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O.k I need your opinions :)
I want to get another dog, now don't kill me, but i'm not going to get another golden:uhoh:. I want to try a diferent breed.
here are the breeds I really like... ( not in order)
Siberian Husky
German Shepherd
Rough Collie
Shetland sheepdog ( sheltie)
Doberman Pincher
Australian Shepherd
and possibly a Golden/poodle mix ( I have a friend who will have puppies in Jan, again don't kill me)
Now I want your opinions, please tell me which breed you like and why, and which breed you wouldn't get and why. I already know almost everyone is against the poodle mix.
 

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Woof. Those are all challenging breeds. I wouldn't get any of those (except maybe the Goldendoodle), but only because I do not consider myself an experienced enough dog owner to handle any one of those dogs. I like my goldens. :)

Good luck!
 

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We have a GSD. She is 10 years old and it was a LOT of work getting her to be the dog that she is now. We spent the first 2 years of her life in different training programs and working with her in all of our spare time (we did search & rescue with her). She was a huge handful until she was about 3 years old and was very protective and territorial. She is still very protective at the age of 10, but not nearly as intense as when she was younger. In the right hands, they are a great, loyal breed, but if this is only going to be the second dog you have ever owned, I would very highly recommend not getting a GSD or any similar protective breeds. I can't stress that enough. Training wise, they are a lot of work and can be a huge liability to you if not properly trained. They are an extremely powerful and intimidating breed and can be dangerous if not properly trained and socialized, which takes a lot of time. We love our GSD to death and she means the world to us, but I honestly can't say if we will ever get another GSD after she passes. They really are that much work. I see that you also have Dobie on your list. The same would apply for them.

Also, we do pay a tiny bit more in our homeowner's insurance for owning a GSD. It's really not much, but it is more. That's always something to consider as well. There are some insurance companies out there that won't even allow you to own certain breeds (GSDs, Rottis, Dobies, Chows, pits, wolf hybrids, etc.).
 

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I think the first thing I would look at for any of those breeds is a training plan. Are you an experienced dog owner? How well trained is your golden? If your golden is well trained (comes when called, stays when told to stay, you can call him to heel, etc., etc.), then you're probably willing to put the time in training necessary for the breeds you've listed. Training will be even more important than it is with a golden.

I'd also look at how much exercise your golden gets. The dogs you've listed could do some damage if they don't get proper exercise. (We all know how much damage a golden can do if they're not exercised!) I'd probably choose a breed whose exercise needs are more or less compatible with the dog I already have.

The other thing you might want to do is check your homeowner's insurance. Some companies won't insure you with a German Shepherd, Doberman, or Siberian Husky. Others charge a higher rate if you own one of those dogs. Something worth looking into.

I considered Shelties and Collies when I was looking at dog breeds. I think they are great dogs, but I eventually decided that they were a little too intense for me. My golden is energetic, but basically a laid back goofball as long as he gets his exercise. That suits my personality better. I also worried about having a herding breed around small children. They can be nippy. I didn't want him trying to 'herd' the neighborhood kids or my nieces and nephews or nipping at them.

Aussie Shepherd was my second choice after golden retrievers. As with collies and Shelties, the reason I eventually decided against an Aussie was because I wanted a more laid back dog. I do really love Aussies though.
 

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I have had a JRT before, man those are stubborn dogs! but I had her really well trained, it took me about 2-3 years but I did it ( when I have a few acreas I will be getting another JRT. my two goldens know alot of comands and obey them, once in a wh8le I have to repeat myself ( if we are on a walk, I might have to say heel, a couple of times just to remind them).
I'm really looking into a rough collie or sheltie 1. I love the way they look. 2 I heard they are smart/loyal. 3. I'm leaning towards the sheltie because its smaller.
 

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I had an Aussie growing up.. AWESOME dog. He was a fetchaholic.. loooved his tennis balls and floppy frisbee and it was a joke that if you made the mistake of tossing him a tennis ball you had better be prepared to play for hours. They can be quite energetic dogs. That said, he was a really great dog, a great friend, and I would loooove to own one again some day. Of the breeds you listed, that's the one I'd go for if you have the energy level in your household for one.
 

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my two goldens know alot of comands and obey them, once in a wh8le I have to repeat myself ( if we are on a walk, I might have to say heel, a couple of times just to remind them).
In that case, I would definitely say don't get a German Shepherd or a Doberman. These are dogs that really need to have pretty much perfect obedience. You can't have a GSD that doesn't come when called around distractions. Too dangerous.

I agree that Collies and Shelties are beautiful dogs. I had both in the training classes that I took with Rookie. And they were very smart dogs. The ones that I met were really intense and focused dogs. They were also pretty uninterested in anyone other than their owner. They allowed me to pet them and greeted me very politely, but they really weren't that interested in me.
 

