Post # 47
We have a rescue pit bull dog mix, and she’s one of the greatest loves of my life. She’s somewhat skittish but that’s cuz she came from an abusive home. I also recommend going to a shelter, youc an get the best dogs from there. I don’t have any pics here at work, but she’s brindle and gorgeous
Post # 48
I second Boston Terriers! They are wonderful dogs and really adaptable. Fiance and I are getting one as soon as we get a house!
Post # 49
I feel very strongly about this topic so excuse me while I get on my soapbox.
Please adopt or rescue!!!
There are SO many dogs/puppies out there that need a good home. 🙁
I’m a strong believer that yes certain breeds have certain traits that they lean towards but it is up to the owner to train the dog properly. Adopt a puppy from a shelter/rescue, spend good time training them and they will be a wonderful addition to your family now and in the future with kids.
Adopting is WAY cheaper than buying a dog. You’re saving a dog! Because you do plan on having a family I would recommend checking out local rescues, shelters, petfinder.com for a puppy so that you can train it properly to be around other people and kids especially.
We adopted our puppy (not much of a puppy anymore!) a little under 3 years ago when she was 10wks old. They listed her as a pit bull/beagle mix but we’re convinced she has rhodesian ridgeback in her. And she is the sweetest most loving, crazy, mangey, rambunctious pup ever! We’re pretty certain she is going to be great with our kids and will be fiercly protective of them.
Just be weary that if you choose to adopt there are uncertainties in their health so be prepared for unexpected vet bills. Our pup had a whole host of skin issues (demodex mange) that costed us over 2K in the first year we got her on top of the regular puppy vet visits. We thank the powers that be each and every day that we ended up adopting her and not the family that saw her before us. They probably would not have been able to spend the $$$ on her with young kids to support. Most likely would’ve returned her to the SPCA and then she probably would’ve been put down because who would want to adopt a puppy with skin issues that will cost $$$ to remedy?
Post # 50
There are lots of dogs that fit your needs, so it is easier to tell you what NOT to get:
In all honesty, if you are not home very much during the day, I would proabably not get a puppy. They really do need a lot of interaction to develop a healthy attitude. I would go with a dog that is at least a year old. And I agree with the shelter dog. They tend to be the sweetest, and usually healthiest dogs around. I would also not go with any working breed dog (unless it is at least 2-3 years old) because of the fact that you are not home during the day. This includes, labs, goldens, collies, hounds, huskys, setters, spaniels. They really need a ton of activity and excercise every day during those first few years, or they will be a handful. If you do go with one of these, I would make sure they get walked for at least 30 min in the morning and 30 min at night, unless you can let them run.
This is a great site for dog breed research, and this link goes to their quiz to help you figure out what breed works best for you. Because you have never owned/cared for a dog before, it is really best to ask yourself truthfully how much time you will commit to exercise. It really makes all the difference.
Post # 51
lol I know this dog so wouldn’t suit your life style – but I am biased and say get a pug! I love my little gentleman! he is a peach, super affectionate and loves everyone! he is stubborn as heck though so training is….interesting
Post # 52
I have a shih tsu mix and he is the best – nonshedding, playful, affectionate, protective. He’s only 8 lbs which is probably small for you, but he would be the perfect size for 800 sq feet. Shih tsu’s are also great with kids and cats.
Post # 53
I’m kind of surprised no one has mentioned a poodle yet! (I’m talking standard sized here, not one of the little ones.) They’re supposed to be one of the most intelligent dogs, easy to train and they were bred for water retrieval. (That funky hair cut they get for the show ring? Take a closer look and you’ll notice that the poofs are over their joints to help protect them and keep them warm.) And who doesn’t love minimal shedding?
A couple general things to think about: contrary to what you might think small doesn’t necessarily mean they can get by in a smaller space and that big dogs require a big space. Actually I find it can be the opposite! It takes a lot of energy to move those big bodies which can result in a lot of lazing around time.
I would not recommend a dog with a high prey drive and no fence. And regardless of the dog I would recommend building a kennel for it or at least a cable run.
