What breed of dog and why???

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  1. Eiddwen profile image74
    Eiddwenposted 12 years ago

    I am in the process of trying to persuade my partner that we really do need a dog in the house.
    I used to have two Doberman;a Min.Schnauzer but I am swaying towards a Beagle;my dog when I was small was a Beagle called Lassie and I have never forgotten her ;she was my best friend.
    However we may visit a rescue centre and see what they have.
    What breed of dog is your favourite and why ????

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      4youreyesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Do some research and find out what type of dog will fit best into your lifestyle. Many times people will get a dog that needs to be outside running and they live in a apartment in town, then when the dog is not working out they blame the the dog. I've seen people with herding dogs in town.

      It's great to get one from your local animal shelter they should be able to help you find that one that fit into your home setting. Good luck on finding your new best friend.

      1. Eiddwen profile image74
        Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hi 4youreyes,
        You are so right we should all consider many important factors before acquiring a dog who will be such an important member of our family .
        I am home all day now and we have a secure back patio.
        We also live in the heart of the countryside and walking is no problem;it will do my back the world of good as well help me shed those extra pounds.
        Thanks for your post.

    2. leroy64 profile image65
      leroy64posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I would look for a short haired coat because where I live the summers are on dogs with thick coats.  A medium sized dog would be good because of the size of my yard and my budget.  I prefer the general temperament of female dogs, although that will vary from dog to dog.  My favorite pet when I was growing up was a mixed breed female of indeterminate parentage.  She only barked when there was trouble, or squirrels.   

      The last dog with papers that I owned was a female sheltie,   That breed was not meant for Texas summers; and, we had to keep her hair groomed short.  She was quite, and incredibly stubborn, intelligent, and affectionate.  Not a bad pet; but, she really needed more room to run in.

      1. Eiddwen profile image74
        Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hi leroy
        I have never been the proud owner of a  beautiful Sheltie !!
        I may be wrong but i thik that they are maybe a little like the Lassie Collies in temprament;so they need stimulating plus plenty of excercise.
        Thanks for your story too,Loved it!!

        1. leroy64 profile image65
          leroy64posted 12 years agoin reply to this

          You are correct about shelties'  temperament and needs.  That is one breed that needs something to do.

      2. Nature by Dawn profile image69
        Nature by Dawnposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I had a Sheltie growing up. She was a great dog, extremely loyal, and fun to play with. She was a bit skittish with strangers but was otherwise perfect in every way. But you're right, they need something to do. As a girl, I was always outside playing and my Sheltie was always with me, so she always had something to do.

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      stessilyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Eddy, You can't go wrong with a beagle; all dogs have beautiful eyes, but beagle eyes are especially winsome and expressive. On my daily walks with my sister in the midwest, before moving to the east coast, we always passed a yard inhabited by a beagle. We soon became fast friends with the beagle. Those eyes. Turns out his name was Puck. Absolutely adorable. Beagle sounds like a sentimental favorite for you.
      Shelties are my favorites. I love their coloring, their eyes, their personality, their work ethic, their caregiving nature, etc. I'd choose either a sheltie or a beagle or both!
      I also like your idea of going to a rescue center to see what's there. Dogs recognize dog whisperers so they'll all want to come home with you!
      Best wishes and I know that you'll find the perfect puppy for you and Dai and your home! Stessily

      1. Eiddwen profile image74
        Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hi stessily,thank you so much for your post. I love beagles and I am tempted to be decided on that note but my mind keeps on going back to the thoughts of Dog Rescue Centres.
        There can't be anything more satisfying than giving a happy home to a dog of unsure beginings. This is my Happy Ever After spirit coming through.
        Thank you so much for this again stessily . I especialy liked your words:- A Sheltie or a Beagle or Both!!! I'm just imagining Dai's face !! Ha ha ha!!

