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Old 07-20-2008, 11:15 AM
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What Are Your Favorite Purebred Breeds of Dogs?


This is a pure poll and has ground rules. There is no practical purpose to this and isn't the place for advice to anyone. Mutts are not allowed to be mentioned even though I know that many of them are superior to pure breeds.

Name five breeds and only five breeds breeds that you prefer. You can name characteristics that you like about them.

Mine are:

1) German Shepherds - they tend to be over-bred but ones with a good pedigree are smart, loyal, beautiful and protective.

2) Border Collies - probably the smartest of all dogs. They are easily trainable and will do hilarious tricks. However, they are very hyper and need a lot of animals to heard or they start to go crazy and miserable.

3) Alaskan Malamutes - these are gorgeous sled-dogs that resemble wolves but they are very gentle even with kids.

4) Samoyed - Our Samoyed, Bear died two months ago at the age of 15 and was way bigger than the average Samoyed at 105 pounds. He was the most beautiful dog I have ever seen. You literally could not walk him on roads with busy traffic weather it was by car or pedestrian. Cars routinely locked up their brakes and backed up fast to ask about him or pet him. He was great with my two small daughters and they literally jumped on him and he just smiled.

5) Cairn Terrier - My MIL got one of these recently. Burt is super-smart and personable. He is also good with kids, funny, and trainable.

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Old 07-20-2008, 11:28 AM
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Belgian Tervurens. Just because I like the way they look.
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:30 AM
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German Shepherds. We still miss our dearly beloved Duke, although he was three dogs ago.

We have a couple of mutts, and they're great...but every once in awhile, we think about getting another German Shepherd.
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:33 AM
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English Mastiff: The heaviest of dog breeds and a calm and gentle guardian for your home.

Neapolitan Mastiff: A bit smaller than the English, but you got to love that wrinkly face and gorgeous silver blue coat.

Newfoundland: Soft as a cloud and sweet as sugar, the temperament more than makes up for the drool.

Shar-Pei: Cute cute cute! I love hearing little doggy snores.

Akita-Inu: Probably the best combination of power and aesthetics in all the pure-breeds.
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:24 PM
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1. Standard Poodle--but only one that is well-bred for temperament. They're intelligent and bond with their family, showing great humor and affection. If you invite someone into your home, they can be counted on to be gentle and respectful. However, you don't want to mess with one if you're an intruder, and standards are good at telling the difference between a guest and an intruder.

Unfortunately, they're way too inbred in the US, and a lot of breeders have favored looks over temperament. As a result, they're now prone to anxiety problems. I'd rather have no dog than a dog with anxiety. The other big drawback is all the grooming required (which some folks see as a plus).

2. Jack Russel Terriers. Too much energy for me, personally, but I think they're cool dogs.

3. West Highland Terriers. I've thought about getting a Westie for my next dog, because they seem like a bigger dog in a smaller body.

4. Pugs. Quite adorable, although I don't want a dog that snores, because I'm a light sleeper.

5. Corgis. Another big dog in a small dog's body.
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:37 PM
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Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound). Gorgeous dogs, graceful, run like the wind, marvelous temperament. I have had many dogs, but our Natasha was by far the sweetest dog ever had, or knew.
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:46 PM
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English Springer Spaniels. We are on our second and third springers. Cute, smart, loyal, loving, athletic, and chock full of personality. Casa Scarlett will always have at least one springer in it.
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:02 PM
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1. Samoyed / American Eskimo dogs. They look so similar, I'll lump them together. Just beautiful animals with such pleasing proportions. The faces and upright ears. They're so pretty.

2. Pomeranian. The teddy bear that barks.

3. Chinese Crested dogs. So ugly, they're not.

4. Puli. It's a mop. It's a dog. It's a mopdog.

5. Komondor. The mop grew.

6. Siberian Husky. Beautiful and strong--and those blue eyes!

7. West Highland White Terrier. Love the way their ears are triangular and point up.

8. Yorkshire Terrier. The cuteness. The ears. The little pointy muzzle.

9. Miniature Pinscher.

10. Toy Manchester Terrier.
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:13 PM
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We had Alaskan Malamutes and Norwegian Elk Hounds growing up on the farm. They were the smartest dogs I have ever had, and FULL of personality. My brothers would be throwing hay bales down the chute from the hay mow to the barn and the Elk Hounds (we had three) would climb up the piles of bales straight up the mow. And they are so gorgeous.

I don't know if I could name five favorites though (though if my living situation were different, I'd probably consider adopting one of the aforementioned again). In addition to those I have had border collies, schnauzers, and as an adult a black lab that may not have been purebred, shih tzu, and now a teddy bear, which is actually a hybrid (shih tzu and bichon, but he looks and acts like he has some terrier in him, Jack Russell specifically).

