(Closed) Good breeds of dog

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 78
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@elysion I chuckle at it too.  My cousins had a lab that would wait at the end of the slide for the kids to slide down and fall on the ground before he would try to mount them.  He was neutered, so I don’t know what his issue is.  He was the sweetest dog, just a little horney.  Maybe its the breed? IDK??

Post # 79
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just like so many other people said, it’s the temperment of the dog it’s self more than the breed.  One compromise for you & your husband could be to go to a rescue organization instead of going straight to the shelter.  The rescues will take dogs from the shelter that they think are highly adoptable and they will often keep them in foster homes until they find their permanent home.  That way, they have done more than just temperament test the dog, but they have actually lived with the dog in their home and know it well.  And then there’s another space open for them to get another dog from the shelter. You could also foster to adopt.  Which means you don’t have to make a permanent commitment if you don’t think the dog is right for you.  Also with a shelter or rescue, you will have the opportunity to spend a good ammount of time with the dog before you adopt.  I have had amazing success with my rescue pets.  They seem to really appreciate you and know that you saved their life. 

Post # 80
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Helper bee

I have had a Bulldog, Chow-Chows, a Great Pyrenees, puppy-sat a Rottie, have a Poodle, and a Border Collie, currently.

 

Chow-chows can be extremely protective, but they are also extremely sensitive.  My mom’s chow protected me from my aunt’s chow, who had been abused as a puppy, so she was really skittish, and mean.

 

Bulldogs can be sweet, and they’re built like little tanks. They’re especially good if you have kids who like to rough house, because they’re built to take it.

 

Great Pyrenees, like the Newfoundland I mention later, are good with kids, and, well, any smaller things.  I remember going to a pet store that had a GP puppy, and they would let it out with the smaller breed puppies, because she would just let them climb all over her.

 

Rottweilers, provided they’re not the victim of overbreeding, can be some of the best and most loyal/protective pets you’ll ever have.

 

Poodles are extremely intelligent, and nice, but can have extremely bad breath as they get older.  They’re very playful, though, and I love the one I have, right now.  Mine likes to rough house a little, but he isn’t really built for really hard play.

 

Border Collies are the most intelligent dog, supposedly.  They’re herders, and tend to have a herding instinct, so they may nip at heels, not hard, though.  They also will obsess over something.  Mine obsesses over a cat.  Follows him practically everywhere, just watching him.  I call him a stalker.  But, he is also very timid.

 

Generally, Border Collies, Retrievers (Lab, Golden, etc.), and dogs like them are really good for family pets.  Newfoundlands are also really good, because they’re very laid back, and can be extremely protective of children.  They’re also excellent teddy bears. Getting a pound puppy that is a mix of these would probably be good.

 

Unless y’all are really good about establishing dominance, and plan on keeping the dog busy, I would avoid particularly headstrong dogs, such as Akitas, Shiba Inus, Huskies, or Malamutes.  I would avoid Chow-Chows, too, personally, because you have to get just the right one, or you may regret it around kids, same with Afghan Hounds.  Chihuahuas tend to be very delicate, I would avoid them around kids. 

 

I would also suggest a cat before a dog.  Getting a kitten with a big dog can be a recipe for disaster.  I had a cat (Maine Coon Mix) before getting the Border Collie.  I would actually suggest a Ragdoll, I think, for being around kids.  They’re really laid back cats, normally, and tend to go limp when picked up.  Maine Coons are also good cats for kids.  Mine let my girls drag him around by his tail, the poor thing.  I think it’s a lot easier to acclimate an adult cat to a puppy than a kitten to an adult dog who might attack it.

Post # 81
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Helper bee

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@Chaoslight:  i agree!  i’ve read bichons are good too.  i can’t believe people were suggesting huskies with cats!  i have a shiba due to my stubborness hehe but i would never recommend them lol

Post # 82
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Boxer’s are AMAZING. So sweet and definitely good with kids 🙂 

Post # 83
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Any dog, regardless of breed, has the potential to be a dangerous animal. Dogs raised around children, other pets, you name it can one day just lose it.

This, unfortunately happened to me when my black labrador attacked my SO and I’s brand new puppy.

My dog is a year old and has been raised around other animals (especially other dogs) his whole life.

Not trying to scare you off a dog, but any dog can be dangerous.

Post # 84
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If labs are what you are most comfortable with, get a lab.  Find a breeder who will let you meet both of the parents, and give you former clients’ contact info as references.  It still won’t guarantee the temperment of the dog you may end up with, but you will have as much information as you can to make the decision if the dog is right for you.

Post # 85
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was just thinking, besides my rec. toward bird dogs- if you wanted something smaller- I really like Corgis.  I have never had a bad experience with a Corgi.

ETA:  As I said, the most good experiences I have had have been Vizsla, Weimaraners, Spaniels, Pointers, Retrievers.  I have to personally say that I have had bad experiences with Huskys (never had one at our kennel that listened), Mastiffs, Boxers, and German Shepards.  I hate to generalize, I know some of those single dogs from that breed can probably be great, but those are the ones we tended to have the most trouble with.  Also, I don’t recommend a border collie simply because they are so smart, they need so much attention and challenge and stimulation- they sometimes can develop problems if they are not challenged and exercised enough.

