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Old 12-17-2008, 01:52 AM   #1
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Question Need some help choosing a breed please

Okay let me explain. I need some help in choosing a breed. I am currently a high school senior living in northeast Ohio(yes it gets cold....really cold, but in the summer it gets hot.....sometimes really hot). I am a social person who likes to hang out with family and friends. I love animals, I have two hermit crabs, a hamster, a fish tank and my mom owns a Quaker parrot.
I'm graduating in may and my mom is letting me pick out a dog around that time to take with me to college. I'm not living on campus but in my own home that my parents are in the progress of buying. My girlfriend's mom owns a pomeranian, I have been working on training her. This is funny because Chloe(the Pom) listens to me but not her mom. My family did own a chow wich we put to sleep a little over a week ago. We loved this dog dearly. Many times over she had showed us her dedication and loyalty to our family. She was a very intellegent and family oreinted dog. Every place I read about a Chow they all say basically the same thing. No other dog is quite like a chow, a chow will die protecting his owner and his endevors but be stubborn to obey him. She protected me from harm even when I was horseplaying with my father. She was a great watch dog and knew when it was necessary to use force. Everyone knew she ment bussiness and when she was in a playful mood.
Okay so now to the main point of this thread. I am trying to find a good breed for me. I am researching the best breed that would suit my life style. I want a dog that is intermediate to groom or less. Medium sized or smaller. Intelligent and easy to train. Can be taken to the park and socialized with strangers and let off the leash(hence the trainability part). Be a good watch dog but not yelpy or excessively barks. A good guard dog if needed, I realize that if a dog is small this will be a trait that is unable to be fufilled. Will be able to be by my side most of the time. I also would like a dog that would sleep with me or cuddle next to me. I would like a breed that is smaller(Medium sized to miniture/toy). And good looking.
I Have looked at the yorkshire terrier Pros: intellegent, trainabilty, size. Cons: read that they can be yelpy. The miniture pinscher Pros: Easy to groom, Good temperment. Cons: Stubborn. The Jack Russel. The one I found that might fit me the best(besides a chow) is the West Highland Terrier.
Sorry for the long intro but I felt it necessary to explain my expierience with animals and dogs themselves, and my lifestyle. If you could give me a few suggestions that would be greatly appreciated. GREATLY APPRECIATED. and thank you for your time and effort.

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THANK YOU ALL. I appreciate you time and effort. Ounce again sorry for the long thread. Please feel free to post any and all questions or comments. If I am going to own an animal for its' lifetime I want to make sure it is most compatalbe with me as possible. And that I can give it what it needs and disserves. Thank you ounce again.

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The Chow is a hard dog, sheds alot. Can get really nastey to train, I would not consider a JR. terrier unless you want to spend alot of time walking and exercising. I live in Pa right next to you with alot of relatives in Ohio.

Shepherds are ideal for Pa weather which is like yours also. Temperment is super, easy to train, loyal they will swim a river for you. I recommend females making the better pets as they are in heat 2 times a year a male 30 smelling females in a 3 mile range. Females seem to bond closer to me than then the males do. They are a little more aluft. I love my dogs they come from Germany, Hungary and Netherlands, West Lines only. From V-VA titlted parents, cream of the crop with those titles, show/working lines makes them gorgeous and drive to do anything you want with them.

I am going to import ths spring, I could import one for you if you would want directly from Germany. Mine do not shed like usualy ones as the supplements mine take help with this and gives good healthy coats for less shedding, skin healthy and shiny, take a look at Shep's or Pat's photo thread of some of my dogs and pups. Of course there is the Airdale that does not shed, medium size, nice guard dogs alot of energy howver.

