I'm going to get a puppy this June. I'm coming 20 in July and have grown up with our family dog, a female westie who is now 13. Anyways I have always wanted a dog of my own and since I'm moving away in September I can finally do this. I've been researching dog breeds but still cant decide (I love big dogs the most). I want a companion, loyal, protective (but not so protective that it'll bark at people in the forest park when walking lol) affectionate, gentle, calm indoors, I dont mind how hard it is to train as long as it eventually knows to come, stay and easily house trained. Im open to most breeds but I really dislike bulldogs, pugs, rotweilers, dobermans etc, Had a bad experience with a doberman when I was 8 lol so it sort of just put me off them and ones that remind me of them haha but others are welcome, I'd appreciate some help and advice from people who maybe already have the breed of dog they advise :)
Thank you :):):)
Definitely a Golden Retriever, they are the most kind, caring, lovable and affectionate dogs in the world, they are fairly easy to train (both commands and potty training). My Golden Retriever is almost 12 now and even though she is quite an old lady she is so good natured, playful, and loyal. The breed are famous for being so good with people. Buying my Golden Retriever has definitely been the best decision I have ever made as she is the best friend I could ever ask for. I would thoroughly recommend a Golden Retriever for any dog lover like me x you wont regret it
Poodles. Lovely and affectionate. Incredibly intelligent and trainable. Great stamina for walking and love the woods. Don't tend to run away. Can be very active but also very calm indoors if they have had enough exercise and get enough love.
Love swimming. Don't tend to run away like beagles for instance.
Labradoodle would be great too but less likely to be calm indoors.
The Giant Schnauzer is a great dog if one is looking for a playful yet guarding protector For those who like the large dogs, the size of the Giant can be very discouraging for any would-be offender, but it is not necessarily a Gentle Giant as say the Great Dane. Some tend to have a herding instinct at a young age
German shepherd. They're incredibly loyal, as are a lot of herding/working breeds.
Standard poodle, perhaps? They're very smart, big dogs, and most of the ones I've met are friendly and a bit protective.
There's also rough collies, I know people who have them and they're nice dogs.
I'd get a herding dog, a working dog, or a retriever if I were you. :)
Or you could adopt a mixed breed, my best mate has a shepherd mix, and he's the most friendly and loyal dog I've ever met. Lots of dogs in shelters are just as good as pure-bred ones.
Remember, there is no general personality for dogs, just like humans. You could get a border collie; who are supposed to be the smartest dog around, and it would be ignorant and impossibly to train