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post #31 of 38
Do you own your house? Its nearly impossible to finda place to rent when you have a dog on the "mean" lists, we had a purbred show/breeding shepard, and we moved outta town and ended up having to get rid of her because we couldent find a place to rent while we were buying our new house.
Still miss that dog, most striking shepard ive ever seen. Almost all black with a tan mask and tan rings around her ears.
post #32 of 38
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Yes but we don't own any dogs right now. We don't want to get a dog until we know we will have a big enough yard and enough room as we like larger breeds. So I'm sort of looking to the future right now.

I know in my contract it requires the animal come into the office. They can turn any animal away for any reason, especially if it falls into that breed category. Though I have seen people with boxers around here. And I think one of my neighbors has a shephard mix.
post #33 of 38
Mastiffs? Wow. I grew up with a Mastiff named Trixie and she was one of the sweetest, dopeyiest dogs you would have ever met. My little sister crawled on her and pulled her ears... nothing happened - ever.

And Great Danes.... again, sweet dopey, intelligent, but not agressive by any means. Although our sweet Lucy was abused as a pup and consequently had a thing for attacking other dogs... she never went for a human.
post #34 of 38
I recommend buying a Border Collie, I've had three in my life and they are the smartest, kindest, goofiest, most loving dogs you will ever meet. Just watch them around food
post #35 of 38
When you look into insurance, you might want to check to see if having an AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate for the dog would make a difference.

Homeowners Insurance Available to Breeds Previously Excluded with CGC Certification

Training for the CGC is a good idea for any dog, as it serves as a foundation for a well-behaved and well-socialized dog.

Personally, I'd recommend a shelter dog, but if you want a purebred, be sure to carefully research the breed and buy only from a reputable breeder who is well-known for producing temperamentally and physically sound dogs. The pups should be raised in the home, and the breeder should be very selective about selling them.

Border Collies are great dogs, but they are very high energy and intelligent, and are prone to behavior problems if they're kept in an environment that doesn't provide enough exercise and mental stimulation (they need a LOT of both). They're best for people who have a lot of time and space to exercise them well, and to keep them mentally stimulated.

post #36 of 38
Which breeds are considered "dangerous" really differs from place to place, and you may very well find yourself not being able to obtain insurance, or having to pay a huge license fee (my town requires 10 x the normal amount for 4 breeds deemed dangerous in my state). Insurance companies are very wary. We took out "no fault" insurance on our dogs and cats for over 17 years, with no problem at all. Along came Jamie, who caused a big claim (he got loose and crawled into a water pipe), and now we can't get any pet owners' insurance whatsoever, although "blacklisting" officially doesn't exist.
post #37 of 38
My MIL is a loan officer and she's told us that if you have certain breeds like a pit bull or other "dangerous" dogs that some insurance companies will just not insure you. You have to understand that insurance companies are in the business of making money, not losing it- and in their opinions they feel they would lose money if they insured a house with one of these dogs in it. It really makes me angry because it seems that more and more insurance companies get to play "god" in our lives- be it with health, auto, or home insurance. How fair is it to make someone choose to keep their beloved pet or have a home?
post #38 of 38
I would go with a shelter dog myself.

It's hard to say how mixes will turn out, even with good training. I know a Boxer/Pit mix that has had lots of training and can still be aggressive. Around people, she's either calm or she hides. But she attacks other dogs. The owner has had her since she was a few months old, the dog was just born with this personality. The owner never takes her on walks because of this problem, and the dog stays inside most of the time.

On the other hand, we adopted a Pit/Terrier mix for an elderly relative. The dog was seven when we got him, so who knows what he went though. He's never had any training; he barely knows sit. But he plays with children nicely, and he doesn't bowl over his elderly visitors. His best friend is a cat that likes to chew his tail and ears. He's befriended every stray animal that has come though, and he plays football with kids. But he looks exactly like a slightly smaller Pit.

At least at a shelter, you can pick an older animal that has a history of good behavior.
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