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    Greetings, I was just wanting to get some answers from some knowledgeable owners / breeders as to what breed would be suitable for me. Any help or feedback would be appreciated. Here's some extra info regarding my circumstances and preferences...


    I'm about to move soon into a place with a smallish to medium backyard....and was thinking about getting a dog. I'm looking at a larger breed, since I generally don't like smaller dogs. I'm just wondering what dog would be suitable, as a one man dog / companion with medium level maintenance. I'm not fussed about brushing every week or so...nor walking for that matter, so long as it's not a generally hyperactive breed.


    Once again, any help or feedback would be greatly appreciated.



    Thanks,
    ~Jason

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    Sounds like a german shepherd would fit the bill - they're only 30-40kg (females being smaller), they do need a lot of attention and training as they are an incredibly smart breed. You might want to consider a belgian shepherd - slightly smaller but do need more exercise from what I have heard. Collie roughs or smooths might also fit the bill - they are more docile than sheps but are still often quite smart. Rottie's are great dogs, as are staffies and all manner of retriever.

    it depends - what do you want in a dog?

    Any puppy is going to be hyperactive to an extent, any dog will be under the right circumstances. I know dogs that are from supposedly hyperactive breeds that are extremely docile due to their upbringing.

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    If you visit a pound/shelter i almost guarantee that you'll fall in love with something...you might end up with a breed or x-breed you never even considered. I have in the past and again 4 months ago while looking for a buddy for my saffy. Looked around for months, thought i'd get another staffy or staffyx. Ended up with Lola ( kelpiex, Border colliex - not even sure what she is). She stole my heart and is the best behaved puppy i've ever had. Can't imagine life without her now...Soooooooo many pooches need saving, and if you pick an older pup or adult, you can see their personalities straight away.
    Good Luck and all the best with your search for a special buddy !
    Let us know what you decide.

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    I'd suggest a rotti, even a rotti cross. They are generally an extremely loyal dog and easy to train. They can also be really lazy and happy to sleep all day aslong as they have your company.

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    Take time in your search JSan and research the breeds you are interested in very well.

    I agree a shelter or rescue dog is a great option.

    Excercise and stimulation is a very important factor for a dogs well being, so that really needs to be factored in.

    Perhaps a dog around 5 or 6 would suit you..

    If you choose a good rescue group you have the benefit of follow up support and guidence during the life of the dog. All vetwork is done and the dogs are living in a loving family home while they wait for their forever home.

    Google "Pet Rescue" you will be amazed

    Nic

    "There is enough love and concern for animals in every community to overcome the irresposibility of the few"
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    Thanks so much for all the replies guys, appreciated. I did some more research today, and made a small list of breeds. But I think I'll look into what Billy / Magdalena mentioned, looking at a Shelter or Pet rescue. It's true that a lot of animals need rescuing.

    Just another question. Would it matter whether the dog is a pup or adult, in terms of bonding? E.g Would you have a stronger bond if you raised it since it was a pup etc. Main thing i'm looking for is just a friend, not a guard dog / working dog.

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    I think that dogs have big hearts and a lovely adult rescue dog will fall head over heels in love with you if you treat him well!

    Soooo many nice breeds out there!

    ... okay this suggestion is more then a little biast but Boxers are a medium sized dog with short manageable fur and lovely devoted temperaments (but love to play as well) they do need excersise like most bigger dogs tho.

    Another idea if you have the money is a british bulldog. They really don't ever have to be walked and are short haired dogs. They are better in cool climates apparently unless you have a nice cool inside area for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSan View Post
    Would it matter whether the dog is a pup or adult, in terms of bonding? E.g Would you have a stronger bond if you raised it since it was a pup etc. Main thing i'm looking for is just a friend, not a guard dog / working dog.
    I don't think it would matter. I have 2 dogs off the streets, one was just a puppy when I got it, and he would sell us for a cookie . On the other hand I took my rottie girl when she was already 2 or 3 years old, and she's like a velcro, never leaves my side, watches every move, very loyal, very attached. But it all really depends. Personally, If I had to go and get another dog, I'd pick older one. First reason being they have less chance being placed in a good home, second reason - no more puppy hassle. Puppies are really time consuming, yeah, they're gorgeous and cute, but if you're a working person, and most of us are you really need to spear more time on puppy than on grown up dog. So if you're adopting, take some time to see some dogs, check their personalities and see how you think you might go. You won't be sorry.

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    Ive had my girl under a year - from day 1 she slept with me and is always as close to me as possible. Flash I have had for 2 years and he is only now warming up to me - it depends on the dog. Both came to me at around 8 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    one was just a puppy when I got it, and he would sell us for a cookie .
    love that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    Puppies are really time consuming, yeah, they're gorgeous and cute, but if you're a working person, and most of us are you really need to spear more time on puppy than on grown up dog.
    I agree

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