|Barked: Sat Aug 31, '13 10:39am PST |
|I think for some newbies no puppy is a good choice, but certainly not for all. Some people just have unrealistic expectations of a two month old dog and forget that they're babies with no idea what you expect from them. Most of those people would be better off with an adult dog to learn on. But I don't think it's fair to say no first time dog owner should get any breed of puppy because some people have enough common sense and commitment to make it work just fine with a compatible breed.
I completely agree with Dr. Watson's list on the first page for groups/types of dogs that the majority of first time owners should avoid. Huskies are really popular where I live and many of the people who get them have no idea how to meet their needs (especially given the very hot climate). Some end up in shelters, some are just regulated to a tie in the backyard for the rest of their lives. Also see a wide variety of gundogs in the same boat. And of course tons of adolescent GSDs. There are 3 GSD rescues in my area which are always overflowing, and most of the dogs in the basic OB class I did with Onyx were "aggressive" GSDs. Although the scariest dog I saw in that class was a huge, intact, male Akita. THAT is definitely a breed first timers (and some people in general) should avoid.
The advanced OB class I go to has the same dynamic as Lupi, Jewel, and Nicky where it's all big dogs (mostly GSDs) and one little. The little is a Yorkie and I would actually be inclined to include them on the list of not-so-great-for-beginners-dogs. I've known more Yorkies that are DA and/or HA than any other breed, and they don't strike me as at all easily trained. I'm impressed by what the owner of the Yorkie in my class can get hers to do because I know how much work it took to get to that point.
Yorkie with some of the big dogs
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