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Gonna get a dog. Pound pick. Any breeds to stay away from?

Title says it all. I grew up with dogs but haven't had one for several years. My life is slowing down a bit, and I've got room for a dog again.

What breeds have you had? My family has always picked up mutt puppies from friends or the pound. Dachshund-Chihuahua mix. Miniature Poodle Scottish Terrier confusion. German Shepherd-Labrador warrior.

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post #2 of 20 Old 11-02-2014, 08:11 AM
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large, medium and small

I had German Shepards most of my life until the last 10 years when I got a Laso Opso mix, a smaller frame dog, from the pound. He was as smart or smarter than the German Shepards who were plenty smart also. He's gone now.
At the present time, I have a Manchester Terrier, a medium size dog, nice, smart and a sweet dog, but he's faster and a unmanned airborne vehicle and will run your legs off.
Certain breeds are runners and chasers, others are more sedentary and make good lap dogs. Older folks can't keep up with the lively ones so just look into what your the breed's characteristics before making that commitment.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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We have a little Chihuahua we rescued from the pound, they were going to put the little fellow down the next day. He was fairly old when we got him, now he is really old, we love the little dickens.

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I have had an Airedale, Shepherds and Poodles over the years. All excellent dogs.

Right now we have our first "rescue" dog. Small guy about 13 pounds, but will 50 pounds of energy. We think he is a large part Jack Russel. Very, very active and demanding of play time and lap time.

If you get a dog with a lot of Jack Russel you want to be sure you have the time to devote to him/her.

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You need to decide what kind of lifestyle you want. For example, relatively laid back and not very active lifestyles are good for things like bulldogs....if you're quite active, German Shepards and collies are great....

I'd look at some of the dog breed selectors online to see what breed fits your lifestyle

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Title says it all. I grew up with dogs but haven't had one for several years. My life is slowing down a bit, and I've got room for a dog again.

What breeds have you had? My family has always picked up mutt puppies from friends or the pound. Dachshund-Chihuahua mix. Miniature Poodle Scottish Terrier confusion. German Shepherd-Labrador warrior.

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Get a few Dobermans and thank yourself later.

They do fine in a woodworking environment and are easy as heck to clean up at the end of the day.

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If you own your house you need to check with your insurance company. Most insurance companies nowadays wont insure against certain things if you have any number of different breeds. Sweet Willy is a 129 lb. German Shepherd, but, when he was only a few months old, not even 25 lbs., we weren't allowed to camp in some campgrounds because he was a German Shepherd. We do have homeowners insurance now only because Willy is a service dog.

No. I only do that when I'm drunk.
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If you own your house you need to check with your insurance company. Most insurance companies nowadays wont insure against certain things if you have any number of different breeds. Sweet Willy is a 129 lb. German Shepherd, but, when he was only a few months old, not even 25 lbs., we weren't allowed to camp in some campgrounds because he was a German Shepherd. We do have homeowners insurance now only because Willy is a service dog.

Were you not allowed in the camp ground because your dog was a German Shepard or was it because he was over a specified size? I have never heard of anyone banning Shepards per se.

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Were you not allowed in the camp ground because your dog was a German Shepard or was it because he was over a specified size? I have never heard of anyone banning Shepards per se.

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Some campgrounds do not allow ANY dogs.
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GeorgeC, we were not allowed to camp because Willy is a german shepherd. I took a 5-day woodworking class here in TN so I dragged my camper over and stayed in a nearby campground. They tried to refuse to let me camp there because of Willy until I showed them the Federal Regs. Bottom line: Blame it on the insurance companies. They wont give a biz insurance if they allow certain dogs on their premises.
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GeorgeC, we were not allowed to camp because Willy is a german shepherd. I took a 5-day woodworking class here in TN so I dragged my camper over and stayed in a nearby campground. They tried to refuse to let me camp there because of Willy until I showed them the Federal Regs. Bottom line: Blame it on the insurance companies. They wont give a biz insurance if they allow certain dogs on their premises.
I've posted a pic of Willy in my Photos.
You ever go camping down at Shellmound?

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No Big Jim. I live fairly close to Shell Mound (So. Pittsburg) but I did have some friends who camped there for the summer. Nice place.

No. I only do that when I'm drunk.
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Ill go ahead and put it out there and defend the breed, I have a English Staffordshire Terrier, otherwise stereotyped as a 'pit bull'. Roxy is the most people friendly dog Ive ever seen. So friendly in fact, that she let someone in the garage and steal my router, router table and bits. I can set a plate of scraps on the floor of the shop and she will go lay down in the corner indefinitely until shes called. Great dog.

If you have other dogs or are thinking of getting other dogs tread lightly. That is their only con. Its kind of a 50/50 as to whether or not theyll get along. If its a single dog family you cant go wrong.






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Ill go ahead and put it out there and defend the breed, I have a English Staffordshire Terrier, otherwise stereotyped as a 'pit bull'. Roxy is the most people friendly dog Ive ever seen. So friendly in fact, that she let someone in the garage and steal my router, router table and bits. I can set a plate of scraps on the floor of the shop and she will go lay down in the corner indefinitely until shes called. Great dog.

If you have other dogs or are thinking of getting other dogs tread lightly. That is their only con. Its kind of a 50/50 as to whether or not theyll get along. If its a single dog family you cant go wrong.







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My wife and I foster certain breeds for a local rescue. Typically we only take Pitbulls because no one else seems to want them because they keep smaller dogs that typically have attitudes and that doesn't seem to mix well with larger breeds although we have never had an issue with dogs fighting except once when we picked up an abandoned female who was in heat. Pits can be very energetic and individual dogs need someone who knows how to handle them, then some like our Mandy can be service dogs and don't ever get excited no matter what. Old dogs, black dogs and large mutts are the ones who normally die in shelters, everyone wants the little dogs they can put in their purse, purebred dogs and puppies are the ones most likely to get adopted. Mutts are by far the healthiest, they typically won't break you up at the vet. Good luck in whatever you choose.
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I don't think there is any bad bread. There is only a bad bread of dog owner. You can make a good or bad dog of any bread.
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I don't think there is any bad bread. There is only a bad bread of dog owner. You can make a good or bad dog of any bread.
Well said.

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Well said.

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Except for the spelling. Oh well.
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I don't think there is any bad bread. There is only a bad bread of dog owner. You can make a good or bad dog of any bread.
There are several breeds that have a reputation and are well known for being 'smarter'.

There is a 'top ten' list of smartest dog breeds and it is fairly accurate.
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I get all my dogs from the pound unless someone gives me a dog. My friend who is a CHP picked up a Beagle Pup from a fatal traffic accident he was working and the surviving family didnít want it. He brought it home but had to get rid of it because his other dogs didnít get along with it so I took it.
The only problem I had was Beagles are pack animals and she suffered anxiety when she was alone. We then had to get another dog to keep the neighbors happy and save our doors from scratching damage.
My next dog will probably be a German Shepherd because I want something to protect my house.

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