Post # 1
So hubby and I have always wanted a dog, but we wanted to wait until our cats were gone before getting one. We have one cat left who’s gettin old.
We have been looking at dog breeds off and on the past few months and although we aren’t going to get a dog quite yet, we just want to research different dog breeds.
heres a list of some we’ve narrowed it down to but are still open to others
any comments on any of the above? Or any other breeds that may be similar to these?
ideally I’d like a dog that is either hypoallergenic or just doesn’t shed alot. Right now we don’t have a yard but one of us is always home to take it out and we live on the beach and near lots of parks.
Post # 3
My favorite out of all of these is the Boxer. I have a lot of friends that own them, I dog sit for a lot of them and a dog I had in the past was a mixed breed with some boxer in him.
I love them very much but I must warn you they are VERY energetic. A lot of people I know describe them as big dogs that never grow out of that “puppy” stage. Most of them I have been around have been trained very well and get LOTS of exersize. I have only seen one that was not trained at all and he ended up eating my friends live bunny rabbit…
So if you have a big yard and love to go running with dog’s then a boxer is for you. They are sooo lovable.
I believe they usually have eye problems and hip problems, which could mean some vet $$$ down the road. Oh and I just saw you mentioned about shedding. They may have short hair but they do shed a lot!
Hope this helps:)
Post # 4
Thanks. A boxer is is our top 3 because my hubby REALLY wants one and I love them too. We know they can be high energy for awhile and we are fine with that. I didn’t realize they shed alot though.
Mall dogs have their issues and we are financially prepared for that. We would never get a dog if we weren’t financially prepared
Post # 5
I think it depends more on your energy level as a household, what sort of activities you would like your dog to accompany you doing, and how consistent you can be as a family with exercise, obedience, and routines.
I wouldn’t limit yourself to a specific breed, because there are some mixed breed dogs who would make amazing pets. Of course, it’s wise to reserach the dominant breed in any mutt, if only to make sure it isn’t the highest energy level dog in the universe when you really want a couch potato!
I believe the AKC website has TONS of information about different breeds, their energy levels, typical disposition, and frequently seen illnesses.
Post # 6
Well, if you truly want a hypoallergenic breed, I would recommend a standard poodle or a poodle mix. My grandfather had a very loving, well bahaved, loyal, protective poodle that I loved as a child (and no crazy poms from the groomer!). If you go with a poodle mix, which can be with any other breed, make sure you’re using a reputable breeder because not all dogs that are poodle mixes are hypoallergenic, even if they’re advertised that way by shady breeders.
Are there any other considerations for why you might be leaning toward a certain breed? If you’re looking for a dog to jog with vs. a guard dog vs. a calm companion dog, that will change which breed might be best for you.
Post # 7
@DaneLady: yea true. We are still open to adopting from a shelter etc but leaning more towards purebreds.
Our energy level is medium to high. Although we don’t run or bike, we are always out walking and we live on the beach and near tons of parks as well as an off leash park. At the same time we’d like a dog that can chill sometimes too. I know alot of dogs can adapt to your lifestyle.
Post # 8
@RockStar33: Yay! Doggies! Well, those are all very different breeds. Are you looking for an athletic dog you can run around with or more of a chill lap dude? Would barking bother you? Do you need a dog you can carry around easily, like on the train, etc?
I like Boxers and Bostons, personally. They are generally hilarious, loyal, trusting, and playful. But as the poster above me pointed out they can also be very energetic and need lots of exercise. Not just yard romping, but running and walking as well.
I also volunteer at a shelter, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention the many, many amazing rescue dogs that need homes. I know you are seeking a hypoallergenic dog, which can narrow down the options–but please consider a shelter, and if not, a reputable breeder. Lots of the designer breeds on your list are bred in puppy mills and have tons of health problems as a result.
Sorry for the Public Service Announcement, I don’t mean to preach or even assume you don’t know all this– I just love animals, and see so SO many awesome dogs get adopted every day that I try to sing their praises whenever I can!
Good luck finding your new best bud!
Post # 9
@Buttercupmcgee: I hear you. I myself am an animal lover and used to work for the humane society. I definitely know what I’m getting into and not just getting a dog because they are cute.
Post # 10
@RockStar33: Ah, wonderful. Good luck!
Post # 11
@RockStar33: another hypoallergenic dog is a wire fox terrier. They are very smart, but very hyper. Fun dogs to play with, take to the park. Very loving. Tgey are a sm/md breed. Grooming maintence is a pain in the butt, if you don’t mind taking them to the groomers every 6 months or so.
I had a boxer. Very sweet, smart dogs. You can’t go wrong with a boxer.
Post # 12
That’s quite a mix of dogs you have there. Off of that list, I’d go with the doberman, and I’d get it from a rescue, because Dobies often have a very hard time getting adopted. Yorkies, boston terriers and min-pins are in high demand, like all small dogs, simply because they are small. Between their size and their breed’s undeserved bad reputation, a lot of really wonderful Dobies are euthanised for lack of a good home.
Dobies (I’ve had several over the years) are smart, loyal dogs who become quite mellow once they get out of that puppy stage and for the most part aren’t giant hair factories. A doberman-rottweiler mix would be a wonderful dog (I’ve had one of those), very even-tempered but also looks like a killer, which is a great trait in a dog. Plus they dont’ slobber a lot (a curse of the boxers and boston terriers). Rottweilers are also wonderful dogs, great with kids, assuming of course you don’t lock it in a closet and ignore it; under those circumstances, any dog will turn mean, but with a loving home, you’ll raise a fantastic companion.
Post # 13
We LOVE our boxer, Stella. Somehow though we got the best boxer ever. She is only high energy, running around like a maniac, playing when you want her to be. If you want to lay on the couch all day and watch TV, she’s right there with you. If you want to go run 10 miles, she’s with you (and would love to run 10 more).
She’s only 2.5 year old and has been this way since we got her. However, this is not the normal boxer in my experience. With any dog, training from the beginning is key. Even though they are super cute and snuggly at 8-12 weeks old, start training them immediately. By 14 weeks, Stella could sit, lay down, roll over, high five, and “play dead” when you pointed a finger “gun” at her and said “bang bang”
Training early on helps establish your dominance in your family’s “pack” and leads to them listening to you and respecting you, even when there is a dog walking past your yard they want to go play with.
Post # 14
If you have the time to make sure the dog gets enough exercise, or you’re able to let it run free in a fenced in yard, then I would go with the Doberman. I love Dobies! They’re so smart and loyal, but they can rip your house apart if they don’t get enough exercise. Adopt on Petfinder please. Don’t buy from a breeder.
Post # 15
We have a yorkie! and are getting our second yorkie in a week! so my vote is obviously yorkie. they are such smart loving loyal dogs! they dont shed, and are hypoallergenic.
Post # 16
@fishbone: Dobies are AMAZING dogs. Very misunderstood, just like pitbulls. The difference with Dobies that I’ve noticed is their supreme intelligence. You NEED to be prepared to investI lots of time into training or it could become restless, anxious, or aggressive.
Regardless of the breed you getthin sure you know about breed specific rescue groups! If you’re both first time dog owners, it’s better to get an older dog to start.
Maybe you should consider a pitbull or pit-mix. They have all the qualities you’re describing (especially the low maintenance grooming part). Not to mention they are the sweetest, most loyal companion you can ever imagine 🙂