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Old 07-10-2013, 09:47 PM
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What Dog Is Best For Me?

I'm planning on getting a dog next year, or the year after. Don't worry, I know how much money the vet bills are, food, toys, especially the time phrase they'll take.

What breed is best for me? I'll sort out.

-I like staying inside most of the time. But I can do the daily walks and fetch outside normal stuff. Not a very active dog.
- A small-medium sized dog - 5lbs-60lbs.
- Easily trained and eager to please.
- Purebreed or mix, I personally don't care.
- Good with children.
- Grooming won't be an issue; easy or hard.

Thank you. (:
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:01 PM
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My new rescue matches exactly what I had hoped for in a dog. She has some fear issues because she was not socialized properly by her first owner but because she came from a local humane shelter, they use a "Meet your Match" color system. You answer the questions and it will match you with a purple, yellow or green dog. Each colors have personality types. My ideal dog was a lower maintenance more chill dog. I rescued a Purple-Couch Potato type and despite the extra work and training that can come with a rescue if they happen to not be trained or socialized, she is perfect for my lifestyle. Unfortunately dogs have to be a tad older than a puppy for them to color code them I think not sure what the age needs to be. Older dogs are better in a lot of ways because you are past puppy adolescence which is SO NOT a bad thing, thats the hardest age and they are more likely to know the basics like potty training (NOT OVERRATED!!! training potty is tedious especially if you are a first time dog owner!!) sit, stay and basic manners like not jumping. Any dog can be or might not be good with children and the MYM can help because they will test for that. Try not to focus on breed as much as individual personality, energy level and what will work best with your household. If you rescue you will be able to have everyone in your household meet the dog to be sure everyone likes each other. Go with your gut, if you feel a chemistry then it can really work if it feels right. If you want to focus on breed just get some sort of mix that is the appropriate size for you. It's quite a long commitment and a worthwhile one in my experience.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:15 PM
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Oh, I've heard about this! Is it only in your area? I think it's in the ASPCA company.I guess time will tell on what dog will be mine. Thanks!
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Get an idea of what you're looking for by looking at breeds online and reading about temperments. Lots of dogs fit your criteria. Take a look at shelters and rescues. Petfinder.com is a good site for rescues. When you find one that strikes your heart cords, look up possible breeds they may be and their temperments\energy level, etc if you don't already have an idea. You'll know when you've met the right one. I say adopt though.
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Thank you. (: I did go there, and adoptapet. I saw this amazing little shepherd mix and I fell in love. But I have to wait for a year or so! Ugh. And yes, I'll adopt. Unless there won't be any shelter dogs that seem to click with me.
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