I want to get a new dog but need help in determining which breed would fit best with my life style. I live with my boy friend on 6.5 acres. He has 2 boys 11 and 12 that live with us part time. There is a pond with 5 ducks that we got at the local feed store. There are two outside cats plus lots of wild bunnies on the property. I want to take the dog to the office which is about 2 miles from home. I want the dog to be friendly, smart ( do tricks and play), and not be a barker. I am thinking short hair so there is not a lot of hair to clean. any suggestions?
Labs, a nice mix from a shelter or go to the Library and get a book on dogs and read about the different breeds and see what appeals to you and your lifestyle. The Pet stores have books also. Do alot of research before purchasing and don't go on just the info people give you, read about the different breeds and be informed. Dogs are so much fun, good luck with finding the right one for your family!
***Edited By: codys mom on 6/14/2006 1:41:46 PM*** Reason: .
I've never heard of a dog that doesnt bark! You could provide a nice home it sounds like to a dog, but it doesnt sound like you are willing to deal with a dog. Dogs shed. Dogs bark. Dogs need training.
I would also suggest a lab or a lab mix. However, labs are short haired, but they do shed. I had a lab mix and he loved to swim in the lake - what a waterbug he was. For a purebred, please do research on the breeder.
I had never heard of a dog that didn't bark BUT, when my husband and I went looking for Buddy, 13-1/2 yrs. ago we went to the Humane Society to start looking and there was a dog there that on it's comment card was the reason why the owners turned him over "Dog Won't Bark", now my husband and I had a good laugh over that. We did get Buddy there and guess what, he did bark and when he would start this my husband and I would just look at each other and say" We should've gotten the "Won't Bark" one! lmao
Suzy, please ignore the negativity that seems to be emanating (sp?) from the board today.
Sounds like you have a good space for a dog, and that you actually want to spend time with him/her, being that you'd like to bring him/her to the office and all.
I would stay away from any type of retriever or hunting type dogs, because of the ducks and wildlife.
Also, most dogs with short hair do shed alot. While most dogs with long hair don't shed at all. Dogs have different types of hair/fur. Some of it, on all dogs, falls out. Long haired dogs have another coat that holds this shedding in until you brush it out. Short hair dogs don't have that coat that holds on to the shedded hair, so it falls out all over the place. Thats how I understand it.
What type of size are you looking for? I don't know how receptive you are to a big dog, but an Old English Mastiff might fit your lifestyle. I had one...we lived on five acres, had two ducks, a Bassett Hound, three Yorkies, a turtle that roamed free in the backyard, wild and domestic rabbits, and cats...she never disturbed a single one of them. Birds would come and eat from her bowl while she was eating, and she would back away, as if she were afraid of them. In the 12 years she was with us, I heard her bark 3 times, and every time was to alert us of danger. Mine was 220 lbs at her biggest, but they don't usually get that big. She was very gentle. At night, we would put her on a leash, and put the other end under a dining room chair that weighs maybe 5 lbs. She would not budge, even though she could easily take all 6 chairs and the dining room table too. They are very loyal dogs. In a typical home, they will bond first with the mother, then with the kids, and then to the father. Joy was very intimidating by looks, but would not hurt a fly. Great with children. She did shed, but not very much. The biggest thing with her was the drool!! You had to carry a towel with you at all times when she was around. But, it wasn't sopping wet drool, but just a sticky drool. If you wiped it with a towel, there was no trace. The best way I can describe her would be a "gentle giant."
But, before you decide on any dog, research the breed to make sure you can accomodate that breed, and that it will fit into your family. Good luck and let us know what you decide.
Also, most dogs with short hair do shed alot. While most dogs with long hair don't shed at all. Dogs have different types of hair/fur. Some of it, on all dogs, falls out. Long haired dogs have another coat that holds this shedding in until you brush it out. Short hair dogs don't have that coat that holds on to the shedded hair, so it falls out all over the place. Thats how I understand it. ----------------------------------------------------- Not completely true...... If shedding is a huge issue for you, then research dogs that are low shedders and go from there. A large breed, heavy coated dog will leave hair everywhere, especially during shedding season, and it is a thicker, heavier hair that is left behind, where a short coat breed still sheds, but it is less noticeable as they are small, short single hairs. Barking, friendly, tricks, obedient...those are not traits that come with any certain puppy....those come with training and socialization provided by you.
