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What are some great starting dogs for a teen?

name as many dogs that are smart, loyal, and playful that you know or think would be a great starting dog. I will do all the research.

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Actually, mutts from rescues are some of the best dogs ever. They all have their own personalities and they are all very devoted to their owner. They will attach themselves to a human and hold on, because they were alone before and that human took them away from all that.

What kind of mutt you get depends on the teenager. The big dogs tend to be smarter and they can offer more to the teen. The lap dogs are kinda lame and they tend to be less sensitive to the human. Bigger dogs can gauge human behavior and that will help a teenager who is emotionally unstable. Big dogs, especially the ones that are from rescues and not necessarily purebred, have more charisma. It's all about the bond between the teen and the dog. if you go to a rescue, the volunteers can also tell you a lot about a dog's personality and they can let you meet lots of different dogs. You have to spend time with it to find the teen's soul mate.

Also make sure it's already house broken! Puppies are terrible for starters!

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How about a German sheperd?
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German shepherds are great dogs, in my opinion. Many dogs in my family are German shepherds or have German shepherd in them. They have great personalities and also work as guard dogs. They are affectionate towards humans and good with kids. But I would suggest getting a German shepherd mix, because purebred German shepherds have hip problems later in life. Having some other breed in their genes helps to prevent the hip problems while still giving you the benefits of the German shepherd in them.
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House training(breaking),can be easily done with a cage(if dog is left alone during the day). If someone can be with the dog all day for a couple of months, just watch the signs for what the dog needs.
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Remember, though, that we're talking about someone who has little to no experience with caring for a dog. They don't really know how to deal with a dog and the problems of an untrained puppy. If they get used to caring for a dog who is already trained, then they will know what to do with a dog who still needs training and how to treat dogs in general.
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I always say that it’s not the dog that needs house training or any other type of training for that matter it’s the person. House broken or not the person still needs to train the dog and his or her self.
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I have had experience with a black lab since it was a puppy and I I also care for chihuahas in my family.
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I just want to say that i disagree about lap dogs. My mum bred lap dogs when I was little and they were all very loving and they had a very strong bond with my mum and I (we spent the most time together). I've also volunteered at an animal shelter and I have found that the smaller dogs are quieter and calmer. THis is just my opinion, and I'm not trying to start a fight. But I've always found ssmall dogs to be an easier starting dog because if the dog gets an injury theya re easier to move, the messes are easier to clean up, and they are travel sized. I've also found that they are more playful and less destructive
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I like some kinds of lap dogs. Fox and Rat Terriers are great dogs, I do agree with some of that. But I've never really had any good experiences with chiihuahas or pekingese. Or Yorkies. They all hate me. But it all depends on the person. I know several people who are terrified of any dog that's bigger than a chicken. I like big dogs because you can take them on activities like camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. I don't really want dogs on my lap anyway. Also, a well-trained big dog isn't necessarily less playful and more destructive. They just play in different ways than lap dogs. Also, all puppies are destructive until they're trained. Big or small!
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Golden Retriever
Lab

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What about a German sheperd?
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A German shepherd is a awesome breed but only if you are prepared to train it correctly. Germans can be naturally protective and can become aggressive with new people. So it would be a good thing to socialize the dog with new people and animals slowly when it still young to help it understand that new people and animals just mean new friends. You should also do research on the breed to make shore it’s the right one for you.
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You listed tow dogs that are pretty expensive, especially if it is a pure breed
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If you look at shelter dogs they can be less expensive and you would be surprised by how you can find really expensive breeds. Shelters no longer are homed to big mutts that no one knows what they are. Some dogs still are like that but a lot of dogs are pure breed.
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French bulldog
Chi weenie
English bulldog
Pug
American Staffordshire

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chi weenie? lol
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Seriously if you want love and smarts. Chi weenie is the dog for you. Very intelligent.. And not a hassle at all... It's a dog that you can lay it on your arms and it will fall asleep like a baby.. And the love oh my god they give it and want it ... It will be ur best friend forever!!! It's a mix ..and a great one too!! Oh yeah it like taking the sun and laying next to fireplaces and also loves being under the covers forever... Very low maintenance
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the am staff is not a good starter dog for a teen because they can be very stubborn and very destructive if not properly exercised and socialized . even thought they are great dogs NOT a first time dog
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Puggles! I have one and he is very playful. They don't shed as much cause they are short haired. I have a miniature puggle who loves to play and is very calm. Go to a place where they have puggles and just play with them and see which one fits with you and your home before buying it. There personalities are great!

