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#277245 - 08/07/06 02:35 AM pets
alphawolf Offline
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I am thinking of getting a dog, probably a husky since i have wanted one for a long time. Im open for suggestions though, and reading info on dog breeds isnt really as good as personal experience people may have had. Any of you have any specific type of dog/pet in general that you like?
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#277246 - 08/07/06 03:47 AM Re: pets [Re: alphawolf]
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The trick here is to look at the different breeds of dog, there needs and specific attributes, and choose the one most likely to suit your lifestyle.

Some dogs need more exercising than others, some need more mental stimulation, some more training. Some are more prone to illness, some need more grooming. The differences are endless, but the one constant is that good dog ownership is as much of a responsibility as having a child, and should not be taken on lightly.

We have a french bulldog called Alice. They are a small but powerful breed, very affectionate, playfull and excellent temperament so safe around children. They require a lot of interaction and attention,and low to moderate exercise. They are short haired and not prone to excessive moulting.
The breed is prone to breathing problems due to being brachiacephalic (spelling?) essentialy, as with all bull breeds, their faces are too short for their palletes leading to that rasping panting and grumbling that you get with bulldogs. Good KC registered breeders have minimised this problem however, through good matching of mates, and Alice is a clear breather.
'Frenchies' have poor tolerance to extremes of hot and cold, and have to have external cooling (shade, damp cloth wipedowns, lots of rest) in temps of around 70F and above, and a dog coat for winter walks.
Average lifespan for frenchies is not great at around 8 years, though better than British bulldog which is only 6 years. Clear breathers have often been known to reach double figures so I am hoping Alice gets a long time with us.


Alice is tailor made for us, we adore and dote upon her, but we researched the breed thoroughly, talked to breeders, went to KC frenchie shows and talked to owners, we even phoned around the vets in out local area to find one with experience of the breed. then when we were sure, we went ahead.

Whatever breed you decide upon, show it love, humane discipline, and let it meet and greet as many dogs and children as you can as it grows up to ensure it is well socialised. Basic training classes dont hurt either.

Do not buy from puppy farms, look for reputable breeders who will let you meet both the parent dogs of the litter, and will not let you take the puppy from its mother until the litter is at least 12 weeks old.
Good responsible breeders charge more for a puppy, but you get a healthier dog so save money on vet fees in the long run. You will also know that your puppy's parents are not subject to the animal cruelty involved in farming.

Research and care are the key words here.
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#277247 - 08/07/06 01:26 PM Re: pets [Re: alphawolf]
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Registered: 05/24/05
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Loc: Missouri
May I suggest that you head on down to the local animal shelter. There you will most likely find a wonderful pet that is in desparate need for a good home, least he/she be put down in a few days. With a "mutt" you hopefully won't have to deal with the genetic problems that come along with pure breeds (my sister has a bichon and has a mess of health issues due to inbreeding). Also, think about your lifestyle, where you live (apt. vs. house), local ordinaces (some areas have banned certain breeds (mostly pit bulls - a big contraversy here in the greater KC area), and whether or not you have kids.

Personally, I am not a dog person, we're cat people. My husband doesn't like dogs and I'm allergic to them. But really, check out the pound before you look for a pet store or a breeder.
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#277248 - 08/07/06 01:32 PM Storm Katrina's dogs [Re: alphawolf]
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Just to add to the prior post by QuietGal...many of the dogs that were rescued after Storm Katrina are still needing homes. My boss just adopted a black labrador through a local vet who was part of a program to place the rescued animals. There was an interview period, a time to borrow the dog, to see if it would be a good fit...and it worked out very well.

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#277249 - 08/07/06 10:05 PM Re: pets [Re: alphawolf]
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I would suggest a mix of Cord's and QuietGals's response. Do some research on what type of breeds would be best for your situation, and try to find one at an animal rescue. There are many breed specific dog rescue groups that will help find a dog for you. My wife's mother has an Australian shephard rescue, and my cousin has a Great Dane (God they're huge! I love those dogs!) rescue.
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#277250 - 08/08/06 02:52 PM Re: pets [Re: alphawolf]
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Registered: 05/25/06
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Loc: Alabama
Get a pitbull, I know they have a bad rep. but they make great pets and are very loyal and protective and as long as it ain't one of those virbrating imbred hyper kind they are real smart too. And as long as you like another person, the dog will too, if they know you don't like someone, they won't like 'em either, that's the way mine is. And last time I checked (which was a few months ago)Pitbulls were like # 52 on the worst biting dog list.
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#277251 - 08/08/06 03:07 PM Re: pets [Re: alphawolf]
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Registered: 05/23/06
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Dogs are great. My Bullmastiff and I are like family...which makes me a real dog, but she thinks she is human. Go with your heart on the choice. If you want to adopt, by all means there are great dogs to adopt, if you want papers and all that go through a reliable Kennel Club. Do some research on the breed and be honest with yourself about the time and energy you will be able to spend on the dog. It will make your pet and you a lot happier. I would also suggest taking the dog to a class such as offered by PetSmart or PetCo to get them a bit of disipline and training. Good Luck! Post a pic of what you get. My Bullmastiff, who's name is Harley can be seen at her web page Here!
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#277252 - 08/08/06 05:12 PM Re: pets [Re: PaulHart]
Tom02143 Offline
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Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 209
Loc: Wakefield,Massachusetts, USA
I love bull mastiffs. In my old neighborhood, there was a lady who used to sit on her porch and hold court with various passers-by. She had a big sweet goofball of a bull mastiff.

If we had the space, I would love to get one.
Apparently the world's record for biggest bull mastiff is something like 200 pounds.
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#277253 - 08/10/06 02:50 AM Re: pets [Re: Steel91]
QuietGal Offline
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Registered: 05/24/05
Posts: 177
Loc: Missouri
Steel91...I know that you have a thing for pit bulls, and I will say that I definatly don't get it. They are ugly and aggressive. But hey, it's your opinion, I have my opinion, but we'll still all get along.

But real point here...check with your local ordinances about certain breeds and aggressive animals. Kansas City, Kansas has an ordinace againt Pit Bulls that has been in place for 16 years, though it did not help the 71 year old grandmother that was recently mauled to death. Tuesday a boy was bitten severly by a Rotwiller (spelling?) and the aggressive animal issue was brought into play by the media, the family of the boy, and the politicians. I know that several other cities in the area have regulations against such animals or are considering them. Your area may have something similar, so save yourself a headache and some money and check to see what the local rules are about animals in the area.
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#277254 - 08/10/06 11:27 AM Re: pets [Re: QuietGal]
JoelM Offline
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Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 6355
Loc: Georgia, USA
Those laws are [censored]. A poodle can be just as mean as a pit bull, rottweiler, or any other dog. A properly trained and cared for dog will be just as sweet and loving as any other.

The problem is a self-perpetuating sterotype. These dogs are stereotyped as "aggressive, mean dogs" so people who want to look all big and bad get them and don't train them or do train them to be mean and aggressive. Something happens and they actually do act on their training (or lack thereof) and, Surprise, it's on the news. Why don't you hear about the cocker spaniel attacking someone? Because it's not impressive.

Pits and other bully breeds are the dog du jour to legislate against and it makes me sick. In the 80s it was German Shepards, 90s was Rottweilers, now it's bully breeds. You can treat a chihuahua the same way and have a mean, nasty, agressive dog. The fact that these are muscular work dogs people run and hide when they see them.

I've had a 100lb rottweiler come into my store(a pet store) and the only risk of injury is them licking you to death.

Legislating against dogs is [censored] and the highest level of ignorance. We should legislate against stupid people and those who don't train their dogs or treat them properly.
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