Post # 1
I need help with choosing what kind of dog breed I should be looking at. We will be buying our own place in the next few months which means we can finally have a dog! We currently have two cats (a siamese and a DSH) that we adopted a few years back and its just my husband and I but we are planning on starting a family really soon.
My Husband grew up with German Shepards and really values loyalty in a pet. I really love all kinds of animals but with 2 cats and kids soon added to the mix, I want a dog that is friendly and a little lazy. Growing up I only had a small dog that my family adopted so I am not used to handaling a big breed, however I am open to big dogs as long as they are friendly.<br /><br />
Which breed do you suggest?
Post # 2
I love spaniels, king charles are my faves but others are great too. They are friendly, not too small but not big and very loyal and clever. I also think labradors and retrievers are great too – friendly, can be lazy, and they are great with children and other pets. Those 3 are probably top to me for friendliness, loyalty and how well they get on with children. They are all popular breeds but for good reason 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
Frenchies!! Their personalities are hilarious. They are not too big, and not too small. They make excellent family pets and are great with children. They also are great around cats. My 2 Frenchies are so loving, and incredibly lazy. There are some breed issues since they are brachycephalic and have short stubby tails/bodies. Definitely not a breed you should adopt if you don’t have an emergency vet savings or pet health insurance just in case. My neighbor has a Frenchie and she had to sink $7k into lower lumbar surgery for him. Despite all this, I love them so much I will never own another breed! I’m hooked for life 🙂
Post # 4
amcrmills: KateA17: Just wanted to add that labs/retrievers ARE very, very friendly and family friendly, but are definitely not lazy. They actually have boundless energy. I had a flat coat retriever that I could throw the ball for for hours and he still wouldn’t tire. And don’t think just cuz you stopped throwing the ball that he will lie down for a nap. Ooooh nooo, he had this energy that needed to be expended so he just kept trying to get you to toss the ball or he’d be walking all around you, around the table, just this high energy! Loved him sooo much, but lost him in the divorce. I would definitely search for the “lazy” dog type if you don’t think you’ll have lots of time for it. Noooo Jack Russells either. They’re crazy and hyper! You could always adopt a slightly older dog, too, so it’s passed its puppy stage and need of constant attention.
Post # 5
amcrmills: Pug! I would always recommend pugs and pug mixes. But really I think you could get many medium sized dogs so your fiance won’t feel like he has a tea-cup-pup but you also won’t be dealing with an unweildy beast. lol.
Maybe go to your local shelter and see who tugs at your heart? My shelter will usually have signs on the cages stating their level of activity (or laziness) and what their general personality is.
Post # 6
German Shepherds are a hard “starter” breed. My guess is that your husband’s parents did the bulk of the work with it when he was younger. German’s are incredibly stubborn and have the tendency to become difficult if not handled by experienced owners.
Labs are great dogs to start with. I know Pit Bulls get a bad rap… But they really are amazing pets as well with a huge drive to please their owners. My brother is considering adopting a retired greyhound. Apparently they (ironically) need very little work and are content to sit on the sofa all day.
Good luck in your search!
Post # 7
amcrmills: first off…i am an animal rescue advocate – so if you can, look into rescue/adoption instead of buying 🙂 there are so many amazing dogs out there without homes.
i had a chocolate lab for 11 years (she passed last year from cancer) that i rescued at 1 year old and she was the absolute sweetest and friendliest dog on the planet. she had tons of energy until she was about 5, and from then on she was quite chill and relaxed. so loyal and just an amazing dog.
my husband and i currently have 2 rescue dogs – one is a white boxer/american bull dog mix (so hyper) and the other is a black lab/weimaraner mix (very sweet and chill) – and we adopted each of them at about 8-10 months old.
great danes are very chill and relaxed, but also HUGE lol…
Post # 8
Consultette: Amen! My dog, Leroy (1/2 husky/ 1/2 german shep), came into my life rather suddenly at a time when I wasn’t really planning on (or prepared for) a pup. (Long story short- he’d been adopted and dropped back at the pound three different times by the time a classmate of mine took him in. Shortly thereafter, she decided he was “impossible to train” and decided she “had” to take him back, even though they had said he’d be put down if she did. I stepped up and took him in right then and there. yikes!)
