hi, totally new here, and to the world of dog ownership. i have not yet selected my dog. i have just been told that for the 1st time in my life (im 30 btw) that i am allowed to get my own dog...this i was very very excited about...however, i am having great difficulty in deciding which to choose. there are a few that i have had a good read about to gain as much knowledge as possible before mking my final decision..but im still unsure. my faves to date are beagles, puggles, weimanars, or howevers its spelled, although they do have a high level of health problems according to my research. i love all dogd but would be fearful of the more aggressive natured dogs, if u know what i mean..anyhow..any suggestions ill read upon gladly, regards lucy
Good for you for doing research, though I would have expected that your research would have shown that puggles aren't a breed.
In regards to what dog is best for you, well that depends. Are you someone who exercises a lot? How long will the dog be left alone every day? Are there adults and children in your household, or just adults? Do you want a dog with low grooming requirements? Etc etc. These are also important questions for future dog oweners.
Also keep in mind how much money you want to spend, and you get what you pay for. If you buy a cheap labrador retriever (say, $50-100) you're probably getting a puppy that's parents have never been health tested and are not OFA certified for hips or elbows, and may potentially be at far higher risk of those disorders than you would be if you paid $500 on a puppy from parents who had been through the full gamut of health testing.
In fact, I'll go so far to say that if you are looking to not spend much of a purchase price on a puppy, you really should just go to the humane society. You'll be saving a dog's life instead of lining the pocket of a poor and unethical back yard breeder. In fact, if you really don't have much of a preference on dog breeds, the humane society is a wonderful place to get a first dog.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Puggles are so a breed, just a hybrid, pug and beagle. Anyhow, for a first dog I wouldn't suggust a beagle or wiemeriner. Both are high energy hunting dogs, and like Minniyar said you will have to be careful about breeders. Beagles are also bad barkers, at the kennel I work at we joke that only people who hate their neighbors get beagles. They are great dogs, smart (too smart sometimes), so if you don't find something positive to put those brains too you will have a little monster on your hands. I really like Minniyars suggustion, go take a look in the pound, you may find the perfect dog, one who needs you.
IRNINJA2, you need to do a bit more research. Puggles are not a breed, they are a mix. One of the most important litmus tests of a true breed is that they breed true (i.e., puggleXpuggle=puggle... that's not the case...so they're not a breed).
Pinkxlucy, have you tried any of the dog breed selectors available on the internet? They may help you decide what breed of dog will fit in best with your lifestyle or at least give you ideas to help with your research. Just google "dog breed selector."
Rescuing a dog from a shelter is also a great idea. Have you looked at your local shelters for a new best friend?
I love Pugs! They are small but sturdy. They are wonderful with children and very friendly. They have low care coats. They snort and snore. They love walks and laps. And they make you laugh everyday! There are parties celebrating them in most cities--and are so much fun to go to. Good luck and have fun!
Well, Weimaraners are a very, very high energy breed. If you stay at home during the day and are into alot of jogging, running, etc., you could consider the breed. If you don't have a way to burn off their excess energy, they can be much more than a handfull. Pugs are a low energy breed but have their own requirements as well (all breeds do). Pugs are a Brachycephalic breed. They have a very short snout which requires limited exercise, and normally indoor living, because the breed is intolerant of extreme hot or cold weather. Puggles are not an actual breed, they are what people are calling a designer breed, which is just a fancy way to say mixed breed. Mixed breeds will share some of the health problems of each parent breed, but in many cases, can be more healthy than either of the parent breeds. I breed Boxers which are a Brachycephalic breed as well as a high energy breed. There are so many breeds, each very different from the next, I would really need to know you lifestyle to be any kind of real help in the matter. I Would not suggest any breed without proper knowledge of someone's daily routine. A rescue would be a great idea for sure, although you should still know what breeds you are considering, that way you will know if a dog you come across will be beneficial at you home. If you post more about your lifestyle, I'm sure you will receive much more help in your decision. Grayden, C.M.B.
You might consider going to your local shelter and seeing what dogs need homes. Although I am heavily invovled with basset resuces some of my best dogs have been mutts that have been dumped.
There is a crisis in American shelters because of the economy and many wonderful dogs are in shelters because their owners lost their jobs, homes etc. We kill 4-5 million pets each year because of overcrowded sheleters. Maybe you can make that one less.
The best advice I can give is to google and research as much as you can. then go visit breeders who have the dogs you like. Puggles are cute puppies, but you dont know what kind of problems you will have if any. The parents are not checked for gentic problems, and pugs can have everything from bad hips and knees to heart problems. There bark is not a normal bark, it is a deep bay like a beagle, and if you have close neighbors that could be a problem. Weims are nuts. I love them becuase I love energy. I have mini aussies. They need tons of exercise, or they will tear up your house in boredom. You need to decide what you want, not what you like. Every dog has pros and cons, and you need to decide what is important to you.
For example. I love my aussies. They are high energy, extremly intelligent, but shed a lot. They are usually great with children, low grooming maintanice, no doggy smell unless they are wet, but they are extremly clingly, I call them velcro dogs, and you can not go to the bathroom by your self. I could probably go on and on, but to me the things I like out weight the things I dont. I could not see my life without one.
The more research you do the better, and call a bunch of breeders, ask them to talk about their dog. Ask questions. Tell them you are looking and not ready to buy right now. If they don't want to give you the time of day, mark them off their list. all they care about is money not your happiness. You will find, that alot of people are happy to talk your ear off about their breed. They should also ask you questions as well. be honest, they will tell you if the breed is not right for you, and belive them. They know their breed. there are also alot of rare breeds out there some have health problems, and some do not. A well breed healthy dog will usually come with a large price tag. A mix can be picked up at a shelter or resuce, and there are some adorable ones at mine. Paying hunderds of dollars for a mutt just because someone decided to put it together, and give it a cute name is insane. The health problems could cost you thousands in the end.