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Old September 26th, 2013, 08:56 AM   #81
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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.
Also known as a blue heeler I'll have to see if liv2mx chimes back in about the ability to handle cold. or send him a PM
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Old September 26th, 2013, 08:57 AM   #82
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First Sorry to hear of the loss of your dog

Best Dog I have ever owned That was a pure bred and paid top dollar) was a Australian Shepperd.

Other then that the best dogs I have owned came from the pound/rescue, mostly some type of lab but it seems the dogs that come from the pound and or rescues will love you more and be grateful then some dog from a breeder or store, thats just my view on it.

The last 3 dog that we got(still have) are from the animal shelter and a rescue and they are great around the kids. One is a Pure blooded Black Lab, one is a Chocolate lab/springer spaniel mix and the other is a pure bred Blood hound ( we thing he was a police dog drop out LOL) He has some training but made it to the pound.

What ever you choose, I hope you find what you are looking for, and I can tell by your post you will give the new dog a great home.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 08:59 AM   #83
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Also known as a blue heeler I'll have to see if liv2mx chimes back in about the ability to handle cold. or send him a PM
Well shit I never knew that.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 09:08 AM   #84
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I'll try again.

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.
Most Huskys I have seen are bigger than my Short Hair. But then my Short hair is on the small side.
Huskys range in weight for males 45-60lbs for females 35-50lbs.
German Short Hair Pointer males 55-70lbs for females 45-60lbs.

To be quite honest I don't think I have ever seen a 70lb German Short Hair. I don't think the size between the two breeds is that much but that is just my opinion. Good luck in your search.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 09:17 AM   #85
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Most Huskys I have seen are bigger than my Short Hair. But then my Short hair is on the small side.
Huskys range in weight for males 45-60lbs for females 35-50lbs.
German Short Hair Pointer males 55-70lbs for females 45-60lbs.

To be quite honest I don't think I have ever seen a 70lb German Short Hair. I don't think the size between the two breeds is that much but that is just my opinion. Good luck in your search.
A buddy of mine had a short hair (pure bred) that was about 100lb. It was a little on the thick side, but even in good health it would've been 85lb. That's abnormal though, I think most are around 60-70lb, just speaks to my comment earlier though.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 09:18 AM   #86
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Most Huskys I have seen are bigger than my Short Hair. But then my Short hair is on the small side.
Huskys range in weight for males 45-60lbs for females 35-50lbs.
German Short Hair Pointer males 55-70lbs for females 45-60lbs.

To be quite honest I don't think I have ever seen a 70lb German Short Hair. I don't think the size between the two breeds is that much but that is just my opinion. Good luck in your search.
I'm hoping for something in the 30-50lb range max. At this point in our lives we own a focus and a crew cab pick up, unless I purchase a topper the dog has to fit in the middle of the back seat with the kids on family trips. I don't think the short hair would be overly huge, but at 45lbs my husky was about as big as I think I want a dog to be.

Most huskies are actually bred to be bigger than they are supposed to be. The breeder that I will buy a husky from if I go that route shows her dogs and uses them for sprint sled races, so due to showing them she has to keep them within the proper sizes to score well, so i'm pretty much guaranteed a dog that will be the same size as my last one.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 09:24 AM   #87
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Britney,golden retriever, or labs are probably the best family dogs period.all awesome dogs.
You can not argue with this statement, or at least I won't I agree 100%.

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If you look for a Lab, there is aline of them known as "English Labs" all the same traits as a Lab but on the smaller size.

Ours should be (If she didn't get over feed from the kids) weigh in at about 45lbs..


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A buddy of mine had a short hair (pure bred) that was about 100lb. It was a little on the thick side, but even in good health it would've been 85lb. That's abnormal though, I think most are around 60-70lb, just speaks to my comment earlier though.
Yeah, I really don't want to end up with a big ass dog that we can't comfortably take places with us.

The heeler and the husky still remain at the top of my list. Labs are a definite possibility but I'd really be hoping to get a small lab which can be a crap shoot.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 09:30 AM   #88
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English labs are not smaller than Americans. American's tend to be much thinner in the face and body and taller, while English labs are much stockier and have a blocky head and thicker build. It's a crapshoot for size, our English is 70lb and our American is 60lb. My parent's American is 75lb and my Uncle's English is 75lb.
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I like this suggestion. I will have to do some research on the blue's. Thanks
I have a blue. They are high energy, VERY smart, can be a little stand offish and weary of strangers unless you socialize them extrememly well, but they are awesome dogs. Incredibly agile and athletic. You will not wear one out. Ever. Mine plays flyball and just never gets tired. They are great family dogs. You just need to be prepared to keep them entertained. A bored cattle dog won't be bored for long. They will find ways to amuse themselves regardless of your "rules". Mine does shed like a mo-fo. Just brush them. NEVER cut or shave a cattle dog. There hair is designed to shed heat in the summer and insulate in the summer. Cutting or shaving does more harm than good for the dog. I never need to bathe mine. A quick swim in the river and he's fine.

