What Kind of Dog to Get?

United States
August 26, 2007 1:18pm CST
I'm going to be moving into a house soon and I want to get a dog when I move. So, I need ideas/suggestions. I'm thinking about a Golden Retriever or Yellow Lab since both are pretty easy going type of dogs. Keep in mind that I have cats and I need a dog that will get along with them. That's why I want to get a puppy so the dog can get used to the cats from the beginning. I think it would be harder for a grown dog to adjust than a puppy. I also want to make sure the dog has the type of personality to get along with other animals easily. From what I know, Retrievers and Labs usually do pretty well with people and animals. However, if you have any ideas, let me know. I really want a larger dog at this point because I want a good protecter but not a real aggressive dog. I love Shepherds and Dobermans but I think they might be a bit aggressive for a house with cats. I wouldn't mind a small dog later but right now a larger dog is more what I have in mind. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions?
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
26 Aug 07
I've always been a big fan of larger sized dogs like the ones you are mentioning. Growing up I had a Airdale Terrier and cats. Airdale Terriers are beautiful great dogs. I also have had a Greyhound and cats. Greyhounds are also fantastic dogs. Both are pretty non aggressive to anything. The only thing with greyhounds is that you'd have to have a decent fenced in backyard for them to run around in. You can't adopt them otherwise usually. I've also always wanted an American Eskimo because I just think they're pretty white dogs. I'd say check the AKC.org (American Kennel Club) but they don't have much info about the dogs temperament. You could try http://pets.yahoo.com/dogs/breed-guide/ they have a bit about the temperament. Usually a "fun loving" dog is one that would get along with your cats whereas one that is "possessive" or like German shephards who are described as "Companion" dogs...you might think twice about them being an all sorts of animal lovin' dog.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
Oh, you just reminded me of one type of dog I forgot about. I love Siberian Huskies and the ones I've been around are always very sweet and I bet they'd get along with the cats. I'll have to look into it. Also, thank you for the link regarding the breeds. I'll check there and on Petfinder.com. And, I'll do some other research as well. I'm not real familiar with the American Eskimo but I'll check that out, too. My only concern with that type of dog is that I live in Southern California so I'm wondering if it would be too warm here for that kind of dog. I'll check into it, though.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Huskies are usually pretty great dogs. I think for the most part Herding dogs are usually friendly to other animals so long as they know the difference between being a herder and being a pet. A friend of mine has an Australian Shepherd (She also lives in Australia!) and that's a great dog to have and it's a herder. American Eskimo's might not be a good California dog, they do have pretty thick coats. Good luck on your dog search!
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• United States
26 Aug 07
Thanks for the suggestions. I just have to do some research and be thorough when looking at puppies. I'd love to rescue a dog from the pound or through a rescue organization but my only concern is what the animal has been through. If the dog has been abused, even a small puppy, they can be dangerous to other animals. One of these days, I will have a ranch and will be able to rescue animals. I just can't have them in the house with my cats if they are possibly dangerous to them. Introducing a new animal to other animals is always a challenge but especially dogs to cats. Anyway, thanks for your help.
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@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
26 Aug 07
I like both labs and goldens. Quite easily trained outgoing dogs. I'd say labs are a bit better at protecting if that's what you want, but in general both goldens and labs will give warning barks (and that's probably all you can count on them doing) so it's a matter of preference. Personally I prefer goldens because I don't like the labs' constant shedding with hair impossible to get out. Goldens shed a lot as well of course but a golden's hair is much easier to remove. If you get a puppy, keep in mind that both those breeds are typically fairly hyperactive when young, taking years to mature and needing a lot of exercise to not get destructive. There's a lot of work and time involved with having a puppy, and if you got a full-time job then it's quite a puzzle to figure out how to best housetrain. There are adult dogs in shelters and breed rescues that get along well with cats, so if you aren't sure you have enough time for a puppy then please reconsider an adult dog.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
Thank you for the input. I hadn't thought of a puppy being more of a challenge. I will consider what you've said and not be determined to get a puppy. I just want what's best for my household. I love my cats and don't want to create too much of a problem for them but I do want a dog or two.
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@denax1 (708)
• United States
26 Aug 07
I have had many different types of breeds, large and small, over the years. The labs that I have had all variety in their temperment. I did have a mix between a golden retriever and an irish setter that was the best, sweetest large dog ever. As far as the debate of getting a puppy versus a grown dog, I've done both. In both situations I have run into problems with the dogs getting a long with cats and other animals. It all boils down to the particular dog and their personality. Good luck.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
Thanks for your suggestions. I know that I'm going to have to be very careful in selecting the right dog for me and my babies. I want to be particularly careful not to get an animal that's been abused because that brings in an entirely different set of problems. As much as I'd like to rescue an animal that's been abandoned or abused, I don't want my cats to be terrorized by an animal that's angry from mistreatment.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
26 Aug 07
I think that 's very good choise.They are really smart dogs and very sensitive. And plus great for kids.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
Thanks for the encouragement. I know I'm going to have to be careful but God will show me the right dog(s) to get.
