A friend of mine has decided to get a dog. She isn't sure what kind to get but has some things in mind. She is looking for a low to no shedding dog who is medium to large size (no toy breeds). She doesn't have many other preferences though. I told her to look into poodles due to the shedding reason but she is not sure that's what she wants to do. She thought a yellow lab but I told her I thought they shed alot.

Are there any other dogs that she should consider. She has no kids but plans to in the future. She lives alone so the dog would need to be alone for a few hours a day during the week, either crated or in one room. She doesn't want to have an extremely active or lazy dog. Thanks for any help that I can pass along (she doesn't have a computer so she can't access the group).
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A friend of mine has decided to get a dog. She isn't sure what kind to get but has some ... Thanks for any help that I can pass along (she doesn't have a computer so she can't access the group).

Are the only criteria that the dog be able to stay alone for a few hours, and be accepting of kids later?
A friend of mine has decided to get a dog. She isn't sure what kind to get but has some ... Thanks for any help that I can pass along (she doesn't have a computer so she can't access the group).

There are many breeds that could be suggested based on size & shedding alone. Only a handful would be suggested if things like trainability, exercise needs (more specific than not extremely active or lazy), vocal/non-vocal, socialization needs, etc were specified.

If she's looking for Lab-like qualities without the shedding she could consider a Boxer, but only if playing retrieving games and reliability are unimportant to her. IMO Boxers have more personality (slightly less in the brain department) and they require more human-dog attention on a "be with me and let me plaster myself to your side/lap/leg/face" level than a Lab which, IME, requires more person-dog interaction for exercise needs. Boxers aren't generally as destructive to the home as Labs are but they tend to be counter cruisers & trash raiders. They don't generally get into the whole game thing with toys & fetching that Labs do nor do they tend to require as much physical exercise to be happy as a Lab does.
Boxer owners need a sense of humor, they need to be willing to have a dog that acts much more like a 3yo child, they need to give their dogs lots of attention time whether its just being home and sitting with the dog on the sofa or taking the dog out with them. They need to be willing to deal with a very physical dog who will bounce, jump, paw, mouth and box...not to mention pull, ignore and be unreliable when either in public or in front of an audience. Training is a must and I highly recommend starting with a dog at least 2yo as they are hellions until then but coming from a shelter provides the advantage of the dog being very obedient and trainable for the first two weeks he/she is in a new home.
Boxers do shed but the hairs are close to invisible as they're small. This could be a bad thing from some POVs because at least with Lab hair you can see it & sweep it up whereas Boxer hair just manages to find its way to you, weave itself into any fabric in the vicinity, and stay there. On the plus side, they don't get that doggy smell that many dogs do and are almost no-grooming-required. The females of the breed tend to be very quiet while the males, for some odd reason, tend to be a bit more vocal but still not as vocal as many Labs I've known.
There are so many Boxers in shelters and rescues and many are there for a reason. They weren't trained, didn't receive proper attention and becamse unruly in their homes. Taking on any dog should be an educated and dedicated choice and taking on a Boxer should also include a very serious Q&A about what the person truly wants in a dog and not just what they think sounds good. IOW don't let her choose a breed on a few factors alone, drive home the need for good research beforehand and realistic/honest expectations.

Tara
A friend of mine has decided to get a dog. She isn't sure what kind to get but has some ... Thanks for any help that I can pass along (she doesn't have a computer so she can't access the group).

I recommend that she take a look at the book, "The Right Dog for You" by Daniel F. Tortora. It's not new, but it's pretty comprehensive and helps someone match their preferences and temperament with those of dogs that are typical of their breeds.

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A friend of mine has decided to get a dog. ... doesn't have a computer so she can't access the group).

There are many breeds that could be suggested based on size & shedding alone. Only a handful would be suggested ... choose a breed on a few factors alone,drive home the need for good research beforehand and realistic/honest expectations. Tara

Heh, we had a boxer here on the farm for a while. Male, about 1, and so active. Sweet dog, but he did need more attention and training. And if he was outside at night, he seemed to forget everyone. He would threaten everyone. But, that's the only boxer I've ever known, and dogs vary like people. YMMV Emotion: smile
A friend of mine has decided to get a dog. She isn't sure what kind to get but has some ... Thanks for any help that I can pass along (she doesn't have a computer so she can't access the group).

Unless there are a whole lot more differences between yellow and black lab fur than color, she doesn't want a yellow lab if she doesn't want shedding. There's a reason I have bought so many pairs of black pants since I got a black lab.

Paula
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that and low to no shedding and also not toy size
A friend of mine has decided to get a dog. ... doesn't have a computer so she can't access the group).

I recommend that she take a look at the book, "The Right Dog for You" by Daniel F. Tortora. It's not new, but it's pretty comprehensive and helps someone match their preferences and temperament with those of dogs that are typical of their breeds.

thanks for the book recommendation. since access to the internet is out, I'm sure she'll love the book idea.
A friend of mine has decided to get a dog. ... doesn't have a computer so she can't access the group).

Unless there are a whole lot more differences between yellow and black lab fur than color, she doesn't want a yellow lab if she doesn't want shedding. There's a reason I have bought so many pairs of black pants since I got a black lab.

that's what I thought, thanks for reassuring me about the shedding, I'll pass it along
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