my mom says i can get a dog but i don't know what breed i should get. I am a first time dog owner. I was thinking may b a Shiba-inu my mom wants a Cocker Spaniel. what breed do u think i should get please reply thanx
The right breed depends on many factors. How much experience as dog owner? How many folks will be taking care of the pup? How big is your home? What is your lifestyle? How long will a pup have to remain alone? Are there other pets in the home? How much time and effort are you willing to spend on grooming the pup? How old/big are you (in some cases, size will make a difference)? There are many more things to consider before making a commitment for the next 15+ years. Pet ownership goes far beyond choosing a breed, purchase, food and toys.
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Well I have a Caviliar King Charles and a Bichon Frise mix. The bichons have a lot of energy so my pup runs around the house all the time. The kind of dogsd you want you should research to she if your fit for the breed. And if your in your teens you will probably have the dog for the rest of your childhood and I am going to tell you that a dog is a really big responsiblity.
If you are a first time dog owner, you may want to consider a breed that is easier to house train. Some dogs are notoriously difficult to house train and cause first time owners a world of grief. Most people who have never trained a dog seem to have problems with the "potty training", and buying something like a Pekingese might bring them to wits end.
My parents own a Shiba, and she was a lot like a cat. She wanted her poop and pee to be nowhere near her, so instinctively she wanted to go outside. I have heard a lot of shibas are like this. Use a crate and they will catch on quick. Shibas tend to be more of the loner type though... Not a cuddly lap dog by any means, and can be somewhat defiant and headstrong as puppies. When they get older, they can become more affectionate but I still find their attitude to be quite a bit different than a lot of other breeds.. it really is an interesting type of dog.
I've only known one person with a cocker spaniel, but it seemed like a very easy going dog... It trained relatively well too.
Its probably best if you google the breeds and their qualities you are interested in before you go looking for a dog. You really should know what to expect. My wife had never owned a dog, so I went with a Sheltie for our first dog. They tend to be rather trainable and intelligent. It was still a huge adjustment for her, but she was able to manage raising the dog. With some other breeds, it might not have been so easy.
Don't really know enough to recommend any breeds really at this point but CAN say I'd count the Shiba out. They can be a challenge for people with experience (even ALOT of experience) and are definantly, um, interesting, lol. Cavalier? Pug? Boston? Sheltie? Westie? Could be a couple to look into. Not really sure what would would fit exactly.