Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The 10 Most High-Maintenance Dog Breeds
Yahoo ^ | April 5, 2012 | Mary Bloom

Posted on 04/05/2012 10:29:35 AM PDT by C19fan

When most of us think of caring for the family dog, we have in mind a sedate walk around the block once a day, maybe an obedience class when he's a pup, a good brushing once a week and lots of hanging out together watching TV at night. And then there is that special breed of dog - the high-energy, need-a-job-to-do, groom-challenging kind that comes in all looks and sizes, but shares one commonality: He is undeniably high-maintenance.

(Excerpt) Read more at shine.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-153 next last

1 posted on 04/05/2012 10:29:37 AM PDT by C19fan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: C19fan

We enjoy a nice, low-maintenance Rottweiler. Food and outside in the morning and afternoon. Sleeps on the couch for the other 23 1/2 hours. A few baths a year and a trip to the vet. Nice.


2 posted on 04/05/2012 10:41:09 AM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

I’ve had three Labradors; two Blacks, currently one Yellow - and I want to add a Chocolate to the mix. (I currently also have a Basset Hound; maintenance free if you don’t mind slobbering, LOL!) I adore the Lab breed.

However, I DO live on a farm and we DO spend a lot of time outdoors, so aside from a few gnawed shoes along the way, they’ve not been the trouble others seem to have with them.

Just as with trees, shrubs, perennial plants and husbands; the right one for the right place makes ALL the difference in performance! :)


3 posted on 04/05/2012 10:42:34 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

I read that story yesterday. I can certainly testify about the border collie. We had a border collie/wolf mix. That was one creative dog! He could climb trees, sniff out all sorts of stuff and was on the go, all the time. Around Christmas one year, we put the presents on the top of the fridge to keep him from investigating the packages while we were gone. We returned and found that dog lying on the top of the fridge with some curl ribbon hanging out of his mouth.


4 posted on 04/05/2012 10:46:08 AM PDT by Jemian (We don't need Mittens in the south (or the rest of the country, for that matter).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jemian

Wolf mix!! You should post a photo.


5 posted on 04/05/2012 10:47:20 AM PDT by C19fan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Jemian

That’s a hard one to match, Jemian!


6 posted on 04/05/2012 10:49:54 AM PDT by EDINVA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

I have two Australian Shepherds. Definitely high maintenance, but absolutely worth the trouble. They must be entertained, or else. They also shed like the dickens. Unfortunately, Aussie fur does not make strong yarn (someone tried, on YouTube), otherwise we’d have an endless supply of fiber for weaving.


7 posted on 04/05/2012 10:50:13 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jemian
We returned and found that dog lying on the top of the fridge with some curl ribbon hanging out of his mouthLOL Thanks for that image... reminds me of the time our golden retriever ate all the candy in the Easter baskets while we were at Church...her sheepish expression when we returned...the foil shreds hanging out of her mouth...the kids were horrified ! We laughed for hours.
8 posted on 04/05/2012 10:54:11 AM PDT by Red Boots
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

NO! Dont do it! Chocolates are evil!

One of mine is anyways. We call her “Trouble” She loves to counter surf when your back is turned. This weekend she dug two metal tins out of a box, chewed them open and ate 31 dark chocolate candies. Third or forth time she has been been to the vet for eating the wrong thing. Once ate 2-3 pounds of bird seed... Pooped it for a week.

I love Labs, they are the best dogs in the world. She is my big “Goofy Girl”.

Shes the one that stands in the middle of all the trash on the floor with the look “What did you expect? I am a dog!”

She’s a rescue, and we always say “Well, we know why she was given up before!” :)


9 posted on 04/05/2012 10:54:52 AM PDT by Harry Pothead (Go Sarah!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

I would like to know the opposite: the 10 lowest maintenance dog breeds: basset hounds ?, ???


10 posted on 04/05/2012 10:55:45 AM PDT by Red Boots
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Harry Pothead

Yeah - my Labs were all through friends or ‘Pound Found.’ They’ve made me keep my house in order, that’s for sure!

Now that I think about it, about 25 years ago the first one ate an entire floor-standing houseplant while we were gone for the evening. I mean it was GONE - just some dirt and the pot remained.

Never did find ANY pieces of that plant, she never pooped it out (we checked - Ewww!) and she lived to be 15, so I guess it was Labrador Aliens, LOL!


11 posted on 04/05/2012 10:59:00 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

“I don’t know what kind of dog he is, but before I cut off his tail and painted him yellow, he was a alligator.”


12 posted on 04/05/2012 11:02:44 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jemian

OMGosh that is the funniest thing and a great visual....


