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post #1 of 154 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dogs??? Help!

As some of you may already know, I'm getting a house (Yey for me). Anywho, with a house comes a dog right? Well I think so anyway.

The thing is, I hate dogs that are overly friendly. They are predators damn it, not couch pets. I'm not looking for a mean pit bull that will eat the neighbours kids, but I'm also not looking for the sort of dog that runs up to strangers to get petted. I like the "What are you doing in my house? You can stay, but god help you if you make the wrong move toward my human" sort of attitude.
In addition it would be really cool, if it was a BIG dog. Not like lab big, but like saint bernard big.

Problems.
1. The house does not have a very big back yard. It isnt pittifully small, but its no ranch.
2. It get hot here. Real hot. So long haired dogs are going to be misserable.

Oh, I'm not against an indoor dog.. Just keep of the damn couches.

Anywho is there a bread thats pretty damn big, preferably short haired, and is pretty relaxed, as in doesnt need to run around all over the place?
So far I had a few suggestions
1. German shephard. Those dogs rock. My rents had two, and I loved them. Loyal, to the point, no BS dogs. They can get pretty big too. But there is no way to tell if the puppy I get is going to be huge or not. They are pretty relaxed, and dont seem to mind living indoors, so long as they get regular exercise.. which it will. But its not going to be happy come summer time.. time to get some clippers.
2. Great Dane. Now there is a dog. Never been around too many of them, but they look awsome. I'm told they dont require too much space, so long as they get regular exercise.. Dont know about that.. thats why I'm asking.
3. Labs. Once again, labradors are awsome. Smart, buitifull dogs. Some of them get big, but not all the time.
4. Rhotwhiler (sp?) Also big, scary looking, but very loving and loyal dogs..

So any info, suggestions, things to watch out for? Help me out guys, I know there are a few dog lovers among ya.



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post #2 of 154 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 02:07 PM
 
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I have the answer!!!!
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No, seriously, boxers are fairly big dogs, are fairly protective, a friend has two of them, i think they are cool dogs!
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So, what's wrong with the little dog that has the bow on...I think it's a perfect addition to a new house

Maybe you two could get matching sweaters to wear in the winter too...
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Doberman Pinscher. Very loving to family, smart and trainable, doesn't shed like a German shepard, no tail to knock your drink off the coffee table. The ultimate home security device and personal companion. Our Doberman was actually my wifes when we met. Now I love her more than the wife! Well, maybe. Along with aggressive breeds comes responsibilty but I can assure you Zada wouldn't hurt a soul, (cat, baby, etc.) unless they deserve it. Check out my gallery!
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By the way, Dobermans don't slobber like Rotts, Boxers and Great Danes.
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Re: Dogs??? Help!

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...But there is no way to tell if the puppy I get is going to be huge or not...
While certain breeds will be naturally big, you can generally tell if a pup is going to be big by the size of its feet. No, seriously. Also, view its parents.

If you want a no-nonsense dog, have it trained. I've heard of places that will train your dog for you, then bring you in to teach you how to handle it.




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I've had dogs most of my life, but when these (2 Boarder Collies)
are gone, I'm going to go without for awhile. If you like to ride and/or travel they can be a pain when it comes to taking care of them. Don't forget once ya get one you're committed for 10-20 years.

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...If you like to ride and/or travel they can be a pain when it comes to taking care of them...
I plan on teaching mine to ride with me.




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I plan on teaching mine to ride with me.
Hope it's a small dog. Look pretty funny with you, your wife and a 150 pound Rot doing a wheelie on a 400 pound sportbike.

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