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Old 06-17-2010, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Will be getting a dog in a few years...need help deciding

For my ** birthday, I am allowed to get a puppy. My OWN puppy. One that I have bought with my own money and all that stuff.
I'm having trouble deciding between breeds. I want to know the breed NOW so that way I can start researching their care REALLY well and check out books on them and stuff. I do have some rules on posting though just because I had this happen in the past and I wish for it not to happen again:
1: I WILL buy her(Yes, it will be a girl) from a breeder. That is my final and ONLY decision. Any posts about how I am making the wrong decision and such, will be deleted because I ASKED for you to not post anything about it.


All of the dogs will have some info on them too.
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:29 PM   #2
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Australian Shepherd Temperament

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Solid, agile, attentive, and responsive, the Australian Shepherd is a dog with bags of personality and versatility. These are very clever and responsive dogs, and can also be very fast and energetic. You will find that the Australian Shepherd loves a variety of activities, such as jogging, chasing balls, herding, biking, and Frisbee. They can be quite demanding with their owners, as they love attention and need to be mentally stimulated and kept busy. Some Australian Shepherds can be calmer and less animated than others depending on the line.
The Australian Shepherd will get along with children that he has been raised with, but can be aloof with strangers. You will also find that whereas some Australian Shepherds get along fine with all other animals, others will chase cats and be dominant around other dogs. Some lines can be more aggressive than others, and they can be fairly protective of their families, making them medium level watchdogs. As part of the herding group the Australian Shepherd can retain his herding instincts and may nip and circle around other animals and people in a bid to �herd' them.


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Papillon Temperament

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The Papillon is a very intelligent toy dog that is quick to learn and eager to please. These dogs excel in obedience and agility training. These dogs make excellent companion dogs and family pets. Although elegant and graceful, the Papillon also has plenty of energy and loves to play. These small dogs have bags of personality and character, and also have plenty of stamina and enthusiasm for everything they do. An excellent tracker dog, the Papillon loves to work and also enjoys getting involved with family activities and fun. This is not a breed for those that do not have the time to dedicate to interacting with their pets. The Papillon is an alert dog with plenty of spirit, and is an ideal choice for active owners. These intelligent and keen dogs make obedience training easy and fun, although owners will need to exercise assertiveness and confidence in order to try and combat the Papillon's bossy and possessive streak. He is a quick learner and easy to train, making him ideal for the more inexperienced dog owner as well as for those with experience. However, he can be difficult to housebreak.
A keen barker, this breed makes an effective watchdog but can get a little noisy! The Papillon will get along fine with older, gentler children. He is not suited to younger or more boisterous children because his tiny size means that he can get injured easily. These dogs will also be friendly and welcoming around strangers, and tend to get along fine with other small dogs and cats, although he may try and stand up to larger dogs. Some dogs can be confident and sociable, but others may be more timid and nervous. Early socialization can help to promote a stable temperament and attitude. The Papillon is a very versatile pet, and is suited to apartment living as well as living in a house.


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Bernese Mountain Dog Temperament

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Affectionate, outgoing, and sweet natured, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a great pet and companion for those new to dog ownership as well as for more experienced dog owners. He is an intelligent dog that is easy to train - he does well at obedience training. This breed has a steady and even temperament, and is laid back and gentle, although some have a tendency to be a little shy. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a responsive animal, and is very sensitive and sweet. Some can be a little on the dominant side when it comes to male Bernese Mountain Dogs, and with females some can become more dependant on one single person to whom they attach themselves.
The Bernese Mountain Dog gets along very well with children and adores the attention and interaction of children and adults. However, he is a large dog and therefore may easily knock down a smaller child unintentionally when playing. Some Bernese Mountain Dogs can be aloof with strangers whereas others can be friendly depending on the personality of the individual dog. These dogs are also good around other animals, and therefore are well suited to households with other pets and children. An older Bernese Mountain Dog may find it difficult to adjust to a new home, and some may be nervous of a particular group of people. This is a dog that thrives in colder climates but does not fare well in warmer weather. He loves to frolic in the snow, and also loves to play with kids.

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Shih Tzu Temperament

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A lively, proud, and confident breed, the Shih Tzu is a dog that loves to play and perform tricks, but is also very loving and gentle. Some may appear to be a little on the arrogant side, but these are actually sweet natured little dogs who love to cuddle and enjoy their creature comforts. With property, early socialization the Shih Tzu boasts a stable, friendly personality and disposition, and is a peaceful creature. The Shih Tzu thrives on affection and attention, and is not the right breed for those with little time to devote to a pet. He is an excellent choice for those that cannot get around much, such as the elderly, and is intelligent and responsive, which makes him less of a challenge to train. The Shih Tzu is suited to both experienced and inexperienced dog owners, and makes a great family pet as well as a very loving companion. The popularity of these dogs has soared over the years, reflected by the Shih Tzu's top ten position in the AKC popularity listings.
Although the Shih Tzu gets along well with children, he is a small dog that cannot really handle tough handling. He is therefore best suited to families with gentle, older children. He gets along well with strangers, as well as with other animals. Housebreaking the Shih Tzu can prove problematic in some cases, and some can be a little stubborn and haughty at times. However, by and large, the Shih Tzu makes a wonderful addition to the household, and is living, gentle, peaceful, trusting, and entertaining. His exercise demands are low, and he will fare well with a safe and secure place to play and run around in. This is a dog that will love to spend cosy nights in snuggled up with his owner and receiving plenty of pampering. Although friendly, the Shih Tzu will generally bark to raise an alarm so can make an effective watchdog.



