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I've had my dog for 9 months (he's 11 months now) and he's been great. Things were rough in the beginning but I took the time and effort to work with him and now he's the best dog I could ask for.

However, recently my mother died. Though I was the one who cared for him and took him out for exercise, he spent a lot of time with her because we lived together. Ever since then both he and I have been depressed and he's been less energetic than he use to be. My sister has a dog as well and when they were together he was back to his old self. I play with him a lot but I think he would benefit from the companionship of another dog. I won't be getting it until all of the legal matters are settled in another 1-3 months, but I would like to figure out what to look for now so that when the times I don't have to think about it and can just search.

My puppy is a mutt: 1/2 lab, 1/4 husky and 1/4 mastiff. I would like another dog no bigger than he is now (haven't measured him, but he's about 4ft from head to tail and weighs between 85 and 95lbs. So a medium-large dog would be fine. I would prefer something that doesn't require extensive physical activity, no more than a lab does since I'm use to that few hours of playing with and training my dog already. Also, something not known to have aggression or behavioural issues. My dog Mocha makes a great watch dog, so whether or not the 2nd one does too doesn't matter to me. Preferably no extensive shedding, but some is fine.

I'm fine with mix breeds too if you think that would suit my requirements. Can anyone suggest a dog that fits these requirements? You guys helped me pick out Mocha last time so I hope you can help me out again! :)
 

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Yeah but I've been to the shelter and most of their trained dogs have been adopted. They've had a bunch of new arrivals (which I'll go check again once they're trained) but I'd like to just get an idea of some dog breeds that fix my criteria and go from there. I've done research but I'd like some feedback from more experienced dog owners :)
 

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Heres a few off the top of my head
Dalmatian ( however require special diets )
Airedale ( they are large and are total clowns, possibly being bais as airedales and dals are my favorite medium/large breeds LOL )
Golden/lab poodle cross? (goldendoodle/labradoodle)
 

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I won't get a dalmation because of the high uric acid levels (unless I get a mix or one with the new gene) because there are no breeders at all in any of the cities near here who breed them. Airdale sounds pretty good. What are their energy levels like?
 

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If you can handle the energy of a Lab, you are pretty much fine with most dogs. ha ha Honestly, since you are not against adoption, I think it is best for you to chose a friend from those at your local shelter. Do they do temperament testing? If so, that is a starting point. I wouldn't adopt an adult dog without letting my dog meet it and if your dog gives the stamp of approval, you get a new friend. If not, keep looking. Is your dog used to being around other dogs? A common rule of thumb is to go with an opposite sex so if your dog is a boy, the new dog is a girl. This like any rule, will have the exception to the rule but it is a good starting point. Same sex aggression is more likely to occur.

Some breeds you might think about might be Poodle, Lab, Golden Retriever mixes of these breeds. Beagles if you like a dog slightly smaller, they are generally quite social.
 

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I've decided to get a beagle. I found a breeder who has a 6 week old litter of puppies. Both parents are on site and now I just need to give her my deposite :) What do you think? Good idea for my massive dog?
 

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I know, my sister has one :) But I can handle both him and my dog when they play together and they play well. Plus my dog has so much more energy than the beagles he's played with.
 

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American Bulldog. Not too energetic. Mellow. Smaller ones will be about 80lbs, and just extremely easy going with the funniest personas.
 
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