    4. fpherj48 profile image61
      fpherj48posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I LOVE all dogs....cats, as well, but I'm especially fond of cocker spaniels.  They're attractive, sweet and loveable, above average intelligence and definitely, laid-back......or shall I say MY cocker baby is all of those things.....I'm madly in love with my Border Collie too, but they are a "different breed" ALTOGETHER.....EXTREME INTELLIGENCE.....named the No.1 Breed in intelligence.....for detailed info on Borders  Collies....I wrote a hub on them...and there are several hubs on this breed!! They're a WORKER dog....very serious  and they HERD.....everything and anything that moves!!  lol.     Good Luck! I totally understand wanting a fur-baby.  I can't imagine a home with out one....or 2....or 2 dogs & 2 cats!!  LOL

    5. gracenotes profile image88
      gracenotesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I know you've seen one of my hubs on dogs, so you already know me a little.

      However, I'll say that I tend to favor dogs that don't shed.  That's why I have a miniature schnauzer and a toy poodle.  Of course, these dogs have major grooming needs, but I prefer that to finding hair all over my house.  My house will not look or be the cleanest in any respect with two dogs, and if I'm being honest, I do have a problem with constantly vacuuming hair (a chiropractor once told me that running the vacuum cleaner is hard on the back).

      In addition, the above two breeds are VERY smart, so you better be one step ahead of them with your own clever plans.

      I don't think I need to tell you about the temperament of my schnauzer, but let's just say that I am lucky that she is not a particularly "barky" schnauzer, according to impartial observers.  She would do much better with a companion schnauzer, though.  Maybe after my poodle is gone, I'll be a foster mom for mini schnauzers.

      My poodle and schnauzer usually bark for different reasons, and that is a blessing.  Rarely do I have a duet at my house.

    6. Deborah Brooks profile image60
      Deborah Brooksposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      My husband doesn't like dogs in the house although I have had them in my house especially at night.. but I love German shepherds. but I like all dogs though. as long as they have a good disposition and will protect us. ... II hope you luck on this one. I have the same problem eddy.

    7. jandee profile image81
      jandeeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I wouldn't 'ever' be without a Boxer but they are hard going re.excercise,I take mine out Four times a day Two long walks and two medium . For somebody who is lucky enough to live in Wales ha,ha, the answer is surely staring at you ! my second favourite dog is the welsh spaniel. Friendly,obedient and very clever,
      good luck Eiddwen,

    8. uncorrectedvision profile image62
      uncorrectedvisionposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      There are some excellent pure bred dogs but I would suggest visiting your local animal shelter or look for a dog rescue.  The last two dogs I have owned, a part Australian Cattle Dog and part Yellow Lab - she was brilliant and beautiful.  The dog I got after she dies is part Springer Spaniel and part Beagle.  He is bright, laid back and cute as heck.

      Dogs have been our companions for millenia - we own them good homes.  That is why I will always look to the dog shelter first.

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
        Hollie Thomasposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Cross border collie. Smart as anything, loyal (of course) loving and also from an animal rescue center.

    9. Alastar Packer profile image70
      Alastar Packerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Beagles are great dogs as you know Eddy. There used to be one named Shakespeare who would come over for attention every day cause his owners didn't give any. Everyone else loved the ole boy though. As far as breeds go I'm partial to Irish Terriers. That was the family breed growing up and they had all the good attributes a dog can have. Intelligence, loyalty, and protectiveness/gentleness, whatever was required. If you go to a shelter bless you for that and I've got a feeling the right companion will let them self be know to you.smile

      1. Eiddwen profile image74
        Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Oh yes you are so veey right Alaster; the right one will choose us!!
        I will always have a soft spot for any dog I think Beagles are the top of my list!!
        Take care and enjoy the rest of your day;I will let you know what comes by with my dog hunting day.
        Thanks my friend.

    10. PDXKaraokeGuy profile image85
      PDXKaraokeGuyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      any dog except a yapper

    11. AfricaResource profile image60
      AfricaResourceposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I think it has to be a huskey! I know they are only really outdoor dogs but they are exceptionally social and very very cute!

    12. Melis Ann profile image84
      Melis Annposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      We love our Red & White Irish Setter. More rare than a Red Setter. He's a good size to scare people with his bark but the most gentle, loving dog you could ask for. Great with the kids and cute as can be!

