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For fun- share your favorite breed and why :)

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  • For fun- share your favorite breed and why :)

    After lurking for awhile before joining, then continuing to read different threads as a member, I get the feeling a lot of the board prefers/likes herding breeds. As such, I thought it would be fun to share your preferred breed(rescues/Heinz 57s included), as hey, I could be totally wrong.

    I’ll start- my preferred breed is the Basset Hound. I can’t help but smiling when I see one. They are so loyal and cuddly with a personality/stubbornness that cracks me up. I love that they are fairly low energy as it works well with my lifestyle. They are happy to go on a shuffle walk but are just as happy to sleep in late on the weekend.

    I have 2 bassets (my heart dog and a foster that may become a foster fail) and 1 Bernese Mountain dog. I love our berner; she is just the friendliest, happy go lucky dog you could ask for but she is a little like Tigger and can be a tad too excitable (for my ideal) at times. She LOVES everybody and everything. She is technically my husband’s dog, which is perfect, because he wanted a very “derpy” dog and she is as derpy as you could ask for 😂

    What’s your favorite? What draws you to that breed?

  • #2
    Aussie ~ perfect for my life !
    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


    • #3
      Border Terriers - they are super smart, a little bit naughty, cute as heck, crazy athletic, up for anything, generally healthy, and truly a big dog in a little dog's body. They are definitely not the dog for everyone, but we've bred and shown them for about 15 years now, and they bring us so much joy. I lost my "heart & soul" dog six months ago, and she was, to me, the most perfect dog to ever walk this planet. She couldn't have been cooler, smarter, or more fun.

      I also have a Doberman and don't think he'll be my last. He, at 9.5, still physically takes my breath away, but he is also kind, super smart, level-headed, very silly, and he always keeps a careful eye on those he loves. I don't know if they're all like that, but I know most people who have had a Dobe find them to be lovely companions.


      • #4
        CWNSF can you tell me more about Bassetts?
        My new Beagle is a Beagle/Bassett mix.
        She is the cutest, i just love her.

        Beagles are my usual preferred breed, I love their energy, sweetness, and loyalty.
        Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014


        • #5
          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.


          • #6
            I'm a mixed breed fan though prefer a decent dose of GSD in them due to the GSD intelligence. I have one now, she's 4 and will likely be the last of my "big" dogs. I also have a "small" mix - 27 lbs dachsie/border collie. If I could clone him I'd be rich - stinkin' cute, smart, snuggler, awesome therapy dog. Pic included.


            • #7
              My current dog is a Bassett mix (I think with blue heeler of all things...) and while she is sweet, I have discovered that the hound personality is not my best match. I don't like the stubbornness at all--my other dogs have always been so eager to please.

              What breeds do I LOVE? I have two: Golden Retrievers (best dog I ever had was a Golden/Chow mix) and Keeshonden. My Kees was such a fun dog, always up for going anywhere with me, definitely not a little dog but small enough she could sleep on my bed. She would sit on a snowbank for hours if I let her. I definitely want another Kees, but not sure if a Northern breed would do well in the Southern heat. I still lived in New Hampshire when I had my first one.


              • #8
                King Shepherds are my absolute favourite and best fit. I also love the intelligence and willingness of a German Shepherd but I refuse to support a breed that is so horribly physically altered.
                Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women


                • #9
                  My favorite breed is the dachshund, preferably the wire variety. I love scent hounds of any breed but I currently have a bloodhound, a black and tan coonhound, and a bluetick coonhound, all rescues. When the two dogs I inherited from my parents die, I'd love another wire dachsie. I just have a think for floppy ears.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CanadianTrotter View Post
                    King Shepherds are my absolute favourite and best fit. I also love the intelligence and willingness of a German Shepherd but I refuse to support a breed that is so horribly physically altered.
                    You won’t support a legitimate breed like the GSD, but you’ll support a BYB mishmash like the “king shepherd”

                    Pray tell, what about the GSD is so horribly altered?


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CanadianTrotter View Post
                      King Shepherds are my absolute favourite and best fit. I also love the intelligence and willingness of a German Shepherd but I refuse to support a breed that is so horribly physically altered.
                      Not all German Shepherds are bred like "show lines" w/ the lower hind end. Many athletic " working dogs" do not have this confirmation. There are definite distinctions in the breed.

