reply to post by Vandalour
German-Shepherd or the Husky.
I tend toward the more "wolf like" breeds. Very stable and family oriented. They will not hesitate to defend if danger is sensed either. Socialize
them with friends that visit, like kids, they only learn "company manners" when there is company around. They'll know what to do if a "bad guy"
breaks in! They "smell it".
I tend to think of pit owners like guys with really big trucks....compensating.
I agree totally with a previous poster....make sure you have a fenced yard with at least a 6' fence if possible.
I would also suggest letting the dog inside while your home and sleep inside. They are pack animals and you and your lady ARE the pack leaders. The
puppies take their cues from you.
Think of them as "hairy children". Ours behave BETTER than many two legged kids!
You will have these family members for about 10 or 15 years (god willing good health). Look at animal shelters and rescues. I really have little use
for breeders. Plenty of dogs that need a good home without making more!
Discipline fairly but firmly...they understand strength and power...but love equally strong! They understand that as well. IF you can, get a male
and female of the same breed (fixed of course). They do better with a friend. Ours have. They are so much like my wife and I its scary LOL!
We have all rescues.
Our female shepherd (Josephine Bella -"Josey Bell") is now pushing 10 or 11.
She was found tied to a tree, nearly starved, mangey, and looked horrible. We got her third hand. For all that man had done to her, she STILL loves
people (especially babies and little girls). We think she was a discarded puppy mill mama. She is SUCH a mother with kids and puppies.
My Shar Pei / Lab mix (Warsteiner) was following some mexican ladies walking down my street one day. I said hello to them and the puppy (he was about
2 or 3). He came over and we goofed.
They kept walking.
I hollered "Hey, yall forgot your dog"....they said "Aint our dog".....
Well, my Wunderhund is my best buddy and incredibly loyal. We have conversations and he gives hugs. He's getting a little gray too
He is still
as spry as he ever was and protective....tends to stay away from young kids. Kinda funny to see him grump off...and then tolerate a little one
and then there is Bee Bee Gene.
BB is from "Bit Bit". Gene from Gene Simmons. Ya gotta see this dogs tongue!
She looks like a large Shelty...about the size of a big yellow Collie. She weighs about 60 lbs and is muscle!
She is also autistic...yeah. I know.
I found her when she was bout 8 weeks old, she weighed 3 lbs and was nearly dead.....smelled as bad!
I took her to the vet, we didnt know if she would make it. My wife had surgery the day I brought her home from the vet.
There we were on the couch (kid was at friends house).
Me, mama, and the puppy in my pocket chewing on my finger (kept her off of her well chewed tail).
she is a little "damaged" from malnutrition (the dog not my wife LOL). The other two have raised her well and at 4 years old, she acts about 8 months
old. she is finally getting affectionate. She is house broken. Will finally respond to verbals and hand signs. I still have a hard time
understanding her "language". The other two are easy.
Occasionally, she has a fit and runs in circles in the back yard. But she's happy and healthy now!
These are our hairy children, and I'm proud of them.
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