I am currently living alone and would like to get a dog. I would like to stay away from small dogs if I can. I absolutely love the bernese mountain dog and I also love golden retrievers. I will be gone for 8hrs a day and only have one day off and could arrange for someone to come to my house daily. Any ideas on dogs for me? I will not do anything until I am certain the dog fits my lifestyle. I am very active and busy and have no problem letting my dog accompany me.
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i would recommend a dane, or a 30mile an hour couch potato (ie greyhound) Goldens like company, as do berners, labs don't grow a brain until they are at least 2 years old and therefore can get into a lot of trouble in 8 hours. Steer clear of the herding breeds, although they would suit your active lifestyle 8 hours a day , alone is a recipe for disaster.
ok, you got me, what's a GR???? LOL Actually if you really look, I only respond to specific threads. I dont feel it's necessary to answer all as there are so many on this forum that have been here longer, post much more often, and really, sincerely have great knowledge. In fact, truth be told, I have learned from them too!!
My work is at home, my doggies and puppies so in the spare time I log on and "play" here :-)
As far as humor, well as my father taught me, you can't get through life without a sense of humor. My humor DRY DRY and some dont get it at times.. can't blame them, but I crack myself up LOL
A good Golden is affectionate, good-natured, trainable, and fun to be around. Most Goldens I have had experience with are more active dogs and can be destructive if left alone for long periods.
However, an older Golden with an established personality might be the dog for you. I would check out rescue groups in your area (not the Humane Society or the pound). A rescue group usually has dogs fostered in the homes of volunteers and could help you chose a less active dog that would be content to snooze while you are away.
Certainly a Golden puppy or an adoption Golden would be the cheaper alternative. Just be aware that many Goldens have hip problems--treating this could get expensive.
I grew up with Golden Retrievers and I think that they are wonderful dogs. They were excellent with the children, allowing themselves to be dressed up and attending tea parties. They also made wonderful companions in playing Cowboys and Indians. Ours lived mostly outside, because they were a bit bouncy and unruly in the house.
More recently I have known many, many Goldens and they all share that goofy, "A stranger is a friend I haven't met yet" attitude.
Now, about the Bernese Mountain Dog. As you may know they get pretty large, 90 to 120 pounds. And they shed like bandits. But, they will be content to sleep while you are gone and will be happy to go on walks, ride in the car and enjoy your company while you are home.
They are relatively low-energy dogs. They don't like very hot weather and will insist on sleeping in the snow if you let them.
They are affectionate and good-natured. Being less popular and well-known they seem to have less inherited health problems as well.
A puppy can be very, very expensive. Personally, if this is the breed you want, it is well worth it.
One of my clients has one and he is just a doll. I only wish that had put in obedience early, because he is a handful to walk. They do have him groomed regularly because he is so large (110) pounds that he is impossible to bathe at home and his fur is so thick and so plentiful that they have a hard time brushing him.
Either breed would be a good choice. If you are getting a puppy, I would recommend a Bernese. If you are getting a Golden, I would do rescue to make sure that the Golden is a calm one, not a bouncy hyper one.
excuse me NO response on this thread is stupid. People are allowed to have their opinions and it's not necessary to be nasty. Who are you to pass judgement on anyone else unless it's for a darn good reason. Frankly YOU did not read the OP. She said she LOVED the 2 breeds she referred to but asked for opions on what others thought.
"I absolutely love the bernese mountain dog and I also love golden retrievers. I will be gone for 8hrs a day and only have one day off and could arrange for someone to come to my house daily. Any ideas on dogs for me?"
That is copied from the original post. Please show me where it says anything other then she loved the 2 breeds and is simply asking for "ideas on dogs" since she will be gone for 8 hours.
I dont mean to be rude to you either but really your post was not at all necessary
CatDogMom, re: your response, "There were some truly stupid replies to your question. You don't want a Great Dane and you don't want a Lab, you wanted us to help you choose between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Golden Retriever." You must have overlooked the question the OP asked - 'Any ideas on dogs for me'? That question leads me to believe that this person is open to any and all suggestions about what type of dog breed might be suitable. I think it was very rude to call the other postings 'truly stupid'. The only type of dog the Op is not particularly interested in is a small breed; so to me the suggestions other people made were perfectly reasonable.
AMEN TO THAT ONE PEN!!! Not a one of those posting was stupid!! I believe they were very informative!! I would say a boxer but that's cuz i am very partial to them!! :) Boxers, however, are not going to be good if you're gone all day at work. They like to be with you and have your attention. They, like labs, are very bouncy and full of energy so they would be perfect for walks or jogs or any excersize activity and they LOVE to ride in the car!! Very affectionate dogs if you ask me!! But i would have to say that a Golden is probably your best bet. Calm, and loveable too!!! :) Good luck and I know you'll love whatever baby you get!!! :)
here is some factual information. Labs are not at all high strung, not close. I say this pending they are well bred and please keep in mind I sincerely mean WELL BRED, PROPERLY BRED like any other breed of dog. Labradors are a very active, playful and chewing puppies, that is true, but they become an amazingly calm, loving, loyal pet. Has NOTHING to do with what is right or wrong for this OP. Just giving you factual information. The Golden Retriever is similar to the Labrador however over all the Golden is more active as an adult. The Labrador Retriever has for decades been the no 1 dog for families. THIS IS NOT opinion and not because I am biased or work with them. I admit I am biased but I'm sincerely trying to remove emotion and just explain due to some postings here. If you go to the AKC web site and look, over many years now, The Lab has been the no 1 registered dog in our country. In 2005, just as an example there were 150K registrations. Next closest was the Golden with 50K.
I believe with my heart and soul it's not the breed of dog a person needs to first think about, it's life style and what particular breed fits that particular life style.
You are correct, not being home for 8 hours would in my professional opinion eliminate the Lab. They would become destructive and depressed from not being with a human. I actually am not in favor of owning any puppy, regardless of breed when someone is not going to be home for that many hours in a row. I just dont think it's responsible puppy ownership, but that's JMO. We all have to work, that's a given, but certainly to be able to come home at lunch is important for the benefit of the puppy, or possibly have assistance with the pup while he/she is young.
Future Owner, My advice is to go to a shelter, and pick a dog that is already house broken, and who won't mind being left alone for 8 hours a day. Even if someone can come to your house for you while you're at work, that's still not the ideal situation for a puppy.Just my opinion.
Let it be known that I appreciate everyones response to my question. No answer is stupid to me. When I was younger we had a german shepherd. I have nothing against smaller dogs but my sister in law has a small terrier and all it does is bark and growl. I dogsat for a week and a half and wanted to move out. The people I baby sat for had a lab. All dogs I have been around have been larger dogs. My boss has two newfoundlands which he adores.
Did I forget to mention that I live alone and the idea of a larger dog sounds wonderful to me. The only problem I have is my work schedule. I really want a puppy that I can bring up and train. I would have time in the morning until 10 when I go to work and then I wouldnt be home until 6:30.
I have thought about a hot dog. Yes I do know the bernese are pricey. But the more I read about them the more I want one. As I said earlier, I plan to think this through and make the best possible decision.
FutureOwner, I may get mobbed for this suggestion, but since your work schedule is going to take you away for most of the day, I wonder if you would consider getting two dogs, perhaps a puppy, and a little older rescue dog for company for both the puppy, and the rescue dog. I just hate the idea of a puppy being left alone for so long. That's just my opinion though, and I'm a huge sap.