Choosing A Dog - Part 2

All dogs have their own character which leads one to make a choice on an emotional basis but, what must be realized is that the dog has been bred over many generations to highlight or suppress characteristics in appearance and character.

When purchasing a dog, one should be taking many factors into consideration.

Main categories:

Lap dogs – usually small breeds.
Ideal for people living in apartments, elderly people, or working people, and people without strong character. But, be aware that small breeds can be nervous, leading them to constant yapping, nipping, chewing etc.
Also, when choosing a small dog, take note of the individual character of the dog.

Working dogs – e.g. gun dogs (pointers, retrievers, spaniels, setters, Great Danes etc), or shepherd dogs ( border collies, Alsatians), and other working dogs (Dalmatians, boxers, Jack Russells, Labradors)…
Those dogs are very energetic and need a large space as they can be very destructive when bored! They will need lots of exercise, long daily walks and training.

They are only suitable for people with a lot of time on their hands and fit enough to manage them.

Guard dogs – e.g. Alsatians, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Great Danes (for large properties) …
Need, as well as space and time, a master with a strong character with time to spend on obedience training.
However, those larger breeds are not as dangerous as fear mongers would have us believe.
They have a quieter temperament and tend to be less active, but need a strong pack leader to whom they will be very loyal, and they tend to be a "one-master" dogs.

“Aggressive owner, aggressive dog”!!!

Fighting dogs – e.g. Staffordshire Terriers, Pit Bulls…
These have also become popular recently, but for the wrong reasons!
Usually, to try to impress one´s friends, or showing some dominance and that they have control of the dog, when in fact they do not!

Those last two breed categories “Guard Dogs” and “Fighting Dogs” are not recommended for first-time dog owners, or someone with an aggressive manner... or an outright idiot!

For those who want a quieter life.…. Get a cat!..

My own personal experience:

All my dogs have been of a large breed, starting with a collie, then a Belgian shepherd dog, and followed by 2 Rottweilers (a very dominant male and a less dominant female - not at the same time!), with a garden to run around in, as well as daily exercise and lots of obedience training.
In the last 3 years, I´ve had a Dalmatian cross Staffie male who has a very good character and very obedient. Luckily, he also has a garden to run around in and mile-long daily walks, including a beach where he can swim.
Being a cross, he has the combination of the two characters: running dog, plus guard dog – but not aggressive and not too big.

Rufus, my 3-year old Dalmatian cross Staffie

Feel free to ask questions, if any?

I´ve been a dog handler and trainer for a number of years and... no dog is untrainable, nor a lost cause!

Comments (27)

My 3-year old dog Rufus.
Love the dogs posture thumbs up looks pretty well behaved laugh thumbs up teddybear cool
I know Daers, he´s the star of the show everywhere I go. smitten

I can take him to restaurants and he will sit by the side of me, without moving an inch. Except when people start patting him!
He never begs at the table and only eat the food when given permission.
Some dogs are less trainable than others, either due to their lack of intelligence, or stubbornness.
Generally the more intelligent they are, the easier they are to train, and also the more need they have of training and mental stimulation.
Molly, I wouldn´t say that they are less trainable because of their "lack of intelligence", but it depends on the breed and the purpose for which they have been bred.

It also depends on the owner´s ability to train, and their patience.

For example, it´s difficult to train a Rottweiler to retrieve as it is not in them but, for obedience training purposes, they need to do it - and they will, eventually! - as a dog always wants to please its pack leader anyway.

Same as for agility training - one cannot expect a heavy dog to jump over high hurdles as it is not in their breed and besides, it would also damage their bones. They just aren´t built for that.

I have trained some various breeds for people who told me their dog was a "lost cause" and, in little time, they became obedient and also got rid of some their bad habits (barking, nipping, not coming when called etc.)
I was asked to take a 6 month old male Dalmatian from a coworker. Sadly they bought him for a young child, but the dog played rough and had too much energy.

