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    I am thinking of getting a new puppy in 3 or 4 months. I'm tossing up between a Golden Retriever, Pug and West Highland Terrier. There should at least be one person at the home at all times (not me, though I would be the primary caretaker). We have a smallish-mediumish yard. We are also close to a few parks. I also have asthma, though it's not too severe. Would be able to take it for walks in the morning and evening. Which breed would you recommend?

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    You are looking at small to large there!
    They are all great dogs so it depends on your preferences. Look at size,health, longevity, temperament, energy/exercise requirements. Then look at individuals as within any breed and litter there are a range of temperaments.Look at local shelters, amazing dogs in there very often. Saw a posting recently with a litter of gorgeous looking border collies in Campbelltown Rescue.Other breeds in other shelters I am sure.
    There is a lot of wisdom on this site so do some searches through the forum, that's what I did before I got my dog. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    You are looking at small to large there!
    They are all great dogs so it depends on your preferences. Look at size,health, longevity, temperament, energy/exercise requirements. Then look at individuals as within any breed and litter there are a range of temperaments.Look at local shelters, amazing dogs in there very often. Saw a posting recently with a litter of gorgeous looking border collies in Campbelltown Rescue.Other breeds in other shelters I am sure.
    There is a lot of wisdom on this site so do some searches through the forum, that's what I did before I got my dog. Good luck.
    Thanks! And will sure do.

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    You have asthma

    You might want to avoid the Golden Retriever (GR) - the amount of wispy fluff they shed daily is astonishing. Even if you brush three times a day. If you don't brush at least once a day you risk skin problems and dreadlocks - tho I did hear on the radio that a vet gets his GR clipped because the dog seems much happier that way.

    Pugs also shed a lot - but it's less fluffy and they're smaller so there's just less. They're insanely cute but they are always HUNGRY. I've even heard of one who will eat rocks (garden pebble mulch) if there's nothing else available. And that can be expensive to remove. You would have to make sure that there is no opportunity to eat anything inappropriate.

    That leaves the West Highland Terrier. Which is also adorable and you can also clip them if you want. I think they shed a bit but not as much as the other two and less fluffy. They may not be suitable if you like to keep pet mice or small birds as they are terriers.

    Have you thought about a Bichon Frieze - they are very laid back dogs, enjoys a short walk but isn't overly bothered if it doesn't get one (not like a farm dog breed). They don't shed at all but you will have to clip regularily (about 6 to 8 weeks) and the cost is around $60 or more depending where you go.

    Would need to know more about why you like the breeds you've chosen. If it's for friendly - they're all people friendly and the West Highland can be trained to be dog friendly but it might not come naturally. But lots of other dogs are friendly.

    Size - well GR are big and pugs and westies are small.

    temperament - GR need a lot of exercise and training. They all need some training to make nice house pets but the GR will need the most - it's a working dog breed being a Gun Dog - supposed to go retrieve the duck you just shot - so they like to have a job to do now and again. And they like a lot of exercise - tho you can get away with less if you trick train. They are also prone to hip joint problems which can lead to them feeling very uncomfortable in old age or even young age (expensive vet surgery). So it's important if you do get a large dog - you get to see documentation like "hip scores" for the parents and understand what those mean.

    Pugs and Westies are popular with back yard breeders and puppy mills which put out unhealthy. Bad teeth, bad joints, and pugs that can't breathe and have eyes that pop out and they can be unfriendly dogs because they get rehomed before they have a chance to learn manners and they don't get enough people time.

    So again you have to be very careful about where you get one from. Your best chance is to find the breed club in your state and meet the breeders in your state and check what genetic problems they are prone to and make sure you see documentation on DNA health tests for both parents - ie a breeder that has these - cares about minimizing the chance of an unhealthy puppy.

    And unhealthy anti social puppies are more expensive than they need to be.

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    Thanks a lot for the detailed response Hyacinth! I'll look into the Bichon Frieze.
    Last edited by batmanforever; 01-07-2015 at 11:06 AM.

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