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Do you keep adopting the same type of dog?

Before I adopted my Lab mix Ace, I assumed I would find another fluffy, blond, golden-retriever-type like my family’s previous dog.

Thank goodness I was able to see beyond a dog’s appearance, because Ace is the complete opposite of what I described, yet he’s the best dog for me.

So I thought I’d ask you:

Do you tend to keep adopting or buying the same type of dog?

For example, I know some “Rottweiler people” who always get another Rottweiler. My uncle has had several cairn terriers, and other relatives of mine stick to beagles. I think we all know a few “Lab people” or “golden retriever people.”

I have a drooly, black Lab mix with a smooth coat, blocky head, tuxedo markings and white feet.

So guess what kind of dogs I’m drawn to?

Yep, other black Lab mixes with similar markings!

Here’s my dog:


And here’s our new foster dog. Her name is Robin:

Black Lab mix for adoption San Diego

She’s like a mini me of Ace!

I just picked her up yesterday. More info to come!

But the whole point of this post, really, is not my original question, but is there anything wrong with adopting lookalikes of your current dog/s?

Is there anything wrong with adopting the same types of dogs over and over?

I’d say no, as long as the people doing the adopting do not have unfair expectations for the newcomer.

Just because Ace is a “perfect” dog for me does not mean Robin is perfect for me. Maybe she is, and maybe she isn’t But she’s not Ace. (And no, we aren’t thinking of adopting Robin. Not yet anyway. We’ll see.)

And while their may be some similarities between dogs of the same breed, each dog is still an individual, obviously.

Even more so when we’re talking about two mixed breeds like Ace and Robin. Just because they look alike doesn’t mean they’re the same mix. Robin is about half Ace’s size, for example.

So what do you think?

Do you keep adopting the same ‘types’ of dogs?

More info on Robin:

Up for adoption with Labs & More in San Diego – around $350 / 11 months old / good with all people / kid friendly / dog friendly / cat friendly / kennel trained / seems somewhat housebroken / good in the car / really sweet!

You can read more about her on the Labs & More web site. She is listed under the link for “dogs.”

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Friday 27th of February 2015

She is such a mini Ace, she's adorable. Before Laika all of my dogs had been big, black Lab types - and the dog I applied for (and was denied) was a big black lab mix.. I think once you go lab you just realize how awesome they are and have a tendency to intuitively think it's going to be a nice, easy going companion. I mean no offense to Laika but when I'm looking for another dog I think I'd run away from anything that looks like it has Shepherd in it; they're so driven it's pretty hard to manage at times. No wonder they make excellent K9's - they don't seem to have an 'off switch' - they're always read more more action.


Saturday 7th of February 2015

I definitely have a "type" that I prefer, but I am not particularly opposed to any dog. I just like the prick eared fluffy butts.

Kimberly Gauthier

Saturday 7th of February 2015

I do adopt dogs of the same type - herding dogs. What first attracts me is "blue heeler" and if I learn that a dog is blue heeler/aussie, I'm sold. A new breed that been added to my favorites - catahoula. I don't think there's anything wrong with having favorites. One person chastised me, but with so many dogs needing homes, we've always been able to find our favorites and because we love mixed breeds, we're always rescuing. It's a win win for us.

Lindsay Stordahl

Saturday 7th of February 2015

Yes, catahoulas are so pretty! Good point that there are so many dogs needing homes that we should be able to find our favorite breeds or breed mixes if we want to.

Jana Rade

Friday 6th of February 2015

Yes, definitely. We love Rotties and will continue to adopt them. Though for a future foster dog we're thinking a herding breed - to keep Cookie closer around ;-)

Lindsay Stordahl

Saturday 7th of February 2015



Friday 6th of February 2015

I definitely seem to desire dog breeds I've had in the past. My husband and I live in an apartment and we just got our first dog 6 months ago. I grew up with 2 border collies and a black lab, so when my husband said he was interested in getting a border collie I got so excited and didn't even think about other breeds. Now that we have our border collie I have been desiring a black lab and I definitely know I am drawn to both of these breeds because I grew up with them.

Lindsay Stordahl

Friday 6th of February 2015

That makes sense!