13 posted on 04/05/2012 11:03:25 AM PDT by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

My first lab ate a couch while I was at work one day.

I came home and the entire living room was covered with stuffing. He entered the hole he burrowed and was sleeping in there like a bear in a cave.


14 posted on 04/05/2012 11:08:14 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

He’s long gone and sorely missed. We got him in 1977 and he died of cancer in 1980. Great dog and very loyal.


15 posted on 04/05/2012 11:08:56 AM PDT by Jemian (We don't need Mittens in the south (or the rest of the country, for that matter).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Red Boots

I would like to know the opposite: the 10 lowest maintenance dog breeds: basset hounds ?, ???

Rhodesian Ridgeback. Smart, delight to train, loyal, gentle with family, death on enemies, doesn’t chase cattle, or deer. Death on mountain lions. Does not bark. Hound personality. Short hair. Lives outside, never bathes.
We live on 20 acres. We can leave for several days and she will not leave the yard. They have a strong pack instinct.
This is our 6th Ridgeback, Mango.


16 posted on 04/05/2012 11:09:24 AM PDT by WestwardHo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Jack Russells don’t need a lot of maintenance but they do need to move.


17 posted on 04/05/2012 11:18:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

I didn’t see the breed that includes Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Waters, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopie Goldberg, Susan Estrich, Mara Liasson, et. al.


18 posted on 04/05/2012 11:21:08 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WestwardHo

My daughter had a Ridgeback and he was everything you mentioned. We miss him. I have a poodle, and they are great for certain allergies. I am extremely allergic to my sister’s Goldens, but not my poodle. But they are high maintenance. If you don’t want to groom a dog, do not get a poodle. Although, they are the smartest dog out there.


19 posted on 04/05/2012 11:22:10 AM PDT by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: blueunicorn6
“I don’t know what kind of dog he is, but before I cut off his tail and painted him yellow, he was a alligator.”

That reminds me of a dingo who owned me once. Although he recognized me as Alpha, he certainly had a mind of his own.

20 posted on 04/05/2012 11:30:06 AM PDT by Jemian (We don't need Mittens in the south (or the rest of the country, for that matter).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Red Boots
I would like to know the opposite: the 10 lowest maintenance dog breeds: basset hounds ?, ???

I think dead dogs would occupy all 10 slots.

JUST KIDDING! IT'S A JOKE!

I've got 2 cairn terriers, born diggers. I think I would rather have gophers in my yard than our two little earth movers. Still, they are sturdy little gals and will always let us know when someone new is approaching the house. Of course their bark is more "Hey! Come play with us!", than "Hey! Stay away or we'll eat you!"

21 posted on 04/05/2012 11:44:24 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: TexasRepublic

We have had one for 5 years now and we love her. We do work at home and she is like a shadow. They call them Velcro dogs to. Yes she sheds but that is it. Other than brushing every few months and a bath. Nothing more than any other dog. Had 2 goldens retrievers before and they used to stink all the time.


22 posted on 04/05/2012 11:45:29 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Jemian

I have a golden. If he isn’t a lap dog, he is outside chasing everything, none of which he catches. He takes to training well and all he wants is to have his belly scratched.


23 posted on 04/05/2012 11:48:04 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

I hate articles that fail to simply list what their talking about, forcing others to jump through a pages of photos etc.,


24 posted on 04/05/2012 11:49:35 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: loungitude
We enjoy a nice, low-maintenance Rottweiler. Food and outside in the morning and afternoon. Sleeps on the couch for the other 23 1/2 hours. A few baths a year and a trip to the vet. Nice.

And when the SHTF and it is TEOTWAWKI you can feed him zombies.

25 posted on 04/05/2012 11:51:02 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

We did a lot of research and settled on a Havanese. Perfect house pet—calm, loving, smart, one of the so-called “non shredders”— low maintenance if you keep the fur cut short.


26 posted on 04/05/2012 12:01:55 PM PDT by grumpa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

I’m thinking that I want to get a golden at some time. I’m not ready for an additional dog right now. But goldens are my sometime-in-the-future breed.


27 posted on 04/05/2012 12:05:41 PM PDT by Jemian (We don't need Mittens in the south (or the rest of the country, for that matter).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

My JR does like love and attention, however. If she doesn’t get that, she’ll do stuff like eat a rug. She did that to my sister in law and that’s how I ended up with the dog :)


28 posted on 04/05/2012 12:29:49 PM PDT by midnightcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: loungitude

Rotties are nice. We have a Beagle who sleeps 22 out of 24 hours per day in his petbed. Rising only to take a walk, eat a meal or beg for treats. Our Chihuahua is a love sponge and also easy to deal with.


