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wild.river
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:00 PM
it's been 5 months since my dog died (r.i.p. :sad:), and i think it's time.

i have narrowed it down to:

golden lab
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images18/YellowLabLogan2HalfMonths.JPG

australian shepherd
http://australian-kelpie.bestfrienddogs.com/images/australian-shepherd-2.jpg

shiba inu
http://animal-world.com/dogs/Non-Sporting-Dog-Breeds/images/ShibaInuWDN_Ap6D.jpg

other?

suggestions?

Tripp
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:13 PM
It depends. Do you have kids? How big is your place? Are you looking for a company dog or a guardian dog?

Anyway, my favourite breed is the boxer. They're playful, great with children and cute as hell.

Bijoux0021
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:14 PM
http://i42.tinypic.com/fl9fsi.jpg

wild.river
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:19 PM
It depends. Do you have kids? How big is your place? Are you looking for a company dog or a guardian dog?

Anyway, my favourite breed is the boxer. They're playful, great with children and cute as hell.

no kids. townhouse with backyard. a smart, energetic, social dog :o
i also have a 1 yr old samoyed who'll needs to get along..

delicatecutter
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:19 PM
Japanese Chin!

http://www.allsmalldogbreeds.com/breeds/japanese-chin.jpg

Londoner
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:20 PM
I like West Highland Terriers and the Black Scotties. They're wilful and tend to take over the roost and think they are the kings/queens of the castle, but very loyal and very intelligent. I love Labradors, but they are dustbins when it comes to food, not quite as loyal as my faves in that they'll go to anyone who has food and can pong as they really are roll in the muck dogs!

Don't get a pug. Health problems. But also my elderly neighbour had one for years. When she died the dog didn't give a sh@t and happily went off to live with another neighbour. I want my dog to be loyal!

miffedmax
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:22 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YEAK5yZeyWU/TY9eWKCs9ZI/AAAAAAAABXM/EqDh-wkNh8s/s1600/main+coon.jpg

Dogs are too fragile. You need a Maine coon.

Mary Cherry.
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:26 PM
I like Border Terriers. They always look so sad :awww:

plantman
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:44 PM
Schipperke

We lost our beloved dog a couple months ago. Schipps are a wonderful breed!

RIP Bear

http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/6808/1000277u.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/829/1000277u.jpg/)

matthias
Apr 9th, 2012, 09:45 PM
Labrador, i have a browm one
he is just adorable
i really dislike australian shepards, i know a few of them, and all are very tough to handle

wild.river
Apr 10th, 2012, 01:36 AM
I like West Highland Terriers and the Black Scotties. They're wilful and tend to take over the roost and think they are the kings/queens of the castle, but very loyal and very intelligent. I love Labradors, but they are dustbins when it comes to food, not quite as loyal as my faves in that they'll go to anyone who has food and can pong as they really are roll in the muck dogs!

Don't get a pug. Health problems. But also my elderly neighbour had one for years. When she died the dog didn't give a sh@t and happily went off to live with another neighbour. I want my dog to be loyal!

:lol: that's hilarious. but even less loyal dogs are more loyal than any other pet. i wouldn't mind if my dog wasn't sad if i died.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YEAK5yZeyWU/TY9eWKCs9ZI/AAAAAAAABXM/EqDh-wkNh8s/s1600/main+coon.jpg

Dogs are too fragile. You need a Maine coon.

:unsure: i wouldn't feel safe sleeping at night.

pov
Apr 10th, 2012, 04:46 AM
What do you really like in a dog? How do you like to interact with the dog? There are too many factors to ask for suggestions without giving details. Space (as another poster mentioned), time, who you live with, etc, etc. I like big dogs so . .. .

donellcarey
Apr 10th, 2012, 04:54 AM
GOLDEN!

End of story.

Inger67
Apr 10th, 2012, 05:34 AM
I love my lab, I have a pure bred black lab and he's just sooo cute! He sheds like hell though, which I don't like but it's fine because he makes up for it :lol:

So out of that list I would say golden lab! Although my opinion is a little biased.