We had a mixed lab that would gather ducklings together and try to nurse them. She was the same with kittens and baby rabbits. They are bred to be gentle-mouthed so they can find and carry waterfowl to the hunter, not to kill (can't serve pre-chewed duck to the guests). Unfortunately they shed an awful lot. There are dogs that do not bark. Basenjis sound more like a bird twittering than a dog barking but they are also a hunting breed. Do you want a dog appropriate for the office or one that will be able to explore woods and fields with the boys or both? A pug, pekingese or shih tzu are small, nonhunting dogs that would fit well in an office but would not hike well over long distances or do well with rough playing. Poodles are actually a hunting breed believe it or not. Some have had hunting bred out but some are still selectively bred to hunt. A standard poodle can handle an office and a field trip too so if you go with that breed just look for a breeder that doesn't breed hunting dogs. They don't shed at all and you can get creative with the clippers from the most pom-pommed dandy to a simple even trim all over.
Hello ~Suzy~ Just remember with any dog you bring home. The love, time and effort you put in is what you'll recieve! As far as shedding goes. The more you brush and maintain your dogs coat the better shape it'll be in.
The cats shouldn't be a problem. They can always scatter until both party's have reached a friendly agreement! (LOL) As for the ducks and bunnies. If you still want to see them don't bring home a hunting dog!
Here's only a suggestion... For some reason I'm thinking Grey hound? Just go by heart not the fur! :)
allow me to introduce you to scout. the only dog i know who has never barked a day in her 3 years of life. i cannot even teach her to bark, and believe me i have tried and tried. what do i get for my efforts ? a look from her that would be evidence enough that i need to be committed.
to the OP :
a doberman might be a nice choice. though i would recommend really checking out a breeder as there are many who do not breed with the best interest of the doberman breed in mind.
The best option would be to obtain a book on all the different breeds of dogs and go from there, you will be able to see photos and a description of the nature of the dog and decide which appeals to you the most. I wouldn't go for a gundog or a dog with a high prey drive like the terriers given that you have ducks on your property. I would personally recommend a toy breed like the poodle or the bichon frise, both don't shed and are quite clever. It is a misconception that short coated dogs don't shed, in actual fact I find long hair much easier to remove from clothing as they are soft and pliable whereas short hair tend to be hard and seems to ingrain itself into the fabric and is thus harder to remove, both long and short haired dogs shed as much as each other, no difference.
If i were you i would def. go with a lab or a golden retriever. They are very loving dogs. They are very smart and would love playing with the kids. They dont shed to bad inless you would get ones with long hair. I have a lab and a husky mixed. SHe is the best dog ever. SHe listens, she never barks, she was never in obedient school and she sits on command and she listens extreamly well. So if I was going to get a dog i would def. encourage you to get a lab or a retriever.
SCOUT when you said this...... " allow me to introduce you to scout. the only dog i know who has never barked a day in her 3 years of life. i cannot even teach her to bark, and believe me i have tried and tried. what do i get for my efforts ? a look from her that would be evidence enough that i need to be committed. "
......You had me laughing my head off at the last sentence! ;) Too funny.
Goldens shed HUGELY, It's not uncommon to see a ball of fur roll across the floor when they're shedding. I also thought the retriever/hunting type dogs wouldnt be a good choice because of the ducks. (We had goldens in the past and they're AWESOME but...not what you're looking for in my opinion....Labs are prettyy much the same only short hair and more active (so I'm told)) Really the size dog you want needs to come into play. You might also sheck out the AKC breed list and read descriptions, who knows, maybe a dog that is less popular might fit exactly what you want. Good luck!