Hi- I haven't posted in ages, but have lurked from time to time! Anyway, I am in the initial stages of planning to adopt a new dog next year, prob. in the spring. There are a ton of breeds I'm considering, but I have always loved Scottish Deerhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, greyhounds and Newfies. I was a vet tech for a couple years and met a lot of greyhounds and one irish wolfhound, but not the other 2 breeds. I have read lots of info about them all, but there is conflicting info on how they do with other dogs, esp. small ones. This is a huge concern for me because I have 2 small dogs- not tiny little 2 pound yorkies, but small: one is 20 pounds and one is 12 pounds. I am assuming that it would not be a safe match to have a giant size dog like a newfie with my dogs? But, I read how gentle these breeds are, and see pictures of them with kittens and tiny little dogs sleeping on top of them! I've contacted some breeders for info. and thought I could post here too for advice. I know that sighthounds treat very small animals as prey sometimes, and will chase them......any advice is appreciated! Thanks!
I have/had 2 retired racing greyhounds both were fine with my Italian greyhound. When greys come off the track they are tested to see whether they are "cat" safe which is to say small animal safe. You'll find that the ones that are, are younger. They come off the track faster since they are not prey driven.
I will tell you that greyhounds are very sweet dogs. My husband and I already know that over the years one of our dogs will always be a greyhound.
I have never had any of the other breeds you have mentioned but have seen several newfies at the store. The newfies are very sweet, huge loveable mush's. I have also heard that Leonbergers are great to if your looking for a larger size dog, I believe they have a lower "drool" factor which is appealing to most.
I agree that it's not the size of the dog, but the training and the personality. I have a greyhound, adopted at 3 years old. She gets along great with my chihuahua (7lbs), pug (22 lbs) golden (80 lbs) and now I have a new baby great dane (13 lbs and growing by the second). I don't know about the other breeds you mentioned but I know this. When I adopted Lady (greyhound) the person in charge of adoptions at the track told me she should be ok with small dogs (I was concerned about my chi) but under no circumstances would he adopt to me if I had a cat. I'm extremely allergic so no problem there for me. She has never once made any negative moves towards any of my dogs. But...if she sees a squirrell in the back yard she is after it at full speed. Can't catch them as they have access from the tree to the roof or fence, but she will run until they are out of the yard. I would say that Lady has by far been the easiest dog to take care of that I have ever had.
Hey Rusty. That is too funny. I am constantly hearing that I have a zoo. All different breeds. But I like the qualities of so many different breeds I decided why not. I love it. A relative of mine recently made a crack about me getting the 5th dog. Said I have too many. She has one and it is small, spoiled and untrained. Very sad. Anyway, I told her I was perfectly able to take care of my dogs and I didn't tell her when to stop having kids so mind her business, lol.
thanks for the advice everyone! I am more interested in getting an adult than a puppy, so maybe they will have a better idea of what the temperament is. I am really thinking about a greyhound, or a newfie! I had never considered pyrenees, but will read up more about them.
Research is the best thing (greyhound) to do. So many dogs wind up in shelters (greyhound) because people went and fell for puppy cuteness (greyhound) without knowing what they can handle. If you have any greyhound questions (greyhound) I'm sure Gina and I would be MORE than happy to assist you...(greyhound).
What? There is nothing subliminal in the message above (greyhound) is there Gina? LOL!!
Eshanna..my heart wants to say get a greyhound. It's getting close to the time of year when tracks in the Northern states close for the winter. Only the best racers get shipped South for the winter. The rest are taken in by rescue groups or go on to unknown fates. So Gina and I can tell you that we WANT you to get a greyhound but know that you need to get a pet that fits into your lifestyle.
I'm sure what whatever you decide your new baby will be loved and spoiled.
Hey Gina...my family hasn't been to my house in 4 years..LOL! Oh well, at least I don't have to cook for company. My husband and I often say we want to come back as dogs...our dogs. Having the supply store our dogs want for NOTHING...the spoiled brats. Their my babies and I would do anything for them!
eshanna...Hi! I have 3 Newfies and absolutely love them! I wouldn't trade them for the world. As for adopting an older Newf, we did that with our Deeogee, she is 4 years old. Although I found her on another site, I would also recommend the Newf Rescue that is here in OH. If you go to thier main site www.newfrescue.com , it can direct you to the local Newf rescue near you, and you can fill out an application, etc. Newfs are just an all-around laid back and gentle dog. They are great with kids, as well as smaller dogs and cats. They also just love to "hang out" with you and be near you, but not obnoxious like some dogs. They love to just be with you whether it be swimming, walking, gardening, reading, watching tv...they're just great dogs. If you want any more info. or would like to see some pictures of my furkids just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org ~~Karissa