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Old 15th November 2012, 10:39 AM
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The girlfriend has been asking me to get a pet and I have been looking at some dogs I liked. I know the husky breed is one of the big favorites but I think where we are we should start with a small puppy that won't get to big. I have looked ino a pug but still keeping my opions open does anyone have any advice or recommendations for breeds. This is my first dog so if theres one that is considered a "beginner dog" probably something I would look into. Thanks in advance
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Are you ready for the responsibility? You know you have to feed it and stuff right? Unless the gf is gonna do all that stuff and you get to play vids all night!
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Are you ready for the responsibility? You know you have to feed it and stuff right? Unless the gf is gonna do all that stuff and you get to play vids all night!
yea gf is primarily going to do most of the maintenance. She has a lot of experience as she had two dogs at home before coming to live with me and I have a little when my brother had his dog. I'm lucky my apartment allows pets but the gf really wants one I guess to keep her company and play around with while I rage on COD!!
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I don't really think there is such a thing as a "beginner dog".

So many questions to ask:

Do you want a small/medium/large breed?
Hypoallergenic?
Sheds?
Short hair, long hair? Do you have time to groom the dog?
Do you see yourself going for lots of walks (think about after the dog has grown from being a puppy)
Are you set on a purebred or will cross breed be okay?
Do you want one already housetrained, or will you be house training? This is a big deal as if you house train you will have to come home from work to let the dog out for the first few months.

After you've answered some of the above I think some of us can help you.
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definitely wan to start off with a small dog for now. I'm not really to worried about allergenic dogs i've never had a problem with any and the gf has had two her whole life. Definitely don't want one that sheds!! I wouldn't mind either short or long haired dog but so long as they don't shed or a least if they do it's minimal where I wouldn't see it all over my clothes. I am prepared to walk my dog everyday for sure easiest would probably be as soon as I get home before I get comfortable at home. when it comes to purebred or crossbreed it's not a big thing for me but I want one that has a look I like. House trained would be a plus but not a necessity I am willing to house train.

I hope I answered these right. The gf is really excited and keeps pushing me to get one already lol
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I think the terrier family is probably where you should look.

Try this chooser:

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&...uw1HzvvwilXYvw
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The terrier family is definitely one of my favorites also a pug would be something i was looking into. Thanks for the input I'll let you guys know once we have made our decision and when we get a new addition.
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on a side note I know phrezee has owned huskies before. Do they shed like crazy?? I remember my brother having one before and it shed so bad I had to throw one of my jackets away cause it slept on it for one night lol
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Shiba Inu! But if you're looking for a lap dog, a dog that will listen to you at every command, a dog that is good off leash, then this is not the dog.

If you want a dog that is very loyal, gets a lot of attention, doesn't need much space, enjoys running outdoors in the snow, quick to house train, doesn't bark, then they fit the bill.

Dogs 101: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLWcMrDTny8
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on a side note I know phrezee has owned huskies before. Do they shed like crazy?? I remember my brother having one before and it shed so bad I had to throw one of my jackets away cause it slept on it for one night lol
I really want a husky as well, but since the incident in Airdrie, AB, my wife is against it.
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All dogs behavior depends on the owner. Huskies can be very good with kids.

http://www.youtube.com/v/KDwIHfWLwJE


And yes, Huskies shed like crazy.
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does ur husky shed a lot minh?? As much as I want a small dog for now but I'm falling more and more in love with the husky.
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All dogs behavior depends on the owner. Huskies can be very good with kids.

http://www.youtube.com/v/KDwIHfWLwJE


And yes, Huskies shed like crazy.

Yeah, depends on the owner for sure. Maybe a Klee Kai if you want a Husky, but not a big Husky:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaskan_Klee_Kai

And Winnipeg looks to have one of the few breeders in Canada:
http://www.fantasylakekleekai.webs.com/
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Minh just out of curiousity how does the dog hair impact hosue cleaning?? does it make a huge difference where as in cleaning everyday compared to maybe every other day
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We got an American Eskimo and I think they shed about the same amount as a Husky. We found ourselves vacuuming every 2 days. Ended up buying a Neato XV-21 to help us out. It's set to go around noon M-W-F and we just do a good vacuuming with the Dyson on the weekends.
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I own 2 roombas, dyson, kenmore elite and a hoover steam-vac if that is any indication lol. Dog hair will destroy your roombas brushes and you have to constantly clean them. This can be mitigated if you spend time on weekly brushing, you remove a grocery bag of hair a week.

The only other thing I hate about Huskies is that you cannot go off leash with them, as they never come back. No games of fetch either.
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yea gf is primarily going to do most of the maintenance. She has a lot of experience as she had two dogs at home before coming to live with me and I have a little when my brother had his dog. I'm lucky my apartment allows pets but the gf really wants one I guess to keep her company and play around with while I rage on COD!!
oh is this the one you lost?
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hahaah yes but he was found!! lol i'm gonna make sure when I walk my dog he's gonna have a collar that fits him and can't slip out of.

We have finally decided on a puppy we are picking him up tonight and he will be coming home with us. We are super excited but names are still a toss up.
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