I want a dog

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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825 posts
Busy bee

@xoxo_712:  The good news is, if you’re going to buy from a reputable breeder — you can start looking now! Most reputable breeders, regardless of breed popularity, will keep wait lists that are several months to several years long. If you’re going to look at shelter puppies, there is no harm (really) in shamlessly stalking Petfinder 🙂

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think finding a dog that doesn’t shed is going to be fairly difficult.  I have a black pug, and she does not shed as much as the fawn colored pugs (black pugs only have one layer of fur).  I’m biased towards pugs because they stay small, have tons of personality, and make great apartment pets 😉

If you are looking for a dog, look at local pet rescues.  My husband and I volunteer for the Buffalo Pug and Small Breed Rescue and they have several small dogs up for adoption.  I also have a friend who adopted two Chinese Chins through a Chin rescue group.  If/when you decide on a breed, a breed rescue group would be a great resource for a new pet, as well as information on how much your pet will shed, etc.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@xoxo_712:  Lots of apartments charge “pet rent” in addition to a non-refundable deposit for a dog, so definitely keep that in mind when getting your next place. Some places charge $400 plus $25/mo in pet rent fees around me. 

Anyways, http://www.puppyfind.com/ is really good for finding breeders! Both of my dogs came from breeders I found on that site – I just made sure they were reputable breeders before I actually bought my pups. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I got our little girl 7 days after we moved into our house 😉

Post # 8
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592 posts
Busy bee

If you want a purebred puppy, definitely start shopping around for breeders now! Most breeders are hobby breeders and only have one breeding couple, maybe two females and one male. So they only have litters 1-2 times a year if that. And if its a very popular breed they probably take pre litter deposits where people pay deposits and get dibs on puppies when they’re born, so you still might even miss out on a litter. 

I’d recommend a rescue dog if you have no other animals or children. Some can be super friendly and loving and adjusting is easier when there’s less people. There are often adorable mutt puppies at shelters aged 4-8 months, so you can still get some of the cute and might night have to do as much housebreaking. 

Have y’all looked into renting a house? That might be a good option for a dog. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Stay FAR AWAY from any website that is http://www.puppyfind.com  http://www.findmedog.com or anything of the like. These are places where “commercial” breeders, puppy mills, back yard breeders and basically those without ethics sell dogs.  This also include “puppy” stores. 

 

Start with http://www.akc.org and look at breeds that would closely fit in your family. Remember dogs are not inexpensive.  Reputable breeders do not normally produce many litters a year, nor do they usually have to advertise.  Puppies/dog also require food, water, shelter, vaccinations, leash, collar, exercise, walks, LOVE, attention, veterinarian visits, etc…..all of which are not cheap.  I tell all potential adoptors that a puppy is just as costly and time consuming as a child/baby, if not more.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@xoxo_712:  Based on what you are looking for, sounds like you would love a mini goldendoodle! We have one and he is the love of our lives. He doesn’t shed and he is 18-20 pounds at 1 year now (full grown).

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have a Yorkie. He is about 8 lbs fully grown and doesn’t shed a bit – even though they’re known for their bountiful hair. It’s a financial responsibility though so factor in the costs of regular groomings etc…

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Don’t get a corgi 🙂 I’m pretty sure mine is the best dog in the world but he sheds like crazy. He’s worth the hassle though. We’re even getting another one soon. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@xoxo_712:  I have to second @MsSkater:  with the toy goldendoodle but this IS a designer breed so I am not aware of availability or health issues involved. My husband had a first generation golden doodle (very large dog) that is pretty healthy and never sheds 🙂 

Poodles don’t shed much and you can get them in toy or miniature size. The bichon frise is also another option….There are also a lot of terrier breeds that you may enjoy. 

You probably want to make you list of requirements stricter than appearance. Any reputable breeder will not give dogs to homes that only care about looks. You need to discuss what temperament you want or what habits you can’t stand (barking, digging, chewing, ect.). What lifestyle do you plan on living? What medical history are you okay with?

I personally won’t get designer breeds, breeds that were genetically given dwarfism, or breeds that have soured their genepool (huskies are an example). The reason is that I don’t want to pay for medical issues that shouldn’t even be there. 

How do you feel about purbreeds verses rescue? Are you willing to take time needed to resocialize or rehabilitate a dog that has been abandoned or abused? Going to a non reputable breeder is like going to a shelter, both are risky. 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@gvsusara:  Both of the breeders I worked with I found thru puppyfind but they were definitely hobby breeders. We picked them up in person and I made sure to do my research first… and they did their research on us as well, as we had to fill out lengthy applications and for one, I even had to send letters of recommendation! There are probably mills on there (like all the overseas breeders from Ukraine and Russia I see advertised), but I did my research and would never do business with places like that!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@xoxo_712:  I have a maltese and a shi-tzu/westie, both have minimal shedding.

 

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