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Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

What's the best dog breed to get for first time owners?

What's the best dog breed to get for first time owners?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Go to a rescue not a shelter. They will work with you. We are always on hand to make things enjoyable and workable with you and your family and new pet. Don't judge by breed. Go pick one that attaches to you and you to them. Don't ask on here what someone else likes, I actaully have a mean Newf so not all newfs are great ( I love her though)

  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on what size dog you want and what characterists you are looking for. Remember every breed has different needs and a different personality to match.

    -A pug is a small lap type dog that does not require a lot of exercise but does require ALOT of attention and can not be left outside or alone for too long.

    -terriers in general are more active and more independant. They require at least 45 minutes of active play and running and are less clingy to their owners.

    -hound dogs are among the most active dogs. Ideal for someone who wants to go running with their pet and is a very active outside person.

    -Labs and retrievers are great companion dogs if you want a large breed dog, loving, affectionate, and playful. Just make sure you have somewhere for a 75lb dog to play and sleep.

    -Mutts, you could also go to your local shelter and find a lovable pound puppy that is in need of some love. You do not need to pay the $400-$2000 for a pure breed dog if all you want is a pet. These animals are just as sweet some times more and you may just fall in love there.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an eager, affectionate tail-wagger. Lively, outgoing and sportive. These fearless lively little dogs want to please. They are intelligent enough to understand what you want and therefore are usually easy to train and respond well to gentle obedience training. They are said to be naturally well behaved and get along well with other dogs and non-canine pets. Cavalier's love people and need lots of companionship to be happy.

    The Shetland Sheepdog is an outstanding companion dog with a delightful temperament. Gentle, sensitive, loyal and dainty. Very lively, intelligent and trainable. The Shetland Sheepdog is one to the smartest breeds, very willing to please and obey. These dogs are so smart that many fanciers consider them to have almost human intelligence.

    ***The Bichon Frise is a most appealing little white dog that loves human company. It has an independent spirit, is intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog is not a yapper. It has a self-assured, happy temperament that is easy to live with. These bright little dogs are easy to train and just plain old love everyone. They need people to be happy. They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of a family that takes them everywhere.

    ~ You should get a Bichon Frise!

  • 1 decade ago

    First you have to get one from the animal shelter, too many animals not enough homes. They are being killed every day.

    A Pug is easy to care for, don't get a Chihuahua, they bite.

    They aren't called ankle biters for nothing. However they make good watchdogs, always barking at ever little noise they here. Mixed breeds are good, whatever they have at the animal shelter will be a good choice. Those animals will be grateful to whoever rescues them for the rest of there life!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Dogs are very loving and playful. They have to be well treated just like a human. I suggest you find dogs that are small, intelligent and something that can understand human situations. If you leave a dog behind and never play with it, it gets aggresive and can attack when it has a chance. I suggest the minipinchser or the chiuaua.

    Source(s): www.americankennelclub.com
  • 1 decade ago

    To get some ideas go to www.dogbreedinfo.com They have a little quiz that will point to a few breeds after youve answered a few questions about your lifestyle and preferences in the dog.

  • 1 decade ago

    Probably a bichon - amiable, relatively small, sturdy, not too headstrong or independent, needs relatively little exercise, but does require regular grooming. Easy to manage.

    You might want to take an online quiz to determine what is best for you and your situation (apt? large yard?) and lifestyle:

    http://www.doggiedealer.com/dog_breed_selector.php

    http://dog-breeds.xlnse.com/finding-the-right-dog-...

  • 1 decade ago

    Go to your local shelter and choose a pet based on personality. Think about size, temperment, grooming and fun level.

  • 1 decade ago

    well it depends on your living situation, all dogs(of same breed) are different, maybe a golden retriever or a labrador will do good to start.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I suggest a small dog, They are usually less expensive less work, equire less exercise, less food, less grooming and are usually easier to handle than lets say an akita!

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