Post # 62
I agree with many PP that you cannot base the decision on breed. There are wonderful and crazy dogs from every breed. Some breeds do have characteristics that would make them more or less desirable for you, but don’t just pick a purebred lab just because that’s what you had. Bad idea! Go to some shelters and spend time with different dogs. Adopting an adult dog is a wonderful idea because you get to see their temperament rather than guessing on a puppy. Or like a PP said, talk to people who foster dogs, as they will know plenty about the temperament and behavior of a specific dog. Finally, be sure that you really want a dog. If you are terrified of other dogs, that’s going to make it hard for you to walk your dog, go to the vet, etc. Please do not “buy” a purebred puppy and then realize you’re not up to being a dog owner!
Just for full disclosure, we had a jack Russell when I was a kid and she was totally nuts and I would not recommend them for a first time dog owner. They are very strong willed dogs generally! We have a chihuahua mix now, and she’s not scared and nervous like the stereotype of chihuahuas (but she is protective when there are strangers) and we also have a terrier mix who is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met. They are both shelter dogs!
Post # 63
I may be biased but our Weimaraner’s are awesome……very loyal and great around kids and love to snuggle!!! They are a lot like labs!! Oh and very cute!!
Post # 64
I have a lab and thats the dog we always wanted so i cant really suggest anything.
I would just say do your research. Any dog can be a loyal and trustworthy companion with the right amount of training. Look into what energy level the dog is and its intelligence.
For example, a husky is a great pet, but they need to be JOGGED for a few hours a day or they can get distructive. Our lab is high energy. He needs an 1hr walk a day or he gets annoying. Portugese water dogs also need to be jogged for like 3 hours a day. While something like a bull dog cant take much more then 30 minutes.
All depends. Do you research and make sure you train whatever pet you choose. Good luck!
Post # 65
Omggggg. Seriously so adorable!
Post # 66
Aww thank you! Everyone says she looks like a stuffed animal haha. Your little man is so handsome! I’ve always thought Germans were such pretty dogs.
Post # 67
I loveeee her. She looks so cuddly 🙂
And thank you! WE got very lucky.. he’s handsome 🙂 He has a longer coat and really distinct coloring which I love! I don’t want his baby face to go away though…
Post # 68
I agree! I’m a first-time dog owner and my pug has been the perfect fit for my Fiance and I and our lifestyle. My Fiance grew up with pugs, and has never had an issue with them regarding their temperment. Our puppy Izzy has been really responsive to obedience classes, because she’s so motivated by food. She even crate trained in a few weeks and has been housebroken for quite some time. They’re a breed definitely worth considering!
Post # 69
My puppy is named Izzy, too! She’s a pug 🙂
Post # 70
Aw yay! We had the hardest time picking out a name. And all of a sudden it just came to me and the rest is history lol
Post # 71
If you want something that looks like a lab but smaller, get a Vizsla! I love mine. He’s about 50lbs, and looks like a red labrador. Vizslas were some of the first hunting dogs to be kept indoors, so they are notoriously “velcro-y”- they love to be with their people. They are excellent with children, too. They are very busy though- my husband runs, so he takes our Vizsla out with him, but if you are not going to be going out and exercising the dog every day, it might not be the best idea. This picture is when he was a puppy, but his face looks exactly the same now.
Post # 72
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
I’ve always heard mutts tend to be the nicest dogs. My dad had a mutt when I was born, and he was gentle and wonderful. I have no idea what mix he was, but he was from a shelter.
My family has rescued two purebred terriers. I would NOT recommend a wire fox terrier, because ours has bit me a few times and gets weirdly territorial about things. It’s probably just her, and I love her to pieces, but her nickname is “Beast” for a reason. Our Welsh terrier was much nicer, but I think he had been abused a bit and was older when we got him.
My fiance’s brother, though, has a mutt he got from the pound, who we know is part pit bull. I always thought pits were awful and horrible, but this one is the sweetest, most well behaved dog! I think most of it has to do with all the training she has been through, but I still think the nature of the mutt calms some of the varying crazy from each breed down. She was probably abused, and they think her previous owner was possibly African-American because she will only bark at any black people on the tv or in real life. Kind of a weird, racist dog…
Post # 73
I am completely biased, but I suggest cavalier king charles spaniel! We have a 6 month old puppy and she is just adorable! They are very sweet natured and full of joy, they are suppose to be great with children as well.. Our puppy loves all our friends kids!
Post # 74
I urge you to reconsider a shelter dog. Dogs are surrendered for TONS of reasons! While looking for our pup we saw more than half of the readups on potential pups were due to their owners (loving, caring owners) were sent to homes for the elderly, hospitals, or passed away. True, still that agressive dogs are sent to shelters as well… but understand its not the majority.
Ok now how to get around your fear? Well start looking on the internet! There are some great sites namely http://www.petfinder.com allows you to search by breed, age and sex. Also, when searching you can read up on history, their temperment, and all sorts of other good stuff. So you really can get a good feel for the dog before you even meet any pup.
I encourage you to find something within and reconsider the pound pup. There are some very kind souls at the pound that wouldn’t hurt a fly. Work with, communitcate with, the folks at shelters in helping introduce dogs to you in a safe controlled environment.
Post # 75
I’ve gotta throw my two cents in here and suggest a Shih Tzu! Very easy little doggie. Super loyal, playful, doesn’t need a lot of exercise, happy, but think they are bigger dogs and get protective. And they don’t shed. Super great with kids and other animals.
Post # 76
Im surprised about the amount of people suggesting to get a dog before a cat. I strongly urge you to go the other way!
This is my ADULT cat with my 2 month old pup (his now 4 months and they are still best friends)