I need help choosing a dog. I just bought a house with an acre of land and want to get a dog, but I'm having a hard time choosing a breed I like.

I need help choosing a dog.

I just bought a house with an acre of land and want to get a dog, but I'm having a hard time choosing a breed I like. My family has had dogs but not very trainable breeds, so I want something I can train to do tricks and fetch, can put up with a decent amount of exercise since I walk a few miles every day, long lived/inherently decent health for the breed, decently responsible off leash, can chill out at the end of the day and cuddle up on the couch, preferably short or low maintenance coat and prick ears are the only really aesthetics I care about.

Also I live alone for now, work 8hrs a day but only 2 miles from home so I come home for lunch, but otherwise the dog wont be supervised during that time, I am going to fence in the whole yard shortly so the dog won't be locked in the house all day.

I've had friends recommend gsd's since they hit a lot of those points, but they are one of the worst shedders and don't have the longest life spans, not to mention the horrible sloped spines and hip issues. Another friend has three huskies and, could hook me up with his breeder, they are supper cuddly but aren't into fetching or any of that and are terrible off leash.

I'm kind of lost as to which direction to go so I could use all of your 2 cents.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    German shepherds are intelligent and easily trainable they’re also velcro dogs so you never have to worry about your GSD taking off randomly and abandoning you to go kill the neighbors cat/chickens like a shit husky
    their loyalty can’t be matched and their dedication to their family is something to admire and you never have to worry about strangers again people take a look at your GSD and don’t wanna fuck with you especially if trained to do a scary bark at strangers
    i personally have a GSD and she is my world she’s nondestructive and quiet only barks when she feels something is sketchy and super social once she knows someone is good she will lay down her life for you

    Just whatever you do be fucking careful about getting a shelter GSD because they can come with a lot of issues i only recommend you get one if you have experience with the breed and training out bad behavior

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thank god you said GSD i almost forgot it was a german shepherd “dog” instead of the equally well known german shepherd ferret

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        GSD is the proper term that german shepherd owners/breeders use

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          That would be deutschlanderschaeferhundedieschutzpupperoninenschau

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Just call them Alsatians so you don't have to keep reminding yourself of their unfortunate nazi history

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >unfortunate
            the only unfortunate thing is how it ended.
            All you need to do is look at who owns every major news station and corporation on the planet to see why.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              The irish?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous
      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        there are theoretically german shepherd who are humans

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I've had friends recommend gsd
    Too many health risks from inbreeding. Personally I'd get a collie, or a collie mix.

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Very smart.

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I leave Peter home 9 hours a day for work, 2 walks an hour length a day and super trainable, he's 9 months and he knows a bunch of tricks and commands including attack my GF

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      why and how would one train a dog to attack a gf?

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >including attack my GF
      I'm planning on getting a dog and training it to sit on my GF.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >having a girlfriend
      get the fuck off my board normie

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        he never mentioned what species the girlfriend is, two jealous dogs getting into fights when the owner leaves them alone is a pretty common problem

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's very simple, you get the one with the biggest, most accommodating anus.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      wrong hole idiot

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I frequently dog sit a couple of labs. The owner has 50 acres so I've never put a leash on them. One of them is a 4 month old puppy, Incredibly obedient and quiet for a pup. She can be a bit naughty but learns quick. The older dog is amazing, he always listens when I call him over, if I tell him to not touch something or not go somewhere he also listens, I've only ever heard him growl once, and that was because the puppy tried to bite his face.
    The main issue with labs is they seem to have a slightly shorter lifespan and are prone to tumors, but are great dogs overall. Most of these people like huskies because they are gross animal fuckers.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ironic you would say that because labs are larger and way more eager to please, and for the longest time the only certified dogfucker on Wauf was the owner of a female black lab.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Labs are THE dog that is most likely to eat shit. Literally. They're so food motivated it's like they have no personality but "listen" (because they're so desperate for food they'll jump off a cliff hoping this time you'll give them some).

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Caribbean Potcake dogs have a really calm demeanor and can be left alone pretty easily. They are pretty hardy, although not great at tricks

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hmm. Strange niche. You might want to make a concession here or there. Sounds like you would do well with a bird dog with a decent sized yard and they typically have shorter coats and usually love fetch (outside of setters they are like 1/3 but have long coats anyway). Ever considered a Britt? Not a crazy long coat (short hair tends to stick much more and needs in stuff worse than medium hair that lays on top) that doesn’t shed too bad, love fetch, friendly and trainable little critters, and a pleasure to look at imo.

