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Old 04-08-2006, 09:17 PM   #1
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Hey I'm like a noob with dogs, so which breed do you think is good for me?
Requirements (Loose requirements)
  • Medium Sized Dog
  • Smart
  • Gentle & Friendly (Family Friendly, loves strangers)
  • Obedient
  • Low price (for a dog)

I've done some research and it seems that a Border Terrier is good

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how much grooming are you willing to do?
Do you have the time train a puppy?
Is this your first dog? If it is, I suggest going to your local shelter and getting an adult dog. It will also be a lot cheaper than buy from a breeder, and you dont have to go to the trouble to find good breeders and not buying from bad ones.
Do you live in a house/apartment? Do you have a fenced in yard? How big is it?
How much exercise will you be able to give to it?
How much time will you be able to spend with it everyday?
How old are you?
How many people do you live with? How do they feel about dogs?
And do you have the money to make sure it has all its shots and vet visits paid for?

There are a TON more things to consider than the few requirements you listed.

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Zoe is right , ther are tons of things to consider.

Here is a website with good info on different breeds.

http://www.dogsincanada.com/breeds/

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Yes, answer all Zoe's questions. Do you want a couch dog or an energetic dog? And sometimes you don't have to get a special breed. Go to the animal shelter and look for a mixed breed adult like Zoe said. And also, make sure you have the time, money, ect. to own a dog, because it takes alot.
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Hi, i reccomend a Border Collie or Sheepdog, both are great dogs and fit your requirments.

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Actually, ben has to answer the qusestions zoe posted before deciding on a breed.
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Hi, i reccomend a Border Collie or Sheepdog, both are great dogs and fit your requirments.
I hate to say this, but I really dont think a Border Collie should be recommended unless you know the person is going to have lots of time for exercising. Border Collies are very very active and are not the dog for just anyone.

I dont know much about Sheep dog, but I think that there is a lot more to know before recommending a breed.

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how much grooming are you willing to do?
1)Do you have the time train a puppy?
2)Is this your first dog? If it is, I suggest going to your local shelter and getting an adult dog. It will also be a lot cheaper than buy from a breeder, and you dont have to go to the trouble to find good breeders and not buying from bad ones.
3)Do you live in a house/apartment? Do you have a fenced in yard? How big is it?
4)How much exercise will you be able to give to it?
5)How much time will you be able to spend with it everyday?
6)How old are you?
7)How many people do you live with? How do they feel about dogs?
8)And do you have the money to make sure it has all its shots and vet visits paid for?

There are a TON more things to consider than the few requirements you listed.
1)Yes, on the weekends
2)Yes, it's my first dog
3)Yes, I live in a house w/ a yard.
4)I'm going to want it to be calm most of the time, but I want to play with it one in a while
5)I have time on weekends, but my sister has lots of time
6)13, BUT, we're not getting one in a couple years (parents need to think it over a LOT)
7)I live with a family of four. My dad wants a good watchdog. My mom, sister, and I wants one to play with. I guess the dog should be friendly to strangers. (I have a BIG extended family)
8)Uhh how much does the visit cost? How offen?

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First of all. There should be short training sessions everyday (~20 minutes). Possible obedience classes, if you have not had experience training.

Is it going to be "your" dog? What happens when you graduate and move out? Where does the dog go? Will you be able to take it? Will your parents be willing to keep it?

Is anyone home all day? How long will it be left alone?

Vet visits vary depending on what you have done. Puppies cost a lot, as they need to see the vet very often their first few months for shots. I dont know how much a general check-up costs. You also have to factor in the cost to get spayed/neutered and the money in case any kind of emergency would come up. But they have their shots kept up to date and check-ups at least once a year.

You also have to think of all the other costs of having a dog. Food (GOOD food), toys, collar, tags, leash, flea & tick preventatives, heartworm meds, treats, grooming. It may not seem like a lot, but it adds up.

How old is your sister? Is she willing to work with the dog and training?

What kind of grooming requirements do you have? How often are you willing to groom, will you take it to the groomers, how much dog hair are you willing to put up with?

I think that your best bet would be to think about all these things and discuss with your family. When you decide you are ready for a dog, go to your animal shelter and find an adult dog that meets your requirement (for a mostly calm dog, something at least over 3 years of age).

I am sorry if I make it sound like you shouldnt have a dog. Through personal experience though I think it is best you know EVERYthing about having a dog the BAD and the GOOD about having a dog. I really wish someone had told me all of this before I got my first puppy when I was about 11 or 12.

If you think about all these things, and decide that you will be able to have a dog, do the proper training, have the proper funds, etc. And decide you would still like a purebred, let us know and we might be able to help you find a good breed and a rescue in your area for that breed.

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First of all. There should be short training sessions everyday (~20 minutes). Possible obedience classes, if you have not had experience training.

1)Is it going to be "your" dog? What happens when you graduate and move out? Where does the dog go? Will you be able to take it? Will your parents be willing to keep it?

2)Is anyone home all day? How long will it be left alone?

Vet visits vary depending on what you have done. Puppies cost a lot, as they need to see the vet very often their first few months for shots. I dont know how much a general check-up costs. You also have to factor in the cost to get spayed/neutered and the money in case any kind of emergency would come up. But they have their shots kept up to date and check-ups at least once a year.

You also have to think of all the other costs of having a dog. Food (GOOD food), toys, collar, tags, leash, flea & tick preventatives, heartworm meds, treats, grooming. It may not seem like a lot, but it adds up.

3)How old is your sister? Is she willing to work with the dog and training?

What kind of grooming requirements do you have? How often are you willing to groom, will you take it to the groomers, how much dog hair are you willing to put up with?

I think that your best bet would be to think about all these things and discuss with your family. When you decide you are ready for a dog, go to your animal shelter and find an adult dog that meets your requirement (for a mostly calm dog, something at least over 3 years of age).

I am sorry if I make it sound like you shouldnt have a dog. Through personal experience though I think it is best you know EVERYthing about having a dog the BAD and the GOOD about having a dog. I really wish someone had told me all of this before I got my first puppy when I was about 11 or 12.

If you think about all these things, and decide that you will be able to have a dog, do the proper training, have the proper funds, etc. 4) And decide you would still like a purebred, let us know and we might be able to help you find a good breed and a rescue in your area for that breed.
1) It'll be the family dog. When I go to college my parents are willing to take care of it
2) The dog will be alone for 6 hours for 2 days a week, and 8 1/2 hours for 1 day a week
3) She's 10, and she's willing to put time into it

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