I have owned couple of dogs before and have trained them as a family pet. Right now I have a mixed breed (Chow and Chesapeake Retriever) that is 8 yrs old and a Golden Retriever that is 18 yrs old. Both of them are females. My Golden health is starting to fail. I am looking for a puppy that would be a good companion to me and my other dog. I would prefer to have a medium to large breed. I also live were it is cool to cold year round. If you have any suggestion on a breed that would be a great companion to me and my other dog I would appreciate it.
Why not consider adopting another mix. They can best the best ever owned. It really just depends on what you want. There are many med. to lg breeds that could fit extremly well into your home. Good luck with what ever you decide.
it is hard to believe your golden has lived so long. What a wonderful life she must have.
I agree, adopting a mixed breed is a great idea. Since you seem to have an affinity for retrievers, I would suggest another Golden or Chessie, or even a Lab. Most shelters have plent of Labs and Lab mixes to choose from.
Thanks everyone for your help. I have got all my pets from a human society so why start looking some were else. I have been talking to some people about a goldendoodle or a laberdoodle. Has anyone heard about these newer breeds? If you have do they have a temperament of a golden retriever? Any info would be great. Thank you.
i havent met a representative of either of those 2 mixes yet that has had a stable temperament. what they are like in their home environment i do not know. i am sure if you speak to owners of them you will hear how wonderful they are.
as for guaranteeing temperament, the only way to do that is stick with a purebred. even then individual personalities differ, but not widely. adopting is a great idea and if you have a specific breed in mind try a breed specific rescue. the plus to that is they usually have adult dogs and can give you a great idea of their temperament.
They aren't breeds, they're marketing ploys! Those breeding them should be avoided like the plague. There are many retriever/poodle mixes available for adoption on petfinder, though if you're really interesting. Before I found my breeder, I looked for a Standard Poodle, in rescue, and all that was usually available were retriever/poodle mixes. (Retrievers aren't my thing, so I wasn't interested.) You should know that such mixes are often hard to deal w/, even for people used to retrievers and Poodles. They are high energy, many have high maintenence coats (worse than Poodles) and many shed. There is also no truth to the "doodles are healthier" myth. They're parents are usually untested pet quality dogs from other puppymills and BYBs.