Don't just ask people what you should buy. Do some serious research on dog breeds. Find out how big each one gets, how active they are, how much grooming they need, potential health problems for each breed, etc. What is good for one person may not be good for another person. For example, I have a brittany. Definately not for everyone-high exercise requirements. Are you active or a couch potato? How much room do you have? And will you devote the next 10-15 years to raising this dog? Think before you buy.
Do you want small or big? Do you have a back yard? Do you live in an apartment? How will you exercise the dog and how often? (honestly) Do you plan to take the dog to training classes? Do you want a dog that requires alot of grooming?
You need to give more info before just asking what type of dog to get.
Get a dog that best suits you lifestyle. Like if you live in an apartment, don't get a very big dog. If you aren't an active person, don't get a dog that needs a lot of excersise. Ask youself questions, read books, search on the computer, etc.
There are larger dogs though that are better as apartment dogs than many of the toy breeds....brings back the issue of research, research, research. Also your breed choice should also be based on your family, children, ages, amount of time that can be spent on excercise, etc. What kind of activities you like to do that the dog would be involved in, etc......
Thought I'd second Riley's insight on the Springer! I grew up with an English Springer and my parents made the mistake of leaving the 6 month old puppy unsupervised in the house. She ate the seats out of two lazy boy recliners in an afternoon. She showed them not to leave her alone!!!
I dont agree with outside dogs,sorry but it is cruel, dogs want to be part of the family, not in the yard watching your flowers while you are slepping. But if you are going to keep and outside dog then it should be a big dog with and appropriate coat to deal with your climate. Where I live it gets below 40 in the winter quite regularly so nothing short of a northern spitz type dog does well outside.
Outdoor dogs tend to be board, so they bark alot, are distructive to the yard and generally ignored. Very few people have the lifestyle that allows them to give and outdoor dog the attention it needs. I knew ine lady that took her dog to work with her and walked/ran 5+ hours a day with her dog, it is the only dog I have ever thought didn't really need to be in the house, since all it really did at home was sleep.
This does not include people that have guardian dogs in with flocks of sheep cattle etc. those breeds tend to not do well in family situations and prefer to be out with the livestock.
Then I don't suggest getting a springer, in fact I'll delete that part of my post. I don't suggest a lab either, as they are family dogs. Oh, well, I don't suggest any dog really... I don't agree with dogs living outdoors.
Hi Flicka! I am new here too. I have two labs. One is a black 4 yr old. and the other is a new addition to our family. He is an 11 wk old yellow lab. Labs are very active dogs and need a lot of room. We have 52 acres for our babies to enjoy. I disagree that all pets should be kept indoors. Our dogs live outside and are very much a part of our family. They are loved on and played with daily. We have 4 children who love to swim in the pond with Jet and he is with them constantly. If you have the room and have already been thinking about getting this type of dog, and if you have the time to devote to this loving animal, go for it. A lab is a wonderful companion and will fulfill your dreams as a super pet!