Hello guys, I'm a 24 (soon 25) year old guy that never had any pets :/
I'm really interested in getting a ''big'' breed dog and I was looking through some and I found this one: http://www.inmedia.ba/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/16909_852888364746622_6710316149371732514_n.jpg
Now, my question is: What breed is this? I would like to get this dog and it looks majestic
I'm unsure if it is one of the following: Bosnian Tornjak
I am not trying to be rude, but I see quite a few red flags.
1. you are choosing a potential dog on looks alone. Looks should be secondary to what would suit you, your lifestyle, your dedication, your needs; not just your want for a big beautiful dog.
2. you found a picture of a large LGD and saying this is the dog you want but don’t even know what it is.
3. you have very limited experience owning pets, more specifically LGD’s.
4. what are your long term career goals and lodging goals?
I do like that you’re here looking for help; I just think you may be going about it in a way that will not be any dogs or your own benefit.
Would you consider volunteering for a shelter or even better yet for a LGD rescue? I suggest you contact some reputable rescues and say you would like to volunteer at adoption/fundraising events so you can get lots of time getting to know people who have many years of experience with the types of dogs that call your attention. You can ask as many questions and they can get a feel for what would best suit you, and if a LSG would even be one of those dogs.
I’m also not on the boat that all 1st time dog owners have to get an “easy” dog like a Hound, Shih Tzu, or Lab, etc. I got an “easy” 1st timer dog when I got my 1st dog as an adult and it was one of the biggest mistakes. We did not mesh well together at all. I still loved them very much but was definitely not the right type of dog for me. But if you like Hounds and Labs, etc, then go for it 100%.
The common description of LGD’s as calm, loyal, and protective is accurate but they don’t come out of a box that way. It takes a lot of dedication, perseverance, training, and experience. They are not as forgiving in common training mishaps as a less intense breed That and they do much better if they have some sort of job. I could never in a thousand years imagine my Kuvasz living the city life. She would be miserable as would be all the neighbours.
I would be a millionaire for all the times I’ve heard of people up over their heads with LGD’s and sadly many times to the point where the dog is on a dangerous path amongst society. So many end up in shelters to be adopted out to inexperienced homes to only be brought back again due to common young LGD behaviours. If they would have gotten adopted into an experienced home, they would have known to expect it and known how to handle it appropriately. Instead the dog gets brought back to the kill shelter and then is deemed “rescue only” and there are plenty of times where rescue could not be found on time.
For the most part LGD’s do not learn quickly, not because they’re not smart, it’s because they are stubborn. They are bred to work independently and if they don’t feel what you are asking is necessary, they will blow you off. This is another reason they are described as disobedient, they just don’t care enough about sitting for you on command, etc.
Young LGD's also have quite a lot of energy as contrary to what most think. I have an Akbash/Great Pyrenees foster right now and this dog would run laps around a Lab. I also have a 4 year old Kuvasz, and she also needs to run off her energy. My Anatolian Shepherd X is better now for energy levels, but he too had a lot as a young dog but he still plays very rough with my Kuvasz. I had a Great Pyrenees/BMD X and he by far had the most energy. Most of the descriptions found online are of older more established dogs, not young boneheaded puppies and adolescents. They do calm down with age, but like I mentioned earlier, they are not always born this way.