He often fought with my other dog, a 10 year old female German Shepard. Feeding him first on the other side of the room didn't help as he would run to the other dog's bowl when his food was gone. He would dig holes and escape or jump a 5 foot high fence. Constantly running circles while chained he wore out the grass in a few days. Eventually he wore through a chain and ran away only to return at feeding time!
I had him a year and convinced he couldn't be trained, put him out front with a sign FREE DOG.
I remember some guy stopping with 2 girls in the back of his car saying "Daddy, can we have the dog?" I gave him the dog, leash, food & bowl.
He was back the next day saying "I can't keep this dog. He howled all night long!"
Fortunately, I found the local Dalmatian Rescue and they were to accept the dog for adoption.
I have fostered dogs on several occasions, and I always know the ones who will be easy to train, and ones that won't.
Once I had a pug mix. I tell you, although he was a lovely dog in some ways, and awfully cute looking, I felt sorry for the family who was going to adopt him. He had 2 gears, active and hyper active. Training him would be challenging to say the least .
Hello Daniela, wave A yr ago I put down my pooch, a 15 yr old toy poodle, ( my deceased Moms pooch) Sure miss him. Cannot say enough good about him. Well trained, great with young kids, intelligent,.... To tell you how good of friend he was, I still have the neighbors young kids telling me how much they miss him. A great companion dog, and friend.
Hi Chat
Sorry to hear about what happened to that Dalmatian. sigh

This is the kind of breed that you have to be on top of right from the start, when the dog is about 8 weeks old!
After this, they get out of hand and don´t accept training very easily.

Mine was already 3 months when I got him and was living in a small apartment with the litter and both parents and had never been out of the house.
Apart from the usual housetraining, when talking him for a walk he used to run around and refused to come back when he was called.
Fortunately, I soon found a remedy for that and within a couple of months - and lots of training - he could finally be trusted off the lead.
Hi 1to1 wave

Sorry to hear about your little dog. comfort

You should definitely get another? Try to get another breed?
Molly, for that dog´s hyperactive moments, maybe you should try him on a treadmill where he could use all his energy? dunno
Daniela, I don't have a treadmill for myself, not to mind for a dog! laugh

He is somebody else's problem now anyway, he is with his forever family.

I have enough to deal with training my own mutts.
1to, the very first dog I owned myself was a toy poodle. They are lovely dogs. Very intelligent and have a good sense of humour. He was 14 when he dies.

Now, I don't get any dog which needs to go to a beauty parlour more often than me laugh
I understand Molly.
I wouldn't want to look after someone else's dog if I couldn't cope with it.
I was just fostering him from the rescue centre.
Some dogs don't cope well in the kennels and need to be in a home environment
That's why I had him. I do it occasionally.
I know Molly and it's very kind of you to do so.thumbs up
I don't mind it.
But I won't do it for a while again as I need to concentrate on settling my own dog in first
You mean You only have one dog now? And what kind?
Only I'm getting a bit mixed up here..confused
I used to have a Pointer until he told the police I was behind the sofa
I have 2 dogs of my own.

One is a recent rescue, so he needs a bit of work you mean he betrayed you ?

Was he working for the police?
And what kind of dog is the rescued one?
Latest news about a pitbull....

Here in Spain, some young man had a pitbull that just bit a couple of people, causing severe damage, and the police had to take the dog away.

At the moment, he is in a cage until they decide if he´s going to have to be put down.
As for the young man, he´s going to be heavily fined and... whatever?

The European law for "potentially dangerous" breeds is that they should be kept under control at ALL times, meaning with a lead, a muscle and also carrying a dog licence.

Although the law is the same in ALL European countries, not many abide by it.
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Love you too Nam. kiss teddybear
Working class and the most highly intelligent,breed the border Collies easy to train no instructions needed.but be fore warned not all of the breed make good family canines due to there desires to herd.
Hi Don..

Border collies are sheep dog and normally need training if they're going to be used to look after herds.

My first dog was a collie and it was his instinct to round up all loose animals....ducks in a park...chickens in a farm..
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