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    I've grown up with dogs my entire life but my last one passed 2 years ago when I was 18. I'm 20 now and plan on getting my own dog to have myself! I had boxers for most of my life and a Brittany spaniel, ive helped raise 4 of my friends/brothers dogs ranging from pointer to huntaway to rotti and a staffy cross spaniel and I'm confident in my ability to control and train a dog.
    However since this is my first dog I'm nervous about breed choice, so if you guys could help out that'd be great!
    I have a decent size yard and alot if time on my hands, I'm very physically active and the dog would get between 1 walk and 2 jogs a day.
    Here's a lonnnng list of breeds I'm considering-
    Bull terrier, staghound/greyhound, boxer, shar pei, rotti, Doberman and dalmatian
    And ideas on what would be suitable?
    Thank so much guys, Tom.

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    Personally I would look at local rescue shelters. You are willing to look at bigger breeds, give exercise, decent yard, energy and some knowledge. Puppyhood is fleeting and you will find places like greyhound rescue fruitful to look for your new mate. There are loads of dogs looking for a chance and who will reward you for it handsomely. My best dog was a rescue.

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    I would look at greyhound rescue! they have some amazing pedigree dogs that just need a home and love! If I had more room I would consider it!

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    I would recommend rescue too - that way you can get a dog with the personality that you want/need I got both my dogs as adult rescues and they are so loyal and loving Plus rescue dogs have all their vet work (desexing, vaccinations etc) done which is another huge bonus! Have a look at PetRescue - Inspired by unconditional love - PetRescue - it groups together all the Rescue groups into one site so is easier to look around
    Well done for researching first rather than just rushing to get a dog!

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    Jogging is a moot point so dont worry about that. You need to exercise your dogs mind. If you want a running companion but a low training dog then don't go for the larger spaniels. If you want a dog you can have off lead that will recall with easy training the sighthounds are not for you. Guarding breeds are good but you need to be careful the lines you are looking at if they are within your skill level.

    What do you want from a dog? Indoor/outdoor? Companion or left alone x hours a day? Do you want to try a sport with your dog? These are the types of questions a breeder will ask you. Frankly, if it's your first dog get a puppy from a GOOD breeder with consistent lines. You can grow up together, raise it to the behaviors you like and if it's a good breeder then predicting the temperament is not a problem.
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    If you are willing to put that much exercise into your dog, anything will suit!

    Ps. Large dogs do not require large homes by the way. In fact, our mastiff cannot keep up energy wise, with my other 2. Just wants a short walk daily, and a space at your feet on the floor asleep/in a coma, for 20hrs a day!

    Good luck with your first dog of your own.

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    Bull terrier, staghound/greyhound,
    - I can't imagine any of these being all that thrilled with a jog longer than 1km at a time. Bull terriers don't mind the occasional short sprint - especially if there is food involved, stag hound and grey hound are both sprinters not endurance dogs - tho I think any dog can be trained for endurance. Do bear in mind a 10 week old puppy is good for about 10 minutes of exercise at once - especially the bigger frame dogs. The puppy won't set appropriate limits. It's all about right now - but you will be paying for it if you over do it when the dog is young, with joint problems later.

    boxer, shar pei, rotti, Doberman and Dalmatian

    Not sure about the Rotti - the rotti friend that Frosty grew up with was really paranoid about her puppy's joints and really careful not to over exercise when young. Not sure they're much for endurance running when they're older either.

    the others in this list could probably do it no problems. Again - you need to be gentle with your puppies.

    I've seen many different breeds out jogging with their owners at the beach. One that gets a very long run twice a day - is a vizsla.

    If you want a tired dog that doesn't get into trouble you will also need to engage its brain - otherwise if all you do is run and run and run, you will just get a super fit destructive dog.

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    Thank you all so much for the quick responses!
    I'd love to rescue a dog but I'm looking for a younger pup or dog to grow with me and I've had trouble finding any that suit very true about already knowing the personalities that's a great point.
    Hahaha absolutely my family has always been well into training and its something I hope to refine with my own dog, nekhbet, solid points greyhounds not being great on recall and i seem to love guard breeds but its always a cautious step to get one. Nekhbet love the plan of going to a breeder for a pup, yes exactly what I'd like!!!! Summary nailed it!
    Bahahaha bernie lazy mastifs are too adorable man, yeah I figured that but I'm more concerned about size in relation to discipline, if I bugger up I'd rather the dog not a be a rotti or a Doberman you know?
    Thank you hyacinth, had vislas on my list and they're beautiful but the separation anxiety and destructiveness at home took them out, though I guess the same could be said for bull terriers
    Im looking for a cuddling companion that also likes activity, and it will spend most of the time outdoors in south east suburbs of Melbourne and get taken into Ballarat area every second week or so

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    Dalmatian looking most likely with greyhound and boxer in close, anyone had experience with dalmatians? Much appreciated guys, this community is incredible!

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    Hi Tom

    All I know is when my dog does something particularly stupid (she's a cattle dog x), my mum calls her a Dalmatian.

    Dalmatians can be a bit slow to figure out what you want them to do, but that can also be a good thing as they're also less likely to be training you. Unlike the Bull Terrier who knows perfectly well what you want them to do but requires you to do something to make it worthwhile for them beyond praise and pats.

    Food usually works. But no food often fails. Unless you get the "transfer of value" happening ie doing the task becomes as rewarding as food - and that isn't always easy. Hence most of my more difficult training challenges or the ones I want to be most reliable (eg recall) happen with dinner as a distraction and reward.

    Dalmatians are very cute, affectionate, and some have a very strange doggy smile (a bit like Cindy Lauper in the 80s). The smile can scare people if they don't know the dog.

    I got my dog as a ten week old puppy from AWL rescue. The local one has just advertised for extra adopters because they've been inundated with unwanted dogs post Christmas - some of these are puppies that either couldn't be sold or were unwanted gifts or just late litters that couldn't be sold. Plus the poor dogs that get dumped so the family can go on holidays.

    This one is a german short haired pointer mix - so I guess they knew who the mother was because she looks nothing like a GSP.
    10 week old puppy. There's quite a few puppies listed on pet rescue now - most of them are staffy crosses - which you might want o avoid until Victoria repeals it's anti-pitbull or anything that subjectively might look like one... laws (aka BSL).

    Autumn - Medium Female German Shorthaired Pointer Mix in VIC - PetRescue

    A german short haired pointer or a wire haired one might be good. But if the dog is going to be sleeping outside at night - you might want to get a dog with a slightly warmer coat. Personally I like my dog right next to me at night time. She's not much use if she's out the back and the burglar comes in the front door or window. And if she's right next to me at night - it's harder to bait her too.
    Autumn - Medium Female German Shorthaired Pointer Mix in VIC - PetRescue

    Note - my dog does not share my bed. I wriggle too much for that.

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