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  • My heart dog was a golden. He was so awesome. I still love them--adore them--but I prefer labs now mainly because personalities are so similar, but the coats are so much easier to care for.

    I'll always be a lab/golden person I think--but looks wise, I'm also very attracted to aussies and border collies--but they just don't fit my city living lifestyle. So beautiful though. <3

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    • Those Russell Terriers. I just can't get enough of them! I have my wee little girl that I adore beyond words. I had to search high and low for just the right one and found a breeder about 3 hours north of me that bred for show/companion and didn't dock tail or dewclaws so my wee one is au natural. I had several people try to dissuade me from getting one saying they were mean as all get out. Interestingly enough, none of these people were truly familiar with the breed Now, they can definitely be little turds, but I've never met a mean one.

      I handle my girl with a firm hand, took her to obedience class as soon as she finished her vaccines and I rarely have any issues with her. She's silly, sweet as can be, and has that dash of spice I just love. I'm thinking of getting another one but am slightly concerned about having of the strong personalities in the house.

      Houndhill thanks for the info on wolfhounds. I find them so lovely and intriguing and have strongly considered getting one, but not without talking with someone who has raised and trained one in their home. They do after all seem like a lot of work. And you are so right about the eyes, the ones I have met are like looking at another human. It's both comforting and unsettling. Thankfully I have raised a big dog, my other dog is a husky/rott mix who weighs about #115/120. I have to say there is something special about having a large warm body in the house that isn't human. All the presence but we don't have to make conversation.

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      • Originally posted by Tweek View Post
        GSDs for me. I currently have an 8.5 month old female. She's very smart, clever, and sneaky. We're working on her self control skills. She's doing to be a great dog...but she needs work.
        Same here. I currently have a two year old male, he's my 5th.

        I love their beauty, their loyalty and, intelligence.

        Mine would lay down his life for me, I'm sure of it.

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        • Wow, Hunter Mom! Good dog!

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          • Rhodesian Ridgebacks

            My last one died in 2013 and I want to get a puppy so bad (although, not sure I wanna go though that puppy phase. It seems to last until they are 3 ) I love them because they make great barn dogs and they are kinda quirky. So incredibly smart and very human like in their thinking.
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              So much variety- love it!

              I often think about the traits that draw me to my favorite breeds- mostly prompted when I hear people complaining about their dog. Too often people seem to choose the wrong breed or cross for their lifestyle.

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              • Houndhill how you feel about Wolfhounds is how I feel about Dobermans.They are simply on another level, and sharing your life with them, only to lose them to one of a myriad of genetic issues is earth-shattering and heartbreaking. My late husband and I had four, and we lost our last only 3 months before he died, as well. Between those four Dobies, they went through four ACL tears, two suffered from DCM, three suffered from Wobblers and my last, my "heart dog", died of a torsion bloat after successfully beating two recurrences of hemangiosarcoma.

                I feel as though I have a permanent wall up, distancing myself from the dogs my new husband and I have now. I love them, but it's just not the same.

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                • Shar-Pei and Pugs. The Pei are possibly due to my heart dog from my childhood being a Pei. He was my best friend and my world from ages 8-17. Pei tend to be a genetic train wreck and break my heart over and over when they pass. But I can't get enough of their loyal butts and keep going back. They are really solid companions in the right hands with the right early stage training.

                  Pugs are my second fave because they are so clownish. They never cease to entertain me. Luckily for me they seem to pair well and I get to have one of each.

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                  • Fun reading - but there is a dinstinct lack of mention of Boxers - Where are you Boxer lovers? Lots of Aussies, GSD's Retreivers, etc. Give me a dumb Boxer any day compared to an Aussie I could never match for smarts. We are on our fourth Boxer - and current one is true to her breed, loves people, always in a good mood, happy to hang out with anything
                    we chose to do and, when the spirit moves her, she is very well trained. She has no real bad habits, in the car, can be left unattended, does not bark, short, clean coat.

                    We have had many dogs through our lives (tried to make a list once),but the stand outs are Spaniel ( my first dog when I was four), Greyhound rescues (super loving dogs, gentle but will not fetch your slippers for you.) daschund, two Bull terriers, Golden lab, and we bred Jack Russell terriers for many years, our first one coming from the Portman Hunt in UK.

