#1
I already have a golden retriever and he's getting a bit lonely so we were thinking of buying another dog to keep him company?
My dad wants a black lab and my sister wants a basset hound...

Which breed should I buy? (you can mention any other breed too)
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#2
get a mutt, then you get a variety of breeds mixed in to one stupid dog! lol.


EDIT: but seriously, it depends on what type of person you are.
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Actually, mutts are generally smarter - nature prefers genetic variety.

Anyway, it's not a question we can really answer. Choosing a breed goes far beyond "aww, isn't he cute???" You have to look at your lifestyle, at the breed's usual disposition, your preferences as far as size, breed health proclivities, etc. You should google "dog breed information" or something along those lines and spend some time doing research. Once you decide on a few breeds, do some more research as to usual health problems, disposition issues, etc. And make sure when you go to the breeder that the parents are on site. The apple never falls too far from the tree, if you know what I mean.
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Lifestyle's not much of a hassle because there are alot of people to take care of him and we can prolly take care of most breeds...
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^ Well, for instance, some breeds don't go well with children. If you have a lot of people over your house all the time, some breeds are more protective than others. Some breeds need to be outside a lot, some never go anywhere or do anything. Some are just more of a pain in the ass than others, so yeah, it is a bit of a lifestyle decision.
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i'll mention that i've got a pair of shephard huskies, medium sized dogs.

the one great thing about having huskies is that thier hips rarely go bad, it's like a little blessing for medium to large sized dogs.

Retrievers are great dogs, so are Bassit hounds, so are yellow/black labs-they are terrific.

i typically get 'rescue dogs' from the humains society. just mutts, they do tend ot be smarter than pure breads.

it also depends on your lifestyle, do you have time to walk them every day, cause if you do i'd recomend a Collie, they are AMAZINGLY smart, but are EXTREMLY high energy, but most dogs are for the first 2/3 years.

but i'd get something that will end up the same size as your retriever as well, so i'd look at the lab's, another retriever, sheperd, ect.

have fun shopping.

question, why is your dog lonley? just needs someone to play in the park with?
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Alsatian. Get a German Shepherd.
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Okaay...I want breeds which are not too agressive, does that help?
Like my Retriever, doesn't bite anyone at all...No one!
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Okaay...I want breeds which are not too agressive, does that help?
Like my Retriever, doesn't bite anyone at all...No one!


Alsatians are generally suited for work such as being policedogs or used in the Army Corps BUT you can also breed them to be loyal and loving pets who wouln't bite a soul. I'm sure you can one that's bred to be a loving pet rather than one trained as a policedog. I used to have an alsatian and they are wonderful - woudn't hurt a thing and always asks for handshakes!
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I have a yellow lab and they can either be absolutely nuts or very mellow. They also have a propensity for being destructive as puppies. Mine ate all the cabinet doors in our apartment.

I've also been thinking about a second dog, and I'd love to get a Great Dane. They're generally homebodies. I've also thought about Mastiffs, but they tend to have hip problems and die relatively young.
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Get a chocolate lab dude, one of the best dogs i ever had. It passed last year. I have a golden retriever too. Chocolate labs are playful, but not overly excited, there nice dogs, and look good.
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Get a boxer! They are really gentle although by the way they look they seem agressive
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Well I have a jack russel, and there awesome. I have a feeling you want a bigger dog though, i've only had small dogs, so I wouldnt know.
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wat about a springer spaniel, theyre really friendly and are quite small! although we also hav greyhounds so he might just seem small compared to them lol

also gotta love those ears lol
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I'd get a rottweiler puppy. They grow nice and big, and under proper care they normally grow to be big pussycats.

Or i would just go with a mutt. They are generally more 'durable' to common dog health problems; They are also smarter and way more laid back.
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Get a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, the Dutch side of my family swears by them. Roughly the same size as a lab, and very good with children. If they get annoyed, they'll let you know, though... I was once poking my Oma's last Great Swiss with my head, and before I knew it, jaws either side of my head... no teeth, and it let go straight away... not to let that put you off, though they are absolutely wonderful dogs that enjoy company... although they get more excited than most dogs when the owner comes back after s/he leaves the house....
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If you want a dog who's about the same size and similar behaviorally to a golden (and you don't want another golden), your best bet would probably be a laborador retriever. Just make sure you get it from a good place, because they're so common that there's a lot of crappy breeding going on.
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Akita!!! Beardogs. Totally awesome.
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question, why is your dog lonley? just needs someone to play in the park with?


Yeah...I'm quite busy with my exams and all and there's no one else to play with him...
Lately he's found some of his old toys and NEVER lets em out of his mouth to the point of looking senile almost, he just keeps them there and sits in a corner the whole day!
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Cocker Spaniels?
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Get a boxer! They are really gentle although by the way they look they seem agressive


amen to that, every dog in my family has been a boxer.

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I just got an apricot standard poodle.

He's perfect, the perfect balance of sweet, smart (he's amazing!), and energetic.

I'd recommend one.
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Actually, mutts are generally smarter - nature prefers genetic variety.

Anyway, it's not a question we can really answer. Choosing a breed goes far beyond "aww, isn't he cute???" You have to look at your lifestyle, at the breed's usual disposition, your preferences as far as size, breed health proclivities, etc. You should google "dog breed information" or something along those lines and spend some time doing research. Once you decide on a few breeds, do some more research as to usual health problems, disposition issues, etc. And make sure when you go to the breeder that the parents are on site. The apple never falls too far from the tree, if you know what I mean.


you are definitely right. It took me almost a year to decide what breed to get, get the information, find a breeder, talk to the breeder, and i visited the dog twice before i bought him. I finally decided on a 1 and a half year old golden retriever.
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if you can find one (they're pretty rare), i strongly suggest a Norwegian Elkhound



these dogs are fantastic, lovely temperament, very tolerant and playful, bit docile sometimes (at least mine is), and the males grow to about 24", so it's a good medium sized dog. they love socialising with other dogs as well, so there's no chance of it getting into a fight with your current dog
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Get an alaskan malamute... The most amazing breed of dog EVER.
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