(Closed) What Dog Breed Should We get?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 31
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Blushing bee

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amcrmills:  I vote for a mutt from the pound or rescue, there are soooooo many dogs that are in desperate need of a home!

Post # 32
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Helper bee

I have a Basset Hound. Talk about lazy! Once she was out of the puppy stage…I’ll never have another puppy ever…but NOW she’s very calm. Very lazy. BUT, she doesn’t have a high drive to please. She’s well trained, but her nose tells her where to go.

I second the greyhound. I heard they are very lazy. Check a local rescue group for retired racers.

 

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve fostered dogs of a variety of breeds for two different rescue groups.  You can search for local rescue groups near you via petfinder.com, or, if you have some idea of what breed(s) interests you, you can search for that breed and mixes near you.  

Rescue groups who foster their dogs can generally give you a pretty good idea of a dog’s personality. The dogs that were in our home were exposed to kids and cats, and we could tell you if an individual dog was good with them or not.  For example, one had to be kept completely separate from our cats, another wasn’t aggressive with kids but was clearly uncomfortable around them.  Another was a senior girl, and she was totally calm most of the time, but went nuts for a tennis ball, (and once it was put away, she would settle down again).  

Breed is important, especially as a starting point, but more important is personality. While breed does have some influence, there are always exceptions (for example, huskies tend to not be good with cats, but there are some out there that LOVE cats).   

Post # 34
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Helper bee

Spaniels are sporting dogs and have a huge amount of energy, as do labs!  I second the suggestion for adopting.  We adopted our three-legged wonder, and she is the best dog.  She’a protective of us, entertains herself well, and is just grateful to have a home with people who love AND FEED her!  🙂

Post # 35
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Helper bee

Any working-class type breed or mix will be your best bet!

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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FutureDrAtkins:  ah i have always wanted a frenchie!! but my husband cannot get over paying that much for a dog that god forbid something happen to it! 🙁 so i will just have to show my love for them on the internet looking at the pictures. My husbands brother used to raise olde english bullies and i like them to;but they just dont compare to the frenchies!

Post # 37
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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imhisoneandonly:  They are pricey, but I get so much joy out of them it justifies the cost! We probably won’t have kids, so “investing” in our pets is important to us. I’m very excited because this month we *finally* get our first kitten and our furry family will be complete!

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would second and third the greyhound route, or even lurcher. Very chilled out, don’t take huge amounts of exercise and can very much be happy to just sit and be.  

We have a Japanese akita now,  and we heard so much negative press about them.  They’re hard to trai,  take loads of exercise are energetic,  demanding etc.  Press could not be any different! She is exceptionally lazy and won’t hassle you to go for a walk so we usually have to drag her out of the house,  and the rest of the day she is very happy to sleep.  She’s also extremely quiet and very protective of us.  

Go to a rescue centre  and get an idea of what they have,  a good centre will have some idea of the dogs personality and  traits already, so you can make an informed decision based on that. 

Post # 39
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - RattleSnake Point Golf Club

Okay, so I am going to start this by saying I work in the pet industry and am active in it, so I feel like I can give you some good options.

If you want lazy and family friendly, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a pretty dog with a great temperment and very very low needs. Grooming a few times a year will keep them clean and trimmed, and they are very friendly and lazy.

Basset hounds, as said above, are nice tolerant lazy dogs. Very low grooming requirements.

Bulldogs are adorable, and low energy, but a prone to skin and health issues. Also they snore and fart like crazy. (I like them but wouldnt own one…)

GSDs were very popular in the 90s and overbred. They breed is not what it used to be and personally I find most of them now to be a bit neurotic, plus they have high physical and mental needs.

Whatever you decide research is your friend. If you want a purebred visit the breed club of your country and meet the parents of the puppy before giving any money. If your paying for a purebred make sure the parents are from champion lines (even tho this doesnt guarentee anything) most breeders who are more invested in bettering their breed instead of making profit will show their dogs.

Also, remember with mixes (so “doodles” ect) you do not get to pick and choose the traits and health issues it may inherit. Maybe you get a great dog, maybe you willl get a hyper, anxious, barking, shedding mess. You wont know unless its an adult.

Post # 40
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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amcrmills:  I have a cockapoo (cocker spaniel and poodle) and he is the SWEETEST dog in the world. I adopted him when he was about 3 (guess by the shelter) and he sounds just like you want – he’s pretty lazy and sleeps and snuggles a lot. 

Post # 41
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Helper bee

I’ve had many dog breeds throughout my life. Growing up my favorite dog was our Rough Collie(think lassie) SO smart, SO loyal, sensitive, and easy to train (was potty trained in 3 days, no joke). They do need some exercise but it never seemed excessive. 

Lazy wise we had a Newfoundland. Very loyal, sweet, and lazy. You would just have to deal with drool when its hot.

And now I have a Wheaten Terrier/Standard Poodle mix. SO in love with him! He doesn’t shed, is very smart, and loves everybody. Loves people, cuddling, kids, other animals, we frequently he he is “the happiest dog we’ve ever seen”.

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Papillon!   We currently have an almost 3 years old pap.  I had never been around them prior to our pup, but awesome breed!  They are so smart and loveable, good around other people and dogs, has such a personality.  He’s energetic, but really has some moments of laziness too.  if we ever get another dog, I 100% want another Papillon.

Post # 43
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

And, of course, papillons are super cute too! 

Post # 44
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Corgis! they are smart, easy to teach and adorable esp as puppies! if you’re looking for a low key lap dog, they can be that too. see funny pic below. 

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I love my GSD. I feel like you could train any dog to be friendly but it just needs time. All dogs need time. We were very anal about socializing our GSD and he the friendliest. He does cost me a pretty penny though. He eats alot but also needs alot of excerise and attention. GSD do shed alot too. I’m not a little dog fan. I’ve had little dogs my whole life and once I got my GSD i fell in love.

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