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  1. JazzyTheSibe

    JazzyTheSibe Love is 4 legged word

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    First off, I'm no where to getting a dog. It will be at least four years until I'll have a dog. It just depends on college, how finically stable I am, where I'll be living,& the time I have. So, once I'm settled down, are finically stable enough for a dog,& have the time for one- that's when I'll be obtaining a dog.

    -I'm an active person,& I'll want a dog that can keep up with me. So a medium to high energy dog is preferred.But, I don't want Malinois energy.I'm willing to do exercise the dog for about two hours a day. Not counting training. I'm pretty sure I'll be involved in dogsports, mainly agility. But, other sports are possibility

    -Has an off-switch

    -Velcro dog

    -10 to 60 pounds. As for right now, I'm not wanting a large dog.

    -Fur doesn't bother me. So the amount the dog sheds, doesn't matter. I don't love grooming. But, I'm willing to groom four to six times a week. Everyday when the dog is blowing it's coat. I'd like to avoid to taking the dog to groomer, because I'll be coming right out of college, & I probably won't have tons of money. But, that is dependent on when I get a dog, so it might change.

    -People friendly. But, not, I love everyone friendly.

    -Can generally be trust off-leash.

    -Not prone to DA.

    -Has a high drive.

    -Very Biddable

    -Can tolerate 90+ weather,& under freezing temperature(4 seasons).

    -No brachycephalic dogs. I'm wanting agile dog.

    -Is generally easy to motivate. Loves to please.

    -Soft temperament. I'm not wanting a dog that had a "hard" temperament.
     
  2. Red.Apricot

    Red.Apricot Active Member

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    Elsie fits, but Zoey doesn't--the right terv could be what you're looking for.

    Elsie's friendly with new people, but she's pretty standoffish, and if they're weird or I'm upset, she's protective. Zoey's aggressive/protective with strangers, and there are many tervs that are fully friendly with strangers.

    Elsie can't run hard in 95+ weather, but we play fetch for 20-30 minutes outside when it's 85, and as long as she has access to shade and water, she's fine. She's higher energy than the GSDs I grew up with, but on the low-medium side for a Belgian. She settles well in the house now that she's an adult, as long as she's given enough to do. We go to class twice a week for two hours, and on days we don't go to class she probably does 1-2 hours of activity a day--training, walks, fetch, all that. Some days more, some days less. She's willing to go as long as you are.

    Her coat is easy; she's never had a bad mat, and I brush her 1-3 times a week.

    Elsie's very soft, and she can be a little fearful. She's an extremely hard worker, and she's a really fun dog.
     
  3. *blackrose

    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    I'd say Labrador, but they're a bit happy. Although, honestly, I've been around quite a few polite Labs that don't seek out other people unless they're solicited.

    German Shorthair Pointer? Viszla? I'd be worried about their short coat in cold weather, but they are gundogs and pretty hardy.

    I think a lot of the gun dogs would work, honestly. Also various herders. Border Collie and Aussie come to mind.
     
  4. Oko

    Oko Silence, peasants.

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    Border collies do sound like a good fit, you'd just have to research and make sure to avoid harder tempered lines. I would caution against a female BC if you really don't want dog aggression, I wouldn't say they're super prone or all are like this, but I've seen a lot with a short fuse and an edge towards other dogs.
     
  5. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I still think going and meeting a bunch of dogs would be the best bet, especially since it's your first dog. Nothing is better than a hands on getting to meet and see breeds.
     
  6. Romy

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    Wirehaired pointing griffons fit all the things. ALL THE THINGS.
     
  7. yv0nne

    yv0nne Vizsla mom

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    Vizsla fits. I live in the depths of frozen Hell and Penn does fine wearing nothing if we are continuously moving& a jacket if she needs to be crated in the cold. She does, however, LOVE people. Granted, she wouldn't pull off focus to interact but yeah.. if a new person shows up& that's the most interesting thing there is she will gladly go visit.
     
  8. JazzyTheSibe

    JazzyTheSibe Love is 4 legged word

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    Hmm. I've never really consisered a GSD before. I really do like some of the GSD working lines. But, I'm not sure if it would be a right fit as a first dog.

    It won't get 90+ degrees that often, but, the dog certainly needs tolerate cold weather. Our winters/cold weather lasts about 4 months.

    I've looked into Terv's before, but barely. I do like a them. So they are consideration. I've heard many Terv's are a step down from Malinois. Which is good because Malinois are too much dog for me.

    Border Collies are there definitely up there on my list.They have many of the qualities I want. What worries me is the DA,& that some BC's aren't as people friendly as I'm looking

    Another thing is that there seems to be such a variation in temperament,& energy levels in different BC lines.

    I have to admit,I'd love to have a BC like Feist.

    I'm still planning on meeting by go to trails, talking to breeders, go to pet expos,& others dog related events.

    I've never even considered them, so I know nothing about the breed. I'll start look into the breed.

    Vizslas are gorgeous, but I'm not getting a dog just for looks(if I did, I end up with Borzoi or Saluki). I need to look into them too.
     
