Post # 17
PUGS… for real.
They are the best breed of dog. They are compact, they are funny, they are great with kids because they are so much like kids and I have never met a pug that had one drop of mean in their blood.
If you can deal with the shedding, and snoring (OH LORD can they snore) Pugs are perfect.
Post # 18
I have a Lhasa Apso. She is pure breed. Small, very gentle and sweet. She isn’t aggressive and likes to be the centre of attention. Oh and she does get along with my two cats.
Also despite her size she is a brilliant watch dog. She is very alert and jumps to attention when she hears movement outside the house and will bark at strangers.
Originally Lhasa Apsos were from Tibet and they were used by monks to guard temples. They are small, loyal and funny little beings. They do come with long fur, however it is no problem cutting/shaving it off.
With coat fully grown.
With fur trimmed.
Post # 19
My brother was bit in the head when he was 2 by a lab – breed is really not a huge factor. I’d be more concerned about what size home you’re going to have, how much exercise will be provided, what size dog would be appropriate, etc.
Post # 20
We have a 4 month old german shepherd and he has been a GREAT dog so far. He’s very loyal/protective in that he always wants to be where I am, but he’s never been aggressive towards any strangers or anything like that. Super smart, he was obeying commands within 24 hours of us getting him. Shepherds like to chew on things though, so be prepared for that.
Post # 21
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
I loooove Mutts!
Golden Retrievers and Labs have a special place in my heart but Labs are prone to Diabetes so I’d be wary of that.
I personally wouldn’t want any hunting-specific type Dog because they have SOMUCH energy!
Post # 22
Why not look for a lab mix instead? Maybe find something that has the lab personality with the looks of another type of dog. If you look around, you may be able to find a shelter, rescue, or humane society that has had a mom come in and give birth in their care.
I’ve got a lab/chow (and who knows what else) mix, as well as a purebred lab. I love my mutt, he’s a great dog, but he has his own quirks. He was born at our local humane society, so he’s never had that outside influence. He’s a total sweetheart with people, but has issues with some dogs (gets along great with some, others he completely hates). He’s been wonderful in the 3 years we’ve had him, but he’s also an expensive dog. With a mutt you never know what you are getting, and he wound up having hip dysplasia and has had surgery on both sides already. He’s doing great down, but boy is he expensive.
DH wants another purebred lab or a golden next time around. I still like my mutts and would probably do it again even with the issues we’ve had. With our purebred, I researched the breeder, the parents, grandparents, etc, to see about any history of medical problems. He’s a solid dog thankfully – sure you don’t know there either, but I feel I have better luck coming from an excellent line of stock.
While someone mentioned labs and diabetes (which I haven’t seen much on to be honest – ASPCA states Australian terriers, schnauzers, dachshunds, poodles and others have a greater risk), realize every breed is going to have issues. Look at goldens, they are prone to cancer. See what common ailments are in a dog as well before jumping in. You want to be able to afford medical treatment if it does arise. Take our mutt, he’s 3 and probably has close to 6k in him already..
Post # 23
My puppy is from a shelter and he is border collie/ australian shepard/ and black lab!! He’s soo smart and so cute!! He loves everyone and listens so well. He does bark at new people coming in the house but would never attack. He gets along with all dogs and even when he was a puppy he barely did any play bitting. I would 100% suggest a shelter just make sure you get a puppy, then you don’t have to worry as much about their past. Where are you from? I have a wonderful shelter suggestion in Illinois.
Post # 24
I’m also going to agree that breed is not a huge factor here. While certain breeds may have certain tendencies (digging, for example), dogs of two different breeds can be just as similar as two dogs from the same breed.
I think you should also be considering how much time you are willing to invest in a dog. My dogs’ temperments change drastically when they get enough excercise, and training (at home or with a professional trainer) can do wonders for their behavior. I really like Ian Dunbar’s books and videos. There’s a ten minute TED talk highlighting his philosophy available online. Please don’t get a dog, neglect your responsibilities and then get mad at the dog when he or she becomes destructive out of frustration and/or boredom.
All of the dogs I’ve had are rescues. You can absolutely find sweet and affectionate rescues.
Post # 25
I definitely wouldn’t recommend a german shepherd. I myself own a rottweiler, so I’m not anti-“scary dog”… but they’re usually lumped into the same category as rottweilers, pitt bulls, etc. I’m surprised so many would recommend that based on your history. Nothing against them, I wanted a GSD so bad but my fiance couldn’t stand the fur. On many home insurance lists, german sheps are a banned breed because theyre “scary”. And they ARE barkers! And as a working alpha dog, they need a lot of work and socliazation to make them not-scary. Its pretty rare for a german shep to be owner-family aggressive, but you probably don’t want OTHER people scared of your dog, right? 🙂
I’d recommend husky, labradoodle, australian shep
Post # 26
I was originally going to say Rottweiler because that is what I grew up with (and they were traditionally used as “babysitting” dogs a la Peter Pan’s Nana style). Of course after your experience I know that is not something you would be comfortable with at all. I do have to say however that ANY breed dog can attack. I know golden retrievers get a lot of hype about being good family dogs but there have even been instances of them attacking. It’s about TRAINING. On that note however I also have to say that despite the Disney movie, dalmations are not going to be the best choice. Their temperment is definitely not family dog.
Good luck in your search, I hope you find a great new addition to your family!
Post # 27
I second beagles!
I’ve had my beagle for 9 years, and they are very wonderful dogs. We never had dogs growing up, but my mom fell so in love with my dog that she got a rescue beagle too!
They have wonderful dispositions, and there are usually a lot of them at rescues/shelters.
Post # 28
Could you consider a Newfoundland. Yes, they are ENORMOUS, and they drool and shed and yada yada but they are generally so sweet with children and very very docile. Here’s a gorgeous example – love the bit when the little girl pokes one in the eye and he’s just like “Yep, sure”.
Post # 29
ooh, bernese mtn dog. Love those 🙂 samoyed?
Post # 30
+1 newfies! But the drool + hair + so much food might be a turnoff
Post # 31
We always had English Springer Spaniels growing up so when Fiance and I decided to get a dog this past spring, we also got a Springer. I find that Springers are very smart and extremely friendly.
Heres our fur baby: