(Closed) Good breeds of dog

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Golden retrievers and German shepherds are very loyal and overall great dogs. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

i have a labrador x golden retreiver. i had similar concerns and only wanted a purebred lab. but now i have a guide dog 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I second german shepards as the best big dog/ really good with kids/not barkers

a smaller breed that is good with kids (though more vocal esp. if male) is the schnauser (sp?)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Also forgot to mention his name is Shadow. because he follows us everywhere. He is loyal and well behaved, he is a fantastic gaurd dog (has only growled if a stranger goes on our property, not if someone walks past. The neighbours kids come over to play with him all the time. Easy to train, And he LOVES our cat.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@farawayviolet:  no problem, I personally wouldnt choose a german shep. Yeah they are the cop dog because they are obiedient (sp) and agressive. I have seen way to many mongrel german shep’s. But that also has a lot to do with owners

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I started off reading your post going rottweiler, becuase that is what I grew up with. But, after seeing what happened, I won’t make that suggestion.

I would go with a lab or lab/retreiver mix. A friend just got the cutest lab retreiver mix and she is so lovable. They are easy to train and super good family dogs.

Also, if you can deal with the shedding, I would also suggest a husky. We’ve had one of those too.  Yukon, this little guy, is awesome. He even tries to talk to us 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Labradoodles! LOL only cuz i have one and he is awesome!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

collies are an awesome choice! I am especially fond of bearded collies but the lassie type dogs are amazing with kids. My daughter rides ours :p I also love newfoundlands, labs, golden retrievers, and had an amazing relationship with an Irish wolfhound. He was extremely gentle yet fiercely protective. LOL if he growled at someone they ALWAYS had a criminal record. It was too funny! I am not sure how he knew but he didn’t want them around HIS kids.

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was severely bit by a dog when I was a child (I had to have plastic surgery to repair the damage) so I understand your concerns.

Part of choosing the right dog is not the breed, but the temperment–you want to choose a dog with a more submissive personality. there’s a fantastic book by the Monks of New Skete called “The Art of Raising A Puppy” that has some great information about how to choose the right dog for you

That said, the first dog I had after being attacked was a springer spaniel–she is the sweetest, most passive, playful, loving dog! Definitely the right fit for me, though she’s pretty big–about 50 lbs

My husband’s has always had shetland sheepdogs, and they’re wonderful too, very loving, cuddly, and loyal to their family. we have 2 now; for where we are in our lives (living in a city apt with no yard) I love how small they are (one is 17lbs, the other is still a puppy)–that’s important to me after being attacked: of course small dogs can be vicious too, but I feel like I can control them more easily since they’re so little.

Also, of course it’s wonderful to adopt from a shelter…but as a fellow attacked victim, don’t feel like you have to; it’s more important that you feel comfortable and confident. don’t feel pressured into adopting if you don’t feel it’s right for you. People are always getting up in arms about adopting, but for me, it was really important to be able to control the puppy’s early experiences as much as possible, which for us has meant finding responsible breeders.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I second Labradoodle. Stick with what your comfortable with (labs) but I think go with a mixed breed. Labradoodles are very friendly and super inteligent. Golden’s are also very docile. I think given your particular fear, you should stay away from the more “dominant” breeds and go for an easy to train, complacent breed. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you are going to get a dog and a cat, it would probably be the best idea to get them both young at the same time.  Or get the dog first, and then get a kitten.  Adult cats HATE new dogs.  Unless your cat is super friendly and laid back or thinks it is also a dog.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

If you get a house any dog will be perfect, of course it depends on what your preferences are. Keep in mind that there are no bad dogs or agressive dogs unless they are educated this way. I have a beagle. He’s a wonderful dog, playfull, full of love but also has too much energy for my small apartment, likes to bite my shoes, barks too much if he feels there’s no attention from us. But generally that would be a good breed for you and your kids especially, they’re amazing with kids. here’s a pic with my baby

Post # 16
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Newbee

I had a Golden Retirever growing up and she was very sweet and loyal. I also grew up around pugs which are smaller and less threatening than a larger dog. The pugs are also sweet and just want love 🙂

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