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Old 07-10-2009, 05:18 PM
 
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i gotta go with the ridgeback as well... great dog all around. great with heat
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Wow! Thank you for the suggestions! BTW, I didn't mean "trained" guard dog, just a pooch that will alert us to something not the norm and be a good scare to anyone potentially threatening.

I also would never house a pooch in a doghouse outside in FL. It would be important for the dog to be comfortable playing outside with children, going on walks, going to the beach, etc. Just makes sense that some breeds might do better in heat than others.

Thank you again! I will research the suggestions offered. You guys are great!
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I googled Rhodesian Ridgeback and Weimaraners...

Would it be silly for me to assume because they're extremely short haired, they do better in heat?

Sorry if I'm posting these pics in the wrong manner. These dogs are spectacular!

http://www.breederretriever.com/phot...ck_a_pups_.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...aner_Amigo.jpg
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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My suggestion is to go to one of the many animal shelters inyour area and find a dog who fits the bill. If you pick a older pup or youg adult you can get a pretty good idea of the temperment and size. And you will be doing a good thing
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Old 07-10-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Twilight Zone
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Ridgies are great dogs, but they are not short-coated couch potatoes and they are not a good fit for everyone. They are very intelligent, can be very stubborn, are high-drive and high-energy working dogs, and they do need a job. If you don't provide a job for them, they will find their own & their choice will probably not be even close to what you had in mind. Research the breed thoroughly and talk with reputable breeders, owners, rescuers. A good starting place is here: Things to Know About Rhodesian Ridgebacks | Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc. .

Most dogs will alert to perceived threats once s/he has become part of your pack. Rescue dogs seem especially adept at this because they are so grateful to you for saving them. A medium to large dog with a deep bark will provide better a "deterrence factor" to potential threats than will a small dog, but never underestimate the tenacity of a terrier.

Coat length isn't a huge factor in how well a dog does in heat; it is an insulator against both heat and cold. However, dogs should NEVER be left hot areas (enclosed cars, kennels, outside, etc) regardless of coat length because they can quickly succumb to hyperthermia due to the fact that they do not sweat.
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Old 07-11-2009, 06:41 AM
 
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No matter what dog you choose please consider a rescued dog or a dog from a shelter. I lived in FL for 30 plus years and while it is hot during summer most dogs do not suffer with the heat. While I love my weim and they are great with family, I also love my rescue dogs. I have one rescue mutt who lays right outside my bedroom door so no one is getting in my bedroom without him knowing.
If you have small children I wouldn't recommend a big dog only because the dogs are 'big' and could knock over a toddler. My kids were 5 and 8 when we got our first weim. He use to put his head on the pillow and lay beside my daughter.

If you have any questions about weims.. just ask
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:21 AM
 
Location: S.Dak
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Rhodesian Ridgeback?

They're big, but they're good dogs.
agreed! my DD has a rhody. As a rescued dog, she is his 3rd "master". His loyality is beyond measure!
Never chased a bird, of any type, but look out, if a deer wandered acrossed our property!
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Old 07-11-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Beagle or Lab (they love the water)
Although My Chihuahua is all Rottweiler..and not a yapper...TG

Lab's can't stand the heat. I live in IL and she pants when it's 70. She also isn't much of a guard dog as she is an alert system.
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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Female Rottweiler- females usually have a better, more considered response to threats.
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Old 07-11-2009, 01:59 PM
 
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ridgebacks have a pretty mean sounding bark, but has never knocked over my 3 yr old
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