Dog breed suggestions?
I want to buy a dog - whats your breed suggestion for the first time owner?
(I like big dogs :/ )
May 27th, 2020 4:36 pm
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May 27th, 2020 10:52 pm
Its impossible to suggest a breed without having more details. How many people in the family. Any young kids, Will someone be home most of the time with the dog ? Any allergies in the family ? How active do you want your lifestyle with the dog. Is it a family dog or a guard dog. How much training will you do ? Any other pets in the family? Do you live in a house on condo ? Any reputable breeder will ask all these questions and a lot more. I like big dogs is not enough info. There are also different sizes - big is obviously not small but a 'big' dog can describe anything from a lab to Bernese mountain dog.
May 27th, 2020 11:31 pm
May 28th, 2020 9:05 am
First step : Canadian Kennel Club https://www.ckc.ca/en/Choosing-a-Dog/Choosing-a-BreedEafF77933 wrote: ↑ You guys are right, I complete forgot to mention my lifestyle
The dog will be alone for sometime ~5hrs day
Im active but not a sportish (lets say 5/10)
Family of 2
Family dog for sure
I dont know anything about training but willing to give training of course
Live in a house
No other pets
Breeds I like in general are Labrador, bernesse, goldens, rottweilers a big no for: napolitans, masstif, Newfoundland etc
May 28th, 2020 10:11 am
May 28th, 2020 10:12 am
Not all dogs in shelters are there for behavioural issues! You also don't increase the demand for breeders in the off-chance that it doesn't work out and the dog needs to returned to the shelter. People who buy from breeders need to commit to that dog for life in my mind. Adoptions can be more experimental or temporary if they have to be.
May 28th, 2020 11:41 am
I agree that not all of them are there for behavior issues. But since this is a first time dog owner I just thought to take out any uncertainty. OP does not have kids so maybe a rescue dog is fine. I did hear that a lot of shelters are out of dogs as people adopted during pandemic.djdestroyer wrote: ↑ Not all dogs in shelters are there for behavioural issues! You also don't increase the demand for breeders in the off-chance that it doesn't work out and the dog needs to returned to the shelter. People who buy from breeders need to commit to that dog for life in my mind. Adoptions can be more experimental or temporary if they have to be.
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I wouldn't get a really old dog as it's heartbreaking when they pass away.djdestroyer wrote: ↑ Adopt an older dog -- 9 times out of 10, they're so much easier to deal with. My neighbour just adopted a 10 year old ex-sled husky and it's the sweetest most docile dog ever. It's basically ran its entire life and just wants to chill and hangout now. Another colleague adopted a 7 year old mix with "behavioural issues" that she said she never even encountered. Perfect dog.
Having a puppy, you'll need constant care for the first 3 months (as in, never take your eyes off them unless they're in their crate). You'll also need to read a ton to ensure you know what you're doing.
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Jul 10th, 2020 2:08 pm
Thanks for asking @Blanche123. We said goodbye on Saturday afternoon I’m still quite upset about it so I don’t have the capacity to write much more about it now but might in the future. Even just these few sentences have my eyes welling up and my throat choked. We’re gutted.Blanche123 wrote: ↑ amz155 - first, how is your pup. I am not one of those who is afraid to ask since I know how horrible the whole process is.
Secondly, I looked at the Redemption Paws site and was interested that they require pet insurance. We had pet insurance and wouldn't be without it, although we would have been further ahead with our just passed dog if we had had a bank account but then hindsight is everything. We also bought all of his meds at our vet clinic. Both of which do not seem to be popular opinions on this particular forum.
We signed our pup up for Vet Insurance, later sold to Trupanion at 13 months and he was still billed at 13 months even though he was 16 plus years when he passed, but our premiums had increased from $32 to $140 per month, based on admin fees, number of dogs in the neighbourhood, where you live etc. So I could just imagine what a senior dog would cost per month! But they do not require a fenced back yard which is a good thing because our yard is not fully fenced and besides a hound can go under a fence and a Spitz can jump over a fence. Our dogs were always on a regular length leash with one of us attached.
Ideally, a person would adopt a dog who has been covered by Pet Insurance since a pup!
I did e-mail Redemption Paws to ask about pet insurance because basically I want to know. Vet references, you name it, are not a problem! But a senior dog would definitely be required based on our ages.
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