Discussion in 'The Dog Breeds' started by Logen Ninefingers, Jun 1, 2013.
Apologies about the double post. If a moderator could delete the first one for me, that'd be great.
You might look in shelters. You could likely find a Doberman mix that would have the traits that you like, possibly with better health.
A Lab would fit everything in your post, except you might need to add a little fetch into the exercise program besides the walks to a) tire them out and b) satisfy their deepest instincts.
If you're looking for a guard dog simply to ward off intruders rather than one that has any real guarding instinct, studies show that having a dog of ANY size or breed will deter someone from breaking into your house.
Keeping that in mind, what about a greyhound? They're Velcro dogs, they have a pretty good off switch, they aren't physically overpowering and they're medium sized (relatively speaking).
I love German Shepherd
I I love German Shepherd - One of my Friend have that!
Oh yeah I have awoken in the middle of the night to see my ACDs just staring at me lol. I don't know if it was because I was restlessly sleepinf, having a bad dream or what but they were like "hey, you ok?" If you want a gal do dog then they do fit that bill, but they do have some prey drive so supervision around the rabbits is a must ... Even if they are separated.
If you go with a good breeder you can work with them and ask for a pup that is more laid back and less drivy.
IME boxers might be too goofy and childlike, and they aren't much of a guard dog.
Dobermans are also great but watch their temperament as they have a lot of shyness in the breed as well as aggression. If the breeder avertises "white" do dobermans or "warlock/kimbertal" dobermens RUN SCREAMING in the other direction.
Good luck wih your search
you want a dog that is lazy and is content to lounge around the house, but then you want somethign for hiking as well. dobes and boxers and GSD are all very high energy and need lots to do. what about a dane?
This thread is old, but since it has been bumped I just have to say...
If you spend the money to purchase a dog from a reputable breeder, health issues down the line should be much less of a concern. I purchased Abrams for much more than some Chessies are going for (aka, I saw pups being sold for $400). He does, however, come from health tested parents, and because of this I am much more confident that he won't end up with hip dysplasia, and he won't have DM, PRA, or EIC. The thought of, "I just spent x amount of money to purchase him, what am I going to do when he gets a crippling genetic disease?" hasn't really entered my mind, because I'm confident that he likely *won't* have a crippling genetic disease.
Especially in a breed prone to health issues, I'd much rather spend the money on a well bred dog than spend less money up front and end up with a dog with health issues.