                      I have several favorite breeds for different reasons. Collies- great, smart family and kids dogs. Kindest temperament.
                      Well bred Poodles- Extremely smart and biddable. Snugglebuns.
                      German Shepherds- So smart and trainable and athletic. Full range of personalities.
                      Bichon Frise- smart, sweet little fluff balls.
                      Maltese mix- Funny, smart, cuddlebuns.
                      Mixes from shelters- many great dogs w/ great minds, often overlooked and underappreciated.
                      "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


                      • #12
                        I have Brittanys and don't really see ever wanting another breed, although I appreciate many breeds.

                        Brittanys are a great size - about 40lbs average but act and seem like a bigger dog. They are smart, super athletic, but "softer" and not as hard-headed as some other sporting breeds like GSPs.

                        They are as biddable as other nice family dogs (like Goldens) in a smaller package with a lot less hair. They aren't as low-key as the average Golden, though, so they do need exercise and are much easier to live with when they get regular physical and mental engagement.

                        I have 3 right now; two males (father and son) and a female. The boys are goofballs. The females tend to be a little sharper but that's only compared to the males. In comparison to other breeds they are really pretty easy to live with.

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                        • #13
                          I don’t really have a favorite breed as I have only owned one dog and he is a mutt of some sort that I got from a rescue. The rescue listed him as a chow/shepherd mix. He looks like an over grown Shiba Inu at 50 pounds.


                          • #14
                            My favorite breed are Aussies. I currently share my life with 6 :-) Their intelligence, trainability, sense of humor and keen intuition about their humans are among the many wonderful traits of these dogs.

                            I do have a fondness for other breeds: Norwich terriers for their cuteness, Berners for their lovableness, Husky's for their vocalizations, Golden's for their gentleness, and JRTs for their attitude :-)


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mommy peanut View Post

                              You won’t support a legitimate breed like the GSD, but you’ll support a BYB mishmash like the “king shepherd”

                              Pray tell, what about the GSD is so horribly altered?

                              No need to get defensive or snarky. I love GSD's, their intelligence, willingness, attentiveness and the long list goes on...

                              I could care a less is a breed is "legitimate" or not, I've seen many a mutt put a purebred to shame.

                              I've had purebred GSD's(all rescues), they're great dogs but the physical problems they have as they age is heartbreaking and with how many of them are bred now they look deformed. I won't support that.

                              Why wouldn't I support the King Shepherd? Mish Mash or not they are more biddable and attentive than the GSD and better around other animals and children as well. I've had two King Shepherds that were worth their weight in gold, I prefer their softer personality to the GSD and they had fewer health problems with their backs.
                              Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Marla 100 View Post

                                Not all German Shepherds are bred like "show lines" w/ the lower hind end. Many athletic " working dogs" do not have this confirmation. There are definite distinctions in the breed.
                                No, not all...but many still are and those are the ones I won't support. When anyone has asked me about shepherds I always tell them to look for a flatter back on the shepherd of their choice. I've had four GSD's with low hind ends and when their arthritis set in it was heartbreaking.

                                The Shioloh Shepherd is nice as well, I've never had one but know a few people that do.
                                Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women


                                • #17
                                  Pembroke Welsh Corgi for me. Met my first one when I was a nanny in college and never ever wanted anything else


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Zu Zu View Post
                                    Aussie ~ perfect for my life !
                                    Still looking?
                                    Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women


                                    • #19
                                      Big difference between 'I like/adore' and 'I wanna live with'. I adore Azawakh e.g.. I wanna live with GSD, Giant Schnauzer and Pinscher.
                                      I switched from show dogs to shelter dogs years ago and prefer to foster/adopt the ones that no one wants.


                                      • #20

                                        Bouviers hands down. Had, lived, loved them for over 30 years.

                                        Now that I'm less than abled, a 70lb dog doesn't work well with my lifestyle so I have two Border Terriers who own me I do nose/scent work with them. My first BT has titled in Barn Hunt, NACWS and AKC and is the most lovey, snuggly little boy. He loves to ride around in my lap in my power w/c all day at a trial and gets totally miffed when he has to be crated during the day at a trial
                                        When you start to observe, you become more effective... your movements soften, you see more, you are more available to becoming a team member. Be an Observer first, a Handler second.