i have a 7 year old ridgeback x greyhound that is the sweetist dog you have ever met but when it comes to other dogs she gets really joules but as long as your petting her then she is fine. i was thinking of getting another dog but i dont know what breed to get. one that gets along with cats and has minimal grooming and no health risks. that is going to be medium/large size.
You will never be able to find a dog with no health risks. Unless of course you have a stuffed dog! lol Some breeds are more prone to certain problems than others are, but ALL dogs have their own individual health problems that the breed is prone to. A LOT of them have been caused by careless breeding-like Cockers and the Rage Syndrome.
Naturally all dogs run the risk of having a health problem. Also a little bit of grooming.
It's been my experience that mix breed dogs are the most healthy when it comes to genetic illnesses. Maybe get a juvenile male dog or even a pup. That way the new pup will view your existing dog as its elder. It also seems that dogs of opposite sex seems to get along better, but not always the case.
When getting the new dog, make sure there's an understanding that you can bring him back if there's a problem with the co-existing
It also seems that having a younger dog make some older dogs younger, too.
oh BULLS***!! mixes are no healthier than purebreds! Actually purebreds tend to be healthier than mixes. If you mix purebreds you can get the problems of both purebreds in the one mix. And what if you breed two different breeds that both have the same problem? It's compounded!!
I don't care waht that site says, from my own personal experience, mixed breed dogs are no more or less likely than purebreds to have health issues. There's aperfectly lovely dog down the street that is about 6 months old, it looks like a coyote/gsd/collie mix or something and it's got one of the worst cases of hip dysplasia I've ever seen in a puppy that age. I've a friend who's got a lab/chow mix that has thryoid disease and has had it since it was about 2 years old. His parents had a cockapoo (who was the most obnoxious dog I've ever met in my life) that had epilepsy.
Have you considered getting another greyhound? Iif your dog is aggressive at all toward other dogs, I'd recommend against them though, they have very thin skin tha ttears easily. A smooth collie might be a good bet though. Friendly, personable, etc.
I own a greyhound so I'm biased..... But is your dog aggressive with same sex or different sex dogs? Or all? Maybe you can work with your dog on that. I would get a dog that has short hair, dogs with short hair usually have less grooming that has to be done. I would just go to your local SPCA or shelter and just bring your dog (I was at a shelter that let people do that, I'm sure your local shelter will let you) and just see what your current dog gets along with. Because that is most important! I think it would be a good idea to get a dog that is sort of similar in size so that they can play easier with out the possiblity of your dog accdientally stepping on a smaller dog. That's just my opinion.
Sounds like I've stepped on some little pedigree toesies. Didn't say mix breeds were exempted from health issues. I'm just saying pure bred dogs are more prone to genetic problems due to in-breeding. Not all breeders do, but there are a lot that do.
In mix breeds genetic defects are a lot of times regressive. Eventually the regressive genes will appear in mix breeds, but not like in a line of pure bred dogs that are bred over and over.
Beside, people, what's wrong with a little mix puppy? Sas sounds like someone who wants a companion for her other dog without a lot of problems. Someone suggested a Greyhound. Wonderful dog. Purebred or mix. Plenty need a home.
Regardless, you'll know the right one when you see it, purbred or not.
she lovers all dogs but small dogs. i think she thinks thier cats. she only gets on with my cat. shes not like a ridgeback at all. she is just like a teddy bear. i dont mind grooming. the most i would do it is 2 times a week and some health problems are ok but not to many.
"I'm just saying pure bred dogs are more prone to genetic problems due to in-breeding. Not all breeders do, but there are a lot that do."
Thats where your very wrong. purebred dogs from a reputable breeder are less likely to have health issues because we screen our breeding stock. Canine disease is canine disease it doesn't skip over mixed breeds it doesn't distinguish the difference between a mutt and a purebred dog. Since all dogs carry these genes its as likely a mutt will have PRA,Hip dysplasia, auto immune disease, liver shunt etc! Having been a groomer I can tell you I saw plenty of mutts that were a mess. At least with a purebred you get from someone who does a good job with a breeding program you can at least have a good idea that the animal is relatively healthy and that the parents are clear of defects. I have nothing against mutts but, perpetuating these lies needs to stop.
i agree with minniyar and beagle and i am by no means a purebred snob. i have owned several mutts in my lifetime that have had genetic problems. i support the adoption of mutts but i wont perpetuate lies about them in order to see them get homes.