What's the best breed of dog for a pet? I've been thinking about getting another dog, from the animal shelter, it's been about a year since I last had a dog. My last dog's name was Mishka, I had to get her put down in the end, but she had a good go at life, she's one of the best dog's I've ever had. She was a Bull terrier cross kelpie, which is not the sort of dog that I would of picked for myself, but she picked me for some reason. It's sounds like a load of B/S, I had heard of that a long time ago, but never had it happen to me before, the dog choosing it's owner... But yeah, I guess it's a long story, and I really just wanted to ask people what they think is the best kind of dog for a family pet?
I agree with those who said rescued/mutt. They are my favourites. There are always variations within each breed (I work with hundreds of dogs) so it’s more important to get to know the individual dog than assume that the dog will behave as prescribed by breed specifics. Like with your previous dog, you just never know which breeds or mixbreeds would fit best into your family. You can maybe foster a dog from a rescue and see how the dog fits into your family and lifestyle. It could be a foster to adopt situation.
The easiest and most lovable dogs I have ever owned were lab mixes...my big boy now is a mix of black lab, and rotweiler...gentle, loves our cats, trains easily, loves hugs and belly rubs...great around kids...but he does shed and is heavy when he sits on your lap or sleeps with you...he was a rescue...
I think most purebreds these days have all sorts of genetic issues from bad hips to bad temperments..
And, yeah...my boy chose me...I get it....
I would say the most important thing to take into consideration is how active your and your family are. Many dogs are high energy and need lots of exercise in order to be happy and nondestructive of your things.
I have a 22# cockapoo and he’s the best! My kids were in daycare when we got him as a puppy. I would bring him with to pick up the kids. Of course they all wanted to hold and play with him. Best thing ever because he is so good and gentle with little kids! Nothing I necessarily did on purpose but it definitely shows the importance of socializing
Personally I think that your note of "she picked me" is the best dog for you. You may get picked again, if not find a dog age and breed that matches your lifestyle. If you hike a lot don't get an old dog, if you're not very active don't get a runner, etc. Overall I trust dogs more than people to make a good match, hopefully you're picked again.
Sorry to hear about Mishka. Can't say what the best dog is for you, but I hope it's a rescue.
Had a general idea of what I was looking for in a dog, then went to [adoptapet.com] to get a sense of what was available in the shelters near me. Don't like the idea of looking at a lot of dogs in kennels that I have no intention of bring home, so the site helped me narrow down my search. Still feel like Laika spoke to me & she's been a wonderful companion!
To me, the main considerations are size shedding, drooling. Size because how much room do you have, and time to exercise if no yard big enough. Shedding, because some breeds make Way more hair, and drooling...can you stand any! Some people do not care...i deeply do!
You could get another mutt of course they’re usually pretty good for any home or you can go on dog 101 and search through pretty much every breed you can imagine.
I love their site because they show what each dog will look like though it’s development as well as health, temperament, grooming and activity level.
But either way I hope that you get another great companion and feel free to hit me up with any questions or whatever. ??
I fell in love with the Pit Bull breed by accident. Never had owned one, knew nothing about the breed, but love interfered. The rest is history! Now, I have two!
I originally adopted a brindle female Pit-Lab pup out of despetation because my older son was going through a lot. I adopted her as a therapy dog for him. We named her, Harlem. She's a lifesaver! My son's grades started picking up, his motivation was coming back, and the rest is... well, a miracle!
Since her, I have been most grateful to the breed that I accepted another Put Bull into my life.
My former boss gave me a blue-nosed pit. I was hesitant at first, but my heart fell in love with the little fella.
The breed is very intelligent, obedient, protective, and gentle.
Their veterinarian is impressed with their behaviour. It's all about how you raise them.
Smaller Dogs,usually live longer,the bigger breeds like Great Danes and Saint Bernards,maybe 7 years. 12 years is about all you might get out of a German Shepherd,Saluki,of any of the Labs. Maybe someday,Science will figure out a way to slow down the clock in a Dogs life.......
The best family pet matches your lifestyle and has been screened properly temperament wise.
I've gotten two dogs in my life cold out of the pound. One was a dream dog(doberman), I was very lucky. The other wanted to eat my kid's face off (jack russel mix). Needless to say I'm never getting a dog out of the pound again.
Besides, I like that we have an insurance policy in that if anything happens to me my boy's breeder and an entire network of related "dog family" will step up to assure my dog never winds up in a rescue or pound, ever. Those are the people I want to support with pet purchases when adding an animal to my family, the ones who don't add to shelter populations.
You can't go wrong with a Golden Retriever. They are smart, affectionate and live to please. My adopted dog is half Golden and half American Pit Bull Terrier. He has a Golden head and personality, but a Pit Bull body and strength. Turns out to be a great combination.