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My lab needs a friend. help me pick.

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ninny, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    My lab needs a friend help me pick.

    We are not get one till spring and we get our fence up but i have a winter to pick.

    My lab will be a year old, and my bichons will be 11. So im not sure if i want a older dog or a pup. We were thinking of going to the pound but my family has never had luck with dogs we havn't raised from a pup. They all lasted a year or two then turned on us or ran off.

    So from that perpsetive i want a pup, but i won't have the time i did with kiowa. Plus my bichons don't have the patience anymore either.

    So im at stand still age wise. But breed as well.

    I don't want another lab. Kiowa is perfect but i like dogs with more presence. Does that make sense? I grew up with mastiffs and newfoundlands. And my female bichon is a mastiff is a small body.

    Id really like another bichon but kiowa needs a buddy to romp with.

    So i was wondering bout dobes,,standard poodles, chessies and giant shuzahuers. I dont want a german shepard. I want a dog with a nose and a presence that makes people stop. The lab is getting trained for tracking, weight pull, and therapy. So would like a dog to train for this also. Im not going to breed but i would like papers if possable. Im just starting to rescreach so any info would be great.

    Thanks in advance and sorry bout my spelling.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2008
  2. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    Pilot Mountain, NC
    Well...you need what we just got! We got a rott/coon hound mix. She'll have the presents to deter people and a nose that won't quit! I say check out www.dogsindanger.com and look for puppies in the breed/breeds you like. They do have a lot of puppy photos.
  3. glowworm

    glowworm Songster

    Jun 10, 2008
    SacraTomato, CA
    Check out


    bluetick coonhound or black and tan coonhound.

    Newfoundlands...after re-reading realized you already had one before!

    Bernese Mountain Dog

    Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

    Portuguese Water Dog

    Australian Shepherd (Okayyyy, I just threw this in because its my fav breed! But they are the "do anything" breed. LOL)

    I think Chessies are very similar to labs. A standard Dobie or Poodle would meet your needs.

    Just keep in mind that the hound breeds are usually stubborn compared to the other breeds. I would say the smartest breeds listed are the standard Poodle, Aussies, and Dobies.

    One last thing, check out rescue groups. You can look for young adults there, and all the rescue groups I've known will take back a dog if its not working in your family. Plus the dogs have been in foster care so there will be people that really know what the dogs personality is like, which you don't know if you are adopting a dog from a shelter. And dogs from shelters might bring things home to your other dogs, like kennel cough.
  4. renatpreschool

    renatpreschool Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Check out English Golden Retrievers.

    Like mine -- Max.

    Or English Goldendoodles like my Caleb [​IMG]
  5. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Good ideas!! Does anybody have a any pros or cons with poodles?
  6. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Songster

    May 23, 2008
    um, we have a teacup poodle so based on him i can give some pros and cons. Pros:
    Good Gaurd dog, very protective, smart, most people aren't allergic to them, lots of colors, lots of looks, and of course they're cute
    Snappy, high strung, pron to ear infections, and lots of grooming

    I think a standard poodle would be a good choice. They're INCREDIBLY smart and fun to train. It should play (just like all puppies) so your lab would have a friend.
  7. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    pro pro pro!
    Very high energy as a pup but oh so trainable!
    Good Luck

  8. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    rottie are everything your lab is being trained for.
    ...that cold moist nose in the morning,
    next a lick across your cheek.
    You try to hide in the blanket,
    but he thinks it's hide & seek.
    ...those sad brown eyes, the ears held back,
    the head that's hanging down.
    for you raised your voice to scold him
    while your face conveyed a frown.

    ...that faithful friend that sleeps so close
    and watches all the doors.
    You needn't worry where he is,
    'cause you can always hear his snores.

    ...keeping those memories of devotion
    that's filled with loyalty...
    and always that 'tug at your heartstrings'
    from this canine Royalty.
    jan cooper 1990

    yep that about sums it up for my girl bella and i had 'cede for nine years before that.
    here is a site about dog weight and cart pulling http://rottnet.net/carting
  9. renatpreschool

    renatpreschool Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Quote:I believe you're talking about standard poodles?

    Pros -- VERY smart, loyal, loving, needy, intuitive.

    Cons -- they "pick their people," and might not like all your friends, they can be shy, mouthy when young, jumpers.

    S'why I have a goldendoodle. They don't shed and are hypoallergenic like the poodle, but the dopey, calm and friendly nature of the golden tends to balance out the cons of the poodle.
  10. QuailHollow

    QuailHollow Songster

    How about a Pointer? [​IMG] I also had Chows for years, but they just aren't very healthy animals.

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