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Hey everyone,

I need some advice. I would like to get my girlfriend a dog for her place as an early christmas present. She lives alone and is going to school and I would like to get her a dog that will keep her company as well as protect her if something was ever to happen.
She is good with dogs and loves boxers. And we both like labs and german shepards.
Which dog would be a good choice for her situation?
Also, where should I look for finding a quality pup?

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I'd be sure to ask her first. I think I'd just take her to the SPCA or similar shelter and let the dog choose her. My best dogs have all been "salvaged" mutts. Shepherd/Chow mix was my all time fovorite. A "surprise" dog may not be as well accepted as you may think, especially if she lives in an apartment. Check all the angles before strapping her with a dog that may be around longer than you.. (-:}
 

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My Opinion doesnt count..But here it is anyway..lmao
Boxers...are not on my most favored list...Not too bright..& Im being nice
Labs...are too good Natured...
Shepards are awesome dogs & very adaptable..good all around animals..

If its for protection...get a Female Shepard..you almost cant go wrong with them
 

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Is she in an apartment or house with yard? If an apartment get a really hyper Lab(should not be hard to find), they are great....when she is gone the lab will eat all of her stuff. I mean all of it once that is all destroyed the lab can start working on more important stuff like the carpet and doors. It is so much fun to come home and see what is destroyed every day!! Then you can throw the frisbee for 3 hours to wear the Lab out and will have even more energy the next day!!!
From someone who had labs in college...this can happen to your girlfriend. I love labs and still have one. But they need a SECURE(think Fort Knox) place to live during the day when you are gone. Boxer might be a better choice for city living. JMO

Edit I also agree with Ox my mom has had 3 boxers and they are not to bright. Just a dog that is your friend and will follow you around but don't expect anything to special.
 

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Go to Google and search dog rescue's for the Breed you are looking for and even the city you live in. They have them for all breeds. I have 2 Shelties from the Houston Sheltie Sancutuary. Shelties are great dogs for pets and they will bark at any inturdrers but not much protection. They areusually full breed and usaully have shots, etc. ITs worth a try and all they require is a donation to the orginazation. Be prepared though they will come to your house to see if you are worthy of adopiton just like babies. Not to bad.
 

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Youd know that for a fact...Considdering she was your Girlfriend Prior..:rotfl:

triple f said:
I'd listen to Ox on this one.

If there's anyone that knows about having a "Dog for a girlfriend", it'd be him!:rotfl:
 

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I would not get a Boxer for a small area, they are way too hyper and like to jump all over and use their front legs, hence their name.

a smaller breed of dog if she's in a small area. If its a house with a yard then I'd suggest a GSD or a ROTT.

I've had rottweilers and they are great dogs and very protective. As with any working or herding breed they need good discipline and lots of ways to output their energy.
 

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Have you considered German Shorthair Pointer? I have some pups that are 3 weeks old. They are good family pets.
 

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We love our Boxers, and after working for the Boxer rescue I have found that dog intelligence seems to mimic that of the owners. Boxers are loyal, protective and great lap dogs. With that said they need daily exercise as any working breed does. Im an avid suporter of all rescue groups, so that would be my suggestion.
 

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I would not reccomend anything but mini and toy size dog if in an apartment but if she likes large breeds and you have the space take a look at one of these. You do not see them often and most breeders are particular to who they sale to.

My wife fell in love at first sight with one of these and he has been one of the best dogs/breeds I have ever owned. We are even talking about getting another.

Bernese Mountain Dog




All dressed up for Christmas Dinner

 
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