Hello, I'm new here, and I have a few questions I'm hoping everybody can help me out with. I plan on getting a dog in a few months when my apartment lease is up, and I can move into a house with a yard. I have grown up around dogs in the 30lb-75lb range, and have always enjoyed being around larger dogs. So I'm open to suggestions for different breeds. I was thinking of either a Lab, Husky, or even a Mastiff depending on the special care needs if any. Any other recommendations? I've recently moved to Texas, so I would like to get a breed that is ok in this type of climate. And is any specific time of the year better for puppies than others? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Hello Patrick, i would have reccomended terriers but you prefer the larger dogs, i am only in my late teens but my family have bred everything from Otter hounds to Dandie Dinmonts. Otter Hounds do make good pets but are very large and really are more of a country dog, the prefer a good rutle along the river bank. Labs are great pets but we found they are prone to middle age spread. I think personally Setters would be a good dog for you. Irish Setters are lovely, but can be a bit wild. I am a big fool for the English Setter, they are loveable, loyal, docile but still loves a long walk in the fells. We bred them until i was about ten and there great with kids there is enougfh of them in our house to learn this. Just thought id give u a bit of info, Terrier lover
hi first of all if u get big dogs u shud be ready for their expenses i have been around with a Dogue de Bordeaux, a Neapolitan mastiff ,a rottweiler, bull mastiff(very little about a month). the bordeaux n nea have been around since they were 3 months they are wonderful dogs lovin n friendly n massive too i wud prefer a nea or a bordeaux if i were u becoz the old english mastiff has been badly bred there are better quality pups of nea if feel neas are huge, weigh more than old english mastiffs n are much more active bordeaux mastiff is of the size as a bull mastiff approx and very active they get a bit stubborn neas skin reqiure a bit of extra care if ur willin to give it then i wud say go for the Neapolitan mastiff also u can think of APBTs(my favourites though i dont have any ) but think n decide b4 u buy
***Edited By: arjun_jas on 4/4/2005 6:26:43 AM*** Reason: spelling of neapolitan mastiff was wrong
HI, I live in north texas, and have 2 goldens and a lab/border collie mix. All of these dog do fine in our weather, as long as they are allowed inside as it get really hot in summer. If you have a black dog it will need pleanty of shad, so they do not get sunstroke. they goldens love haveing a little kiddy pool, but the water must be changed daily to stop mesquitos from breeding in it. I guess which breed it best for you depends on home much grooming, and the acitvity level you want to deal with.
Thanks for the feedback everybody. I'll have to look into the breeds mentioned alittle bit more. Are mastiffs very energetic? I know this breed gets huge, and am just wondering if they take long to mature and calm down? This would definetly be a inside house pet. I was just wondering about the texas climate thing for when they need to go out, or taken for walks, etc. Sounds like its not a problem with most probably.
Mastiffs do get very large, usually 100+ lbs. They're not a hyper breed though like sporting and herding dogs (labs, aussies, border collies, etc). However, if you haven't had a dog before, I woudlnt' recommend them. Don't get me wrong, they are great dogs. But many mastiff type dogs and bull terriers can be very prone to dog vs dog aggression. It's instinct, and isn't something that an inexperienced dog owner may be able to easily handle.
What exactly do you plan on doing with your dog? For instance, do you hunt? Are you fairly active? Walking/jogging, that kind of thing? How long will the dog be left alone every day? Do you want a dog that requires a lot of grooming, or little grooming?
Have you considered perhaps a dog like a retired racing greyhound? THey make awesome pets, are generally very docile (though they do have a high prey drive and may not be appropriate around small animals like cats) and total couch potatoes in my experience. Collies also might be a great choice, they're intelligent and good with people and children.
There's some really good dog breed selectors that can help you narrow down your choice. You can either 'google' dog breed selector (though I'm leery of hte one at doginfo.com because it recommends 'poos' and 'doodles'.
I have a Neo mastiff they are not good with heat and could die very easy from being over heated,They drool like crazy and are being put in rescues faster than their breeding them.Any type of mastiff needs alot of training and because of their body mass they are not good with heat.Do you have kids,work long hours.Labs are good dogs once you get through the puppy stage but again any dog needs proper training.
