|Barked: Mon May 11, '09 8:35am PST |
|I have a great deal of terrier experiance, and unless you have the time, energy, training knowledge and alpha personality I would say no for any of the larger terriers. I worked with dogs on a daily basis for over a year, and worked with a lot of wheatens (and I owned a irish terrier/lab mix). I LOVE terriers they are my favorite, but they are a challenge (part of the reason I love them so much!). Terriers will constantly test you, especially when they are puppies, and even into adulthood, but you will never find a more loyal, loving, and intelligent companion.Terriers are tenacious, and kind of have what I like to call "doggie ADD", they sometimes can get distracted and take off on "adventures", which is why they require a lot of time and energy to train. They are great family companions, but technically they were bred to work, so most like a job to do (I did part time Agiltiy with my Irish terrier, and do some Obediance with my Yorkie) But like I said, I would not recommend a terrier breed (exept maybe a yorkie, b/c of the size but let me tell you they are definately still ALL TERRIER!) for a first dog, unless tyou are totally devoted and up to the challenge. Think hard if you want a wheaten, b/c at my previous job at a doggie day care, I saw a few wheatens who their owners did not train them or give them boundries, and they were CRAZY DOGS with issues! You have all our support here a dogster, but we do want to make sure you get the right dog for YOU it is a very important decision!
PS you also said you want a breed that requires only a daily walk........not a TERRIER! They have insane amounts of energy, I used to bike with my Irish Terrier at a decent speed for probably about a hour, and once we got home he'd pass out for a half hour, and then bounce up and be ready and rarin' to go! Just givin' you some terrier advise!
Edited by author Mon May 11, '09 8:42am PST
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