I recommend chinese shar pei. They are the wrinkled ones. They are 45-55 lbs full grown. They are very protective of family but are big love bugs with the kids. Very intelligent and loyal. I have several and they are the best as far as I'm concerned. Always do your research though.
my personal favorite is the wrinkled chinese shar pei. I have several and they are on average 45-55 lbs full grown and they are protective but they are also big love bugs with the family. Beautiful, intelligent dogs. They are wonderful companion dogs and as far as I'm concerned the best but that's my opinion. Always do your research though. They do need a fenced yard for sure.
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I'd stay away from a pei. Not only do they have horrible helath problems and you need to spend a ton to find a decent one they are as big as your mix you had. My grandmas peis are bigger than my husky,maybe the smae size but at least thicker.
Many breeders do no helath testing with these dogs and with them it is serioues. They have horrible skin issues and some of the breeders need shot. there last rescue still hasn't grown back all of its hair. There is a large percentage of the population that gtes sharpei fever and there isn't much you can do about it. I had a breeder tell me that you breed them anyway because people just accept it!!
just a quick response to that. The pei breed does have issues but so does every other dog out there. look at the english bulldog. They're the most wanted dog (in the top ten) and they have tons of problems. you think a mutt won't? that's just adding to the problems. The only people who won't own a pei are ones who aren't knowledgeable about them or have the money to spend to make sure they have a quality dog. I have sold many pei and have all positive feedback but I have always sold to those with the intelligence to research the breed. I think all dogs should be tested.
If you are interested in a medium size terrier, you might also want to consider the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.
Don't forget, though, that the Standard Schnauzer (I'm told it's also a fabulous breed), Wheaten and Poodle all need professional grooming. I think even the Portugese Water Dog needs touch-ups from time to time. There's no necessity to keep any of them in a show cut, but they do have to be clipped at the very least every six to eight weeks.
There are also several medium-size spaniels, Sussex, Field Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Brittany, etc. that are good, but very active dogs. Like the Toller, they are working stock and need to keep active and be amused or you will have behavioral problems.
When you choose a dog try to think of what you like to do for fun. Hiking, boating, walking in the park, tennis (I knew a friend that used to practice against the house and the dog fetched stray balls for him), soccer (I've met several soccer-playing dogs), camping, etc. Dogs also have their own sports if you are interested. Some of these are flyball, agility, or frisbee.
Do your research, ask questions, have fun. Try to go to a dog show or two if you can.
I agree with CatDogMom.... think of the things you like to do because too many people get dogs for pets and don't think about the fact that dogs like to do stuff with us not just be locked up and forgotton about. Funny thing my grandmas poodle gets jealous if she's gone all day and starts going stir crazy.... it's nice to choose a dog you can spend time with.