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Old January 11th, 2014, 12:54 PM   #41
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Malamute, Lab, Husky or German Shepherd.
Malamute's and Huskies are not what I would consider a good choice for someone "considering" getting a dog. Nordic breeds are a pain in the ass in comparison.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 12:58 PM   #42
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Old January 11th, 2014, 12:59 PM   #43
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Malamute's and Huskies are not what I would consider a good choice for someone "considering" getting a dog. Nordic breeds are a pain in the ass in comparison.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 01:46 PM   #44
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Old January 11th, 2014, 01:52 PM   #45
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My family got a golden when I was a child. One of the best tempered and most loyal dogs I've ever been around. Took him through the K9 academy for training when he was a pup and practiced training at home...after that short time he'd listen to whatever you said no matter who you were. Could leave him outside free to roam all day and he'd never stray. He'd even hold your drink for ya. Click image for larger version

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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:01 PM   #46
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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:04 PM   #47
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Dogs have to be beat...meaning you have to whoop them to control them. If you are afraid to hit a dog, don't get one
Even a fucking fagot can not refute the truth in this statement. Dogs understand dominance. The politically correct have no obiediant dogs.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:09 PM   #48
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My dogs are crated.Crates are not for punishment. It's a place of security.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 10:00 PM   #49
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My lab is the best dog I have had. She trained easily because raising your voice at her makes her a wreck. She isn't perfect but she is really a great dog overall. She had a spinal embolism and has severe allergies to food and environmental. Mike's parents have her sister who has knee problems. They both shed like an episode of hoarders in my opinion. My schnauzer is low energy doesn't need someone who is actively going to take him running or for long walks. My lab needs to get out and exercise.
I would also say to go with a lab mix since the pure breeds do tend to have genetic issues.
My lab is a chocolate and she isn't very big. She's about 67lbs. We have to keep her trim because of her partial paralysis. She is not the brightest. My schnauzer is very smart and he's also willful and stubborn. There is actually something good about a dog that's smart enough to learn commands but not so smart they can figure out how to open cabinets, doors, push the limits, etc.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 10:38 PM   #50
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We have had good luck with working class dogs - labs, retrievers, shepherds, akita and mixes of those breeds. Smart, loyal and not so protective that you can't have guests over, but protective enough to give you a bit of comfort.

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Old January 11th, 2014, 10:39 PM   #51
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. She is not the brightest. My schnauzer is very smart and he's also willful and stubborn. There is actually something good about a dog that's smart enough to learn commands but not so smart they can figure out how to open cabinets, doors, push the limits, etc.

That's about right. I've said it many times but my Vet assures me I won't like it. "I want to be smarter than my next dog", or "I want a dumb dog".
I've been enjoying watching my Eli ESS just over a year and DeDe my moms Boston soon to be 1 out think us both over and over. I have a good excuse physical unable to do much and for once Good drugs. My moms only excuse is she's old. But seriously I couldn't imagine the last 5 months with out them both( mom to). Having a pet can help one so much. I didn't think after losing Murphy I'd be able to care ( emotionally) for Eli. But I do. He and DeDe are like emotional, mental and physical therapy. So to the people that say it's just a dog, Shut up.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 11:05 PM   #52
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My family has a 14 year old bearded collie. He has been a super smart dog and the only problem we ever had was a couple months after we got him. My brothers and I were in the sandbox and I got up to pee. He was circling me and nipped my thigh a few times because he was trying to herd me with my brothers. My dad threw him across the yard and we never had a problem again. My dad never wanted a dog, but yet my dad was his favorite person. We had a fenced in yard for a while bit moved to a house without for the last 8 years and he would roam a bit but stay close to our house...we live on a cul de sac with .75 acres. We got him as a rescue dog through the bearded collie rescue when he was about 1.5 years old. He has started to have some stomach issues recently so he gets wet food mixed with dry food. He also fell down our stairs and slipped a couple discs so he ihas been no stairs for the last 6 months. We can tell he is getting old, but at 14.5 years he is still doing pretty good.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 11:51 PM   #53
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I've always had a mini schnauzer. My parents had em, now my wife and I have one. I wouldn't hesitate to get another. Just my .02
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Old January 12th, 2014, 01:34 AM   #54
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:13 AM   #55
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look for a local dog show where you can "meet/hold" various breeds. as an example, there is a AKC dog show coming to detroit soon

