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Old 01-16-2013, 08:44 AM
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Your breed options are kind of all over the map. A shiba inu to me is the exact opposite of a golden. You need to think about what kind of relationship you want with the dog and what kind of lifestyle. A shiba will be a probably fiercely independent and somewhat cat-like whereas most goldens will be very doting typical dogs. Really think about what will make you happiest. My dog doesn't even come say hi when I get in from being gone....doesn't bother me, but I know what would bother my sister a lot. On the other hand, having a dog all over me all the time would get old to me whereas some people would say that is their favorite part of having a dog. Good luck with your search!
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As I have had many Siberian Huskies in my life time, ie, racing teams, Show dogs, and breeding experience, I would not suggest for your first pup to be a Husky. They need and extremely, crazy amount of exercise, and will l tire you out way before they will. They are a strong willed breed, and if not handled correctly, can get into all sorts of trouble. There always exceptions to the rule, but really, my advice is to start somewhere else.
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I agree that a GSD as your first without A LOT of research is probably a poor choice. There are working and showline GSDs and both have their ups and downs. As for my pup, he chews on my like I'm a toy and is a mile a minute unless we have several training sessions a day and we run around my room for a few hours. I knew what I was getting in to, but I did tons of research and I knew a GSD is the only dog for me.

That said, my boy was pricey. My next pup will be from a rescue because of some of the people and their gorgeous dogs on this forum. I think you could definitely start there and find the pup for you.
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Seems like I have a lot of research to do. Thanks.

I don't mind independent dogs or doting dogs. Either is fine to me.

I listed those types because I find them very aesthetic. Not a one type of dog person.

Labrador Retrievers do seem the best right now. Again, exercise isn't a problem. Big backyard, huge park not even 3 minutes away, and I like to exercise myself.

I live in a NYC suburb. Anyone experienced with rescue shelters over the internet? Where should I look online?
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If I'm correct, there are tons of Shelters in NYC, you could always just go to a few and actually meet dogs. I don't know if I could adopt a dog without meeting it. Does it have to be a puppy? I honestly prefer getting dogs at 8 months to a year, they often have some basic training done (not always though!)
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Honestly, I'd just go to a humane society or shelter and look around. When you see that perfect dog you'll just know. If you have a general idea of breeds you can make a decision right there whether it can work for you.
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I checked around 5 shelters online and nothing for labrador retrievers. I'm 90% sure that I will be settling on a labrador. They're beautiful. Yes, it has to be a puppy. I've wanted a dog for over 10 years and I want to have him/her for as long as possible, thus the puppy.
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