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    What's your climate like? I think you sort of sound like you want a dachshund though. I know you said you wanted prick ears, but you're wrong. Dachshund.
    Not a mini either. Fill size.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Educate yourself on IVDD before getting a dachshund or any dog with a long spine

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've heard standard sized poodles are super intelligent, very easily trainable and pretty healthy dogs. Plus, they basically don't shed at all. If the appearance is what puts you off keep in mind it depends on what clip you give them.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Poodles don’t tend to be the cuddly type

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't like their coat at all, I like short coats because they're easier to clean and maintain, a poodle would be constant maintenance.

      What's your climate like? I think you sort of sound like you want a dachshund though. I know you said you wanted prick ears, but you're wrong. Dachshund.
      Not a mini either. Fill size.

      coastal New England, humid hot summers, long spring and fall, wet cold winter

      Hmm. Strange niche. You might want to make a concession here or there. Sounds like you would do well with a bird dog with a decent sized yard and they typically have shorter coats and usually love fetch (outside of setters they are like 1/3 but have long coats anyway). Ever considered a Britt? Not a crazy long coat (short hair tends to stick much more and needs in stuff worse than medium hair that lays on top) that doesn’t shed too bad, love fetch, friendly and trainable little critters, and a pleasure to look at imo.

      Eh, I'd probably go with a working line lab over the more complicated hunting breeds if I'm going with a flop eared dog.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Eh. I wouldn’t necessarily call pointers more complicated. More hyper and rambunctious with a tendency towards more issues that come along with that energy but labs are hard to argue with. They’re just a fucking joy to be around mostly.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Went to the park and this lady had one of these dogs. Seemed like a nice dog.

      But apparently it didnt think I was nice, because it ran up to me and barked. Very agressive. I guess I look scary because I'm tall? I was just walking the park trail.

      Lady was very apologetic, "he's never done that before". It was a big dog so I was frightened to be honest.

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I appreciate all the suggestions so far, I got to hit the hay, but I'll be back in the AM.

  12. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get the German Pinscher /dog/bro
    https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/german-pinscher/

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      That DCM though. I don't know about OP, but I'd feel pretty awful if my seemingly healthy dog just up prematurely from its heart giving out.

  13. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Russell Terrier
    Parson Russel Terrier
    German Pinscher
    Harrier
    Dogo Argentino

    Dogs matched to own a dog in the past, 6-10 hours of training a week, high activity level, infrequent shedding, no kids under 10, and large yard.

  14. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Border Collie

  15. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    I didn't bother mentioning it but my home insurance has a banned dog list so even if I wanted a Doberman which I don't I couldn't get one.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Alaskan malamute, siberian husky
      Lmao fucking what? Because of people lying about wolf hybrids? The ones that aren't blatantly 1/4 wolf are safer than most hunting breeds.
      >Shepherds (all types)
      Oops you adopted a collie your insurance is null and void
      >saint bernard
      Lmao. Fucking. What?
      >Doberman
      Seriously fucking what? They have fewer bites than labs.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Just lie to them.
      >chow
      Really WTF why?

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Easy bypass: German Pinscher > Doberman and it fits your lifestyle more specifically.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Snakes are venomous easy loop hole

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >insurance company can tell you what breeds you can own
      imagine being an american

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        yeah, and I could choose a different insurer, and there's even an alternative state backed plan for people who can't get insurance otherwise like people who own a pitbull which very few companies will insure.

  16. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >GSD
    >Belgian Shepherd
    >Border Collie
    >Australian Shepherd
    >English Shepherd
    >Australian Cattle Dog
    >Australian Kelpie
    >Scotch Collie

  17. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    get a husky, name it moronman

  18. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Any dog you get that will work well in that environment will also need a tall fence with deeply embedded anti-digging defenses. That said, a border collie is highly trainable and would love to have an acre to explore. Make sure to leave lots of puzzles for him while you're gone.

