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Post 1 of 18Persevere Warrior
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Thursday, 06-Oct-2011 1:06:36

Is there a particular dog breed that is best for the blind as a pet? Also how old should the dog be and should the dog be male or female. I'm thinking of adopting a dog.

Post 2 of 18Jesse
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Thursday, 06-Oct-2011 10:32:09

There is no best or worst breeds. Get what you like. Also, the best thing to do is to go by personality first. Obviously, some breeds will have pitfalls. For instance, if you have a hard time getting transportation, don't get a breed which needs to visit a groomer often, like a poodle, as failure to clip and groom such dogs is quite nasty, and makes for an uncomfortable dog. Also, consider activity level, as you will have to keep the dog entertained.
I have a Pit Bull mix, and she's amazing, because she has short hair, doesn't shed much when her allergies are under control, and is mellow, and doesn't wander. It works for me. Something else may work for you. Also, not all Pittys are like mine. Many are very hyper.

Post 3 of 18DRUM GODDESS
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Wednesday, 19-Oct-2011 22:37:38

Yes its vary important to pick a dog that fits your lifestyle. I'd say that's one of the most important things when adopting a dog whether your blind or not. I have a yellow lab and she's an awesome dog.

Post 4 of 18LeoGuardian
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Thursday, 20-Oct-2011 18:32:12

If you don't want hyper, maybe a basset hound?
Not much of a dog person myself but if my daughter really insisted on having one, and the wife relented, that is precisely what I'd aim for: they sleep a lot, don't tend to tear up the carpets or need a ton of space ...

Post 5 of 18Songbird83
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Tuesday, 25-Oct-2011 16:19:22

I was at our local shelter, and I saw all these dogs. You would never know when you opened the door that there were dogs in there. They were all so quiet. When I volunteered at a different one before years ago, you'd open the door and they'd all start barking like crazy. lol. And they were all so friendly to. I didn't take my dog with me, but boy did she think I was cheating on her when I came home. lol. I wanted to get this 9 month old lab mix named Holly, but I couldn't have another dog here, since we've got 2 already. But think about your lifestyle like these people said. See if you can take a dog for the weekend. That's what people did at the humane society that I use to volunteer at. It helped them get an idea of what the dog was like, and if they wanted to really adopt them. They took cats home and fostered them for weekends to, which was nice. I know myself, i couldn't have a hyper dog, one that likes to play yes, but hyper, no. Mellow dogs is all that I've had, and all that I will get. But I truly love animals, and I wish I could rescue them all, even though it's not possible. But I wish you the best of luck with wanting to adopt a dog. But take all of our advice and think about what you want and your lifestyle, and you'll get the perfect dog for you.

Post 6 of 18Persevere Warrior
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Wednesday, 07-Dec-2011 15:25:16

I want a breed that is extremely meloh, calm, smart, and easy to housebreak and train.

Post 7 of 18Agent r08
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Wednesday, 07-Dec-2011 15:59:49

No dog is easy to train, well some are easier then others, but it still takes a lot of work, not to mention you still have the necessity of socializing the animal or risk it becoming aggressive around others.

I also don't really think there is a such thing as an inherently mellow breed. All that comes from exercise, training, discipline and proper diet.

Post 8 of 18little foot
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Sunday, 29-Jan-2012 1:17:51

I think a good breed is a german sheered.
I know that they are a good dog or else they would not bee good for a blind person to have as a guyed dog.

Post 9 of 18little foot
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Sunday, 29-Jan-2012 1:17:52

I think a good breed is a german sheered.
I know that they are a good dog or else they would not bee good for a blind person to have as a guyed dog.

Post 10 of 18BryanP22
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Tuesday, 31-Jan-2012 15:46:36

Guyed? Smile.

Post 11 of 18Persevere Warrior
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Tuesday, 31-Jan-2012 16:14:35

I'm hoping they meant guide.

Post 12 of 18SensuallyNaturallyLiving4Today
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Thursday, 02-Feb-2012 23:22:45

