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help me adopt a dog

So H and I should be moving in a few weeks. Number 1 for us is to adopt a dog after we move in and get settled. What breed do you recommend? I have always been a large dog person.  H has only had one dog and it was a lab/pitt mix. His parents gave her away when he left for the army and didn't tell him. Poor guy, think he is still heart broken over it.  I want a breed good with kids and hopefully other dogs.  I know each dog has its own quirks, but is there any breed you recommend in particular. I had a black lab when I was a baby until 5.  She was my dad's when he was a kid.  A golden retriever from the time I was 5 until she died when I was in high school. A rottie from puppy until she died of cancer around 10.  The local shelter is filled with pitts. I adopted a pitt that I had for several years until she and my rottie couldn't be together any longer. I loved pitts but don't think I want another one after all the heart ache.
My parents rescued layla, a boxer from NC, as soon as he was old enough. She has been a great puppy for them.

All the adorableness on petfinder is not helping me narrow it down.
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    my pup is a lab and I LOVE her personality and temperament.  As long as you can put up with a few years of hyperness and batshit craziness, she has honestly turned out to be a fantastic dog.  h and I have been talking about getting a second (labradoodle this time due to my allergies) and we are worried that the new dog won't turn out as fab as Riley.
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  • We'll be adopting the next time we get a dog, so I have no clue what we'll end up with. I'm leaning toward trying to find a lab mix though. Laura is right, those dogs are great. H grew up with one and my parents had golden retrievers. Also wonderful.

    We have two beagles. They're awesome, but smaller. Hounds can be a lot to handle though. I wouldn't trade ours for the world, but they're trying sometimes. Great with kids and very gentle. Low maintenance too.

    Just one of the wonderful examples of what you get when you have hounds. :)





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  • I can't really suggest any breeds outright, they all have their pros & cons.  In general, Labs don't really grow out of their puppy stage until 3 years old. Shepherds like to "talk", Husky's are escape artists, Hounds will follow their nose anywhere..... that's all I can think of this early in the a.m. since mine had me up at 3!!!

    We adopted a mixed breed that was labled a Shepherd mix.  We had her dna tested and the majority of it came out Australian Cattle Dog and Chinese Crested. She only weighs 40 pounds.

    I would suggest focusing more on an individual dog and his/her personality to see if it fits with yours.

    I could spend hours on Petfinder!  Have fun!!!!!
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  • We had a Collie Shepherd mix, and she was just the best dog...except for the enormous amount of shedding.  Mike brough Italian Greyhounds into the relationship, and I would defintely not recommend them.  Although, they are adorable, they have a ton of energy and they are bred to jump and run, but when they are good they are so cute.

    I agree with Mrs. Kathy.  I would go off of individual dog v. breed.  Even though both of our dogs are Italian Greyhounds, their personalities literally could not be any different.  So yea, I would go dog by dog v. breed. Especially when you're adopting, their past has a lot to do with their current personality (if they were abandoned, if they were abused, etc), so I would go with the specifics of the dogs.

    I love petfinder.  I'm trying to find a dog for my parents, but my dad is fighting it.  My Mom really wants one, though.
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  • I'm not a fan of large dogs (too much drool and it hurts when they jump on you), but H desperately wants a sheperd mix when we get a house.  He's been doing research and thinks they have the best temperament for us and future kids.
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  • We have been talking about aquiring another dog in the future. DH and I disagree where to get one from. His parents have always bought dogs from breeders, where I disagree with that and would rather adopt a dog that has no home. I was lucky with our little girl, she honestly is the best dog, and was a great puppy. My brother has her dad and thats how we got her..She is a real mix, aurstralian sheppard/black lab/coyotee/who knows what else..I had to put a picture of Ella up, she is too darn cute. She is little, only about 30lbs and was born with no tail
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    I'm a big fan of no-idea-what-it-is mutts. Ask the shelter lots of questions. They will usually have observed them around children and have some insight for you. 

