(Closed) choosing the right dog- help!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Maybe a mix. Lab/poodle (labradoodle) mixes are usually energetic for play, intelligent, cute nd snuggly. Cocker spaniel/poodle (cockapoo) mixes are a little smaller, especially if mixed with a mini poodle instead of a standard poodle, but also energetic, cute and snuggly. I’ve known people with both and really liked both mixes.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Well something small is never going to be able to keep up with a grown man on a long run.  So I really don’t think there is a breed that will balance those qualities.  If I were you I would aim for a large athletic dog like what your fiance is looking for and then just try to choose one that has a sweet personality.  A dog doesn’t have to be tiny to be cuddly.  My 60 lb pup thinks he is a lap dog and lays on top of me all the time! : )

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

go to a shelter that takes time to help decide what kind of dog is best for your lifestyle. they take into account how active you are, how long you’re away from home, and what you want in a dog and can help recommend breeds.

greyhounds are very sweet, loyal and calm dogs that obviously are good runners. my terrier mix is sooooooo cuddly and loves running, but i wouldn’t take him on very long runs. a border collie would also be a good bet, but be prepared because they can be very active. dalmations are also great runners, but i don’t know about their temperament.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

There is a lot of variation in the appearance and personality of these mixed breeds. The cockapoo I knew was overweight, and about 30 pounds but able to keep up for a 3 mile run at about 9 mins per mile. Depending on your SO’s running habits (distance and speed) a medium sized dog might do just fine.

Both below are labradoodles:

Both below are Cockapoos:

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

or you could just get a poodle instead of all those poodle mixes Wink

standard poodles are fantastic dogs. they’re obedient, smart and energetic. plenty big enough to go for a good run (and would love it too) but turn into total quiet lovebugs in the house.

mine is so cute and cuddly. i keep her in a puppy clip (same length everywhere, not buzzed but not so long that the hair matts) for ease of grooming. she’s smart, super obedient, and loves to go for runs with me. she’s a bit girly but my parent’s black male standard is so far from frou frou, people who think standard poodles are “froofie” are HIGHLY mistaken, and my dad and husband (who once believed that myth) will vouch for that.

they’re awesome dogs, and can be a womans-dog and a mans-dog all at the same time.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We have a puggle. She’s about 20 lbs at 10 months old. She’s small enough to cuddle but big enough to run, play fetch, be active. We camp a lot so we didn’t want a tiny dog that was going to get cold/be a wimp lol!! If you want to know more about the breed, let me know 🙂

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Another vote for pure Standard Poodle! Darling Husband grew up with mini’s and always wanted a more athletic and masculine dog. He LOVES my our Standard Poodle and while he still loves other breeds he doesn’t think he could over own a non Standard Poodle, now. 

Like @noopnoop: said, they are energetic and highly intelligent. They will fulfill all our husbands desires and inside they will think they are a lap dog and want nothing more than to snuggle.

Since they are non-shedding and have hair not fur, they are so soft and snuggly too! People can never get over how soft his hair is! I can also cuddle in while pants with my black dog as he is non-shedding and doesn’t get any hair on our white couch, either!

He’s 55 lbs of pure awesome snuggle bug. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You could get a Newfoundland dog like mine:

Cute, and 140 pounds of cuddly (if you can get over the drool and hair LOL) and not only can he run and play, but can save you if you are drowning!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Why does cute and cuddly have to equal small?  Our 45lbs lab mix loves to run and play just as much as she loves to cuddle with you on the couch and get spoiled.

I think you should look for a dog that will be able to run and play like your Fiance likes but has a sweet, cuddly temperment like you want.  That’s something that isn’t really breed specific.  You’ll just have to go the shelter and meet a bunch of dogs and see what fits best with you and your Fiance.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know this is not what you are looking for but we have dachshunds and they are the biggest love bugs !!! Violet is a mini and only weighs 8.5lbs but she runs plays fetch goes on 4mile walks. They are great dogs. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

oops forgot a the pic 

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Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

from one of my favorite flickr poodle friends…. cuddly Yes, you CAN hold up your end of the conversation with a lapdog on your lap. athletes

Thanks Luke Last day of fun on our frozen playground

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i have an aussie mix and she can keep up with my jogging and she is the biggest cuddlebug i know!!! she weighs about 40 lbs (so still light enough to lay on top of you and not crush you lol!!!) i love her sooooooo much!!!

shes on the right!!

the other is a lab mix (65 lbs) but still a big cuddler lol 🙂 and she lovvveeessss to run!!!
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Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We have a pit bull and I can not say enough what amazing dogs they are. She will go on a 10 mile run one day and the next day is just as happy cuddling in bed all day with me. She is a 60lb lap dog. But I wouldn’t call them cute 🙂

How about something like a fox terrier? They are smaller but would love running.

 

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