|Barked: Sun Oct 20, '13 1:38pm PST |
|I think some of the breeds on your list could work if you found the right adult individual. It's fine, and perfectly understandable, to have breed preferences, but when you're looking at getting an adult, it's important to look at the individual and not just their breed.
For instance, I've had two Golden Retrievers. The first one was the calmest, most laid back, perfect dog for a first time owner. Looking back, I think he was born with the soul of an old dog. The second Golden was the complete opposite. Tons of energy, needed a lot of exercise, very sweet dog, but very rambunctious. She actually did pull my mother over in pursuit of some ducks at the park. She's 10 now and she still has tons of energy and loves to run and retrieve. Same breed, totally different dogs.
Protectiveness, too, can be highly individual. Many dogs (including some Goldens) will bark enough at a threat that most people aren't going to want to find out if the dog will back up its threats. Bunny's comment about getting a black dog isn't just bias either People do perceive blacks dogs as more intimidating and, in my experience, as larger than they are (I get a lot of "what a big dog!" with Onyx and someone thought he was 120 lbs once...he's a lean 75).
I'll put in a plug for the German Shepherd, but that's a breed where you'd definitely want to look for an adult with a known temperament. GSDs are loving, eager to please, and the ultimate family protector, but their adolescent years can be long and difficult, which makes them not the best choice for most first time owners. If you got an adult from a good rescue, preferably a dog that's been fostered, you could find one that's past the rough teenager phase, lower energy, good with cats, and trained in basic obedience and walking nicely on a leash. Given that they're such a popular breed, there are a lot of rescues with a lot of dogs to choose from. Even if you got the odd GSD that wasn't very protective, the breed has enough of a reputation that anyone with ill intentions will steer clear. They do shed, but so do all the breeds on your list, and the coat requires no maintenance other than an occasional brushing to remove loose fur.
Edited by author Sun Oct 20, '13 1:49pm PST
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