    Our first dog was around 40 lbs., which was big enough to be able to take some craziness from my daughter when she was little, but not too big for my liking. We've had this dog since my daughter was 6 (she's 17 now) and she could literally whack her on the head with a toy and get a kiss in return.
  • All your pups are adorable. Nicole I had no idea beagles dug like that! I spent about 2 hours last night on petfinder. Can't wait to visit some puppies. I think we may go with a Shepard/Rottie mix if we stumble on a sweet one. Or a big drooling mastiff. I'm so excited!
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    [QUOTE]His parents have always bought dogs from breeders, where I disagree with that and would rather adopt a dog that has no home.
    Posted by lcspecial[/QUOTE]

    ITA.  All the animals I've ever adopted have been from the shelter.  I like being able to save an innocent life and give a neglected animal a loving home.  My best friend only gets her dogs from breeders.  She says that way she can get exactly what she wants and she won't have to worry about what mysterious health or behavioral problems it might have.  Well, bred dogs aren't immune from disease and other issues.  And while she's having her designer dog bred, other dogs that already exist are being euthanized because nobody wanted them.  It breaks my heart.  I hate specialty breeding.
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: help me adopt a dog : ITA.  All the animals I've ever adopted have been from the shelter.  I like being able to save an innocent life and give a neglected animal a loving home.  My best friend only gets her dogs from breeders.  She says that way she can get exactly what she wants and she won't have to worry about what mysterious health or behavioral problems it might have.  Well, bred dogs aren't immune from disease and other issues.  And while she's having her designer dog bred, other dogs that already exist are being euthanized because nobody wanted them.  It breaks my heart.<strong>  I hate specialty breeding.
    </strong>Posted by GreenEire[/QUOTE]

    Mostly agree with this.  i did get my dog from a breeder just because I was young and dumb, but unfortunately now that I have found out I have severe allergies, finding a hypoallergenic dog in a shelter is much more diffiult :(
  • I hear you Laura. I didn't know I was allergic to dogs when we got our first dog. Our shelter and private rescue group here both do waiting lists for hypoallergenic dogs. They'll even look for one for you when they go to kill shelters in other states to save dogs. I think that's the route we'll go when our old ladies are no longer with us. 
  • Nic, he wasn't really digging (though they occasionally do). There was a hole and he decided to stick his face in it. Spent a couple minutes inhaling dirt trying to sniff out whatever was down there before I pulled him out. They certainly follow their noses. :)
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: help me adopt a dog : ITA.  All the animals I've ever adopted have been from the shelter.  I like being able to save an innocent life and give a neglected animal a loving home.  My best friend only gets her dogs from breeders.  She says that way she can get exactly what she wants and <strong>she won't have to worry about what mysterious health or behavioral problems</strong> it might have.  Well, bred dogs aren't immune from disease and other issues.  And while she's having her designer dog bred, other dogs that already exist are being euthanized because nobody wanted them.  It breaks my heart.  I hate specialty breeding.
    Posted by GreenEire[/QUOTE]

    HA!  Most people who breed for money don't do the rigorous testing required to ensure a healthy pup.  They just breed their dog with whatever other dog is available, with no idea if there are genetic or health issues with either dog's lineage.  The only way to get a so-called "pure breed" is to go to a responsible breeder, one that only breeds once a year, does the background work, and breeds only to better the breed!  Hint:  those people don't charge thousands of dollars for their pups!!!
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  • My mom and I have been training and showing dogs for as long as I can remember... Some things to ask to help narrow your search ...
    - How much space to you have in your home?
    -Are you allergic to anything (ANYTHING, even peanuts)? 
    -Are you wanting a pure bred, or are you going the true adoption route? It will be hard for you to find a pure bred to adopt. 
    -Will you be doing anything with the dog such as flyball, confirmation, agility, obedience (showing, not just obedience training), herding, etc? (we have dont the first four with our dogs, and the last for fun)
    -Do you go outdoors a lot to do things such as backpacking (things that tend to take more than just one day at a time)?If so, are you wanting a dog that does well alone to leave him behind, or are you wanting one that can handle it and join you?

