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What Kind Of Dog Would You Suggest For A First Time Dog Owner?

Postby Buckley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:13 am

I would start off going to all of the animal shelters in your area.
Meet those dogs and see if any of them spark your interest.
One may just pick you! You can talk with the workers there and they can help you with some good choices to fit your lifestyle.

You need to decide how much time you want to put into a dog.
Training is VERY important, regardless of the breed.
Some breeds, such as the Poodle or Collie, are a bit easier to train than some of the more stubborn, such as the some of the toy breeds.
If you do not keep some dogs busy with a job, like the Border Collie, they can become bored and destructive.
Some breeds will require more grooming time than others.
A Poodle will require extensive grooming by you or a groomer about every 4-6 weeks.
A long coated breed will require a lot of brushing.
While short haired breeds require very little, other than a bath here and there.
Some will require more exercise than others.
A husky will need a lot more exercise than a bulldog would.

How much room do you have? A Saint Bernard will take up a lot more room on your floor, on your couch, or in your car than a Yorkie would.
Size of the dog will also affect the food bill, vet expenses, and grooming expenses.

Some breeds are nosier than others, such as a Sheltie was bred for herding and is a barker.

Anyone in your home with allergies? This can be a biggie as many don't realize it until they have the dog home.
There are a few breeds (Poodle, Bichon, etc) that do well with those who have allergies, so it's something you might have to think about.

There are hundreds of breeds out there.
Some very interesting looking breeds and some are quite rare.
You can browse breeds at www.ukcdogs.com and www.akc.org as they list out their recognized breeds.
If you get a purebred, please only consider UKC or AKC as a reputable registry.

You may check with your home insurance as some breeds are not covered.
Right or wrong, our insurance will not cover accidents that involve the "pit" type breeds or chows.

If you cannot find what you are looking for at a shelter and you have an idea of the breed(s) you are interested in, start with some research online. Read through the breed standard and start looking at photos and talking to breeders. But be careful because MOST of what you will find will not be responsible breeders.
Sad as it is.
You don't have to pay a lot for a quality dog, but you do need to do your research because buying from the wrong place can make this a miserable experience.
You may try asking your vet for breeder referrals or contact the kennel club in your area as they should be able to give you a lot of potential leads.
They can also be a great place to do obedience classes.
Don't be afraid to ask a ton of questions.
And a good breeder should ask just as many questions of you.
Know the "red flags" and don't worry about turning down a breeder who you do not feel comfortable with.
Getting a dog is a big deal...
it's a lifelong committment.
So you want to do all you can to make sure it's a good match.
Know your limitations, your expectations, and what you want out of a companion.
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Postby Fahroni » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:49 pm

Before making this decision, you will need to ask yourself some questions and get honest answers too :)

Is this dog going to be your dog or a family dog? Are there going to be other pets around?

There are many wonderful breeds of dogs out there looking for a great forever home.

Instead of recommending a breed, which is a personal choice, I would strongly suggest that it not be a puppy since this will be your first.
A dog that is at least a couple years old will have their personality in place and you will know what you are getting.

Many younger dogs have a LOT of energy and by the time they are 2, have settled.
You want this to be a wonderful experience for you and the dog of your dreams.

Do a lot of reading on dogs that you think you would like.
Visit the shelters and rescues.
Get to know several and then you will find the one that will steal your heart.
You will know when it is right.

Good Luck :D
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Postby Denman » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:02 pm

I think this dog breed selector is a good one that covers many things that you have to consider for the right dog for your situation. http://www.iams.com/iams/breed-informati...

I've done several breed selectors and this one gives me the best results. I've done others that recommend outrageous breeds for us. They miss important factors in the questionnaire. This one covers a lot more important factors. After it gives you your recommendations then do a lot of reading about the breeds to be sure that this is what you want.

People, their families, styles, climates, etc all differ so you need to base your decision on your personal life style.

One thing I can recommend is don't start with a puppy. They are sooo much work. They are cute until they chew up your cellphone, dig holes, tear up your fence and furniture, jump on you, steal your dinner, etc. Actually they are still cute but you may feel like you got in over your head and can't do it. Oh, and housebreaking a puppy can be a real pain. If not done successfully they will be pooping and peeing all over your house for the next 12 or so years.
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Postby Baldric » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:58 am

Greyhounds are great dogs to have, I've just acquired a second one and have a 6 month old baby, they don't require much attention both of mine pretty much just sleep all day, they'll come over for the occasional fuss and race around the garden together but they're very easy to look after hence why I have two and a young baby. They only need two 20-30 minute walks a day. Both of mine are ex-racer's I feed them a dog food which costs me £12.50 for 15kg bag which lasts me 3-4weeks. I also give mine tinned food but you don't have to. Both my dogs are quite quiet but I chose them to suit my lifestyle but if you'd prefer a more active dog there are more active greyhounds out there its just a matter of choosing one to suit your lifestyle. There'es big greyhounds and small greyhounds too so you can find the right size for you. I have a big boy and hardly notice him sometimes! Good Luck!!
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Postby Troi » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:55 pm

a beagle, not to big and not a dog that will knock u over.... Wouldn't go with a pitbul or anything x as they arnt family pets they are just a one person dog. Something quiet and not to big
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Postby Bursone » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:30 pm

If you are have 2 hours a day to walk one, an Irish red setter is a great pet and love human contact.

Only if you have woods/big fields to walk them in, and/or live near the country.

I have one, and to me, he is "the perfect dog", won't go on... but hes very obedient , great with kids other dogs and anyone really, they just have to make eye contact to become his "friend" lol.

Great country dogs, even just as a pet, there are better answers/dogs if u have limited time and live in a city.
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Postby Baigh » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:28 am

I would say a labrador for a first time owner. They are patient and laid back. You will a lot more from them with their easy manner.
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Postby Hroc » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:57 am

Preferrably not a working breed of dog or one that is very high energy e.g. Border Collie, Jack Russell. Breeds like this are not good first time dogs as they need anb experience handler. Breeds that could suit you (sorry if they're too generic for you) are Labradors, Golden Retrievers or spaniels- a lot of the gundog/hunting breeds are very friendly, more easy going, easy to train but at the same time need plenty of exercise. I doubt you'd be disappointed if you went down to your local shelter and picked a dog that suited your karma (doesn't even have to be a particular breed) and you'd be saving a life. Good luck!
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Postby Bradlie » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:47 am

A shih tzu, we have a 4 month old, alhtough we have had previous dogs this breed is the best by far! they are loving and a total lap dog! they love to please are easily paper trained arent aggressive and are a very quiet breed, he hasnt made a sound since we got him lol they are also very good with young children, we have 3 under 5 and he is brilliant with them, they wear him out!

pic: http://www.mooneydogwoodhills.com/Ember5...

info: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/shihtzu.htm
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Postby Danniel » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:00 am

A Greyhound without a doubt, they are so laid back great family dogs they love kiddies, and do not need a lot of exercise two or three - twenty minute romps will suit it down to the ground and they are not big eaters And are easy to house train.
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