|08-24-2013 02:01 PM|
|08-24-2013 01:37 PM|
Darcy Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue Darcy Girl is one of those rare gems that somehow ended up in a shelter. Absolutely sweet and affectionate, her foster dad says she is by far the calmest 9 month old pup he has ever met! She still exhibits some puppy-like behaviors such as chewing (but keeps it to her toys), is a little mouthy when she plays but is extremely gentle. Darcy is house trained, has excellent house manners ~ has only tried counter surfing once but responded well to gentle correction with no repeat episodes, walks great on a leash, is always ready for a road trip, gets along with other dogs, would be great with kids, gives lots of kisses, but has not been cat tested. She loves her daily walks and has excellent leash manners. If you have completed your home interview and think Darcy is the girl for you, contact email@example.com
Eve Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue Evie is also feeling her oats! She has a lot of energy and loves to play at the park and with other dogs. She needs some work on her leash manners but her house manners are wonderful! She is housebroken and leaves human belongings alone. Evie loves to snuggle with her foster mom on the sofa, always seeking a loving touch. She is great with kids and dogs but has not been cat tested. Evie is a Velcro girl and would do best with human companionship during the better part of her day. She is always up for a trip to the park or content to lay at your feet while you work from home. If you are looking for a constant companion, Evie is your girl! If you have completed your home interview and would like to meet this Black Beauty, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Gotta love a lab!
Retrievers and Friends of Southern California This is Charlie. He is a 9 month old, Golden Retriever. He is a beautiful boy. Charlie is happy and full of life. He came in with Amy. He is playful and always on the move. He is friendly with everyone. Charlie is good with other dogs. He has no experience with cats although he used to see them through the fence and would bark. He walks on the leash.
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Golden Retriever | Los Angeles, CA | Tony Tony is a 7-month-old pup who has tons of energy and enthusiasm. He's a friendly dog and likes other pups and previously lived with dog-savvy cats. Tony is looking for an active family where he'll get a lot of exercise as well as training. He needs someone around most of the time since he's still at that age where he likes to chew and get into mischief if left alone. He loves to go on walks, play with toys and cuddle.
Durkin Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue Hi! My name is Durkin, nice to meet you. I am one lucky pup to have been found by SCGRR! I’ve come a long way from being lost by myself on the streets, looking for food. They got me well fed now, and all the good Vet care that I needed (I’m not real sure about that last neutering thing!). I love my foster sisters, and kids….kids are awesome! I’m not sure about kitty cats, but I’m sure they would get used to me. My foster sisters taught me about the doggie door, and at 4 mos. I’m proud to say that I potty outside like the big dogs! We’ve gone for several walks on the leash, and mom taught me how to sit for a treat. I love toys, and still have some learning to do about socks and sandals laying about….hello….puppy!
|08-24-2013 12:35 PM|
I second the European lines for a golden and the field/sport lines for a lab...but in either case you MUST go with a breeder who knows their stuff.
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|08-24-2013 12:21 PM|
Careful with the labs and goldens.
Go with a field lab. The others are huge (unhealthy and WAY too much on their bones), and really dull in the head. Training them is pointless and half of the time they just want to be morons and run everyone over. I've also been bit a few times by these ogres..... they have the top on my list in aggression issues. Field labs still have their brains (needed to work in the fields) and stay in their standard. They take a lot of work and can run circles around some of the most active people I know.... but, when trained and worked properly, they are extremely good loyal companions... and a heck of a lot of fun to train! When well balanced, they are also known to be amazing family pets.
Goldens... ok.. speaking from a LOT of experience with them (parents bred them back in the day and they were used for duck hunting. That's what I grew up with)..... don't do the american lines. Horrible horrible horrible health problems. They are way over standard too often and HD is a plague with them (even more so than the other lines). Their coats are all sorts of messed up. There are nice ones here and there, but save yourself the pain..... go with the english bred (lighter coats with silky fur- not puff balls, smaller in size, and nice nice bone and heads). We had sporting lines, we did have mostly english lines, but our best female had a small amount of the top American lines back then in her. She was great, and the best dog I ever had..... but, I would have prefered more bone on her. Anyway.... if you want to do sports and have an active companion, I'd definitely recommend going for a english bred golden and make sure they work their dogs! It's the same as the GSDs, just different venues for the different traits.... don't go for the ones that just run around an arena. Go for the working dog. Most retriever owners will do the duck hunting, dock diving, AKC obedience... etc. Look for titles, look for working ability, and definitely look for health testing! HD, ED, Cancer, Eye problems, and heart problems are well known within this breed as well as some others. I always used to tell people, if you love that dark red color so much... go get an Irish Setter....
You can see a little darker red in her due to the pinch of American lines she had. But, she was still that cream color for the most part. her head was nice and thick for a girl, but I would have prefered just a bit smaller and thicker, with more cream color in her coat. She was around 60lbs her entire life. Nice dog, lots of drives, easy to train, and LOVED to work. She was an amazing house dog too, never had to be kenneled after puppyhood, and she was great with all dogs and people. However, she still had a protective side and would alert to anyone in our yard or causing trouble. In my opinion, her temperament was exactly what a golden retriever should be 100%. They shed but not nearly as bad as the GSD.
Both of these breeds are great active companions, but you HAVE to research and look around with a good set of knowledge already backing you up.... don't go in blind, they will all "win" you over. Look for active breeders who work their dogs in more than just conformation. Look for BRAINS!! Beauty and brains IS possible.... just do the work and ask the right questions.. Know the answers you want. If they don't provide that... walk away!
When the time is right, I'm sure you'll find a nice dog.
|08-24-2013 10:51 AM|
|Liesje||Field type lab (they are not huge dogs), Aussie, GSP (not a super high strung one), Brittany|
|08-24-2013 08:27 AM|
I also do not think a GSD or an Aussie is for you, especially if your mom is anti dog hair, you'll send her into cardiac arrest with a gsd .
If she likes LABS, GO WITH A LAB. Ultimately you want to make your mom happy with a choice she is in favor of.
Labs do well in agility/obedience and are all around good family dogs. You aren't going to get that with some of the breeds listed, because alot of them are breeds that are more self satisfying vs wanting to work with/for you.
My sister is fostering a flat coated retriever right now, most of the flat coats I've seen aren't called "flat heads" for nothing..Goldens is another choice for you, the like to please their owners but in my opinion are sooo prone to cancer it isn't funny.
Shiba's/terrier breeds/ they are capable of anything, but certainly not easy trainers.
I would think you'd want something that is not to hard headed, wants to work FOR you, and easily adaptable..
Of all listed, I would say a lab or a golden would be what "I" would be looking for.
|08-24-2013 08:04 AM|
|ksotto333||I agree with the Brittany or Field spaniel...more mellow in character than Cockers..and they love their people. They can also handle being very active.|
|08-24-2013 07:35 AM|
I hear they are really intelligent
|08-24-2013 07:13 AM|
i think you need to pick a breed. how can someone pick a breed
|08-24-2013 06:38 AM|
Why don't you start going to Agility training without a dog?
Offer to help and learn because it sounds like you may have some time anyway. I bet you could work something out in terms of learning/helping/volunteering and you could meet actual people and dogs and make your decisions that way. It will also let you know if it really is something you want to do.
I know your parents are not into you gettng a dog. How are you going to get to Agility venues and training? That requires driving you around at this point.
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