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Old 08-04-2014, 02:04 PM
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Hi everyone,

We've been thinking about a dog for the family for a while now. I saw some Malinois on petfinder.com and found this forum when doing some research on them. That being said, I'd found out the Mal is probably not a good choice for us. So what kind of dog do you suggest - primarily looking for a great family dog? We're looking for a rescue, so probably can't get an exact breed, but maybe we'll get lucky with a good combo.

We're a family of 4, with 7 and 10 year old boys and 2 cats. We have a fenced backyard and I work from home, so there should always be someone here. I'd like a medium-sized dog (I'd go large, but this is to make the wife happy) that you can run & play frisbee with. This dog would be good off of the leash and like most everyone it meets. I'd love to be able to take them to our sons baseball and football games without worry. While not looking primarily for home protection, I'd like a dog aware of the surroundings and that would bark should we have any trouble at night with someone in the house.

Thanks in advance and looking forward to your answers. There are some Shepherd/lab mixes I've found (what's the groups opinion on buying from Craigslist?) that would seem to be a pretty good mix?

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Old 08-04-2014, 02:35 PM
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Oh, I meant to mention, wife would certainly appreciate a short(er) hair dog, with as little shedding as possible.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:57 PM
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The first thing that comes to mind for me would be a standard poodle - if you don't mind learning to groom or taking a dog to the groomers.

I am not really sure what "medium" means to you - as it can mean different things to different people! medium to me is 50-80lbs.

A pointer or pointer mix might be a good choice. Boxers might be another breed to look into.

Really though if you are going with a rescue dog there is a very good chance that the dog won't actually be a mix of the breeds the rescue thinks it is. So if that is the route you go your best bet is to just concentrate on the temperament of the individual dog you are looking at and not worry too much about breed.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:04 PM
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yeah, I remember doing a quiz on Yahoo "which dog is right for you" YEARS ago and I put in all my info and it came back poodle. I never did understand that. I'll have to read a bit more about them, but I think I would prefer more of a sporting dog look. But yeah, I guess with a rescue, you'll never know what exactly you are getting.

Thanks for the reply.
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Standard poodles are sporting dogs they were bred to retrieve water fowl. A lot of them are still really drivey dogs. A lot of people get turned off by the coat care but they really are amazing dogs.
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Since you asked about CL on this thread, I thought I'd address that question here. CL is the undisputed home of backyard breeders (BYBs).

https://www.dogforum.com/new-addition...reeders-88226/

Occasionally, you'll find someone on CL who legitimately needs to rehome an adult dog and they want to arrange a private adoption (usually for a low fee) rather than dump the dog in a shelter.

However, many of the dogs listed on CL in my area are puppies come from BYBs who have their female dogs put out litter after litter of puppies of questionable ancestry, temperament, and health in order to make a few hundred dollars off of each one. They don't care who they sell the dogs too, and they won't be around to help if you have problems. The puppies they can't sell, they dump into our overcrowded, high-kill shelters, and many of the adult dogs end up there as well when their owners get tired of them. My local shelter just euthanized 100+ dogs last month alone.

Since you're open to a mixed puppy or adult dog, it would be far better to adopt from a rescue group or shelter directly and not put money into the pocket of your local BYB.
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thanks for the confirmation. I had concerns about CL which you just confirmed.

Been looking thru PetFinder and I think we'd like to end up with a pup from one of the rescue organizations around town. Most of these seem to grab the dogs they are about to be put down. so I think that'd be a great way to go.
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I still think your best bet is to give your list of wants to a shelter rep and have them find some adult dogs with the temperament you're looking for. It seems like you're looking for a perfect family dog and these are a lot harder to come by than you'd think, especially if you adopt a puppy from an unknown background.
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I don't know that I'm necessarily striving for the perfect dog, I'm just trying to do some research to make sure we have the best experience possible. But with a mut from a rescue, going to be taking a chance either way. I'm not sure at this point whether I'm willing to forgo the puppy stage, however, just to get an adult dog with more known characteristics.

I will say, finding an organization with multiple pups is tough. The places like SPCA an the Humane society are filled with older dogs, and the younger ones, if not pits, go real fast, sometimes before they even hit the web. And they aren't close enough I can just keep stopping in daily.

And the rescue organizations, I've found, rely mostly on foster homes, so their animals can be pretty spread out, so it might require a few different places in order to see a couple dogs.

I'm sure we'll end up with something good though. Will keep my eye on petfinder and will keep reading.
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Where I live (Southern California), the public shelters are overcrowded with hundreds of dogs. Most of them are adolescents or adults, but occasionally a litter of puppies will show up. Since these shelters are constantly receiving large numbers of dogs and the staff members are few and overworked, you won't get any guidance on choosing on a dog. We also have humane, no-kill shelters, and you might get more of the personal assistance that patronizingRabbits mentioned at those kinds of shelters.

The challenge with any dog, especially an older one, coming from any shelter environment is that you probably won't receive much of a history of the dog or know whether the dog will do well in a home environment.

Although rescue groups will usually have their dogs spread out in foster homes, this would be a great advantage to you because you would know how the dog gets along inside the house (whether it's housetrained, likes to chew on the furniture, maybe how it gets along with children or other animals, and so on).

A lot of rescue groups in my area work hard on getting mothers and puppies out of shelters as quickly as they can, and you can let them know what you're looking for. There are always new litters of puppies!
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