    13. hayjay profile image60
      hayjayposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I am the owner of a Pitbull and a Cane Corso Italian Mastiff, and both are highly intelligent, docile, and loyal. They are both male, and neither have ever shown any aggression toward one another. I have had my Pitbull Titus for 5 years, and Ares my mastiff is now a couple months over 1 year old. Both of these dogs are amazing dogs, but Ares at his best still couldn't compete with the love I have for Titus, I will never own a breed that is different from the two that I currently have. I love labs, but for me they have too much of a tendency to over eat if given to opportunity...and I have had 2 labs also.

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      seventelltdposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have a Border Collie, the 2nd one in 20 years, and identical to the first in temperament, intelligence and behaviour. Of all the dogs I have ever known, the Border Collies are second to none!

  2. Beth100 profile image68
    Beth100posted 12 years ago

    The sharpei you posted was coooo cute!!!  smile

    However, my favorite are rotties.  They're gentle, extremely intelligent and loyal.  They are fabulous with children and other pets.  They shed very little (but I stay with the German line versus the American).  Why?  Because of their conformation, temperment, intelligence and genetic diversity. The control is very tight on in-breeding.  I've had quite a few, and use to breed them. 

    I've have had several different breeds throughout my lifetime.  Currently, I have a long coated German shepherd:


    and an English Mastiff: 


    I've had puppies from breeders and the local rescue shelter -- all have been wonderful dogs.  Each with their own personalities but all were loving and forgiving.  I've had older dogs from breeders and the local rescue shelter -- all become wonderful dogs.  It was rough in the beginning with the rescue dogs, but with a lot of love, patience and companionship, they learn to trust you and they become they most faithful and loyal friend ever. 


    Life isn't the same without the pitter patter of four paws and tail that swishes about when they come to greet you. smile

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      logic,commonsenseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      New boyfriend? smile

      1. Sky9106 profile image64
        Sky9106posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        A great question Eddy , and I know based on the breed of the one you featured in that beautiful story , you may be the ambassador for that breed.
        But I heard plenty, of the Labrador retriever.

        Great way to help chose and great way all around.
        God Bless.

        1. Eiddwen profile image74
          Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Sky;your words are always full of wisdom.

      2. Eiddwen profile image74
        Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hi logic.commonsense,
        Ha ha ha I have to laugh;I'll show it to him when he comes in from work later-lol-

    2. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Beth,
      I loved your post;it is so rewarding to have one from  rescue centre;my daughter has a staffie from there and he's fitted in so well. Actually I published a hub on him the other day called 'Meet My Family by Rocky'.
      I love your dogs too;as I said I have had two Doberman but never  a Rottweiler. I would have thought both breeds are a little similar;maybe I'm wrong.
      You are so right the house is not the same without the pitter patter of four feet and a tail that swishes everywhere.
      I enjoyed reading your post

  3. Beth100 profile image68
    Beth100posted 12 years ago

    lol  sometimes my dogs make better mates than a human!!  lol

    nah, these are my pets!  smile

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      logic,commonsenseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Well, alrighty then.  Guess I'm out of luck! smile

      1. Beth100 profile image68
        Beth100posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You may be the exception.  But, I'm still waiting for a pic of you.... and it's only been two years!!!  lol

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          logic,commonsenseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Ah... anticipation, how erotic! smile

  4. Gypsy Willow profile image66
    Gypsy Willowposted 12 years ago

    A shelter dog for sure. Not only do you save a life but they have usually been evaluated and the staff can point out a dog that fits your life style. Beagles were bred to hunt and are hounds. They need lots of exercise every day good luck in your choice. Every dog I have owned has been wonderful!

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks and great reply,thanks and enjoy the rest of your day.

  5. PurvisBobbi44 profile image90
    PurvisBobbi44posted 12 years ago

    I have read all the hubbers excellent advice using good common sense.
    However, I say you will know the dog for you, by looking into their eyes,
    and how quickly you bond with them.

    There are so many pets looking for a good home and love, 
    and they are just waiting for a human to choose them.

    When I lived in South Florida, I got my Doc-a-Poo, a Dachshund and toy Poodle mix,and I name her baby. She was so sweet, and loveable. My friend talked me into going to an Animal Shelter.

