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Old 04-29-2007, 04:04 PM
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My husband and I are looking into a second dog some time next year. We like greyhounds a lot, but here are the qualities we are looking for:

Very mellow
Laid back
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Moderate exercise needs (nothing crazier than an adult german shepherd, though I would prefer a second dog with less energy than our current shepherd)

Does anyone have suggestions? He loves the look of irish wolfhounds......but I am under the impression that they are high energy, at least as puppies (which can be pretty scary at 1-2 years old)

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Old 04-29-2007, 04:06 PM
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all puppies are high energy! but a greyhound sounds great. are they big enough for your tastes? you could also look into the mastiffs
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:25 PM
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English Mastiff and most of the time, they are even lazy as puppies
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:32 PM
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I will second greyhounds. And there are always plenty of adults available from rescue groups--ex-racing greyhounds. Ex-racers are used to being kenneled all day except two times when they're let out for exercise.
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Need you ask ?? A well bred Golden Retriever . Even at 6 months my Granddog Seger is laid back !
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When I decide to eventually slow down, I will likely have a Greyhound or two. They are happy sleeping 18 hours a day, only need to run for short bursts a few times a week, and are just big lap dogs.

My sister had two retired racers - they died of old age, in her arms, at ages 12 and 15.
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Old 04-29-2007, 05:21 PM
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When I decide to eventually slow down, I will likely have a Greyhound or two. They are happy sleeping 18 hours a day, only need to run for short bursts a few times a week, and are just big lap dogs.

My sister had two retired racers - they died of old age, in her arms, at ages 12 and 15.
I agree with the Greyhound idea. My Grey is my main man and I will ALWAYS have a Greyhound. He's 75 pounds, and taller than my 86 pound Akita mix. He is very laid back, loves all people and does fine with all new dogs. He just wants to sleep and be pet and snuggled, but at the same time will happily go for a walk on the beach if you want to.

Greys are the coolest

ETA: Don't get a Greyhound puppy, they're psychotic. Get a retired racer. If it's something you want to pursue let me know and I can find out which rescue is best in your area. Most Greyhound rescues are very helpful and do a great job matching the Grey to the Home.
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Old 04-29-2007, 05:33 PM
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As wonderful as Greys are, my sister could not bring herself to get another. She does have a new dog though, a coated Mexican Hairless - now, if that isn't an oxymoron, I don't know what is!
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So glad SisMorphine pointed out the craziness of Grey pups... I was reading this thread with horror until I saw that, imagining a crazy pup running circles around your Shepherd! I second the Greyhound recs. They are great dogs, and you can find an adult with a great temperament that gets along in your household--and you already know what you're getting!
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Retired Greyhound
Mastiff
Great Dane (puppies can be a handful though)

Those are my votes
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