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Border Collie 2 5.26%
Golden Retriever 19 50.00%
German Shepherd 4 10.53%
Labrador Retriever 10 26.32%
Australian Shepherd 1 2.63%
Flat Coated Retriever 2 5.26%
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post #1 of 151 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Which breed for first time dog owner?

Trying to find the best dog breed for, and I have narrowed it down. Hoping to hear your opinions! Thanks! You can also suggest one

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Def not Border Collie Unless you have a LOT of time on your hands and even more energy. Amazing dogs I absolutely love them but they need an owner who will spend all their spare time with them teaching them things and exercising them. Speaking of exercise I better go outside and tire my pup out.
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I would vote a golden retriever or a well-bred field lab. I still personally like curly coated retrievers as well (: But I understand the look isn't for everyone LOL!
The flat coated retrievers I have met have been amazing, very eager to learn and fun to work with. However, another member stated they can be "flat heads" so this may not be the best choice.
Border collies and aussies need constant stimulation, so I think they require a certain type of person to be a first time owner.

My first dog of my own was a German shepherd, got him at 3 yrs and his name was Cheeko. I was homeschooled, and spent pretty much EVERY last bit of time working with him. Even now I still think I should have started with an easier breed. Or at least a lower drive, more obedient shepherd


All of this is in general, lol.

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They're all active and intelligent breeds. It really depends what you want out of a potential dog.
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Noah, I'm not voting , you have another thread going with tons of recommendations and the reasons why, your to all over the place. No one can suggest a breed for you, only YOU can figure out what will work for your family situation. Not us.

You have to have your parents on board and since they are the adults in the situation you should be asking THEM what they will agree to or not.

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A lab. You said your mom liked them so why not? I love them, but they can't get REALLY HYPER!!! Mine would play fetch for hours!
If you like long coats, get a flat coated retriever. They look like labs with long hair!!


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Def not Border Collie Unless you have a LOT of time on your hands and even more energy. Amazing dogs I absolutely love them but they need an owner who will spend all their spare time with them teaching them things and exercising them. Speaking of exercise I better go outside and tire my pup out.
Other than school, I can dedicate mornings and evening all to the puppy. I live near my school so I get off at three and home by 3:10-3:20. I would wake up early to walk the dog, I think I can handle a border collie. I really do.
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Noah, I'm not voting , you have another thread going with tons of recommendations and the reasons why, your to all over the place. No one can suggest a breed for you, only YOU can figure out what will work for your family situation. Not us.

You have to have your parents on board and since they are the adults in the situation you should be asking THEM what they will agree to or not.
I got these breeds from the other thread. I want to narrow it down with experienced pet owners then go to my parents with the top 3 or 4.
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Noah, remember with a border collie that they need CONSTANT stimulation. Same goes for aussies. This means that your mom would have to be working with the dog while you are at school.
If she has been iffy about it thus far, it is best to go with the breed SHE likes (or the closest ones to it). And definitely better to go for one who won't need her to be working with him/her during your school day.

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A lab. You said your mom liked them so why not? I love them, but they can't get REALLY HYPER!!! Mine would play fetch for hours!
If you like long coats, get a flat coated retriever. They look like labs with long hair!!


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My mom is more OK then, she likes the look and size. I saw one, Vanna, at a shelter near my home. She was SOOOO hyper. She was barking, and whining, and just wanted to play so badly. Eventually she calmed down, and my dad and I had tog o so we couldn't take her out, but while we were leaving we saw a family take her out to go to a play pen, and the volunteer was on her heels digging into the concrete to keep her from running off with the leash. And even with the high green fence of the playpen I saw her head jumping up and down! They are SOO energetic!
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