Ok, many things. No, a german shepherd is a horrible choice for a pet. Now, before anyone gets deffensive. I have a beautiful coated german shepherd female, black and tan, named Frieda, from the Seeing Eye, but... She is not a pet. People come up to me all of the time and the following takes place "Oh, she's so beautiful, I want a shepherd." "Oh, really, you are going to show them for confirmation?" "No." "Ok, obediants then?" "Well, no." "Oh, so you want to do adjility with your dog?" "No, I don't." "You want to do sheep dog trials?" "No." "Rescue work? training your own service dog? shitsund? skijuring? personal protection?" "No, erm, what is all of that?" "If you don't give a german shepherd a job to do, then it will distroy your house, and it will be your fault, not the dog's. Trust me, you don't want a german shepherd." A well trained GSD is one of the best dogs ever. But an ill trained and unsocialized GSD can be a truly dangerous dog. Same goes for dobermins and boarder collies. So, yeah, just because they make good guide dogs, for some people mind you, many people do better with labs and goldens, does not make them good pets. They are working dogs, first, last and always. It is also not true that certain breeds aren't more mellow than others. There is a reason that people breed this or that breed for this or that work. Now, there are exceptions to any generalization, but typically, your high energy, super driven dogs are dobermins, belgian shepherds, boarder collies, german shepherds, huskies,, samoids, etc, where as your low energy breeds are your pugs, your borzoi, your collies, not the boarder kind, and then your mid energy level dogs like labs, goldens, boxers, etc. For a pet, a moderate to low energy dog is best. I, personally, would not get a dog from a shelter, not in a million years. They can be wonderful dogs, but they are often not house broken, which is a huge undertaking with an older dog, their health history is uncertain, and you may face the choice of going thousands and thousands of dollars into debt or putting your dog to sleep before it even turns three. They may have significant behavioral issues that may not manifest until you get them home. Supporting reputable breeders, not puppy mils, not pet shops, but truly responsible breeders is an excellent way to get a dog with a sound temprement, good genetic health and a very good idea of how they will turn out as adults. If you don't want a puppy, many breeders have adult dogs whose confirmation never came quite up to scratch, so they are willing to rehome them for a good price, and the dogs are already trained, house broken, socialized and usually quite beautiful. Also, breed rescues offer you the opertunity to give a dog in need a home, like a shelter dog, but the temprement is better known, the dog better screned, and the health usually much more certain. Also, adopting dogs released from guide dog and other service dog training programs is a wonderful thing to do as the dogs have excellent genetic health, are trained, fixed, vaxinated, and very well socialized. Toy breeds can be difficult because it is harder to know what they are doing when teaching them obediants, unless you are sitting on the floor beside them, and correcting them is much more difficult. Also, if you step on your lab they will roll over and yawn, if you step on your GSD they will yipe and yap like you're killing them, if you step on your husky they will whirl around and snarl at your offending foot, but if you step on a toy breed, you might honest to god kill them. Of the smaller breeds I recommend nice moderate energy level shelties and corgies as they are very bright, easy too train as long as you challenge their minds, and they are small without being tiny. I do not recommend jiant breeds either like saint bernards, great danes, etc as they tend to live shorter lives, are stronger, eat more, shed more, and are not allowed on public transit, where as medium to small dogs can often ride in carriers, and unless you have a sighted spouse, or friend, public transit is how you get that dog to the vet, as it's not a guide dog. For medium breeds I recommend collies, rough or smoothe coat collies, not boarder collies, labs, goldens, standard poodles, that sort of dog. If you want spacific breed recommendations and want to give me more information, I could make spacific breed recommendations. Hope that helps.

Post 13 of 18BryanP22
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Friday, 03-Feb-2012 23:14:56

I've met a few Samoyeds. All I can say about them is one word. Fur. LOL. I think GOldens are my favorite breed since I've noticed they can be quite gentle if trained properly. And yes, they've got nice fur. Smile.

Post 14 of 18Agent r08
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Sunday, 05-Feb-2012 17:36:01

I agree with Sensually 100%. There is a lot of training involved not to mention the breeds energy level. you have to find a dog with the same energy level as yourself.

I also want to add a bit to Sensually's comment on rescue dogs. These are often dogs that have not been trained or socialized, which adds to the problems with getting one.

Post 15 of 18The Elemental Dragon
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Tuesday, 07-Feb-2012 21:59:27

i beg to differ on the germin shepord comment. i know someone who has 2 as pets and they love her, and she loves them, but then again she does a ton of stuff with them.

goldens and labs rule.

london we adopted him from the seeing eye when he was 5, he's now 9, and he still thinks he's a puppy. favorite thing to do is roll in the grass i dub him, my fluffy worm.

mom dubs him wiggle butt cuz when he walks his butt and tail wag, therefore wiggle. but i stress he was adopted from a guide dog school when he was retired early due to distractions.

tenis balls cough. he's got like 20 floating round the house.

but another thing you want to take into account is the god dam shedding and hair... london good amazing smart dog, yes i swear he knows the words ready go, dump, car, ride, karate. lol. but anyway... getting distracted.

some dogs shed a ton and you have hairballs flying round the house. just be careful and know if you want a dog who sheds alot. or not.

Post 16 of 18Dana
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Friday, 10-Feb-2012 12:41:59

I think adopting from a shelter is a great idea. Make sure that the shelter will let you have a one week trial period. This way you can be sure that the dog is housetrained. Remember, whatever you do, do not bring a new dog home and turn it loose in your house. You are just asking for behavioral issues. Keep it on a leash. Good luck.

Post 17 of 18irish girl 1215
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Wednesday, 11-Apr-2012 16:31:44

Personally, I agree with those who say the dog needs to fit your lifestyle, just like sighted people.

Personally, I got a King Charles years ago, he was a rescue dog, and he was honestly the best dog I've ever met - he took one look at me, knew there was something a bit different, and that dog NEVER, EVER got in my way, not once!

He also sort of became a self-taught guide dog, because he wouldn't let me cross the road until the cars stopped... still no idea how he copped on so quick!

Sorry, that's no help, just thought I'd put that little story out there! :)

Post 18 of 18Shepherdwolf
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Friday, 20-Apr-2012 18:47:50

I grew up with a great dane in the house for most of my life starting at age seven. They're freaking huge, but almost always gentle. They're fairly low-energy as dogs go as well...definitely not a good apartment dog because of their size, but nor are they likely to wreck your place because they get bored. It happens, but isn't too common. They are a bit more short-lived, but if you want a gentle giant, a dane's a good bet. Also, they have very short hair and shedding is fairly minimal, which is nice.

I kind of agree about the high-energy dogs being a trial...and shepherds do unfortunately fall into that category. I've known some lovely German shepherds in my day, but they were all rather...intense, for want of a better word.

I can't actually make you a recommendation on which dog is best for you, but maybe start in the middle-range or slightly smaller, calmer dogs like labs or retrievers...there's a reason many of the best guide dogs we hear about are of those breeds after all. Best of luck to you.

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