I've decided I want to get a dog, but am unsure of which breed. I was wondering if anyone could recomend a breed for me. I want a dog with a lot of energy that could keep up with my active lifestyle. I'd prefer a breed that is playful, easy to train, makes a good watchdog, and will protect my property. It doesn't have to be great with other pets, as the only other inside pet I have is a snake, which is in a cage 75% of the time. All the other animals are on our ranch. We don't have company over to the house very often...about twice a year. Company picnics are held on the ranch. Also, I don't want to do a lot of grooming. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Are Pugs really that entergetic? My husband and I are very active and would like a dog that would be able to come along with us when we are rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, or working on the ranch. I'm just afraid that a Pug would tucker out too fast. Other than that, they seem like wonderful little dogs. Same with the Boston and the Rottweiler, I'm just afraid they aren't entergetic enough.
I'd go for a sporting dog, Weimaraner, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have a little more hair, but not much, and are really good dogs, at least the one a friend had, I loved that dog. I love Rhodesian Ridgebacks, maybe a Harrier..Doberman Pinscher, maybe a Dalmation? Go onto AKC or another breed website, only you can really determine which is best for you. But those are my suggestions. :) Especially the ridgeback =D, or a dobie! :)
what about a springer or a britney? I think LOR has springers. They are cool dogs and hers are always doing something.
My uncles rottie did everything with him, I dont think they went rock climbing together but they went camping, hicking, fishing, swiming, boating, biking, just about anything you could think of they did together.
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Huskies are amazing in the energy department. They are like enegizer bunnies! But they 'blow' their coat 1-2 times per year which requires lots of brushing for a few weeks. Another thing that might be a roadblock is that it is pretty rare to be able to train a Husky to be right with you off leash. We've had great luck, but as a breed, once they run; they're usually gone forever. Hmmm.... the only other breed I have experience with is a Dalmation.
Dalmations are enegizer bunnies too. They are short-haired so not a whole lot of brushing. They will stick with you. Another breed is maybe a type of hound? Not a whole lot of grooming, yet they have lots of energy and will stick with you on the trail. Hope this helps!
I would think a lab would be the best for you. They are wonderful dogs and there are a dime a dozen at the shelters. At least where I live they are! So sad for such a great dog but again sad for all the dogs.
I really think you should meet a lab in person and make your own judgement. You will just fall in love!
I'm surprised at how many people suggested dalmations. There's a lot of temperment problems with dalmations these days. I personally know 2 people with dalmations-one is a submissive urinator, and the other is animal aggressive. Not just dog aggressive-given a chance, he will attack dogs, cats, birds, turtles(!), a human leg or two. And they may have short hair, but they shed profusely! Or maybe it's just that you can see EVERY SINGLE WHITE HAIR on your clothes!
Same with German shorthairs-yes, they have short hair, but they shed! And the texture of their hair is that priickly kind of hair that is hard to remove.
Weimaraners are very prone to bloat. In fact, one article that I read named the weimaraner as 3rd on the list of breeds most likely to develop bloat (GSP's are on there, also. I think they are ranked at about #10) Bloat is something you should seriously consider if you're going to be doing all these activities with your dog.
A lab (or a golden) is no guard dog-not in any way, shape or form. Unless, of course, you get one with a poor temperment. Which is possible, considering how sadly overbred they have become.
Now the chessie-THAT is an athlete, and can be a protective dog. Not a breed, however, that I would recommend for a novice owner. I don't know how much experience you have, but a chessie is a very head strong breed. He knows he is right and he's not afraid to tell you! Training is extremely important, and at an early age. My 40lb brittany can almost drag me around if she is on a trail-I can't imagine what an 80lb chessie could do!!!
And a corgi? How is a corgi going to keep up with all your outdoor activities on those little short legs, lol?!!!
Basically, you have to consider not only looks, but temperment and potential health problems. I'm one that, I don't really care much what a dog looks like-doesn't have to be cute or anything. I just wanted a HEALTHY dog that would fit into our lifestyle. Kudos to you for taking your time and doing your research.
Any of the breeds below or even a mix of these breeds would be great. They are always active, ppl just can't deal with them so they end up in shelters. Sooooo you could rescue from a shelter, get a great dog and save a life all at the same time.
Austrailian Cattle dog :Easy to train, loving, great guard dog, VERY active, loves to work, walk run play, great at agility, obedience.
sounds like a chessie would fit the bill. a co worker of mine owns two and they are pretty much how you are describing the type of dog you want. spend some time talking with breeders either on the phone, in person or emails. though i normally wouldnt suggest them for a first time dog owner, i believe that a persons personality is more indicative of what they would be able to handle more so than never having owned a dog before.
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Belgian Malinois would be my choice. My little Jack Russell's are great on the ranch. And many of my friends have them on there ranch as well. But not so sure if they would be too intimidating to an intruder. The Malinois are what most police departments are now using for there protection dogs. They are also wonderful natural herders. They have enough size on them to be protective. If you decide you are interested in the breed, I have a friend who is involved in the breed. They just recently imported dogs from Belgium.
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