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Anyone know a good breeder and any recommendations on the type of dog. I have a 6 and 9 year old. I live in WV, but travel to Ohio every couple months so I don’t care to drive to meet and pick up.
I have a dachshund whose 14 and my 9 year old never developed a real connection with her.
My 6 year old loves her, but the dog can’t really keep up anymore.
Thanks
 

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Anyone know a good breeder and any recommendations on the type of dog. I have a 6 and 9 year old. I live in WV, but travel to Ohio every couple months so I don’t care to drive to meet and pick up.
I have a dachshund whose 14 and my 9 year old never developed a real connection with her.
My 6 year old loves her, but the dog can’t really keep up anymore.
Thanks
I'd personally stay away from breeders and adopt a pup from the APL or something. You can take the kids right there, and pick one who seems the most friendly/affectionate.
 

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Go with a boxer. They don't get too big, but they're big enough that kids can get a little rough with them. They also tend to have very high pain tolerance, so they won't get pissed and nip at kids if they tug on their ears or wrestle with them (they love play-fighting). They shed a little, but their short brown hair makes it so it's not a big deal. Just don't get an all white one or the shedding will be a nightmare...plus white boxers are more prone to cancer and other health defects. They're pretty smart and learn easily. They typically love people and usually get along with other dogs as well. Both of mine have been very social.

Pit bulls are fairly similar in size and temperament, although they come with an unfortunate negative stigma.

No idea on breeders, as I haven't lived in Ohio in almost a decade. They're one of the ten most popular dog breeds in the US, though, so surely there's several within driving distance of you.

Every time I take my boxer out to local bars, even when I'm with my friends with other dogs, I always get half a dozen people come up and tell me about how they had a boxer when they were a kid and loved it, or how their parents have a boxer and they miss it, or some other similar story. My girlfriend always gets pissed because no one ever comes up to pet her dog. :chuckle:
 
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Go with a boxer. They don't get too big, but they're big enough that kids can get a little rough with them. They also tend to have very high pain tolerance, so they won't get pissed and nip at kids if they tug on their ears or wrestle with them (they love play-fighting). They shed a little, but their short brown hair makes it so it's not ta big deal. Just don't get an all white one or the shedding will be a nightmare...plus white boxers are more prone to cancer and other health defects. They're pretty smart and learn easily. They typically love people and usually get along with other dogs as well. Both of mine have been very social.

Pit bulls are fairly similar in size and temperament, although they come with an unfortunate negative stigma.

No idea on breeders, as I haven't lived in Ohio in almost a decade. They're one of the ten most popular dog breeds in the US, though, so surely there's several within driving distance of you.

Every time I take my boxer out to local bars, even when I'm with my friends with other dogs, I always get half a dozen people come up and tell me about how they had a boxer when they were a kid and loved it, or how their parents have a boxer and they miss it, or some other similar story. My girlfriend always gets pissed because no one ever comes up to pet her dog. :chuckle:
My wifes parents have a Boxer, they got a new one a couple weeks ago. Brought it over today and they loved it.
It opened up the dog convo again.
 

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My wifes parents have a Boxer, they got a new one a couple weeks ago. Brought it over today and they loved it.
It opened up the dog convo again.
I know everyone tends to love their own dogs, but as someone who has two different breeds, I will absolutely get another boxer (I'm already on boxer number two) but I will never get another German Shepherd. Not that the shepherd is a bad dog or anything, but the shedding is a fucking nightmare and he's a lot more high-strung and neurotic than the boxer. I like a dog that will curl up next to me on the couch on a weeknight while I sip on some bourbon, and the shepherd has just never been that kind of dog.
 

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Pitties are amazing. So much fun, so much personality. Connect deeply with people. Super smart, caring, loyal. Respectful.
Yeah they are pretty similar to boxers from a personality standpoint.

My alternate choice when I got my newer boxer was a Staffordshire bull terrier.

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I don't think there's any problem with buying a dog from a good, reputable breeder. You just need to do your research and avoid puppy mills and generally disreputable ones. If you want a purebred puppy, it's difficult to find one at a shelter. Buying from a good breeder gives you a better sense of what you're getting when it comes to temperament and personality, and some people value that.
 

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Have you looked into a Chinese Crested dog?

 
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Got a wonderful chocolate lab from a breeder, poor boy had epilepsy and passed after just 4 years.

Got a mutt puppy (black mouth cur) from a rescue shelter, and she’s going strong at 7.

Just make sure the breeder is reputable - bad ones inbreed and the poor pups get problems - if it doesn’t have to be a specific breed, rescue mutts generally have good genetic diversity and just need a good home.
 

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Goldendoodle or labradoodle. Very Smart, friendly, listens, loves kids, can train, no shedding.
Grew up with golden retrievers but the wife did not deal with hair, perfect compromise. Have a 5 and 7 year old and is perfect with then. My dog is 2.
 

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Yeah they are pretty similar to boxers from a personality standpoint.

My alternate choice when I got my newer boxer was a Staffordshire bull terrier.



I don't think there's any problem with buying a dog from a good, reputable breeder. You just need to do your research and avoid puppy mills and generally disreputable ones. If you want a purebred puppy, it's difficult to find one at a shelter. Buying from a good breeder gives you a better sense of what you're getting when it comes to temperament and personality, and some people value that.
Puppy mills are the scum of the earth, but I’m against any breeders at all. It’s something I feel strongly about.
 

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Puppy mills are the scum of the earth, but I’m against any breeders at all. It’s something I feel strongly about.
We got a lab from a Mill. We were 18/19 at the time and weren’t aware.
Poor boy died after 5 years. Our Dachshund is getting old and got it from a Breeder. We just can’t seem to find anyone around here in WV.
 

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Puppy mills are the scum of the earth, but I’m against any breeders at all. It’s something I feel strongly about.
Why?

I originally went with a Boxer breeder because I was in college and lived in an apartment in Ohio and none of the local shelters would give me a puppy since I didn't have a fenced in yard (a stupid fucking rule, btw). I didn't want an adult dog, because the puppy days are some of the best parts of dog ownership, and so I went with a breeder. Fell in love with the Boxer breed and that's why I've got my second one now.

When one of my dogs dies, I'll probably buy another dog from a breeder, because there are a few other dog breeds I'd like to own, including a Rottweiler, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Maybe a Cane Corso too. And I will 100% own another Boxer in my life too because they're the best. Honestly, I'm pretty sure I'll have at least one Boxer in my home for the rest of my life.

I'll note that I've had pretty good luck thus far buying from breeders. My first Boxer lived ten and a half years before developing bladder cancer that didn't respond to treatment. My German Shepherd is almost nine years old now and hasn't had any health issues his entire life. The newer Boxer is pushing three and has, thus far at least, been totally healthy. If you pick good breeders, you tend to end up with good dogs. There's always a chance that any dog could develop cancer or another terminal illness at a young age, of course, but that's the case with people too. Life is a dice roll. When it comes to dogs all you can do is make sure you don't buy from scumbags and hope for the best.
 

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They make adopting a dog so damn difficult.
I personally have gotten 2 dogs from craigslist for free.
A husky shepherd mix who has been with us for 13 years and last year another husky.
 

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