It is your choice all dogs require daily workouts, shepherds do not take alot of exercise a daily walk and they are good. They like to do things to learn, smart so it is fun to train them. See Biden got one, too bad it was a bad trainer that buys with no hips ratings, I have one of her x customers that put one down due to bad hips. She wanted it back to put to sleep. That is wrong of course, but if you find a good breeder, most any dog you like will make you a best friend.
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Sounded like you were describing a border collie, very smart, little grooming once a week, but they are an active dog that needs a job to do.
My last 3 dogs have been female & they are very affectionate.
Go to one of those pet search web sites where you answer questions about you life & the computer pics 3-4 breeds that will suit you.http://www.petnet.com.au/selectapet.asp?at=43
My last 2 dogs have been border collies & my son has a mixed breed dog.
Before the 2 bc's I've had mixed breed dogs.
I've had dogs most of my life & have been a volunteer instructor at my local obedience dog club.
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Thank You Shep and April. The exercise I'm okay with as I am an active person myself. I want a dog like you said for trainability, can take anywhere and mainly a friend. I loved the chow and I didn't find them too difficult. But recently my girlfriend got a mini pom and I found that the chow was very stubborn as far as training goes and very domineering in comparason. So definitely train ability and temperament. Thank you for your help. They both sound like good breeds.
What are your personal experiences with border Collies April?

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Thank You Shep and April. The exercise I'm okay with as I am an active person myself. I want a dog like you said for trainability, can take anywhere and mainly a friend. I loved the chow and I didn't find them too difficult. But recently my girlfriend got a mini pom and I found that the chow was very stubborn as far as training goes and very domineering in comparason. So definitely train ability and temperament. Thank you for your help. They both sound like good breeds.
What are your personal experiences with border Collies April?
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Tilba is my 11 m/o (today) pup. I take her to obedience training once a week & hope to trial her. I would also like to do sheep herding, something I regretted not doing with April.
They are a lovely breed, & b4 getting Tilba I looked at getting another breed but couldn't go past getting another border. I'm not a terribly active person but both dogs seemed to adjust to my lifestyle. As long as you can exercise their mind as well as their body.
Border Collies are soft dogs so harsh training methods can ruin a good dog.
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Thank you for your reply they look like a wonderful and intelligent breed.

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If you like the Chow and you enjoy working with your GF's Pom, have you considered a Eurasier?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasier

They're a medium-sized breed with some personality characteristics common to the European spitz breeds (Pom, kees, etc) as well as the Chow and Samoyed. The ones I've met have been really lovely dogs and I think they really might fit you very well. They range in size quite a bit and wouldn't be what I'd consider 'miniature' but aren't significantly larger than a Chow.

You might also look at the Keeshond (may be too barky, although many I've met are not) and American Eskimo.

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Pop along to your local shelter. They'll match you with the perfect dog, and youll be saving a life.



The breed you suggest: Anything, ask at the shelter.
The sex of the breed: Either.
Why you suggest this breed: Im not suggesting a specific breed.
Any experience with this breed: Depends what you get matched with.
Is it AKC recognized: Does it matter? May be, May not be.
What type of dog you currently own: German Shepherd
What types you've owned in the past: Staff mix.
Overall experience with dogs: Quite a bit.
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I was going to suggest a shelter also, maybe a middle aged dog, one who is used to being alone for a couple hours a day while you study, and then will love excersise also, good luck in your dog finding, i couldnt suggest a boxer as lots suffer seperation anxitey and might want you home all the time, not all though, my young fella dont mind being on his own some times, esp after a 5 hours play in the park he loves nothing more than sleeping in the crate on his own on his snuggly vet bed.xx
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Thanks for the advice all. I have considered the shelter, however I have heard of many dogs not warming up to their homes and have to be returned. I have heard on more than one occasion where the beatiful/well behave chow at the shelter was very timid and aggressive with his new owner. But this is still a consideration at the time in that I still have a while and I am still researching.
The Eurasier. At first I would of swore that I was reading a chow temperament profile. These are beautiful dogs. I also suggests that they like cold weather. My chow loved the winter time. She loved the snow. This dog now is at the top of the consideration list.
The West Highland White Terrier is the one I've had my eye on for a while though. Does anyone have any experience with them? They look like an intelligent, lovable, Small breed. They appear to be the perfect size and temperament. The Eurasier now runs a close secound followed by the border collie. Feed back on these dogs would be great about these dogs or similar breeds.

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