what typr of retriver, golden, labador flat coated... also what are looking for in a dog, personality, size. also what is the dog going to be used for, pet,hunting... labs and godens make great as do the flat coats. but it really depends on you and the individual dog.
I want a guarding trainable dog, that won;t chew my entire garden.I could have chosen a German Shephard, but i like Retrievers and Labs better. The main point is will it be able to stand temperatures of minus 20 degrees? I don't want it inside the house under any circumstances.
Ret. are not guard dogs, and no dog should be out in -20 degree weather. They would die from exposer. Ret. now in days are more and more being breed to be a part of the family and need contact with their people every day, and should not just be left outside all day every day. If you dont mind me asking what happen to you last dog?
Here's a tidbit about dogs and freezing temps. from paw_rescue.org
* Even brief exposure to sub-zero temperatures can lead to frostbite of the feet, nose or ears. Frost-bitten skin appears red, gray or whitish and may peel off. Prevent frostbite by removing ice and snow from paws and fur right away. If you suspect frostbite, take your pet to a warm place and thaw out frostbitten areas slowly by applying warm, moist towels. Change them frequently. Continue until the affected areas become flushed. Then contact a veterinarian for further care.
None of the retrievers are appropriate to leave outside. All of them literally thrive on close social interaction with the immediate family. These are NOT outside dogs, for mental health they absolutely MUST have frequent periods where they are kept inside with the family. Major velcro dogs.
In addition, no dog, regardless of breed, should be kept outside when it's -20 outside. If you want a good guard system, get a house alarm. It'd be more cost efficient for you, and won't risk the life or mental well-being of a dog.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/1/2005 7:21:15 AM*** Reason: add
Minniyar, stupid question I know, but living my entire life in S. FL, I really have NO experience when it comes to prolonged exposure to cold for dogs.
Is there ANY breed that can tolerate living OUTSIDE, ALL the time in that kind of weather?????
I hate to be judemental, but it just seems to me that a living, breathing, thinking, feeling creature is not suited for exile in the frozen tundra to live on it's own, don't bother the garden and protect the home of someone who doesn't really care about the qualty of his/her life.
I have been searching as this got my curiousity going. U of Washington has posted an article that states when the weather reaches 20 degrees (and that's ABOVE zero), ALL animals need to be in warm, clean, dry shelter.
They even specify Huskies and Malamutes, along with other "northern breeds", as breeds that should NOT be left out in the cold.
A dog is a living creature with emotions and feelings. They hurt, they shiver, they become lonely. Since we have these same feelings you should stay outside in -20 degrees with no clothes for one month. No one to talk to, nothing to do but guard your yard. Then you can make a choice in what breed would be suitable for this situation.
Ohh, and the plus side is when your out there, you can be sure you will not destroy your garden.
wow i didn't expect all you guys to get at me like that. 1. I KNOW that a dog has feelings (doh!!) and i LOVE dogs and i WOULDN'T want it to suffer from cold exposure.Ok? 2. And i don't live in the tundra, i'm from Romania, mild climate zone. But in the winter it gets cold and my father doesn't want the dog inside.What can i do? I have a vast enclosure for the dog, so that the garden will survive. My neighbour has had a Labrador for a year now, he lets it inside during winter nights, but during days (sometimes with minus 10 degrees) it stays outside, perfectly healthy. We've just played for an hour or so. All the people in my neighbourhood keep their dogs outside. 3. And by no means could a dog be replaced by an alarm system. However, i do have an alarm and all i ask from the poor animal is a strong bark from once in a while, when a stranger enters the yard. So it's not really about guarding, more about animal instinct i guess. But my neighbour's dog rarely barks. 3. Wanted to know what happened to my first dog? He was a Romanian Carpathian Shephard (i don't know if the breed is recognized). Huge, beautiful dog, raised him since 2 months old. Barked all right AND stayed in the cold. But he was very stubborn and hard trainable and just couldn't understand he wasn't to do such things. He chewed trees, front door, flowers, chairs, grass and even the automatic gate opening system. I had to give it away, as my parents were more than unhappy with the damages.So i didn't kill him, he didn't die from cold or starvation.Ok?
There are dogs that can and do thrive in subzero temps. The Siberian Huskie is one. They also make ok watch dogs and don't stick to people like velcro. They also do ok on a chain with a dog house. I have a friend who has sled dogs and they stay out all the time in the cold wisconsin winters. When she brings them in one at a time they can't wait to get back outside no matter what temp it is. These dogs and most sheep are said to withstand temps to -50 without any ill effect.
any_dog lover, PLease before you go out and buy a new dog. read up, chewing is a very curable thing. also, dogs are pack animals they crave other creatures presence. take that into consideration before you buy a dog and put it in the yard. usually confident dogs do not bark, because they are not worried about it, they are secure in the world they live in. and to expect a dog to bark only a certain amount is unreasonable.
When i had a dog there was no problem in letting it relate with my neighbour's dog.There's only a wire fence between our yards and we're good friends. And i'd be more than happy to have two dogs, but that remains to be seen...
they make heated beds for dogs that you can plug in. if maybe you got one of those for the dog and put it in his dog house outside that may help keep him warm in the cold temps.
there are many problems with keeping dogs putside. you already experienced a lot of them with your first dog. all that destructive behavior was most likely duie to the lack of human interaction and was done out of boredom and frustration. a shepherd is a very intelligent dog and needs not only physical but mental stimulation as well. left alone in a yard bu itself it is perfectly reasonable to expect that level of destructive behavior.
any dog lover.i would really like to see your next dog as a success, so try be open minded about this. leaving a dog in a yard day in night may not be against the law. but it is not healthy for the dog. problems such as chewing a barking. are handler issues not dog issues. what you did with your last time did not work. and i know this might be harsh, but you are the human being here, the more intellgent species. your dog was not at fault for chewing and you took the easy way out, by just makiong him somebody elses problem. now you want to take stab at another dog. what's changed, why will this time be different. I don't think it will. inless some major changes happen on they way you handle the dogs.