And Mastiffs are prone to cherry eye,hip problems and because they get so attached to their owners they can get seperation issues if you have not owned one I would not get one until you did all the research.Also any puppy chews you would not belive how quick a mastiff can destroy a house.Im home all day and my Bella wanted to go out before I was ready well she ripped out my screen with me right there.Sorry to be so jumpy but saying a neo Mastiff is a good starter dog is just plain crazy!!
***Edited By: clarknelly on 4/4/2005 11:51:22 AM*** Reason: had to add
"What exactly do you plan on doing with your dog? For instance, do you hunt? Are you fairly active? Walking/jogging, that kind of thing? How long will the dog be left alone every day? Do you want a dog that requires a lot of grooming, or little grooming?"
I just want an all around good dog that is good for indoor, and outdoor activities like going to the park, walking, or just hanging out with. For the most part I work normal hours. But at the end of projects the last month I work long days . This is about once a year. Amount of grooming isn't really a concern of mine. I don't want to not consider a great breed just because of shedding or whatnot.
After reading some of the threads on this forum today, I'm also now interested in researching great danes, and german shepards as well. I read everybodies opion on great danes, they sound pretty awsome as pets. But what about german shepards? Pro's con's?
I have had a beagle before, and never want another one. Lol. She was the devil. And I'm not interested in the spaniel breeds either. It's more of a looks thing there.
I have been loyal to the breed. They are an absolute joy to own. They are great with kids, but need to be raised with strict rules.....otherwise they make up their own. And you don't want that, these dogs are exceptionally intelligent, quirky and mischevious. you will never get bored.They are also great around children.
But no matter what breed you choose, make sure that you get your dog from a very good breeder, because poor breeding can have devastating effects on you as an owner, your bank account, as well as you dog.
Beautiful looking dog. Are there any pages dedicated to this breed. I would like to know how big, and old they get. Whats the average cost if buying from a breeder. And does this breed do well in warm weather when outside, etc? How easy, hard are they to train? Things like that.
Thanks RoxyStar for that list. Out of that I've picked the ones that stand out to me. Below are the ones I'm going to look into further. If anybody has any experience them, feel free to comment. Thanks
I live in alabama, and had an akita. The akita is not a breed for everyone, in teh same way that the mastiffs aren't. Akitas have extremely high prey drive, and they are prone to being very very dog aggressive. Especially toward dogs of the same sex. If you like Akitas, I can't stress the importance of finding a reputable breeder that does health testing.
You have a lot to digest!! I'm partial to the big guys and girls, haven't owned a dog under 100lbs in a long while. There really isn't a magical formula as you are undoubtedly aware, makes the head spin...so many cool choices so little time. Bullmastiffs are fantastic, that was my last doggie. Presently I own a Dogue de Bordeaux, fun stuff too!! Both as a generalization are lazy couch potatoes when inside. Their energy level outdoors is much higher. There is the potential prob, haven't spent a heck of a lot of time in beautiful Texas but obviously heat, size and the "smashed face" varities are often not the best combo. However if one makes concessions you could own many fine breeds there.
There are a heck of a lot of nice, knowledgeable canine lovers here, nobody would steer you wrong on purpose. German Shepherds are wonderful too, as are so many other breeds that have been mentioned by many before me. Just do not rush it, sit down and do an honest assessment of your lifestyle, your time, your space, etc..and make a great choice. Good luck and have fun!! e
I live in the Northwest. Washington to be exact. We have two Siberian Huskies. They need room to run and a very secure yard to do it in. Sibes are notorious escape artists. They'll dig or jump out. Sometimes just because they are bored. They are easily distracted. They can't leave the house or yard without a lease because they will wander where ever their nose takes them. They get a thick undercoat in cold weather which will "blow" out come spring. Then their undercoat is much thinner, but still an insulating layer. It may or may not "blow" in the fall. When a Sibe "blows" coat in the spring you will have enough fur (very fine and soft) to make two more dogs. Or at least it seems that way while its floating around your house and yard. They are a very high energy dog, if you aren't this breed might not be a good idea.