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Old 04-25-2013, 09:21 PM
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So a co-worker of mine is looking at getting a dog in the nearish future and is trying to decide on a breed.

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Large. Over 80 lbs and there isn't a cap. She grew up with large dogs and they're her favorite.

Dog friendly. Able to go to the dog park.

People tolerant. She's going to have people coming in and out of their house so being able to except that is a must but they don't have to love everyone.

Puppy.

Other things:

Grooming doesn't matter, she's willing to groom if necessary.

She's more than willing to train as much as needed (but I don't believe she's interested in sports)

I think she would like a rather easy going dog that still likes to play and be around his/her people.

She's heavily considering a breeder.

I gave her the forum site so maybe she'll chime in but mostly just asking for suggestions for her!
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:23 PM
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I read that and immediately thought Berner.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:24 PM
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She should join the forum, get a well-bred Saint Bernard puppy, and post thousands of pictures.
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A Dane seems to fit all of those requirements. I'm having trouble thinking of another 80+ lb breed that does really well with other dogs.

edit: ah, didn't think Berner and St. Bernard. For some reason I thought you had said something about a short haired dog.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:26 PM
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She should join the forum, get a well-bred Saint Bernard puppy, and post thousands of pictures.
OMG ignore my previous post. THIS MUST HAPPEN!!!

If I ever got a giant breed, it would be a St. Bernard, no question.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:30 PM
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She was actually thinking of a Berner and a St. Bernard is a good one too!

Health wise though what are we talking? I know the basics of most giants (Cancer, hip etc.) but not very many specifics.
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She was actually thinking of a Berner and a St. Bernard is a good one too!

Health wise though what are we talking? I know the basics of most giants (Cancer, hip etc.) but not very many specifics.
Tell her that if her breeder isn't using bernergarde database to find another breeder. It's such a great resource that they all should be using it. You can look up dog on there and trace their lines and see what kind of problems they've had.

And something no one seems to share about Berners is they like to swallow things... Whole. Like mittens and towels and socks an bully sticks. My friend insists its a common thing for the breed.
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Yeah, many giants do have health issues. Heart problems, cancer, joint, etc seems to be the most common. Lower down the list you have epilepsy, eye issues, bloat, etc. Also, bigger the dog, naturally the more destructive they are in their teenager "chew everything" years. I knew one that went through a wall. Just something to be on the watch for, especially when you get into those breeds prone to separation anxiety.

English mastiffs, if acquired from a good breeder, typically aren't DA, love their people, a little stubborn but awesome people dogs. Bullmastiffs and French Mastiffs sometimes have a bit more DA, depending on the lines. I was going to suggest Berner and St. Bernard too.
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She was actually thinking of a Berner and a St. Bernard is a good one too!

Health wise though what are we talking? I know the basics of most giants (Cancer, hip etc.) but not very many specifics.
For Saints I've always heard ~9-10 years, but I don't know what specifically tends to get them.

There are Newfies too. Pretty much all the ones I've met (one exception) have been giant sweet lovebugs and very personable.
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I thought of a leonberger.
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