http://novi.patch.com/groups/around-...eturns-to-novi

also, here is a generic web site

http://www.bringfido.com/event/state/michigan/
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Old January 12th, 2014, 10:17 AM   #56
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I still see no purpose in a crate. If you want a caged animal get a fucking Ginny pig.

Anyway I vote pitbull!!!! Their super loving, probably some of the most loyal dogs I have ever had a chance to enjoy. Their Very easy to train, an pick new things up quick. Probably one of the most stereo typed dogs, an one of the most defended dogs around but once you give 1 a chance you'll NEVER look back.



Regardless of what breed of dog you end up with please adopt an save a dog not purchase from a "breeder" or someone tryin to make money off of them.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 10:24 AM   #57
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did not read any of this but i put my vote in for pitbull
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Old January 12th, 2014, 10:26 AM   #58
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My Malamute has been leaps and bounds better than the lab I had growing up and my mother in law's lab...
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Old January 12th, 2014, 10:45 AM   #59
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Even a fucking fagot can not refute the truth in this statement. Dogs understand dominance. The politically correct have no obiediant dogs.

if you truly believe that then 1) you truly are not a dominant personality and 2) have no clue how to truly train a dog and properly show dominant traits.

to the OP....

I'm a diehard Rottie owner (have had 3 now) and they, imo, are one of the best all around breeds you can get

that being said, it's not just what breed you get, but you have to honestly look at yourself in the mirror to see what kind of person you are (and your spouse).

your traits will ultimately become how the dog turns out. some breeds love to be the alpha and will take advantage of that. some don't care. you have to be completely honest with yourself about who you guys are before you jump in and buy a dog.

are you passive? energetic? lazy? not home much? kids out of control? well behaved? etc..... hopefully the OP gets the point.



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Old January 12th, 2014, 10:53 AM   #60
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Moving into a new house this spring, thinking of getting a family dog. It has about an acre of property, nice heater garage. My wife would like a dog that can stay in a crate in the garage or even an outdoor run while we are at work during the day, but I would like something hardy enough to play with my 11 and 8 yr olds out in the yard.

Anyone have any particular breed to recommend or stay away from?
Anyone have any place to get a dog they would recommend?
didnt read all the posts.

maybe someone covered this.

A dog cannot protect your home if is couped up in a cage while you are gone. Please do the dog a favor and DONT GET ONE if thats what you plan to do with it (coupe it up in a cage all the time).

We have two dogs that were "cage" dogs and they have problems, and we are rehabilitating them. (caged all day other than 10 minutes a day to go outside).

My mother in law had a BIG BEAUTIFUL brindle american bulldog. 97 lbs. most protective dog ive ever seen. Well, she kept it in a cage and one day when she was gone someone broke in and stole EVERYTHING. TV's, jewelry, china, guns etc... Dog was cage was moved out of the way to get to more stuff...

Yup, I have dogs for security. I have dogs for many reasons. BUT, I have lived in some rough places. my cars have been vandalized and broken into. Neighbors houses burglarized and vandalized etc. (4 houses in my culdesac in san antonio (out of 8) )

My dogs have free reign of my house is what I chalk up my house never being broke in to. is your wife and kids gonna leave the dog caged up when your gone? my dogs LOVE my wife and kid. IF someone did try to harm them and I was not home to protect them I have 100% faith that whoever tries will have to get through my dogs just as they would have to get through me.

NOW, I do live in a much safer place than I have. BUT, crime is every where.

Plus, what kind of life is it being caged up 20 hours a day? Atleast put a doggy door in the garage and let them have free reign of the garage and yard while the family is gone.

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