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  • #21
    Shelties- biddable, intelligent, athletic, the hair isn't too unreasonable, and as our herding trainer put it "You can fit a lot in a van" (so portable). Even with the neurotic tendencies that popped up in the 80s/90s, they have fun personalities and people really responded and are breeding bolder dogs (slightly concerned we're going to loose the cautious aspect in pursuit of less neuroticism but for now, it seems okay).

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    • #22
      Love my retrievers. In the past I had a Flat Coat who was a wonderful, joyous dog. Since then I’ve had Labradors and love their easy going nature. I’ve always had big dogs, but as I approach 65 and the possibility of shoulder replacement surgery, I find that I may have to scale down. I’m intrigued by Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and working bred Poodles. There was a Toller in my last Rally class that was a lovely dog and the size I’m looking for. I’ve always wanted a Poodle, but I keep getting Labs.
      My current dog is just coming 4, so I have a lot of time to think.

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      • #23
        I'd always been a GSD person but after we got our Mastiff cross (1/4 Bull Mastiff, 1/4 Black Lab, 1/2 Cane Corso) 2 years ago- I'm totally in love. In general I'm a giant dog fan. I'd love a full Cane Corso, Great Dane or Dogo Argentino.
        Wouldst thou like the taste of butter ? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

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        • #24
          Originally posted by sunkistbey View Post
          Love my retrievers. In the past I had a Flat Coat who was a wonderful, joyous dog. Since then I’ve had Labradors and love their easy going nature. I’ve always had big dogs, but as I approach 65 and the possibility of shoulder replacement surgery, I find that I may have to scale down. I’m intrigued by Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and working bred Poodles. There was a Toller in my last Rally class that was a lovely dog and the size I’m looking for. I’ve always wanted a Poodle, but I keep getting Labs.
          My current dog is just coming 4, so I have a lot of time to think.
          If you like Tollers, look at Brittanys as well. I know a fair number of Brittany owners like Tollers for lots of the same reasons they like Brits - size, temperament, trainability, etc.

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          • #25
            Funny thing is I have thought about Brittanys, because they do tick so many of my boxes.
            Thanks for affirmation.

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            • #26
              I'm a rottweiler girl, through and through. I've had one (at a time) since 1983 and each has been more intelligent, more loving, more fun and more beautiful than the last. They have hilarious personalities and communicate incredibly well. Get along beautifully with my friends, horses and cats (and the occasional bunny). Have led me into Rally and Obedience and a whole new set of dog friends. And no one ever thinks about bothering me, LOL.
              Patience pays.

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              • #27
                I love so many breeds, but pointers are far and away on top, followed by spaniels. I always root for the Clumber to win the group at the major dog shows.

                I'm going to be looking at racing greyhound aftercare placements for my next dogs though. My FIL had some, and they were great. So much less work than my dogs...

                ETA: Forgot to say why. My first dog was a cocker, and she was a great first dog for our family, but not super smart or driven. So spaniels have a special place in my heart. After her, we had a golden, and I've worked with a lot of labs and dogs with double coats over the years. As an adult, I don't want to deal with that much hair or grooming. So, I was looking for a large/large-ish, smart, energetic, affectionate dog with short hair, that I could have a "working" partnership with. Pointers fit that bill well, and to my surprise, personality-wise, we also fit together beautifully.

                "Working" is in quotes because I'm not super into dog sports (just do agility and when possible, which is very rarely, skijor), but I've had some nice experiences with sporthorses, where even occasionally doing something challenging together has deepened the relationship, and I wanted to be able to do that with my dogs. I wanted drive, but not the intensity of something like a BC.
                Last edited by strangewings; Jan. 5, 2020, 01:14 PM.

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                  Always interesting to hear the traits people like/dislike about breeds and how the opinions vary 😊

                  Angela Freda - anything specific you’d like to know? My experience with Bassets have been that they are very easy going and love to be with their people. Mine aren’t as loud as some would expect; they really only bark to alert when people arrive at the house or when they are trying to tell something off (like the cows in the neighboring field). Obedience wise- they can be taught but need lots of motivation and patience. Exercise needs are minimal; they occasionally get running/playing around the yard but also enjoy sleeping/chilling for the majority of the day. They have been awesome with kids and just very loving in general.

