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A few dog questions

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Miss.PuddyCat, Aug 8, 2009.


  1. Miss.PuddyCat

    Miss.PuddyCat PetForums VIP

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    I know its a long way off until both me and my boyfriend will be able to own our own pooch but i have a few questions that i have thought of the pass few days :)

    We have a few dog breeds were interested in so if anyone could give us some helpfull info on the breeds that would be awesome.

    Golden retreiver - my boyfriend has fallen in love with these dogs. One of my aunts did own one but i have no experience in having met one were i can remeber the personality

    German Shepard - my gran owned one that she rescued so i spent alot of time with him.

    Boxer - my gran (a different one) owned two retired show boxers as well as a small terrier.

    Cocker Spaniel - i like the personalty of this dog from what ive read but ive never met one. I have heard loud noises can hurt their ears as well as something called rage?? were they can become agrresive?

    Jack ruessel terrier - Ive met several of these guys and from what ive seen they can be pretty great dogs all around, tho id be nervous about it going after my cats.

    and English Springer spaniels - my boyfriends family owned one of these as well as my aunt.



    ok my questions are which one would u say is a good dog for first time owners (weve both have had limited experience with a dog)?


    were both outdoorsy so a dog that would like long walks,water activities, and lots of snow lol?


    when the time would come to be getting a dog i would be working five days a week between the possible hours of 8 to 3 with weekends off and two months of the summer and holidays off. My boyfriend will still be in school so the time he will be home would vary.

    From what ive read on here it would seem to be better to go for a working german shepard then a show one. Because of thier back problems.?

    Also they golden retrievers wouldnt do will with being left alone for a few hrs?

    We would defiently crate train. And the pooch would be spoiled rotton like my cats :blushing:.

    thanks again
     
  2. davehyde

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    retriever, i have one he's great. easy to get along with and loving to the nth degree.

    gsd, not really for a first time or novice owner imo.

    the others i have no experience with.
     
  3. Miss.PuddyCat

    Miss.PuddyCat PetForums VIP

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    Thanks Dave

    The german shepard was one i thought of off hand as ive only met one and that was my grans so i thought i see what people would say about them.

    I think a golden retreiver would work as ere moving next year and will be walking or a short driving distance from the beach and ocean.

    Does your golden have any issues with seperation or being left for just a few hours?
     
  4. Johnderondon

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    Any one of those breeds can be good for a first time owner but equally any one of them could be problematic.

    But .... 8 till 3 is more than a few hours. It's seven hours and that is too long for a pup to be left, crate or not.

    Your absolute best bet (and this applies to any first time owner) is to get an assessed adult from a rescue that is accustomed to being left and has proven itself successful in such an enviroment. You will have to trawl through a few rescues to find one that will consider your situation but when you do, so long as it is reputable, they will not place an inappropriate dog with you. It's like a bespoke selection service by people with all the experience to make a good choice.
     
  5. Nicky09

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    Golden retriever- Total sweethearts love everyone apart from a couple of lines do your research. My friends dogs has been left for a few hours before and he was fine. But very active so should fit right in.

    German Shepherd- Very smart and active you need to give them a job to do agility is perfect. You really should get a working line the show dogs are practically crippled. They do have a strong protective streak and need a lot of socialisation as a puppy. They're not very good as first dogs.

    Boxer- Fantastic dogs very friendly and affectionate. But they are very bouncy and quite hyperactive.

    Cocker Spaniel- Not much experience but very friendly little dogs very active so you'll have no problems with the amount of exercise.

    Jack russel- Very active smart little dogs. However you may have a problem with the cats unless you introduce them very carefully you might be better getting a rescue who has been assesed with cats.

    English Springer Spaniel- I can't recommend these enough personally. Very smart, active and friendly. Generally great with cats.

    I would agree with getting an adult rescue or at least one assesed with cats or getting a dog walker for an hour or so a day. If you can coming home and throwing a ball or something for them at lunchtime and they should be fine.
     
  6. rona

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    Not sure if everything is the same with you, but it would probably be best to go to the breed rescue if a rescue is what you go for in the end. They usually assess the dogs more thoroughly and have background information
    Canadian Golden Retrievers - Golden Retriever Rescue Organizations

    I think whatever you do, you will have to seriously think about getting a dog walker while you are at work.
     
  7. Miss.PuddyCat

    Miss.PuddyCat PetForums VIP

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    We have thought about rescue so it will be something will look into :)

    The hours i work were by guess because ill be in a school teaching and that's the school hours here. If it was possible i would defeintly come home for lunch. Or get a dog walker.

    Ill defiently look into getting some books too on the different breeds and that website rona.
     
  8. Spaniel mad

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    I have a Golden Retriever, 2 springer spaniels and 2 cocker spaniels

    The spaniels are very energetic so if you have lots of energy then they would be great

    They are all loyal

    I wouldnt personally have any dog if they would be alone all day
    I dont think it matter what breed they are. Its just in my opinion unfair on them to be left alone
     
  9. Miss.PuddyCat

    Miss.PuddyCat PetForums VIP

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    I agree about the dog being home all day, thats why we wont be getting a dog for another three yrs to four years. I want to wait until we move as were moving quite a distance, that at first were going to living in an apt with 3 cats so itll be better to wait till we had a house, and also ill be at school for 2 yrs.

    I think my boyfriend is becoming more of an obessed animal person then me :D yesterday he point out two more huge dogs hes liked :eek:
     
  10. SEVEN_PETS

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    I would think it would be unfair to expect a puppy to be alone for those hours, even if you have a dog walker or you come home at lunch. It's still too long IMO. I would advise you get an adult dog from a rescue that is used to being alone.
     
  11. Miss.PuddyCat

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    we wouldnt have a problem going to a rescue as long as we could find a dog that was suitable with small animals including cats and kids.
     
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