I am getting my 5 year old daughter a puppy for Christmas. We decided to adopt from a shelter or rescue, but we want a puppy. We found a resuced litter of pups on petfinder.com. They are lab/shar-pei mix. Does anyone know about that mix? I've read up on both breeds and know I can get a mix of character traits. Just thought I'd ask. Thanks!
Peis are very loyal to there families but can have some real stranger issues so socialization is a huge issue with them. they are also known for there horrible skin issues so start them off right away on a great food and skin care.
I know Labs are playful, love water, loyal and my setter's best friend is a chocolate lab.
As far as a Chrismas gift. Christmas Day may be a bad time, perhaps getting a dog before or after the holidays will work. Has this been an ongoing family discussion or a spur of the moment idea? If its been an ongoing process then go ahead. But think about when you actually bring the pup home.
stdogz.... if you are going to bag on my christmas gift idea, at least you can give me a reason why!! :)
I do understand the point though, and actually we are thinking of having Santa deliver the dog the week after Thanksgiving...an early present she can enjoy away fromt he craziness of the acutal day. And the puppies we have been looking at are available now, so it might work out for the best now anyway. Because I am more worried about the dog itself and not the timing.
We've been wanting a dog for a few years now, but but didn't want to rush into it. We've been researching breeds for about 6 months, but decided to just do a rescue/shelter pup instead of going to a breeder.
A close friend of ours has this mix, however they unfortunately bought from a pet store, on a whim becasue the pup was cute. You are already doing better, as you are asking questions. Anyway, the pup is now close to 10 months old and remains high-strung and destructive. She digs trenches in thier yard, tears up lawn furniture, flowers, shrubs, trees, etc. She is BORED and letting them know it, however they choose to do nothing proactive about the situation. She has skin allergies, which they were told would "go away" after she got older. She has a distinct odor about her because of the allergies, so they now keep her outside, by herself. I don't mean to deter you from this mix, as this is only one dog, however, please research both breeds, as labs need to be active and have a type of "job" to keep them from getting bored. She really is a sweet girl, and if I was kept outside all day, I think I'd be destructive, too!
My mom has a pei mix. Its a very loyal but aggressive dog. It also had some skin issues which she got cleared up.Maintains it to keep from reoccurring.But pies have a natural bristly greasy (stinky to me) coat. Pei's are notorious for being a one man type of dog too. Think Chow with out the wooly coat. But theres always the lab thrown in this mix that can make the differance. And then again some people have never had problems with children and peis. My house is always crazy= holiday or not so to me that wouldnt be a problem as long as you thought out the whole puppy for my daughter means =one more thing for mom to take care of/for many , many years.Possibly even when the daughter leaves for school.