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Old September 26th, 2013, 07:12 AM   #61
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Erin are the Blue Heelers part of the Shepherd breed?
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Sorry to hear about your dog Chad We lost our Golden to cancer last year and I felt the same way when coming home. So we rescued a Newfoundland / Collie mix. He is not as good as our golden was with playing ball but still a great dog. Training is the key like Jim said with any dog. I would suggest a Golden Retriever because they are very intelligent, energetic and a extremely loyal breed that are great with kids
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I'll leave you to do the research on if it's a good fit, by my wife's mom just bred her Dutch Shepherds. They are pretty cool dogs, definitely quick footed. Michelle's dad is a vet and her mom is a vet tech and a great breeder, not a puppy farm type of situation. She bred these dogs for their temperament.

These dogs are just west of GR and are about 2-3 weeks old at this point. If you are interested in talking to her let me know, she's happy to talk about them and will probably be able to tell you if she thinks it would be a good idea.







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The small dog in this picture is a border terrier - awesome little football of a dog, super personality, but won't keep up with a bike. The black/white dog is an English Shepherd, also a really fun and cool dog.

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A couple of things, some of you are missing that I don't want a BIGGER dog than my husky. She was just over knee high on me, her head was just about level with my hand when I was standing I could pat the top of her head, if not a bit lower. She was 44lbs the day she was laid to rest.

Golden Retrievers are great dogs, but I don't want a long haired dog. My husky could go out in the mud mountain biking with us and when the mud dried I could brush it right off her in a matter of 30 seconds due to the way her fur was. As I kid I remember spending hours trying to get our golden clean after she went swimming in the swamps by our house. Also burrs/pickers/etc get all tangled in the fur of those dogs, again that stuff didn't stick badly to my husky's fur, another plus if she is going to go hiking/biking with us often than have to jump back into my truck to go home.

I like a lot of the dogs that are being suggested, in fact I like most all dogs, but I am leaning towards some sort of working dog they seem to have a lot of the characteristics that I like in a dog.

The blue heeler and the husky still remain at the top of my list. The biggest downfall of the husky was the coat blowing out twice a year, outside of that and the extra attention neeed while off leash. My dog never ran off on me, unfortunately she would however run off on others. Nothing an electric fence will not cure this time around, so not a huge huge concern, but something to think about.

I also agree with others when it comes to training, most people who were around my dog would comment on her behavior, she was a very good dog.
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German short hair? My parents had an awesome german short hair, great dog.
We have 2 rescue dogs, they are both beagle-something mixes. They are 180 deg opposites of each other but they complement each other well. I know what you're saying about choosing a breed vs rescue. I would prefer to pick the breed next time but after adopting 2 of them(1 puppy, 1 3yrs old and on his last week before being put down) and seeing how happy they are now, I'll most likely continue to rescue.
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[QUOTE=kickstand;3506912]A couple of things, some of you are missing that I don't want a BIGGER dog than my husky. She was just over knee high on me, her head was just about level with my hand when I was standing I could pat the top of her head, if not a bit lower. She was 44lbs the day she was laid to rest.
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That was my goal this time too. Ginger my Aussie/springer was 40. Murphy my springer was 50. Eli is/was suppose to be a small (for male) springer. He has already reached Gingers weight. But not her size, I'd like him to stop growing right now. I think he's got an inch or 2 to go. But he loves his kayaking
And since I don't have cancer and should heal and be ready for spring, he is perfect!
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A couple of things, some of you are missing that I don't want a BIGGER dog than my husky. She was just over knee high on me, her head was just about level with my hand when I was standing I could pat the top of her head, if not a bit lower. She was 44lbs the day she was laid to rest.

Golden Retrievers are great dogs, but I don't want a long haired dog. My husky could go out in the mud mountain biking with us and when the mud dried I could brush it right off her in a matter of 30 seconds due to the way her fur was. As I kid I remember spending hours trying to get our golden clean after she went swimming in the swamps by our house. Also burrs/pickers/etc get all tangled in the fur of those dogs, again that stuff didn't stick badly to my husky's fur, another plus if she is going to go hiking/biking with us often than have to jump back into my truck to go home.

