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BluKat March 25th, 2012 06:44 PM

Searching for a perfect match.
 
I wanna have [B]a dog and a cat [/B]that would be a [B]great team [/B]together, would love to [B]play together [/B]and that I wont have to be scared to find one of them injured when I will leave them[B] alone[/B].

For a dog I want a [I]big one,[/I] something like [B]Leonberger[/B], I want him to be [U]big, cuddly, protective, but very sporty[/U], so I can go running with him an hiking. I recently saw a photo of a dog that was huge, he looked like a bear, I think that was the word how they described him too, a dog bear.

For a cat, Im very into Savannah cat, because that breed is [B]bigger and muscular, long legs and kinda gepard coat[/B], so I can go out with it. But I heard Savannah cats are more on a wild side and dont like to cuddle a lot. So if there is a breed thats [I]big, muscular, but cuddly and sweet [/I]- perfect.

And a question - there is many shelters with [B]wolf hybrids[/B]. What do you think about them? I obviously am against mixing a wolf and a dog, but if I can save one hybrids life that needs a home I think its okay. What do you think? Hybrid was always my first choice, but I dont know if its okay to adopt them. I read in a post about hybrids here and I like them a lot.

As for the place to live - [I]big, green and a lot of space[/I]. What about travelling with dogs? Can such big dogs travel to [I]another country[/I]? Are hotels a good choice? How do they treat them?

I have so many questions before I decide for a dog and a cat that would be great together, I hope you will help me. [B]Tnx[/B]

BluKat March 27th, 2012 06:45 AM

[QUOTE=BluKat;1036964]I wanna have [B]a dog and a cat [/B]that would be a [B]great team [/B]together, would love to [B]play together [/B]and that I wont have to be scared to find one of them injured when I will leave them[B] alone[/B].

For a dog I want a [I]big one,[/I] something like [B]Leonberger[/B], I want him to be [U]big, cuddly, protective, but very sporty[/U], so I can go running with him an hiking. I recently saw a photo of a dog that was huge, he looked like a bear, I think that was the word how they described him too, a dog bear.

For a cat, Im very into Savannah cat, because that breed is [B]bigger and muscular, long legs and kinda gepard coat[/B], so I can go out with it. But I heard Savannah cats are more on a wild side and dont like to cuddle a lot. So if there is a breed thats [I]big, muscular, but cuddly and sweet [/I]- perfect.

And a question - there is many shelters with [B]wolf hybrids[/B]. What do you think about them? I obviously am against mixing a wolf and a dog, but if I can save one hybrids life that needs a home I think its okay. What do you think? Hybrid was always my first choice, but I dont know if its okay to adopt them. I read in a post about hybrids here and I like them a lot.

As for the place to live - [I]big, green and a lot of space[/I]. What about travelling with dogs? Can such big dogs travel to [I]another country[/I]? Are hotels a good choice? How do they treat them?

I have so many questions before I decide for a dog and a cat that would be great together, I hope you will help me. [B]Tnx[/B][/QUOTE]

What about both Leonberger and a Hybrid together?

Dog Dancer March 27th, 2012 11:43 AM

Welcome BluKat. Gee I'm glad you don't want much!! Seriously though, if you are planning a lot of traveling a giant size dog may not be your best option. I also have a fondness for the giant dogs, but I'm a homebody. You must consider that if you travel your dog would pretty much always have to go cargo due to it's size (unless you're driving everywhere). You don't sound like you have a huge amount of dog experience, but I'm just guessing. Before you buy any dog you need to seriously research and read up on the breed. There's a thread on here about a Great Pyrenee's, which is a guardian dog like a Leo, and there are huge issues with this dog because it's not getting to do what it was bred to do. So remember that with any breed you choose. It may not be suited to a life of travel.

I also don't think a hybrid is a great choice. They should be left to very, very experienced handlers, they come with their own unique set of difficulties that most of us are not equiped to deal with. They are not cut out for life in an apartment or the city. I had a hybrid many years ago (it was a gift to me) and ultimately we could not keep it, he simply wasn't happy with what we had to offer him in a city environment. Our yard wasn't big enough and the fence wasn't high enough!

Cats and dogs are all unique, and no one breed over the other will go well or badly together. That said, any dog that has a prey drive will be harder to adapt to living with a cat. I'm looking for a Malamute right now, but know that unless it's raised from a puppy with a cat it's not going to work out. Prey driven dogs and any cat spell trouble.

If you plan on travelling a lot pick a cat or a dog, but I'd refrain from over stocking your life with furbabies. Good luck to you with that though. I'm sure others will be along with their own opinions. Hope you enjoy the board.

BluKat March 27th, 2012 04:32 PM

[QUOTE=Dog Dancer;1037064]Welcome BluKat. Gee I'm glad you don't want much!! Seriously though, if you are planning a lot of traveling a giant size dog may not be your best option. I also have a fondness for the giant dogs, but I'm a homebody. You must consider that if you travel your dog would pretty much always have to go cargo due to it's size (unless you're driving everywhere). You don't sound like you have a huge amount of dog experience, but I'm just guessing. Before you buy any dog you need to seriously research and read up on the breed. There's a thread on here about a Great Pyrenee's, which is a guardian dog like a Leo, and there are huge issues with this dog because it's not getting to do what it was bred to do. So remember that with any breed you choose. It may not be suited to a life of travel.

I also don't think a hybrid is a great choice. They should be left to very, very experienced handlers, they come with their own unique set of difficulties that most of us are not equiped to deal with. They are not cut out for life in an apartment or the city. I had a hybrid many years ago (it was a gift to me) and ultimately we could not keep it, he simply wasn't happy with what we had to offer him in a city environment. Our yard wasn't big enough and the fence wasn't high enough!

Cats and dogs are all unique, and no one breed over the other will go well or badly together. That said, any dog that has a prey drive will be harder to adapt to living with a cat. I'm looking for a Malamute right now, but know that unless it's raised from a puppy with a cat it's not going to work out. Prey driven dogs and any cat spell trouble.

If you plan on travelling a lot pick a cat or a dog, but I'd refrain from over stocking your life with furbabies. Good luck to you with that though. I'm sure others will be along with their own opinions. Hope you enjoy the board.[/QUOTE]

Not a lot of travelling, but once in two months definitely. And actually I do have experience with dogs, we always had big dogs and all my family has dogs, so I actually am pretty good with them and I can handle two dogs together.


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