 

Post # 86
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

First, I noticed a couple people suggesting lab/retriever mixes.  Just had to point out that the full name of a lab is Labrador Retriever.  Several breeds have “retriever” in the name, because that’s what they were bred to do: retrieve.  So saying lab/retriever mix could mean a lab mixed with any of several retrieving breeds…golden retriever, flat-coated retriever, Cheasapeake Bay Retriever…

I personally have a lab/golden retriever mix.  My previous dog was the same mix.  My female looked more like a golden, with a little bit shorter fur.  My boy looks like a lab, with the coloring of a stereotypcial golden.  They were both friendly, patient, tolerant, and easy-going dogs without huge amounts of energy…but the thing with a mixed breed is there are no guarantees as to which traits they inherit (like my two of the same mix looking different).  I love the mix, personally, and think they are awesome dogs, just likes labs and goldens are awesome dogs.

You said your husband doesn’t care for labs…does he not like their appearance, their energy, or is it just that EVERYONE has a lab and he wants something different?  Knowing what it is that he doesn’t like will help us make a recommendation.

If you intend to have a cat, retrieving breeds are USUALLY good with cats.  Breeds like GSDs and huskies tend to have high prey drives, and can be a danger to cats, (I know many GSDs raised with cats that are awesome with them, but there are many that don’t get along with cats).  So do some research on the breeds/mixes you are interested in to get an idea of whether or not they tolerate cats, (I have a friend with a lab/GWP mix, and even though labs tend to get along with cats, GWPs usually don’t…her dog, that she’s had since eight weeks of age, had killed more than one cat).

I think you should start researching breeds that you are interested in NOW, and make a decision closer to your planned move, or better yet, after you’ve moved.  Adopt a cat first, and settle in to your new home.  This will allow you to get a better feel for your lifestyle…are you gone for long hours during the day, or do you have a short commute that will allow you to come home during lunch?  Do you and DH sit around on the couch most nights, or do you like to go for long walks (or runs) around the neighborhood?  Also, consider how many kids you hope to have, and how soon you’ll have them.  Many breeds are high-energy as puppies, but mellow out after age two or so.  And there are many who are high-energy forever.  Would  a lab, who often (but not always) mellow out after maturity be a good fit for you?  Will you have time and enery to devote to a higher-energy breed after having a kid or two or three?

Would you be more comfortable with a large dog, or would a small dog give you more peace of mind?  Along those lines, many breeds of small dogs are not recommended for families with young children.  Large dogs can be good with children, but growing puppies/adolescents often don’t realize their size…so if you plan on having kids soon, you may want to consider one already fully-grown.

I know after your attack, the dog was sent to a shelter.  But keep in mind that most shelters/rescues do temperament testing before placing a dog.  Dogs with a known bite history are almost never adopted out.  Also, I think you have an image of a shelter as being a place where you go pick a random dog from a row of cages and hope for the best.  Many of the dogs in shelters have known histories, (with this economy, many people are surrendering well-loved family pets who have done nothing wrong, but the family was forced to move somewhere they couldn’t have a pet).  

Also, similar to shelters in their mission, but different in their enviornment are rescues.  Many rescues do not have a physical, brick and mortar building where the dogs are kept.  Instead, they are fostered in homes around the area.  The dogs are living as part of a family and the foster family can tell you a LOT about the dog’s personality.  For example, we fostered a dog who tried to eat our cats…obviously not a good fit for a family with/intending to get a cat.  We also fostered a dog who loved adults and was a total sweeheart, but was afraid of kids.  There are also breed rescues, that focus on finding homes for one particular breed of dog, (for example, there is a local golden retirever rescue: the dogs they place are goldens, and the occasional golden/mix).  

And not every dog in rescue is an adult.  There are many puppies in shelters, too.  Some born in rescue, and some surrendered after birth.  Pet stores and breeders aren’t the only source for puppies (pet stores should NEVER be a source for puppies, since they support the puppy mill industry).

If you want a puppy from a breeder, you’ll want to make sure you are getting one from a responsible breeder.  There is a whole thread on the topic at the top of this board, (it’s a sticky post), but some quick info for you…start with the breed club, either local or national, for the breed(s) you are interested in.  They will usualyl have information on the breed, as well as a list of breeders.  You want someone breeding titled dogs, because they most closely meet the breed standard.  You will also want someone who does health testing, in effort to produce the healthiest dogs possible.  Someone who tells you they don’t health test because they have healthy dogs…run the other way.  

You will also want someone who breeds only one or two breeds…someone breeding many different breeds or breeding mutts (labradoodles, etc. are all mutts, not an acutal breed), is not a responsible breeder.  They should only be breeding a few litters each year…or often, less frequently than that, (one of the most responsible GSD breeders I know breeds one litter every three or four years).  They will more than likely NOT have both parents on site…even if they have both male and female breeding stock, a responsible breeder will rarely breed their own dogs togehter, because they are searching for the best possible mate for each individual dog.  Often, that mate is in another town, in another state, or even across the country.  

Good luck in your search!

Post # 87
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@FrannyW:  I second the lhasa! We have a lhasa poo and she’s the sweetest, most wonderful dog ever. Everyone always comments on how well behaved she is.

 

OP, whatever you do, don’t get a schnauzer unless you have a lot of time on your hands for training and cleaning. I absolutely adore our little boy and he’s extremely handsome but oh boy does he have a personality on him!

Post # 88
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

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@panterapeach:  you said: PUGS… for real.

I say: Pug power! Love me some pugs! I have bulldogs (French and Englsih) but I am always amused by my pug neighbors.

Post # 89
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@cstarkwe:  I agree! Boxers are amazing dogs! My friend is a breeder and they are incredibly lovable and friendly. She gave me my Morello as an engagement/wedding gift, and he is the sweetest puppy and sooo good with people and kids. He is hyper (he’s still a pup) which the breed is known for, but it’s a playful hyper.

 

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