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  • #41
    Originally posted by Angela Freda View Post
    Great summary Kyrabee.
    I'd only add that my Beagles have not Bern big at baying, unless really excited. My first could be a barker, the last two not so much.
    They have the silliest, 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!
    Once they settle in your home, they have plenty if energy, but also have a very easy to trigger couch potato mode.
    Mine only bays when she is chasing something or trying to get my older Chi cross to play with her. She is off leash a lot because farm, but she is pretty good at coming when called. Not perfect but certainly better than the Jack Russell I I used to have. Talk about a dog with his own ideas!


    • Original Poster

      I’ve considered beagles but I’m worried they’d be too much energy/ too loud for me. Our previous foster was a beagle/Basset mix (looked more beagle than Basset) and while she was very sweet and had the softest ears, she was LOUD! I didn’t realize just how much louder she made the house until she was adopted and it was sooooo quiet! Lol


      • #43
        German shepherds. Not sure why but I have always been keen to them. Finally have 2 now (classic straight back and athletic looking). Both are big goofs and my male thinks he's a lap dog. He stays by my side when I'm flaring


        • #44
          Originally posted by spotted draft x filly View Post
          He stays by my side when I'm flaring
          My last King Shepherd(Loki)was nicknamed Velcro and rarely left my side, especially during high pain levels. They're not called Guardian dogs for nothing, but they're not an "in your face" close.
          Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women


          • #45
            Alaskan Malamutes. I've had standard and giant. The standard did well with heat and would go out on our conditioning rides with the event horses. I now have two giants, a woolly female and regular coat male. I take them mountain biking, hiking and backpacking. The male is the ultimate backpacking dog, big, strong dog that handles the terrain, pack, weather and wildlife very well. The female is smarter than the male and catches on pretty quick if you play tricks on her, and shes quick to call you out on it lol. They are very pack orientated and enjoy being around their humans and hanging out inside the house. They don't do well ignored or left alone in the back yard. As long as your the pack leader they are pretty agreeable, although they can tend to "selective hearing". The male is more sucky and needy than the female, and spends more time inside with us. They do have a strong prey drive, but can be taught to live with other animals. They can be dog aggressive as well. But overall they are human friendly high energy large balls of fur that are up for any adventure.


            • #46
              Originally posted by Advocatecat View Post
              Alaskan Malamutes. I've had standard and giant.
              I have never heard of Malamutes having two varieties of size? Or is it just some breeders breed "giants" but it's technically not an accepted variety?


              • #47
                Originally posted by S1969 View Post

                I have never heard of Malamutes having two varieties of size? Or is it just some breeders breed "giants" but it's technically not an accepted variety?
                I was thinking the same thing. I used to show malamutes back in the 1970's and I know there was just one size: standard.


                • #48
                  Originally posted by CWNSF View Post
                  I’ve considered beagles but I’m worried they’d be too much energy/ too loud for me. Our previous foster was a beagle/Basset mix (looked more beagle than Basset) and while she was very sweet and had the softest ears, she was LOUD! I didn’t realize just how much louder she made the house until she was adopted and it was sooooo quiet! Lol
                  They're not all loud, but you can't know what an individual will be like, really, until its too late.

                  That was my theory behind not getting a puppy after losing Haillee. I've never had a Beagles puppy, and my Lab was 3 months when she came home, so the idea of having them from as early as possible was appealing.

                  However, I'm older, and i know I need the dog to have certain traits, which one can't know from a young pup.... so we went to a rescue again, and I'm not disappointed. If i could custom order a dog, Ruby would be it...
                  Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014



                  • #49
                    Field bred English Springer Spaniels.

                    I didn't even know about them until someone had to find a home for a female puppy she couldn't use for breeding because of a hernia. We needed a dog, so it worked out great.

                    Oh my goodness! I think everyone with children should be issued one of these dogs, lol! Now, I understand why there are always spaniels with children in the old classic paintings. This dog is amazing. She was a little more challenging to housebreak, but she is very smart, eager to please, energetic enough to play with kids, but happy to snuggle next to you, too. I understand some of the bench Springers can be a bit air-headed, but this little one is very intelligent and just a joy to take on walks. She loves the world and it loves her back.

                    We also have a GSD, but they're no big secret, lol! The last one we had was from great working lines and we did some herding training with him so he could help us with our sheep. He did the basics, after only two lessons. We stopped there because he did everything we needed, including bringing the cows in. This young one will start training soon. We hope to teach him up to tending the sheep (what they were bred for originally). In our case, it would be keeping the sheep at one end of our yard and away from the garden.


                    • #50
                      Just wanted to add a Pic of my two sheps


                      • #51
                        Great idea to include pictures of our favorite breeds.

                        The GSD pup is bigger now. The spaniel is 6 years old.


                        • Original Poster

                          Moonlitoaks - that's good to hear about the spaniels. I've always thought they were beautiful dog and like their size but I hadn't heard much about temperament.

                          spotted draft x filly -Pictures are a great idea! Here are my 3: the larger basset is our current foster.

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                          • #53
                            Basset Hound all the way!! Some misguided people think they're dumb -- but actually, they are extremely smart - often in a devilish way. They just aren't biddable like a lab.
                            I've also come to like Standard Poodles since we now have one -- but maybe I just like mine, because others I've seen have been crazy pests and I wasn't a fan.


                            • #54
                              Everyone’s dogs are so cute! Beagles sound like they are an absolute blast! Thanks everyone for the information.

                              And now my mutt the over grown shiba or whatever he is.

                              This is a picture of him being caught red handed on my parents bed when we visited for Christmas two years ago.

                              ETA: What do people mean by biddable?
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                              • #55
                                My Mastiff mix keeping an eye on his Christmas kitties
                                Wouldst thou like the taste of butter ? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?


                                • #56
                                  My current rescue- 2 yr. old GSD, dna from Embark says she's 100% GSD, my $10. dog from shelter incl. spay and shots and chip. Great Farm Dog.

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                                  "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


                                  • #57
                                    ETA: What do people mean by biddable?

                                    You know how in the horse world we say Ponies have a mind of their own? Those

                                    ponies are NOT biddable.

                                    Usually means a dog that likes to please and is pretty easy to train to comply.
                                    "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


                                    • #58
                                      Oooh... that makes sense.


                                      • #59
                                        Polo, the apricot LhasaPoo is my velcro kid.
                                        Rodeo, the black and white LhasaPoo passed on from a seizure disorder.
                                        Both first generation crosses, 2 entirely different body types because poodles come in 3 sizes.
                                        Po is 17lbs and taller, a real clown. Roady was 35 lbs and much closer to the ground and much more serious.

                                        I've met 4 lhasapoos, 2 of those 4 were mine.
                                        Because I'm too old for my beloved Setters and Weimaraners now
                                        Go, Baby, Go......
                                        Aefvue Farms Footing Inspector


                                        • #60
                                          Sporting dogs live to obey, so train well.
                                          My Weimaraner would point a bird before he ate dinner and was trained to hand signals.
                                          Crazy smart, but also tested us regularly. Not for beginners, needs a consistent Alpha owner.

                                          If I snapped my fingers in front of me, that's where he sat, same with right or left.
                                          Because yelling for your pointer on a field hunt is a huge nono
                                          Go, Baby, Go......
                                          Aefvue Farms Footing Inspector