jump to last post 1-8 of 8 discussions (8 posts)

Which dog should I get?

  1. Mega over profile image57
    Mega overposted 4 years ago

    Which dog should I get?

    My dad is only letting me get one dog but I love huskies, and German shepherds. Which dog should I choose?!

  2. lisasuniquevoice profile image75
    lisasuniquevoiceposted 4 years ago


    Mega over,

    You should get a little Yorkie. They're really the cutest dogs. And much easier to take care than those big dogs. I always had German shepards growing up and they weren't lap dogs. If I had to choose between the two dogs you mentioned I choose the huskies. They are really cute too.

  3. Diana Lee profile image84
    Diana Leeposted 4 years ago

    These dogs you mention are both good choices, but unless you have space required for such big breeds as Huskies or German Shepherds you may want to consider a smaller breed.

    Huskies are meant for cold climates and prefer being outdoors much of the time. No dog should spend its life at the end of a chain, so a large fenced in yard would be needed as well. The same would be wanted for a German Shepherd. Dog owners want their pet to feel like family and let them into their house. The size of your home could determine what size of dog.you decide on.

    I have plenty of outdoor space, but because I live in a mobile home I keep lap size dogs as companions.

  4. PatrickC profile image62
    PatrickCposted 4 years ago

    Yep this will depend on the amount space the dog will have. The more space available the bigger the dog can be. I have a Miniature Pinscher that's almost 6 years old and her attachment to me is very solid. Its funny at time when I go to the kitchen for a drink she goes to her water bowl as well. When I'm active she's active and when I'm lazy she's lazy.

  5. TNT Husky profile image71
    TNT Huskyposted 4 years ago

    Well, as a husky owner myself, I can tell you huskies are loads of fun, but loads of work, especially when they shed. I'm not sure about a german sheperd, but My husky can be a handful at times. She's very affectionate though, and when she likes you, it's obvious. People love our dog too, and if it's not already obvious, she's the inspiration for the title of my blog.

  6. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 4 years ago

    Any dog breed will be good as long as you are dedicated to the dog.  They need attention.  It is cruel to leave a dog home alone all day.  They need daily exercise, feeding and a constant source of fresh water.

    Whatever dog you choose, if it is purebred choose a good kennel.  A rescue dog is a wonderful way to go.  They need good homes and often act so grateful.

  7. agilitymach profile image97
    agilitymachposted 4 years ago

    Getting a dog is a huge responsibility.  If the dog has a full life, you should plan for the dog living with you for 15 years.  This is a life who has feelings and emotions.  You should know this life cannot be given over to a shelter to be euthanized because you get tired of it. 

    Because it is such a huge responsibility, you must research dogs, breeds, shelters, adoption and all of the options available to you.  You also must research costs, health needs, feeding, vet requirements, training requirements, dog laws and more.

    And huge kudos to you because your question is part of that research. big_smile

    I recommend you consider getting a mixed breed rather than a pure bred, or if you really want a pure bred, look into breed rescue groups that specializes in the breed you are interested in.  By going to a shelter or a breed rescue, you will be saving the life of a dog.  By going to a breeder, your home will be filled with a breeder's puppy - meaning it's one less home for one shelter dog.  I don't recommend people go the breeder route unless they need a "bred for purpose" dog - such as a dog that is bred to do a specific job.

    German Shepherds and Huskies are VERY different dogs.  Huskies are more difficult to train and require an experienced hand to manage well.  Huskies also require an understanding of their unique breeding for their winter jobs.  German Shepherds are easy to train, but they have a huge host of health ailments running through the breed.  With either dog, you must research individual breeders.  Learn the genetic issues of each breed and research each individual breeder's lines.  Are the dogs tested for hip dysplasia, genetic eye issues, genetic cancers and other diseases common in each breed?  German Shepherds are known for having horrible structure issues due to the intentional breeding for excessive rear end angulation.  As a professional dog agility instructor, I have seen GSD after GSD retire from the sport of dog agility due to structure issues.  They are great dogs personality-wise, but struggle greatly with disease.

    Whichever direction you wish to go with your dog, be prepared.  Read MANY articles and websites on dogs, care, breeds and training.  And be prepared for a lifetime commitment to the animal - both emotionally and financially.  Dogs are wonderful.  By carefully picking the right dog for you, you will have many happy years with your best friend.

  8. wychic profile image90
    wychicposted 4 years ago

    It depends -- how experienced are you, and how much time, attention and effort can you give a dog? I will tell you that both of those breeds are awesome dogs, but generally not for first-timers. I work to promote canine athletics, and the intelligence, bold temperament and high energy of both GSDs and Huskies make them AWESOME sports dogs. Those same qualities can make them living nightmares if you have a more sedentary lifestyle or don't have the ability to give them the exercise and stimulation they need. I have a Catahoula, who also has similar qualities, and I have to run him alongside the bike at least an hour every single day, and he needs constant human interaction with strict alpha training.

    I've written a hub on this subject that might be helpful to you (linked below), and will happily answer any additional questions. Just remember that a dog should never, ever be chosen based on looks alone, and every dog needs obedience training, regardless of its age or size.

    http://wychic.hubpages.com/hub/Selectin … og-for-You