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What breed would you recommend... #193880
11/16/11 02:25 AM
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For a family with older children who want a GSD but are not really ready or committed to go through all the necessary training, socialization and exercise for the dog?

These are their requirements - medium to large size (40 lbs +), social as opposed to aloof, moderate exercise needs, and "easier." By easier I think they mean they don't plan on doing obedience classes, don't want to spend a lot of time and energy on socialization (at least not what's necessary for a GSD), and don't want to spend 2+ hours on exercise/training a day. I think they are in love with the looks and temperament of a GSD, but when I told them how much dedication and interaction raising a GSD requires, they started looking kind of worried and asked me if there was another breed that might be better.

I know a lot of people are going to say, if you don't want to put in work then you shouldn't get a dog at all, and I agree. But I think this family is willing to put in time and energy for exercise, just not what is necessary for a GSD.

I can think of some small breed dogs that might be a good match (like a pug) but I'm drawing a blank for larger breed dogs. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Virginia] #193882
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Is going to a rescue or shelter an option? I have a dog that meets all their criteria, but he's a mutt from a rescue. 65lbs (though in profile is bigger than my GSDs), social, easy going, loves kids, zero drive, needs very little exercise (a short walk a few times a week and some yard time during the day).

Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Virginia] #193883
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How about a life size stuffed GSD from Toy'R Us? rofl



I'm kidding. smile Let me think about this one.


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Vinnie] #193884
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get 'em a Lab or Golden Retriever.

Last edited by zyp; 11/16/11 02:49 AM.

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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Virginia] #193889
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Home of;
Sundance (Ezio zu Treuen Händen, ADC, BH, HIC)
Butch (Dario von der Staatsmacht, APr3, NW1, L1V, HIC, ORT-AC)
& Wyatt the cat

R.I.P. Dalton - Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

The Black Dog's Photographer
Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Virginia] #193899
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If they want a social family dog, I would recommend a Siberian Husky. As long as they don't want a dog with protective instincts, because a Sibe would open the door to an intruder. On average, they're wonderful with kids and dogs and they don't tend to have many health problems. And they're very clean dogs and easy to maintain, despite the appearance of all that fur. Of course, they do have some faults, like their desire to run, so owners must be careful about fencing and not leaving them to their own devices. Here's the good and the bad from the Siberian Husky Club of America:

http://www.shca.org/shcahp2a.htm

http://www.shca.org/shcahp2b.htm


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: AgilePaws] #193903
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Quote:
get 'em a Lab or Golden Retriever.


Seriously?? rofl

I don't know any retrievers that were born laid back. High energy until at 3 years old in most cases and they like to work.


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: PositiveDog] #193905
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ugliest stuffed gsd i have ever seen!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the REAL mutt, though!!


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Schnickle Fritz] #193906
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Some of the hunting breeds, sighthounds and setters mainly, can be pretty laid back. With most sighthounds they need a few minutes a day running like crazy full bore, and they're on the couch the rest of the time. Retired racing greyhounds can be great pets for lazy owners so long as they have a fenced yard or nearby park where the dog can run for a few minutes.

Bulldogs are about as lazy as it gets, but loads of health problems.

Getting into the really big breeds, Danes and most of the mastiffs are very laid back and lazy too. Most American line Dobermans I've met are as well.

Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Chris Wild] #193909
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Originally Posted By: Chris Wild
Some of the hunting breeds, sighthounds and setters mainly, can be pretty laid back.


As long as it's not a Gordon Setter. Mine is almost 4 years old and still bouncing off the walls. And she's all showlines. Had a field Gordon before and he didn't start settling down until he was 8!


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Chris Wild] #193910
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Originally Posted By: Chris Wild
Retired racing greyhounds can be great pets for lazy owners so long as they have a fenced yard or nearby park where the dog can run for a few minutes.

Beat me to it!


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: AgilePaws] #193913
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Originally Posted By: AgilePaws


As long as it's not a Gordon Setter. Mine is almost 4 years old and still bouncing off the walls. And she's all showlines. Had a field Gordon before and he didn't start settling down until he was 8!


True, I haven't met any calm Gordons that I can think of. But several really laid back Irish and English. English especially.

Vin, are they wanting a puppy or young dog, or would they consider an older dog? A middle aged dog of most any breed could fit the bill, including GSDs. Though there are some serious couch potato GSDs and breeders of that type that produce the perfect dog for them in a GSD looking package if they are dead set on a GSD.

Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: GrandJan] #193914
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What about Sparkle Monkey? Am I reading that right? Sparkle Monkey?
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21300049
What's up with that one paw?

Beagles? They are great family dogs but different - they may not listen. I just saw a bajillion of them on Petfinder.

Look at Sally's paws crossed!
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21350135

Okay, so I need to step away from the Petfinder.

I think if you are just looking for a pet to love, and to love you, you cannot beat a nice mix that has the qualities that you are looking for, whatever those are. There are plenty of PBs on that list too of course.

Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: GrandJan] #193916
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Originally Posted By: GrandJan
Originally Posted By: Chris Wild
Retired racing greyhounds can be great pets for lazy owners so long as they have a fenced yard or nearby park where the dog can run for a few minutes.

Beat me to it!

I 3rd that! I work at a house with 2 GH's and they are couch potato, sun spot seekers. They live on a lake, so the house takes up all the property, the dogs get on leash exercise only. They could care less and are fairly stable nerve-wise.
One is crate anxious/drools when crated(possibly due to her past,possible crate stacking?) but she is fine, not destructive if left out.
GH's rescues are eval'd very well too, so that is a bonus, you know what you are getting for the most part.
One of the GH's has a SLO immune problem(which is managed), but otherwise they are really healthy.


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Jane Jean] #193918
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Originally Posted By: Jane Jean
Originally Posted By: GrandJan
Originally Posted By: Chris Wild
Retired racing greyhounds can be great pets for lazy owners so long as they have a fenced yard or nearby park where the dog can run for a few minutes.

Beat me to it!

I 3rd that!


Actually, I think your's is the 4th vote. wink

Originally Posted By: Vinnie


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Butch (Dario von der Staatsmacht, APr3, NW1, L1V, HIC, ORT-AC)
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R.I.P. Dalton - Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

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