KournikovaFan91
Apr 10th, 2012, 05:37 AM
Golden Lab I used to have one for 13 years

Now I have a mini Schnauzer, they're cool too. But from the list you have I would totally pick a golden lab.

Infiniti2001
Apr 10th, 2012, 06:02 AM
http://i41.tinypic.com/54ybtz.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/2cpc0uc.jpg

Border collie. Before him I had a golden retriever---another sweet doggie... Can't keep either breed out of the pool :lol:

wild.river
Apr 10th, 2012, 06:09 AM
leaning towards a golden lab :D
also thinking about a rescue. but i work a lot, so i'm worried i won't be able to invest the extra time if the dog has psychological problems.

Infiniti2001
Apr 10th, 2012, 06:14 AM
leaning towards a golden lab :D
also thinking about a rescue. but i work a lot, so i'm worried i won't be able to invest the extra time if the dog has psychological problems.

Doggie daycare is fun.. My doggie goes twice a week and he loves it.. He actually knows the days he has to go and literally sits by the door--smart sucker :lol:

ranfurly
Apr 10th, 2012, 09:19 AM
My family and I are registered breeders (NZKC) of Labrador Retrievers,

Naturally, I'm going to say a Labrador as your choice, They are friendly, intelligent, affectionate, an excellent watch dog, family orientated, love the outdoors and are not susceptible to a bit of cold weather, they are obedient, can be trained more easily compared to others.

Also, if your keen hunter/duck shooter like I am, nothing beats the Labrador in the water.

The great thing about Labradors is that they have a wonderful temperament, that is why they are such a popular breed.

They are suseptible to arthritis and Dysplacia, being two of the most common problems in the breed, but if you are choosing correct food(s) full of nutrients, and more importantly, a good blood stock you can minimise these genetic associations.

Labradors are active dogs, so its always great to have people who want to be active with there labrador aswell, we have several people every year come to look at our pups because they want a dog which is affectionate, yet also help them get in shape and become fit.

They are good travelling dogs aswell.

Labrador pups are suseptible to being a bit more "chew curious" than other pups, so whatever goes, be sure to have it in a high place!

With proper obedience and discipline, Labs make fine dogs around children and other animals.

I hope this helps mate, Labradors are wonderful dogs, though I've had other dogs before (pig hunting, herding dogs) As far as the domesticated pet, a labrador is a fine example.

Don't go for those poofy looking toy dogs, (again personal taste)

Also if your going in for the "Rescue Dog", that's fine, and good for you mate, there are heaps of dogs out there who are abandoned and need love, it's a shame, some really great dogs often find themselves on death row. If you are willing to have a look before going to a registered Breeder, I do urge you too, (whoa Im not a good businessman man am I?)

It helps if you do happen to find a dog you like, to spend a bit of time with it whilst there to gauge it's temperment.

A lot of people go for dogs which are timid because they believe it needs a "good home and a loving family" but timidness in dogs is very difficult to manage, usually resulting from past experiences or how it was treated previously, sometimes for people it's not worth the effort, but if you do have the time, and are prepared to make an effort with time and fortitude, then go you!

I prefer to get my dogs from the beginning, that way it's alot easier as the trainer, and the owner to bring it up the correct way. It can be sometimes difficult with dogs who have been rescued.

skanky~skanketta
Apr 10th, 2012, 10:03 AM
I think you should go down to the animal shelter and pick the one you immediately feel a bond to.

So Disrespectful
Apr 10th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Get a whippet! Gorgeous, regal, obedient, intelligent and adaptable. They're just as happy curling up next to your computer as they are on a 5km jog.

