Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > The Dog Breeds


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-19-2008, 12:02 PM
Unshifted Unshifted is offline
Puppy Dog
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 58
Default Adopting a dog. Is it too soon? And what Breed is best?

Hello.

I recently posted that I had to put my dog, Tinder, down

It hasn't even been a week (although it feels like it's been months) and I am missing having a dog like crazy. I never, ever knew it was going to be this hard. I have had a dog for almost my entire life, and it feels so extremely empty to be without one. I feel guilty that I am "replacing" Tinder Although that isn't what I am doing at all, because I know no dog will ever be able to replace him. I just miss having a dog to spend my time with and love. And there are so many dogs out there that need homes.

I am on Petfinder.com searching like crazy for the perfect dog. I am trying to research breeds and their temperaments and health issues so I can make the best decision possible. I really love mixed breeds so that's what I'm aiming at, but I'll find a dog that's a mix and I'll obsessively research the two breeds that he's mixed with.

My question for you guys is...what breed do you think would fit my lifestyle best?

My boyfriend and I really want a dog that's more laid back. But when it comes time for a walk, can go for a while. I don't want a lethargic dog, but I would prefer a more laid back one. The one thing I'm really afraid of is breeds that are prone to epilepsy. I watched Tinder suffer from seizures, and while I know it's treatable, it terrifies me. One other thing is dogs with smaller, more squished in faces are absolutely adorable...but their breathing problems make me nervous so those are out for me.

A breed with a long lifespan would be amazing. The last thing is I really want a smaller dog. Smaller as in 15-25lbs, nothing bigger. I like dogs on the bigger end of that scale, but they're all good. The apartment we live in only allows dogs 25lbs or under so that's a pretty big requirement.

I know, I sound picky. I am just trying to get the best possible dog, so I don't have to go through losing it in a few years I know absolutely nothing is for sure, and anything is possible. But I really want to try to do this as best I can.

I found an absolutely *adorable* Miniature Pinscher, Chihuahua mix who is 15lbs. What do you know about these breeds? Do they fit my requirements?

Thank you guys *so* much for your help I appreciate it a ton.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-19-2008, 12:05 PM
bubbatd's Avatar
bubbatd bubbatd is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 64,812
Default

It's never too soon to fill an empty heart ... I found Ollie the day I had to put my Chip to sleep . I did type in Golden , but Ollie popped up and he was IT .
__________________
A light for all who are crossing dark times.


http://mauzysmusings.blogspot.com/
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-19-2008, 12:22 PM
elegy's Avatar
elegy elegy is offline
overdogged
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 7,674
Default

It is good to be picky! You're choosing a dog who will hopefully be with you for years and years. What I would do is find a rescue or a shelter that really does know their dogs, and talk to them. Tell them what kind of personality you're looking for, and see if they can point you toward a dog.

You're not replacing Tinder. Tinder can never be replaced. We all know that. It's perfectly fine to be looking for a new dog. There is no universal "right time". You have to follow your heart.

Good luck!!
__________________
ARCHX Luce CD CD-H RA RL3 RLV RL2X RL1X CGC TT
Steve RA RL1 CL1-R CL1-F FMCh
Bean FDCh-G
and Hambone, flyball hopeful
Save the pit bull, Save the world
Are you Unruly?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-19-2008, 02:27 PM
gallopingaround gallopingaround is offline
Active Pup
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 29
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by elegy View Post
It is good to be picky! You're choosing a dog who will hopefully be with you for years and years. What I would do is find a rescue or a shelter that really does know their dogs, and talk to them. Tell them what kind of personality you're looking for, and see if they can point you toward a dog.

You're not replacing Tinder. Tinder can never be replaced. We all know that. It's perfectly fine to be looking for a new dog. There is no universal "right time". You have to follow your heart.

Good luck!!





agreed.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-20-2008, 07:51 PM
SmexyPibble's Avatar
SmexyPibble SmexyPibble is offline
Blow. Me. Away.
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Washington State
Posts: 4,216
Default

I agree with elegy completely!

Good luck and THANK YOU for adopting!

Welcome to Chaz, BTW. I'm Breawna.
__________________
-Breawna
You never know how strong you are until strength is the only option you have left.

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-20-2008, 08:07 PM
noludoru's Avatar
noludoru noludoru is offline
Bored Now.
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 17,470
Default

Elegy gave you great advice that most here will agree with. The right time for one person is often very different than the right time for another person, and if this is the right time for you, then it's right.

I don't have any particular recommendations.... I think just about any breed would suit you fine. Have you considered hounds? Many hounds (coonhounds, bloodhounds, foxhounds, etc) are overlooked because people think they are "plain looking" or "too drooly" (in the case of some that can be true.. most aren't more drooly than a lab) or don't like baying. A lot of them get euth'd. It sounds like a hound could be a great dog for you.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Samantha's pet View Post
And it's a turbo so it gets good mileage.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-27-2008, 12:48 AM
Ratboy's Avatar
Ratboy Ratboy is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 660
Default

When my last dog, Gus had to be put down, I had planned on putting a deposit on two Greater Swiss Mountain Dog pups about a month later, from a litter planned for late June, about 4 months from when Gus died. I made it two whole weeks before agreeing "just to look" at the litter King and Molly came out of. I knew as I agreed, that I was "dead meat" and unless there was something wrong with them, that I would be getting two pups the next day. When my old Beagle died, I didn't make it a week before I got my Lab, Joe. I should have waited, he was the only dog I really spent any money on, and he was by far the most unhealthy one I have ever had.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-27-2008, 03:17 AM
Renee750il's Avatar
Renee750il Renee750il is offline
Felurian
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Where the selas blooms
Posts: 94,266
Default

When your heart is ready, it's time

Just look with your heart.
__________________
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. ~Buddha

Stupid is the most notoriously incurable and contagious disease known to mankind. If you find yourself in close proximity to someone infected with stupid, walk away as soon as said infection is noted.


There are few things more nauseating than pure obedience. ~ Kvothe

***8206;"silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation."
Rumi
Be a god. Know when to shut up.


Good Kharma Tags
Felurian
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-28-2008, 03:09 AM
Bahamutt99's Avatar
Bahamutt99 Bahamutt99 is offline
Dafuq?
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: High Ridge, MO
Posts: 2,365
Default

What about something like an Italian Greyhound? MinPins are neat dogs, but very willful, and they love the sound of their own voice, which might be an issue in an apartment. Chihuahuas are probably similar.
__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Lindsay
& the Gravity Dogs


Now entering the land of hypnotic signatures...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-28-2008, 01:36 PM
JustaLilBitaLuck's Avatar
JustaLilBitaLuck JustaLilBitaLuck is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,921
Default

I'd go to a rescue group that has animals in foster homes, so you can find the most out about their personality, temperament, and requirements - you can find the perfect mutt for you!

As far as breeds go, I'd look into Whippets or Italian Greyhounds. Most fall under 25 lbs, they're quiet, calm, and easily trainable.
__________________
Megan
| Jack - Lhasa Apso | Missy - Rottweiler | Heidi - Cocker Spaniel | Sassy - Siamese | Emmy & Oscar - Parakeets |
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:26 PM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site