I think Mario would love an American Bulldog. They are very loyal, smart, and also great family dogs. They are a large, low maintence breed. If you are looking for a running buddy, this would be a great match as well, because they are very athletic. Some seople use them for weight pulling competitions (look it up online, it's pretty crazy). I personally like the Johnson type the best. They are the biggest and most bully type. Check them out. I have a female names Trixie and she is one of the best dogs I'v every had.
My son in Chicago has a Siberian Husky and she's a very lovable dog. She rarely barks but she will “talk” to you as only Siberian's can. Everybody loves her. He also had an akita-shepherd mix,“Callie”, who was just as sweet and very loyal. We had to put her to sleep over a year ago due to cancer. Both of these dogs are very sweet and loyal. Anna is now 12 yrs. old.
Personally, I like dogs big enough to hug. I had a Doberman-Shepherd mix about 20 yrs. ago and I had a shepherd-terrier mix with red fur when I was a kid. Go to a shelter and see what dog clicks for you. There will be a dog that matches your personality and tugs at your heart. You will be saving a dog from euthinasia and a dog doesn't have to be a pure-breed to be lovable and loyal.
Arlene Jaye wrote on September 14, 2009 at 11:45am:
Labrador retriever. They are beautiful, have a great disposition, and a wonderful, fun personality. The perfect “Mario” dog!!
Deborah Nangle wrote on September 14, 2009 at 3:40pm:
Mario, You need a boxer. They are strong, muscular dogs that can entertain themselves. Because of their strength, they do need training. They require no maintenance and do not shed. I promise you will not be disappointed in this breed. I know you are looking for a medium size breed, but a boxer will fit your personality. I had three-Ali, Dempsey and Tyson. Deb Nangle
Sally Kerce Miglionico wrote on September 15, 2009 at 12:00pm:
Hi Mario! Since you are quite active, two dogs come into mind. If you are looking for a small dog, go with a mini schnauzer. They are sturdy little pups with great personalities, and adapt well to the indoors or outdoors…very active dogs.
If you want a big dog, go with a Weimaraner. These dogs are gorgeous to look at (gray, with blue eyes, floppy ears and a docked tail). They love the outdoors and are very active dogs….and will get you lots of attention…not that you need it! :)
Tammy Lynch wrote on September 17, 2009 at 4:33pm:
Mario, Have you considered a Rhodesian Ridgeback? They will be able to jog with you once they mature,and are clean, short haired housepets. Several celebrities over the years have fallen in love with this breed, including Errol Flynn & Patrick Swayze.
Jan Richardson wrote on September 17, 2009 at 4:38pm:
Mario you need to adopt a dog from a shelter or a rescue group. Don't buy from a breeder please! If you must have a pure breed get one from a breed specific rescue group. There are almost as many breed specific rescue groups as there are breeds. I hope you will set a great example as your celebrity is widespread. People will follow your example so be responsible!
Carleen Peterson wrote on September 17, 2009 at 5:30pm:
Absolutely a Japanese Chin! There is very little grooming, basically brush and go. Minimal barking … unless there is a valid reason to bark. Usually weigh between five and eight pounds, and very easy to house break. I have heard them referred to as “cats in dog clothing”. They are little clowns. Much more entertaining than a great deal of what is on television. The down side is that they are addictive and the best kept secret in dogdom. We started out exhibiting Great Danes and Dobermans years ago, and have “downsized”. It is a good thing that we didn't start out with Japanese Chins, or we would probably have fifty of them Good luck in your search.
Kendra Hanson wrote on September 18, 2009 at 10:08am:
Frengle!! Beagle-french bulldog mix! Got her in a shelter – active like a beagle but companion dog like a frenchie. Great combo! But beagle/beagle mixes are abundant in shelters. Definately get a shelter dog whatever you choose
Mario, Democrat or Republican – you need an Obama dog. Portuguese Water Dogs are the most loveable, careing animals on the face of the earth – and!!! They don't shed. They make great best friends with their ability to be good swimmers with their webbed feet and love the ocean and the pool. Check out my facebook page and see my Boo Boo ( a PWD ) in rehab. Boo Boo ( Blue) became paralized from a fall off my couch, and has been in rehab for a month now in Rockledge, Fla. He's walking again! Not far, but I'll take what I can get. I have had PWD's for over 25 years now – I've lost 2, and still have the Boo – They live to be between 17 and 18 years old, which makes for a very longtime, lasting relationship.
Joanne Woodyard Attanasio wrote on September 20, 2009 at 9:33am:
PLEASE adopt a shelter dog. They have all kinds. My personal recommendation is a pit bull. They may have a bad reputation, but they are wonderful dogs!!! They are affectionate, fun, love to play and cute. They ARE good with children. Since you are in the public eye, people like you can help to change the way people perceive this breed.
I rescued a whippet/ beagle mix (wheagle) from the pound 5 years ago. As a puppy he was friendly, sneaky and playful. As an adult he's calm and a great companion. Wheagles are great but any pound puppy is the way to go. Please don't pay all that money to puppy mills when your perfect puppy is waiting at your pound