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    Choosing a dog

    Hey all.
    I'm moving to a larger apartment with a little garden, so i was thinking of getting a dog.
    I grew up with two dogs that lived for 12 and 11 years. The first was a mixed spaniel and the second was a German Shepherd bitch.
    Loved them both dearly, the Shepherd suffered from arthritis in her hips in her last years, and i understand that is a common affliction with this bread.
    The dog will have a minimum of three walks out, plus the yard (which isn't big in american standards, but big enough for a dog to run a little and stretch his limbs).
    My wife wants a bid dog, and i don't mind.
    I wish it to be trainable,loyal and trustworthy. If it can also guard it is a big plus. (We have a couple of young cats already)

    Any suggestions of a bread? i am not against adopting, i just want to know what the dog will grow up to be, and adopting a fully grown dog can be problematic if he is somehow traumatized.

    Also, if any of you have some experience with Rottweilers?
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    Most people go for the long soft types of bread for dogs, but sometimes you've just got your normal loaf or bread, but that's no problem cause you just break the dog in two and place it side by side on the square bread. Bit of sauce, maybe some onions, relish, bam, hot dog sandwich.
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    Yea, breed. Thenks for that you are too kind.
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    Lol, bread.

    Your best bet for a dog is to hit up your local rescue centre and find someone who needs love, don't be too concerned about the breed.
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    Boom, Fuzzy. Take that advice, save a dog, don't go to a breeder or a pet shop. You might be perpetuating puppy farming.
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    Yeah I agree about checking out a rescue centre, you'll also find that mixed breed dogs or "pavement specials" are often hardier and much less prone to genetic weaknesses specific to different breeds - such as hip dysplasia in your german shepherd. Rescue centre staff should also be able to advise you as to roughly how big you can expect the dog to grow if you adopt a puppy.

    If you're set on a purebreed dog though, I highly recommend a youtube series called Dogs 101. It's produced by Animal Planet, and they give a breakdown of the breed, temperament, possible breed-associated medical issues, the kind of environment it's suited to, exercise requirements and trainability.

    Here's one of the series called Picking Your Puppy, maybe it'll be helpful for you

    edit: It also covers topics like how to pick a responsible breeder if you decide to go the purebred route. Like battlefields said, make sure you don't unwittingly support puppy farming, it's a horrible, cruel business.
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    It helped, kind of deterred me from Rottys, seems they are just too much.
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    Rotties are a lot of dog and require a firm hand. We used to own an Akita, similar in temperament. Problem with them is they are bred to fight. Good with people, always aggressive with other dogs. PITA.

    We had a rescue lab/border collie cross, kind of a generic black dog. Smart and obedient but skittish, we suspect abuse previously. Couldn't take him anywhere crowded.

    Latest dog is a "Golden Doodle", about 3/4 standard poodle and 1/4 Glolden Retriever. These poodle crosses are very popular right now - he was my wife's pick. You can get Lab, Schnauzer, Wheaton Terrier and who know what else, all with cutesy portmanteau names.

    He is very smart but a bit stubborn. Very pretty, not so blocky looking as some of the poodle crosses. Very high energy dog, hopefully he'll settle down a little - only 8 months old now.
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    Rotties can actually have an absolutely beautiful temperament, but they are working dogs so would need a to be worked or exercised every day so they don't become bored or destructive. They're also very intelligent so while obedience training is necessary, they'll take to it and learn quickly. The nice thing about them is that they're fiercely loyal, and they imprint on their family group and will guard them with their lives if necessary.

    This is Fuzzy's rottie boy Mishka. He's like a humongous teddy bear to members of the family, but if a stranger were to try and climb the gate they'd find he's more like part dog part lion!

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    If you're looking for something gentler perhaps you should try a labrador/retriever or one of the poodle/labradoodle variations? Afghans are also very gentle dogs, but apart from being high-maintenance grooming-wise they are also quite stupid and tend to derp out at every opportunity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katje View Post
    Rotties can actually have an absolutely beautiful temperament, but they are working dogs so would need a to be worked or exercised every day so they don't become bored or destructive. They're also very intelligent so while obedience training is necessary, they'll take to it and learn quickly. The nice thing about them is that they're fiercely loyal, and they imprint on their family group and will guard them with their lives if necessary.

    This is Fuzzy's rottie boy Mishka. He's like a humongous teddy bear to members of the family, but if a stranger were to try and climb the gate they'd find he's more like part dog part lion!

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    If you're looking for something gentler perhaps you should try a labrador/retriever or one of the poodle/labradoodle variations? Afghans are also very gentle dogs, but apart from being high-maintenance grooming-wise they are also quite stupid and tend to derp out at every opportunity.
    Frankly, i am partial to all gladiator breeds. Rotties included, i just want a dog i can control and train. I want to have friends coming over, i want him to not kill the cats, and i want my wife to be able to walk with him/her. Also, i live in Israel, a dog that will deter intruders while my wife or both of us for that matter are in the house is a plus, so labs and such though great are out of the question....i want a dog that will protect us if need be. Also, we don't have those designer breeds here as far as i know.

    Would a female be easier to control?
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