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Awesome. I have a Puggle too. She is the most affectionate and playful dog that I've ever had.
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Mutt from your local shelter

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don't bother with things like breed, just find an older dog that is house broken and get yourself used to taking care of a dog.

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Well it is important to fit the dogs breed needs and the lifestyle of the person. So even though it could be a mix or a pure breed its needs will need to be taken into consideration when choosing their first dog.
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Toy poodle Or a yorkie for ur age

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Personally i think a maltese would be nice for a teen

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If you teen is just starting out with a dog you might like to go with the more easy to care for dogs, look for little shedding, low maintenance, maybe some middle aged dog that does not need much walking but loves to show efection.

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How about a German sheperd
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Yorkie but don't train it so its aggressive (no tug of war)

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You can play tag of with a yorkie without it being to aggressive, I play it with mine, she however knows not to bite people due to proper training.
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Actually tug of war has nothing to do with a dog growing up to be aggressive. It can play a role in it but it’s a lot of times a mix of bad to little training and misunderstanding on the persons part.
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The dog breed for you should be a breed that matches your life style. if your active, and have the time to spend with your dog and are willing to tack your dog every ware you go then you may be ready for a large active breed like a golden retriever or yellow or black lab. However if you are laid back and are a bite of a couch potato then you may need a lab dog like a chawawa or a terrier. It all depends on your life style and your ability to care for and train the dog. My suggestion is to go online and research dog breeds that you like and find the hand full that most fit your life and your home. Then go to the local shelter and try to find your new best friend. I hope this helps and that you soon find your new best friend soon. Good luck!

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Well having a dog is a commitment and the first step in that commitment is choosing a dog breed that best matches who you are. That way the rest of the commitment required is easier to meet. You don’t want to get an overly active dog when you’re a non-active person that leads to a disaster and a very hard decision ether step up or find the dog a home that can properly care for it.
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Well, If you want a GREAT dog that does not shed I recommend a schnauzer or miniature schnauzer. Bright, intelligent, loyal, easy to train and long lived with few health problems. Downside, they need daily brushing, esp their beards, and have to have periodic haircuts about every 6 weeks. I am assuming your teen is moderately active of course because they do need daily excercise. They do tend to be barkers as well. (no one is perfect) Avoid any hound or hound mix breeds because they can/are very stubborn and if they get a whiff of something of interest, they become instantly deaf to you until their curiosity is satisfied.

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I am the teen
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Dachshunds are good dogs for teens

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If you have a cat (as your photo suggests), make sure the breed is cat friendly. Some breeds are notorious for killing the family cat (for example huskies). Pound dogs might be questionable regarding cat friendliness.

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Wow I never knew huskies were cat killers
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Huskies are not cat killers. They just need to be properly trained. Like all dogs they have a hunting instinct and its strong so they must be trained to resist and they must have an outlet for the erg.
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I work at a shelter and boxers and american bulldogs seem to be really loyal. smart but dont need as much attention or training as other working dogs do.

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The best T can think of is ancestor to many a modern breeds, Vizla. They aren't too large or small, weighing around 40 - 60 lbs. They are one of the smartest breeds. They hardly ever bark. My dog Ruby will not bark unless there is a very good reason. That is usually she senses a credible threat or an urgent need to go outside and go. They are very loyal and listen well once trained. They are head-strong, so I recommend obedience training.For discipline a bottle of apple-bitter is all that is required.

