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Old 09-29-2010, 07:29 PM
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Labs sound great, I'll definitely keep that in mind- that is what I'm looking for, something naturally "patient", not that I won't do tons of training myself! I'm not going to leave it up to the dog to understand what I want from it, I'm going to teach it to like kids, but I like the advantage.

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lol, I did the same thing with my first dog, not that I had kids...I just think its a good idea (within reason) to know if your getting a dog thats going to nail you if you touch his feet, etc.
Exactly my thinking, though I understand that a puppy is different from an older dog.

Boxers sound like fun, too. I'll look into the breed some and see what I come up with.

Thanks for the input so far, I really appreciate it!
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If you are considering breeds like labs and boxers, really think about energy level so that your dog fits well with your lifestyle!
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I think I'd be fine with a lab, boxers are on the higher end of the spectrum, hence the "looking into the breed" comment. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Ummm, I would shy away from a Lab, they're up there with Boxers in my mind's eye. I've met calm ones, but they take a long time to mature, and are basically a puppy until at least the age of two.
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I didn't know labs were high-energy! Huh. Thanks for telling me (:3), I didn't have any idea. A dog that doesn't mature until the age of two isn't quite what I'm looking for, I'll keep that in mind.
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Well it's just that they're so large, and they're a working breed. All that energy usually manifests into chewing because they're a mouth-orientated dog and have a lot of energy to burn off - so as a puppy, you have to balance the energy steam off with not over-doing it for fear of joints and ligament damage. So they take a long time to reach adulthood and need a fair bit of exercise. I've met some really nice, calm Labs, but like I said - never a Lab under the age of two like that, lol!
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oh yes. There is a saying, that labs "chew til their two, and shed til their dead"


Most of the ones I've known never really calm down, until their hips start to give out...



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.... to sit back and watch kids climb all over dogs and pull ears and never do anything is another. That was my point. I met a kid who was attacked by a shih tzi to the point of plastic surgery at the age of 3 because he pulled the dogs ear one day and the dog was NOT having it at that point
Absolutely good points! Kids for sure need to be taught how to interact with dogs. Another thing they need to be taught is that "stranger dogs" are different from their own dog, and just because they can hug their own dog, does not mean another dog will be OK with it. Tragedies as you describe, happen when adults don't realize these important points!

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Here is a breed book I've liked in the past. Its about as honest an assessment of breeds as I've seen. The charts are very helpful, in which all these aspects of breeds are listed; from good with kids to energy level, how easy to train, and so forth.

Amazon.com: Right Dog For You (9780671472474): Daniel F. Tortora: Books Amazon.com: Right Dog For You (9780671472474): Daniel F. Tortora: Books


I've seen other books on breeds recommended here on the forum too.... but I cannot remember which thread?
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Thanks for all your help so far, everyone. Ok, now something a little less reasonable- say I were leaning toward a gorgeous Samoyed puppy. Is there any big reason that would be a terrible idea?
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Samoyeds have a very high cute level - be wary of that.

And lots of grooming - a good brush every day, and I think this breed sheds too.
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