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Old 11-19-2007, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default Quest for the perfect dog!

I've decided to do this the "right way" this time around!! YAY!!!
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I will not be getting another dog for 8 months to a year!!
but in the meantime i want to have fully decided on the perfect dog that goes with my lifestyle and of course...will get along with my other pups!
Qualities im looking for
no highstrung dogs
maintenance isnt an issue since i already live with a super shedder anyways!
i really want a BIG dog lol no ankle bitters please
drool isnt an issue either since mine already do that lol
laid back
protective(BUT i want to have it well socialized...is that possible?)
i dont want to have it in a kennel so i want to be able to trust my stuff alone with them...
so an easily trainable type of dog would be preferable
good with other dogs...cats...small animals...
i'd like a dog that doesnt have a tendancy to develope diseases or cancers(i know thats kinda impossible but ex:boxers often get cancer...know what i mean?)
i am leaning towards a dog that is BIG, protective of me and wants nothing more to please since i am living all by my lonesome i want my house to be safe when i am gone as well as ME when im home!
of course i have no doubt in my mind that cainan would step up to the plate (maybe?) but all he is...is alot of bark then runs scared in the other direction lol!
any ideas? thanks all
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:36 PM   #2
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Well honey you might know what I am going to suggest since I have a great watch dog, but not mean and bite people, large, powerful, well balanced, beautiful also. THE WEST GERMAN SHEPHERD of working and show lines, you get the balance of drive to play whenever you feel like it and the beauty of show lines gorgeous red n black pigment and truly lover of people, these dogs stalk you, if u leave they want to go and I am never without a dog, never lock my van at all.
I give supplements that help with healthy skin n coat, so they do NOT clump hair, they shed like any other dog but daily brushing or using the Furminator gets rid of any dead undercoat for that day. Ten minutes your done!!!!
They have quite a large life span with good care to 12 to 14 years old, I know some live to be near 16 also. What keeps any dog living healthy is good food, exercise and lots of Love!!! Those 3 things gives a dog a healthy outlook to live and be healthy to accomplish this also. I love all dogs, lol biters I can tolerate, but like a big dog on end of my leash, easy quick learners and to train. Of course many have their own breed so you will maybe get some good others as well. The best and if you have any further questions, pm or email me anytime. The Best......
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I've decided to do this the "right way" this time around!! YAY!!!
please remember this fact:
I will not be getting another dog for 8 months to a year!!
but in the meantime i want to have fully decided on the perfect dog that goes with my lifestyle and of course...will get along with my other pups!
Qualities im looking for
no highstrung dogs
maintenance isnt an issue since i already live with a super shedder anyways!
i really want a BIG dog lol no ankle bitters please
drool isnt an issue either since mine already do that lol
laid back
protective(BUT i want to have it well socialized...is that possible?)
i dont want to have it in a kennel so i want to be able to trust my stuff alone with them...
so an easily trainable type of dog would be preferable
good with other dogs...cats...small animals...
i'd like a dog that doesnt have a tendancy to develope diseases or cancers(i know thats kinda impossible but ex:boxers often get cancer...know what i mean?)
i am leaning towards a dog that is BIG, protective of me and wants nothing more to please since i am living all by my lonesome i want my house to be safe when i am gone as well as ME when im home!
of course i have no doubt in my mind that cainan would step up to the plate (maybe?) but all he is...is alot of bark then runs scared in the other direction lol!
any ideas? thanks all
It's great to hear that you're not going to jump into another dog any time soon and plan to do your homework first.

However the majority of the qualities you're looking for in a new dog, you could already have in the dogs you have now with a little more age and training.

I understand that you're not going to rush into getting a dog right now. But given the personal information you've provided recently, I'd suggest that you stick with just the two dogs you have left until your situation becomes much more stable.

According to your own words; you have two dogs that still need a lot of training and socialization and one of them has off and on health problems. That's a lot for a single, working dog-mom and who knows, you may even wind up with Coco coming back to you.

Until the two dogs you have are trustworthy and don't chew up your things when you're gone, you're chances of bringing in another dog of any breed and expecting it to be any different than the dogs you have are slim to none. The behavior of a dog is a product of how they're raised as much as they are of their breed.

The part of me that loves dogs, says it wouldn't be fair to your dogs to add another dog until things are much more settled for you.

The part of me that's a mom says; don't take on added responsibility until you're sure you can handle what you already have! As an example, if you have to move again, it's going to tough enough to find a place that will take two dogs. You could be setting yourself up so that one day you may be forced to give up one or more of your dogs if you continue accumulating them at the rate you'd like.

I'm sure this isn't the answer you want or what you expected to hear. But it's reality in a world where too many dogs are rehomed due to change in circumstances, breakups, moving, job loss, financial problems or just having too many dogs to begin with!

One of these days your circumstances will change for the better and you will be able to have all the dogs you want. But until your life is much more settled another dog will just add to your problems in the long run.
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You know...if you were to get another dog, I would visit the shelter. Not to push you in the way of "Shelter Dogs Need Homes" but because there is a large choice of adult dogs with their personalities already showing...to get a puppy, the pup could potentially grow up to be a hyper active scaredy cat, like you don't want. If you did decide on a breed though, perhaps check into the breed rescue for it. As far as breeds go? Maybe a Rottie, or an older Staffie-I've met loads of Staffies that are pretty lazy but protective. Anyways, let us know what you come up with!

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Yes, I should of suggested shelters also this time of year so many are placed after Holidays are over and tired of new pups. Good time to find a good one then. I thought you were very serious about it, but take time and think when your having enough to deal with honey.......
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I find that any large breed would fit most of your desireble traits if trained properly, if you want these traits in your dog when you buy it get one from the shelter that is older so you know it already has the traits you want. A puppy won't have the traits you desire unless it is trianed, puppies are like play doh, as you trian them you mold trits into them.
So a shelter dog would be your best bet I would say, I notice you have Labs, you could always get another Lab if you like the breed, they fit your characteriestics but so do Golden Retrives an Irish Setters
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I agree with Applemom!. Give yrself some time to think it through carefully!.If I rememver right Coco can have issues with other dogs and she might still end up coming back to you!.
I,obviously,love labs,bullmastiff,great-danes and dobies!.
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Yes, getting another dog is a BIG thing
think about it Lots, no rash decisions or impulse buys.
Make a plan, look at the pros and cons
figure out if financially you can do it
and if you have the time and space.
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thanks everyone for the advice. Remember now that i provided for 3 labs(wih no help from andy i would have to say) so im use to 3 little oinkers on the food chain now that i have 2...i suddenly dont know what to do lol!
i mean i do but it's definately a weird feeling having two...not that it's any easier to deal with by any means, because the two i have are extremely hyper and still ALL PUPPY lol, but it's pretty quite around the house for the most part. thanks again!
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I'm a little bit biased because i have one, but i reckon a German shepherd could be the one for you! Mine is smart, well trained, well behaved, won't touch anything he's not supposed to - won't even touch his own food until he's told to! He's best friends with my cat and my rabbit, my 12 yr old daughter can take him for walks on her own, he's great with other dogs, but if anyone he doesn't know comes near me or comes to the house, he soon puts them off! Oh yes, and he's quite big!
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