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@ladymel (12)
• United States
26 Aug 07
It really does sound like you are right on track. A Retriever or a Lab would be two of the best breeds to get if you want one to get along with other animals. You also definitely want to get a puppy. If you get an older puppy or an adult, you don't know what they have been through and how they will react to your home and cats.
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• United States
26 Aug 07
Thanks for the alert regarding older puppies. I hadn't thought about the potential for abuse in a puppy so I will definitely be very careful when checking out animals. I don't want anything to happen to my cats. I want a good addition to the family not a more complicated one.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
I have a white laborador who is a medium to large dog and he is the best for protection and getting along with people and animals. Definitely get a puppy, train him the way you want him. It is much easier on you than one that is already grown and set in his ways. Laboradors are friendly, laid back and alert. I adore mine and he gets along with my new dog who is a Jack Russell Terrior - also believe it or not, a very good watch dog and protector. sunnywaters
• United States
27 Aug 07
I have a yellow labrador retriever and he is a wonderful dog and a great protector. I would recommend this type of dog because my lab does a great job at letting me know if there is someone at my door. I love that because he scares the crap out of people when they are standing at the door,especially when there are people trying to sell me stuff that I do not want. I love that he can be my "ears" for me when I'm sleeping. He is has such a kind and loving personality and so good around kids and people. If you get a puppy just be patient with them because they do like to chew things,but if you have plenty of toys for them to play with and consistently work on disciplining them, they will eventually learn. One other friendly suggestion is to crate train your puppy. He/she will learn after a few times of having an accident in their crate and that they have to sit in their mess. They really learn quick to hold it till they are let outside. Please try to adopt a puppy from the Humane Society or a rescue shelter if you can, there are so many dogs and puppies that need a home. I hope that all this information helps.
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@IcyCucky (361)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I am in the process of getting a labradoodle, because it is big enough to be a guard dog, not mean, and no shedding too much. My son is eight and he loves to have a dog. I don't want an aggressive dog either, just one that barks to let me know if anyone is coming to the house or yard. Wish you luck on finding your best friend!
• United States
27 Aug 07
What is a labradoodle? A lab/poodle? Since I have cats and they shed, I'm used to that and figure that one more animal shedding isn't going to make much difference. We'll see. I also don't want one that constantly barks at every little thing but I want one that will alert me to strangers. I'll find the right dog when the time comes.
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@IcyCucky (361)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Yes, it's the new breed. Standard poodle and standard labradore. My children have allergy so this type of dog is better for them. Let us know which type of dog you're deciding on down the line...
• Finland
27 Aug 07
IceCucky, the labradoodle is not a recognized dog breed. It's nothing more than a mixed breed, a mutt. If you want that combination I hope you are getting one through a shelter or rescue as there are lots of lab/poodle mixes in them including puppies, rather than paying big bucks and supporting a 'designer breeder'. However, if allergy is an issue, I don't see why you couldn't get a poodle as there is a considerably better chance for your children to not be allergic to a pure-bred poodle than a dog that is half lab. Just because it is part poodle does not mean that it's hypoallergenic, genetics don't work that way so you always get the best of two breeds. You could just as well end up getting the worst of both breeds.
• United States
2 Sep 07
You should definatly save someone from a shelter!! They sometimes know the background of the animals and can help find a 'cat-friendly' doggie.
• United States
2 Sep 07
I would love to adopt from a shelter or rescue organization but I have to make sure the animal hasn't been previously abused and sometimes the shelters don't know one way or the other. I just don't want to get an animal that is going to suddenly flip out because of past abuse. Abused animals have a whole set of problems generally. If the dogs are puppies, sometimes it's not a problem but I have to be careful of what I bring into the house with my cats. If I didn't have the cats to be concerned about, it wouldn't matter what I brought home but I don't want a dog to come in and terrorize or attack my babies. That's why I have to be somewhat selective.
• Portugal
30 Aug 07
I have one Siberean Husky, they are amazing dogs. Doesn't bark all the time, realy smart, beatifull animals. But their big, and looks like a wolf so most of the people that don't know them, are afraid. While ge along with outher animals, well if it's a male he wont like to see any other male (even if it's from other kind, like a cat), femels he won't do anything, but males...
• United States
30 Aug 07
I had a friend with a Siberian and he got along just fine with other males. It may have just been that your dog has issues with males. My friend's dog was so loving and sweet and really took care of my friend, who had arthritis and other health problems and at times, he would have to drag her across the room to get her to the phone to get help. He was absolutely marvelous and I've been hooked on those dogs ever since. I just have to check out several dogs before making a decision.