My husband has them. He saw how well Dixie got on with a friend, that he brought one home with the best of intentions.
So now, we have large(ish) 6 month old, hound something or another. He and Dixie have already hit it off, DH is head over heels for him. He's a kind fellow, not too smart, but kind. Very VERY timid, but not snappish at all, he just lays down. We were talking about hanging out the open sign, but with Dixie's issues, we were going to hold off. I have to admit, though, that he's grown on me as well. He doesn't bark, rode well in the car, can't quite figure out the leash thing, and is WONDERFUL with DD.
He needs a name (open to suggestions!), some housebreaking (he is crate trained, however, not so much in the house), and to be neutered but I think that he's going to fit in rather well.
He's a shepherd cross of some sort, maybe that coveted lab is in there. I don't see the hound and that's probably a good thing. Lab/Shepherd crosses are making wonderful family dogs all over the universe.
Build up his confidence while/by installing some solid good citizen commands and I think you'll have a wonderful dog. I bet he's smarter than you think-an off the hook JR is a tough act to follow! LOL He has very sweet eyes that seem like he's old soul to me. The eyes and expression make me think aussie or border collie could be in the mix too. I like him.
Your husband should name him! Surely he has a name that he's been thinking of for this dog that he's been dreaming of!
I have left the naming mostly up to DH, however, EVERYTHING seems to fit him.
He is a love. Very sweet. He is currently no more than 2 ft from DH at all times. We have to be a bit careful about what breeding we put on his paperwork, the current says hound mix, as our renters insurance doesn't allow for sheps, pitties, or the like.
We will, hopefully, be enrolling him in puppy class, after the New Year to install some confidence. His default button is to cower, poor chap.
Originally Posted by MistyBlue
I prefer them outside playing as opposed to standing in the barn aisle playing "I can crap more than you"
You'll be find on the house training if you stay on a schedule. You know the deal. Food, then out. After crate, straight out. Lots of praise. He'll sort it out quickly I bet, especially with another dog in the house. I was AMAZED at how easy it was with new pup when we had an older dog in the house already. It was almost like older dog was training new pup more than WE were!
Merry Christmas and congrats on the new addition!
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Don't get used to the "no barking" thing. All of our dogs took a few weeks to warm up and find their voice... now, with 4-5 dogs in the house at a time, it gets quite loud at times. Although never when it counts, like at 1am when we had a masked man ring our doorbell and run a few nights ago. None of the dogs made a sound, of course . (Police were called).
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Can't you hold off with the neutering until he attains skeletal growth? Neutering will delay the closure of the long bones, he might get taller than he would otherwise, plus increase the incidence of hypothyroidism and bone cancer, compared to if you delay neutering until he is mature, if you think you need to neuter. Some males are perfectly OK left intact, as I assume your bitch is spayed so reproduction is not an issue. Some intact males do not mark, are not aggressive to other males, and do not "wander" as they are fenced or supervised. Just wanted you to think about what is best for this particular dog and your particular situation.