Who could say no to these eyes?
http://www.lewhippet.com/images/homepage/Jeune-fille.jpg

Sean.
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:05 PM
I like Border Terriers. They always look so sad :awww:

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc219/5e4n/millie.png

;)

Mynarco
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:17 PM
^This is CUTE :eek: Is that yours

Lord Choc Ice
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:25 PM
Get a Maltese.
http://www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/images/maltese-puppy-training.jpg

And look at this fierce bitch:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/94/Maltese_600.jpg/300px-Maltese_600.jpg

Runner-Up: Golden Lab :p

Reptilia
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:25 PM
Get a whippet! Gorgeous, regal, obedient, intelligent and adaptable. They're just as happy curling up next to your computer as they are on a 5km jog.

Who could say no to these eyes?
http://www.lewhippet.com/images/homepage/Jeune-fille.jpg

:awww: this looks like one of Jenna Marbles' dogs. Sooo adorable.

Lord Sneeze
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:26 PM
I suggest a
http://dogandpuppycare.com/images/beagle.jpg

Tough to handle without proper training early.

However from your list definetly a Lab

Sean.
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:31 PM
^This is CUTE :eek: Is that yours

Yep. :D

Reptilia
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:32 PM
I suggest a
http://dogandpuppycare.com/images/beagle.jpg

Tough to handle without proper training early.

However from your list definetly a Lab

I'm getting a Beagle when i'm older. Everybody tells me not to cos they are really naughty but IDGAF :lol:

Lord Sneeze
Apr 10th, 2012, 02:37 PM
I'm getting a Beagle when i'm older. Everybody tells me not to cos they are really naughty but IDGAF :lol:
We have had 2. One we had to have put down because it got Pancrititis about 6 months after having pups. We still have 1.
They are very energetic, run like crazy. Beware theough you must train them well when young. First 6 months to a year otherwise they will become a very big handful. Ill post a pic of mine flying in a few minutes.

Lord Sneeze
Apr 10th, 2012, 03:00 PM
http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/982/puppies001r.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/338/puppies001r.jpg/)
Unfortunately couldn't find the one of the dog flying, may be on another computer

McPie
Apr 10th, 2012, 03:03 PM
http://powrightinthekisser.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/7422_odie_cutout_943.jpg

Mary Cherry.
Apr 10th, 2012, 03:13 PM
http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc219/5e4n/millie.png

;)

:awww: :awww: :awww: :awww:

Mistress of Evil
Apr 10th, 2012, 03:37 PM
Golden Labrador all the way. :hearts:

Personally, I love Siberian huskies and if you get one it will hit it off with the Samoyed immediately.

miffedmax
Apr 10th, 2012, 04:08 PM
:lol: that's hilarious. but even less loyal dogs are more loyal than any other pet. i wouldn't mind if my dog wasn't sad if i died.



:unsure: i wouldn't feel safe sleeping at night.

Actually--although I was joking--Coons are great cats for dog people as they are extremely loyal (often bonding with one family member) and they are more active and playful than other cat breeds. Our late Coon was insanely loyal to my older son and would actually wait for him by the door and jump up and kiss his hand when he got home from school every day.

So, if you (or any other dog person) ever find yourself needing to compromise and bring a cat into your life, a Coon really is a good choice.

Just some unsolicited advice, just what you were looking for, right? :lol: ;)

pov
Apr 10th, 2012, 04:26 PM
http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2010/pets/migration/001541637.jpg
It's Charlie the coyote.

antonella
Apr 10th, 2012, 04:39 PM
If you want a pet and a typical dog, then by-all-means get one of the aforementioned dogs. But if you want a friend, get a Belgian Sheepdog.:inlove: Once you've had one, you could never have any other breed of dog again. They really are not dogs, but rather people in dog suits trying to pull a fast one on us. Owners always rave about their high level of cognitive intellegence, excellent (self taught) manners, loyalty and most importantly... their quirkiness. Like the one we had, had a strange obsession with the Taco Bell and bean burritos(would pass on a hunk of meat for one of those things). Was fascinated by horses, didn't like dogs with spots and hated the back yard. It's been noted they seem to have a sense of humor, and light-heartedness. The dog in the painting, looks exactly like the one we had:bigcry: as you can see the kindness and intellegence in his or her eyes. But they are a BIG investment in terms of attention and care as they're complex and have to be treated with alot of consideration.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg845/scaled.php?server=845&filename=belgiansheepdogportrait.jpg&res=landing

wild.river
Apr 10th, 2012, 06:46 PM
My family and I are registered breeders (NZKC) of Labrador Retrievers,