  9. GatorDog

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    I agree with a working line GSD, probably female to fit in your size limits.
     
  10. Red.Apricot

    Red.Apricot Active Member

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    The cold shouldn't be a problem. The only time I've seen Elsie cold was when we went camping and it was 14 degrees F--she was only cold because we were just sitting around doing nothing and the sun had gone down. Moving around she was fine--and that was probably mostly due to her not having ever been exposed to really cold weather.

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    She went swimming when there was snow on the ground, no problem.

    I'd meet some tervs, see how they fit. They're nutters, but fun!

    And Elsie's only 36lbs.
     
  11. DogNation

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    How about a golden retriever?

    The only two of your criteria they might not meet are size and the ability to withstand really hot whether. Goldens tend to be 65-75lb range for males and 60-70lb range for females, though, so they aren't *that* much above your maximum limit, as long as you don't get one that exceeds breed standards in that regard.

    And withstand temperatures in the 90s, well, my golden is happy to go for a walk in that kind of weather, I just make sure he was cool water available before and afterwards and can go lay in front of the AC when we get back. Of course, my walks are probably shorter than yours are due to some health difficulties. I would think if you take longer walks, you could probably bring along a water bottle and squirt some water into your dog's mouth to help sustain him in intense heat, try to seek out shaded routes, etc..

    And, as for gold weather, I can remember when he was younger my golden dragging me out when he was younger for walks at like 11pm on 5 degree nights where he'd eat snow and lick all the ice he could. Then he'd throw a tantrum if I turned around "early". :)

    I think in general your activity schedule would be perfect for a golden. I feel a little guilty with my guy because I can't quite handle that for health reasons, but I try to supplement his walk with trips to the background, car rides, play time, etc. so he gets intellectual and physical stimulation.

    Anyway, here's a link to where I really try to "sell" goldens (Figuratively speaking, I'm not a breeder) to someone with a similar question, in case you're interested (And so I don't repeat myself):

    http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2378937&postcount=21

    They really are a great breed. I adore them.
     
  12. Sekah

    Sekah The Monster.

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    I could see the right Aussie fitting your criteria, as well as a number of other herding breeds.
     
  13. JazzyTheSibe

    JazzyTheSibe Love is 4 legged word

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    Thanks! I've seen some really nice working line GSDs.
    Thanks! I'm planning on meet a few dogs of each breed I'm interested in.

    Aussies are on my list too. I love the breed,& love the ones I've met. I've also consisered MAS.
     
  14. Romy

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    Let me know if you have any questions. They are a great breed. As a breed they are extraordinarily healthy too. I really love them, but am not a sporting dog person. If I was I'd totally get another one in an instant.

    This is him at the top of the waterfall I'd throw sticks down for him to fetch. lol
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    Strong cuteness factor. I think this is one of the few breeds that actually gets cuter as they age.
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    He'd just spent an hour in the ocean and then decided to run around some more to dry off.
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  15. meepitsmeagan

    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    We only had our Griffon for a short time before he passed away, but all the research I did definitely mimics what Romy said. Very neat dogs. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see us end up with another in the future as well.
     
  16. JazzyTheSibe

    JazzyTheSibe Love is 4 legged word

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    As with Labs, there's some I love,& others not so much.

    Actually, there isn't much extreme heat. 80's are very common, so are 70's. It does get in the 90's at the end of July,& into August.

    I have considered them, they do meet a lot of requirements,& I really have loved a few of the ones I've met.
    Thanks. I'm starting to fall in love the breed, they have some really awesome qualities. If I ever have questions on the breed, I'll find you.

    Where are the best places to meet some?

    I know with other breeds I'll go to agility trials, dock dog, obedience trails. Confo. shows for a few breeds I'm interested in.

    I'd love to go to a herding/stock dog trial, there seems to be none around me.

    Do it! I might too, who knows? I'm no where near knowing the breed I'll be getting. So I couldn't tell you.
     
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    Hello!

    Given your lifestyle and preferences, I would highly recommend a boxer. Although they are not the smallest of dogs, they are incredibly smart, receptive, and loyal. They have a great energy level when needed but will match your levels during down time. They are very capable in a wide range of weather (unless you have an all-white Boxer) and do well in water.

    I had a boxer for over 9 years and it was one of the sweetest and overall fun dog I've ever had.

    Good luck making your choice!
     
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    My first thought was a Sheltie. Friendly, biddable, good sport dogs.
     
  19. JazzyTheSibe

    JazzyTheSibe Love is 4 legged word

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    Not really in tune with the breed, but from what I know about the breed, it just isn't the breed for me. I do need to look further into the breed, and do further research (so, that might change my mind.) They are a wonderful breed, but they just don't fit my requirements, or (soon to be) lifestyle.

    Thanks for answering, I appreciate it!

    Sheltie's do meet most of my requirements, and they are breed I'm highly considering for my firstdog.
     
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    Sit Stay Not a Border Collie

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    You just described Ned to a T. I also thought Border Collie :)
     

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