First off, I know i've been saying " i'm going to get this breed and i'm gonna get this breed" but now I'm confused. I've been getting PMs from a few people on this forum saying I need this breed and that breed and now I'm VERY confused so I'm really asking everyone to help me out here.
I'm looking for a small/meduim sized dog, one that'll go jogging with me, travel with me, give my those lovely doggie kisses, but also one who will calm down when needed. I want a easy to train dog, since I'm going to start traveling alot with my dad since I'm going off to big college in about 4 years ( i'm a junior in high school and plan on going to a junior when I get out of high school). I am home schooled, live in the middle of 242 acres, with 14 acres of that being my dad and I's land, I have 3 horses, and 2 other dogs. I am an only child. The only other person in this house is my dad.
if there is anything else you need to know about me that'll help you let me know. Thanks in advance everyone and yall really don't know how much this means to me for yall to help. :)
Here's the thing. Everyone is probably going to have a different opinion on what breed is best, because most of us are biased. You say you have two dogs already, how old are they and what breed? Will they get along with a third dog? Are they spayed/neutered?
Since you are a Jr. in high school, are your parents alright with the possibility of keeping your dog for you in a few years after you leave for college? And for paying for vet bills and general health care of your dog?
I'm personally of the opinion that since you don't have a particular breed preference the humane society is a great place to find a dog. I also think that since the whole family is eventually going to be involved in the care of the dog, that they should also have some say in what kind of dog you get. So if you go to the humane society, take them with you so everyone has some input.
Perhaps you should go to a library or a bookstore and get a book that gives information on a variety of different purebred dog breeds. Some books will give you rating or a scale chart on trainability, grooming and shedding, and aggression so you know if that 'easy to train' breed is also going to shed like crazy and won't like strangers at all. Go through and pick out breeds you think you might like or might be interested in, and then have people in your family do the same. Try to find a few breeds you all agree on, and then narrow it down from there.
Your question "Which dog breed for me" is just too general to provide an easy answer to.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Dakotah, that may have sounded like a mean thing to say but there's probably more than a ring of truth to it. Your life is most likely going to change in ways that you can't imagine right now and then, what of the dog? Is there a reason why the two that you have are not enough? I'm just curious. Do you have the attention span to handle three dogs, one being a puppy? If you're getting this dog for you, chances are your dad is going to be the one home with it when you go off to college (if that is your plan.) Are you sure that he is up to caring for three dogs that he got to keep you happy? I'm in no way trying to be mean. I have two sons who are older than you and I've been through it ("Dad, can we PLEASE have that puppy??!!!") Well, we got the puppy and guess who ended up with said puppy when the boys discovered girls, went off to college and proceeded with their lives? Please - honestly ask yourself why the two you have are not enough before you bring another puppy into the house.
Dakota, what kdubbs27 said might have sounded "mean", but in reality they are right. you will be too intwined in your collage and your work that your dogs will soon be forgotten about. you need to think about the dogs that you already have. why get another dog when you have 2 dogs aready? do you really think you need another dog??
Normally when I have someone your age contact me about a puppy, I tell them the same thing. Go to college, get started in your new life and establish yourself, and then if you are still interested in a puppy, then start searching. It is good solid advice wether it is what you want to hear or not. Better get use to it, it is called becoming a grown up.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
I agree with Raven and Windy. When I have someone contact me about to go to college, I give the same advice. It's not meant to be rude but your life, exactly like you were already told, is going to change drastically, all in good, fun, positive ways. Your schedule will change, your friends will change, your activity will change. Having a pup then, believe it or not, truly is not in your best interest or the pups. On the other side, I think it's great you are getting ready to go to college, good for you.
I agree with Raven and Windy, go to college first, find yourself - trust me, I'm a working woman but I wanted a dog and had only an idea of what it took to care for a dog - the time to train and the cost of vet appointments, toys, food, grooming, etc. Boy was I given a shot of reality! My life has changed immensely, mostly for the better but if I had college in front of me and I had a dog, I would not want to leave him or her. My cousin had a cockatiel and she left for college and of course, it wasn't cared for or it didn't receive the attention it used to and it started picking at its feathers and would screech incessantly. It was finally taken to a bird sanctuary. Dogs are the same. But even for yourself, you might find that after college, your lifestyle may not be suitable for a dog. A dog needs you to be around a lot and to spend time with it, not just sitting around watching TV. You can't just go out and party or take a job overseas like that. It's great that you want a jogging dog because you can do that together. However, if you and your family are committed to the love and care of a dog, then I would suggest you do some research and then contact some breeders of breeds you like and ask them how they think their breed may fit into your lifestyle. Personally, I would suggest a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier as they are loyal and affectionate (I love those wheaten kisses) but they are active and would be able to go jogging with you but they are also independent enough so that they can play on their own. And they don't shed! They do require some grooming but it's the price you pay for a lovely dog. I'm not sure if I would go to the humane society if you are a first-time owner because many of the dogs have pre-existing health or behavioural issues. Once you get your dog, please go to obedience training - for you, your family and your dog. First, however, I would do some thinking about your future and how it will include a dog.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
Thank you everyone. I have thought about my future and I've thought about how a dog would fit into it, i plan on living at home when I go to college, I actually had a talk about college with my dad last night. He's an only parent and I'm an only child.
As far the golden retriever goes, I like the breed and all but yes it is a large breed and I don't really care for the breed, sorry this is MY opinion. Don't bash me, if you are don't reply to this.
Now , you realize telling people...dont reply to this if you dont agree...isnt going to stop them from replying right?
I dont see why anyone would get angry with you for not being a golden retriever fan...everyone has different tastes, and its best you know what breeds you dont care for rather than get them and have them rehomed because you changed your mind. Not every breed is for everyone.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
I understand but I just didn't want to get bashed about not prefering golden retievers. sorry. but yes I know where you're coming from as far as getting a dog breed you don't like and giving it a new home after you realized its not the breed for you.
We all have different likes and dislikes. I am a fan of the flat face ( brachycephalic ) breeds. I wont own any other breeds. It doesnt mean i dont like any of the other breeds, just that i prefer the stub nosed dogs. The wide array of opinions here, keep it interesting if nothing else. lol
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
yes you can, i'm looking a few colleges not to far away from house, and i've found quite a few colleges that allow dogs up to 30 lbs and I found 2 that allow large dogs. I emailed those 2 colleges that allow big dogs and i asked how big is big and they said anything up to a Boxer or large Hound size, as long as they are housetrained and are well-behaved, they allow them.