to at least lower 120-180 lbs from a truck bed.
-If you are not ready to deal with the heartbreak of an early death.
-If you do not want a dog prone to arthritis.
-If you like going for walks when it's over 75 degrees F outside.
-If you do not want a klutzy dog who doesn't fully understand the space it takes up.
-If you want a dog that matures quickly.
-If you do not want a dog that likes to jump on people.

Edit to add:
-If you mind being hit with what feels like a steel baton but really is just your dog's tail.
-If you are not ready to own one of the best power-chewers on your street.

Edited by author Mon Jun 3, '13 4:19pm PST


It's all about- me.
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 4:47pm PST 
These are awesome laugh out loudbig laugh

You shouldn't get a Poodle if...

- you don't like having a dog smarter than most of the people in your house.
- you don't like social dogs.
- you don't have money for professional grooming.
- you don't want to learn to groom a dog that needs groomed every 4 to 6 weeks.
- you don't have a sense of humor!!!!!
- you think they are "sissy" dogs.
Jax (earned- her wings- 5/30/12)

Give me your- toy.
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 6:11pm PST 
You shouldn't get a dog if you don't want to do the work that's required to have a dog.
With that said, you shouldn't get a GSD if:
you want a clean house
don't like drool
don't want to get off the couch
don't want toys under your feet
don't want to train
don't want anything laying on your feet, bed or couch
laugh out loud

Edited by author Mon Jun 3, '13 6:16pm PST


It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 6:56pm PST 
You shouldn't get a bully-please I'm not an APBT expert, I'm putting AmStaff and AmBully under the bully heading...if you...

want to win a popularity contest with your friends and neighbors

if your idea of daily exercise is a slow leisurely walk around the block daily, fifteen minutes tops

if you find long, loving, tongue baths revolting

if seeing a huge mouth exfoliating your face every morning sounds off putting...

if you have anyone elderly, young, or disabled in the house that could be knocked down like so many bowling pins

if you have any priceless collectibles or glassware on low surfaces that would be destroyed with one tail sweep

if you want a dog that you can bully personally...then you have no business getting ANY dog at all of course
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