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Old 06-18-2013, 05:12 PM
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Smile Time for a companion. Which breed though?

Hello dog lovers I am after some guidance to make sure I make the right decision.

I've always wanted to own a dog but my parents would not let me. I am now 28 and have just bought a biggish house that is dog friendly. I now feel the time is right for me and my soon to be fiancée (she doesn't know yet) to have a new companion in our lives. We plan on only buying new furniture once the dog is fully trained and can be trusted.

We have discussed at length the types of dogs we like and what would fit into our life styles. We both work 8-5 but my girlfriend works close to home so could let the little fella out for a toilet break at dinner. With that in mind though we both feel an energetic dog would get bored too easily and would chew the house. We both prefer dogs to be dogs and not little rats (although she does like pugs!) and we are definitely looking for a loving dog that has character. Price isn't really an issue either.

With this criteria we are swaying heavily towards an English bulldog (we see a grumpy looking, snoring, farting, grunting and weird sleeping positions as character). We have looked after our friends a few times.

Are there any other breeds we should consider? Dog de Bordeaux maybe?

Look forward to listening to your advice
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:51 AM
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If you want a puppy look for lazier dog breeds, apparently pugs aren't too active.

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I like the puggles hehehe they are very cute!!

If you don't mind adopting, mongrels/pavement specials/mixed breeds are awesome too! Especially if they're older then you can see what their personality is like.

We've never had pure breeds, only pavement specials and they've all been awesome. With my current dog Leesi who's a Daxie X JR she has the best of both breeds and some of the more difficult traits too. Like digging and chewing and her nose is constantly on the ground. She's also a real little hunter. Although she's SUPER friendly with all people, complete strangers will get smothered with kisses if they bend down to greet her. Also very confident but submissive.

Remember that puppies can chew up to a year, before they can really be completely trusted around your house and furniture and the odd shoe lying around

Character isn't completely reliant on breed, some dogs are more funny than others but it's not necessarily breed specific.

Gluck! Let us know which dogs you like and why/why not
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:31 AM
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Of the dogs on the link I would go for the bullmastiff or the bulldog. I do like my dogs to have a presence so terriers are a no go as far as I am concerned. The puggle is very cute though but I shall not be telling my girlfriend that!

I'd say I'm pretty much set on a bulldog but could still be open to other ideas.

One thing I would like to know is how bad is the drooling in dogs like bulldogs, bull mastiffs and dogue de bordeaux? And does it get worse with age?
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As far as I know they drool A LOT!! hehehe which is why I'd never get one!

Are you both first time dog owners?

Also please remember to read the stickies on dog training and behaviour. Will give you a solid foundation for when you do get your new doggy!!
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Yes thanx for the advice. My gf had a German shepherd. Drooling would b an issue for gf if it was excessive
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Be carefull about the small breeds, some of them can get a bit depressed if they're alone too much. Or so i've been told. This is also true of the huge great danes. Or.. at least it's true if what people told me is true.

I love walking my dog. The real work is the training. Beleive me! I walk my dog at least 2 hours each day, the only reason it ever gets annoying is when she pulls or goes insane (puppies -_-). But like the others say, get a calm one but also one that's easy to train.
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Any dog will be depressed if alone too much. Dogs have been bred for tens of thousands of years to be around people, they need us.

I would not recommend any type of mastiff to a newbie dog owner. Mastiffs are big and have protective instincts that can be very hard for inexperienced owners to handle. And if drooling is an issue for you, I'd stay away from them, too. Owners typically have lots of dish towels handy to sop up drool.

English bulldogs, on the other hand, might be okay. They're not exactly athletic. But, they have, as a breed, serious health problems. You need to know that going in. And you need to find an ethical breeder doing everything they can to minimize health issues. Someone here could help you with that.

One other issue: puppies and full time work. It can be done, but it's tough. If you have to be gone 8+ hours a day, it would be a lot easier to adopt or buy an adult (breeders will sell older dogs). That way, you're not fighting to housetrain a puppy who simply can't hold it 10 hours at a time. It also cuts down on the chewing, etc., although some dogs never really get past that.
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When I eventually go ahead with the dog I will take a full month off work to try and house train the little fella followed by my girlfriend taking two weeks off to do the same. I'm hoping 6 weeks would be a good foundation.

When this period is over my girlfriend can come back on her dinner break to let him have a toilet break.

We r pretty much set on a bulldog and know a breeder who is well known for breeding healthy bullies (my friend's bully is 8 and has only ever seen the vet for inoculations)
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When I eventually go ahead with the dog I will take a full month off work to try and house train the little fella followed by my girlfriend taking two weeks off to do the same. I'm hoping 6 weeks would be a good foundation.

When this period is over my girlfriend can come back on her dinner break to let him have a toilet break.

We r pretty much set on a bulldog and know a breeder who is well known for breeding healthy bullies (my friend's bully is 8 and has only ever seen the vet for inoculations)
Dogs can't reliably hold it until about 6 months due to neurologic development. Housetraining up until that point is really about the humans, not the dog.

What's your breeders name/website? I'd love to check it out.
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Puppies - BiddleBulldogs and here is a pic of my friend and junior in his younger years (I've just nicked it from his Facebook)
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