    And it was love at first sight when I saw my baby—she was just a ball of curls, with big black eyes and she kissed my fingers through the wire. Well, she stole my heart then and there, and I hope you experience the same love bonding I did.

    Good Luck in finding your soul pet.


    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Oh how i love these happy ever after replies Bobbi.
      HubPages is definitly the place to be.
      Take care ;

  6. Beth100 profile image68
    Beth100posted 12 years ago

    @ Eddy -- I haven't had a dobie before, but my friends have.  The dobies and rotties are a bit different in temperment.  When I think back, my rotties were very quiet -- laid and sat still, very calm even when a stranger approached the door.  Their dobies were different.  A bit hyper, moving all the time and when they saw a stranger (or even someone they knew), they were barking and aggressive.  Another friend's dobie could never sit still.  He paced a track around the house -- he literally imbedded a track in the hardwood floor over the years of his trotting around the same path.  Maybe these dobies were reflective of their owners.  lol

    The one thing with the mastiff -- he chews and chews and chews.  And, he's so large that he doesn't stop at the toys.  He's chewed holes in my drywall, eaten bookcases, the seat in the car and the door frames.  lol  No matter what I do, he doesn't stop.  This is the only discouraging thing about him.  But I love him!!

    Let me know what breed you decide on.  smile

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      Derdriuposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Eddy, It's Labrador Retriever for me. They're active, agile, beautiful, dependable, devoted, intelligent, loving, photogenic, responsible, sensitive companions.  (But then so are many others!)
      Respectfully, and with best wishes "dog shopping,"

      1. Eiddwen profile image74
        Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hi Derdriu,
        Awww Labradors are nearly on the top of my list. So gentle and loving. Faithful to the end.
        Thanks again Derdriu.

    2. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Beth
      Thanks for the reply I often wondered if they were alike.
      As you say the Dobes you knew maybe were a reflection on their owner.
      Our Dobe Major was such a soft hearted and positively happy dog. He sadly had to be put to sleep at 13 years old due to liver failure.He was brown and tan dog.
      Thanks again Beth and we do love them even if they do try and eat our home.

  7. transcriptioncity profile image60
    transcriptioncityposted 12 years ago

    Although I am partial to Boxers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, I would have to say that I like all dogs. If I was going to get another dog I would probably go with a mutt, because they are meant to be the healthiest.

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi transcripttioncity
      I am leaning heavily on a cross breed from a rescue home;thanks for the reply and I will let you know how I get on. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hyphenbird profile image81
    Hyphenbirdposted 12 years ago

    We have a beautiful Bichon who is the perfect dog. She is furry with lots of curly hair but does not shed. She is smart and does tricks, is not a yapper. She weighs about 10-12 pounds and is pure white. Bichons are wonderfu ldogs.

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Hyph,
      I also like Bichons and it is great to know that they do not yapp all the time. However do you think that this may also be a reflection on owners??
      Thanks for taking the time to read and reply.

  9. JKenny profile image90
    JKennyposted 12 years ago

    How about a Jack Russell, bundles of fun, never a dull moment, and fiercely loyal. They're so charismatic, and also easy to handle because of their size. Just watch out for them in the countryside, because if they see a burrow, they'll go for it.

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi JKenny,
      Oh yes a Jack Rusell !!! There is one of these next door and she is never allowed in the house and another neighbour told her that the girl who owns her wants to ge rid and pronto. Another thought !!!

  10. SmartAndFun profile image93
    SmartAndFunposted 12 years ago

    I love all dogs, but like JKenny have a soft spot for Jack Russells. They can be really hyper and bull-headed, though. It doesn't bother me, but after mine passed away, my husband made me promise "no more jack russells." The one we had drove him crazy. She was very high-strung and stubborn, but I loved that little girl and she loved me. She lived to be 15.

