breed for me

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  1. funkyesta

    funkyesta New Member

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    Im looking for the right breed of dog for me, i would like an active breed that i could take for long walks and also play with and do different activites in the garden. I would also love to do agility and some sort of training but it would be good if the dog was easy to train as this is my first dog. For grooming i am willing to spend as long as the dog needs.
    Please help, any more questions that you need answering i will answer them as best i can so i can get a good picture of what breed of dog is best for me. :)
     
  2. darkchild16

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    how much time do you have?
    size?
     
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    The 1st thing that came to mind was a Border Collie. They are very active, and love things like Agility. I had one as a kid named Chewy. He was a sweetie! :)

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    they came to mind too but they do tend to be more then a first time owner can handle.
     
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    How much hair do you mind dealing with?
    What size of dog appeals to you the most? Small? Medium? Large?
    What size of yard do you have?
    What's your daily schedual like?

    A Border Collie does fit some of your wants, but they are pretty intense dogs for a first timer. Aussies are a little less intense, so you may want to think about those. Golden Retrievers are hard to go wrong with, and of course, don't discount the shelter mutts!

    Actually, for any first time dog owner, I recommend that A) you do a bunch of research into the type of dog you would like and then B) Contact a local rescue group. They screen all their dogs pretty thoroughly and would be able to match you up with a good dog to fit you and your lifestyle. I wouldn't necessarily go with a young puppy, perhaps something that's around a year. I got my dog at 1 1/2 years of age from Aussie Rescue (www.aussierescue.org) and he's worked out to be a dream!
     
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    i agree with the rescue idea there zoom. i got all my diogs from rescues or rescued them from bad situations and i couldnt be happier.
     
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    Where's that link on finding the right dog ??? I agree with rescue too ...what you see , is what you get .
     
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    Rescues are great! My local rescue (Happy Tails Humane) has plenty of Aussie/Border type dogs that would be great for someone. On Oct. 3rd I turned 15, and now I'm old enough to voulenteer at Happy Tails! :D I'm excited. Anyway, back to the topic. :D
     
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    Many breeds fit this bill. To narrow it down, you really need to get more shallow :) In other words, what suits you? A dog with a ton of energy, or a dog who can be happy napping on your feet? A bold dog who you have to squelch constantly or a restful dog who is happy to let you be the boss? It would pay to do research on any breed before looking.

    A first-time dog buyer is going to hear a lot of conflicting advice about the suitability of various breeds for a newbie. The main reason some breeds are described as being 'for experienced owners' is that there's a belief that after owning a dog or two, most people have some background in reading canine body language, training a dog to behave basically, and otherwise managing a beloved pet without turning it into a monster. Important for all breeds, it's markedly more important for breeds which will, if given an unprepared human, tend to seize initiative and can easily become dangerous. I tend to believe that it is important to choose a first dog who's small enough and gentle enough so that bad handling mistakes won't create a monster. Personally, I'd say a spaniel, smaller hound or herding breed is usually a nice beginner dog. Individuals vary, of course, but they're frequently very warm, friendly, easy-to-handle dogs who accept a great deal of blundering and human stupidity.

    edit: I didn't mean your stupidity, exactly. We all do stupid things as owners, especially at first, but another thing you learn as you own dogs is how to spot and cut off the stupidity of other people and animals. For example, a new dog owner might not see the excited child running pell-mell across the park to pat the 'nice doggie' but anyone who's had a dog for a while will have spotted that kid the instant she toddled out of the car. A lot of handling a dog responsibly involves handling other people. The child, the retarded adult, the just plain dumb adult, etc., are all a lot safer when a newbie has a dog who won't react protectively/aggressively to a combination of an unaware owner and a stranger's alarming behavior.
     
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    Aussies are a good idea. Border Collies too, but be sure to get out and meet some of them before you get one. Some people love how intense they are, and others can't stand it. Both breeds are marvelous agility dogs and quite easy to train.

    What size dog do you want? How much time do you have to spend with it during the day? My Border Collie does fine if I leave for the day, but he does need someone to come in every 4-5 hours to let him outside. Some dogs get very destructive when left alone and need to be confined to a crate when their owners leave.
     
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    I don't know what size you're looking for, but a Sheltie fits the bill. They are intelligent, easy to train, agile, energetic, but not too intense. If you want to go on a run, they'll be happy to do that. If you want to sit down on the couch, they'll be happy to do that.

    Aussies would probably be good too...
     
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    Also good advice - think about what really bugs you. In my experience, highly strung people are not good with the really bad barkers - shelties, terriers, toys, collies (basically, the breeds whose barks go straight through your skull). If you're very neat, a big, happy, drool-flinging Irish Setter might be a bad idea. If you're a human version of the Irish Setter, a neatnik or somber dog might be a drag (ex, the very serious Scottish Terrier, or the excessively tidy-looking and rather fragile Italian Greyhound)
     
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    Sorry, that made me laugh quite a bit. :)

    But a very good point to think about!
     
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    Thanks Zoom !
     
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    i have a boxer and siberian and they seem to fit your requirements. both are energetic and extremely smart. i'm a first time dog owner (although i was raised with a golden retriever and labs when i was younger and lived at home). people say huskies are difficult for first time owners, but i have never had any problems or issues. he's wonderful! and so is my boxer!
     
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    I'd suggest a Schipperke. This is my favourite breed anyway. They are small, agile, loyal, great guard dogs who don't ever bark without a very good reason and they are the best Agility dogs :p They're also small enough to go anywhere with you!
     
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    but arent Schipperkes not best for first time owners??
     
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    I wouldn't say that at all actually...... Schipps are perfect little family dogs. They might be quite active but the person did say she was going to do Agility with it. :) I know a few first time owners that got a Schipperke and they're all so happy with their decision that they say they'll never have another breed again. Getting your pup from a good breeder is a must though ;) ......
     
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    ok i heard somewhere that they werent. i dont know much about all teh little breeds.
     

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