Which breed is good for my family. Airedale terrier or german shepherd.?
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10-02-2012 17:46 #1
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10-02-2012 18:40 #3Senior Member
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depends on you commitment to training, your yard size and many other variables
10-02-2012 19:06 #4
Both big dogs and will need lots of time, training and exercise!
May I also suggest that whatever sort of dog you get, don't buy a puppy from a pet shop!! Pet shops are supplied by puppy farms where dogs spend their lives as breeding machines, in truly appalling conditions
10-02-2012 19:11 #5
I have 5 young children and we have a German shepherd, she is great with the kids. Follows them around all the time, she's so full of energy. They need lots of exercise and mental stimulation too, you need to socialise them from puppies, and start training right away. They learn quick, good and bad habits, so you need to discourage the bad, they can get destructive if bored or left alone too long too.. But they are awesome dogs
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10-02-2012 19:15 #6
Personally I think labradors are the best family dog. There's a reason they use them as guide dogs!
10-02-2012 19:16 #7
Another vote for a Pug here
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10-02-2012 19:21 #8Senior Member
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I have had a pug for 5.5 years and DS has been with us for 1.5 years. They are the BEST of friends. A good thing about pugs is even if they wanted to hurt you (which is not in their nature anyway) they arent actually capable of doing any real damage. So you dont have that worry in the back of you mind that the family dog who is usually great with the kids might snap out and rip their face off... pugs just cant.
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10-02-2012 19:23 #9
German Shepards are great family pets. We have a German Shepard x Labrador (more Shepard then lab) aged 1 and he is really good with the girls. Only suggestion is to leave German Shepards out side when you are out. And also have to becareful with German Shepards they have been inbread so much alot of them have hip, joint and heart problems. My SIL had German Shepard (pure) and she died ages 3 from her heart giving in. And the vet told us that if you are wanting a shepard you are best of with a cross breed not a pure incase of this. So something to concider. Apart ftom that they are great dogs I love German Shepards
10-02-2012 19:30 #10
German Shepard. I grew up with a German Shepard and she was the best dog we ever had. Absolutely amazing with us kids and she would follow us everywhere and was very protective of us. My DH had the same relationship with his dog growing up but she was a rottweiler. We now own a German Shepard x Rottweiler, she is very big and needs lots of attention and excercise but has a great temperment and is great with my 3 month old daughter and loves the 2 little boys that live next door.
Goodluck with your decision!
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