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mdoats: I know what you mean about GSDs and dobies needing to be 150% trianed, last week I was at a craft market with my cousin and a dobie came up ( on a leash) with the owner and the owner told him to sit, and it didn't, then it jump on the table! the table was almost 3 feet high!, broke alot of glass, the owner just yelled at the dog, then walked off. this made me rethink getting a dobie, but I thought maybe it was just this dog. thank you for the info
 

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We had a Siberian Husky. She was beautiful (all white with those gorgeous blue eyes) but she was by far the most challenging, stubborn dog I've ever encountered. She was so smart which made her all the more hard to deal with! She destroyed more things that I possibly ever thought a dog would. She never could have the run of the house b/c she was steal or eat anything she came across. Our golden we got when she was 2 seemed like the most well-behaved dog ever.
 

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Hi!
O.k I need your opinions :)
I want to get another dog, now don't kill me, but i'm not going to get another golden:uhoh:. I want to try a diferent breed.
here are the breeds I really like... ( not in order)
Siberian Husky
German Shepherd
Rough Collie
Shetland sheepdog ( sheltie)
Doberman Pincher
Australian Shepherd
and possibly a Golden/poodle mix ( I have a friend who will have puppies in Jan, again don't kill me)
Now I want your opinions, please tell me which breed you like and why, and which breed you wouldn't get and why. I already know almost everyone is against the poodle mix.
I am going to be getting two more dogs in the future. I will wait until Bella is at least 1 year old before adding another dog into the pack. I will get the two future additions about a year or so apart. I have always had 2-3 dogs in my family when I was growing up and I trained all of those. My GR Bella has been by far the easiest dog to train compared to the boxer, miniature pinscher, or the other non-pure breeds I have had. If you are without question the pack leader, I would go for a German Shepherd or a Doberman because those are the breeds I am prefer, but that's just my opinion. If I was going for a smaller breed, I would go for a miniature schnauzer. Good luck!
 

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I would go for a lab as they are much like a golden personally wise and they seam to get along together great, well at least mine do.
 

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I don't know about the G-Doodle's, but I can tell you I'm pretty sure all those others are at least as energetic, and some much more so, than a Golden.

Husky's do not do well in hot area's.

Shelties can be vocal :) They are the Siamese Cat of the dog world :)

I think (but not sure) that the Aussie Shephard is similar to the Border Collie. If I am correct, they will probably have a very strong herding instinct, and if not exercised mentally and physically in that regard, or you will both be miserable.

Remember that scene in "Poltergeist" where the Mom is in the dining room, turns around to do something, and when she turns around again and all the dining room furniture is completely stacked up on top of the table?

That wasn't a ghost. It was the next door neighbors Border Collie :)

Many on that list have major temperament shifts from what you are used to in a golden.

Hi!
O.k I need your opinions :)
I want to get another dog, now don't kill me, but i'm not going to get another golden:uhoh:. I want to try a diferent breed.
here are the breeds I really like... ( not in order)
Siberian Husky
German Shepherd
Rough Collie
Shetland sheepdog ( sheltie)
Doberman Pincher
Australian Shepherd
and possibly a Golden/poodle mix ( I have a friend who will have puppies in Jan, again don't kill me)
Now I want your opinions, please tell me which breed you like and why, and which breed you wouldn't get and why. I already know almost everyone is against the poodle mix.
 

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I am def. the pack leader, they follow me everywhere, if i sit down they all sit down, I have them sit and wait for a minute before feeding them ( i read it in a book) if they have something in their mouth and i tell them to give it to me they do ( again read it in a book) even if its a meat bone, which they won't share with eachother. when we go for walks, I am usually power walking I think they catch onto my energy and want to walk faster too.
I have ruled out the husky untill i move out to the country, as I hear they love to run away
 

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A long time ago my brother had a neighbor in a trailor-home next door, and that guy learned one thing you never do with a GSD.

Lock it in the bathroom while you go to work. Oh, no. No no....

It ATE through the bathroom wall to escape into the living room, then ATE through the wall of the trailer to escape outside.

My mom raised GSD's when I was a kid. I loved them then, and still do, but I know they are far more dog than I have time to manage properly.

I have always wanted a Border Collie too. I really love those little guys. But again, I know I cannot provide them the level of intellectual and physical release they need. You think getting screened by a Golden breeder can be tough, just wait until you try to buy a Border Collie :) 10 years ago when I was thinking about it, I never made it past question 2 LOL
 

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Years ago I had a female Husky. She was great with the family, kids and other people but don't let another dog or cat come near her, she would attack it. She killed a puppy and a kitten that came into our yard. The only way we were able to have a second dog was to breed her and keep one of the puppies. She never tried to attack her son, they were fine together. She was just very territorial and would not allow another animal on her property.
 
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