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What the best breed of dog.
« on: December 07, 2016, 11:10:46 AM »
We just lost our dog about 2 months ago (medical issues incurable)  and it looks like we'll be getting another one soon. He was a miniature schnauzer.  He was a very good dog but started having medical issues where he turned 10 years old. These issues were inherent for this breed.   Anyone have any opinions on what would be the best breed of dog?  We'd like one with a good temperament, a small dog, has to love children and people especially strangers, not a barker or a yipper and is not likely to have inherent medical issues like some breeds. 
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2016, 11:22:49 AM »
Hugely personal question but IMO best breed is a Papillon....5-12 lbs. Very loyal, smart, agile and beautiful. Sheds a bit but beautiful coat. We traveled with 2 until we lost one of them at 16 1/2 years. Like all small dogs, have teeth cleaned once a year and begin checking anals around 5 years of age.


All dogs are great, but prefer small ones for traveling. Would also consider Westland Terriers or Yorkies. Can't imagine traveling without a dog.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2016, 11:25:10 AM »
We love our Sheltie. She meets all your requirements,literally the sweetest dog I've ever seen. We've never had an issue with her barking but I do understand some Shelties do
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2016, 11:26:35 AM »
Pound puppy, Heinz 57, All American. You know, a mutt. Shelter dogs are the best.

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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2016, 11:39:06 AM »
Other than size, labs meet all those criteria. Almost any breed or mix is going to start having medical issues by 10. 
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2016, 11:42:56 AM »
Wendy is correct, all dogs have medical issues after about ten years of age. Wild wolves don't live that long so we are keeping them alive artificially. I think the best dog is a cat. You never have to walk them, they don't require much care and they are as neat as a pin. And they never bark or bite. Cheap to feed also. I go away for a few days at a time and they take care of themselves.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2016, 11:44:52 AM »
I'm sure I'm prejudiced, but I've said many times that once you have a Yellow Lab no other breed will do.  Very loyal, loving, smart and flexible.   They are large, however.  Some have hip problems but ours did not.

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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2016, 11:50:16 AM »
A lab, definitely a lab.  Lovable, doesn't bark unless someone comes to the door, loves everyone, excellent with people especially children, easily trained, good brains, loyal, and big enough to make people think twice if they're comin' at ya.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2016, 11:54:23 AM »
There are many breeds that fit your description, it really is a personal choice, but one that should be guided by the breed characteristics that best fits your lifestyle and you are able to handle.  Dog Breed Info is a good web source for specific breed information which should at least be a start to understand different breeds.  Also there are breed selector calculators which can help you drill down on a selection by inputting specific requirements you may have.  I would not dwell too much on health issues other than to understand what a specific breed is prone to, as most breeds have certain health issues.  There are some breeds considered "the healthiest" breeds, in that they seem to be mostly health issue free, but not only is that not a guarantee of great health, they also may not be the right breed for you.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2016, 01:00:11 PM »
And individual dogs of any breed aren't really representative of it's respective breed. I will use our last dog as an example, a miniature poodle. Including the one we had, I know of four ore in the family. They are all different from each other. One is a yapper, one is really laid back, one is friendly with everyone, and ours was a rescue and had a bad puppy life and was timid, especially with respect to men, loves some children and didn't like others, and was partial to older women. The yapper seems more comfortable with men and small children than the other three. The laid back was a puppy mill rescue and can't jump. She can also get protective with her toys around other dogs. The friendly one doesn't really like other dogs, but will tolerate them. Ours tried to baby every dog that was around her. As you can see, there is a great variety among each breed. The individual dog, no matter what the breed is what you must look at.

I also don't agree with Tom about cats being the best dog, but I'm a dog person, not a cat person. Cats do need a lot of care, depending on the cat, and some cats do bite. They will also often claw furniture, walls, etc., even when provided a scratching post or pad. If they are kept inside, one has the hassle of taking care of a litter box. I'd rather walk the dog and pick up after it.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2016, 01:09:17 PM »
I'm going with the mutt. My buddy was a kennel mistake. She was half Keeshond, half Britney, 40 lbs. of wavy black hair and all love. Intelligent, well behaved, easily trained and lived 17½ years. She is missed.

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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2016, 01:53:09 PM »
Small dogs tend to be not what you are looking for.  Yea, there cute and cuddly, but they all tend to be yappy, and nippy.  Larger breeds tend to have shorter life expentency, but are generally more laid back.  You need to decide what sort of pet best suits your life style.  Personally we recently adopted our 4th Lab Lab mix and could not be happier.  Yea, larger poo piles, but they also demand exercise, so they have forced me to be more active in my golden years.  Maybe you should spend some time watching dogs101 on animal planet and get some ideas

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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2016, 02:41:50 PM »
Our first dog was our best dog. It was close to 40 years ago. Duke was a German Shepard tipping the scales at 120lbs. Loved us, friends, kids. Could hear someone walking on sidewalk from in the house with tv on.
Very mello until someone came to door and would watch my reaction as I opened it. He sensed fear or calmness in me and reacted properly.
Likely too big a breed for most but I miss him still.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2016, 04:30:18 PM »
Boston terriers are small, don't shed and generally are not yappy dogs.  It's like having a genial miniature bulldog.  But if longevity is key, I'd go with a small mixed breed dog.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2016, 04:37:27 PM »
The four dogs we've had in our family over the past 50 years have all been spayed female mixed breeds adopted from a local shelter. They've all been very loyal and lovable family members that responded well to training, and we dearly miss all of them. Their ages at passing ranged from 16 to 18 years, and other than one early heart worm episode before monthly meds were routinely given, none had any serious medical issues. Three of the four were shepherd mixes, with the other a setter mix. If we should decide to get another dog, it will definitely be another shelter female mix.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2016, 04:41:52 PM »
Best dogs are rescues - pick out an appropriate one. They never forget.