I like a lot of the dogs that are being suggested, in fact I like most all dogs, but I am leaning towards some sort of working dog they seem to have a lot of the characteristics that I like in a dog.

The blue heeler and the husky still remain at the top of my list. The biggest downfall of the husky was the coat blowing out twice a year, outside of that and the extra attention neeed while off leash. My dog never ran off on me, unfortunately she would however run off on others. Nothing an electric fence will not cure this time around, so not a huge huge concern, but something to think about.

I also agree with others when it comes to training, most people who were around my dog would comment on her behavior, she was a very good dog.
My Brittany is only about 38lbs and knee high on me. I think she is kinda small for a Brit, but they average around that weight so maybe it's just me thinking I got the runt. She sheds, but not as bad as a husky probably would, or even a Golden

Will your dog live indoors? I think you're right about getting a "working" dog. Most are very active and very loyal. My dog is loyal, but I wouldn't chance it taking her for a bike ride with no leash. She is a curious dog. Loves to get into things she shouldn't be. I've never had any behavior problems with her. She is the friendliest dog in the world. Loves attention, great with kids (kids love her), and cute as can be Lol.

If you're leaning towards a Blue Heeler, then go for it. They look like great dogs. I personally wouldn't have ever thought of one, but after seeing them and doing some quick research on them, that looks like a top choice for you.
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I like brittany's they are cool dogs, not sure about their fur though. Another big plus of the husky was she was plenty hardy in cold weather, we do a lot of snowshoeing and back country snowboarding in the UP so being able to be outside all day with us doing that is a plus.

I think the hair on the brittany may fall into the same kind of category as a golden or aussie, more so "hair" than a "fur" and would be tough to keep clean?

If i am in the house, the dog is likely in the house, if I am outside, the dog is likely outside. As a puppy my dog slept in her crate in the kitchen, as she proved she was able to have more run she was given more run, by the time she was 2 years she had full run of the house (except upstairs where the bedrooms are). When I am not home the dog will either be outside in her kennel or in a crate inside, or given more run as her behavior will dictate.

My husky didn't really shed all that bad except for spring and fall when she blew her coat.
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My best friend has an Australian Cattle Dog. He seems to shed a lot, but the breed isn't supposed to I guess. My friend also doesn't brush or bathe him much. The dog doesn't stink, and doesn't have bad breath either.

Very smart dogs, very funny and entertaining, and a lot of energy. He gladly runs along while biking/running, and will play fetch for quite a while. He's almost never on a leash, as he always comes when you call for him. I think the size will fall right into what you are looking for too.

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Old September 26th, 2013, 08:26 AM   #71
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My best friend has an Australian Cattle Dog. He seems to shed a lot, but the breed isn't supposed to I guess. My friend also doesn't brush or bathe him much. The dog doesn't stink, and doesn't have bad breath either.

Very smart dogs, very funny and entertaining, and a lot of energy. He gladly runs along while biking/running, and will play fetch for quite a while. He's almost never on a leash, as he always comes when you call for him. I think the size will fall right into what you are looking for too.

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Looks kinda similar to liv2mx's heeler suggestion.

I guess my only concern with the heelers is their ability to tolerate the cold.

I'm still on the fence about getting another dog right this minute, I have some good suggestions to follow up on though.
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My vote is a German Short Hair pointer. Average 50-60lbs don't shed very much or at lease what they do shed you don't hardly notice. Easy to train. Natural instinct to hunt. Our has been the one of the best dogs I have had. The are very fast and love to run but mind very well. At 7 years of age she shows no signs of slowing down and plays frisbee almost everyday. Very rarely does she let the frisbee hit the ground. She loves to go for rides and doesn't bark unless you there is a stranger near or you instigate it. Very good with kids and other dogs.
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My vote is a German Short Hair pointer. Average 50-60lbs don't shed very much or at lease what they do shed you don't hardly notice. Easy to train. Natural instinct to hunt. Our has been the one of the best dogs I have had. The are very fast and love to run but mind very well. At 7 years of age she shows no signs of slowing down and plays frisbee almost everyday. Very rarely does she let the frisbee hit the ground. She loves to go for rides and doesn't bark unless you there is a stranger near or you instigate it. Very good with kids and other dogs.
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I don't want a dog that is/was bigger than my husky. If anything I want a smaller dog. Therefore I stopped reading afrer the first 3 words of your second sentence.
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Looks kinda similar to liv2mx's heeler suggestion.

