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Yeahsurewhatever Sun 09-Jun-19 20:47:22

Does anyone have any experience?
Would be interested to hear about your dogs. I'm really keen to get one but would love to know a bit more about the realities of its care.

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Quietlife333 Sun 09-Jun-19 21:06:14

A friend had one, I don’t know if she was just unlucky but it was vicious. Bit the postman, then a visitor badly, had to be put down. Sorry that’s not a very positive review !

Maneandfeathers Sun 09-Jun-19 21:12:27

As someone who works with dogs I would say don’t touch one with a barge pole unless your very experienced with dogs.

Saucery Sun 09-Jun-19 21:14:30

Highly energetic, strong willed, absolutely beautiful dogs in the hands of an owner experienced with that type of breed, nightmare if owner doesn’t know how to train them.

MrsMozartMkII Sun 09-Jun-19 21:16:40

Ditto the level of experience needed, i.e. a lot and of the relevant type.

Big, powerful, dominant, really-not-to-be-messed-with dogs.

I've only met two.

I have two Rotties and a GSD. I wouldn't touch a RR with a bargepole (either theoretically or literally).

SherlockSays Sun 09-Jun-19 21:18:11

Our old next door neighbour has one - he was beautiful, soooooo energetic though and a proper handful - it was unbelievable how fast he grew too.

Saw him the other day actually and he still looked as mad as ever, I do remember them trying a lot of different leads and harnesses with him. They also have a beagle (I have 2) and all got on well with the ridgeback.

SophyStantonLacy Sun 09-Jun-19 21:30:17

I’ve met loads in southern Africa, but dog ownership is quite different (in my experience) there so hard to extrapolate. very big!!

Yeahsurewhatever Sun 09-Jun-19 21:31:25

Ok...
So I would be stupid to ignore that unanimous opinion there.
As v v v disappointed as I am to hear it and I don't want to believe it.

I love a medium to large dog, thats a bit independant and good with kids and (an important) bonus for DH is that it doesn't shed much. I love that it looks like a 'proper dog' and it's one of the few breeds we both agree on.

Is there anything else you'd recommend instead?!

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Ohwhatsoccuring Sun 09-Jun-19 21:34:48

I had one and he was amazing. We trained him from a puppy and took him to agility to burn energy.

At home he was a big lazy lump but went for at least 2 walks a day.

He was a great big softie, lovely when I was pregnant and amazing with the kids.

Really miss him as he was beautiful, I would have another in a heartbeat

Manclife1 Sun 09-Jun-19 21:35:08

Ex GF’s family had one. Pure muscle, head as emails and loved to play but would get carried away all the time. Ate a sheep on separate occasions when it escaped. Amazing dogs, not one if you’ve got kids though.

GrimSisters Sun 09-Jun-19 21:38:08

I'd always recommend a GSD (we have a straight backed fluffy version) but I remember meeting a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback owned by a lovely lady on one of my mum's WI walks. grin Beautiful dog.

IHeartArya Sun 09-Jun-19 21:39:29

I know 2. Both male.

One I see on our offlead walks- still a puppy but big & a handful. You wouldn’t stand a chance if wanted to take you out. Very energetic. I don’t think his owner can handle him really as he jumps up at people. Fine now as he’s not fully grown but will be a nightmare when he’s reached full growth.

Another a friend has. He’s a teddy bear. But she has him so so well trained.

But any dog can turn - so do you think you could handle him if he/her did?

Have you met any?

Sexnotgender Sun 09-Jun-19 21:41:36

Medium to large, good with kids and doesn’t shed much = greyhound.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sun 09-Jun-19 21:41:44

A colleague of mine has one: he is beautifully trained, not aggressive at all, and a dream with their DC. I think it's all down to how much experience you have as a dog owner and how much time you can put into training. Colleague is v. outdoorsy so the dog gets a LOT of exercise.

BiscuitBeast Sun 09-Jun-19 21:41:44

No experience of RR but in answer to possible suitable dog, a labradoodle ticks all your boxes. Large breed, no shedding, great with kids. My friend has 3 and they are all wonderful, very well behaved and joy to be around.

Wolfiefan Sun 09-Jun-19 21:44:32

Ha. Tell the doodle I met today he’s supposed to be non shedding. Apparently he never stops! grin
What are you looking for OP? How much grooming and walking and training etc are you prepared for? How much space do you have for a dog?

PrayingandHoping Sun 09-Jun-19 21:47:23

How about an HPR? Pointer, GSP, Vizla?

I have 2 gsps. Fabulous dogs, great with all
Members of the family. Their reputation is they need hours of running a day which is total rubbish. My guys get min 45 mins and then will sofa surf rest of the day! They are fit though and both compete in agility.

SophyStantonLacy Sun 09-Jun-19 21:49:02

what’s an HPR, prayingandhoping?

WhoKnewBeefStew Sun 09-Jun-19 21:50:01

The lady who looks after my dogs has one, and she's the most loving, chilled out, laid back dog I've ever met. Tbh I had a really bad opinion of them before I met hers. Now I think they are lovely dogs

adaline Sun 09-Jun-19 21:50:20

A labradoodle isn't a breed though - there is absolutely no guarantee of coat, size, or well...anything.

A colleague had one who's fully grown and barely weighs 10kg - I've met others who weigh over 35kg. Some shed, some don't. Some shed madly (worse than my beagle), others need grooming sessions once a month, some just need brushing once a week.

I have nothing against cross breeds but I wish people wouldn't post as if they're a breed in themselves.

GeorgiaGirl52 Sun 09-Jun-19 21:51:37

Don't know what you mean by "proper dog" exactly, but if you want 'good with children' then:
-- smooth coated collie
-- greyhound
-- basset hound
-- irishdoodle

PrayingandHoping Sun 09-Jun-19 21:51:52

@SophyStantonLacy Hunt Point Retrieve. Sub section of the gundog group

MotherOfTheNoise Sun 09-Jun-19 21:53:41

My friends mum had two boys and there both gorgeous. So good with her toddlers and really well behaved laid back typed. She exercised them once a day on a good hour long walk/jog, but other than that they just slept.

TheVanguardSix Sun 09-Jun-19 21:58:56

I would go with a : Vizsla, Weimaraner, Golden retriever, Lab, or German short-haired pointer. All 'proper' gun dogs. Beautiful!

Honestly, OP. Rhodesian ridgebacks are beautiful, but every single one I've encountered has been aggressive. They were my favourite breed until I got to be around them. And I am around them quite a bit on dog walks. Gorgeous dogs. But pretty 'strong' in character. Quite full on.

I have a lab-vizsla cross. Best dog in the world. grin Absolutely brilliant family dog!

Newyearnewunicorn Sun 09-Jun-19 22:01:22

a pointer cross Labrador, I puppy minded a wire haired pointer cross Labrador and she’s a fantastic dog very laidback doesn’t shed much. She’s a big dog, looks like a proper dog and good with children.

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