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Need help finding a good dog breed?

asked 2018-11-02 23:39:31 -0500

My wife and I are wanting to get a dog in the next few months (waiting to move into a house), but we don’t know what breed will be best for us. Background on us: we’ve both had dogs growing up but didn’t play a major part in training, we’re wanting to have kids in the next 2-3 years, we’re college students who work, but my job allows dogs (probably not every day but most of the time), and we’re very active. My wife is a runner who can easily run 4-5 miles per day, we both love the outdoors, hiking, camping, and I’m an avid fisherman. Here are the traits we want: medium to large, loyal, protective (enough to where I feel comfortable when my wife goes for a run), low to moderate shedding (I don’t want our home and clothes to look like we’ve been shearing sheep), likes affection because it’ll get a lot, would be good off leash when hiking or camping, would be fine leaving at home alone for 5ish hours per day. My job is flexible and would allow me to bring it to work fairly often, as well as having an hour lunch break and my wife’s job also give her an hour lunch break. We’re wanting to get some breeds in mind so we can find one at the shelter or a breeder (shelter first, breeder second). So overall, I want a medium to large dog that I know will protect my wife while on a run, be okay at home alone for a few hours per day, low shedding, and will eventually be good with kids. We have the means to socialize and have ample time to train as we’re taking a gap year from school to work.

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Black chocolate or blonde labs.super smart extremely active great swimmers and lovers the only downside shedding.as far as a protector Rottweilers are a very protective breed loyal smart and very active they don’t shed all that much and they as labs are a working breed so give them tasks .

Ellen L.'s profile image Ellen L.  ( 2018-11-18 03:29:27 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2019-03-05 21:24:39 -0500

Sounds like you have a lot of fantastic suggestions! I probably wouldn't discount any of the breeds mentioned. But I would suggest you go with the recommendation to visit a dog show - you can walk around and get great information on breeds from the breeders and most are very happy to talk with you and be honest about the breed. You can also do some research on the AKC website. I've always gotten dogs from a shelter; you can get a wonderful dog it just might not be purebred. You can also search google for "what breed of dog should I get" or similar to take an online quiz and get some possible matches. Other dogs you can consider is the Ridgeback and Vizsla - both pretty high energy but love attention. I love a bulldog or pitbull mix, boxers, and rottweilers as well. Australian Cattle Dogs or other herding dogs, if well-trained, can be a good option - you just have to watch for the herding instinct especially with young children. One thing I HIGHLY recommend is that, especially with a big dog, you socialize it with other people (adults and kids) and dogs (of all sizes). Even if you want your dog to look like a guard dog, speaking from experience, you want one that is friendly with people and dogs if you want the option to have it off leash on hikes, etc. or even if you want to have a pleasant walk or run. A dog that is fearful, aggressive, or both with other dogs or people will not be fun to walk/run and can be hard to control. Good luck finding the perfect pup!

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Do your homework read about each breed. Talk to a dog trainer and go to a rescue or shelter. A training would be better than a breeder as they know more about different breeds where a breeder only knows about that breed and their own dogs which imo don't give you the whole pic.

Candy H.'s profile image Candy H.  ( 2019-05-11 17:04:35 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2019-02-02 07:03:02 -0500

I am a fan of the Sharpei dog breed. Average size, territorial, protective and docile. Like any pet if you intend to do long walks or even races, it is important to train from a baby. Regarding the use of leash I recommend, but if you send it to a good dog trainer it may be possible not to use it. As for falling hair, look for Sharpei with horse hair, a lineage with low coat

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answered 2019-01-29 19:44:07 -0500

You're asking a great question! Every person considering getting a dog should do thorough research, less surprises that way. I suggest you go to the AKC (American Kennel Club) website and read the breed standards for dogs you are considering. That will give you an idea of what a breed is known for. Keep in mind at dogs often don't typify the standard due to poor quality breeders. The dog may vary in physical characteristics, and it's temperament may differ. Since you are looking at rescue, be sure that no matter which breed, you've spent time with the dog to gauge it's personality. If you decide to buy, a show breeder is a definite best choice! I wrote a post a few years back on how to choose a breeder. It's on a Great Dane forum but you can apply the info to any breed:. http://www.danesonline.com/forums/for...

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Also, it's good to get ideas of what you want, but take them with a grain of salt. The dogs we own aren't always typical of what to expect. I'd never go with a breed based on what others say. RESEARCH thoroughly-you'll get far better results. (my link above is very informative).

Cindy & Stephen G.'s profile image Cindy & Stephen G.  ( 2019-03-06 13:34:10 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2018-11-19 20:49:47 -0500

Akita may look like cute and cuddly giants, but they are also great guard dogs. This large breed is known for being extremely loyal and loves human companionship. According to the American Kennel Club, they also have a deep desire to protect those they love, and they can be incredibly courageous in doing so.

Akitas can show aggression and hesitation around strangers, which makes them great for protecting your family. But, they rarely show the same kind of aggression around people they know and love. In fact, they’re one of the best family dogs because they are so protective and loyal. They’ll happily play with kids and show affection to people they know and care about. These giants offer the best of both worlds when it comes to a protective, yet gentle dog breed. https://www.petcarrierverdict.com/loyal-and-protective-dog-breeds/ (https://www.petcarrierverdict.com/loy...) I used to have an akita... they are great with kids...but are very loyal and protective, with minimal shedding

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answered 2018-11-10 03:42:17 -0500

I have a boxer pitbull mix who fits all of your desires. I mean she isn't the best with kids but I think that's cuz I was in college when she was a puppy and none of my friends had kids so she wasn't used to them and they made her nervous when they would run up to her being loud and chaotic. But over the years she's gotten much better and more tolerant when she is around them. Anyway pits are good with children, look intimidating but are really loveable and protective, easily trainable, low shedders, have tons of energy and could run for miles. And there are plenty in the shelter! Boxers are pretty similar but are a little more hard headed and therefore harder to train. That being said, every dog has its own personality so even though there are breed generalities, every dog is different. Some may have separation anxiety, others are hyperactive, others are super lazy, super talkative, very shy, or guarded and even stubborn. There are other dog breeds I could recommend too but may not fill all your requests. I have groomed dogs for 7 years and know all sorts of breeds but like I said, it still comes down to personality. So let me know if you're interested in other breeds I think could work for you and why!

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We have a mostly Doberman mix that fits all of those qualifications! He always makes me feel safe on runs, is great with our little kids, and learns obedience commands very quickly. I would just make sure to check with your insurance company to make sure they cover Dobermans!

Molly K.'s profile image Molly K.  ( 2018-11-17 12:51:50 -0500 ) edit
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