So my family is planning to adopt a puppy soon, and each of us have a different opinion on the breed of dog we want. Thought it would be interesting to start a poll here.
Do explain your preference 😊
- 12% (4)7% (2)10% (6)Vote
- 26% (9)45% (13)35% (22)Vote
- 12% (4)3% (1)8% (5)Vote
- 18% (6)24% (7)21% (13)Vote
- 18% (6)3% (1)11% (7)Vote
- 6. Other (explain in opinion)14% (5)18% (5)15% (10)Vote
The puppy will be living with my Sister and her family in Las Vegas. They have a 3 bedroom house with a yard. The family consists of my sister, her Husband and my six year old Nephew. Their concerns are that he should not shed too much fur, as my Brother in law can get allergic. Also they prefer a dog that is child safe... They are both Doctors, so lead extremely busy professional lives.
Most Helpful Guy
In Vegas you should have common sense and not get a husky which is a dog used to way cooler temperatures. Don't get a dog to torture it with those temperatures.
Dobermans and Pitbulls require an experienced dog-owner. They can be the sweetest, but if handled incorrectly can also turn aggressive.
Labradors and Schnauzers are quite similar in being energetic and family dogs. Schnauzers are a bit more affectionate and sensitive though. As original shephard-dogs and due to my own personal bias I would get them as while they tend to be a bit stubborn, if handled with love and the occasional strictness they are great dogs to have.
Giant Schnauzers have also been used for over 60 years as border-dogs in Germany. They are quite suited for it as they smart, very human-oriented dogs, but also very protective.
If you should decide for a Schnauzer you will also have the choice between miniature, middle and giant Schnauzer. They aren't very different as even a miniature Schnauzer could still breed with a giant one, etc. Mostly the size difference.
My unfortunately now deceived one during winter-time:
Also some additional mentions: If you get the dog, NEVER TAKE IT TOO EARLY FROM THE MOTHER. This is something which happens again and again and is often also encouraged by the breeder. JUST DONT DO IT. It can cause psychological as well as health issues. Yes, they might be cuter as puppys, but that's not everything.
You also want to aviod cutting the ears and tails off. There is no benefit of that if you crop the fur regulary - which you will have to do if your brother-in-law can turn allergic.
Some additional informations about dogs in general:
- Usually female dogs are easier to handle than male ones for beginners. Keep in mind, dogs are hierachy animals. You and all the other humans NEED to be above them and only then you can cuddle and pet and love them as much as you want. For female dogs hierachy is just a tad bit less important than for male ones.
- While dogs do have an own personalty, they are still the result of its owners. If they misbehave it is usually because of you and no one else.
- Let the dog decide. Aka go to (a) breeder (s) and see which dog reacts strongly to you. Those are almost always the best choices as animals usually have a finer nose to see who is compatible.1
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Most Helpful Girl
Obviously the dog that both fits in the family breed wise and personality wise. Considering they got a kid, dont take a pitbull. They need special care and someone that can handle them ( I don't know how experienced they are with dogs ). Husky's need lots of exercise ( considering their busy lives, not an ideal option ). And the others I don't know much about. So research on dog breeds. What do you want, what type of family do you have etc. Any dog can be child safe, depending on the owner. It's just that some breeds are more likely to be less 'safe' cause they were breed for hunting / fighting / protecting.
You might want to visit a breeder/shelter and take the whole family with you. Does everybody like the dog? Does the dog like the family? If so, go visit it more often to build a connection. See if everybody still likes it after 3 visits or so. 'Cause you're gonna be living with it for 10 years +.