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Old 07-22-2008, 11:09 AM   #1
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My wife and I are toying with the idea of getting a furry new addition to the household.

We are very keen on the idea of choosing a dog within the “wolf like” breeds. I love the idea of a Siberian husky or an Alaskan malamute but have heard and read many horror stories about them running off to never be seen again if you let them off the lead. I hope this is not true.

We both have grown up with dogs in our respective families before we met but neither of us knows anything about the temperaments and traits of the many wolf/husky/Inuit or similar type breeds.

Please be gentle with me on this as it is only a fact finding mission at the moment.

Ideally we would like a dog that we were not afraid to let off of the leash in open spaces. By this I mean if we went hill walking or generally in the middle know where or where there were no other dogs. Around other dogs I think I would prefer to keep my dog on a lead. We would be planning to take our dog to obedience classes as soon as he/she is old enough.

Although some of these dog breeds can look intimidating we really do not want a guard dog. Just one that would lick you to death! We don’t have kids and definitely have no plans to, so the dog would be our baby! We are moving into the country soon so hopefully we can give the dog plenty of exercise. I plan to take the dog to work, as I work in an Industrial unit with only one other person. So hopefully the dog would rarely be left alone for long periods. On that note, what would be an acceptable amount of time for a dog like this to be left alone if we had to?

So in summary, what breed should we go for in respect of the questions below?

1. What breed would be ok to let off the lead in open spaces that would come back when called (if trained correctly)?
2. Which breed would be good for just a friendly companion that hopefully won’t show aggression to other dogs or people?
3. How long could I leave the dog on its own for? Only if I really needed to and what would I need to take into consideration?
4. We would like a dog that is generally obedient that won’t trash everything in its path. But presumably if trained correctly it shouldn’t anyway? Would we be right?

Sorry if I am asking a lot here but we just need to get a feel for the breed of dog that hopefully will be right for us.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Old 07-22-2008, 11:25 AM   #2
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While I may be a standard poodle person, my best friend is very much the G Shep person and her last two dogs have ended up being what I call my adopted sons.

I'm sure sheplover will pipe in at sometime, but I'll put my 2 cents in for the G. Sheps first.

My experience with my friends G. Sheps is that they are very protective of their family and home, but once a person is accepted in the house by the family humans, they are both friendly and well behaved. I am considered a member of the family and often walk through the back fields to my friends house and take the recent one, Maverick, for a off lead walk through the fields. He generally stays right with me and if he should wander off on a sent trail, he always come back when I call him and I'm not even his true owner. In short, even though I'm not a G. Shep type person, I have had many good experiences with them.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:29 AM   #3
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Sorry. I didn't want to mention it in my initial thread for fear of alienating Alsation and German shepherd owners. But to be honest these are not breeds that we would like to take on. I am sure that they are adorable breeds but they are not for us. Thanks anyway.

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I'd take into consideration a Belgian shepherd, a Groenendael is very similar to a black wolf, plus it's obedient like an average shepherd... It's also easyer to handle, less nervous/active and more quiet then a Malinois.


Here there are some pictures:

http://www.pedigree.com.au/breeds/im...n_shepherd.jpg

http://www.dogsnsw.org.au/upload/ima...oonshadow2.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...endael_600.jpg
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If all fear German shepherd, you would not want a wolf breed. The German shepherd bred by the proper breeder breeds sound stable nerves in them, not unstable ones.

They are natural protectors as many breeds are of barking when somebody comes, but I have 8 and not one will grab and bite you, they just warn the family of an oncoming visitor. they are highly loyal, loving, intelligent and so easy to train than alot of breeds.

In fact a cynch to train I have owned many many breeds I know would call kinda stupid in learning. Slow learners. These dogs you cannot hide from, they protect children naturally without any training. One of mine stepped in front of my grandaughter years back, she was near a big hill, he was not trained to do that, we were amazed how he pushed her back.

Great breed once owned you will never want another breed!!
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Thanks all so far for the input. After a fair bit of research I am beginning to be drawn towards Northern Inuit's.

Does anyone have any experience of looking after this breed?

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I herd they can be much like the husky and not good when left on there own. I live in the UK and have found a lot of NI's that I see in adds look not much different from a Cross breed GSD. And many may be just that. so look really carefully for a good breeder if you go for this breed
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Sorry. I didn't want to mention it in my initial thread for fear of alienating Alsation and German shepherd owners. But to be honest these are not breeds that we would like to take on. I am sure that they are adorable breeds but they are not for us. Thanks anyway.

there the same breed. The name Alsation was made up dueing the world war as many found the word german offencive.

It one of my pet hates people thinking there are different breeds. lol

Have you looked into the utonagan I fallen in love with this breed.
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there the same breed. The name Alsation was made up dueing the world war as many found the word german offencive.

It one of my pet hates people thinking there are different breeds. lol

Have you looked into the utonagan I fallen in love with this breed.
Oops sorry! Please excuse my ignorance. Yes I have looked up the Utonagan. Lovely looking dogs. I think I need to do a bit more research first though. Thanks.

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