I am looking for a dog to adopt from a shelter that will get along with my 11yr old American Eskimoe, and a cat. Is anyone up on good breeds to mix with an Esky? She gets along great with the cat. I also want this dog to get along with the cat. He is a real baby at 3yrs.
its not the breed of dog, its the temperment of the dog. you could get a huge dog like a mastiff or something like that and he could be great with your dog, and then you could get a chihuahua and he could just hate your dog, or it could be the other way around. but if your dog is hyper dont get a laid back dog or one that dosent like to play, or if your dog is laid back dont get a hyper dog thats going to want your dog to play all the time. but I am shure some one is going to say other wise, and they could be right also. but in the end its going to be up to you. good luck :)
I would get a dog that is the opposite sex of the current dog you own and give it a week to a month. Try to let them get to know each other on nuetral territory like a neighbors yard that is fenced in. It is best if they can be off leash if possible so that your lead corrections do no cause any posture in the dog that may be offensive to the other dog. Have a hose standing by just in case a real fight breaks out. Look for a dog with a less dominate breed trait. You can find quite a few breed reccommenders by doing a web search. It will help you narrow down your choices. www.petfinder.com is a good place to start when you have an idea what you are looking for. Many times the site will let you know if the dog has a problem with kids or other dogs. HAPPY HUNTING!
i would give about 6 months to adjust. there are shelters that test the temperament of the dogs and they can give you an idea of what your potential dog is like. i would stay away from mixes of dog-aggressive breeds. with your eskie being 11 years i'd look for a more laid back dog. that's great you are looking at shelter dogs.
Talk to your shelter employees and tell them what you are looking for. Make sure you tell them about your situation. I live in the suburbs of DC and we have some great animal welfare leagues here. The staff really work hard to match the right person to the right dog. There is a pretty formal application process and home review for our shelter and I can tell you the dog I got was much healthier than any of the home breeders I visited.
Try to spend some time with the dog outside of its cage. If your dog is dominant, try to get a dog that's slightly more submissive, just to compliment each other. Take a sqeak toy and toss it to the dog. If he seems interested and playful, you likely have a good happy dog. If he seems scared and backs away, he's probably too scared. Ask if you can walk the dog for a little while. You should see if you can handle him on a leash. Make a loud noise and see if he's scared or excited. Make a gesture for the dog to come to you. If he doesn't he may have sight problems. With a small dog, see how he'll let you hold him. A dog that can be cradled is ideal. One that resists is either scared or dominant. Massage and touch the dog and rub its paws. A dog that flinches or pulls away is either dominant, scared, or there is a possibility it's in pain, which could be a sign of illness. The dog that passes these tests is probably okay to have at home. (info from "DogSpeak" by Bash Dibra)