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Offline Eric

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Family dog
« on: August 07, 2010, 05:19:49 PM »
All tips, advice, breed recommendations, etc appreciated!

Thanks in advance

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2010, 05:32:04 PM »
No better family dog than a Golden Retriever.  A real lover, loyal to a fault and strong enough to carry a backpack if needed.  Only drawback is the long hair.  One word of caution, be ready to fall in love....  Labs are good too but a Golden...heaven


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Re: Family dog
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2010, 05:34:14 PM »
Collie/labrador cross - usually the best of both breeds - really really intelligent and quick, great to run and wrestle with, easy to train, good working/guarding animal, excellent even nature and good with kids, highly sociable, great family pet, big wet doggy eyes and they really do grin lol

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2010, 06:54:18 PM »
It helps to know a bit about your lifestyle and circumstances. Big yard? Can you make a commitment to exercise the dog daily? Is your family more inclined to like having a Great Dane, Lab or a Chihuahua around?

I love collies and herding dogs but many of them really need more stimulation than most people can or will provide IMO. I feel most of them really need a job.

For me, I've found my English Labrador to be ideal. She learns/obeys/communicates incredibly well yet isn't too smart for her own good. Some breeds tend to be more thinkers...she's more of a follower. She will happily lay around all day but is always ready for some fun time. A decent watch dog, but not aggressive. Great with little kids and older people (little kids love to try touching her pretty eyes). Extremely loyal and doesn't get over excited.

I was easily able to verbally control her chase instinct and it's pretty easy to simulate her desired job with just a ball. She does shed a good amount...

Don't forget the pound. Mine is full blooded, but still a rescue from a bad home. She turned out better than I could hope for. A lot of it's in the training and overall relationship you build as opposed to a specific breed, though...

This is Irie at about 5 years old.



 



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Re: Family dog
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2010, 07:12:55 PM »
my dog is a golden retriever/chow mix. Wouldnt trade him for anything in the world. He's 8 years old and everyone thinks he's a puppy

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2010, 07:26:26 PM »
Just go get a mutt from a shelter. www.petfinder.com
Whatever you do DO NOT spend money on a pure breed. You'll triple your expenses in vet bills. Most pure bred dogs are from show bloodlines. Show dog people have no morals as far as I am concerned. They only care about vanity. Health, temperament, tractability aren't even running a close second.     

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2010, 08:04:55 AM »
Boxer

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2010, 10:45:22 AM »
oh my in-laws had a boxer. Incredible dog. Only danger these days is the undocked tail!
And they drool omg how they drool!

But loyal, protective, family dog. Not sooo bright but a wonderful nature.

Winston could crack walnuts. He would leave the shell on the carpet. Couldn't teach him to bin the shells :)

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2010, 04:17:15 PM »
Just go get a mutt from a shelter. www.petfinder.com
Whatever you do DO NOT spend money on a pure breed. You'll triple your expenses in vet bills. Most pure bred dogs are from show bloodlines. Show dog people have no morals as far as I am concerned. They only care about vanity. Health, temperament, tractability aren't even running a close second.     

Mine is from a pure bloodline, but it is one of the ancient breeds, so no inbreeding required. Only been to the vet to have his shots.

I totally agree with the shelter thing, but he does have a newborn in the house, might be safer to have said dog from puppy age onward...

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2010, 07:30:25 PM »
Experience with the 2 dogs in my life.

Smartest dog, most athletic, loyal, caring, independent --> Irish terrier mutt (~ 50% Terrier / 50% mutt). I have always heard good things about Terriers, mutts or "pure".

Most disobedient, uncaring, aggressive SOB --> Sausage dog mutt (50/50 sausage with other mutt). This MF disobeys most orders, gets nasty when ordered to leave a place where he's sleeping, etc. If you have a kid in the house, make sure your mutt is 0% sausage dog.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2254479/Sausage-dogs-are-the-most-aggressive-dogs.html

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2010, 06:09:45 AM »
Just go get a mutt from a shelter. www.petfinder.com
Whatever you do DO NOT spend money on a pure breed. You'll triple your expenses in vet bills. Most pure bred dogs are from show bloodlines. Show dog people have no morals as far as I am concerned. They only care about vanity. Health, temperament, tractability aren't even running a close second.     

