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Old 06-01-2013, 11:09 AM
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Hello everyone,

Great forum you have here - there are a lot of very knowledgeable posters. I hope you guys won't mind helping me out, as I'm struggling to decide what breed of dog I should own.

Whether you have had dogs previously
Two golden retrievers. Been around dogs all my life.

Your circumstances - do you work etc?
I work from home. The dog will very rarely be left by itself.

How much time you have for exercise
I'd imagine two walks per day, plus time in the back garden.

Whether you have children, other pets etc
One cat.

What characteristics you are looking for
I want a medium to large sized dog with a natural guarding instinct. Always wanted a "velcro dog" - a dog that always want to be with its people. The dog must have an off-switch and be content to curl up and be lazy. I don't like stubborn, independent dogs like Akitas or Huskies.

What breeds you have already looked at and your thoughts on them

Doberman - Never seen one out and about, but from what I've read (and I've read quite a bit), they seem like great dogs. The laundry list of health concerns bothers me, though.

Boxer - Have mixed feelings about this breed. My partner likes them a lot, and for that reason, I've looked into them.

There seems to be a lot of contradictory information out there. Some people say they slobber like broken faucets, others say they slobber only as much as any other breed. Some people say they're non-stop, bouncing-off-the-walls maniacs, others say they can be chilled out.

Don't know what to believe, but I do like that they're natural guardians, like Dobermans.

German Shepherd - Partner's family owns two that I don't particularly like, but from what I've read, they don't seem typical of the breed (they're nervous and prone to biting strangers).

I don't like the sloping-backed look that the showlines have, and worry that if I purchased a working line GSD, I wouldn't be able to meet its exercise requirements.

Anything else you think might be relevant or important
  • I live in a house in a semi-rural location. I have decently sized back garden. Space is not an issue.
  • Regarding coat length: I don't mind. Long hair/short hair, it doesn't bother me, as long as I don't have to take the dog to the groomers (happy to brush daily, etc).
  • I like to go on long walks and hikes. I'd like a dog that could accompany me on these.

Apologies for the long-winded post! I hope I've provided enough information for you all.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:56 PM
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Boxers have just as many health problems as dobermans. A boxer should have a off switch. Some will droll a bit but they whont be as bad as a loose lipped dog.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:09 PM
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:30 PM
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Sounds like you want a Doberman to me. Though I hear you on the health issues. Rottie also not a bad suggestion.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:44 PM
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Based on what you've said, the right Doberman could be a good fit. Either of my Dobes would suit your needs just fine. Both are super velcro dogs, are very active as mature adults (were very high energy before about 2ish though), and are quite content with doing whatever I want to do. Be it be lazy and watch TV, or go for a walk, or go for a run, whatever. They never pester me for extra exercise, although they are nicer to live with after a good run (their favourite activity).

They can be same sex aggressive though, especially males, so keep that in mind should you ever add another dog. And they also are often not good dog park dogs. Some are, but many (or even most) are not.

Just make sure, if you're not adopting from rescue, you go to a good breeder who knows their dogs and their lines inside and out and does all of the appropriate health clearances (cardiac, hips, elbows, eyes, thyroid, etc.). It doesn't guarantee anything of course, but it's good to stack the odds in your favour.



And this might sound like a bit of an off the wall suggestion... but an Aussie might be something to look into. I don't recommend them often, but they could fit your list too. They're not a guard breed per se, but they can definitely be very protective and don't miss a beat. In all honesty, most of the adults I know are just as protective and alert-y as my Dobes are. And mine is a major velcro dog as well, just not as needy about it as my Dobermans. But she's always close and always wants to be near.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:04 AM
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Honestly, your requirements are pretty open to a good majority of breeds, I'm sure you'll be pleased with whatever you choose. Doberman came to mind before I got to the fact you mentioned them . A rottie too. Even the right Australian Cattle Dog might suit you, they are trainable and happy to hang out with you. Occasionally you'll find any of these breeds without the 'best' off-switch but I feel that depends on the individual dog.

Like Toller said, all of these breeds are a little prone to be reactive or have dog aggression/same sex aggression. If you were to ever add a second dog, I would highly recommend one of a different sex.

You might consider breed rescue too... Dobes, Rotties, GSDs, Aussies, ACDs, and Boxers are all easily found in rescue. You might be able to find an adult with the perfect temperament already, rather than trying to raise a puppy and hoping it has the traits you are looking for.

If you are really wanting a puppy, I would definitely make sure you go with a reputable breeder that health tests. Forgive me if you know this already, but there are screening tests that can be done on the parents for the common problems in a lot of breeds. Off the top of my head, Dobermans can carry a clotting disorder, GSDs can have hip dyplasia, ACDs can have eye problems, Boxers can have cardiac problems. The screening tests on the parents can greatly reduce the chance that your puppy will have that problem. The breeder should willingly produce the results of these tests. You don't really want to look in the newspaper or on a classifieds website for puppies. A reputable breeder (in a very general sense) usually exhibits their dogs as well and produces a limited number of litters per year. The breeder usually evaluates the puppies as they grow up and can help you select the best one for your family.