  19. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Man up and get a husky anyways

    Nothing is more rewarding than earning the love of a dog that doesn't need you. Especially the females, they're a bit smarter and more independent than the males, so if a girl is clingy you know you did good and earned a special place in her heart.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I do like how entertaining huskies can be with their quirky personalities, but it would be so much nicer to have something more trainable.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Do you want a friend or a house slave? If you just want something to lord over get a golden retriever like every other normie. If you want something you feel guilty for saying you "own", huskies will be there for you. It's not like they're going to get to live in the arctic if you don't adopt them, rather, they'll be shipped off to kill shelters to make room for more pitbulls.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          this is so true that it's aggravating

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'll probably get two dogs, maybe one will be a husky, but I still want a breed that takes well to training.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Husky for funsies
            Reverse mask DDR german shepherd for larping as adolf

            >GSD
            >Belgian Shepherd
            >Border Collie
            >Australian Shepherd
            >English Shepherd
            >Australian Cattle Dog
            >Australian Kelpie
            >Scotch Collie

            >GSD
            With contingencies!
            >Belgian shepherd
            Most of them were ruined by attack/protection dog breeding, just GSDs on crack now
            >Border collie
            >Australian shepherd
            >English shepherd
            >Scotch collie
            All bad. Bad bad bad. I don't in any way condone the ownership of collies. Their bloodlines have accumulate genetic disorders unironically named after them in pursuit of peak herding performance beyond what any farm asked for (if anything the champion dogs are on too much crack for most farmers) and now it's all pointless since we can herd sheep in real world conditions using fucking drones. Oh and australian shepherds are the fucking worst. They're everything wrong with collies genetically rolled into one and anyone breeding a dog carrying merle, bobtail, MDR, epilepsy, collie collapse disorder, or collie eye anomaly should be shot. Meanwhile aussie breeders are constantly flipping their shit over disqualifying colors and ears, not stopping to notice that if an unsanctioned breeding between two random aussies might in severely ill, miscarried, and stillborn pups, maybe you need to fix your fucking dogs!

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              the problem imo with gsd's is navigating all of the health issues, such high rates of dogs with joint issues I'd really have to trust that the breeder took good care to breed for health which doesn't seem to be the trend with gsd's

              also the belgian would be nice if they weren't so bitey.

              >Alaskan malamute, siberian husky
              Lmao fucking what? Because of people lying about wolf hybrids? The ones that aren't blatantly 1/4 wolf are safer than most hunting breeds.
              >Shepherds (all types)
              Oops you adopted a collie your insurance is null and void
              >saint bernard
              Lmao. Fucking. What?
              >Doberman
              Seriously fucking what? They have fewer bites than labs.

              notice that shepherds, huskies, malamutes are in the TENANT OCCUPIED category they probably had too many claims from rentals where dogs tore the place up or were territorial to new renters in the cases of some of the other breeds.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Oh yes, malamutes and huskies really do not take well to meeting strange adult dogs and need very slow and careful introductions. It would be called dog aggression but it's a very conditional and slowly escalating behavior instead of reactivity going into an attack the same minute. At first they really try to maintain their distance and warn the other dogs off. At dog parks, huskies appear awkward and antisocial, not interested in really engaging with most dogs. They might play half assedly and then leave and hide away from all the action. And if the other dog doesn't take the hint they snarl and snap to try and get them to "fuck off right now", but won't go further than that, and as the days drag on, with the two dogs trapped together because their owner hopes they'll be best friends, the sled dog gets sicker and sicker of this strange gay trying to muscle its way into their pack and remembers that they have one of the strongest bites of all dogs. A lot of other breeds also don't seem to "get" huskies and malamutes. The sled dogs have more adult body language and manners, most dogs are more playful and in your face, which really pisses off the malamute or whatever and confuses the lab or whatever.

                Sometimes they run into another husky or a dog that "gets it" (usually another serious business working breed that's more wolflike) and they play fight while making the most horrifying noises and acting like they are actively trying to kill each other, and then they're best friends.

                If you ever get on with another dog, make sure at least one is a puppy, or another sled dog.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Every time you see someone with a spitz and non-spitz it's a herding dog.

                But hey, a collie is just a wolf with a college degree.

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              >Most of them were ruined by attack/protection dog breeding, just GSDs on crack now

              the BS, kek, is 4 breeds. the Malinois may be at times problematic but if you can handle a well bred hunting dog like a Weimaraner, Viszla, BGSH, Cur etc. you can handle a regular Malinois. as with all dogs, you need to research the parents and breeder and see what's what. but no, the average Mal will not kill you... t's a great dog for the dedicated dog fancier and you will not be getting a crazy Mondioring IPSC dog by accident without looking for one anyway...

              but ofc there a psychopath breeders, as always. jsut recently I canme across a breeder's description of what he does that said, literally, he does not care for "good nerves" because that usually gets in the way of drive and drive was his foremost drive. kek. his dogs are optimized tools and supposed to function then and there, not accessories for polite society. sounded to me like a major COPE as his line was just not healthy to function so he came up with a walltext to console himself...

              the problem imo with gsd's is navigating all of the health issues, such high rates of dogs with joint issues I'd really have to trust that the breeder took good care to breed for health which doesn't seem to be the trend with gsd's

              also the belgian would be nice if they weren't so bitey.

