Thinking about an addition to our family

@Trace86 (5043)
United States
June 11, 2008 8:01pm CST
My husband and I are thinking of getting a dog. We already have a 5 year old spoiled cat. I was thinking that we should get a dog that is just a bit bigger than her so that she won't try to intimidate it too much. I also want a dog that doesn't have super shaggy hair. We want an older dog, not a puppy. Any advice or other things we need to consider before we make this long-awaited addition to our family?
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I've had quite a few different purebreds over my lifetime, German Shepherd, Great Danes, Fox Terrier, Labradors. Other relatives have had other breeds (purebreds too) While they were all great dogs, I have to honestly say that the mutt (mixed breed Heintz 57 variety) were the absolute best. Purebreds seem to have a lot of health problems, more so than mongrels do. All mine have had hip problems, and other medical problems, as they aged. The mutts seemed to be mostly problem free and hardly cost me anything extra than routine yearly vet care & meds. I sure wish I could say the same thing about the purebreds! (But I can't!) Some of the best and most loyal dogs my Dad ever had came from the pound. I think that no matter where you get your older dog from, it's important to interact with it some and ask the people who are taking care of it how it seems to behave. Does it get along with the other animals there? Or does it get upset when another dog or cat goes by? When it's in a shelter, or even a regular home, one thing they can tell is if it's pretty happy, or aggressive, or whatever. I think you also can tell if a dog has an attitude problem. Good luck in finding a nice pooch that will blend in with your family! Let us know what you ended up getting! Oh yeah, here's a couple of links that tell basic personalities of the different breeds of dogs. Maybe that will help if you know some of their tendencies. http://www.k9country.com/perl//dogBreed.pl http://www.petpeoplesplace.com/resources/breed_profiles/dogs/
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@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Thank you all for you input so far! The links were fairly helpful. The one link said there was no breed that met my expectations 100%. On the other hand, it didn't take into account mutts, which I will probably end up with from a shelter.
@snowy22315 (30158)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I think you need to make sure the dog you get does not hate cats. You may want to get an older dog who has lived with cats before. My dog has always lived with cats since he was a puppy. he does chase and harass our cat quite a bit, but my cat is mellow, and when Beau is not in chase mode they are quite chummy. My best advice get a mellow, not overly agressive dog.
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@ElicBxn (59954)
• United States
12 Jun 08
A rat or fox terrier would be a good choice.
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• United States
12 Jun 08
Are you trying to avoid shaggy hair because of shedding issues? Or is grooming more of a concern? My short haired dog sheds pretty consistently throughout the year, but my longer haired dog sheds once and then is done. It's so counter intuitive! One of the things you should look into is the breed characteristics of different dogs to get an idea of what kind of dog would best fit your lifestyle. If you're not really active people you probably don't want to get a dog that needs 4 hours of exercise a day. Once you have an idea of what characteristics are important to you you'll be able to check with local breed rescues and/or your local shelters to find a dog that's a good match.
• United States
13 Jun 08
Oh! Oh! Oh! Pick me, pick me! lol. I'm not sure how thrilled you'll be with my recommendations, depending on which rumors you want to believe hehe. But there are a couple of breeds I would defeniatly recommend! Boxers or Rottweilers. I work around ALL different kinds of dog; big and small. And in my experience boxers and rottweilers are THE SWEETEST dogs ever! Doberman pinchers are too! omg I love them all lol. But really, I think it would be best for you to go to your local shelter, look at all the dogs. Chances are you'll find one you love that gets along with cats. And adopt it! :) And just to add, personally, I think it's great you're gonna adopt an older dog rather than a puppy, everyone always seems to want the puppies! And I think older dogs need saving more than them =P So I vow only to adopt older dogs too! lol.
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• United States
14 Jun 08
OMG! That is sooo sweet! She already knew who her new mommy was gonna be! =P lol. I think that animals at shelters really do, in some way, pick people! lol. You just gotta watch very closely sometimes! (Although with you cat she did all the work ;P) lol. But you may have to pay a little closer attention to the dogs. Personally, first I like to look at the real sad looking dogs. Then you can take them out to the shelters "meeting" area and see how you get along with them. But my ultimate plan for when I go to the shelter and pick my first, very own dog (the dogs I have right now are technically my moms, and I had no decision in choosing them lol) anyways =P My plan is too ask someone who works there to either show me any dogs that are due to be euthanized soon, and if they don't have any, I'll ask to see the dogs who have been there the longest! :)
@Liasonfan (1702)
• Canada
12 Jun 08
Wow Trace, what a great idea and great addition to your family. I amsure it will take the cat a little time to get used to a dof for a new housemate and friend. Can't wait for you to tell us how it is going. We have a cat and many of our friends have both cats and dogs. They can be really good company for each other!
@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
12 Jun 08
My cat has claws, so I would expect the dog to get a scratched nose several times before learning better! It is not a for sure deal either. Just an idea being batted around. I hope he still will take me to the adoption center soon. Even if it is just to look! :)
@Liasonfan (1702)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
I hope you get what you want. There are so many animals waiting to be adopted and who need a good home. Have fun!