Third, definitely go with an existing dog that needs a home. It’s definitely still possible to get the breed that you want. I had been looking at Ridgebacks (do NOT recommend for your situation) went to the shelters and without hardly realizing I brought home Rusty who is a RR mixed with something large.
Good luck finding a dog!
Post # 54
I’m competely biased here as I’ve always had them, but Golden Retrievers are the bestest. They are so sweet and loyal, have such a gentle temperament, they are great with kids, and it sounds like you’ve got enough outside space for a dog to be able to play around.
I do have to agree, though, that there are so many dogs that need homes that you should look into a rescue dog… BUT if you could find a rescue golden that would be the best of all possible worlds.
Here’s a link to Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue: http://www.ygrr.org/
Just sayin’ – they’re the best. Here’s a pic of my Baby.
Post # 55
I have a black lab/shepherd mix. At least we believe she’s mixed with German Shepherd! Her mother was my best friend’s dog. I adore her and she is quite gentle around kids, even at a grumpy, lazy 14-years-old.
Animal Planet has a fun series called "Dogs 101" where they highlight the breeds and talk about the honest positives and negatives for every dog. The website is: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/dogs-101/ . I’ve learned that every dog has their own distinct personality and there is a good and bad dog example for every breed and mutt mix.:)
For our next dog we are going to look up breed info and then spend some time at a local dog shelter to see which dogs we connect with. I’m a big supporter of mutts and shelters!
Post # 56
Can I just please say that my heart is so filled with joy that there are SO many poeple on this board who 1-adopted from a shelter (no judgement to those who went to a breeder or pet shop!! My puggle was from a pet shop, Im jsut sayin rescuing a dog makes me so happy) and 2-Those of you who resuced Pittbulls or pitt mixes are saints. Those poor sweet loving dogs get such a bad rap because of the fighting stores that too many people fear them. When we got Brutus from the shelter here in NYC, it was almost all pitts and pitt mixes – and I burst into tears, it just touched me so deeply knowing most of them wouldnt make it out alive. The workers were telling us how people get them to feel "badass" and when they turn out to be a lot of work (and not innately violent) they just abandon them. They are so so sweet, we’re looking at one for our next dog. ((HUGS)) to all of you!
Post # 57
You are absolutely right. Any person that did even 5 minutes worth of research into Pit Bulls would realize that they are really very sweet natured and just really want your affection. They are built muscular so they cannot help their strength. Nor the ignorance of humans who choose to exploit that.
Our PitBull/Beagle mix is the sweetest ever. There are plenty of other dogs that we have come across through playgroup and family who are suppose to be docile breeds that have been aggresive towards her. Her, never once. She has always been the submissive one.
Again, my strong belief that not all dogs can be branded by their AKC Breed definition and alot plays into human training of the dog.
Post # 58
KellyV: Our pit was adopted from the Orange County (Orlando, FL) shelter and it was ALL Pits, Dobermans and Rottys. It was the saddest site I’d ever seen! And of course all those were adult dogs so most people went to look at the cuddly puppies, she was a year old when we adopted her and warmed up to us quickly!
No, they are not all saints, but any dog regardless of breed who is abused & neglected & forced into violent situations will more than likely be unstable.
I think a little love can turn any pound puppy into the perfect pet!
Post # 59
My friend had a pit/lab mix. And he is the best dog. Very calm. Hardly ever barks. He has these big, soulfull eyes and looks at you like he understands everyword you say. I used to dog sit him a lot and I always felt safe and comfortable with him. A very gentle dog. He’s now living with my friends son in Jacksonville FL and loves the beach!
I think we are going to wait until after the wedding to get a dog. And I’m definitly going to check out my local Humane Society and rescue shelters first. You ladies have all given me some awesome advice! Thank you!!!
Post # 60
I also have an english mastiff that lives inside our 900 sq. foot house and she is such a sweetie!
Post # 61
I say adopt or rescue a doggie if you can! We rescued our first puppy off the street. He is not the prettiest dog…but he’s got the biggest, sweetest, most loyal heart. We think he’s a terrier/poodle mix. He’s very smart and the best part is he doesn’t shed!