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi SmartAndFun,
      It is great fun to read about all these dogs ;I am so glad I posted this one.
      6 years is a long time isn't?? So tragic when they are gone too!!
      My Dobe lived till 13 years old and my Schnauzer live till nearly 17 years old.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  11. alexadry profile image95
    alexadryposted 12 years ago

    Beagles are very cute, but they can be sometimes a handful when it comes to potty training and teaching commands like a good recall.  Of course, no generalization can be made. My favorite breed are Rotts which I own two but I do not recommend them because they need a lot of work and many households don't have the time.

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi alexadry,
      Thanks for the reply;and I have to agree with you in that Beagles to tend to be stubborn and also hard work to train in obedience.
      Thanks alexadry.

  12. Cardozo7 profile image61
    Cardozo7posted 12 years ago

    Bear in mind that beagles are not for everyone. They bark a lot, which can be a problem for you and your neighbours. They cannot go outside without a leash because when they start sniffing something it's very difficult to stop them. Like Alexadry said they can be difficult to potty train. If you don't have a problem with these things, then beagles are amazing in everything else you can imagine smile

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Again I also have to agree with you Cardozo7; I think you have noted all the downfalls in having a Beagle but also a breed that I love to bits!!
      I am now leaning towards a rescue home;I spoke tp someone who does rescue dogs and she was saying that they hardly ever have Beagles in.
      So it's in the  pondering  phase at the moment.
      Thanks again cardozo7

  13. BlossomSB profile image80
    BlossomSBposted 12 years ago

    It depends on what you expect from your dog. Do you want one that lives in the house and will sit on your lap in the evenings? Would an outside dog that can also act as a guard dog better suit your needs? We had a beagle once, and he was a very manly little chap and did not bark too much, but he had to live outside as he was a Rescue dog and it was impossible to train him. Woolly ones are cuddly, but can be expensive to maintain. It really is a matter of choice, but whatever you end up with, you can be sure he/she will be faithful and a good friend who will love you no matter what.

    1. Druid Dude profile image61
      Druid Dudeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      German Spitz...they come in several sizes. Cute, too.

    2. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Blossom,
      I certainly want a dog that will live in the house without a doubt;I have had Dobes in the past but I'm not looking for another one now.
      Basically he's one of the family; but it is true what you say about 'toilet training' that can be very difficult if he's not used to being in a house.
      Thanks a lot for the advice and I will let you know how I get on.

  14. Nature by Dawn profile image69
    Nature by Dawnposted 12 years ago

    I have been around many different dog breeds but I couldn't tell you which is best. I loved my Sheltie because she was so intelligent and loyal. My mom had a Pit Bull/Mastiff mix who was very sweet and a great guard dog. She also had an Afghan Hound that was very gentle and sweet but wasn't good with the smaller pets.  And a Poodle that was very sweet but tended to be mischievous. I loved my Lab/Shep/Border Collie mix because he was well-behaved and a fantastic guard dog. I loved my Beagle mix because he was so silly - not very smart, but fairly well-behaved and adorable. I loved my Chow mix Sephi because she was loyal but didn't demand a lot of attention or require a lot of maintenance. I love my Labrador because she has such an outgoing personality and her silly antics make me laugh. I just got a new dog, a Border Collie mix, or perhaps an Aussie mix. He is very sweet, loyal, and super intelligent, but he needs a lot of exercise and tends to have separation anxiety.

    All dog breeds have their pros and cons. You just need to decide which traits you prefer and which you can do without, then go from there.

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Great advice Nature by Dawn and thank you so much; I cannot opt for a very large dog due to my bad back;which doesn't stop me from walking but I just don't want a breed that I am going to have to say later down the line "I can't cope with him"later.
      As for walking a smaller dog and I know  they can be very boisterous too but the extra excercise will do my back no end of good and I can also return home with loads of inspiration.
      Thanks again.

  15. writer20 profile image61
    writer20posted 12 years ago

    I grew up with a beautiful dog, she was a labrador/retreiver black except for a white tuft on her chest and as she got older a white chin. Susie was the most faithfully dog I have ever met. She love to play and when she had a dream we could tell she was chasing a cat dog away. We were supposed to get a Welsh sheep dog but at that time there was a train strike on. We picked susie up from her pervious owners at barely six weeks old, I had the pleasure of carrying her home.