And yes, red and blue healers are officially called Australian Cattle Dogs (ACD).

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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:13 AM   #90
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If you find the right breeder you can get a small version of a lot of breeds. My German Shepard is a male that is 60 pounds. A friend of mine did his research and ended up with a 40-45 pound female German Shepard. He wanted to breed the two but I got sick of waiting around because I wanted to get mine fixed.

Don't rule out a breed because it is slightly larger than you want just take your time and find the right dog with the right parents. The guy I got mine from told me it would be 55-65 lbs full grown and he was 100% correct.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #91
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Unless you have full time work I think border collies have to much energy.

Not at all true , I had two Border collies and they were and are the best breed of dog I have ever owned. Easy to potty train, walk them around your yard a few times as a pup and they learn their boundaries. Very good watch dogs as they are very territorial, but at the same time very good with people and kids. They do love to play but are quite content with just a few minutes of exercise . They are in long and short haired versions with the shorter haired ones not shedding as much. They can be walked without a leash even around other dogs . They even will herd small children for you . Our kids and the neighbors children used to play a game with our older border (the one we just had to put down), the kids would stand in the yard in a circle and take turns trying to get away and he would run after them grab the back of their pant leg and use his front foot to trip up the kids then he would walk them back to the circle . Made for a great cheap babysitter. We have a neighbor with a lab that comes over to play and when she runs after a rabbit or squirrel the Border will run also until they hit the boundary line then they stop and sit down. No buried fence or shock collars are needed. They are very smart and at times will invent their own entertainment like sitting at the top of the stairs throwing a ball down them then retrieving the ball to do it all over again. People always see us walking our dogs and tell their dogs "see why can't you walk like that". My older one always bit my lawn tractor tires and popped two of them so I trained the younger one to keep the older one away as the younger one turned out to be the Alpha male . But they will try to herd dirt bikes snowmobiles and the lawn tractor you just have to teach them not to.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:24 AM   #92
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My votes for pitbull, disregard all stereo types an give them a try. I currently have an America pit that looks like a Dalmation he's soo playful, not mean 1 bit. Unless your a turkey or squirrel lol


An I agree go with a shelter dog, save a life it will mean more to you after you've done it.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:39 AM   #93
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no matter what you breed choose, i'm very sorry for your loss. and you are doing the right thing by doing the research and getting what is right for you rather than just getting another dog on an impulse.
the empty house feeling sucks. good luck with your hunt and post pix of the new family member when you find him/her.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:40 AM   #94
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My votes for pitbull, disregard all stereo types an give them a try. I currently have an America pit that looks like a Dalmation he's soo playful, not mean 1 bit. Unless your a turkey or squirrel lol


An I agree go with a shelter dog, save a life it will mean more to you after you've done it.
While I don't think pitbulls are bad dogs, they fit basically none of the criteria I am looking for.
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no matter what you breed choose, i'm very sorry for your loss. and you are doing the right thing by doing the research and getting what is right for you rather than just getting another dog on an impulse.
the empty house feeling sucks. good luck with your hunt and post pix of the new family member when you find him/her.
Likewise Joe, I know you and MZJG are missing your buddy too.
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Chad, I really think a Great Dane or Mastiff would fit you well.

Are people completely devoid of reading comprehension on this site? Never mind....dumb fucking questions.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:49 AM   #97
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Chad, I really think a Great Dane or Mastiff would fit you well.

Are people completely devoid of reading comprehension on this site? Never mind....dumb fucking questions.
It's tough, dogs are mans best friend, and they are all great. I can see why its easy to want to suggest the dog you have, because in your eyes thats the best dog out there.
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It's tough, dogs are mans best friend, and they are all great. I can see why its easy to want to suggest the dog you have, because in your eyes thats the best dog out there.
Yea, but how many times do you have to say you don't want a large dog?

People must be just reading the thread title and replying.

It's like asking people what microwave you should get, and they recommend a toaster instead.
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Yea, but how many times do you have to say you don't want a large dog?

People must be just reading the thread title and replying.

It's like asking people what microwave you should get, and they recommend a toaster instead.
4 or 5 so far.
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Poodle
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All sorts of options to tickle your poodle fancy
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