Hello, Our dog Romeo has just passed away. We had him for 11 years, a Black Russian Terrier. My daughter is in a rough situation now. She misses him terribly. She is 11 yrs. old and grew up with him. We are looking into getting a new dog as soon as possible and are trying to decide the best possible breed to meet our personalities. Having been afraid of dogs when I was a child, I am still slightly weary of muscular, active dogs. My husband wants a Boxer. My daughter wants a terrier. I want a calm, gentle family dog - medium size that does not require too much grooming. Please any suggestions.
I am very sorry for your loss. I think most if not all of us on here have been where you are and we all hurt with you. I would have to say a boxer is probably not the best for you. I have two right now and they are very big breeds. They get muscular and big when they are older. They are active and love to be running and playing all the time. However, they are some of the most sweet, loving, caring, devoted, human-like dogs you'll ever find. They also make very good guard dogs. However, because they are such devoted dogs, they do not like to be left alone very long. They desire to be with you as much as possible. I take mine everywhere i can with me. I would reccomend a lab. They are the more common medium breed family dogs I know of. Really it depends on what size you want? How much yard space do you have? How big is your house? Will you be able to give them the activity they need? Are you gone most of the day at work and if so do you have anyone who can come 'petsit' for a couple of hours? It sounds like your family is at a cross for what size/breed you want. you want a small/med size, your hubby wants a med/large and your daughter wants a small. There are several great breeds to chose from but you have to be able to provide the care they need. I would do some research on different breeds and see which one fits your family best.
I just got an e-mail from someone that rescued 6 black lab mix puppies, they're now looking for a home. If you're in the Philadelphia, PA area, you can pm me and I'll send you contact information and pictures.
It's hard to lose a family friend. Sorry to hear it.
Maybe a good compromise would be an American Staffordshire Terrier. They do have energy but try to find a puppy that doesn't! They will require a firm hand in training (as will a Boxer) but love children and are fun to be around. They don't require a lot of grooming, either. I'd say that you have several choices to look at and maybe the best thing to do would be to go (whole family) to your local shelter and play with a few dogs; you'll probably find one that you have to have...
Doesn't anyone ever empty there PM boxes? I tried to send you a message. So are you interested in another Black Russian or a Bouvier? I know of several dogs looking for long term homes that might fit, but would prefer to send the info in a Private Message.
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Sorry for your loss, those times are always the hardest. For a medium size family dog, I'd recommend either a cocker spaniel or perhaps a miniature schnauzer. I've heard many great things about the two.
"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!"
Neither a cocker spaniel nor a miniature schnauzer would be low-maintenance dogs as far as grooming is concerned. Labs are great dogs, but they shed short pointy hair all over the place!
I love the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but they do not live as long as some toy dogs and many of them have congenital heart problems. That said, they are smaller than a cocker, have just sterling temperaments and get along with all types of animals.
I cannot think of another small dog that would be a better pet for an 11 year old. They have long silky hair that needs to be combed out several times a week, but your daughter could do that easily.
Just find a reputable breeder with references and you'll be very happy with this breed. Go on akc.org to find a breed club near you. That breed club can point you in the right direction.
Our pug passed away @2 months ago.It was accidental.He was just 3yrs old.I miss him so much. He was the best dog and great with our 1 1/2yr old son .I have contimplated getting another dog(not sure what kind). Any ideas? I thought about maybe rescuing a pug, but i am apprehensive b/c of our son. Now after reading more about pugs i feel like we really were fortunate and dont know if that would be the case if we got another, Not to mention i dont know if i can look at another pug and compare them.There will never be any comparison. Sorry to sound so pitiful,
Thank you so much everyone for your replies. I don't live in the U.S. so thanks for the info. about breeders but...The Boxer is out. We've decided on either a Kerry Blue Terrier or an Airedale Terrier - a medium dog. The only problem is the only puppies available will be in about 3 months and my daugher is hurting right now. My husband is being a bit stubborn since that is what he has his heart set on. My daughter and I have been reading about these 2 breeds and we would be very happy with them - but 3 months is a long time to wait. If it were up to me, I love labs and cocker spaniels and there are more of them available. We've been to some shelters and they just had problematic dogs, and unfortunately many abused dogs - no puppies. Again, thanks all.
I thought you wanted a 'gentle' dog? An Airedale terrier is nuts for the first two years...well nuts is not the right word, let me say, very very energetic for the first two years. They don't mature until 2 years - my friend has a 1 year old Airedale (she got him because he was an English breed as she is English) and he still is running around jumping and never stops going. He's from champion lines so it's not like he wasn't bred well. I would suggest you read up on them a little more. How about a soft-coated Wheaten terrier? They're great with kids, are very loving and loyal and are the least aggressive of all the terriers. They don't shed and if you don't want the 'show' look then they're not too much maintenance in terms of grooming. They are active dogs but they don't require lots of exercise like an Airedale would. they give you wonderful Wheaten kisses too! They're a medium sized dog - around 30-40 pounds and they are very even-tempered and steady. They're a little stubborn like all terriers but this way, your daughter would have her terrier and you would have your gentle loving 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
Ellen So sorry for your loss and I know its hard, but three months passes quickly and your daughter can be "getting ready" she is in charge of getting a few new toys, reading up on the breed, etc etc. And think of it the pup will be a New Year treat!!
hello , im very sorry about your loss :[[. i have two breeds of dogs in my house chow chows and west highland terrier. chow chows they are about 45-55 pounds and my female is just 42. they are very sweet dogs and come in all colors they do shed but they only really shed about once a year , because in the winter they get much heavyer coats and when it starts to get hot they shed that coat but when chow chow shed they shed in more of a clump or hair at a time. when i say that they shed only once a year that is not true they shed all the time but that is when they really shed heavy. i also have westies and they are very sweet little things...lol. they only come in white and they weigh about 15-22 pounds. they shed also but they shed like a boxer or yorkie or any other dog hair by hair. lol.
these breeds are very good dogs for a family and i recommend getting one or bother....lol :DDD good luck on getting a new puppy.
A Soft Coated Wheaten would be an excellent choice. However, the grooming required is considerable.
Have you thought of getting your daughter a cat? There are always gentle adult cats needing homes and you could base your decision about a dog on whether it gets along with a cat.
A cocker spaniel, if raised with a cat, would be a very good choice. I would get a puppy from a very reputable breeder. Cockers often have behavioral/health problems, but a good one is just a wonderful family member. American Cockers have more problems, I think. What we call "English" cockers may be a better choice.
As far as replacing a pug, I don't know if you would be happy with anything but another pug. Pug fanciers are odd people (I mean that in the nicest way) and become very attached to this funny little breed. I admire the Pug breed tremendously but would not have one. I bet you would never get a Standard Poodle, either, and that is what I am owned by.
I disagree with you that schnauzers are high maintanece regarding grooming. Yes you'll need to have them trimmed every couple of months, but on a day to day basis there is hardly any work involved at all.