    Good luck Eddy in finding your prefect puppy. Joyce

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Ruby,
      Oh so glad you have such beautiful memories and I am sorry for your allergy;how frustrating that must be.
      Thanks for your beautifuf memories too and takecare.
      Susie sounds like a great gem!!

    2. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi writer 20,
      So many have wonderful  memories of their dogs and I see that you also have great memories.
      It is certainly true when we hear the quote;A dog is a man's best friend.Oh yes without a doubt.

  16. always exploring profile image75
    always exploringposted 12 years ago

    Hi Eddy, I think I told you that i have developed an allergy to animal dander/fur. I am just sick about this..I want a miniature Schnauzer when i get over this. I had one back in the 80's. Her name was Tammy. I really loved her so much. She knew i was leaving and laid between me and the door all night. It was the most difficult time for me. She belonged to my ex. Has anyone else has a Schnauzer? If so tell me about it..Thank you..

    1. Nature by Dawn profile image69
      Nature by Dawnposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      My aunt has a Schnauzer. She is very playful and sweet but she does have problems with seizures. This may be a breed thing. If you get a purebred Schnauzer be sure to visit the breeders at their own place so that you can see if they are puppy-mill breeders. Meet both parents, if possible. And check the breeder's credentials. Generally, a really good breeder is going to be a member of a breed club (and I am not talking about the AKC). Or you can always adopt from a Schnazer rescue group.  :0)

      1. gracenotes profile image88
        gracenotesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Yes.  I got my miniature schnauzer from a rescue group, so I knew something of her background, and she was fostered for about 3 weeks too.

        1. JayeWisdom profile image88
          JayeWisdomposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          My miniature Schnauzer is seven years old, my first pet ever in my life, and I didn't get her until I retired at age 61. She was a pup, practically house-trained herself, chewed on her "teething" toys instead of things she shouldn't. She's smart, but very independent. No shedding, which is wonderful, but she must be groomed then brushed every day to prevent matting.

          Schnauzers are prone to pancreatitis, so should be fed a lower fat diet than most breeds. (I homecook my girl's food so I know what it contains, and she thrives on it.)

          She loves to watch the neighborhood out the big front window and, in her role as "watch dog",  barks at anyone or anything walking past our picket fence. My neighbor's cats are the bane of her life, and I think they know it! They'll prance back and forth just to taunt her....

          She loves all my family members and friends, and they love her back. When anyone comes to visit, she gets so excited her bark goes up an octave!  She sleeps with me at night on her own pillow with the cover pulled up to her chin, and after she goes to sleep slowly backs up closer to me. If I'm restless and can't sleep well--especially if I toss and turn--she tosses and turns as well. It's funny, but I try to be still and read by a lamp when I have insomnia so I won't disturb her sleep.

          In case you can't tell, I love her dearly, and consider her my best friend. Whenever I've convalesced from surgery or been sick in bed for a day or two, she rarely left me. She would lie at the foot of the bed and check on my occasionally, peering into my face. She's very protective of me, but so am I protective of her.

          We're growing older together and will be old ladies together. I hope she lives a long time in good health and that I will be able to care for her the way I do now.  My only regret is that I didn't realize until my senior years what a wonderful companion is a dog.


    2. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yes you did tell me about the allegy Ruby and it must be so frustrating especially from an animal lover like you.
      I had the pleasur e of having a Min Schnauzer a while back now. Her name was Pepper and she was wonderful,tiny but so very feisty also. We had her the same time as Major our Doberman and you have guessed I am sure which one was the Boss!!
      Thanks Ruby.

  17. always exploring profile image75
    always exploringposted 12 years ago

    Thank you Nature by Dawn, I would love to adopt from a rescue group. I will remember all of your instructions..Thank you again.. I love this photo..It is not a dog but soo cute.

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Aww so beautiful.l

    2. Nature by Dawn profile image69
      Nature by Dawnposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Super cute!  :0)

  18. NetBlots profile image41
    NetBlotsposted 12 years ago

    Stick to the dobermans! smile

    Either that, or I highly recommend getting a quality working line shepherd! We have one who is 15 months, and he is the most amazing dog ever. Extremely affectionate and cuddly, and very protective!

