Need help in choosing dog's breed..need your opinion

@NCgirl (488)
Philippines
February 23, 2008 7:02pm CST
I just got married, me and husband have talked about having a dog.. We both like to an english bulldog, but it's too expensive to have one and my mom-in-law says this breed have a lot of issues and concerns, meaning high maintenance one. I don't really care but it just hard to get one online. And then I have seen my husband's friend's dog (female German Shepherd) and sister-in-law's (female Chow mix). They're big dogs, and they're so sweet. I'm scared of dogs, small or big, but when I've seen them, I changed my mind. I want a big dog now.. So, what do you think is the best breed to get? I have Golden Retriever in mind, I just don't know the pros and cons with this breed yet..Any suggestions? Thanks
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@gandatwo (603)
• Australia
24 Feb 08
Hi NCgirl,we have had all sorts large and small,guess it depends on where you are living,do you have plenty of space for a large dog to exercise and romp? Another must to consider is hair loss problems. These days we go for dogs with hair opposed to fur,as they do not lose like dogs with fur.Another advantage of smaller dogs is they can be very portable..lol Hope this helps Cheers
@heidibur (310)
• United States
24 Feb 08
poodles and maltese dont shed and then you get into the labra-doodle they are great to (no shed) i have been grooming dogs for the past 8 years i know hair.
@NCgirl (488)
• Philippines
24 Feb 08
We have a big yard to have a dog to play around..Im not sure with fur though, I just don't like pet's hair everywhere. I know that's one thing i have to take note of. Hope the dog we'd get is something that don't shed hair too much..or else, that's a problem..lol
@heidibur (310)
• United States
24 Feb 08
yesyou want hair not fur and like i said talk to the vet he will know who sheds and who doesnt.
@gem4678 (220)
• United States
24 Feb 08
I personaly have a beagle a golden retriever and a black lab. They are all great dogs. In all honelty I think any dog pretty much can be a great family pet if trained properly, but they do all have there tendencies. I know that many times golden retrievers can be a little skiddish however with the proper attention it will usually go away with time. They do tend to require lots of excercise and attention. Lab's require attention and excercise as well, this is why I have a fenced in yard. But they aer great dogs, they are great with kids and very loving, the only problem is convincing this 60-70 pound dog that he is not a lap dog lol. But if you do not allow them in your lap from a puppy age it shouldnt be too much of a problem. GOod luck with your hunt for a dog just keep in mind that however you treat them as puppies is how they will expect to get treated as adults, they don't know they have grown.
@heidibur (310)
• United States
24 Feb 08
i feel your pain i have a great dane pit bull mix that thinks he is a lap dog we call him our 100 pound chihuahua and then we have a bassette hound and shes about 60 pounds i do agree with not letting the dog in your lap when they are pups keep them on the floor and pet them always and i know it is hard they are so cute.
• Philippines
27 May 08
we have a German Shepherd, they are a very good breed. Smart, friendly, and loyal. Our dog keeps bad people away but are very playful to our visitors. good luck finding your perfect pooch!
• United States
24 Feb 08
if you want a very intelligent and all around good dog breed look at a skipperkey
@schilds (410)
• United States
24 Feb 08
I personally love labs. They are incredibly gentle and intelligent. Like most big dogs they are prone to hip displasia. And they have 2 layers of fur, so they shed ALOT! I also like cocker spaniels. They are a little more high strung. They don't shed much, but you do have to have them groomed. I don't have much experience with goldens. The few I have met were very skittish. I wouldn't have trusted them with my children. A friend of mine has an english bulldog. Aside from keeping his weight under control her dog is no higher maintenance than my labs. He is a sweetheart too. Do some research on whichever breeds you are considering. Sometimes they will surprise you, the innocent looking dogs turn out to be the ones that are more aggresive, while the big scary looking ones are gentle. Good luck - and don't forget chew toys if you get a puppy.
@heidibur (310)
• United States
24 Feb 08
i was an adoption counsler for a humane society the best advice that i can give you is do your reaserch on any breed you are thinking about getting and it might help to talk to a veterinarian ( I worked for one ) ask about all the health issues and ask about displasia ( hip/spine) and when you have found the right dog try looking online (search) lets just say golden retriver rescue groups every breed has a rescue group and alot of times they have moms and pups or ones that are pregnant if you want a pup i will say this goldens and HYPER until trained and they need alot of training. and i do know that bassette hounds are really quite stupid until they are about 5 or 6 years old but deffinantly talk to someone most humane societies have an adoption counseler ready to answer questions.