OT: dogs

As some of you may remember, we had to put down our dog this past fall.

Now she was kinda a big dog - german shep/husky.

I’m really missing a dog around, and was wondering about what type, if at all, should we get?

Small dogs tend to be too annoying? aren’t they? Jumping all around and stuff.

But I don’t want a big dog either - they need SOOO much exercise and we don’t have a fence yet and after our last dog’s health/hip problems…

Any helpful hints - maybe just a regular ol’ mutt (but with what breeds of mutt-ness?)

amazing what insomnia brings out of the woodwork! :wink:

Really small dogs can be yappy and annoying, but I think most dogs can be trained. However maybe a medium size dog is a good idea. Since a dog is a family member for so long you might want to invest in a book or check out some from the library. It’s always good to know what breeds have the most health issues, grooming needs, etc.

Here’s a few websites to check out.

Pet Place
Dog Breed Info
Terrific Pets
Animal Planet breed selector

I come from a large dog family. The smallest dog I can remember having (until recently, that is) is a Boxer. (Which, for the record, is one of the sweetest breeds EVER.)

In the last several years, though, having gotten a start out on my own and all that, I’ve fallen in love with sighthounds. I’m not too picky about the size, although I’d suggest sizing them to stay proportionate to your living environment. (Which is one reason we didn’t even try to rescue a greyhound when we were looking for a dog a couple years ago… Can you imagine a greyhound in a small apartment? That would be sacrilege!) We decided a Whippet was our breed of choice, and she is just a perfect fit for our family.

And she gives me an excuse to knit. I’m determined to knit her more than a handful of sweaters before her first Ohio winter next year. So if nothing else, look for a dog with short hair. :XX:

Sorry about your dog. I cannot imagine it. Our dog is a dalmatian mix…She is totally dalmatian (looks, behavior, etc.). We got her from the pound, and she is medium size (40 lbs.). She is still VERY hyper (at about six years old), and needs lots of exercise. But you could NEVER find a more affectionate, eager-to-please dog! I would definitely visit the local shelter and ask lots of questions about the dogs there. Our dog was in the pound for a long time. So you’d think no one wanted her, which made us wary. But, as I said, she is the sweetest dog in the world, and absolutely perfect for us. (Maybe the jumping up on people put them off? :rofling: )
So, depending on your lifestyle (do you walk a lot?, where do you live?, etc.), you may just find the perfect dog for your family at the shelter, too! Mixed breed dogs make great pets, and are generally less prone to certain diseases/disorders that pure bred dogs inherit. Good luck, Carol, and let us know what happens!

I grew up with larger dogs but personally and I know we all think our furbaby is the best lol but I think Shelties and Shih-tzu make the best dogs… My grandmother has a Shih-tzu, My dh’s grandmother now has 2, my mom just lost hers back this summer due to age, and I have a rescued shih-tzu… They don’t yap much only when something is odd or strange to their enviroment… they are not hyper and are pretty calm… and all of ours love/loved cats :lol: Mine loves my little girl and he sleeps under her bed… Shelties are another breed I love and make great dogs!! Both dogs require grooming though shih-tzus do not shed… Shelties require more exercise but Shermee is ok with a walk or running with the kids outside…

I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your furbaby its hard when we lose them…

Unfortunately I would suggest a lab and I realize that is not what you are looking for size-wise. I have been visiting PetFinders (I do this every spring during tax season - as if we have time for ANOTHER dog!) and there are some adorable lab-beagle mixes.

We had a small dog and while I loved him to pieces, he was yippy and bitey. He ended up having to be re-homed - now he lives on Kelley’s Island and rides around on a golf cart all summer!!! What a life!

Oh and I don’t have a fence either, I use an electric fence and it works great. We are on a corner lot on the edge of a cul-de-sac. Cooper loves it - we call the kind we got the “death ray” as it doesn’t have buried wires - it gets sent out from a box - he gets shocked until he comes back in.

My boy is getting zero exercise right now - much like his mama - once tax season is over he and I are going to get skinny!

We had a Brittany spaniel and a more affectionate animal you couldn’t find. Besides, they are natural hunters if your DH is into that sort of thing. But what I always tell people buying their first dog is that obedience training is a must. We took ours through a class given by our School District Adult Ed. It was the best time and money spent. Maggie kniew how to behave, never jumped on people, or barked excessively (dogs have to bark sometimes; but not constantly). She was a perfect lady and her training kept her in control. We could be out in the open yard and never have to worry about her chasing people or cars. (I hate taking a walk and have some big ole dog charge the fence; scary!)

We weren’t into competition type training or show work; I just wanted a well-trained, polite dog and I didn’t want people complaining about my dog. Too bad they didn’t have similar classes for my kids. :rofling:

I have Boston Terriers, great little dogs. My male is pretty small, 12 lbs at almost 2 years old. They have their moments of hyperness… commonly known to boston owners as the BT500 LOL. Mine dont bark much, the female will do the barking and its usually at strangers in the house (oddly enough its usually a man in a hat as well)

I would suggest visiting a local shelter and looking around. You never can tell what might catch your eye there. Maybe you need a big dog in a small body … corgi, basett hound, something like that.

Good luck in your search.

I love BT’s and I love Corgi’s! If I didnt have a lab, those would be my next two choices! BT’s are such little tough guys they have no idea they are little, and Corgi’s are just such busybody’s and are so smart and clever!

i got a chow you can have. though my husband won’t let me give him away :rollseyes: i don’t want a big dog… i figure if i ever get another dog it would be a tiny dog like a yorkie.

