Dog Question

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  1. Aikmaniac

    Aikmaniac Well-Known Member

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    A couple weeks ago my parents had to put the family dog to sleep after a cancerous growth was found on one of her hind legs. She was 14-15, had a stroke earlier last year, and was given 6 months to a year at the latest if this growth was removed. It was a tough decision by my dad but a necessary one. They didn't want to put her through the surgery.

    Having said that, I think getting another dog might be the best thing for the parents. They're both retired and aren't in the greatest of shape themselves. I live about 25 minutes or so away so I couldn't be relied upon to help train, housebreak, or exercise the new dog.

    What breed would you suggest for a retired couple? I've done some research the past couple days. I'm leaning towards a greyhound but I don't think they want a larger dog. They require little exercise (maybe one walk a day) and are snugglers. I looked at whippet's as well but they require quite a bit of exercise or they otherwise become destructive.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    Greyhounds require little exercise? That's news to me...

    I'd say bulldogs would top the list, maybe spaniels after that.
  3. Larry73

    Larry73 Benched

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    You can get a dog from the pound that's already been house broken.
  4. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    Try to find one that stays out from under their feet.
  5. tomson75

    tomson75 Brain Dead Shill

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    I'd second the notion of adopting an older last 3-4 years of age.

    I'd also avoid any type of do that requires a lot of exercise, grooming, or training.

    In this case, a Golden Retriever would fit the bill nicely IMO.
  6. lane

    lane The Chairman

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  7. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    Definitely stay away from Boxers. I have one, and I love it to death, but they are a huge ball of energy lol.
  8. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    Many shelters/rescue groups now will have you fill out a questionnaire about what you are looking for in a dog. This result will match you with dogs in the shelter, which helps them avoid having returned pets because of unexpected behavior.

    The rescue workers and volunteers will be very familiar with the dogs and their personalities. I think it's a fantastic tool.

    Take your time and look around. Good luck!
  9. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    One of my dogs is a Maltese and he's a hoot... really cute and really affectionate... and they think they are the toughest dog on the block...
  10. lane

    lane The Chairman

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    same with my pom...he is a bad boy..weighs about ten pounds.

    when he looks in the mirror he sees a lion.

    very protective and a great addition to the family...agile..sturdy fella.

    i named him:

    jesse james
  11. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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  12. pupulehaole

    pupulehaole Well-Known Member

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    Hahaha ur post made me lol. You should post a pic of your pet lion.
  13. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    aCk! Those dogs drive me crazy! I want punt them! :laugh2:
  14. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    I'd agree with adopting as well, all dogs require exercise and a younger pup will be rambunctious no matter the breed. If you go to the dog shelter, just ask the workers there to take a look at a couple of dogs that have already been housebroken and may work for an older couple, the dog will basically pick you, just spend some time with them.

    I wouldn't get anything younger than two years, which is about when they start to calm down. The breed is mostly irrelevant, just spend some time with them. I've known some "low energy" breeds that bounce off walls and some work dogs that want nothing more than to find the sunny spot in the house and nap in it all day.

    If you want a particular breed, I've got a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (not to be confused with the Staffordshire Terrier), and he can't get enough cuddling. He'll sit in your lap and take petting till your arms falls off before moving onto someone else who still has their arms attached.
  15. Aikmaniac

    Aikmaniac Well-Known Member

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    I think I may end up spending some time at the local shelter as we have done before, but I will check out the Bull Terrier.

    Thanks for the thoughts everyone!
  16. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    I too like Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Everyone I have met have been great dogs.

    Sadly, though I really like the sighthounds (Greyhounds, Salukis, Borzoi, Afgan, etc), pretty much almost every single whippet I have met has been neurotic.

    Getting another dog is probably a good idea for your folks though. I did not, after my last great dog died, and I do kinda regret it now.
  17. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    I think you should definitely look for a smaller dog then. There are times that you need to pick your dog up, or restrain them or subdue them, and a bigger dog makes that difficult, especially for older people.

    Somebody mentioned maltese and pomo, .. both good for elderly.

    I have had several Mini Schnauzers, .. they would be great too. (between 15-20 lbs.)
  18. BlueStar3398

    BlueStar3398 Active Member

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    I was heartbroken when my German Shepherd passed away in March. She was a wonderful dog. I missed her so much. I had people tell me not to jump in and get another dog right away and I have to disagree with them. I adopted my Cocker Spaniel, Scarlet, in April. I have never regretted it! That is her picture in my siggy. She is 2 years old. She is very gentle and sweet. She would be great for a family with older people or children. I absolutely love her!! Her former owner dumped her in the night box at the Dallas city pound because she is prone to ear infections. She was saved by a rescue in DFW that I follow on Facebook. I saw her picture and called and adopted her.
  19. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Get a cat.
  20. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Golden who must think she is a cat. Was cleaning house and found a mouse in the bed. She has a habit of hunting outside and bringing her catch inside. Thus far she has managed to bring in 2 birds, 2 mice and 1 Opossum.

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