There is a period in every guy’s college career when he considers getting a dog. The thought usually crosses his mind in his second year at school. You know, the year where everyone is still living large on Mom and Dad’s dime, but no one is suffering from the overzealous restrictions of dorm life. People may even refer to this year as the “sophomore dog adventure.”
This adventure can go one of two ways: a flawless success or an egregious disaster. There is no middle ground. Some guys get dogs and forget to feed them for five straight days. Others become world-class dog owners. If you think you can tell what kind of owner a person will be before he gets a dog, you’re usually right. Irresponsibility typically leaks into dog ownership within the first few weeks of having a pup. Dogs shouldn’t live off of Papa John’s pizza crust, even if you are.
I’m not saying that getting a dog in college is a mistake. Right now, I live in a small house with three guys and two dogs. It’s awesome. Girls love them. They are fun to play with. They survive off of miniscule amounts of attention on the weekends and suffocating amounts of love on the weekdays. They give you something to do all of the time. Unless you are a complete and total idiot, managing the life of a dog is hardly complex.
Of course, there are certain dogs that are cooler than others–you don’t want to walk around Greek Row with a Maltese or a Shih Tzu. Here is a list of the ten coolest breeds you should check out if you’re interested in getting a dog in college.
10. Pit Bull
Pit Bulls are fairly aggressive. Most girls don’t like them, but they are pretty cool dogs to have. They’re worth sacrificing a few fingers over.
If you go Doberman, you have to go all out. Pay to have the ears stand up–it’s about a $300 dollar surgery. These dogs will be 1,000 times cooler if you treat them the right way.
This is your safety dog. You can never really “go wrong” with a Beagle, because they are just lovable pups. Girls love them. Guys love them. You’ll love them.
These dogs can be really tough, but they are every bit as friendly and lovable as a Beagle is. Think anybody will mess with you if you have a Rottweiler? I doubt it. Real girls like big dogs.
6. Golden Retriever
Air Bud? Air Bud.
I can’t say I know much about Boxers, but I do know that they love hanging at the park where I take my dog, and that girls always love playing with them. If you ask me, that’s a pretty strong indication of a good dog.
4. Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies have the piercing blue eyes of an ice queen. They are friendly, athletic, and fun to take to the park. They also love their personal space, so you don’t always have to entertain them.
3. Border Collie
These dogs are advertised as the smartest breed in the world. You can teach them to do almost anything. They are energetic and love to play, too.
2. Labrador Retriever
Chocolate or vanilla, the Labrador Retriever is America’s dog.
1. German Shepherd
You won’t find a cooler dog than a German Shepherd. They are beautiful, smart, energetic, and fun. Girls love them, and they are easy to train. They can also do cool stuff like climb trees and swim in creeks. Most importantly, they are affectionate and loyal to their owners.