Hi, I used to show Cocker Spaniels for 12 years. They are great family pets. Not too little not too small. And not yappy at all. At least mine weren’t. :smiley: They are also easily trained. After my last one died I didn’t think I could handle another cocker so we haven’t had a cocker since. But now we do have a papillion, they are little and yes she can be yappy but she is very affectionate. Then we have Teddy he is a pomeranian a little bigger than our papillion and not yappy at all. Then we got Tasha who is 6 mos old and she’s a samoyed. I just love her to pieces. Not yappy and very eager to please. If you want any other info on my breeds just let me know. I’m always glad to help out with dog questions. :smiley:

I know this is a small dog but I have had daschunds all of my life (weiner dogs) and they are not yappy at all! (okay, my mom’s is but she also chases helicopters by running across the yard staring at the sky and likes to sleep w/ her head in a shoe…she’s got problems)
They are very very loving, very cold natured, and very playful. They are smart and a joy to have around–maybe add them to your list to check out?

I grew up with a Beagle who was the greatest dog! He was really sweet and great with kids.

I now have a cocker spaniel which I would also recomend. Very nice! We got her from a shelter when she was 5 (10 now). The only real problem we have with her is that she was an outdoor dog when we got her and had never lived in the house as far as we know. She adapted well (a little too comfy if you ask me…lol) but she was also never housebroken so that has been and still is a problem. Housebreaking a full grown outdoor dog is VERY HARD if not impossible. I think she knows she is supposed to go outside but doesn’t wait long so if you don’t watch her like a hawk she goes on the floor. Lucky for us our floors are hardwood so it’s not hard to clean it up. She also has seizures every few months that don’t seem to have any rhyme or reason to them. Nothing specific seems to bring them on. Vet said unless they come more often or last longer don’t worry. She seems great right after. The folks at the shelter never mentioned this problem. We would have taken her anyway but it would have been good to know. My only thought is that they didn’t know about it if she hadn’t been there long. Just something to consider when choosing a shelter dog. I love her to death and am glad we adopted her but you never know what medical, behavioral or emotional issues your dog may have. If you go to a shelter be prepared to spend a little extra time with most of them. Just my 2 cents.

My parents have a bernese moutain dog. They’re big dogs (80 pounds in our case), but generally calm and they don’t bark AT ALL. I mean, really. My parents’ dog barks about once a year and when she does, she looks all surprised, as if she can’t believe it came from her. She’s also unbelievably lazy, and gets tired pretty quickly (so walking her is not a burden). She’s very affectionate and obedient, but not the sharpest tool in the shed, if you know what I mean (she understands basic commands, but teaching her tricks is out of the question). The only problem with these dogs are genetic diseases, but this is the case with all pure breed dogs nowadays, unfortunately.

I, too, have a mini dachshund and she’s not yappy at all…very, very affectionate & smart…she is our ‘empty nest’ baby…spoiled rotten, just as our kids were when they were @ home (still are even tho they r not @ home :wink: )
Sally :inlove:

LOL Me 2!!! Yep, but they are a bit big. Mine aren’t too huge. They’re english labs…short legs, stocky, block heads. Although our yellow male Jack has the more blocky head. He’s sooo relaxed it’s pathetic. LOL! Very mellow. We throw the ball for him knowing he won’t go after it (he used to when he was a puppy)…he just looks at it as if to think, "ya, so…you threw the ball…and? " :roflhard:

Our chocolate female Molly isn’t as mellow, but not hyper. She’ll retrieve until her tongues a mile long with exhaustion.

I can’t believe they’re 2 yrs. already. Just had bdays the last few months.

Medium dogs??? hmm… :thinking: Beagles, Boston Terriers, Bassett Hounds, gotta love 'em! hehe! So cute!

Well, good luck!
KNITBIT

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Another vote for Labs. They are wonderful dogs. Mine’s a mix from the pound–no idea what the mix is because she looks very Labby (her name’s Abby-photo below). We got her as a puppy at the SPCA 16 years ago and while her health is declining I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see her make it to 17. She only weighs about 40 pounds now; she topped out at 50 so was a great size. Our previous Lab mix, Meesha lived a nice long life too and was also a great dog. We got her from a young couple who lived in an apartment and she was just too big and busy for them.

I agree with others here that training makes a huge difference in whatever size dog you get. My parents had a male dachsund when I was at home. Not trained and a real booger. The people down the street have several beagles that are incredibly noisy but another neighbor has a beagle that’s quiet as a post. I’ve also read that Labs need lots of exercise. Mine is a very happy couch potato. She enjoys her daily walk (I got her to encourage me to walk) but that’s the extent of her exercise. Our German Shepherd/Samoyed mix (photo at left) is not one I’d recommend unless you’d like to use the fur for spinning yarn. She sheds massively and it doesn’t seem confined to seasons. I think she was a puppy mill baby as she has several behavior issues–like eating ANYTHING when she takes it in her mind to. I’ve lost socks, shoes and yes some knitting :doh: --thankfully I wasn’t very far into it. We got her from a friend just before she made the trip to the pound. The idea being that she’d be a pal for our Abby who spent her days alone as we worked all day. Well, I think if Abby could have talked she would have said, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

I guess I’ll just add a plea that you consider getting whatever breed you decide on from a shelter. I don’t mean to offend any breeders out there but there are SO many dogs that die for lack of a home each year–not because they’re bad dogs.

OM goodness, what a lot of great replies!!! Thanks so much everyone! I’m gonna re-read everything though I think the Lab contingent is pulling at my heart strings. I was looking at Petfinder last night and look who I found!

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=6059452

She’s beautiful!!! I was going to write to tell you about all our dogs but Alice might already have stolen your heart! And might already be in your home! I hope so. She’s lovely and a perfect age to housetrain etc. She looks like she likes a good joke! I hope she is yours now. samm