Naturally, I'm going to say a Labrador as your choice, They are friendly, intelligent, affectionate, an excellent watch dog, family orientated, love the outdoors and are not susceptible to a bit of cold weather, they are obedient, can be trained more easily compared to others.

Also, if your keen hunter/duck shooter like I am, nothing beats the Labrador in the water.

The great thing about Labradors is that they have a wonderful temperament, that is why they are such a popular breed.

They are suseptible to arthritis and Dysplacia, being two of the most common problems in the breed, but if you are choosing correct food(s) full of nutrients, and more importantly, a good blood stock you can minimise these genetic associations.

Labradors are active dogs, so its always great to have people who want to be active with there labrador aswell, we have several people every year come to look at our pups because they want a dog which is affectionate, yet also help them get in shape and become fit.

They are good travelling dogs aswell.

Labrador pups are suseptible to being a bit more "chew curious" than other pups, so whatever goes, be sure to have it in a high place!

With proper obedience and discipline, Labs make fine dogs around children and other animals.

I hope this helps mate, Labradors are wonderful dogs, though I've had other dogs before (pig hunting, herding dogs) As far as the domesticated pet, a labrador is a fine example.

Don't go for those poofy looking toy dogs, (again personal taste)

Also if your going in for the "Rescue Dog", that's fine, and good for you mate, there are heaps of dogs out there who are abandoned and need love, it's a shame, some really great dogs often find themselves on death row. If you are willing to have a look before going to a registered Breeder, I do urge you too, (whoa Im not a good businessman man am I?)

It helps if you do happen to find a dog you like, to spend a bit of time with it whilst there to gauge it's temperment.

A lot of people go for dogs which are timid because they believe it needs a "good home and a loving family" but timidness in dogs is very difficult to manage, usually resulting from past experiences or how it was treated previously, sometimes for people it's not worth the effort, but if you do have the time, and are prepared to make an effort with time and fortitude, then go you!

I prefer to get my dogs from the beginning, that way it's alot easier as the trainer, and the owner to bring it up the correct way. It can be sometimes difficult with dogs who have been rescued.

thanks so much for the input!! :yeah:
it must be so rewarding but tough(?) being a breeder and having to part with puppies. how do you not get attached to them!
also, definitely not a duck shooter :p more a vegan gun-fearer.

wild.river
Apr 10th, 2012, 06:53 PM
If you want a pet and a typical dog, then by-all-means get one of the aforementioned dogs. But if you want a friend, get a Belgian Sheepdog.:inlove: Once you've had one, you could never have any other breed of dog again. They really are not dogs, but rather people in dog suits trying to pull a fast one on us. Owners always rave about their high level of cognitive intellegence, excellent (self taught) manners, loyalty and most importantly... their quirkiness. Like the one we had, had a strange obsession with the Taco Bell and bean burritos(would pass on a hunk of meat for one of those things). Was fascinated by horses, didn't like dogs with spots and hated the back yard. It's been noted they seem to have a sense of humor, and light-heartedness. The dog in the painting, looks exactly like the one we had:bigcry: as you can see the kindness and intellegence in his or her eyes. But they are a BIG investment in terms of attention and care as they're complex and have to be treated with alot of consideration.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg845/scaled.php?server=845&filename=belgiansheepdogportrait.jpg&res=landing

:) that sounds lovely. sorry he's no longer with you.

wild.river
Apr 10th, 2012, 06:56 PM
Actually--although I was joking--Coons are great cats for dog people as they are extremely loyal (often bonding with one family member) and they are more active and playful than other cat breeds. Our late Coon was insanely loyal to my older son and would actually wait for him by the door and jump up and kiss his hand when he got home from school every day.