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                  • #29
                    I think when I retire I would like to get a Dobe. I’ve always liked them but my life right now isn’t suited to the Velcro dog. My dog is extremely independent. He just needs to know I’m home. He pops out of his room (my second bedroom is his) when he wants to go for a walk or eat. He’s been like that his whole life.

                    I don’t know too much about the personalities of all the different breeds as this is my first dog and have only spent a lot of time with mutts and Dobes.

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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by CWNSF View Post
                      Always interesting to hear the traits people like/dislike about breeds and how the opinions vary 😊

                      Angela Freda - anything specific you’d like to know? My experience with Bassets have been that they are very easy going and love to be with their people. Mine aren’t as loud as some would expect; they really only bark to alert when people arrive at the house or when they are trying to tell something off (like the cows in the neighboring field). Obedience wise- they can be taught but need lots of motivation and patience. Exercise needs are minimal; they occasionally get running/playing around the yard but also enjoy sleeping/chilling for the majority of the day. They have been awesome with kids and just very loving in general.
                      Much of that sounds like my Ruby. She was top 7 on the cross country team this Fall and loves everyone, kids and adults. She gets along great with other dogs, is super fast, but also enjoys snuggling on the couch. Her bff is the neighbors cat that lives with us. She doesn't bark, except when she wants the cat to play with her. Like you say, so loving.
                      Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014

                      http://notesfromadogwalker.com/2012/...m-a-sanctuary/

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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by S1969 View Post
                        I have Brittanys and don't really see ever wanting another breed, although I appreciate many breeds.
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                        My Grandparents had Brittany’s. What great dogs they were.

                        For me its Dalmatians. I had a Dal that was rescued as an adult after being a thrown away puppy mill breeder. Despite her terrible situation she loved everyone and was the absolute best dog ever. She passed 5 years ago and I still miss her everyday.

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                        • #32
                          Working Line German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

                          I previously had five Rottweilers over the years. A fun, intelligent, lovable dog that can get stubborn at times. They do have a fair bit of cancer that seems to run in the breed, and personally i have had a lot of crutiate tears with my own.

                          The German Shepherds i have are smart, versatile, athletic, but do require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy....they are working line and are not the dog for everybody.

                          CanadianTrotter You should take a look at the working line German Shepherds, you may like those ones. I agree with you on the Showlines, the way they have been bred down to what they are now, in my opinion, is just horrible, their movement just makes me cringe to watch, and there is a lot of weak nerves in many of those lines.

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                          • #33
                            Angela Freda what are beagles like? They are cute as a button but I realize they are hound.

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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by GSDogs View Post
                              Working Line German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

                              I previously had five Rottweilers over the years. A fun, intelligent, lovable dog that can get stubborn at times. They do have a fair bit of cancer that seems to run in the breed, and personally i have had a lot of crutiate tears with my own.

                              The German Shepherds i have are smart, versatile, athletic, but do require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy....they are working line and are not the dog for everybody.

                              CanadianTrotter You should take a look at the working line German Shepherds, you may like those ones. I agree with you on the Showlines, the way they have been bred down to what they are now, in my opinion, is just horrible, their movement just makes me cringe to watch, and there is a lot of weak nerves in many of those lines.
                              Oh, most definitely! If the working line doesn't have the hind end problem I'd snap one up in a minute! Large shepherds are my choice and preference but if they have been purposely bred to have low back ends...I don't support the breeding of that type and I don't support people buying that type to keep the Franken-breeding alive.


                              I adopted four GSD rescues bred to have the low back ends, they were actually on the PTS list because nobody wanted an older GSD with quickly and steadily depreciating arthritic legs and hips. I would assume they ended up in the shelter because the owners either couldn't afford the medications or handle a steadily disabling dog.
                              Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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                              • #35
                                Loved my English springer spaniels. Smart, funny, loving and beautiful to boot. Still miss them every day!
                                Not my monkeys, not my circus.

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                                • #36
                                  I think over my lifetime I’ll have a few different “favourite” breeds, depending on my life stage and activity level.

