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Old 11-03-2010, 05:53 PM
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Dog Breed for my Parents

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Well, I'm a newbie here. While I'm personally set on the doggy front (Thats my Corgi/Chihuahua mix CJ and my Swedish Valhund Keelan in my avatar) I've been looking around for the perfect dog for my mother and father. Both are in thier late fifties.

The house has been dog free since the family dog I grew up with (a lab, ACD mutt) passed of old age a few months ago . They'd like a new dog rather quickly, but I think they need something specific.

What I'd like for them-

an overall low maintenance dog- though my parents are still relatively young now, I don't want my mother to have to deal with a high groom or high energy dog when shes almost seventy

Train ability- My mother has had dogs all her life and does know how to handle herself with one, but something that doesn't challenge her every movie would be nice.

Moderate exercise needs- We have a small yard and my brother lives close by and is willing to take the dog on a long walk/jog every weekday. He used to do this with our old dog emy.

Guard/watchdog- They live in a relatively small town area, but there have been more and more problems with kids vandalizing things and robbery's there. I mean, I don't go to bed at night worrying to death over them, but they are getting up in years and having a dog that can at least LOOK intimating to ward off the shady sort would be a plus.

Generally good with cats and other dogs- I visit them with my two fairly regularly and they have two cats.

Of course I know there are no certainties on behavior, dogs are individuals after all, but having a few breed suggestions would be nice. I've already looked into a couple of options but haven't hit on an exact fit yet, heres hoping you guys can help!
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:44 PM
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What have you been looking at? The first thing that came to mind was a Saint Bernard, but I don't know what size you think they want.
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You could maybe look into the Cane Corso? My boyfriend really loves the breed, they are intimidating looking for sure... but big softies!

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I would not recommend that dog for a older couple. Way to much dog.
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I'm not as experienced with guarding dogs, but maybe a Rottweiler? From what I've read, they have low grooming needs, and are fine in small yards as long as your brother is giving it daily jogs/walks. They sound like they're generally trainable as long as you're firm with them. Not sure how they are with cats/dogs though...

Great Danes may be another option, but I'm not sure what you're considering a "small" yard, so it's possible the yard is a little small for one. Some are cat/dog aggressive, but it's pretty dependent on their line and individual personality. Again, low shedders and don't need tons of exercise, just a brisk daily walk/jog is fine.

Here's a good website to look through for breed ideas, you can sort them by size and every name has a thumbnail pic as well as a link to more info: http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/dogbreeds
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I agree... a cane corso is not a breed I would recommend for many people.
I would also stay away from the true guard/protection breeds (ie. Dobies, Rotties, etc) unless your parents are really familiar with these breeds and their requirements (training, exercise, socialization, etc) and also willing to do that work on their own.

Besides the majority of the time just a dog barking (no matter the size of the dog) is enough to scare off any vandals. I would focus mainly on temperament.

Honestly I would take your parents to the local local shelter and look for a laid back dog that fits their other requirements (easy to groom, good with other pets, etc.) Let them find a dog that clicks with them! After all, they are the ones that will be living with it!

Personally, I would go with a small to medium sized dog. If they insisted on a large dog then a Saint Bernard or Newfoundland could be a good match.

I would stay away from high energy dogs because even with the best of intentions, your brother likely will not be taking this dog jogging everyday. Life will undoubtedly come in the way... (work, spouse, kids, his own pets, etc.) So unless your parents can meet the exercise requirements of a high energy dog on their own, a lower energy dog would be best so that they can provide enough exercise on their own.

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Ditto kmes, cane corso's are too much. I would even venture to say no to st bernard unless they are really prepared for what they come with (more drooling than the average dog and LOTS of hair). I recommend a shelter dog as well.
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Yeah, I always forget about the fact that a lot of people don't like a dog that drools that much. LOL
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I definitely agree with the shelter route, but I find it helps me pick out a better match if I know in advance what breeds interest me. Granted, you never know exactly what breeds are in the mixes at the shelter, or even if they're labeled with the right breeds, but it does help you know what traits the dog might have once it's out of the shelter environment
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Maybe a retired Greyhound? They're large, but fairly low maintenance, and very sweet!
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