Question by dtownoc214: trying to decide what kind of dog to get. right now it’s either a doberman, rottweiler or great dane.?
i want a smart dog that’s smart and playfull, but also protective. but not too violent. i’ll be starting a family in the next yr. or so, and i want a dog my kids can play with, without the fear of them bitting their faces off. i know alot of this has to do with the way the dog is trained, but certain breeds, do have certain characteristics. the wife wants a rottweiler. i’m not that knowledgeable about different breeds. i just like the way, the top 3 look. i’m not gonna be the guy walking a shih-tzu. does anybody know where i can find the characteristics or traits/tendencies of different breeds? anybody with good/bad experiences with any of the 3 i mentioned? i want a smart, tough dog. i know of people who trained “guard dogs”, but they got stolen. and i know people who’ve had “companion” dogs, and they attack anything that moves. any suggestions
i want a smart dog that’s smart and playfull, but also protective. but not too violent. i’ll be starting a family in the next yr. or so, and i want a dog my kids can play with, without the fear of them bitting their faces off. i know alot of this has to do with the way the dog is trained, but certain breeds, do have certain characteristics. the wife wants a rottweiler. i’m not that knowledgeable about different breeds. i just like the way, the top 3 look. i’m not gonna be the guy walking a shih-tzu. does anybody know where i can find the characteristics or traits/tendencies of different breeds? anybody with good/bad experiences with any of the 3 i mentioned? i want a smart, tough dog. i know of people who trained “guard dogs”, but they got stolen. and i know people who’ve had “companion” dogs, and they attack anything that moves. i also want to know like which one has most health concers, or which tends to live longer. any suggestions
whoa, that irish wolfhound looks like a horse. http://www.flickr.com/photos/maoman/25648949/
i want a dog kind of like me. i’m a laid back easy going person. i can be spontaneous and playful, but consistent and mellow. i don’t lose my temper, until it’s time to. and even then, a look or growl, can do alot more than a bite. i want a dog thats smart enough to know that.
i’ve been debating between newborn vs. mutt. you do have to be very careful with breeders. and there is something beautiful about taking in a mutt. there are concerns with that also though

Best answer:

Answer by Michellex3
GOLDEN RETRIEVER!

A golden retriever is perfect for the situation your describing. They are very playful and very very very smart and friendly and cuddly. Also, they are very protective. Not violent at all. Golden retrievers are the perfect companion. Rottweiler aren’t that great. I would fear of it biting or being mean or turning on the owner. Where as the other two you named, I dont know much about.

But I believe that a golden retriever is perfect for what your desrcibing. They really are beautiful dogs.

German shephards are nice too.

actually, i take that back. my friend has a doberman and they are very hyper and they jump around way too much.

to the person below me, instead of arguing & being immature, why dont you answer the guys question? and yes, i would be scared of it turning on its owner. When i was little, my cousin had one & then she adopted a child & the rott bit the childs leg & was growling & snapping at my cousin. Maybe she didn’t train the dog good enough, i dont know. But i do know from that experience that they can be mean.

one more thing & i swear ill quit posting, lol.

heres a link about rotts.

http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/rottweilers.html

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