                                  My parents families have always been big on bird dogs so they have a special place in my heart. Mostly labs, especially yellows. My mom bred a few special ones, super hunting a field trial dogs. Great with kids, great around the house, up for anything.
                                  Pointers come a close second. I’ve become more involved with ski-joring and a GSP or Weimaraner really appeals to me. Something that I can hunt with in the fall, ski-jor competitively in the winter, and run, paddle board, hike, and camp with the rest of the year.

                                  The barn I board at has Dalmatians. They appeal to me as well, except that I’ve never met one that enjoyed the cold. So that doesn’t fit well with my current life style, but maybe in 20-30 years?

                                  I think setters and spaniels are beautiful, but current dog is an aussiexbernese and the longer hair is a real turn off. I don’t mind the hair in the house, it’s the burrs! Just this morning she found burrs somewhere, it took me 30 minutes to untangle them from her tail.

                                  Once I’m over 65-70 I may downsize to a dachshund and get more involved in scent work.

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                                  • #37
                                    If you like GSD but worry about the way they have been bred for showing take a look at the Malinois, the Belgium shepherd. Very similar in appearance, character and intelligence but not yet ruined by fashion. The ones I have seen have been slightly lighter in build. The UK army uses a lot of service dogs and it has totally replaced GSD with Malinois.
                                    "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths

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                                    • #38
                                      I love my beagle! She is so cute, so funny, and beyond loving. She loves everyone and everything and is a joy to be around. Which is great because she can get into everything, so she is lucky she is cute! She is only 7 months, so I hope eventually she will stop chewing everything and stealing boots.

                                      She is very high energy. We live on a farm so she is a great fit here, but I can’t see how anyone living in town could wear one down enough to stay out of trouble!

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                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by Denali6298 View Post
                                        Angela Freda what are beagles like? They are cute as a button but I realize they are hound.
                                        I am not Angela Freda but I used to be owned by 2 beagles (currently dog-less). I loved my beagles and may get another when I am at a place that I can get another dog. The are generally happy happy dogs. They can be noisy but I loved my males’ bay....for about 15 seconds. I had a few complaints from neighbors (live in the city) as I let them access the back yard while I was at work (evenings and nights) and I remedied that situation with taking them to my parents house while I worked.
                                        I did NOT EVER let them off leash (at least on purpose). They follow their nose and will do that to the exclusion of every thing around them. They are trainable with lots of treats (use what they give you...nose to food ).

                                        Mine were siblings and they would play for hours together...excluding me. They didn’t do much inappropriate chewing and minimal digging. They like to snuggle...I often woke up with about 12 inches of bed left for me (me being the only human in a queen size bed). They do shed a lot year round but it is short hair. My biggest problem was socialization. I got them very young (5 1/2 weeks) because the breeder was going out of town for an extended period. At the time, I didn’t realize how important that next 6 weeks would be for socialization. So, they were fearful of other dogs. Not horribly, but something I dealt with for their whole life. I did take them to obedience classes and continued to work them in basic obedience for their life. My male finally had a pretty good recall by the time he was 13.

                                        So yeah, they are all hound but sweet, personable and damned cute. Sigh, I miss my beagles A LOT.

                                        Susan

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                                        • #40
                                          Great summary Kyrabee.
                                          I'd only add that my Beagles have not been big at baying, unless really excited. My first could be a barker, the last two not so much.
                                          They have the silkiest, soft ears. My current Bassett mix has enough room in her tri-colored suit for at least one more of her in there.... loose skin galore! I don't think mine were big shedders, but then I had a lab....SHE shed alot, so I may be a bad judge.
                                          Once they settle in your home, they have plenty of energy, but also have a very easy to trigger couch potato mode.

                                          I've never had a fenced yard, so leash walks, and dog park it is.
                                          ​​​​​​None of my three had any issues with other dogs, super friendly. My first would literally roll his eyes at other dogs who got aggressive... he just didn't get it.
                                          My first was a genius in a dog suit, had a huge vocabulary, could identify all his toys by their names, and used his smarts for evil, so was crate trained. This one and the one before listen very well, don't chew things, and don't get in my garbage which is in the cupboard under the sink.
                                          Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014

                                          http://notesfromadogwalker.com/2012/...m-a-sanctuary/

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