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If I were you i wouldn't get a dog. Because it's gonna be with you for a long time, and in that time you'll have college, and getting on your feet with life, and it's not like you're gonna be rich once you leave your house, either a roommate won't want it, or your college or apartment manager won't accept them. that and you probably won't be able to afford its vet bills, and keeping it well fed and hydrated. if you go to college you'll only be able to fit in a part time job and you'll barely be able to feed yourself, let alone a dog. if you don't go to college you're probably not gonna get the best of jobs which will make owning a dog hard as well. If you graduate from college you'll probably have a lot of student loans to pay off so you can get started with your life and the cost of a dog will probably keep you back. I would HIGHLY recommend you get a dog when you're older and school is over and you have a steady job, and you're situated in a good home.

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That makes sense I guess I just had one of those hair brained ideas that I always think I can accomplish but just figure out I can't. It REALLY sucks have to wait 20 years to own my very own german sheperd but there is no other option. I guess I can stick to a couple fish for now.
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How soon until you will be going off to college? You could adopt an older Shepherd from a shelter. We have a great German Shepherd we adopted.
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I still have three more years in high school
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Don’t get discouraged having a dog at this time would be so awesome for you maybe not a German right now but you could have another awesome dog. Maybe a smaller breed like a border collie they are smart and friendly and they are practically everyone friend you just have to be a devoted dog owner and tack the time right now that you have to train the dog right I assume you live with your parents right to have three years or high school to go right? They can help you. But they need to be devoted dog owners to.
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A rescue dog. He will be doing something good for the community, giving a dog a forever home and gaining a best friend for his dogs life. Shelters also have puppies if your teen wants a puppy. But an older already trained dog without a home sure would appreciate him too. Mutts are also know to be somewhat smarter than a lot of pure breed dogs. So good luck with your new friend. I sure do love mine.

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An adorable pug =D

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try small, easy to take care of and that doesn't bite your head off when you come in the door.

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You should absolutely get a dog from your local shelter. I've adopted seven dogs, of every size and age and weight, and they are all great dogs. Any dog you get will require training,i.e. teaching it to go outside to do its "business",etc...

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There are two breeds I would suggest. The first being a beagle, they are easy to work with but you would need two, as they are pack dogs and one by itself will destroy your home. Good family pets to have around kids and easy to train. The other would be a poodle full breed or mixed. They are easily trained, and likes to learn new tricks. Remember what ever dog you choose, training and socialization early and often is the key!

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actually instead of a dog you should get a mountain pony/horse.

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I'm not rich
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labrador or a retriever

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What about a... Labrador Retriever!? :)
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A German Shepard or a Siberian Husky

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A Labrador or a Golden Retriever! (:

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A great starting dog for a teen is a Mini Schnauzer. They are loving laid-back dogs. The funny thing is, as much as they love to sleep and cuddle, they love excercise and fun. I know an 11 year old Mini that still loves to run around and play like a puppy. Plus they are loyal and loving and very smart. They truly are a perfect dog, personally i think the white ones are the cutest! Another cool fact is they are hypoallergenic. That means the dog doesnt shed, making them great for people with allergies. Because they dont shed they get little bumps like clogged hair follicles on their skin. It is natural and doesnt bother the dog at all. You just have to watch and make sure that the follicles dont get infected, otherwise they must be drained - gross i know. But for real, Mini Snouzers are a great dog and i would consider getting one if i were you.

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Golden retriever, greyhound (FAVOURITE), Boston terriers, labs, and who ever said a cute mutt from the pound didn't make a good pet. They are some of the cutest

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German Shepard( I love these dogs so much)
Chocolate Lab
Dalmatian
Jack Russell


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Agreed w/ butter cup: Shepherd first, Labrador second, also Irish Setter to consider third. Any of your large northern breeds EXCEPT CHAO.

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Golden Retrievers and Labs plus their are get family dogs

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Chihuahua.

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Presa Canario......... Yep. That is a perfect match.

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Newfoundland

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german shephard , husky

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the best dog can have a teen is a poodle, I have one and she is my best friend

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labs are i just got a lab and she is perfect she learns so quick and she is only 12 week she know how to sit labs are get they play when you want sleep when you want the the best
good luck finding a dog

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black lab they are gentle well mannered they will be your friend forever

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me and my bro have a pit bull but im 10 and hes 15 so i love very much and he takes care of him most so pit bull btw they are great watch dogs

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I have a dachshund haha, They are a little stubborn to train but are very sweet and lovable, and most of all funny to look at!

