Hello, my girlfriend and I are looking to get another puppy but cannot agree on a breed. She has bad allergies and wants a non/low-shedding dog. She already has a goldendoodle and I would like something different and a little more masculine (non doodle). Can anyone recommend a gentile, smart/easily trained, big, manly, dog that won't bounce all over the place?
I do have 2 cats so we will need a non-aggressive.
GSDs are *supposed* to be confident, many are not. Many in the US are products of back yard breeders and because of this they are prone to improper temperament.
As for increasing confidence, you stepping in and ending the situation when you feel that she is becoming overwhelmed will go a long way. After all, everyone's braver when they know someone's got their back if they should run into trouble. Also, basic obedience will do wonders for a dog's self confidence...especially if you use positive training methods. As she learns what you are asking/expecting of her she will become more confidant as she realizes that she knows what it is you want. GSD's are frequently happy to please their owners and if she knows she's making you happy then she will be more confidant in her abilities.
I looked into a standard poodle but I am hoping to have a "macho" dog as ridiculous as that sounds. I personally would prefer a golden lab or GSD looking dog but without the shedding. Any other thoughts?
I would suggest a boxer. Beautiful dogs. We had one growing up that was the sweetest thing, most loving little dog.. thought he was a lap animal. He was never aggressive unless he thought his family/territory was in danger.
Yes, I would have to agree with a Boxer as well. They get along good with other dogs and cats. They look regal and could be considered by some as "Macho" looking. A minimal amount of shedding but not totally without some shedding.
Why not an APBT? They are the sappiest dogs around, and if you train them right, you will have no problems. I would say that would be the epitomy of macho, if that's what you're looking for. Along the same lines would be the Rottweiler, Doberman, Bull Mastiff, and my personal favourite, the Beauceron.
I think an APBT could be a good choice for you too. My brother's has the softest fur ever and he very sweet. My brother and SIL bring him when ever they visit and I never noticed a lot of shedding. He's fine with small dogs and OK with cats, but he is iffy with big dogs.
I wouldn't recommend a Rottie for allergy sufferers JMO; Harley sheds quite a bit. Vacumn selection is a big topic on the Rottie forum I belong to.
What about a Giant Schnauzer? They look more "macho" than a poodle and I would think they would be good for allergy sufferers.
American Bulldogs are beautiful, friendly and could be described as macho looking.I don't believe they shed any more than any other short coated dog. You've probably caught the drift that I like the big mooshy faced dogs (not including the Beauceron). Really any large short haired dog would fit the bill. Good luck in finding the perfect dog.
If your girlfriend does win out (we usually do)... be carefull on the golden and poodle mix. Many have been returned to rescues or shelters because owners find out that the dog did indeed shed!
Also, you can keep standard poodles in a puppy cut, that is what my father does with his toy poodle Jake; they don't have to have the big frilly pom poms.
Jake's manly activities include but are not limited to: goes & will beg for rides on the Harley (he has even been to Daytona's events decked out in leather hat and spike collar), works/sleeps all day at our construction office, is a big fan of bully sticks, and loves attending manly corvette car shows! Lucky Dog
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