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LABRADOR RETRIEVER TEMPERAMENT

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Labrador Retriever is a good natured, loving, and loyal dog that makes a wonderful family pet. These dogs are intelligent, responsive, and obedient, which makes them one of the easiest breeds to obedience train. The Labrador Retriever is well suited to both inexperienced and experienced dog owners. He is very quick to learn, and is friendly and sociable, with a mild manner and a very amiable attitude. The temperament and personality of the Labrador Retriever reflects his number one position on the AKC popularity list. He is full of energy, loves to join in with a wide range of activities, and has plenty of love and affection to shower upon his family. The Labrador Retriever is not a dog that is suited to those with little time for their pets, as these dogs thrive on companionship and affection from their loved ones. Some do have a tendency to chew, and in particular can indulge in destructive chewing if neglected. Although these dogs have plenty of spirit and some can be quite independent, they are usually easy to train, as they are clever and eager to please. This breed gets along with just about everyone, from children and strangers to pets and other animals. These active dogs do require regular exercise, and will fare well with a secure, safe area in which to play and enjoy some exercise.


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West Highland White Terrier Temperament

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An adaptable, intelligent, and confident little dog, the West Highland White Terrier has become an enormously popular family pet over the years. These spirited creatures thrive on the affection, interaction, and companionship of their owners, and have bags of energy to burn up. This is not the right choice of pet for those with little time or inclination to be active, as they do need a fair amount of exercise, preferably interactive play and activity. The West Highland White Terrier is courageous, inquisitive, and loves to chase, which means that he must be supervised in a safe and secure area when he is not on a leash. These dogs can be a little arrogant, stubborn, and demanding, and are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. They are very intelligent, eager to please, and quick to learn, which makes training less of a challenge. They also have excellent problem solving skills.
The West Highland White Terrier will bark to raise an alarm, which makes him an effective watchdog. They love to dig, and many are a little too fond of the sound of their own bark, so be prepared for anything but a quiet life. The West Highland White Terrier can have a possessive streak when it comes to his food and belongings. He tends to try to dominant same *** dogs. He does not get along well with cats at all. Because of his high prey instinct, he will avidly chase and probably catch smaller running creatures and should not be trusted around them. The Westie tends to get along with visitors, and is fine around older, gentle children. Younger kids may be too boisterous and rough for his liking.

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Old 06-17-2010, 02:29 PM   #4
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Rottweiler Temperament
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The Rottweiler is a dog that loves to work, and has plenty of stamina, power, and endurance. These dogs are fiercely loyal and protective, and will do whatever it takes to defend their loved ones. Many tend to bond to one particular person more than others. They are confident, powerful, serious, and courageous. However, they are not the right choice for timid and inexperienced dog owners, as they do require proper training and handling. He is responsive and intelligent, and with an assertive trainer who uses positive training methods the Rottweiler will learn extremely quickly. He is an extremely territorial creature, and early socialization for this breed is essential. The Rottweiler needs firm discipline and consistent training.
It is important to provide regular exercise, plenty of interaction, and mental stimulation for the Rottweiler. These dogs can be a handful, and do have a fair amount of energy. A safe, secure area is essential for these dogs to play and exercise, and he will need plenty of space, as he is a large creature. Rottweilers tend to get on well with children when brought up with them, and with older children that will not pester them. He tends to be aloof around strangers, and care must be taken because of his strong protective streak - again, early socialization and proper training is a key factor. Early exposure to pets is also important, and the Rottweiler can be aggressive towards cats and dogs. However, with the right family and owner, the Rottweiler can make a loyal, devoted, and loving pet.

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Old 06-17-2010, 02:32 PM   #7
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Default Re: Will be getting a dog in a few years...need help deciding

Well-would you like a big dog or a little dog?
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:35 PM   #8
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I like black labs, and chit-zous*
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:43 PM   #9
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SmileyWebkinz. Their spelled Shih-Tzu's. Its just when you pronounce them that they sound like your cussing
Old 06-17-2010, 03:28 PM   #10
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My recommendation would be to pick out one or two breeds you like and buy a mix. Mutts seem to get the best of the genes, with fewer recessive traits.
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