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Old 04-30-2014, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question which dog?? (long long)

Hi, I'm new to this so still unsure what I'm doing. But anyways, I'm 17 and my parents are allowing me to get a German shepherd. I have been in love with the breed forever and finally have time to care for it. I'm going to be adopting one from the shelter, but I'm torn between these 2 dogs.
Dog #1:
Age: 2
Color: sable
Sex: female
Description: very hyper, EXTREMELY vocal, and untrained. Not good with small animals. Unsure with kids. She seems like a good young dog to train, but like a typical shepherd, she MUST have mental challenges or will become destructive.

Dog #2:
Age: 7
Color: Black
Sex: Male
Description: VERY mellow. Not vocal, great with dogs/cats/kids. Timid and shy at first but quickly warms up. Overweight, he's about 100lbs but 20lbs over.

About me: I'm home schooled, practically home everyday all day. I am looking for a walking buddy, one that I can take to the dog park, lake, or just sit home with. I was leaning towards the mellow one, but he seems like he is likely to get hip problems. And he doesn't seem to have any energy... he doesn't do much.
My concern with the female is that she is too unpredictable and her prey drive is too high. When I took her out to play she seemed more interested in the other dogs, trying to get to them. She was barking and had her hair up but had her tail wagging....idk just seemed unpredictable.
Problem is, I can totally see myself living with either. They are both great dogs in general, bit idk...what do you think? Sorry for it being so long and if there isn't enough info.
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I think if both dogs aren't really what you're looking for you should keep looking.

First dog sounds like it needs a job - lots of time - I wouldn't recommend that dog for you because it sounds like a ton of work and as a student, that work is hard to do on top of everything else. Second dog could be a great dog for just walking and sitting around, being a pet. Much better for your situation. But you will figure out what's best for you.
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personally I don't think either one is right for you.
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The older dog sounds better to me , I'm basing that off the temperament not energy level. You can put the male on a diet, get him healthy, so the weight doesn't play a role with the hips if they become a problem.
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I also think the older male is the best fit from your description. He'll have A LOT more energy after going for long daily walks with you and shedding that extra 20 lbs! With a good diet and long walks he should slim down pretty quickly. The walks are also great for bonding to each other. Besides, there's no guarantee the young female won't develop hip problems regardless of fitness, so I don't see that as a determining factor. Best of luck!
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flip a coin and go for it.as long as you know its a lot of work and constant training your good to go.
either dog will thank you over and over in love and companionship.
you wont know for sure how they will act until you have spent hours alone with them.
best of luck and keep us posted.
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Out of the 2 I would go for the second, based solely of energy level and time. The first would require lots of energy and attention.. no personal life but the other one is older, so you need to prepare yourself for that too.
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I really think you need some solid experience before you take on the first. One thing about a 7 year old is, around 8 to 9 is when I started seeing the vet bills go up due to age related changes. The older dog is already starting at a disadvantage and may have related problems. Are you/your parents prepared for the financial considerations of caring for an older dog?

By the same token he would be a really great way to learn. What about college? Who will be with him in a couple of years?
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The second dog will be a lot easier. You will be able to focus on school, since this guy is laid back and a bit lazy. Of course, you can get him back into shape and still take him for daily walks.
The female will be high demand. You will need to spend all of your free time with training and exercise.
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