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All dogs have their own breed traits; and whether a dog is "lame" or not is a matter of opinion. Small lap-type dogs are just as sensitive to humans as large dogs and are usually very sweet and loving. However, I do agree that rescuing a dog is the best way to obtain one, since you're saving a life. As to what dog is best for a person, whether that person is a beginner, or has had dogs for years, that is a matter of personality and lifestyle. You want to take into account how much time you will have to devote to the needs of the dog, and whether your living arrangements are a match to the dog you choose. There's a show on Animal Planet called "Dogs 101", and it's a great one if you're interested in learning about breed traits and suitability as pets. I suggest you watch some episodes of that, and decide which traits best fit your personality. Just remember, dogs are like small children. Before you have one, you really need to make sure you're committed to the dog, and to owning one, because it's going to by YOUR responsibility for a very long time. They are definitely worth it. :)

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I used to watch dogs 101 but I just can't find it anymore
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You can watch full episodes on Animal planet dot com. I just saw it on TV the other day but I can't remember what day or time it was. Sorry. :)
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Personally I think a poodle would be a good dog to start out with. I have a male standard poodle named Leo and I can't think of a single thing that I don't like about him. My three year old nephew comes over a lot and he's great with him! My nephew LOVES him! Leo will follow him all over the house wagging his tail just being happy. He is extremely playful. It seems like he never runs out of energy! As far as being loyal mine defiantly is! Whenever I leave the house he wants to go too. He hates staying outside by himself. He doesn't ever leave my side unless there are small kids around. Then he'll follow them around. If you're wanting a dog for any age person I would recommend a standard poodle. They have everything that you're wanting in a dog. Smarts, loyalty, and playfulness they have it all!

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golden retrievers are really good dogs

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A yorkie! They're intelligent, spunky, independant, couragous, affectionate, determined,full of common sense, and Full of joie de vivre! Also, if you have allergies, they dont shed, so thats good too. But do this 10 question quiz!

http://animal.discovery.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds.html

It's called the 'which dog breed is best for me' quiz. It helps you determine which dog is the best match for you!! It's fun, too!

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LOL...I took that quiz once. Turns out the "best" breed for me is a Tibetan Mastiff. That would be true if I could afford one. I just read about one that sold for a million and a half dollars. <grin>
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Woah... I answered in June though O.o
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Listed by Toughness:
Rot Wyler (Guard Dog)
German Shepard (Police Dog)
Boxer (So and so, but has breathing problems)
Chihuahua ( Puny Dog)

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Totally a pug. It will make them calm.

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Beagles are really good family friendly dogs. They are loyally, very smart, and medium sized so they can even fit in an apartment. The one thing is that they howl, bark, grunt, and make noise if they something that they can't identify. Beagles are good alarm system, too.

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I had a toy poodle from 12 years old until about 26. Best dog ever. I have a Maltese now, and he loves my daughter. Both great dogs. Just gotta treat them right so they don't turn mean spirited.

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I would suggest a black lab i have one my self they are smart loyal and learn very fast as a puppy.

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I think English Bull dogs would be a great pet for a teen I should know my brother is19 and we have an English Bull dog

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If u r a beginner Border Collies because they r really smart but have lots of energy. For regulr any type of labordor. Pitbulls r but u have to know how to train them good. Small dogs Pom chihuahuas. Black labs r better then anything tht is my opion. I have a black lab mix tht loves me to death. He does bark at people but if they pet him he is fine. They only time he did not like people was 4 people. He is the best dog.

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i would recommend shelter dogs. you can spend time with them to see what their personality is like and pure breeds tend to have temperament issues and health problems. i wouldn't recommend any muscular dog such as pit bulls, rotties, or mastiffs. avoid dogs like chows and akitas because they are often aggressive. also, collies can be challenging because they have a natural herding instinct and will chase other animals and children. if you want a specific breed go with labs, golden retrievers, bull dogs, and other gentle dogs

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black labrador

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golden retreiver they are great with every one but try to get one not so hyper like i did O.O

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Yorkies

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