I guess my only concern with the heelers is their ability to tolerate the cold.

I'm still on the fence about getting another dog right this minute, I have some good suggestions to follow up on though.
His dog doesn't seem to have a problem with the cold. We go camping in the winter and his dog just hangs out and plays fetch. Cold doesn't seem to affect him at all.

Get a Newfoundland. I read how you wanted a smaller dog, but I'll recommend it anyway.
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German short hair? My parents had an awesome german short hair, great dog.
We have 2 rescue dogs, they are both beagle-something mixes. They are 180 deg opposites of each other but they complement each other well. I know what you're saying about choosing a breed vs rescue. I would prefer to pick the breed next time but after adopting 2 of them(1 puppy, 1 3yrs old and on his last week before being put down) and seeing how happy they are now, I'll most likely continue to rescue.
I missed your post, I'm not against a rescue, but I do like certain attributes of certain dogs and you can't necessarily "know" what you're getting with a rescue, but its CERTAINLY an option. Espescially if I see the "right" dog.
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His dog doesn't seem to have a problem with the cold. We go camping in the winter and his dog just hangs out and plays fetch. Cold doesn't seem to affect him at all.

Get a Newfoundland. I read how you wanted a smaller dog, but I'll recommend it anyway.



Cold is important, though most dogs seem "ok" with it. My dog used to just sleep on the ice while ice fishing.....I mean, I guess thats to be expected of a husky, but I do want a dog I can take with me in the winter and not be concerned about leaving it in the car while I go and grab lunch or dinner or something after a few hours of snowboarding or snowshoeing or something.
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A mutt. Based on my experiences, usually you get the best characteristics of whatever breeds are mixed. Mine is a shephard/rott mix and is awesome. Fits pretty much all the positives about your husky. Like most dogs he's not perfect(mostly separation anxiety related issues) but I wouldn't trade him for anything.


If I were to get a purebreed it'd probably be a Rott. Any of them I've been around are awesome dogs. Very smart, athletic, faithful, and affectionate.

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I missed your post, I'm not against a rescue, but I do like certain attributes of certain dogs and you can't necessarily "know" what you're getting with a rescue, but its CERTAINLY an option. Espescially if I see the "right" dog.
In my experience, rescue dogs tend to be the best. You've gotta know some basic characteristics up front(good with kids, good with other dogs/cats, etc) but beyond that they seem to be awesome. It's almost like they know you saved them and are extra grateful and loving because of it. Like I said, that's just my experience.....I'm sure there are some that are assholes
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Cold is important, though most dogs seem "ok" with it. My dog used to just sleep on the ice while ice fishing.....I mean, I guess thats to be expected of a husky, but I do want a dog I can take with me in the winter and not be concerned about leaving it in the car while I go and grab lunch or dinner or something after a few hours of snowboarding or snowshoeing or something.
Good point.

This might help: http://animal.discovery.com/breed-se...attle-dog.html

Heat and cold tolerance is listed as medium. Not sure how that scale works though. You could always get a hipster sweater and booties for the dog.
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Chad, based on what you've said I think I'd lean towards the heeler. The cold tolerance thing can be worked around...just buy them a jacket or whatever. They are loyal, smart dogs and just about the size you want.

There are labs, shepards, pointers etc that are in that size range, but their size isn't all that predictable if you get them really young. Our 2 labs are about 60lbs and 70lbs, we thought the smaller one was going to stay at about 50 when we got her at a year old. My parents have an American Lab who's parents were 55-60lb and he is pushing 75lb. Point, being you can't really predict with a whole lot of certainty the size of that kind of dog. A heeler might end up being a little smaller than your husky, but is sure as shit won't end up bigger unless you let it turn into a fat fukc
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