Well I realy want a dog, and im thinking about what breed I should get. I prob wont be able to get one any time soon. possibly within the year, but unlikey. so Im just realy dreaming about my future dog, and what kind I should get. lol. I like large dogs, and I like gentle, sort of "lazy" dogs. And I want a short haired breed, and one that is also good around children. I dont want a realy hyper dog. I realy realy like boxers, everything about em seems perfect, but im a lil concerned about there energy level. I also like the hounds, but I hear they can be stubborn. Im starting to lean towards a great dane, so if any of ya own these id love to hear about em! and if you have any suggestions about other breeds, let me know!! Im new here by the way, so hello everyone! I thought id join here so I could get some advise before I actually get one. I already know I want an adult dog, or maybe older puppy. and that I want to adopt. actually I think I want to adopt from a kill shelter, so I will be saving one.
Have you considered a retired racing greyhound? They are fairly large (50-90 lbs depending a lot on gender), they have short hair and only one haircoat so they don't shed much, usually they are lazy couch potatos and have gentle, sensitive temperaments. Most are available between ages of ~8 months to a few years old. Many organizations rescue them and keep them in foster homes, so they would be able to give you a dog they feel is fine around children. But they do not make good watchdogs because they are usually quiet and don't bark much. I have not owned one but the few I have met seemed like really nice dogs. I only know all this because I'm looking into adopting one myself.
it sounds like you're looking for a jack russel terrier!
All kidding aside. Greyhounds can be a good choice. I know a family who has gotten 3 of them. The first, a perfect angel. Sweet, mild mannered, etc... The second (from what I hear) was a nightmare. A complete terror that they ended up bringing back. Now, they have a second greyhound (there third attempt at adoption) and she is awesome as well.
So, my only experience is 2/3 of the time it works out well.
thanks for the replies! the greyhound does sound very suitable for what im wanting, yet im still leaning more toward a great dane. and I havent yet ruled out the boxer. do any of you guys have a dane or boxer? id love to hear more about them from owners of the breed. and if you guys have anymore breeds you think would be good for me, please post!
Bloodhounds, Redbone or Black and Tan Coonhound might make a good choice too. Ha Ha, The people who picked up the Parson(Jack)Russell pup from me yesterday, could not believe how mellow he was. But still not a good breed for a first time dog owner. They are Rotties in little bitty bodies.
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