Anyways, good luck on your search! Let us know what you decide on, and please come back with pictures!
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Hello everyone,

Great forum you have here - there are a lot of very knowledgeable posters. I hope you guys won't mind helping me out, as I'm struggling to decide what breed of dog I should own.

Whether you have had dogs previously
Two golden retrievers. Been around dogs all my life.

Your circumstances - do you work etc?
I work from home. The dog will very rarely be left by itself.

How much time you have for exercise
I'd imagine two walks per day, plus time in the back garden.

Whether you have children, other pets etc
One cat.

What characteristics you are looking for
I want a medium to large sized dog with a natural guarding instinct. Always wanted a "velcro dog" - a dog that always want to be with its people. The dog must have an off-switch and be content to curl up and be lazy. I don't like stubborn, independent dogs like Akitas or Huskies.

What breeds you have already looked at and your thoughts on them

Doberman - Never seen one out and about, but from what I've read (and I've read quite a bit), they seem like great dogs. The laundry list of health concerns bothers me, though.

Boxer - Have mixed feelings about this breed. My partner likes them a lot, and for that reason, I've looked into them.

There seems to be a lot of contradictory information out there. Some people say they slobber like broken faucets, others say they slobber only as much as any other breed. Some people say they're non-stop, bouncing-off-the-walls maniacs, others say they can be chilled out.

Don't know what to believe, but I do like that they're natural guardians, like Dobermans.

German Shepherd - Partner's family owns two that I don't particularly like, but from what I've read, they don't seem typical of the breed (they're nervous and prone to biting strangers).

I don't like the sloping-backed look that the showlines have, and worry that if I purchased a working line GSD, I wouldn't be able to meet its exercise requirements.

Anything else you think might be relevant or important
  • I live in a house in a semi-rural location. I have decently sized back garden. Space is not an issue.
  • Regarding coat length: I don't mind. Long hair/short hair, it doesn't bother me, as long as I don't have to take the dog to the groomers (happy to brush daily, etc).
  • I like to go on long walks and hikes. I'd like a dog that could accompany me on these.

Apologies for the long-winded post! I hope I've provided enough information for you all.
A Lab would fit everything in your post, except you might need to add a little fetch into the exercise program besides the walks to a) tire them out and b) satisfy their deepest instincts.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:17 PM
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If you're looking for a guard dog simply to ward off intruders rather than one that has any real guarding instinct, studies show that having a dog of ANY size or breed will deter someone from breaking into your house.

Keeping that in mind, what about a greyhound? They're Velcro dogs, they have a pretty good off switch, they aren't physically overpowering and they're medium sized (relatively speaking).
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Hello everyone,

Great forum you have here - there are a lot of very knowledgeable posters. I hope you guys won't mind helping me out, as I'm struggling to decide what breed of dog I should own.

Whether you have had dogs previously
Two golden retrievers. Been around dogs all my life.

Your circumstances - do you work etc?
I work from home. The dog will very rarely be left by itself.

How much time you have for exercise
I'd imagine two walks per day, plus time in the back garden.

Whether you have children, other pets etc
One cat.

What characteristics you are looking for
I want a medium to large sized dog with a natural guarding instinct. Always wanted a "velcro dog" - a dog that always want to be with its people. The dog must have an off-switch and be content to curl up and be lazy. I don't like stubborn, independent dogs like Akitas or Huskies.

What breeds you have already looked at and your thoughts on them

Doberman - Never seen one out and about, but from what I've read (and I've read quite a bit), they seem like great dogs. The laundry list of health concerns bothers me, though.

Boxer - Have mixed feelings about this breed. My partner likes them a lot, and for that reason, I've looked into them.

There seems to be a lot of contradictory information out there. Some people say they slobber like broken faucets, others say they slobber only as much as any other breed. Some people say they're non-stop, bouncing-off-the-walls maniacs, others say they can be chilled out.

Don't know what to believe, but I do like that they're natural guardians, like Dobermans.

German Shepherd - Partner's family owns two that I don't particularly like, but from what I've read, they don't seem typical of the breed (they're nervous and prone to biting strangers).

I don't like the sloping-backed look that the showlines have, and worry that if I purchased a working line GSD, I wouldn't be able to meet its exercise requirements.

Anything else you think might be relevant or important
  • I live in a house in a semi-rural location. I have decently sized back garden. Space is not an issue.
  • Regarding coat length: I don't mind. Long hair/short hair, it doesn't bother me, as long as I don't have to take the dog to the groomers (happy to brush daily, etc).
  • I like to go on long walks and hikes. I'd like a dog that could accompany me on these.

Apologies for the long-winded post! I hope I've provided enough information for you all.
you want a dog that is lazy and is content to lounge around the house, but then you want somethign for hiking as well. dobes and boxers and GSD are all very high energy and need lots to do. what about a dane?
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