I like dog's that like to be with you, that are gentle, loving and loyal. I would like a dog that likes to play, but isn't too hyper. it will be inside so it needs to be a good inside dog and not break stuff, or chew things, and be reliable to not go to the bathroom in the house. I know every dog is differnt, but to everyone who has or knows these breeds, wich do you think fits me best? Also must be reliable with cats. Here's the list of dogs I like, Golden retriever, German shephard or Dachsound. Or if you have any suggestions on a differnt breed.
You have to realize any puppy WILL break stuff and chew things and won't be house broken. Out of all of them though, the German Shepherd is the easiest to train, and they are great pets. If you raise him/her from a puppy or adopt an adult 'cat friendly' one, he/she will be find with cats. Golden retriever is a good choice too.
***Edited By: ShadowDog on 11/16/2005 6:46:20 PM*** Reason: add
Both Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds can be hyper and puppyish for two, sometimes three years. They do make wonderful pets though. I had one when I was little (a golden) and I just loved him! I don't know about the other....never been around them myself.
I would say go to a golden retriever rescue. Doxies are fun but they don't always want to be with you, kind of a I'll let you love me when I want sort of an attitude. LOL GSD I don't know but I have seen a few and they have always been hyper.
wrong. i have had my gsd since he was born. he is now ten years old. he was never hyper. he was a normal playful puppy. before harley i had always had shepherds. none were ever hyper. harley was sooo easy to train. great with kids and very well behaved in the house. he has lived his life as an indoor dog ( his choice ) and has never got in the trash or broke anything. an all around great dog .
I have had GSD all my life. Mine follow me wherever I go. They are gentle,loving, and extremely loyal. They do shed so that is a thing you have to consider. They make great inside dogs. I doubt they will do very well living outdoors since they are very social animals. If you get a puppy he will break things, chew thing, and will not be housebroken. If you adopt a full grown dog you might have to train him since you really do no know his history. I would invest in a large crate. I would also check out rescues since these dogs live in foster homes and have been evaluated. If you get a puppy GSD and raise him with cats. He will love cats. Mine does. You should ask the foster family if the dog does well with cats. GSD are very easy to train. They want to please their owner. You have to take them to obedience classes and socialize them. Good luck!
sorry dusty but the ones that I saw WERE hyper. Glad yours weren't but these were. I said I didn't know but the ones that I saw were hyper. I havea friend who has a GSD(she is the person who has Sulah) I don't go over there a whole lot now that she is working but Lacy is a VERY hyper dog. I think it depends on where you get them from.
Dachshunds tend to be VERY glued to their owners. I have 3 sitting in my lap as I type this! It is said however, that doxies can be a bit of a challenge in the house breaking area. I myself have never had this problem. But I am home all day and have a fenced in yard. But I will tell, they are notorious for refusing to potty in rainy weather, wet grass, or snow. So then accidents do happen!
Oh, yeah, doxies are a very people oriented breed, they are in no way standoffish!! They just want to please you. I can't walk anywhere without all 8 of mine underfoot. An italian greyhound is very attached to their owner as well.
It sounds like you want a wonder dog. You have to make a dog into what it is, they don't come already trained. You'll need to take the pup to obedience classes. Plan on at least 2 years worth. If you choose a GSD you'll need to double the socialaztion. Shepards can be very protective. Make sure you research breeders on all 3 breeds. Pick the breed that best fits your lifestyle. Go visit breeders of all 3 breeds and research dog ownership. I don't think you quite understand the work that's invovled with raising a puppy. Good luck
With the GSD's it depends on where you get them.They have been overbred so much,just like labs that some are very hyper.My trainer has a German Bred GSD and boy he is goregous,he is calm now...but he wasnt when he was a puppy now he wasnt bouncing off the walls...but was very active.GSD's needs excersize and they do shed quite a bit. With Labs it depends on where you get them too,basically the same thing I just said about GSD's.I like the English Labs better than the american.I think they are prettier and are calmer.My trainer breeds the english type and they are outstanding and very very smart dogs. With the goldens they can be destuctive while pups and they dont really mature until about 2 or 3 years.It depends on where you get the dog also. I think a Newfoundland would be a good choice,if you can handle a BIG dog and you if you know how. I think a Rottweiler or Pit bull would be a good one also. I have not been around doxies very much,but they seem like pretty good dogs.....If you like terriers.
dachshunds aren't terriers. They are a hound. A hunting hound bred in Germqany for catching badgers. The minis were bred for catching rabbits and other similar sized animals. One of mine caught a pesty gopher in my parents' yard this summer.
Cockerlover, I have been thinking about a pit bull, would consider one but my mom would Never let me have one. She thinks they will turn on you :(
Indrajm, I am wanting an Adult dog. I have raised puppies and do know whats involved. I dont have the money for obedience training, but I do know how to train dogs myself. I was just asking, what Breed was best suited for my lifestyle. And im not looking for a breeder, I am wanting one from a rescue.
***Edited By: kittypupgirl on 11/19/2005 12:08:22 PM*** Reason: edit
If you want a dog that is not hyper, I would definetely scratch the dachshund off your list.
I would prefer the Golden Retriever out of these choices. They are the classic American dogs, loyal, I have had one myself. German Shepherds are easy to train, BUT they come with many serious health problems, like their hips. THat is a big problem within the breed. In fact, I heard once that breeders were thinking about breeding that trait out.
Maybe and adult Cocker Spaniel? I have 2 and they are the best dogs.They arent hyper and dont shed much and very smart.They just want to cuddle,not so much the female tho.I also have a Rottweiler and I think they are great dogs.Most of them i have been around are not hyper,just big love bugs.I also think a newfoundland is another great dog for you,they may be big but they are gentle giants.Maybe you can just find a dog at the shelter thats calm and what you are looking for.Jake is a cocker something and he is the best dog not to hyper and not to lazy.
Good for you to get a shelter doggie.They make the best pets.