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Old 04-28-2012, 12:24 PM
Location: Louisville , KY
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Hello, I am searching for the perfect breed to go with and am just not sure which one would be best if anyone could help me out that would be great. I already have a Great Pyrenees mix who is over 100 lbs and primarily lives outside. He is our protector and is very friendly unless he doesn't know someone and in our yard. He is always friendly with other dogs but will kill small animals (though I really do think he is just trying to play!) So I would like a playmate for him. I would like the dog to be smaller maybe around 30-40lbs, very good with children since I have 3 that are 4 yrs and under, (the youngest is 9 months). Doesn't shed a ton because I would like to have an inside dog and let our Great Pyrenees be our outside dog. Also be happy with running in the yard if I can't take it on a walk and not bark a lot, since I have small children and do not want the dog waking them up. Our dog now rarely barks and I love that he only barks if it is necessary to alert me about something. I love the way French bulldogs look, but I have read that they can be stubborn and have an attitude. My kids love smaller dogs and will want to play with the dog more than our big dog. I was thinking about a boston terrier but I am scared that it will have way to much energy and run the baby right over. Please let me know about breeds that I should look into and also if I should get a male or female. BTW we live in a house with a pretty large yard.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:34 PM
Location: West Virginia
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I wouldnt recomend ANY dog with a dog thats already Killed other dogs!
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:52 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Originally Posted by Katie1 View Post
I wouldnt recomend ANY dog with a dog thats already Killed other dogs!
what she said.

sounds like you don't want the responsibility of walking a dog, training a dog to not bark, or training your small children how to properly handle a dog. I think you should wait till your kids are at least 5 or 6 before you take another animal into your family. I'm afraid you would simply stick it outside like you did with your present dog cause it was too much trouble to handle.

you are going to find on this forum people don't think too much of dog owners who keep a dog outside most of the time. They are pack animals and want to be with their pack-which is your family.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:08 PM
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You may want a playmate for him but he may not want a playmate - also, a small dog under 30-40 lbs w/b no match for an over 100 lb dog, it's an accident waiting to happen, even well-socialized, well-supervised dogs have been known to inadvertently injure small dogs if the play escalates quickly (and oftentimes it does), why take the chance, it's not fair to the new dog, your older dog or your kids. Kids lose interest quickly, esp. young ones, puppies nip and playbite, young children tend to think of puppies as toys and can accidently drop puppies and leave doors and gates open and puppies can get hurt, would definitely wait til yours are older and everyone has more time and can enjoy a new addition and even then, super-close supervision is needed around your children and large dog.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:44 PM
Location: South Carolina
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Wow are you serious ? this big dog has already killed a small animal and you want to bring another dog that is smaller into the mix . No way like another poster said that is an accident waiting to happen for sure . Please dont do that and here is a thought why dont you take the great pyerness to a dog trainer and get him trained so that he can stay in the house with his pack . You do know that dogs are pack animals right ? I think instead of getting another dog you should invest in a trainer for the great pyerneese (sp) . Yes wait also till your kids are older and can help with the dog feeding and watering and that way it is not so much on you .
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:49 PM
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I agree with Honeycrisp I think you should wait til your family are older and you have more time to socialise and bond with a new adition.I have bread German Shephards in the past and have had dogs all my life, something I take very seriously is my animals welfare they are thought of before most things in life,I do not believe in dogs being kept outside and left to there own devices that is how they develop problems mentally and physically. At the moment I have 2 12year old German Shephards and 1 2year old Jack Russell as my old dogs have a few age related illnesses we purchased the Jack Russell who has given older dogs a new lease of life, which was the intention as when one passes away young dog will be company for the older one, sorry I have went off track a bit. what I am meaning is it all has to be thought about and worked at especially at the puppy stage.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:54 PM
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Many dogs will kill small animals if given the chance but I don't think you should get a dog for other reasons.

It sounds like you're too busy with kids and whatnot.
Dogs won't run around to exercise themselves. You have to get off your rump every day, even twice a day and walk them or do something else to wear them out or else they will bark and they will dig holes and they will tear up the garden etc etc. They also require training, even the little ones. That's part of the responsibility.

So maybe when the kids are finally out on their own you'll find some time for an indoor dog and all the stuff that goes along with it.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:36 PM
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I'm also in agreement that you should work more with your current dog before considering another. A second dog is twice the work, twice the vet bills, twice the need-for-attention, twice the responsibility, etc ... It's not an easy way to keep your current dog occupied.

Start bonding with your dog. Walk him, train him, groom him everyday and the hair will be less of an issue. Make him a family member that can live inside too. It sounds like your heart is in the right place, but please consider spending more time with him before getting another.

Kyra Sundance has great books on "dog more with your dog". Great Pyrs can be great hiking partners too - and that makes for a fun family activity.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:37 PM
Location: North Western NJ
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pyrs are guardian breed, they tend to NOT do well with any dog they havent been raised with from puppyhood...they are bred to KILL predators...coyotes being a big one, so other dogs can be a major risk factor.

your pyr does NOT need a playmate...pyrs arnt built like that, they do great as pack members when raised together, but that takes managment on the humans part to...
he does however need attention and a job...
instead of getting a second dog...get out and spend more time with him...theres NO reason he cant spend time indoors!
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Katie1 View Post
I wouldnt recomend ANY dog with a dog thats already Killed other dogs!
Exactly....Are you really serious, you know your dog kills smaller dogs. You shouldn't have other dogs period. And, frankly...if your dog kills smaller dogs, I do not think you should have that dog around children. Think of the way dogs think....They think their owners are part of their pack. Small children are at risk w/ your dog.
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