Breed suggestions for my dad?

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  1. Cali Mae

    Cali Mae Little dog, big voice

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    My dad currently rents an apartment but he's planning on buying a house about an hour away sometime this year or early next year. He told me that he'd like to get a dog once he finds a house because he works from home (he's a sales manager for an engineering company in Ontario) and would have the time for one. Plus, his girlfriend loves dogs even more than he does and she's relatively "dog-savvy".

    Here is what he told me:

    - Bigger (ie: fifty to sixty pounds, or in the medium-large spectrum)
    - Low grooming maintenance (ie: a quick daily/weekly brushing, not too much shedding)
    - Moderate energy (ie: is up for a hike, trip to the park but is also willing to hang around the house while he works)
    - Friendly with dogs/people
    - Generally healthy with a longer lifespan

    I'm thinking he should adopt a younger adult from the shelter which he seemed on board with, but he also expressed an interest in a puppy when he found Chow/Shar-Pei/Rottie mixes (which I highly doubt was the actual mix due to our area).

    So, I'm just wondering what sort of breed/mixes might mesh well with him? I'd love to see him get a bully mix but I'm not too sure of breed legislation where he's going to be living. He loves Moses, our Cocker Spaniel but had various Irish Setters throughout his childhood as well as a Boxer.
     
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    A good Retriever would work. Labrador, or field Golden. Although I didn't read the "low shedding" portion of the requirements.

    I think a Setter (English, or maybe Irish - don't know much about them) would work as well, as long as he's going with field lines to avoid the heavy coat in show lines.

    A Boxer would also fit, I think, aside from the "healthy and long lived". It seems like most of the BYB Boxers that come into work are chock full of cancer by 9 years. :(

    Really, any good mutt mixture would probably work for what he wants. I'd avoid bully breeds if he is truly concerned about a dog-friendly, small animal friendly dog. (Just to be safe rather than sorry, although I've met quite a few bully dogs that are dog-friendly.)
     
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    Standard or Giant American Bully :cool:
     
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    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    If you are going with a Boxer, I'd say you should either go through a reputable breeder, or get a young adult from a shelter. Boxer's have a lot more energy when they are young than most people expect, and a lot of BYB's end up with a non-existent off switch. Also, DR isn't unheard of in the breed.

    I vote with a shelter dog, or even a rescue dog, as well. :) Maybe he should foster a few different breeds and go from there?
     
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    If he's in Ontario, he needs to stay away from anything bully, or anything that might be mistaken for something bully.

    How about a nice hound?
     
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    That pretty much completely obliterates the "generally healthy with longer lifespan" requirement. Also doubt the person wants to spend several thousand dollars on a designer "breed" from a BYB.

    I'd stay away from most bully breeds/mixes myself, with that list. I'd rule out most hounds too, if he's actually wanting breeds that are overtly people friendly (walk up and actively greet/play with people they don't know), most hound breeds are aloof with strangers.

    That's such a short want list, but it's like playing a game of, "Good, fast, or cheap...you can only pick two." :p

    If "friendly" just means "not prone to human aggression" that opens it up a bit more, what about something like a Weim?
     
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    I'd say a hound or a hound mix. They are SO under appreciated. Awesome awesome dogs. Overall very friendly, dog aggression is few and far between, totally fine being couch potatoes until you want to do something, essentially no grooming, fit the size requirements mentioned, get to be ancient. And, they're freaking adorable. I LOVE my Foxhound, so much. Never though I'd ever own a scenthound... life had other plans. I'm SO glad she's in my life.
     
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    Generally true but there are notable exceptions. Blueticks can be very dog aggressive.
     
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    I'm not sure how long Bassets live but holy hell they are friendly dogs. Noisy, messy, and funny to watch trip on their own ears but FRIENDLY. I always feel like the coolest person on earth with the Bassets at my work. :)
     
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    Shelter labrabmutt?
     
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    If she's an hour away from where he's moving, its definitely not Ontario, I believe she's out East.
     
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    What about keeping an eye on kijiji for whatever dog needs a new home? That's where Gage and Diesel came from!
     
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    Moderate energy lets out a Weim to me, and I discounted most of the sporting group for that reason. One of the reasons I brought up hounds is that pretty much all the hound breeds are really, really good at chilling. This goes for both sight and scent hounds, so it gives a wide range to pick from.
     
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    Better yet, a BassetxLab shelter mutt! ^_^

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    (^A foster I had a few years ago. He was from a high kill shelter. Awesome, awesome dog.)
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions!

    He'll be staying in New Brunswick when he moves, although he does travel a decent amount for his job. I know his girlfriend would be keen to look after the dog when he does go on work trips though, which is the one thing I worried about.

    I doubt he's looking to spend a couple thousand dollars on any dog, but I think if he did want to look into particular breeds, he'd be okay with maybe a thousand. For him, probably the most important traits in a dog would be the friendly, up to go for a hike/walk/etc and although it's a tall order, not an insane amount of barking. Alert barking is fine and some amount of barking while playing is fine, but I don't think he wants a dog who is extremely vocal.

    His idea of friendly is just that the dog isn't aggressive but isn't too reserved either. I know he'd love the idea of having a dog excited to see him but having a dog who is that way over everyone, isn't important to him. Just friendly enough that he could walk around the city or go to the beach, etc and not have to worry. Friendly with other dogs as well, and although small animals aren't quite as important, it is the city... so a dog with a high prey drive wouldn't be the best bet. Likely, the dog's primary playmate would be my dad's girlfriend's parents' Golden Retriever, who my dad is pretty fond of.

    I've been browsing the shelter and kijiji ads lately too for him. I think probably a shelter lab mix or even a herding mix could be good for him.

    ETA: Too bad he completely veto'd the idea of a small dog, they have a little Papillon mix up for adoption!
     
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    there are classic or xl ambullies that are health tested and less than 1k, contrary to what some might want to think :rolleyes:
     
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    Only Bullies I'm aware of that are health tested (and not human aggressive) have elbow and/or hip dysplasia, are being bred anyway, being linebred on dogs that carry chondrodysplastic dwarfism, and sold with UKC papers as APBTs even though they're designer mutts. And this is one of the "better" breeders. I'm not going to hijack Cali's post to get into an argument over Bullies or Doodlewhats or any other designer dog but I'll be happy to share my thoughts in a separate thread if you'd like to create one.
     
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    I have to make the obligatory sighthound suggestion :p
    Greyhound! There is a rescue in New Brunswick that adopts all over the maritimes.
     
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    That was my other idea as well! They sound like they could be a good fit, in the way that they seem to be content to lay around but also enjoy going out for a run/walk. I'm going to message him the link to the rescue actually. :)
     
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    Re: Breed suggestions

    I think your dad should go for a shelter dog. Depending where he is, most shelters can match him up with a dog that matches his lifestyle and that has the personality/temperament he's looking for.

    I'd steer clear from hounds or huskies as they are likely to bolt/wander when they see something interesting (though that is not always the case and can be trained out of the dog).

    As for energy and trainability, Rottweilers are athletic, enthusiastic dogs that love a workout. If you get a Rottie or Rottie mix though, it is better to get them young because they need a lot of socialization as a puppy to fully warm up to people and other dogs. I've never had a problem with my Rottie being dog aggressive, but she is pretty timid with new people. Also, very little shedding, just give them a bath once a month and you're good to go.

    Another option for him might be a German Shepherd (if so be warned they are seasonal shedders, but athletic dogs and fairly easy to find breeders). Weimeraners and Vizslas are great if he wasnts a more athletic dog. One of my professor's has a Weimeraner and she is great with his baby.
     

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