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Old 02-21-2014, 04:42 PM
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Also be aware that in the larger breeds, there is a strong link between spay and neutering before the age of at least 1 years old and osteosarcoma later in life. I think that the reason that bone cancer is so prevalent in larger breeds it it has been common place to alter larger breed puppies before a year old.

It is in my both of my puppy contracts for Lars and Ocean that neither dog is to be neutered before the age of 2. I will be really curious to see if the rates of Osteo drops now that people are more educated to the fallout of neutering larger breed dogs before they reach maturity.
That's an interesting point. Any dog we get won't be altered young or at all.
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That's an interesting point. Any dog we get won't be altered young or at all.
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The Greater Swiss I've known have been medical nightmares that far exceed Bernese and a lot of other big dogs I've known. The ones from our local breeder don't surprise me, because their ethics are pretty questionable, but I've known ones from other breeders and even imports as well. Along with cancer, seizures, bloat, allergies.

Leonberger, maybe? The ones I've met have been wonderful, and they were created as companions. I haven't known any long enough to speak as to their health, though.
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What about some kind of hound?
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What about some kind of hound?
That's kind of what I was thinking!
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Great Pyrenees? Not a full on LGD one...more the pet type. I've known a couple that were excellent therapy dogs. Plus, fluffy white snugglies. AFAIK 11-12yrs is a normal lifespan for them, which isn't bad for a great big dog.

IIRC there's actually a decent Great Pyr rescue in IL too...
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Great Pyrenees? Not a full on LGD one...more the pet type. I've known a couple that were excellent therapy dogs. Plus, fluffy white snugglies. AFAIK 11-12yrs is a normal lifespan for them, which isn't bad for a great big dog.
I have adored every pet Pyr I've known. Super sweet, laid back, fluffy giants.
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may not fall under the "not requiring tons of exercise", but compared to your current crazy duo.....

ES. They come in all sorts of shapes, color, sizes

35 lb Hudson vs 80 lb Archie
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Labrador? Or an Abrams. That would work, too. Especially if he doesn't mind a more guardy, one person dog. Now, I'm sure not ALL Chessies would fit the bill...but I would say Abrams is a very adaptable, cuddly, "easy going" boy.


Honestly, the first breed that popped into my head was a Newfoundland. Not sure what health issues are associated with the breed, though. I don't remember them being one of the, "Oh, great. It's probably cancer," like in some other breeds we see at the clinic. (Goldens, Boxers, Bernies, etc.)

Other thing that pops into my head are the Shiloh Shepherds. Obviously finding a reputable breeder would be a must...but they may work. I feel like there was a member here who had one?
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