I just love them all.
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:22 PM
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I'd have to vote for the two I have:

Norwegian Elkhound and Rhodesian Ridgeback

Other dogs I've considered owning: Greyhound

Dogs I think are cool but would probably never own: Australian Cattle Dog, Great Dane
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:49 PM
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I Seconf English Springer Spaniels!


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English Springer Spaniels. We are on our second and third springers. Cute, smart, loyal, loving, athletic, and chock full of personality. Casa Scarlett will always have at least one springer in it.
My late Buddy was awsome! Smart, gentle, and fun to be with-Buddy was always happy to join me whereever I went-winter hikes, summers at the beach, river rafting-he was my canine brother!
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:18 PM
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1. Border collie--I have a mostly border mix right now and was raised with a purebred. Intensely intelligent, fiercely loyal and nowhere near as hyper as people think. It's just a boredom thing, not an exercise thing. You can keep a border as an apartment dog as long as you teach them lots of tricks and how to understand English. That and don't leave them alone all the time. This is the dog to have if you can bring a dog to work.

2. Malemutes--I have one now and it's like having a teddy bear that barks. They are definitely smart but not the way people think of dogs being smart. You can teach a Malemute to do anything--once. After the first couple times they "forget" unless there's something in it for them. Super big downside of the breed is the amazing amount of fur they shed TWICE a year. Gah. That picture was taken several weeks ago and I've repeated that scene several times since then, including yesterday afternoon.

3. Corgis--just an unfair amount of cute to them. I wanna grab 'em and hug 'em and the puppies are the most squeeeable of all! Best of all they come in two flavors, with and without tails.

4. Jack Russell's--yeah, they're kinda hyper but then again so are all the terrier breeds to one extent or another but these guys are just so tough and in yer face.

5. Tough call, but probably English Mastiff--so huge, so gentle, so gorgeous. Downside of owning large dogs in general is that they live such a short time and they're so difficult to care for when they get feeble. We need to take the Malemute to the vet tomorrow for an ouched paw and getting her into the van is going to be horrible--she's a hundred pounds, give or take ten and if she can't jump we have to pick her up. Must be really horrible when the dog is twice her size!

I've always wanted an Irish Wolfhound because they're so awesome but have never had the opportunity. I prefer large dogs in general but I'm starting to see the merit of the forty pound dog--big enough to take care of themselves but small enough to be out of the way, perfect house dog size.
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:22 PM
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1. Pug. Because they're pugs... the finest example of dogdem alive. So much personality that they're almost human. It's gonna be hard for me to fill up this list, because I like pugs about a gazillion million times more than my second favorite breed.

2. French Bulldog. Like a pug but a little bigger and cool variation on the ears.

3. German Shepherd. I've always wanted one because I know if you get one from a good breeder they're really smart, and that appeals to me. I'm not crazy about their looks, but I'm a personality > looks person for all breeds.

4. Boxer. I'm drawn to their athleticism and they seem like big teddy bears.

5. Shiba Inu. Ours gave us tons of trouble, but they're so beautiful, and if you can get through the first few years their personality settles down and they become really nice dogs.
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:37 PM
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Hungarian Vizsla.

I also am very fond of beagles.
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Old 07-20-2008, 03:56 PM
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Pembroke Welsh Corgis (the one without the tail). We had one when we were growing up. Wonderful dog. As someone mentioned, a big dog in a small dogs body.
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:27 PM
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Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound). Gorgeous dogs, graceful, run like the wind, marvelous temperament.
The only Borzoi I ever knew once treed my mother, attacked its owner on a regular basis and broke its owner's daughter's arm. The owner could only walk him late at night - and all the kids in the neighborhood were warned to get the hell away if we ever ever saw it on the street, leash or not.

He was pretty, though.

My family always had Golden Retrievers - they're absolutely beautiful and friendly in spite of everything. No matter what. You never hear about a golden retriever attack.

Well raised rottweilers and shepherds are lovely dogs.

I'm looking for a dog now, and while I'm open to dogs from the pound, I'm also open to reasonably priced bred dogs or rescue dogs. ($900 for a non-papered, fixed, rescue? Not reasonable. Not that I'll ever need papers or will ever breed, but those things increase the value - if you don't have them, what am I paying for here?)

