Post # 1
Been lurking for a while and decided to join!
Well, the boyfriend and I have been wanting to get a dog for a while. We both have had dogs in the past and this is actually the first time in our lives living without a pet! We haven’t been able to afford one but later this year we’ll be able to make it happen. My family has bred Golden Retrievers and I have volunteered with a rescue shelter, so I know about dogs. But I only have real personal experience with goldens. I want advice from people who have other types of dogs!
We both love really big dogs. I was open to getting a smaller dog but bf is dead set on getting a large dog.
So this is what we both want:
- Large dog
- No/very little shedding
- Easy to take along on hikes (basically, on the 4 times we go hiking per year, a dog that will not so easily get distracted by a squirrel down a gorge and chase it off a cliff, resulting in all of us plummeting to our deaths. lol!)
Does such a dog exist? LOL! Do any of you have low-shedding large dogs that don’t have a high prey drive? (I’m concerned, I’m not very strong, lol)
Post # 3
A Goldendoodle might be the perfect match for you. They are mixed with poodle, so they do not shed and I have heard many good things about their personalities and temperament. They can get a bit pricey, but you might luck out at a specialty shelter. Good luck!
Post # 4
That’s a tall order! Labs shed a ton and they are hunters to the core. Even though they are short haired, they leave balls of fur everywhere if you don’t sweep and vaccum every single day. I grew up with them. My dad loved his bird dogs. On the other hand, I love my Boston Terrier. He is the ugliest dog in the world, but he doesn’t shed much and has a wonderful personality. And even though he is small, he is great on hikes and is not nippy like a lot of small dogs. Britneys are nice dogs too, but once again, hunters. If you train a hunter dog to mind, they aren’t so bad.
Post # 5
I would say one of the first two, but poodles you have to clip.
What energy level can you handle? Is a biddable personality important?
Post # 6
megamin06: I actually have a friend who breeds Golden Doodles and I love how they look, I just wasn’t sure on their prey-drive (that is one thing I am pretty clueless about when it comes to dogs).
PeachyMama: Yeah! Growing up with Retrivers, I loved them, but they shedding – even with grooming – was absolutely insane. I never used to wear black clothes ever because it was practically impossible. The fur was everywhere. I want to try to stay away from that madness. My boyfriend grew up with corgis (too small and I don’t like them) and German Shepherds, so he knows how it is and wants a low-shedding dog too.
Rappig: Well, I’m home a lot and we live in a very dog friendly area and are just a 15-minute walk from a river walking path. So talking the dog for a long walk every day OR even just around the block a few times per day is not a problem. But we do live in an apartment…so a ‘no-leash’ type of exercise is out of the question. (Unless the dog happens to be SUPER docile but I’m generally against going no-leash in public places no matter the situation.)
Post # 7
MinnieMouse91: I am going with Dane!!! My friend had one in an apartment and she was darling. Short hair, friendly and total couch dogs inside.
Greyhounds are marvelous but do have a decently high prey drive, being sight hounds. Great apartment dogs though!
Also, keep in mind that anything that needs clipping costs either a lot of time or a lot of money. A standard poodle is an amaziiiiing dog, but the clip cost puts me off. Goldendoodles will need to be clipped too, and being a mutt there isn’t so much guarantee they won’t shed, because, as you know Golden’s are big fur balls.
Post # 8
Totally standard poodle!
Labs are shredders and have high prey drives. No hunting dogs!!!
Pits are nice too, but prey drives are individual on them. Like I can let mine loose and they may see a squirrel and go for it, one may go a little from me, the other further but each have like some internal boundary of how far from our “pack” they will go.
My sisters doberman is good too. Not sure how much she sheds though.
Post # 9
Labs. They’re worth the shedding!
Post # 10
Whatever one is least likely to crap all over your carpet.
Post # 11
A boxer! Thats what I’d get 🙂
Post # 12
If you’re in the US, I would look on Petfinder.com for dogs near you that are fostered in homes. Breed does have influence, of course, but so does a dog’s individual personality. I have fostered a lot of dogs of various breeds, and because I lived with them on a daily basis, I could probably tell you, “Yeah, this dog would be awesome for your needs!” or “This dog would chase a squirrel over a cliff if given the chance.”
Keep in mind, too, that TRAINING plays a large role! LOTS of dogs will chase a squirrel, but many can also be called off before it gets to the point of dragging you off a ledge if you’ve put the time and effort into training them.
Post # 13
MinnieMouse91: coonhound!! I love my coonie! We got him from a rescue when he was 13 weeks old and we couldn’t be happier! My boy is the sweetest, mild, obedient, and happy dog in the world. He LOVES kids and babies and is a 70 pound lap dog. We take him on hikes all the time. He has moderate energy now that he’s two years ol (even as a puppy he wasn’t too unruly).
Coonhounds are all over the south, and we live up north. We had him delivered from his foster home by a dog transportation service that works with rescues to disperse high population rescues to other areas of the country. We got our dog neutered, vaccinated, and transported for $250. I’m pretty sure he’s full blooded (he trees raccoons in the yard all the time and loves to use his nose). His story is somebody bred their coonhound with a neighbor’s. When they couldn’t sell the pups because neither parents had papers, they turned them over to a shelter.
I”d be happy to recommend the rescue we use.
Post # 14
Here is my Black and Tan! I lost a mitten in the woods and he tracked it back a quarter of a mile and found it for me. The shedding isn’t crazy and there’s no stinky dog smell like labs.
Post # 15
I would get a standard poodle. They are really awesome dogs! Very intelligent, athletic, and loving.