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Old 03-03-2013, 08:58 AM
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Default Breed Suggestions for Roommate

So this is mostly just for fun, but some day might actually be useful. My roommate wants to know what breeds would fit her well.

She wants a medium to large sized dog
Must be a good running partner
Must like swimming (and she thinks she might do dock dogs...not sure how easy that is to find)-Swimming is one of her most important requirments
No professional grooming or really long fur
Must be good with other dogs
Preferably something that can be reliable off leash
It will be her first dog so nothing too difficult to train
No slobber

From how I've seen her interact with her family dogs it should be pretty tolerant, she likes to dress them up, lift up their front paws to "dance", pretend to sit on them, etc. So something you'd consider really good with kids.

So, what do you think?

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Old 03-03-2013, 09:02 AM
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Lab was the first thing that popped in mind lol

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Old 03-03-2013, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Brattina88 View Post
Lab was the first thing that popped in mind lol
That was my immediate thought too. There's a reason they're so popular
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:08 AM
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:30 AM
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:19 AM
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Yeah, labs are what her family has now and it's not unlikely that she'll end up going that way. She doesn't know what other breeds are out there though, she wants to know all of the possibilities. We watched a dog show on TV and she liked the Curly Coated Retrievers, how would they be? She will most likely end up going the breeder route as she wants a puppy.

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Old 03-03-2013, 11:41 AM
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I think really just about any of the retrievers except maybe golden would fit.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:11 PM
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I thought lab too.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:41 PM
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:15 PM
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I looked into Curlies briefly when I was considering various breeds. I am not fond of curly coated dogs and I just couldnt get passed their look, although I tried. From my understanding, they are much more reserved than a Lab, more of a one person dog. They are social, but they just don't really care for anyone that isn't immediate family. Very intelligent and also trainable, but less "push button" than Goldens or Labs. To me, they seem to be the happy medium in temperament between a Lab and a Chessie, although I think they are much more.prone to being too reserved/shy.

I honestly really liked what I heard about them. I contacted a breeder and she was VERY helpful and more than happy to answer any of my questions. Honestly, if it wasn't for the fact that I also thought Chessies would be a good fit for what I want and I just had a really hard time finding the curly coats appealing in any way, I probably would have gone the Curly route and not the Chessie. Still might happen some day, especially if I can get over the curly hair look.
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