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        12-17-2008, 10:05 PM
    help me pick a puppy

    For christmas my mom might let us pick a puppy for us to adopt for next year and I found a couple I really Really like . So which one do you like the best? I know its really really hard to choose

    Heres the link ,just look for the name since the link is acting weird.

    Humane Society of Livingston County

    Search- Dog, Baby, 48189, all size & gender

    Winston - 11 week old black shar pei

    Remy- brown / White 3 month old Brittany spaniel

    Heidi &Hannah- Both Newfoundland/ Shepherd mix

    cleopatra- 3 month old pointer mix

    ALVIN -Siberian Husky/ Labrador Retriever
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        12-17-2008, 10:21 PM
    Well I spose it depends how much space and time ur ganna have for the puppy.
    Cos SiberianHuskys require ALOT of excersize and attention. And some shepards can be agreessive. Well any dog could be agreessive. Haha.
    But it really depends on how much time your ganna have for it. If your not ganna hav much time then mabey a smaller dog, one that doesnt require much attention! :)

        12-18-2008, 08:33 AM
    Jakki- i'll have lots of attention for the puppy and we have 10 acres so it would have lots of land for exercise and we have a hole bunch of barn cats which im sure it will chase around so that is not a problem for exercise haha. We already have a german shepard and a lab , so he will get some interacation with other dogs while were away lol
        12-18-2008, 01:20 PM
    Green Broke
    If your not ganna hav much time then mabey a smaller dog, one that doesnt require much attention! :)
    I have to disagree with that. I have two shih tzu/poodle mixes who require more attention than any dog I've ever had. I do agree that you have to pick one that will fit into your lifestyle best. ALL dogs need plenty of attention and exercise and I wouldn't consider chasing cats the best form of exercise. How much do you know about the specific breeds you've listed? I would google them and find out as much as you can, but in the meantime, I have a book called The Perfect Match and this is what it says in nutshell about the breeds you listed:

    Shar pei:
    medium, 18-20"; 40-65 lbs. protection: high; raises a racket, can be overprotective energy: moderate, rises or sinks with owner's wishes
    Life expectancy: 7-12 years Children: strictly an individual trait, socialize early other animals: introduce early, some fight contenders and look for challenges; interspecies aggression abilities: obedience, tracking, agility, therapy Grooming: sheds, brush, clean ears frequently Health: ask about-entropion, demodectic mange, amyloidosis, hypothyroidism, bloat, malabsorption, autoimmune diseases Best with: socialization, confident owners strong in mind and body Not for: overly permissive or submissive people; latchkey dogs

    Brittany Spaniel:
    size: medium, 17.5-20.5"; 30-40 lbs. protection: alarm barkers, more bark than bite energy: high life expectancy: 12 yrs. children: gentle, even-tempered, love to play other animals: males can be testy with other males abilities: bird hunting, field trials, hunting tests, obedience grooming: seasonal shedding, brush out dead hair Health: ask about-HD glaucoa, spinal paralysis, seizures, heart and lever problems Best with: hunters, active families, fenced yards, heart-pumping runs, socialization, obedience Not for: ignoring, handicapped or elderly, small apartments, life in a pen

    size: giant, 28-32"; 120-150 lbs protection: medium, has a "thundering" bark, size elicits respect, "possesses courage without ferocity" Energy: medium, low at maturity life expectancy: 10 years children: prefers children to adults! other animals: usually sociable abilities: water rescue, draft work, therapy, obedience, tracking, backpacking grooming: sheds bags full and drools buckets full! Weekly combing and brushing with slicker brush, more frequently in summer Health: ask about-HD, OCD, bloat SAS, entropion, ectropion, hypothyroidism best with: kids, exercise, manners Not for: apartments, the houseproud, extreme high temps., overfeeding

    (the rest coming in next post)
        12-18-2008, 01:54 PM
    Green Broke
    German Shepherd: (combine with Newf traits ;))
    size: large, 22-26"; 60-95 lbs. protection: high, wil not back down if owner or property threatened energy: moderate, good stamina life expectancy: 12 yrs. children: excellent from well bred lines other animals: most are tolerant abilities: herding, obedience, search and rescue, service fields grooming: huge shedder!; brush, brush, brush; use rake and comb during shed Health: ask about-OCD, bloat torsion, spinal disease, epilepsy, pancreatitis, perianal fistulas, HD Best with: fenced yards, obedience, close human contact, industrial-strength vacuum (ha ha!) Not for: isolation, robotic obedience, inactive people

    German shorthaired pointer (you didn't specify so I picked this one):
    size: medium, 21-25"; 45-70 lbs. protection: warning (actually welcoming) bark energy: high life expectancy: 14-16 yrs. children: loving; exuberance may topole a toddler; eagerly play games and wrestle other animals: share well; cat chase is a exhilarating abilities: hunting, field trials, hunting tests, tracking, obedience, agility, flyball, search and rescue grooming: seasonal shedding in amazing amounts; minimal brushing with rubber curry comb Health: ask about-HD, elbow dysplasia, juvenile cataracts, entropion, hypothyroidism, epilepsy best with: hunters, fences, rousing runs and workouts not for: stay-in-beds, frail people, penthouse parties, neglect

    Siberian Husky:
    size: medium, 20-23.5" (doesn't list weights) protection: will bark energy: moderately high life exp. 12-14 yrs. children: yes, in secure area other animals: social, enjoy canine companionship, cannot be trusted with farm animals or small domestic pets; cats and Siberians in same house means flying fur abilties: dog sledding, backpacking, hiking, skijoring Grooming: profuse seasonal shedding; brush frequently health: ask about-HD, PRA, cataracts, corneal dystrophy, glaucoma best with: active, outdoor lovers; fenced yard a must; firm-minded owners Not for: protection, isolation, off-leash walks

    size: large, 21.5 24.5"; 55-80 lbs protection: alarm barker energy: high, especially in puppyhood life exp. 10 yrs children: patient; large, exuberant puppy can overwhelm timid or little ones other animals: amiable abilities: hunting and retrieving, obedience, field trials, hunting tests, service fields, therapy grooming: moderate and seasonal shedding; groom with slicker brush; clean ears frequently Health: ask about-HD, elbow dysplasia, OCD, CMO PRA, catarcts and other eye problems, diabetes, epilepsy, hypothyroidism best with: active owners, obedience training, secure fencing not for: remote control surfers, neatniks

    Hope this helps and I wanted to stress that these are not my personal opinions, I took them directly from the book.
        12-18-2008, 02:43 PM
    Jen you are a warehouse of doggie knowledge!
        12-18-2008, 04:48 PM
    Green Broke

    I did get a little carried away, didn't I.
        12-18-2008, 05:07 PM
    Yup ... but in a good way.
        12-19-2008, 01:23 AM
    Thank You 3 neighs, I was going to search on the breeds but I already got it lol
        12-19-2008, 02:45 AM
    Oh ok. Haha think I just got toldd haha

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