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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Vinnie] #193928
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Good suggestions everyone! I'll pass them along. All I could think of off the top of my head when they asked me was "uhh...lab?" and most labs I've met are pretty energetic.

This is actually for a family involved with the GSD rescue that I volunteer with. I think this family is going to go for a rescue dog either way, not a breeder dog, but based on their criteria, willingness to work with the dog and a few other things, I wasn't sure that a GSD would be the best fit. I actually recommended that they look into an all- or mixed-breed rescue, so that they could find their perfect dog without giving too much consideration to breed. A mixed breed like Lies' Coke would be perfect for them.

Like most novice dog owners, they originally wanted a (GSD) puppy, but after some chatting, they decided that an older, more mature dog would probably be best. These are great suggestions, never would've thought of them myself since I work almost exclusively with working breeds. I'll send them over, along with the Petfinder links. Thanks all!

Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Vinnie] #193930
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I vote for Sparkle Monkey! He looks like a lion!

Seriously, I recommend finding an breed rescue that has dogs in foster homes and giving a home to a great mutt.


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Schnickle Fritz] #193931
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Originally Posted By: Schnickle Fritz
ugliest stuffed gsd i have ever seen!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the REAL mutt, though!!


Yeah, agree, that is definitely the ugliest stuffed dog I've ever seen lol!!

Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Virginia] #193933
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They could also look into the Leonbergers ("Leos" for short). I considered a Leo, but they were too laid back for me. They're big, fuzzy, floppy-eared couch potatoes. They're exceptionally cute and very social too. The draw back on Leos is that they have a short life span, only about 7 years do to their size. Also, they're a bit rare (= expensive).

Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: AgilePaws] #193935
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I would suggest a sweet, middle-aged Golden. smile


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Braverhund] #193950
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Another vote for a retired Greyhound. Molly's boyfriend is a rescued Grey and I would love one! He is so laid back and only needs a good half an hour a day of exercise. Couch potato!


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: PositiveDog] #193952
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Originally Posted By: PositiveDog
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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.


It's my understanding, too, that labs & retrievers are most often high energy dogs that need to work, some even more than gsd's.

Huskies, too ... they were born to pull ... thinking walks may not be so pleasant.


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: bianca] #193953
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Originally Posted By: bianca
Another vote for a retired Greyhound. Molly's boyfriend is a rescued Grey and I would love one! He is so laid back and only needs a good half an hour a day of exercise. Couch potato!


Wow, that surprises me, I thought they'd still want to run ... and run ... and runnnnn until they drop at an old age smile


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: FurKids] #193954
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Cocker Spaniels come to mind. There are I think the English and the American and I heard one is high energy the other not but don't remember which is which.

A bloodhound? Aren't they really lazy'ish and laid back?


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: FurKids] #193960
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Another greyhound here. Our neighbor rescues them a well as a family friend. Our neighbor is retired and takesnice leisurely walks around the neighborhood with their dogs...nothing more. Sometimes I am jealous! Lol


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: FurKids] #193996
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Originally Posted By: FurKids
Originally Posted By: bianca
Another vote for a retired Greyhound. Molly's boyfriend is a rescued Grey and I would love one! He is so laid back and only needs a good half an hour a day of exercise. Couch potato!


Wow, that surprises me, I thought they'd still want to run ... and run ... and runnnnn until they drop at an old age smile


Ditto, I was surprised about the greyhounds too. I do lure coursing with my dog so all the greyhounds/sight hounds that I've met are super energetic and raring to go. But I have heard from various people (in addition to everyone in this thread) that retired greyhounds are a great, laid back pet.

Did anyone see 50/50? I never thought of greyhounds as cute dogs until I saw that movie, lol.

Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Virginia] #193997
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Actually, when I lived in Madison, WI a lot of people had retired greyhounds (there is a racetrack near there) and would bring them to the dog park. Occasionally they would zoom around the park but they'd usually just walk. I was surprised when I heard how mellow they were!


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Varda & Gio (the crazy cattens)
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Chama
Kai
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Massie
Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: BowWowMeow] #194010
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My problem with sight hounds and huskies is that they should never be trusted off lead- for me that would never work.

I think a lot of which dog is the right dog will come down to individual temperament. Going with an older dog should allow some personality traits to be known and they can decide accordingly.


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Natalie559] #194011
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Just reread original post, the children are older- you didn't say they wanted an older dog- what age dog are they looking for? I would think all puppies are going to have higher requirements in regards to exercise, socialization and training.


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Re: What breed would you recommend... [Re: Natalie559] #194018
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All the kids are teenaged or older. They were originally looking for a puppy (less than 1 year) but after we talked I think they agreed that an older dog might be better - more mature and calmed down a bit. I don't think they were looking forward to all the necessary training, housebreaking, socialization, etc. that came with a baby.

With an older dog, I think they could look at pretty much any breed or mixed breed rescue that has their dogs in foster homes and find a dog that has the right personality and energy level for them. That's what I suggested to them actually, and I hope they take that to heart - we have lots of reputable rescues in the MD/DC/VA area.

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