    -How much time do you have to play/walk/train the dog?
     This last one is the one that no one is truly honest with themselves about. Everyone says they will get a dog and it'll force them to take more walks/runs, but that's just not true. One can't rely on an animal to motivate him/her to do things she/he isn't doing in the first place. 
    Training, especially. People have no idea how long training a dog can take. Soem dogs are MUCH easier to train than others (some breeds are more laid back, more eager to please, less hyperactive, etc that would cause them to be much easier to train) 

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    This is my sweet boy (he lives with my mom now though :( I miss him)

  • I also want to make a statement here, regarding a few peoples' comments.
    Breeding is not the devil, and I find some of these comments ignorant (how much research have you HONESTLY done to back up your statements? Especially regarding things such as how they breed not considering health issues?)
     
    -It is a fact that all legitamate breeders look back at the dogs' lineage, health concerns, breeding patterns, etc before matching up two mates. For that reason, not all "pure breds" should be bred. A friend down the road that has her two dogs mate and calls that a breeding? No. A specialized breeder? Absolutely. 

    -Different dogs hve different health issues. For that reason, cross breeding can be INCREDIBLY dangerous. Ever wonder why you rarely see a pure bred dog that was born blind, but you see muts that way often? That's your reason.
     For example, I know that if I buy a German Shepard, he is going to have eventual hip issues. HE just is. It's in his breed.I need to decide if that's a financial burden I am ready to take on, when that time comes. If I get a German mix, I will have NO idea what will come of him and that could mean huge expenses that I may or may not be willing to pay for (and that's how those old muts end up back at the shelter in their old age... from assholes that didn't research, didn't realize what they were getting into, and couldn't afford the vet bills). 

    -Because of this issue of cross breeding, "designer dogs" are a HORRIBLE idea. I understand that you like cocker spaniels, and poodles, so you want a "cockapoo" or whatthefuckever, but that is horrible for the health of that animal, as well as future healths or any offspring should he/she procreate. 

    In Europe, people often like to marry someone that is of their decent. We don't have the tie here, because we're all muts here in the US, but I can appreciate the idea that people want to hold onto their heritage, so a German wants to be with a German, LAtvian with a Latvian, etc. That's the same idea that is put into breeding dogs. 
    The idea that one shouldn't have a pure bred dog just because there are a ton of orphans is absurd. Why are you all wanting babies then??
    Stop being so selfish and narcissistic and adopt an orphan. no?You want your own lineage? OK.. that's fair.. Why destroy the beauty of yourself and kill those genes off forever? 
    Why destroy the beauty of A 100% German? 
    Why destroy the beauty (and consistency) of a 100% German Shepard? 

     I am against breeding, if people are nto doing it correctly, selling to people that just WANT a particular breed because they like it or think it's cool, etc. But people that use that animal for all the different kinds of showings... what's the harm? 
    It's a beautiful thing to keep alive. 

    GO ahead and flame my ass up. I don't care. I know where I stand on this topic, I know I have done my research on this, have trained all different breeds, shown many different, and when H and I get home here soon, we will be adopting from a shelter. 
    That is all. 

  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-club-boards_september-2011-weddings_adopt-dog?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20Club%20BoardsForum:649Discussion:41912e54-c891-4439-88e6-dd16e6b473c0Post:6bf12926-306b-4b98-9d72-cd6eba890c21">Re: help me adopt a dog</a>:
    [QUOTE]All your pups are adorable. Nicole I had no idea beagles dug like that! I spent about 2 hours last night on petfinder. Can't wait to visit some puppies. I think we may go with a Shepard/Rottie mix if we stumble on a sweet one. Or a big drooling mastiff. I'm so excited!
    Posted by nic9911[/QUOTE]


    I might be too late in my response but I adopted an Australian shepherd/Rottie mix through pet finder and she's a doll. To be honest we did have some dominance issues at first, but we've had her two years now and she's awesome! She's protective of our baby, our home, and my husband and I, but is also very friendly when strange people come in. Of course that's only as long as we tell her they're okay.


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