I completely understand your aversion towards goldens and labs. I was the same way and still am for the most part. Unfortunately for me I love shepherds but won't get one until I'm no longer renting and moving around. The other breeds I'm interested in are either not available or a bad match for right now. Anybody living in my town I would tell them to not buy a golden here or to be very careful. There's a popular but terrible breeder. I've been around her dogs cancer, dog aggression, and not really bonding to humans are traits for her dogs.Yes, he had field labs. Shudder. Even the name makes me cringe. For an animal lover, as much as I love GSD’s is probably as much as I dislike field labs. Not sure I’ve ever run into an English lab. I tend to lump all labs and Golden’s into the “no thank you” category. I guess I have a strong aversion to certain breeds. But, if it comes down to needing a lab, I would be willing to work with it, I’m just afraid I would never be able to bond or love it, which seems cruel to me.
Doodle don’t! Those are even worse than a lab or golden for me. I think I may be breed prejudice. Lol
I am 5’2, so it will likely be easier than an adult male needing one. I’m losing weight now that I kicked my Red Bull habit, and have been more active since learning I may not always have the option to be active, so hopefully I’ll be down to my regular weight by the time I need assistance, which is between 98-105lbs. Depression, lack of activity, and bad eating and drinking habits put a lot of extra weight on me, which is as bad as extra weight on a GSD, so I’m actively working on that. I’ll post a pic of my normal body size and what I am now, maybe that will help with determining how large a breed I’ll need? First 3 are my normal body size, up until the accident. The last two are after. And yes, I got kicked out of the store for being in the cart ?
As for labs my relatives have field labs and dang are they obnoxious! I never wanted to own one like that and the one lab I tried awhile back was a lot of work, mainly due to his old owners but also was just not very bright. Overall not a good matchup and further pushed me from labs.
However I did decide it wouldn't at least hurt to meet some puppies as they had older puppies which is what I was wanting. And at least then I could say I looked at labs and didn't like them. True to that I didn't like my puppy's brother or sister but he is amazing.
As long as the files post correctly, the one laying down with the harness is at a public store. I was looking at dog toys on a shelf trying to decide what to buy, apparently I was taking too long. The one outside I took both my dogs outside so they could play and run off some steam. He decided it was nicer to just lay by me. And then in the kennel, with free rein of the house he just goes and sits in there. I still don't really like my family members labs but there are good ones out there that may work well for what you're wanting. Especially if you're needing a dog to retrieve items for you. I've also found labs and german shepherds do well together as play mates.
With your size it should be much easier for you to find a dog that'll work because you won't necessarily need a monster like somebody who is much taller and heavier.
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