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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2016, 04:44:00 PM »
We have the best of both worlds. Two small (mutt) dogs & one (fat) cat.

Our dogs are Rescue dogs of the Canardly Breed (Can Hardly tell What kind They Are). Depending on the angle you see them at determines what breed you think they might be. But the both have class and deportment. They don't bark, yip, yap or bite. They travel as if they weren't there, and Everyone is their friend, including other dogs & cats. Birds (?) not so much.

Our 20 pound cat fits the above but does meow now'n then, but only if he needs service of some sort*. He is in charge of the dogs. An occasional friendly "Thump" as they pass, reminds them of that.

All three are leash savvy, not under foot and mind their manners. 

It's All in what you like and need as a Pet. Small, Medium or Large, it's All Good. Ours are our Companions, our Traveling Buddies. If the FW goes.. They Go. When we start load'n.. they start jump'n.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2016, 07:47:24 PM »
Mixed breeds really are the healthiest. Many of the health issues come from recessive genes which come up with too close breeding. Mixed breeds are less likely to have those issues because they are less likely to share the same genes on both sides.  I have several people who volunteer for private rescues, I can hook you up with one. :D
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2016, 08:05:13 PM »
Pugs generally fit your criteria.  Small,usually good with kids.  However,they SHED.  You will find pug fur in everything! It doesn't really bother me but some people would hate it.  I find the rewards worth it.  Also, they are very sensitive to heat,like any "smush-face" dog.  AKC.org has breed info that might help.  Really,it's like the floor plan in an RV- what is best for YOUR lifestyle.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2016, 07:45:36 AM »
   If you want a friend then get a dog and a cat, if you want two friends then get two dogs.

    My preference is a Doberman, the size may seem excessive but we have had no problems and his size keeps people out of the campsite and is constantly the beginning of a discussion whenever we walk him. They shed very little, dont pick up dirt and require very little maintenance other than walks which is what most of us do anyway.

    The one below has passed away but another from a local rescue has been adopted.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2016, 08:11:28 AM »
We travel with a pair of 100 lb. + Golden Retrievers that meet all your criteria except size (health problems can be discovered when they're puppies).
For smaller dogs the Weaton Terrier or Skye Terrier are great, but can be a little yippie.  But, with a little training as a puppy they'll learn to watch not bark.
I'd suggest checking out the breed descriptions on www.akc.org.  Once you've settled on the right breed, find a shelter dog with the breed characteristics.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2016, 08:34:47 AM »
Any one travel with a chiweenie??  Cute little dog, a mix between a Miniature Dachshund / Chihuahua

http://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/chiweenie/


On edit: the only one I have seen WAS a rescue dog..... but they are "designer dogs".....
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2016, 08:57:29 AM »
Best dogs are rescues - pick out an appropriate one. They never forget.

Dito this ...go to the pound and save one.

please don't support the puppy mill industry by buying an expensive little designer puppy.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2016, 09:35:26 AM »
One thing to think about is getting a dog from a Rescue group, especially a dog that has been fostered. When they are foster out they are getting evaluated at the same time and the rescue will know their personality.  If they are good with other dogs, people, kids, and cats, they will know if they are barkers or have anxiety problems. Of course you know I prefer Dobermans but they are not for everyone.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2016, 09:54:33 AM »
Dito this ...go to the pound and save one.

please don't support the puppy mill industry by buying an expensive little designer puppy.
Best dogs are rescues - pick out an appropriate one. They never forget.

YES, X2 !

Our local rescue program actually wants you take them home for a bit, to see if they work out for you, before any payment. If they don't for any reasons, you can take them back. They even gave us a little history of their past life and reasons for being given up.

One was a Pup, the other was 1-2 years old. No Matter, they melded right in to our lives. They are a part of US now.

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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2016, 10:26:52 AM »
catblaster brought up an interesting point- fostering. That's something that may also work for you. The worst part is getting attached and then having to let the pup go a forever home.
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« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2016, 09:12:29 AM »
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« Reply #27 on: December 11, 2016, 03:37:36 PM »
catblaster brought up an interesting point- fostering. That's something that may also work for you. The worst part is getting attached and then having to let the pup go a forever home.

You can always adopt the foster pet, and by fostering you have a chance to see how the pet interacts with family and others
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #28 on: December 11, 2016, 07:23:49 PM »
After many years of rescuing, my advice...
Don't focus on breed. Decide on approx. what size/weight you are looking for. Narrow options pertaining to personal concerns (allergies, available run/play space, children).
Rescues are everywhere. Local pet stores, local animal shelters, etc. They need homes too! Decide if you are looking for some kind of stupid designer breed, or a mutt found on the street somewhere that loves you to death because you gave it another chance.
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Re: What the best breed of dog.
« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2016, 07:41:05 PM »
After many years of rescuing, my advice...
Don't focus on breed. Decide on approx. what size/weight you are looking for. Narrow options pertaining to personal concerns (allergies, available run/play space, children).
Rescues are everywhere. Local pet stores, local animal shelters, etc. They need homes too! Decide if you are looking for some kind of stupid designer breed, or a mutt found on the street somewhere that loves you to death because you gave it another chance.
Just sayin.

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