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Old 08-07-2012, 03:22 PM
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My mom's friend is looking for a dog, and while she has some dog experience, she doesn't have a whole lot. She really likes the look of a Shiba but I think a Shiba might be too independent for her and I also find them quite snarky with other dogs (is this normal?).

She's just looking for a pet and has mostly had mutts prior, but I think wants a purebred this time. Her main requirements are:

- Medium size with a short or smooth coat (no trimming required and minimal brushing)

- Easygoing, mid range energy level. Not high energy but more than a couch potato.

- Friendly and easy going with everyone/everything.

- Generally good off leash

My first thought was a lower energy Lab, but not sure if that might still be too big. And I don't really know where one would go for an easy(ish), more laid back, nice Lab. Show lines? The other thing is that she does not have a lot of money. Enough to be able to care for a dog for it's lifetime, but not necessarily does she have $800+ to shell out right away for a puppy. So I'm not even sure finding a well bred dog will work or if adopting an adult would be better. I'll have to ask. But just in case, does anyone know of a nice Lab breeder in British Columbia (Canada)? She lives in Kelowna BC.

I have a feeling she might not be interested in a Lab just due to looks and popularity, so any other suggestions would be great. But I do think a nice Lab would be a good dog for her if they're not too big for what she's looking for.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:33 PM
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What about a hound of some kind? They come in all different sizes with short coats and mid level energy. They're also all over rescue (here, at least)
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:38 PM
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A hound would be good in most of those ways, but I forgot that she would like something reliable off leash. I would worry about that with a hound. But you're right, the rest of the stuff would fit.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:50 PM
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A hound would be good in most of those ways, but I forgot that she would like something reliable off leash. I would worry about that with a hound. But you're right, the rest of the stuff would fit.
Yeah, since hounds like to wander off...
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:04 PM
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Yeah, since hounds like to wander off...
I'm not really sure how to take that?

Hounds aren't generally known for off leash reliability. I had a Dachshund that was great off leash, but if she saw a bunny or a gopher, that was a hundred times more important than us. Often she could be called off, but not always.

And most of the hounds I see out and about are nose to the ground and hardly twitch an ear if they smell something more interesting when their owner calls.

I'm not saying that a hound is just going to run away any chance it gets, but certain types of dogs are known to be more off leash reliable than others. I would like to set this friend up for success, especially not having had very much dog experience.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:09 PM
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Minus the off leash thing.. I would say a beagle would work they are friendly, active/but crazily so, sweet dogs.

All the shibas I've met, lovely as they are, are quite independent and intolerant of other dogs (not great dog park candidates)
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:08 PM
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What about a spaniel or setter?
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She might be able to find an older, smaller Lab in a rescue/shelter. If it's a middle-aged dog, it might be a little lower on energy requirements. If it's been fostered, you might have a better idea of how it does with people, kids, other pets, and being off-leash.

I would suggest to go through local rescues and shelters and just find something that fits her requirements.
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I'm not really sure how to take that?

Hounds aren't generally known for off leash reliability. I had a Dachshund that was great off leash, but if she saw a bunny or a gopher, that was a hundred times more important than us. Often she could be called off, but not always.

And most of the hounds I see out and about are nose to the ground and hardly twitch an ear if they smell something more interesting when their owner calls.

I'm not saying that a hound is just going to run away any chance it gets, but certain types of dogs are known to be more off leash reliable than others. I would like to set this friend up for success, especially not having had very much dog experience.
Huh? That wasn't an attack or me being sarcastic. I was agreeing with you. Down, Bessie. Lol.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:05 PM
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Huh? That wasn't an attack or me being sarcastic. I was agreeing with you. Down, Bessie. Lol.
Generally, when you put "..." at the end of it, people read it as snarky/sarcastic. So I can see how she could have thought it lol
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