He’s stubborn as heck. I honestly thought he was deaf for a couple weeks because no matter how much noise you’d make, he wouldn’t even turn his head towards you. I’ve since figured out he can hear fine…he would just prefer to ignore you most of the time. Everything was a struggle with him. We did obedience classes and I read dog-training manuals cover-to-cover. Intelligent breeds are wonderful, but their intelligence can make it a struggle if you’re not experienced.
Post # 9
amcrmills: I would go for the mixed breed that catches your eyes and attention at your local shelter, whom is ‘marked’ as family-friendly, house trained, and thus, maybe a bit older (think toddler, not puppy puppy).
I know you want breed specifics, and so here is the rundown of the mutts we have had in our family, and how they ‘did’: border collie mix – adopted at 6 months. LOTS Of energy, but incredibly sweet. Needed to run/walk/run throughout most of the day, so a gate and a yard was a must. Rottweiler/Husky mix – adopted at 6 weeks. She finally slowed down at about 8 years of age 🙂 Incredibly stubborn throughout much of her life, but the sweetest/kindest/most intuitive dog we have ever had. She has also been very kind to babies/children in and out of the house via guests. German shephard mix – adopted at 9 years old. Incredibly well-trained, and well-behaved. Spends her days being lazy, but is also incredibly protective (in a good way). She has also been pretty kind to children in and out, as she came from a family home that could not longer keep her.
Luckily, we have been very fortunate (as far as health goes, temperment, etc) with all of our adopted mutts/pets we have adopted. Some of have required more training than others, and admittedly, I grew up and now currently live in a home with a ‘larger’ yard for pets to roam, and run.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Spaniels are great and don’t shed. I will suggest looking at your local shelter or rescues that specialize in the breed you decide. My dad had been looking for a Spaniel and called our local shelter to let us know if they got any in. An older lady brought in 3 shortly after that she just couldn’t care for anymore and we adopted one of them.
Post # 11
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
amcrmills: you’re going to find that everyone will tell you to get their favorite breed. Look up some Dogs 101 videos and use that as a starter point. Then research more in depth yourself.
I personally love labs and goldens. goldens can pretty lazy, but are very smart and loyal and WONDERFUL with kids. Labs will typically not be lazy, but there are exceptions.
Look for beds that are described as a good starter dog and easy to train. You don’t want to get in over your head and feel overwhelmed, especially if you have a baby too.
Stay away from some of these: Jack Russell, cocker spaniel, German Shepard (bad starter), border collie, Akita, and anything small enough for a rough toddler to hurt. Some small dogs are very sturdy, others are more fragile than they look.
ETA: and any hound. For the love of God, stay away from hounds until you have had a few dogs. They are smart, stubborn, fast, and follow their nose. They get into anything and everything and would eat themselves to death. We love our beagle, but “easy to train” would not be a good adjective.
Post # 12
blankenshiptobe: We will rescue! My family dog who I grew up with was a rescue and he was an amazing dog. My cats have also been adopted from shelters so we will only be adopting.
OUgal0004: My family dog was a mutt and was a great pet. We are open to having a mutt. Im just so unfamiliar with dogs since Ive only had one and now I just have cats.
KateA17: FutureDrAtkins: These are good suggestions! Ill have to look to see if there are any at my local shelter. My husband my think the spaniel is a little to “girly” for him lol but the frenchies look adorable!
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I feel totally clueless when it comes to dogs.
Post # 13
Labs are not at all lazy unless they are overweight. But they are among the friendliest. You want lazy? Get a bulldog or bloodhound. They are super loyal and slow.
But remember, while the breed plays a big role in the pet, the training and the animals own personality play a bigger part in whether they will be friendly and good with kids/cats.
Post # 14
I grew up with two mutts and they were perfect. I’d say go to the local shelter and just find your dog. Not all dogs will fit breed standards. I love my current mutt dog and wouldn’t replace her for the world.
Post # 15
If your husband likes the GSD personality he might like the cardigan corgi. Supposedly they are similar in temperament. The corgi will still require training obviously, but is a more medium sized dog and doesn’t require as much exercise. If you’re planning on having children, training them not to nip heels will be extremely important. They DO shed like crazy though, if that is a concern. You probably won’t find any cardigans in rescue so you’d most likely have to go through a breeder, but they are great dogs IMO.