                    Overall, I like the British or German sporting breeds, but we are not shopping right now...
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                    • Originally posted by CWNSF View Post
                      Mukluk - thanks for the info! I grew up with big dogs (berners, St. Bernard, great pyranese) so size doesn’t bother me. My brother has been loosely (not very seriously) thinking about getting a bloodhound as he like my bassets but dislikes the wonky legs and orthopedic issues that tend to accompany them. My SIL has said no though- she loves their aussies and she doesn’t think she could handle the hound smell

                      Fred - I’m sorry to hear about your dog. Makes me think of a coworker and her husband who had a husky they absolutely adored. When the husky died, they swore off getting another dog but apparently my bringing my Bernese puppy in to the office for a visit the-ignited the want for another dog so the ended up adopting another husky from the local shelter. In my conversations with her, I get the impression that while they like the dog, they seem like they really just wanted a copy of their other husky, which this one is not. All that to say- wait until the right dog comes around

                      Thank you, CWNSF, yes, I agree, we have to wait til the right dog comes along.
                      I am hoping it is soon....
                      A Fine Romance. April 1991 - June 2016. Loved forever.

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                      • Originally posted by Kemosabe View Post

                        An Aussie might be a good choice for you. They are velcro dogs, very smart, easy to train, smaller than a GSD. Protective of farm and family. All of mine are snugglebugs. They love water: ponds, creeks, snow. They are not constant shedders, but they do have a spring and fall shedding time, depending on how dense their undercoat is. I have 4 dogs with a very light coat, and 2 with a heavy coat.

                        Unfortunately Aussies have become popular and so there are a lot of poorly bred Aussies that are hyper, nervous, and neurotic. So finding the right breeder is essential.

                        Thank you, Kemosabe. I am sure an Aussie would be wonderful. I will keep my eyes open.

                        I always wanted an Irish Wolfhound, but I know I could not take the heartbreak. It is bad enough with a GSD and knowing you might have 11-13 yrs.
                        A Fine Romance. April 1991 - June 2016. Loved forever.

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                        • Hands down Border Collies. ABCA/working Border Collies, not AKC. Most amazing dogs I've ever had the pleasure of partnering with. Watching a young pup turn onto sheep, is nothing short of magical...watching an adult work is...well it can still bring tears to my eyes. What these dogs do, is nothing short of amazing. We truly are partners in our work. The bond that we have is indescribable. And as I said, my dogs are all working bred, not AKC or Sport bred. They aren't crazy, barking nut jobs bouncing off the walls....I'm also a photographer, so in addition to them being amazing working dogs, they're also great models/subjects. No words to adequately convey how much I love these kiddos.

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                          • My two Shepherds, the darker sable is my male 4yrs old, the lighter one is my female at almost 11 yrs and still going strong.

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                              Gorgeous dogs everyone! I've loved reading all of the different responses

                              Houndhill - I appreciated your idea of an "auxiliary" dog. That's a little what my Bernese is for me. As much as I love the Bassets, I also enjoy having a dog that can come hiking with me or ice fishing (just weekend adventures in general) and my Bernese is much better suited to that than the bassets.

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                              • In another life I love malinois/turverns but I don't have a life style that would work with that type of dog.

                                I've known some really awesome shepherd mixes not my own so when I got my first dog I looked specifically for a shepherd mix. I think they're like the QH/TB of dogs. I then got a second dog a little smaller who is a complete mutt but someone pointed out to me that I apparently have a "type" when it comes to my pets. LOL I swear I didn't do this consciously. LOL

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                                • Tervurens and Standard Poodles are a tie for me. Maybe I should own both?

                                  Border Collie are third but I think hey wouldn't be happy in my lifestyle.

                                  Before getting my first Std poodle (my heart-dog, she died in 2013 and I still miss her SO much) I had a mutt that I loved, a Shepherd/Griffon mix. He looked like a griffon but with the shepherd intelligence and obedience. I loved that dog.

                                  Current Std poodle came to me when she was 3. Good dog overall but with some annoying habits. I wish I'd had her as a pup, but oh well.

                                  My Mom's Tervuren is a GREAT dog. Mom nver really trained her, but she is SO smart and willing, learning new stuff at 10 and has so much vocab it's uncanny.
                                  Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!

