Hi I need help choosing a dog breed. I want a dog that will love to run around go to parks play in water etc. but also be ok with being home without me. Also since im am not much of an experienced dog owner i am looking for a dog that is easy to train and isnt aggressive ( i really do not want a bitting dog) i researched alot and Two dog breeds that keep coming to mind is the golden retriever and a Lab. Please can you give me any suggests based on personal experiences of which breed would be best for me.
What type of coat are you looking for? Something that is shorter, something a little more medium maintenance okay? If so, there are irish setters, springer spaniels, cocker spaniels, all sizes of poodles but that is in the high end of the up keep meter.
Is that a particular appearance you are going for? If those aren't the appearance you are looking for there are boxers, pitbull, mastiff, bull dog, bull terrier...but with the more barrel chested stockier breeds, you would need to give them a little assistance if they are going to be in water any amount of time. They don't do well, so hands on supervision and safety devices would have to be administered.
Smaller dog okay?
My point being, the list of wonderful breeds that fit your needs could go on and on. (sidebar: Did I just rhyme?) There are TONS of breeds. I need to hear a little bit more if you had more preferences. Researching your breed is exciting and deserves the effort that is put into it. You will be thankful in the long run.
There are lots of breeds that would meet what you are saying. I agree with the above, you need to decide how much hair you want, and how much maintinace. Port water dogs are great, but need regular grooming. Aussies are amazing dogs, but are extremly active and smart. Labs are terrific pets, very loving, but can have alot of health problems. There are also tons of rare breeds that can get pricey, but have no health problems that would fit your brief discription. I love the port. pointer, the norbottenspets, and the Eurasier. Keep looking and doing the research. You will find what fits best. Go visit breeders and their dogs. Talk to people about training and excersize. Good luck
I've been thinking and I have no coat prefrences. I am just looking for a breed that would be easy to train. That loves going for hikes, runs etc. Im an outdoor person and would lik a companion to join me during my outdoor adventures. I also would like a water dog. I would lik a breed of dog that is medium size to large but not any bigger then 70 pounds. Now also i need a breed that wont mind being home without me. The longest Amount of time that i would need to be away from home is 8 hours,(but the dog wont be alone so i would like a breed that wouldnt mind that)
Robyn, I don't think there is a dog that like to be left alone. If I were you, I'd pick a young dog, that is not shy or stand- offish, from the shelter. There are thousands of Lab mixes, and others, just waiting to be adopted.
Robyn, sounds like you are an active person. If you like hiking and camping etc... You should put some thought into how much time you want to spend taking care of your dogs coat. You mentioned a Golden and though they are a wonderful breed (perpetual puppy)full of life and ready to go on the slightest whim of their human. They do take some care. You will have to spend some time brushing and combing their coat to keep it in good condition (matt free) The golden's I groom have a tremendous coat! Their owners spend at least 3-4 hours a week just on brushing. They complain that if they don't then they spend the time vacuuming and their dog looks like a rastafarian! lol. When I bathe them it takes a good hour and a half to get them dry (that is after I blow them out with an air force dryer). So coat is something you should give as much consideration to as personality etc... You can keep them shaved but .... there are so many other breeds that would work well for you. I have to agree with Pen, I would check your local rescues and shelters, there are so many dogs who would love to be your companion and think how good it would make you feel to save a life. Most mixed breed dogs are extremely smart and seem to understand that you saved their life and are most appreciative of it. Just remember you need to think of everything involved: coat and care (you want a wash and go kind of coat), personality and health, temperment and intelligence, enviromental requirements. Hope this helps, take your time and choose wisely!
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