Im 14 years old, I adopted a pitbull, lab mix about 5 months ago. Pretty puppy he is...And well. I didn't know that well. He was too much for me. and wile i was at school, m parents took him to the pound, and i believe he was euthenised.=(
Now. my parents want a new dog. But, they don't know what a good begginer's breed is. Please help. I wanted a chiuauah(Er, however you spell it =P) They are unsure about wether or not thats a good choice.....
So, if any of you can give me a list, of good begginers god breeds it would be very helpful. Thank you.
If you or your parents don't have a lot of time for a dog, maybe you should consider a cat. They are considerably less work. Im not faulting you, but your parents obviously were the ones to adopt the first dog as well as make the decision to take it to the pound, so it doesn't sound like they really have a lot of interest in the dog.
Even little dogs take time and energy and committment. Granted, they are easier than big ones, but they have their particular problems, too.
If a pit was too much, a Chi might even be worse. I raise them, and right now I have three of them. They are a struggle to house train, and you have to keep on top of them. They are also supseptible to quite a few health problems. Did you know some of them even have holes in their heads! They are soft spots, known as Molera. It's quite common. I agree, a cat might be better right now. You are probably really busy with school and everything. Cats are independant and need a little less care than a puppy, but are still wonderful pets.
***Edited By: Reevka on 12/21/2005 1:15:48 PM*** Reason: add
Thanks and stuff. But, well they were on a break from work, and spent every waking moment with the dog. He was just pushing for top 'dog' and they couldnt compete...soo...Im thinking small dog, without hip joint, or kidney problems. does one even exist?
All breeds have their down falls. I would suggest looking through the breed list with your parents. If you find one that you like (they have breif descriptions of the dog and personalities), google all the info on the dog.
Oh and side note, small dogs come with a varity of faults. Most are overbred, and due to that have developed medical issues.
***Edited By: Reevka on 12/21/2005 1:21:18 PM*** Reason: add
Do you/your family have the financial means to support a dog properly ie. Vet bils for shots, heartworm, flea and tick preventative?
Do you/your family have the financial means to meet any serious illness's your dog could come down with?
Are you willing to go to obediance classes so your dog is a welcome member of the family and not put in a garage or backyard and forgotten because "he jumps on people' He poo's all over the house', He chews up things". All things dogs do when they are young and into their teenage time. And are you/your family financially able to afford these classes so he can be a loved member of the family and not a pain in the butt?
Do you want a dog that sheds or non-shedding? If non-shedding do you have the time to brush and comb the dog for it's entire lifetime?
If non shedding, does you/your family have the financial means to get a non shedding dog groomed every 6 weeks?
Have you done any research to the type breed that would suit your life style?
You are only 14 years old. A dog is a 12 to 22 year commitment. You have school, school activities, then dating, marriage and children. All within this dogs lifetime with you. Do you reaaly have the time for such a commitment?
Think about it first. A dog is not a part time toy to be drug out of the closet on a rainy day or when you have nothing better to do.
I am not being mean, just giving you something to think about before you get a living. loving creature that will be with you a very, very long time. Depending upon you for ALL of his needs - 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, 53 weeks a year, 367 days a year....for what could be 20 years.
this person is a troll older than 14, never had a pit, you never had a pit you liar. you ar egeek that's for sure. lonely geek to. not many friends huh, you do this troll thing to pass the time. good luck with that, i hopw it make you a productive human being.
My opinion is this and no offense. Get fish or a hamster something along those lines. Build up to the responsiblty of keeping a dog. They require alot of time, affection, money, training, you need to have them spayed/neutered, money...
Funny story. We have the time and money, i have a 15gallon tank of fish. a bird. and i must say, im managing them all quite well NOW, if you would all please just tell me a few things, i can be on my way. noone here has answered my question yet.