(Closed) What Dog Breed Should We get?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

amcrmills:  I would recommend adopting an older lab (at least 2-3 years old, 4-8 better) or lab mix. They are big, but super loyal and lazy. If you adopt a lab under 2, they are super energetic. An 80 lb bundle of squirrel chasing energy!

I would go through a rescue so you can make sure that you have the right kind of temperment for your family. It is better than going through the pound where you only see the dog in a super stressed environment.

Post # 18
997 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I second the pug suggestion! Our pug is my first dog. He’s been a great one. He’s so nice and loves people. He just wants to curl up next to you and snuggle all day. He’s also pretty lazy. I don’t have to worry about him getting into things in the apartment while I’m gone because he’s too lazy for that. He doesn’t bark often either.

Post # 19
5108 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m going to go against popular belief and NOT recommend my favorite breed, the dachshund or my other dog’s breed, the coonhound. While I love wiener dogs, they are notoriously stubborn and difficult to train and could be hurt by a child. Hounds of any sort, as a PP said, are hard to handle, they’re clumsy and they howl and get into things.

I would recommend pugs, bulldogs and greyhounds. Rescued greyhounds are actually very loving and lazy. Pugs are very loving but are total lap dogs, they will want to be on you all the time. 

I would also recommend adopting a dog that is at least a couple years old, trained, and thoroughly out of the puppy phase. Just be sure that there are no potential behavioral issues that have been developed.

Post # 21
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Either Philadelphia City Hall or a small chapel.

My dog is a chihuahua/cairn terrier mix and is the most loveable and generally well-behaved dog ever. Can be lazy, but, loves to play. If I’m not paying attention to him…I will wind up with his whole basket of toys under my chair as a hint. Never barks unless somebody comes in or there’s another dog barking at him. In terms of loyalty…he does follow us everywhere and will lick you to death before anything. He also listens very well, though, can be a little disobediant prick because he’s only intimidated by my mom. 

This is Peanut. I describe him as the dog that acts like a cat that thinks he’s a person. <br />

Post # 22
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would recommend a greyhound. Despite the fact that they’re bred to run they are surprisingly laid back and don’t need a lot of exercise. Plus there is the added benefit of hardly any grooming requirements. Most that I have met are very sweet and loyal. The only issue would be finding one who won’t bother your cats, but it can be done. If you find a local greyhound rescue they should be able to find you the right dog to fit your needs. My husband and I were planning on adopting a greyhound and had gone to a few meet and greets and really loved the dogs (hubby grew up with them, while I grew up with mutts of many varieties), but I ended up finding an Italian Greyhound (they’re toy sized versions of a greyhound) who was in a bad situation and I had to help him! He’s a great little dog considering what he’s been through (he was a puppymill dog) but I’m not sure I’d recommend IGs because I’ve read they can be difficult to potty train, plus they might seem a little girly to your husband. We’ve had very few issues with potty training, despite the fact that he lived in a kennel all his life, but we might just be lucky. Our next dog will definitely be a full sized greyhound though, my hubby is great with our little guy but I know he wants a big dog too.

Whatever you decide as far as breed I would also recommend an adult dog. Having a puppy is like having a baby, only worse in some ways, and I think it’s best to have experience with owning dogs before taking on a puppy. And it would also be good for you because you want a lazier dog. All puppies have a lot of energy,  even if they’re lazier breeds. 

Post # 23
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

amanda.417:  Your baby must be gorgeous!  Hopefully it is better behaved now.  If not, you may want to try obedience classes that are less “PetsMart” and more geared to the “Protection Dog”/Schutzhund crowd. 

I had a stray show up which the owner didn’t want back – purebred Belgian Malinois (very similar… often confused for a GSD).  He was good with me but still a lot of work to train obedience-wise (for instance, he was housetrained but would not come when called for the life of me) – after researching extensively it became pretty clear he would need to go to a trainer that specialized in working breeds.  We spent 3 classes with the trainer (stopped before he would have started the “protection” aspect) and he is now the perfect dog – people constantly compliment me on how wonderful he is.  Just one more thing to try if pup still needs a little work.

Post # 24
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

amcrmills:  Adopt, don’t shop!