29 posted on 04/05/2012 12:40:24 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: midnightcat
My JRT likes the attention but he's outside running around so much that attention means a chance to sleep in my lap. He's got a fenced half acre and a doggie door so he's in and out all day long.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
30 posted on 04/05/2012 12:53:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

One of our Corgis has a non-standard “fluffy” coat. She certainly requires far more grooming than her standard nephew.


31 posted on 04/05/2012 1:22:55 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

My Dobie is very high maintenance. Not in terms of grooming (what’s that) but in terms of need for exercise, attention and affection. Also most people couldn’t control him - very willful and very strong.


32 posted on 04/05/2012 1:25:54 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: loungitude

Don’t tell chet99 about this... wait... never mind ;)


33 posted on 04/05/2012 1:34:28 PM PDT by Bikkuri
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: WestwardHo

I met Ridgebacks he hard way.. on a ranch, and they were both grown...

If they weren’t raised knowing you since they were pups, they will shred you to pieces. I was always running for projection (or scooting away quickly, with them on my tail, on a motorcycle). They only time they were at piece with me was when I was horseback, they went anywhere I went when I was riding :)

The day that changed all of that was one day when I was riding horseback and was in a mild gallop... the red one was on my right and the black one was on my left. As soon as my horse was startled and jumped, I turned around to see what it dodged and saw the red one jump too, and it was scared... Happened to be a 5 1/2 foo Diamondback rattler.. lol... anyway, that day, we ran pretty hard most of the day and they were both exhausted and panting under a tree. I dismounted and was able to get close enough (slowly, of course) to them to pet hem.

From that day on, anything that threatened me or looked at me funny was dogfood.. They were great :D

Sorry about any typos.. I am having to pound on the KB because I spilled some ice tea (sweetened) on it a couple of days ago.. and it is not being friendly atm :/) ;)


34 posted on 04/05/2012 1:48:52 PM PDT by Bikkuri
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Mines name is Maggie and this year she joins Gus a black Lab as my new tracking team. She’s already found 2 Black Bucks, 3 Axis and 7 hog’s. One of the hogs was a 337 lb boar that was far from dead and she would let it get away, she was raising hell. She officialy goes to work this fall when deer season opens, I usually get 3 to 5 calls a month to go find wounded buck’s.


35 posted on 04/05/2012 2:05:05 PM PDT by Dusty Road
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: C19fan; a fool in paradise
Liberace doesn't require much attention.


36 posted on 04/05/2012 2:07:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bikkuri

Must not have passed mustard with their “boss”?
Snake fear is in the blood. Mango avoids suspicious sticks.
Love her for that. We have lots of snakes.
My condolances for your keyboard. Note to self: Do not wash keyboard with alcohol. Makes monitor do weird things and die.


37 posted on 04/05/2012 2:26:42 PM PDT by WestwardHo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

38 posted on 04/05/2012 2:32:09 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TexasRepublic

Yep. Everything you said.

Our Aussie is a loved member of the family but he is definitely high maintenance.

Shedding? LOL!. I’ve often considered starting a mattress factory.


39 posted on 04/05/2012 2:43:41 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: C19fan
I have a Lhasapoo. Great for anyone that has allergies and doesn't like to deal with shedding but a high maintenance dog for sure.
He is a fantastic watch dog too.
40 posted on 04/05/2012 2:44:02 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Mine has complete control of me.


41 posted on 04/05/2012 2:46:29 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks Joe, how did I guess a Yorkie would be on that list, lol. Lots of long fine hair.


42 posted on 04/05/2012 2:48:49 PM PDT by potlatch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek
"Lord Of The Logs"

versus "Lord Of The Frogs"

...;D

43 posted on 04/05/2012 2:50:21 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: 2111USMC
Blaze .... When he was younger. (He's added some weight since. My fault.)

Photobucket

44 posted on 04/05/2012 2:54:09 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin
and husbands; the right one for the right place makes ALL the difference in performance

Ahh...you are brutal!! ROFLOL!!

45 posted on 04/05/2012 2:54:55 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Salamander
Lord of the lake

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usImage Hosted by ImageShack.us
46 posted on 04/05/2012 2:55:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Georgia Girl 2

My chihuahua is a mix of long/short hair and requires a brushing once or twice a week. Other than that, loves to warm my lap at all times.


47 posted on 04/05/2012 3:00:38 PM PDT by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Bikkuri

A *black* Ridgeback??


48 posted on 04/05/2012 3:01:04 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

LOL!

*Love* #2!

He snorkels?

Totally cool dog, CC.

:)


49 posted on 04/05/2012 3:03:47 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: TheMom

For later -


50 posted on 04/05/2012 3:04:03 PM PDT by TheMom (Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-153 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson