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Old 07-07-2004, 07:36 PM
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Default Can you recommend breeds that are calm?

I am looking for a dog that is smart and relatively calm. I don't want a hyper dog. What breeds should I consider? I was thinking of getting a lab. What do you think?
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Old 07-07-2004, 08:05 PM
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No, labs are really hyper, from what I have heard they don't "grow" out of puppy stage until they are three years old. That doesn’t mean they are not great dogs, just really hyper. Why not get an older sheltie? I love the breed… um let me think do you want a small dog or a big dog? Rottie are suppose to be “couch photos”, they need training but not a lot of exercise, a few walks and playing with a rottie should be all you have to do with the exercise part. Good Luck!
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Old 07-07-2004, 10:31 PM
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Sue, have you considered rescuing a dog that's already an adult or an older pup? You'd have a good idea of the dog's temperament and activity needs. And those rescues just have a way of knowing what you've done for them and trying to live up to all your expectations.
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Old 07-08-2004, 01:49 AM
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I agree with Renee adopting a dog would be great so you already know how the dog acts. PLUS you'll be saving a dogs life, there isn't a greater reward than that.
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Old 07-08-2004, 06:50 AM
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We just lost our best friend Rex ( sheltie) 2 weeks ago. It has been very difficult. I am not ready for another dog right now, because I need more time to grieve, but I am thinking about what our next best friend will be like. We will always have dogs in this house!

Are Rottie's good with kids? What about other dogs?

I do love the Shetland Sheepdog Breed. I think I want to try to get a bigger dog.

What do you think of Rat Terriers? I know they are small, but what about their temperment? Thanks
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Old 07-08-2004, 08:16 AM
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Yes, it takes awhile to be ready for that next loving heart to make it's place with you, but there's no disloyalty to Rex in anticipating that day with an open heart. It's good that you're exploring what type of dog you might want.

A Rottie that is raised with love and a strong willed owner is wonderful with children and other animals. Many of the working breeds tend to be more sociable. The Old English Mastiff is a calm and easily socialized dog. And I can't recommend a good German Shepherd highly enough. All of mine but my first (given to me by my grandmother, who rescued his mother) have been rescues, and Big and Bear were both adult dogs when we found each other. There are so many great breeds out there. One thing to remember, though, is that the large breeds tend to have shorter life spans.

Terriers of all types are wonderful, energetic, stubborn, willful, loving, intelligent and devoted guardians. There's no such thing as a small Terrier. They are just compact dogs. Inside each and every little body is a mind that thinks it's the biggest, baddest dog in the whole wide world. Did I mention they can be stubborn little beasts? Personally, I don't have a problem with Terriers and kids; if the kids don't respect the dog, well, they learn a quick lesson in the proper respect and handling of animals, and with the exception of the Airedale, Staffordshire and Pit Bull Terrier (which have very different - and vastly more tolerant - outlooks regarding the care and training of humans than their smaller cousins) the lesson, though graphic, rarely requires more than soap and water and "well, I told you not to torment the dog, didn't I?"

I got my first Terrier when I was almost four, and Mickey was a great companion. My Dad still laughs about watching his four year old daughter (me) teaching her dog circus tricks after a birthday trip to the circus. He says he knew right then that he and my Mom were in for trouble because there was no way a four year old should have been able to out-stubborn that little dog!
Since you love the Sheltie breed so, but are thinking of a larger dog, have you considered a Collie, Olde English Sheepdog or Bearded Collie?
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Old 07-08-2004, 10:01 AM
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Rotties are great with kids!! We (my brothers and sisters) were raised with one, to this day me dad has not stopped saying how good of a dog she was. I don’t think I would go with a terrier; they seem to be among the most hyper, energetic, and stubborn dogs there is; not that I don’t like them my friends soft coated wheaten terrier is a sweetie but so stubborn.
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