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#106609 05/27/02 06:45 PM
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Are there certain dogs that beginners should stay away from - that might be too hard for a first-time dog owner to take care of?


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#106610 05/31/02 03:21 PM
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If you get a puppy and go to puppy classes, often offered at pet stores (sometimes for free), you could probably do well with almost any breed. However, some dogs do require more attention than others. Jack Russell Terriers for instance are very active and need something to occupy their minds and plenty of time outside to run around. Border Collies need lots of outside exercise and Poodles need stimulation of the mind as well. Don't misunderstand, all dogs need a certain amount of time, attention, love, and exercise but some need more than others. Do some research on the breeds you're interested in before selecting one. Some breeds have reputations for being aggresive and you will need to establish quickly that you are the Alpha dog in your family and that the pup is the low man on the pole so to speak. If you're selecting a puppy a good rule of thumb is to lay the pup on it's back cradled in your arm. If the pup relaxes and lays there with it's belly exposed it most likely has a good temperment. If not it may get snappy as it gets older.
Also, keep in mind that pets are expensive. They need regular medical attention, in addition to emergency medical attention. They need food, and toys. Yes toys are needed. They help with teething and save your furniture and shoes as well as stimulate the dogs mind. Dogs are a lifetime commitment just like children. Once turned into a pet they won't know how to fend for themselves if abandoned. It's a cruel and heartless thing to do so if you can't to committ 12-18 yrs of care you may want to consider getting a fish instead.
The best advice I can give is to: Research, research, research.
Good luck and enjoy your new family member.

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Definitly.

CHOOSING A DOG
http://www.wonderpuppy.net/choose.htm

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Chihuahuas are not for beginners. I love mine, but they are not user-friendly dogs. very cunning, very manipulative; they know they can get away with a lot by being tiny and cute. Most people let them walk all over them. They can be trained, but you have to be very consistent, They won't try to anticipate your needs like a Golden or a lab - but they ARE great communicators for what THEY want.

Chows are also not beginner dogs, but for differnt reasons. They are not the brightest beasts in the breed, and they tend to be a little aggressive with non-family members. They are also a little stand-offish with even their family.

These are generalizations. If you have a wonderful chow, then fantastic. Every individual animal will be it's own "person."

#106613 10/24/04 10:05 PM
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I don't believe so, personally. Each individual is just as different as each breed of dog.

It's much easier to match a person and their capabilities to a breed and its abilities than to try to eliminate based on breed profiles alone.


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