So, if you (or any other dog person) ever find yourself needing to compromise and bring a cat into your life, a Coon really is a good choice.

Just some unsolicited advice, just what you were looking for, right? :lol: ;)

coons are a gateway cat :lol:

AliceMariaRenka
Apr 10th, 2012, 09:45 PM
no kids. townhouse with backyard. a smart, energetic, social dog :o
i also have a 1 yr old samoyed who'll needs to get along..

Doesn't sound like doggie heaven to me.

A dog should have space and countryside. Too many LONELY people get dogs to fill their lives without thinking about the animals.

ranfurly
Apr 10th, 2012, 09:49 PM
thanks so much for the input!! :yeah:
it must be so rewarding but tough(?) being a breeder and having to part with puppies. how do you not get attached to them!
also, definitely not a duck shooter :p more a vegan gun-fearer.

I've been used to it since a young age.

As breeders, we don't become too emotionally attached with the litter, because at the end of the day, we know we have to let them go.

The good thing is many purchasers keep in touch with us throughout the initial period of homing them, so we get stories, updates, photos, emails, which is nice to receive.

We like to make sure that the homes they are going to are suitable homes, there has been times where we have refused due to circumstances of the family and had to intervene with the help of the RSPCA.

ranfurly
Apr 10th, 2012, 09:53 PM
Doesn't sound like doggie heaven to me.

A dog should have space and countryside. Too many LONELY people get dogs to fill their lives without thinking about the animals.

That's not necessacarily correct.

You don't need expansive land if you want to obtain a Pomeranian or a Pekinese or small dog.

It is very dependent on the type of dog that you are wanting to obtain,

obviously probably not the wisest decision to purchase a Irish Wolfhound when living in a one bedroom apartment.

and lonely people are quite fine with owning pets, we have had several people who are looking for a companion animal because they have lost there husband, or they live somewhere in the country by themselves.

Providing that there dwelling and complex is adequate and they appear to be good people and we know that the dog is going to benefit in the care, then it's quite suitable.

Thanos
Apr 11th, 2012, 09:51 AM
http://www.dailypets.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/pug1.jpg

edificio
Apr 11th, 2012, 11:53 PM
Border Collies are so cute, but so are all your choices listed up there. Be sure to consider your living environment and lifestyle, and maybe get a rescue pup/dog.

Londoner
Apr 12th, 2012, 06:54 PM
If you want a pet and a typical dog, then by-all-means get one of the aforementioned dogs. But if you want a friend, get a Belgian Sheepdog.:inlove: Once you've had one, you could never have any other breed of dog again. They really are not dogs, but rather people in dog suits trying to pull a fast one on us. Owners always rave about their high level of cognitive intellegence, excellent (self taught) manners, loyalty and most importantly... their quirkiness. Like the one we had, had a strange obsession with the Taco Bell and bean burritos(would pass on a hunk of meat for one of those things). Was fascinated by horses, didn't like dogs with spots and hated the back yard. It's been noted they seem to have a sense of humor, and light-heartedness. The dog in the painting, looks exactly like the one we had:bigcry: as you can see the kindness and intellegence in his or her eyes. But they are a BIG investment in terms of attention and care as they're complex and have to be treated with alot of consideration.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg845/scaled.php?server=845&filename=belgiansheepdogportrait.jpg&res=landing

You've gone and made me want one of those dogs and I can't have one!:sobbing:

wild.river
Apr 12th, 2012, 07:30 PM
http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2010/pets/migration/001541637.jpg
It's Charlie the coyote.

no coyotes. i considered a fox a few yrs ago, but they're nocturnal and i'm not.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TH--FbUkRGg/TZQrynXzZ3I/AAAAAAAAAnQ/v8fETzZxr2M/s1600/BabyRedFox_ROW1588468426_20110331.jpg