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Old 09-20-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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what are some good dog breeds?

i love shepherds, mainly german and shiloh, border collies, golden retrievers, flat coat retrievers.

i do not like poodles, labradors, or chihuahuas.

i have recently been looking into finnish hounds and irish setters. does anyone have any experience with these dogs? does anyone have any other dogs they would like to recommend?

thanks.
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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all depends on what you are needing/wanting/looking for in a dog.....

all breeds are good.... in one way or another......
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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recommendation: a dog you can pay attention to & treat like a best friend.

breed? whatever dog is small/big/calm or energetic enough to accomodate your expectations.
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Don't buy a purebred while shelter animals die
Why not adopt a nice dog from a shelter? Why should they be put second rate just because they're not "pure"?
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:16 PM
 
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Don't buy a purebred while shelter animals die
Why not adopt a nice dog from a shelter? Why should they be put second rate just because they're not "pure"?

most dogs i have had were shelter dogs. lucky was sherd mix and stray.
ginger was shepherd mix and shelter. blaze was belgian shepherd and from shelter. sadie was all german shepherd and from a back yard breeder, we didnt buy her from there, she was there then in a shelter and we got her from the shelter. same for my cat. my cat is a torti was a stray and found very very young and put in a shelter.

i never said i was buying from a breeder.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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Our last dog was a bassett hound/corgi mix. He was the greatest dog in the world. If I was to buy a dog, which I have never done, I would get a king charles cavalier spaniel.
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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While I have never owned an Irish Setter, I had some friends who did. She needed a lot of grooming to keep her coat healthy - free of tangles which can be very painful when they pull on the skin.

I like short-haired breeds that don't need grooming - APBT, GSP (high energy), Weimaraners, etc.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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most dogs i have had were shelter dogs. lucky was sherd mix and stray.
ginger was shepherd mix and shelter. blaze was belgian shepherd and from shelter. sadie was all german shepherd and from a back yard breeder, we didnt buy her from there, she was there then in a shelter and we got her from the shelter. same for my cat. my cat is a torti was a stray and found very very young and put in a shelter.

i never said i was buying from a breeder.
Sorry, my mistake. It's just that generally when people ask about dog breeds, they're looking to go through an actual breeder.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:31 AM
 
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What's your lifestyle and home like? That can help a lot in leading you in a certain direction?

Are you in a home or apartment? Do you have a large amount of land or just a small lot (if in a home)? Are there children in your home and if so what ages? Are you active or do you want a dog that will just lay at your feet all day? Are you out of the house long stretches at a time for work or travel? If you travel or out of the house for long periods, what are the plans for the dog during that time? Do you have a lot of time to groom the dog yourself, do you plan on taking it to a groomer, or are you looking for a wash and wear dog? Do you like small dogs, big dogs, in between dogs?
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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what are some good dog breeds?

i love shepherds, mainly german and shiloh, border collies, golden retrievers, flat coat retrievers.

i do not like poodles, labradors, or chihuahuas.

i have recently been looking into finnish hounds and irish setters. does anyone have any experience with these dogs? does anyone have any other dogs they would like to recommend?

thanks.
I gave a beautiful (male) setter to my brother and he's a spoiled dog LOL. He's always very energetic so I'd recommend to have a good space for them and maybe not "suitable" for toddlers or older people. (They can grow fast and they're tall). The other thing is having a firm hand to educate them. For example, this dog was growling each time someone was closer when he was eating, so it took certain time to teach him he had to respect the family members.

I have two female golden retrievers and they can be energetic when we take them outside, but they can be quietly sitting near you for hours. Definitely different personalities.

(Labradors are kind of energetic too, IMHO)

Terriers wouldn't be my choice either. I used to volunteer in shelters, clinics, etc and they were always very aggressive. People don't pay attention because they are usually smaller animals and "it's not important if they bite or "they want to play" when they charge another dog.

So I think it depends on what you need/want of your dog.
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