(Closed) What type of dog should I get?

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

Yellow lab all the way.

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

coffeedrinker:  coonhound!!

Hehehe….if the OP doesn’t want a squirrel-chaser, I would NOT recommend a coonhound!  As I said in my previos post, personality and training do have some effect, but every coonhound I’ve met had a super high prey drive and would follow a squirrel/coon/rabbit/cat/what-have-you to the end of the earth, baying all the way.  We fostered one, and it was a struggle to keep her away from our cats!

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee

 

coffeedrinker:  I am a huge scent hound fan!!! I have a basset mix and I can never go back! I love bassets especially. Stubborn, wonderful dogs! Independently minded wonderful cuddlebugs. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Miss Apricot:  oops missed that! 😛 that being said, my boy is an angel. his prey drive is nuts but he is so obedient that I can easily call him off. Maybe we got lucky, because our boy is so calm and chill. We stopped crating him when he was a year old. 

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

There are soooooo many loving, smart, and absolutely desperate pitbull and pit mixes in the shelters. Best dog I’ve ever had is my pitbull. Shes snoring and drooling on my husband as we speak. She absolutely loves everyone. Strangers, children, babies, other animals. I swear shes going to snap in half from wiggling so much when anyone makes eye contact with her. Shes a snuggle bug but shes very active. Loves to play, run, learn. They are perfect for active lifestyles.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Ps those other dogs arent ours lol. The little ones are my moms dogs and the other big one is our friends dog.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

MinnieMouse91:  When I was getting a new dog three years ago, I completely planned to get a standard poodle or a goldendoodle.  I love that they’re hypoallergenic and that they don’t shed.  Plus, I’ve never met a poodle or golden that I didn’t adore.

On a whim, I ended up going to the local animal shelter and adopted the greatest mutt.  He is so, so smart and obedient.  We have no idea what his ancestry he is.  (I’ve heard everything from great dane to coonhound to rhodesian to beagle to  golden retriever.) What I do know is that he’s such a wonderful boy.  I am so glad I rescued him.

That being said, I’m not one of those people who discourages others from buying from a breeder.  There is nothing wrong with having breed specific needs.  

My dog did have some adjustment when I first got him.  He was super timid.  (I wasn’t sure if he could bark for a few weeks!) The biggest issue was that he mouthed and nipped a lot and would sometimes growl if I didn’t want to play with him.  I suppose lots of puppies do that, but at the time, I couldn’t help but worry about it.  I hate to say it, but I wouldn’t have been as concerned if I had gotten him from a breeder.  It’s helpful to know what breed behaviors you’re dealing with and I didn’t have that.

He turned out to be a very playful puppy that missed playing with the other dogs at the shelter.  Now that he’s almost four, he’s so mellow.  

Anyway, I just wanted to throw the idea of a mutt out there…  

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You will just have to research and figure out what you like. All dogs have their pros and cons, and it depends on what you are into I guess. 

That been said, I have a medium/large dog. She is a german shepherd mix, but smaller, more lean and skinny, and short haired. I am not too sure what her other mix is, but I am fairly certain she has doberman in her. She was a rescue. 

So for me, I would recommend a shepherd/doberman. My dog is crazy intellgent, and athletic, and although sheperds are known to shed, she is short haired and it is not bad at all!

Depends what you want, because all dogs have their goods and bads and people prefer different things. Although labs are a common choice, I would poo-hoo one. I find them great family dogs, but they stay in a puppy stage for years, and they are generally rambunctious for a long time. 

 

Post # 27
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Busy bee

Standard poodle or poodle x will fix any shedding issues and they have amazing personalities, so full of fun.

Post # 28
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Sugar bee

I’ve always wanted a lab or a German Shepherd.  Not to sure if it would be what you are looking for. I can tell you not to get a husky though because i have 4 and they are a pain in my behind. 

Post # 29
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

MinnieMouse91:  I agree with others, Labs all the way. Worth the shedding to me to have an all-around great dog. However, not all labs are created equal and breeding is very important when it comes to temperment. We personally only own English Labs – which are known for their bigger/stocky bodies and block heads. They are also more laid back, easier to train, and mellow. American Field Labs (which is what is most common, and more often found in hobby breeders) are the more thin labs with smaller heads and long noses. They tend to be much more hyper. 

As for the shedding, I don’t care what anyone says – unless you have an ultra short haired dog – it’s going to shed. My parents have 3 different breeds and by fair their labradoodle sheds more than the other two combined. 

Darling Husband and I have two labs – a black & yellow. Our black lab is a full English Lab, bought from a very well known breeder in the lab world. She is hands down, the best dog we’ve ever owned. I attribute it a lot to her breeding and the breeders, and also just because we are super involved with our pets. Our yellow lab was an accident rescue (we never had any intentions of getting a rescue because we prefer raising our dogs from puppies) and while she’s been a really great dog – she definitely is a bit more hyper because she’s an american lab and not great breeding (backyard breeder, just let their dog have litters). 

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MinnieMouse91:  shes pretty good just very strong so u have to be in control. Shes very happy seeing people and other dogs but if she gets overexcited she pulls.

We live in Long Island so mostly shes loose in the yard since it is fenced and we have a decent sized property. Not too many opportunities for her to be on a leash

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