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I know Doberman are amazing dogs and are as you sayloyal to the very end.
      Thanks NetBlots.

      1. NetBlots profile image41
        NetBlotsposted 12 years agoin reply to this


        Our shepherd loves me more though! wink

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    Gypsy Rose Leeposted 12 years ago

    Well Eddy I'll tell you that first of all for a long time now I've been involved with cats. However at one time I wanted a dog. The only kind I ever wanted was an Irish Setter. First of all because I love their glossy, red fur coats and second they always seemed so regal and are very loving. I even thought of names - if I had a male dog - Big Red and if a female - Ruby.

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Gypsy,
      Thankn you so much for this great reply ;I am loving all these stories. I love your names too.Big Red and Ruby;great  names for great dogs;as you say these Irish Setters are indeed so very regal !!!
      Take care

  20. skyfire profile image79
    skyfireposted 12 years ago


    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Seeing as the kitten is so cute I'll let you off Ha ha ha!!!

  21. wetnosedogs profile image62
    wetnosedogsposted 12 years ago

    It will be wonderful to hear what kind of dog you got.
    This is how I got my brother and sister dog. I wasn't even thinking of it. I had my cat and visiting my daughter, played with her boxers. We went to the Walk 'n Wag here(people and pets and the humane society bringing a few dogs to hopefully get adopted) and someone was walking the brother and sister and I told my daughter those were my dogs. They did have to go back to the humane society for me to bring them home, but that's what I did and we all came home together.

    You will know your dog when you see him/her.

    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi wetnosedog,
      Do you know I am so glad that I posted this one because all the replies have been wonderful and it shows that there is still so much love and care in this world.
      Yours is a truly beautiful  Happy Ever After tale and I love them!!!I totally agree with your comment'You will know your dog when you see him/her.
      Thank you so muh for stopping by.

  22. CookiesNoCrumbs profile image61
    CookiesNoCrumbsposted 12 years ago

    I would say the Shitzu, simple because they are easily house trained, very adaptable to their environment, great with children and a loyal companion


    1. Eiddwen profile image74
      Eiddwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      My partner loves Shitzus ; I on the other hand don't know too much about them;but they as you say see to be very adaptable which is good.
      Also they look gorgeous when they are groomed and clipped properly;so  I am not ruling them out at all and  your little one looks so cute.
      I am going to read through your hubs in a bit to see if you have any on Shitzus.Thanks for the reply!!

  23. DonnaCosmato profile image87
    DonnaCosmatoposted 12 years ago

    Hi Eddy, I have to confess I'm pretty biased on this subject as I have owned Chihuahuas for going on 30 years now. However, they are not the best choice for everyone - if you have small children, they must be well trained and socialized as they can become fear biters. Additionally, although the breed is hardy (few health problems,) by virtue of their diminutive size and bone structure they are more fragile. If you get one with the classic molera (also called an open fontanel) or soft spot on the head where the bones are not completely fused, then you'll have to be diligent to make sure it does not sustain any damage to the top of the head. Pregnancies are harder for these toy breeds and so on and so forth. On the plus side of the ledger, they have the courage, stamina and hearts of lions, they typically bond with one person for life, and they have one of the longest lifespans of all dog breeds, so you can "grow old together." I hope this is helpful dear friend:)

  24. GmaGoldie profile image81
    GmaGoldieposted 12 years ago

    My husband loves labs, I love Goldens. Luckily for me, he fell in love with a neighbors dog - a "British Tan" or a special type of Golden Retriever. I just researched the price and yes, they are pricey but IF it keeps peace in the household, the added dollars might work for the best compromise.

    Now my next challenge is I love having two dogs. Stay tuned - that one has no compromise - I either have two or he gets his one. Hmmmm.....if that is my only challenge in life - I am lucky one.

  25. Pamela Kinnaird W profile image84
    Pamela Kinnaird Wposted 12 years ago

    My favorite dog is whatever poi dog (mixed breed) at the local dog shelter has the eyes that -- when I look into them -- I know this is the little spirit that needs to come to live with us.

