WE Are looking at getting a (our first) dog and wonder what breeds are friendly to 2 somewhat energetic homebodies who live on an 1 2/3 acre with a lake as both of us still work daily suggestions any help ?????
***Edited By: shlaake on 5/18/2005 12:22:39 PM*** Reason: mispelled words
My grandma is in her 80s and my mom is in her 50s. When we offered our (then) 6 month old akita to them, it was because we knew they wanted a big dog, but yet one that was fairly laid back and not over excitable. Obviously, a big dog that jumps up on an 80 year old woman could cause serious injury. Ramoth has bene perfect for them, she's cheerful, protective, and is not inclined to jump up on people.
The good thing about small dogs is obviously a 15 lb dog jumping up on you isn't nearly as much as an 85 lb dog, but I remmeber my grandma's friend getting a golden retriever that was so exuberant that Penny (my grandma's friend) ended up havnig big bruises.
The truth is, if you have the time and inclination, pretty much any breed, large or small, is going to be appropriate given proper training. If you really have no preference, consider adopting an adult dog from the humane society. Some are already potty trained even so that's one less concern. I'm not sure how active you are, but the sporting dogs (pointers, setters, retrievers) can be pretty excitable and even hyper as young dogs. There's some laid back ones in the bunch of course, but just a general heads up.
If this is your first dog, regardless of breed, I strongly advise that both of you go to obedience training with your dog. It's a great chance for you to bond with your dog, and to help teach your dog basic commands that will help everyone out in the long run.
I think that you should head to a book store or library, and sit down with an 'all breed book' with your significant other, and both of you go through it together. Pick out breeds that both of you like, paying attention to grooming and exercise requirements. Once you've narrowed down your search, then you will probalby have more success finding a dog for your family.
Sounds like I can finally recommend a German Shepherd Dog. They are easy to train, love room to run and play, and love to swim. They are loyal, very easy to train to stay on your property without fencing, and super companions. When I have pups you sound like the kind of family I love for for homes. GSDs also can be socialized easily to accept other dogs and all sizes of people.
For a first dog I would recommend not getting one from a shelter as these dogs often have problems that can be hard to correct. Find a reputable breeder and talk to them. Make sure the dog fits the breed standard especially in size since many of the GSD problems come from oversize dogs. Females are by far easier for the novice to train.
I've been with GSDs for over 12 years, and have a wealth of experience/information/opinion if you have any questions pertaining to the breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Hands down good choice. Love sponges, good house dogs, can be active when need be, very cute as adults, they do need the occasional brush out.Not to big, not to small....
I would say any of the small breed, not the terrier group though I'd say. Bichons, poodles, havanese, dachsund, tibetan spanial, K.C. Cavalier, Italian greyhound, etc. With older people, you don't want to have a dog that may get too excited and pull too hard on the leash, that could hurt you. Plus as we get older, things happen like pains in the shoulders hands. So a small dog would be suitable.
I am 55 yrs. young, our family consists of myself, my husband, also 55 yrs. young, our two boys they both are in their 20's and my mother who is 85 yrs. young. We have had dogs around our house all the time, usually med. to small large dogs. This time round I knew we had to get a smaller dog for I am the one who takes them to the vet, to get groomed etc. so I needed to be able to handle him, but yet my guys like to rough house with the dog and my mother likes to hold and cuddle with the dog as I do so with these many different needs in our family I needed to find a dog who could meet all these needs and must importantly one we could meet all of his/her needs. Well after much research we decided on a Westie then in the paper we found a Bichon/Westie mix so I researched Bichons and guess what. we have the perfect dog. Bichons are a little harder to housebreak but besides that Cody is great! He loves to romp and play with the guys and race with them but then he also is very happy to play gentlely and cuddle with the girls. We have taken him to Puppy class and Basic Training and he loves going to PetSmart and socializing with the other dogs. He gets along real well with our friends dogs, they even share their bones and toys. Bichons get to be about 15" tall and weigh about 15-18 lbs. They are all white with black eyes and nose. They have two coats, one short and curly and the other is longer and they say it is coarse but Cody's is very soft to the touch. We do brush him at least once a day sometimes more cause he really enjoys it and so do I, it is a nice bonding time. The really nice part is that these breeds don't shed! I wear black alot and everybody is amazed that I have a white haired dog. Everyone has taken to Cody, I even catch my guys picking him up and cuddling with him and talking to him and calling him Baby and Cody loves all the attention and he is very nosey, he loves looking out the windows or being on the screened in porch and just taking it all in. These dogs are very much people dogs, they love to be with you and go places with you. My In-laws all live in Pittsburgh, about 2 1/2 hours from us and Cody loves going to see them. He is a great travler. Sorry this is so long, I didn't start out with that intent but hopefully this helps you a little and good luck in choosing the right breed for the two of you.
shlaake: First of all I would like to think people 50 to 60 as people who are just starting to live it up. I'm 51 and life's better now than ever ;=)
I suggest maybe going to petfinders.com and looking up shelters in your area. You would be surprised at how many dogs are relinquished to shelters because their owners are sick, have died, gone to care homes, or just had to move. These dogs have been pampered and treated like babies until their owners can no longer care for them. They're usually house trained, spayed and neutered, well-behaved dogs. I love it when these types of dogs find new homes because they're so confused and depressed.
Petfinders will have the history, age and some pictures of the dogs.
I think one of these dogs would love to be adopted by you and spend time walking around a lake with you.
***Edited By: PitPat2AZ on 5/19/2005 4:24:37 PM*** Reason: spelling