So I’ll say right off the bat – doodles of any kind are not what you’re looking for unless you find one in a shelter and promise to keep it well-groomed and clipped short. Buying one isn’t really an ethical thing you can do due to them being popular with BYB and not an official breed, so there is no standardization for look, color or temperament. Every Once In A While A Dog Enters Your Life Gordon Irish Setter T-Shirt If you do want to hunt at all, their coats are not suited for it because they absorb water like sponges, get matted and are just kind of a pain. A lot of the breeds you listed need more than one hour of exercise and they have varying degrees of capabilities of being left alone for an eight hour work day. I have a GSP and they’re not quiet dogs at all – mine is whiny and a demand barker and just talkative in general, which I enjoy but is a pain in the ass to most people.
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I’d say a Labrador would meet your needs best out of all the breeds you’ve listed. Good, friendly dogs and wonderful adventure buddies. Just make sure you go through a good breeder. Thanks for the input! I had no idea about their coats. You mentioned many need more than an hour.Every Once In A While A Dog Enters Your Life Gordon Irish Setter T-Shirt The hour is not a hard and fast time. Would you mind pointing out dogs on the list that have requirements on the lower end?I honestly think that would only be Labs and Goldens. If you can get them an hour of intense exercise, they’re pretty happy and they can be the least neurotic out of all the breeds listed. A lot of the pointing/setting breeds are just energetic because they were bred to hunt all day and so their “off switch” is difficult to find. Plus some of them like the Large Münsterländer are closely guarded by the hunting community and will only sell them into hunting homes.
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Because they’re so energetic, they’re prone to separation anxiety and destructiveness and eight hours is a long stretch and most gun dogs aren’t happy not getting a day of exercise. With Tollers it kind of depends on the lineage, mine (and his ancestors) have a pretty great off switch. I know his granddad, mum and cousin personally and they do fine sleeping the day away. (They are worked every day though, for about two hours). However, once grown they do need more exercise Every Once In A While A Dog Enters Your Life Gordon Irish Setter T-Shirt one hour per day, I’d say at least one hour walks (involved ones, so nose work or something during it) and then at least half an hour training or some kind of work on top of that. They are pretty handler focused, so they do like being near you, but they don’t need to cuddle all of the time.