Dog Forum Message Board Forum for Dog Lovers

Bookmark and Share

Welcome Visitor
Forum Main  |  Login  |  Register  |  Search
Current Replies for Help....?
12/18/2009 6:11:34 PM
Posts: 1
Hello everyone...I am new to this site and am in need of some advice. My husband, son and I have decided that it is time to welcome a new member into our family, in the form of a furry friend. We are so excited about this and have been deciding/doing research for about a year now. Our problem is that we are torn about what type of dog to get. There are a few breeds that have caught our attention, but we--most importantly--want to get a dog that is going to fit in with our family in every area. I am hoping that you, as fellow dog lovers, can give us some suggestions. To tell you a little about us, I am 30 and my husband is 33 and we have a wonderful little boy who is 4 years old. We live in a semi-country area in a 4 bdrm/2 bath house on 1 acre of land. My husband is a pastor of a church and I am a stay-at-home mom, so we both work from home, so to speak. We are a fairly active family and love being outside. We would definitely be able to give a dog daily walks and time to play and exercise, as well as giving him/her a spot on our couch or our laps. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!!
12/19/2009 4:25:09 AM
Posts: 1904
If you go to the AKC website at you will find a list of all the breeds that the AKC recognizes. Each breed has a description and links to its national breed club website.

IF memory serves me correct there is also a little quiz that can help you select the breed of dog that is going to best suit your lifestyle and situaiton.

For example, if you are more sedentary, relaxed...then a Border Collie or a JRT would not be a suitable match for your home. IF you like to run, jog etc..and want a jogging partner, then a peke or a Chihuahua would not be a suitable match.

It is to help you pick the breed that will best match up, and make for a long term releationship

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

No Part of this msg may be forwarded without the author's permission
12/21/2009 8:12:28 AM
Posts: 5
Before any breeders can give you advice, you will need to ask yourself some questions. Inside or outside dog ?? Big or little ? Can you devote time to grooming ?? .. or will you have the ability to pay someone to groom for you ?? There are LOTS of breeds that can fit into your family, based on the info you gave. We are partial to Scottish Terriers, since that's what we breed. However, other dogs would fit the bill, too... A lot depends on your family.
In addition to Scotties, you should consider Golden Retrievers, West Highland Terriers, Labrador Retrievers, Cairn Terriers.... There are many more, but it is really what your family decides.
2/11/2010 11:10:00 PM
Posts: 47
Also, have you and your family been around a lot of dogs? It would be good to know if any of you have any kind of allergies to dogs, so that you could narrow your search to more hypoallergenic breeds.