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Old 09-29-2014, 03:48 PM
Location: Northeastern U.S.
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I have a lovely English Cocker from a responsible breeder. My dog (7 year old male) is very sweet, I would say he barks slightly less than average (but the breed is perhaps average in barking), he weighs 26-27 lbs and is about 16 inches at the withers (some are smaller). Drawbacks - separation anxiety, which could have been avoided if I had crate-trained him as a pup (not possible, I live in an apartment, and he would bark when I crated him), having to brush him twice a week to avoid matting (that beautiful soft coat tangles easily, and tangles lead to mats) and have him professionally groomed 3-4 times a year. Also, most English Cockers are extremely food-oriented.

Other pluses - they are usually (especially when well socialized from young ages) pleasant to everyone and can be very friendly with certain people. My dog thinks children are sources of Wonderful Things that he might be able to steal (pacifiers, good food-smells, toys) but he also likes them on principle. (did I mention that my dog is a thief - hats and gloves belonging to other people aren't safe, nor are squeaky balls that other dogs were using) He is a fairly low-energy dog; needing two good outings a day as well as pit stops, but not needing hours and hours of intense running. (his idea of running is usually to put nose to ground and trot, then stop 'n' sniff) He is not a digger; and does not chase squirrels. (other English Cockers can dig, and chase squirrels, but mine doesn't). He likes to snuggle for a few hours in bed most nights.

Golden Retrievers are lovely dogs, but they don't always live much past 10 or 11; and some Goldens can be very energetic as pups and young dogs. The Goldens I've known love to roll around in practically any body of water, including mud puddles and marshes. They are usually pretty quiet, though.

Great Danes are not high-energy dogs; if you can cope with the sheer size of the breed, and their sadly relatively short lifespans.
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:28 PM
Location: Silicon Valley
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You just reminded me that my rat terrier loves to dig! I don't have a yard, so it's not a problem in my life. But, she will dig when I take her to the river, and I let her. She will occasionally snag a mole.

She'll also dig at the dog park, and I have to fill the holes back in there.

If she was somewhere with access to a back yard, her digging could be a problem.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:46 PM
Location: Salt Lake City
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Originally Posted by Luvmy3dogs View Post
I think a greyhound is a definite possibility. Most retired racers are in the 2-5 year range. We have seen several at adoption events and they are such a beautiful breed.
Wow, I had no idea they retired so young. That could make a difference to me.
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Old 09-30-2014, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Katzpur View Post
Wow, I had no idea they retired so young. That could make a difference to me.
I've also seen Greyhound rescues have puppies occasionally.
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