Post # 25
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Oh, and I will say our most family friendly mutt is the Newfoundland/Border Collie cross that my parents still have. She’s loyal, loving, only barks at wildlife, and is the laziest dog I’ve ever met. I tried to get her to be my running partner when I was in high school but found out that if she gets tired of running she will just lay down and refuse to move. She’s great with kids and cats, we had kittens all the time on the farm and she would let them eat her food, sleep in her bed, they basically ran the place, lol. The only issue was that she had so much fur, you’d sweep and vacuum twice a day and still feel like there was fur on everything. And she requires a ton of grooming to keep her fur from getting tangled and matted. But if I could clone her and guarantee the clone would have the same personality I would. I’m not sure how easy it is to find Newfie crosses, but I think the Newfie in her is what makes her such a great dog, and it’s definitely where the laziness comes from.

Post # 26
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’d recommend a rottie. They’re loyal, protective and very loving. We had one for 7 years until he passed from cancer.  Whatever breed you get I’d definitely invest in good training.

Post # 27
992 posts
Busy bee


Consultette:  I never thought to search out breed (or type) specific classes. I went through an independent trainer who rented space from a community center to hold classes. The biggest problem was that he’s a totally different dog in class (because he’s smart enough to know that class= treats) than he is when he’s around the house.

I’ve had him for more than four years now and he’s much better behaved, but the only big problem I STILL have is the issue you described where he won’t come when called for anything. There have been nights where it takes Fiance and I a half hour to convince him to come inside simply because he’d rather be out chasing lightning bugs (which is kinda adorable, btw, but still…). It’s a little disappointing because we’d love to be able to take him places (besides our own backyard) where he could run around off-leash, but I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to fully trust him. It’s not that he runs away; he’s gotten loose before and he alwayss stays within eyesight, he just likes to run a block or two ahead and wait for you to catch up before repeating the process ENDLESSLY.  

Post # 28
560 posts
Busy bee

I would suggest a Boston Terrier, they are loyal, easy to train, brilliant with kids, good with cats if they were raised with them (make sure you check that with the rescue beforehand as they like a good chase and can kill a cat if not use to them) and a small and compact dog, a wonderful dog for the novice dog owner. Because they are small their energy is easily spent in the backyard and they don’t bark a lot. Labrador/Retrievers or a mix there of make anyone look like the best dog trainer ever, loyal, obedient and good with the entire family – however they need their exercise and love to swim. Pugs tend to emulate their owner so if you like to lounge about so would they and they will walk if you do. Not a very noisy breed either.

I would like to warn you about a condition that appear in the Spaniel breed, however rare it is something to consider if you are planning kids. It is referred to as Rage Syndrome. Again it is rare but prevalent in the breed. Consult with a vet in this regard.

I would stay away from the hound breeds in general, sight hounds are bred to be fast runners but do lie around indoors. Scent hounds are notoriously lazy. But as soon as these guys see or smell something they are off, with or without you. Not the most trainable breeds. Sight hounds tend to be a bit timed and nervous, however this vary from dog to dog.


Always remember there is no sure thing with a dog, like humans they all have different personalities. Within a litter of, for instance, Labradors one will be a Seizure alert dog, one a Seeing Eye dog and one an athlete swimmer and brilliant water retriever, and the rest would be just dog-companions.


I would suggest that you and your husband visit the local rescue and walk around look at all the dogs, maybe volunteer one weekend and get a feel for the different breeds of dogs. Then go home, before making a decision and read up on all the potential new family members you are considering. A good place to start will be http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/ . All the best and I hope you get your perfect dog blessing soon!

Post # 29
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I agree with the PP that said GREYHOUND!! (Yes, I’m biased, I have one that I adore) Greyhounds are a very special breed though so you have to be prepared – they are like a member of the family. Not the kind of dog you can just leave in the yard all day, they are indoor dogs. They like to run for very short periods of time, then they sleep A LOT for the rest of the time. They can be finicky buggers, sensitive stomachs, some are jumpy or skittish so you have to really spend time with the dogs you are looking into to see if their personality will be a good fit for you. But they are extremely loyal and will be your shadow. But for the most part they are quiet, not big into barking, they do shed but not nearly as much as other breeds and the short hair is easy to clean up. I could go on all day, pm me if you have questions!

Post # 30
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I have three rescues (a pitbull (adopted at around a year old), a pit/great dane mix (adopted as a puppy) and a chihuahua (adopted as a puppy). Inherent breed traits play a part (despite the bad rap that pitbulls get; some their traits are loyalty, intelligence and tenaciousness-qualities that are sadly corrupted by evil and/or ignorant people) but really, for any dog, there is a great variance and much depends on the individual animal. Strange as it may sound, an adult pitbull from a shelter would be my pick! They are absolutely wonderful dogs and you will already have an idea of the energy level and personality etc. Anyway, best of luck!

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