  26. Suhail and my dog profile image80
    Suhail and my dogposted 12 years ago

    It pays to select a dog according to your lifestyle and available resources (time and finances). I will try to explain this through our experience.

    Because my children and I like to hike and trek in late falls, winters and early springs, we decided to get a Kuvasz (I have written a hub on Kuvasz breed recently detailing how we went about it). Also, we like water-based activities in summers and the waters of Ontario can be cold in warm weather. We are looking for our second dog. Our preliminary research is suggesting Chesapeake Bay Retriever, which can also be at home in cold weather.

    I am a strong advocate of keeping a dog for a full time companion. One doesn't have to leave a dog at a boarding house while on picnic.

    Basically, it is a couch potato for a couch potato and active dog for an active person.

  27. jennzie profile image70
    jennzieposted 12 years ago

    I completely agree that doing research before getting a specific dog is extremely important. I have a 10-month-old Chinese Crested. Because I have seen really ugly pictures of Chinese Cresteds and I did prefer dogs with fur, they definitely weren't my first choice. However, my Sookie is such a happy dog and I think she is so adorable- I couldn't imagine my life without her.

    They do have skin issues, though, so they regularly need sunscreen when going outside, moisturizing lotion, etc. On the other hand, obviously they don't need a lot of grooming, besides the occasional trim of the little amount of hair that they have. And they are little balls of energy, though mine is still a puppy so I supposed all puppies have tons of energy.


  28. ashleeosborn profile image59
    ashleeosbornposted 12 years ago

    Definitely do research before getting any animal. My favorite breed of small dogs are long haired chihuahuas. They are just too cute to resist. As far as big dogs go, I currently have an Irish Wolfhound, and I love him to death, but that's definitely going extreme on the big scale.

    I would suggest adoption. Just go to your local animal shelter and look around, there's bound to be a dog or two that catch your eye. I'd say, as long as there's no special circumstances like allergies or a need for a smaller dog, it's more about the individual personality than the breed. Though, a lot of times dogs of certain breeds tend to have similar personalities.

    Shih-tzus are good too. They tend to be more independent, kind of like cats, and become very attached to one person rather than loving everyone. Also, they don't shed and are hypoallergenic, which is a huge plus.

  29. daisydayz profile image84
    daisydayzposted 12 years ago

    My parents had a few dogs when I was growing up but the one that was with us the longest (and still is) is Alfie! Our adorable, loveable, beautiful, crazy westie! West Highland Terrier that is! He is the most intelligent and loving dog I have ever meet. He has such a personalist and clearly thinks he is human. Although I think it depends on how you train and bring up a dog as to how his temperament turns out.

    This is him looking all clean and tidy, after a hair cut! He likes to pose for photos!
    But this is how he spends most his time these days as he is getting old - 13 now

  30. paradigmsearch profile image60
    paradigmsearchposted 12 years ago

    "What breed of dog and why???"

    Chihuahuas. To feed to my Doberman.

    1. NetBlots profile image41
      NetBlotsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Love it! hahah

  31. Thelma Alberts profile image90
    Thelma Albertsposted 12 years ago

    I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog Angus. He is hairy but lovely. He loves to sit on my lap and he is very easy to be taken care of. I wish you can find the dog you wish to have. Take care.

  32. habee profile image91
    habeeposted 12 years ago

    I thought I had already posted here, but I didn't see my post. If this is a duplicate...sorry!

    The best dog breed is the Great Dane! I've owned, bred, and trained lots of breeds, and the GD is the best, overall. They're sweet, laid back, easy to groom, funny, and easy to train. They also make great watch dogs because of their imposing size and their deep, menacing bark. They really are gentle giants, and they LOVE kids!




  33. JayeWisdom profile image88
    JayeWisdomposted 12 years ago

    After making your selection, I hope you will write a Hub introducing your new dog to the HP gang with photos, of course. As you can see by all the responses you garnered for this topic, we're all very invested in "helping" you make the right decision. One of your later replies was your intention to adopt a mixed breed, and they are said to usually be healthier than the purebreds.  Good luck!  JayeWisdom


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