              [...]
              notice that shepherds, huskies, malamutes are in the TENANT OCCUPIED category they probably had too many claims from rentals where dogs tore the place up or were territorial to new renters in the cases of some of the other breeds.

              >also the belgian would be nice if they weren't so bitey.

              they like to bite but that is a feature allowing you to train them better. any dog with drive, of whatever sort, can be mre easily trained to be bomb proof using that exact drive compared to a dog that really can not reliably be channeled.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                I like a lot of things about the Belgian malinois, but in the odd case were I wasn't able to exercise the dog adequately due to life circumstances happening like they sometimes do, I don't want to worry about that pent up energy coming out as biting. I don't see many anons here with them either.

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              >I don't in any way condone the ownership of collies.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                They are severely overbred and their health is suffering. FYI there are no genetic tests for epilepsy, you simply neuter the dog, ALL its siblings, and its parents. Few collie breeders are willing. Once a bloodlibe is overbred this shit shows up more and more - sooner or later the only cure is the immediate termination of the entire bloodline. Imagine that, nearly every single australian shepherd sterilized, the breed considered over for being in violation of "torture breeding" laws. Collie collapse disorder is itself a form of epilepsy.

                I do not in any way condone the ownership and breeding of collies. And going off your ever recognizable typing style and reused images - aren't you that "dead aussie fgt" who "ofc..." bred his own dysgenic "UNTERHUND" dog "..." and got it killed?

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                if collies are so unhealthy why do they live so long? two of the 3 longest living dogs in record history (25+) years were collies

                I bet your preferrred breed barely makes it to 12 lol

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                There's a huge difference between border collie like herding mutts and the inbred neurotic results of trialsgayry and benchgayry today. Breedgayry gets it all wrong unless you want to redefine breed. It's the bloodline, not the breed.

                Most border collies you can find outside of europe are going to be the result of 100 generations of cousin fucking and certifiably autistic. This is also true of GSDs. People go out of their way to import european puppies to get a healthier, longer lived dog. Euros get the good ones. It's the opposite with breeds of american origin. The US gets more genetic diversity and true working mutts and europe gets show dogs unless they want to import, so we get 17 year old malamutes and europe gets some ugly husky mastiff things that fall apart at 10.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                i knew an 18 year old husky once
                t. borgar

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              My childhood dog was a blue merle australian shepherd. Lived 16 years, no health problems aside from alot of weight loss near the end of her life.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      i dont know, hope to have helped

      Do you want a friend or a house slave? If you just want something to lord over get a golden retriever like every other normie. If you want something you feel guilty for saying you "own", huskies will be there for you. It's not like they're going to get to live in the arctic if you don't adopt them, rather, they'll be shipped off to kill shelters to make room for more pitbulls.

      I want you to know that I hate you

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >screams like bloody murder when happy to see you
      >does not listen unless it wants to or you have food
      >will escape, chase everything and likely get shot if your neighbors are farmers

      Their very pretty but as dogs go they are terrible. More like furry disobedient children.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >muh breeds
      Get a mutt from the pound so it isn't chock-full of physical and psychological disorders caused by dysgenic breeding practices, the necessary conclusion of virtually all human-guided breed development. It will be more easily trainable and have a better temperament than basically any full-bred dog you'll find.

      t. literally trains ranch dogs, the only ones not completely broken by genetic health issues before they graciously expire are the ones which have been mixed with something else within 2 generations

      Do you want a friend or a house slave? If you just want something to lord over get a golden retriever like every other normie. If you want something you feel guilty for saying you "own", huskies will be there for you. It's not like they're going to get to live in the arctic if you don't adopt them, rather, they'll be shipped off to kill shelters to make room for more pitbulls.

      There it is - the cat-person ad dog owner, the human being that is so damaged they think an animal is their equal.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Most mutts from the pound are shitbulls.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          >source: my ass
          Even if that is the case where you live, don't get a pit-mix then, retard. It's not as if they don't have one of the most easily recognizable set of physical characteristics of all dog breeds.
          Don't tell me you're one of those people who thinks they know dogs but has to have a vet (incorrectly) tell them the breed. You're not that person, right?

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >train to do tricks and fetch
      >decently responsible off leash
      A husky does not do this

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Hello? FBI? Yes, this post right here.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Hello? Based department? Yes, this post right here.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Those eyes I can look into them forever.

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