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                                  • I love Rough Collies. The one I have now is a tri-color. He was a stray that I adopted from animal​ control. He was only 9 months old and his owner never claimed him. I love the collie personality (though I do wish he'd stop herding me) He is hyper and the most fun loving dog I've ever had.

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                                    • Absolutely love our two border collies! (And so glad others have mentioned them too.) They are so much fun to have around us here on our small farm. They aren’t working dogs as we don’t have sheep but our girls love taking long walks around our farm with us or through our neighbor’s orchard. We can put in one to two mile walks every day (sometimes twice a day now that we are retired) when the weather is good. Helps tremendously with their energy levels.

                                      Our older dog Nikki is absolutely terrific at catching a frisbee or tennis ball. She will play fetch all day until you have to stop her playtime to get your work done. Our younger dog, however, is scared of the squeaky tennis ball and tears up the frisbee if she gets to it before the older one does. Sad to say, no fetch games with her!

                                      You can’t underestimate the intelligence of this breed. (And that’s been a big part of the fun with owning our two.) Nikki has amazed us with picking up words (and our names!) without being taught anything specific. She knows the names of her toys and will bring you the correct one when asked. (I’ve often told my husband that I think a spaceship dropped off a highly intelligent alien, one with four legs and and a lot of fur.)

                                      Our younger dog Abby is a totally different dog - smart but not at the same level as our older dog who truly has the herding instinct and the border collie eye (oh, that stare when she wants your attention!) whereas Abby does not.

                                      Abby, however, is the one who loves to snuggle with us on the couch and will follow us around the house, not underfoot but where she can constantly check on what we are doing. Both dogs were great this last spring at sending up the flocks of geese which kept invading our horse pasture.

                                      Miss Fortune, I love your dog pix. What a great “tribe” of working dogs you have and such a perfect working home for them too!

                                      My father hunted and we had several English Springer Spaniels as family dogs growing up. They were lovely, sweet dogs with wonderful temperaments. I have many great memories of these dogs who were part of my childhood. I would have one again!

                                      This is a great thread, so interesting and fun to read. I’ve learned lots about different breeds from you all who have posted here. Hope we can keep this going!

                                      (Here are our girls below. The pix in the middle is Nikki at a year old. I was heading off to my teaching job that day when I walked out of the house and found this mess of paper towels strewned from the back door to the horse barn. Had to pick it up fast and get her put away before heading off to work. Fun!)

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                                      • GSDs ALWAYS!!!! The most complete and best dog hands down! Before you bash a breed - do your research! The working lines are ONLY bred if their hips and elbows pass an x-ray (OFA in the US - good or better) and most test for DM (similar to spinal stenosis) and brucellosis. The working GSDs are bred for strong hips without the slopey hips that cause the dysplasia - the OFA helps to eliminate breeding that. They are not for everyone, they are active and most males don't tolerate another male - I have 4 and 2 are full brothers that I keep apart. They are incredibly loyal, intelligent, willing to please, but territorial and protective although most are social. I take mine with me to many places. My female led an EMT to me after a bad accident and I called 911 and passed out. She also got in the ambulance, but I had to be air lifted, so she was confined. They have great personalities, are such talkers and loving to the nth degree. I don't agree about the biddable remark AT ALL! They are used for so many working careers that is certainly not true, but getting the right one is important. Buy from a breeder that shows evidence of their OFA scores and a working line pedigree, preferable with titles. I have 4 and don't lock my doors, LOL. I've had GSDs since childhood and they really fill my heart, but love and rescue all dogs regardless and cats. I also have a Border Collie who is so special! As an aside, most good breeders will pick the right puppy for you and have a contract. It's all about knowing what you want and where to get it.

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                                        • Originally posted by TKR View Post
                                          The working lines are ONLY bred if their hips and elbows pass an x-ray (OFA in the US - good or better) and most test for DM (similar to spinal stenosis) and brucellosis. The working GSDs are bred for strong hips without the slopey hips that cause the dysplasia - the OFA helps to eliminate breeding that.
                                          I agree with the part about good breeders only breed with passing hips and elbows, etc., but the "slopey hip" look you are describing are not the result of failing OFA scores or poor hips/dysplasia in general. I don't know why everyone says that?

                                          Good show breeders also require passing OFA scores also. And anyone that doesn't test for brucellosis is just stupid.

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