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Old 06-18-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Hello all,

This forum is great! I have been searching throughout trying to find some advice on breeds and puppies and decided to register myself and ask!

I'm in my early 20s, college graduate, I work from home except for a few meetings and appointments weekly, and I live with my family. I have narrowed my ideal breeds down to Keeshonds, Weimaraners, and Samoyeds. I am in touch with multiple families and breeders and have discussed pricing and pick-up options with them (the weimaraner puppy is the only dog close enough for me to drive to pick up). My family has owned dogs in the past, but this is the first dog that will be truly "mine." I am looking forward to the responsibility, and have done extensive research on raising a puppy, the specific breeds, etc.

Anyone with any advice - please feel free to chat! I am open to listen to anything that might help. I am a super indecisive Libra and take so long to make minor decisions, so this is one I really want to put alot of thought into!

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Lol MrJohn!
flylightly, welcome to the forum! Have you contacted any rescues? There are plenty of pups waiting for a forever home. Whatever breed you pick out, just make sure it's one that fits your life style. Are you looking for a puppy, or does that matter?

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My advice is to make sure you'll have a few days after you get it to do alot of bonding. Puppies are hard work for the first couple nights, being as thay have no idea where they are. Its good you're getting a puppy, just make sure you're ready. ^_^

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What traits are you looking for in a dog?

There's a world of difference between a Weimie, Samoyed and Keeshond.
Your choice would depend on what you're looking for in a dog. Of course they all require time, training and exercise but IMO the overall needs of a Weimie or Samoyed are likely to be much greater than that of the Keeshond.

If you're an active outdoors type, a weimie or a samoyed might be a good choice. If you're looking for more of a pet than a project, out of the three I'd lean more toward the Keeshond since they're primary purpose is to just be a pet.

Have you looked at each of the parent club sites for your chosen breeds? They are more likely to provide practical and factual information that you might not find from other sources on the internet. Your local or regional breed clubs can be a valuable source of information too.

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Are you dead set on a puppy? I recommend an adolescent dog. Puppies are a lot of work and if you don't know what you are doing you can really mess a dog up. Also, choosing a puppy is very hard. Do you know how to pick out a puppy that will be confident and not fearful? Do you want a dog that is high energy or low energy? Do you know how to look at a puppy to choose for those traits?

We have not even talked about breed yet...which is another thing. Try not to get hung up on breeds. Breeds are like races. Dogs of certain breeds will have dominant traits of those breeds but within those breeds traits will vary. For instance some Weimaraners may make great hunting dogs while others are afraid of gun fire and have no prey drive.

If I were you I would contact a couple local private rescues and tell them about your life style, go down there and meet a bunch of dogs and see what happens. Leave all preconceptions at home and make a day of it.

An adolescent dog already has his personality and energy level pretty much set so you know what you will be dealing with. With a puppy it is a big roll of the dice....

anyways, that's my $.02 good luck!

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Are you dead set on a puppy? I recommend an adolescent dog. Puppies are a lot of work and if you don't know what you are doing you can really mess a dog up. Also, choosing a puppy is very hard. Do you know how to pick out a puppy that will be confident and not fearful? Do you want a dog that is high energy or low energy? Do you know how to look at a puppy to choose for those traits?

We have not even talked about breed yet...which is another thing. Try not to get hung up on breeds. Breeds are like races. Dogs of certain breeds will have dominant traits of those breeds but within those breeds traits will vary. For instance some Weimaraners may make great hunting dogs while others are afraid of gun fire and have no prey drive.

If I were you I would contact a couple local private rescues and tell them about your life style, go down there and meet a bunch of dogs and see what happens. Leave all preconceptions at home and make a day of it.

An adolescent dog already has his personality and energy level pretty much set so you know what you will be dealing with. With a puppy it is a big roll of the dice....

anyways, that's my $.02 good luck!
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