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    Help me pick out a dog???

    Can you please help me pick out a breed that would best meet my wants?

    - Medium-Large dog (40-100 pounds)
    - Dog Friendly (it will be a companion to a Siberian Husky)
    - Trainable
    - Kid friends (I have two children)
    - Able to live in varying environments (we are military family, our next move is to FL)
    - Somewhat protective-- I would like a dog that barks
    - I would prefer pure bred. I have looked at Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and all the breeders in my area (who are not backyard) charge around $1000-1600 for a dog. My price range is in the $400-600 range.
    - My backyard and house are dog friendly-- I have a 6' privacy fence, and underground electric fencing around the front and back (to prevent my escape artist from escaping). I also have a pool, so I would prefer a dog that enjoys swimming.
    - We are runners, and would be running the dog, once it's old enough to run safely (only when the climate is safe).
    - And big one, I want a dog that's not considered a dangerous breed on the insurance institute's list. I know that means nothing, but we own a dog on the list and our insurance premium is quite high, it would be higher with two dogs on the list.

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    Re: Help me pick out a dog???

    Ummm, by my name, can you guess what breed I would suggest? Labs fit all your requirements. If you dont have your heart set on a puppy, there are rescues that offer beautiful, purebred labs within and under your price range. Some of them have puppies also. And by the way, lots of ignorant people are afraid of black dogs, so if you're looking to keep your yard safe, a black lab is great at keeping away intruders.
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    Re: Help me pick out a dog???

    If you're going to keep your dog indoors during the hot part of the day, a Boxer would suit you well. They're excellent family dogs and naturally guard their family's territory. My Boxer barks at pretty much any strange noise- she even recognizes the sound of a 'friendly' car vs a stranger's car. Boxers are big goofballs, but they have a big bark and can look intimidating to anyone with a reason to fear them. If you adopt a puppy, socialize it well to prevent any dog aggression later- just like most breeds.

    I also think a Lab would be fine for you- especially with a pool!

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    Re: Help me pick out a dog???

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo61397 View Post
    - I would prefer pure bred. I have looked at Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and all the breeders in my area (who are not backyard) charge around $1000-1600 for a dog. My price range is in the $400-600 range.
    Don't skimp on the front end, or you'll pay for it on the back end. It's definitely worth it to spend the extra $$$ to get a dog from a reputable breeder that has x-rays of the parents, line history, etc. You can end up with a dog that is difficult to train and has many health issues, and these can lead to hefty bills. It would be better to wait for tax returns to come in and spend the extra money to get a dog more likely to be what you want, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishman View Post
    Don't skimp on the front end, or you'll pay for it on the back end. It's definitely worth it to spend the extra $$$ to get a dog from a reputable breeder that has x-rays of the parents, line history, etc. You can end up with a dog that is difficult to train and has many health issues, and these can lead to hefty bills. It would be better to wait for tax returns to come in and spend the extra money to get a dog more likely to be what you want, in my opinion.
    Couldn't agree with this more.

    But, if you're willing to take the health chance and want to RESCUE a dog, that's a great idea too and you will be able to get one in your price range easily. Puppy or adult, though the adults you will at least know already how they get along with kids, dogs, and their health and personality. Won't know how a poorly bred lab puppy will end up.

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    I'll have to agree on this also. And really, whats an extra $500 for a family member that'll be with you for the next 12+ plus years? The puppies I've gotten from the guide dog kennels, who are VERY well-bred, are much different than my other ones. The excellant breeding really shows.
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    Re: Help me pick out a dog???

    Thanks for the information...

    I'm kind of frustrated by it. I would very much like a pure bred. I have been looking primarily at Retrievers, and I'm willing to "up" my price a little bit (like $600-800 would be the maximum upper limit). The problem is most reputable breeders are charging $1500-1800, not kidding. And I have looked at rescues, most breed specific rescues will not give us a dog, because we are military and have young children (under age 6). We have had dogs all our lives, and for the most part are good owners (we had a little snafu with my Siberian Husky a few weeks ago, but we have fixed that issue). I would rather not risk health issues.

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    I didnt realize prices had gone up that much. It's been quite awhile since I've bought a dog. I got my last two from the guide dog organization I work with. I understand your wanting a purebred. I've always felt the same way. My recomendation then would be, save up, have a yard sale, see if you could trade a service with a breeder, or some other creative way to make the extra money. Also, and it's a long shot, but some guide dog organizations give their dogs, the ones released from the program, to good qualified homes. Mine is ok with homes that have small children. The puppy raisers cant keep every single dog they raise that doesnt make the program or they'd have too many dogs! I cant keep the one I'm currently raising if she doesnt make it (unless my husband changes his mind ) My daughter adopted an 18 mth chocolate lab from them and my brother took in a 2 yr old golden. Just a thought.
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    Re: Help me pick out a dog???

    have you thought about getting a dog from a shelter you might be amazed the amount of pure bred dogs that are in the shelters
    I got 4 rottweilers from the shelter over the last 15 years

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    Re: Help me pick out a dog???

    Purebred Labs are the most common dogs in shelters in many areas. . .may or may not have their papers with them but they are purebred.

    But even if you don't want to go with a shelter dog, Lab breeders usually don't charge that much for them, since they are so common and have such huge litters. The most I've ever seen from an excellent breeder is $600, most cost less. I'm sure in some areas the breeders charge more, but even so we aren't talking about a rare breed.

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    Re: Help me pick out a dog???

    That's what I don't get. I grew up in Minnesota, you can get a well bred lab there for $250, maybe $300. I have checked most reputable breeders in the Florida panhandle, and the bottom cost is $1000. They were telling me that they would ship her to me, and said no, I want to go to the kennel and see the dogs. Does anyone here know of a reputable breeder in the fl panhandle, that would charge $500-800 for a puppy. I have found a few mixes that look good. We are looking at getting one in August timeframe. Please excuse typos using my iPhone, Internet is down.

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    Re: Help me pick out a dog???

    Good breeders usually have a waiting list. . .a breeder "just happening" to have a bunch of puppies available for sale is a big red flag. So wanting to get a puppy so soon may not work out. Mix breeders are frequently not good breeders, you really have to careful that you aren't buying from some nasty kennel that doesn't take proper care of their dogs. Health testing (OFA, CERF, etc.) is very important.

    Cost of living in much higher in FL than in MN. So it stands to reason that puppy prices will be higher, too. Maybe a road trip home to MN?

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    Re: Help me pick out a dog???

    Actually cost of living is lower in FL than it is in MN. You can get more bang for your buck in MN than FL. The house we bought in FL, in a similar neighborhood with similar school districts would cost me about 2Xs in MN, and property taxes are higher. Food costs are lower, as there is no sales tax on food or clothing, in MN, but there is a much higher luxury tax, and the the tax on gas there is ridiculous. FL has no state income tax, but sales taxes are up around 10-14%, depending on where you shop. Right now, between the last three states I have lived in (OH, VA, MN, ND), VA and MN have the highest cost of living, FL and ND the lowest.

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