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Old 05-17-2005, 09:51 PM
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Hi I am looking for a friendly big dog. So I am wondering which breed is best for me?? I am looking for a breed that loves to swim, play fetch, and go to the dog park to play with other dogs. I also want a good companion dog.
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Old 05-17-2005, 10:04 PM
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A lab maybe. They are big and friendly and most get along with other dogs ok!
They often love to swim and I know many that absolutely love fetch!
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Old 05-17-2005, 10:22 PM
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You should go to your local shelter and see if there are any smaller dogs that need a home. You aren't really narrowing down the options, so it's hard to say which breed is best...However, if you aren't going to go to obedience classes, I wouldn't reccomend a terrier -- they can be stubborn, and they need lots of socialization..Go to www.dogbreedinfo.com to see a huge list of breeds.

Here are some more questions that might help narrow down your search...

-Do you mind a breed known for digging and/or barking?
-Do you want to dog to get along well with other dogs, cats, or small animals?
-Do you want an obedient dog that will always follow your commands?
-Do you want a breed that will do well in dog sports (agility, flyball, etc)?
-Do you want a watchdog?
-Is the dog going to be spending most of it's time indoors or outdoors?
-Would you mind having a breed known for health problems?
-Would you pay for professional grooming?
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Check out the shelters! There's a very good chance there's a dog that's just perfect there.
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Sounds to me like you might like a Weimaraner.
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goldens and labs sound like they would fit what you would like in a dog. there are lots of them in shelters and rescues. i would try there first. good luck to you =)
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Check out the shelters! There's a very good chance there's a dog that's just perfect there.
Best advice! Renee is right on here.

Also look for a Newfoundland mix while you are at the shelter....They fit everything you are asking for.
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Old 05-18-2005, 10:09 AM
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Lab or Golden. And where I live, there are always at least 3 or 4 in each shelter. Labs require lots and lots of exercise and can be overly hyper. But you sound like you have a good exercise regimen worked out though. Whatever dog you decide on, be it pure or mix, you should go to AKC.org and look at the description of the breed(s) of the dog you are choosing. That way, you will have a better idea of what you are getting yourself into. I have a Lab*Chow mix and she definetely got the Lab personality with the Chow looks. It's fun with a mix, cuz you never know what's gonna come out!
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Yep, check out your local shelter. You could find your dream dog there---I find one of mine at a local shelter . You also have to consider how much time you can spend with the dog. And do you mind shedding? How muche exercise can you give the dog? How much can you spend on food every month? How much on vet bills every month?
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