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Posted: 3/7/2010 6:54:09 PM EDT
I'm ready to get my first dog and understand the responsibilities that come with it.

I'm looking for a dog that does the following:

Doesn't shed
I don't have to worry about stepping on and killing
Moderately intelligent
Doesn't go completely nuts/good around kids
Can handle trail running/camping with me

I plan to exercise it daily in the mornings and crate it until I return from work. I never thought I would go this way, but I'm thinking a standard poodle for me would be the best fit. Any advice would be well appreciated!
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 6:57:15 PM EDT
Breed shopping is all good, but nothing compares to going to the shelter and seeing which dogs are friendly toward you.

The biggest mistake I'd caution you against is to get too much dog. Some of these guys get a GSD or mal just because they're tough dogs, and the guys don't realize that the dogs want to be working all the time.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:01:22 PM EDT

Labradoodle won't shed. Cooler than a poodle, and cuter too.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:04:39 PM EDT
I researched labradoodles and actually most of them do shed. I had the same thought as well.

I also agree with the size. I'm looking for a "medium" sized dog. I grew up with Golden's all my life and while I love them to death, I'd like a dog that I won't have to yell at if he goes on the couch with me. Poodles are a bit on the larger size but not too big, imo.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:15:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 7:16:56 PM EDT by JBlitzen]
Frankly, it sounds like you'd like a poodle, whether it sheds or not.

I have a long haired cat. Vacuum once in a while, wipe sofas and chairs with a damp paper towel every week or two, run a brush over the bed comforter once in a while, that's basically it. No big deal.

A shedding dog wouldn't bother me. Smelly dog might. Don't have to bathe a cat, so I have no experience with pet smell.

If you want a poodle, get a poodle. If anyone gives you shit about it, fuck 'em.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:19:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 7:20:05 PM EDT by ARdvark]
I would strongly recommend a whippet. Great family dogs, very loyal and becomes part of the pack easily. Also they have two speeds, 35 mph and 0 mph

Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:24:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 7:25:53 PM EDT by TechGal26]

Originally Posted By manosteel00:
I researched labradoodles and actually most of them do shed. I had the same thought as well.

I also agree with the size. I'm looking for a "medium" sized dog. I grew up with Golden's all my life and while I love them to death, I'd like a dog that I won't have to yell at if he goes on the couch with me. Poodles are a bit on the larger size but not too big, imo.
Only a pure bred Poodle won't shed.
It drives me nuts when people talk about this breed and that breed won't shed. If it is a mix it will shed.
There are a few other breeds(smaller breeds - you don't feel you want that) that shed minimally but they do shed more if they are mixed with another breed that does shed. </pathetic rant>

I love poodles, and would tell anyone to get them right off, but I also agree with JB that picking a breed based on standards is not always the best choice. Not all animals in a breed will act the same and you have to be able to be ready to deal with it should you get a "black sheep".

However - based on the majority of your choosing points I would also suggest you look at a spaniel of some sort..
Brittany possibly? http://www.dovehunt.com/bird_dogs/brittany_spaniels.htm
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:26:40 PM EDT
My suggestion is a Miniature Schnauzer. I have two and they are have great personalities and have been good companions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_Schnauzer
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:28:41 PM EDT
How about a weimaraner

Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:32:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/7/2010 7:33:28 PM EDT by dtrosch]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vizsla
Meets your stated requirements well. Had to put ours down recently and I miss her terribly. (Obviously not her in the picture...)
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:40:23 PM EDT
you need an american dikfer
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 7:43:42 PM EDT
Boston Terriers are low maint. in terms of fur. Not to sure about camping. The dog would insist you share your sleeping bag.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 8:00:10 PM EDT
Greyhound. Rescue societies have them. They save them from the track when they are retired or otherwise no longer performing. They sleep A LOT.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 8:02:46 PM EDT
I thought I liked mutts best, but even better is 1st gen hybrids. I raised a 1/2 Chessie/ 1/2 lab for my parents. My Dad calls me weekly to
let me know how amazing he is. Calm, intelligent, and even beter than trainable, he is intuitive.

I got Lou as a replacement for Ziggy who was a 2nd gen hybrid and who was fantastic dog.........after about 4 years of training. She was 12 or so and had bone cancer. I raised her until she was 5. My parents lost 2 dogs in a year and had taken a shine forwards Zig and could offer her a better home at the time.

I loved Zig. She had personality to spare and could intuit new commands as well, she was just a freakish hellion for several years. She was well worth the effort. Lou at 6 months was all that Zig ever was at 5 or 6, and that is saying alot.



Link Posted: 3/7/2010 8:02:48 PM EDT
Get over the shedding issue and get a Lab.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 8:05:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By yumbeef:
you need an american dikfer


ill bite, whats an american dikfer
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 12:48:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ARdvark:
Originally Posted By yumbeef:
you need an american dikfer


ill bite, whats an american dikfer


Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:02:13 PM EDT
The best dogs come from the pound.


PetFinder
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:04:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ARdvark:
Originally Posted By yumbeef:
you need an american dikfer


ill bite, whats an american dikfer

Pissing of course.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:05:03 PM EDT
German shorthair pointer. I think they shed very little or not at all and is a managable size. Thats the Dog im getting when it comes time.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:15:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By krotchitty:

Labradoodle won't shed. Cooler than a poodle, and cuter too.


and has a homo name..... Stop or my labradoodle will bite you.. WTF ever.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:16:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2010 1:17:15 PM EDT by delemorte]
Originally Posted By markg1117:
How about a weimaraner

http://www.dog-breed-facts.com/ylang/ja/images/Weimaraner/Weimaraner-big-2.jpg


those are wonderfull dogs.


I vote boxer.. Best dog ever...
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:16:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bcw107:

Originally Posted By ARdvark:
Originally Posted By yumbeef:
you need an american dikfer


ill bite, whats an american dikfer

Pissing of course.


I use mine for other stuff, too
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:18:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CBcap:
Get over the shedding issue and get a Lab.

This.

My boy Gunny.


Link Posted: 3/8/2010 1:54:54 PM EDT
Yorkie. No shed, no allergies, smart as hell, but stubborn. Jeff
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 2:35:11 PM EDT
Leaving a dog in a crate for 8 hours or more is kind of long, even if it is exercized. What are you going to do when you go out of town?

Neglected doggies are bad doggies.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 4:05:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gitarmac:
Leaving a dog in a crate for 8 hours or more is kind of long, even if it is exercized. What are you going to do when you go out of town?

Neglected doggies are bad doggies.


Agreed.

I'm actually 10-15mins from work and plan on going home for lunch. I also work from home 1-2 days a week so it shouldn't be bad.

When I'm out of town, I have friends with dogs that offered to help out if I help them when they leave and I can always take it with me!
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 4:22:42 PM EDT
I vote for goldendoodle - Ours is 3.5 yrs old and is a great dog... Very smart (too smart at times), and he has hair (not fur) and sheds only slightly - you can hardly pull hair out of him if you even try..

here's our Snicker wearing his UGG boots hehe

Brian
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