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    Re: beginner dogs?

    Dogs are such great animals. I have had them all my life. Do some research on the dog breeds. I personally have Yorkshire Terriers and I love them to death. I hope you find the right breed for you!
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    We have always gotten our dogs from the pound. The staff could tell you which ones are the best trained and they are not as prone to the illnesses the pure breeds have. I love Lab and Shepard mixes. No house breaking either.

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    Shelties are wonderful! A lifelong friend of mine has 3. The long hair requires a daily brushing (which some people find soothing) - so consider those factors. Greyhounds are excellent therapy dogs but mostly come from racing rescue/retirement, so I don't know if you have that where you live.

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    For my first dog, I adopted a husky-shephard cross. I've heard they don't make a good beginner dog, and he's certainly stubborn, pig-headed, and full of energy...but I can't imagine owning anything but a husky.
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    Re: beginner dogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkfeathers View Post
    Shelties are wonderful! A lifelong friend of mine has 3. The long hair requires a daily brushing (which some people find soothing) - so consider those factors. Greyhounds are excellent therapy dogs but mostly come from racing rescue/retirement, so I don't know if you have that where you live.
    I don't mind the brushing I'll look more into them
    we actually don't have greyhound racing here, not on any high level anyway, so they're being bred more as family dogs, I've looked around and found a few respectable breeders. But I don't think I can find anywhere to let them run free, and they need that.
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    This is the oldest of the three. He is deaf but did well in agility competitions when he was younger. I am so much in love with his button nose, I just want to grab it all the time! They live several hours away and I haven't seen him in 2 years .....now I want to go!

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    Re: beginner dogs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkfeathers View Post
    This is the oldest of the three. He is deaf but did well in agility competitions when he was younger. I am so much in love with his button nose, I just want to grab it all the time! They live several hours away and I haven't seen him in 2 years .....now I want to go!

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    He's friendly but the most aloof of the 3 (maybe due to his age & deafness). The other 2 are females - one is a total love sponge & can't get enough attention, the other has 3 legs but outruns the first 2. They are really nice dogs, and very funny together! They were all rescues. Someone I knew in NJ had a rescue greyhound - they got him certified as a therapy dog and took him around to senior citizen homes. He was very sweet and would just lean on you and gaze lovingly up at you! Shepherds, Labs, & Golden Retrievers are also great as support dogs. Even little tiny breeds like Papillons have made good service dogs.

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    We've hardly ever been without at least one St Bernard. they are gorgeous - don't require much exercise. But they are very big. So I doubt they would be suitable for you at the moment. That said they usually have the most placid temperaments, though they drool and have paw prints the size of dinner plates. I hope you find the right dog for you! Being owned by a dog is a wonderful experience.
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    One very important rule of thumb,spend at least a few weeks with the dog,BEFORE you take it home. Many animal shelter now require this from perspective adopters so you will know if you and the dog are compatible. Returns used to be very high in shelters,mainly because people picked dogs(and cats) by ooooooh,so cute,instead of taking time to socialize and getting to see if the dog or you have habits one or the other dislike.(Happens more than you would think)
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