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Which large breed dogs do well as house pets?


Asked by Gene_Godwin at 4:00 AM on Jul. 28, 2010 in Pets

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  • In my opinion, ANY breed of dog can make a good house pet as long as it is TRAINED properly. *I also believe that all dogs SHOULD be kept in the house unless they are doing a job that they were bred to do, like guarding sheep.* We have a Belgian Malinois puppy. She will be six months old tomorrow and we've had her since she was 8wks old. She will weigh between 50 & 60lbs when full grown. She is great in the house. She is housebroken/crate trained. We haven't let her have free run of the house while we're gone, yet, as she is still in the chewing phase (she is getting better). She doesn't get into the trash. She rarely jumps up on furniture/cabinets/tables anymore because we have trained her not too. She's not crazy hyper either because we regularly take her out to play with the other dogs (Shelties) and run around the back yard. We also take her for walks around the block (nearly a mile round trip) a few times/week.

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 8:40 AM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Mastiffs

    Answer by Mama2Becks at 4:18 AM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • i would say mastiffs as well.... i have an itallian mastiff and if you read about there history they are great family dogs

    Answer by firstimemomm603 at 6:08 AM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Labs are great!

    Answer by sherribeare at 4:03 AM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • We've had pretty good luck with boxers, and our great dane does pretty good inside too.

    Answer by hgraham4707 at 4:27 AM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Never had a big dog, inside, myself, but my friend has a Rottweiler that stays inside. They always take their dogs to obedience school as puppies and she says they make wonderful indoor pets.

    Answer by heathermarie32 at 4:46 AM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Boxers are supposed to be very good with kids.

    Answer by Saya at 6:55 AM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Boxers are awesome with kids.

    Answer by momof3inTN at 7:23 AM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • I have an American Bulldog (looks like a pit but bigger). She's the sweetest dog but there are days I really want to kill her. Like the day she ate a foot hole in the side of my house. That's right, siding, insulation & was nawing on the support beam when I caught her. We got her @ 14 wks, housetrained & every chance she gets she'll sneak into dd's room & pee on the floor. I've been trying to train her so she doesn't have to be kenneled every time we leave, last time I let her out she pooped twice & peed on the floor, yes I let her out to go before we left & she went! She's super sweet w/ my dd & loves ppl. She'd eat a small dog given 1/2 a chance. I wanted a mastiff & got stuck w/ this one. Do your research ahead of time. Learn about their exercise needs, vet bills, how much they're going to eat & if they are destructive.

    Answer by Nyx7 at 7:51 AM on Jul. 28, 2010

  • Dittto CollinBayleeMom. My dogs are ALWAYS house-dogs; they are pack animals and to leave them outside (especially in Michigan winters) is just cruel. Any dog will be a "bad" dog without training and socialization.

    That said... I've had good luck over the years with a few breeds (I have a habit of rescuing abused animals). I've had a Doberman (she was the BEST!), a German shepherd/pitt bull mix (she still lives with my parents), and my husband and I now have a pitt bull/lab mix - 5 year old male. He's the sweetest dog I could ever ask for, and he does wonderful with our toddler! We've had Harley since he was 10 months old and he's damn-near a 2nd kid. :)

    Answer by Kassey713 at 1:26 PM on Jul. 28, 2010