Agreed. Although, you want to make sure that whatever dog you get it is well socialized with people of all ages.  Our Aussie was a rescue at 6 months old and he had never been around people.  He was TERRIFIED and the way he showed it was through fear aggression.  It's been a long road to recovery for him but he's getting better.  Shelter dogs can be tricky but they're worth it! ;D

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2010, 11:26:19 AM »
Kudos for doing some research before getting a dog!

I adore our Australian shepherd.  Great breed if you can get them the exercise they need (but that goes for almost all dogs - tired dogs are good dogs).  Assuming they've been properly socialized, they're usually gentle and patient with children, playful, intelligent, love to exercise but can still chill out with you on the couch when it's time to relax.  Grooming isn't too bad unless you get one with the heavy "show coat" that some breeders like.

Here's Scooter:



Labs and goldens are wonderful, but just not my type.  A behaviorist I know says that some goldens have started having problems with resource guarding (usually guarding food or toys), over the past couple generations of dogs - most are fine, but she's been seeing a lot recently at her practice in the northwest US.  I haven't seen it with any of the goldens in my area, so it may be a regional thing from some irresponsible breeders.

We got our Aussie through breed rescue, so her foster home had her housebroken and crate trained, spayed, and knew she was good with children and cats.  I'd highly recommend checking out the breed rescues if you want a purebred dog.  Many of the dogs in rescue are perfectly nice, healthy, normal animals, but their previous owners either had to give them up for some reason or didn't do their research before getting them.

Scooter was 4 years old when we got her.  If you adopt a dog around age 3 and up, what you have is more than likely what you're going to get.  Earlier, many still haven't reached social maturity...their bodies may be done growing, but you might still have some things pop up like aggression towards dogs of the same sex, resource guarding, and territorial behavior.  Most dogs start the adolescent stage around 6 - 10 months (small breeds usually develop faster), with it lasting from a few months to a couple years, depending on the breed and individual dog.  During that time many will push their boundaries and generally be obnoxious brats, even if they're usually angels.  

I was working with a lot of rowdy dogs with issues, so we wanted to avoid me having to deal with that at home as well - I have nothing against puppies or young dogs but just didn't have the energy or patience for their antics at the time.

Sorry for the rambling!  Are you going to feed the dog paleo, too? ;)


Edit:  I never thought I'd have a purebred because I love mixed breeds so much, so I'm all for adopting one of them from a shelter or rescue!


« Last Edit: August 13, 2010, 11:33:08 AM by sparrow »

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2010, 07:57:28 PM »
Sparrow - the dog in the pic is adorable

From wiki:

The Australian shepherd is a breed of herding dog that was developed on ranches in the Western United States. Despite its name, the breed, commonly known as an Aussie, did not originate in Australia. They acquired their name because of association with Basque sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia.

I looked it up because I'd never heard of them. Geeze, ya just can't trust labels these days can ya?  ;)

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2010, 08:14:36 PM »
They are a working dog though, will need a lot of exercise.

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Re: Family dog
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2010, 06:41:27 AM »
They are a working dog though, will need a lot of exercise.

Yes, for sure.  Ours is pretty laid-back, but she gets at least 3 walks/jogs a day, food puzzles (e.g. a Kong toy stuffed with meat), and is raw fed, which gives her brain and jaws a workout.  Aussies are definitely mellower than kelpies and border collies, but still need a good amount of exercise.  They also love to have a job, even if that job is just walking nicely on leash, greeting visitors politely, and staying out of the kitchen when Mom is cooking.  There's a fair amount of variation in the breed as far as energy goes: Scooter is good with about 30 minutes of activity a day, but her 8 month-old foster brother could easily have done more like 2 hours.

Somewhat interesting tidbit - the breed rescue had no problem adopting her to us, even though we live in an apartment, because she was so lethargic compared to most dogs of her breed.  After we started feeding her a prey-model raw diet, she became lean, muscular, and energetic but of steadier temperament.  Sound familiar? 

She's one of the reasons I started looking at the Paleo diet.  I figured if ancestral diet alone could make such a huge difference in a dog's body and health, it could do some great things in humans.

Avelin, thanks for the compliment - she is a sweetheart!