So, I'm looking at American Eskimos and the smaller Spitzes like dogs(Keeshonds, Schipperkes, Japanese spitz, Klee Kais).
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:38 PM
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1. Italian Greyhound
2. Whippet
3. Greyhound

I've lumped these three together because I pretty much like the same thing about them. I love their looks, they have very gentle, affectionate personalities, they're clean, they don't require copious amounts of exercise, and they love to sleep. We took a friend's whippet to the beach in the off-season and when he sprinted, everyone on the beach would look and smile because he was so breathtaking. And then after running around with us to make us happy he decided he was tired, trotted to our beach blanket and napped for the rest of the afternoon.

4. Chow Chow

Could never have one because of all the grooming and shedding, but I think they're gorgeous dogs and from all accounts, fiercely loyal.

5. Basset Hound

Once again could never own one because I couldn't deal with the shedding and drooling. They look hilarious though.
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:51 PM
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Malemutes--I have one now and it's like having a teddy bear that barks. They are definitely smart but not the way people think of dogs being smart. You can teach a Malemute to do anything--once. After the first couple times they "forget" unless there's something in it for them. Super big downside of the breed is the amazing amount of fur they shed TWICE a year. Gah. That picture was taken several weeks ago and I've repeated that scene several times since then, including yesterday afternoon.
That's not a dog. That's a sheep, or an alpaca, or some kind of goat that's bred for its wool. Dear Og, you could knit a dozen more dogs out of that fur!

Let's see...I love well-bred German shepherds. Brains, personality, AND looks. What's not to like? German shepherds just want to be a valuable member of their pack.

My grandmother and parents had some Maltese. Liz Taylor carries one of these around, not for an affectation, but for affection. They have been bred to be companions, and that's what they live for. They don't know that they're tiny, and, in fact, this is one of the things people have to watch out for. A Maltese will take on a German shepherd with every expectation of winning. Of the four I've known, only one was yappy, and that's because my father encouraged it to yap and bark. Some people consider them to be ratdogs, but I think they're adorable. They have more personality per ounce than any other dog.

My brother adopted some retired Greyhounds, and I've fallen in love with them. I always thought they were ugly, until I saw them in person. They are beautiful in person. These dogs are the gentlest dogs I know of. The retired ones have to learn how to be pets, as they've been used as organic machines in the business. Once they learn that people will sometimes pet them for no other reason than that the people LIKE the hounds, they're in heaven. People who adopt retired Greyhounds often get together, apparently.

I've never had a border collie, or known anyone who has, but if I had the time and energy I think that I'd like to have one.

I can't really think of a fifth breed offhand that's my favorite.
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Old 07-20-2008, 06:58 PM
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Dobermans - The whole package. Brains, loyalty, temperment, easy maintenance. Jake Grace

Standard Poodle - Brains, loyalty, temperment. Coat care is a bit of a hassle when you live on a farm. Maggie

German Shepherd - Brains, loyalty, temperment and coat care. Can be a little nutsy, but very loving. No on-line photos of my dear departed Mike.

Breeds I haven't had yet, but want.

Irish wolfhound - Temperment and loyalty. Unfortunately short life span.

Standard Schnauzer - Beautiful dog, very smart. I have no direct experience with them, but love the look.

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Old 07-20-2008, 07:05 PM
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1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Love, affection, and companionship in a small, furry, beautiful body. Hard to find, expensive, and very prone to heart conditions.

2. English Springer Spaniel: Gorgeous, smart, sane, good size. Fanstastic family dog.

3. Standard Poodle: Extremely smart, loyal, funny, and fun. Just keep it in a normal haircut, OK?

4. Siberian Husky: Loyal, stubborn, strong. You've got to be the boss, and if you are, they'll be the best dog you ever had.

5. French Bulldog: Ridiculously cute ears. playful and fun without being crazy, affectionate. Same problems as all smush-face dogs - breathing and stinky face.
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:07 PM
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I am not a dog person. I'm a cat person. I've never owned a dog. (I've never owned a cat either -- because a cat will not be owned -- but that's neither here nor there.)

I like smiley dogs. I like over-the-back fluffy tails. So here are my picks:

1) Samoyed -- smiley dogs with gorgeous coats and perky ears and over-the-back fluffy tails

2) Collie -- smiley dogs with gorgeous coats and fluffy tails and ears that can be perky or not

3) Corgi -- smiley dogs that are cute and compact

4) Pomeranian -- smiley dogs with over-the-back fluffy tails, but they are stubborn little things

5) Borzoi --smiley GIGANTIC dogs, but with fluffy tails, unlike a Great Dane.
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:22 PM
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1. Golden Retriever. That's what I had growing up and that's what I have now. My Dolly gets more "she is beautiful" comments than I will ever get in my life, but at the same time she loves being rough and dirty. She's absolutely spoiled rotten, too, because she's so cute and she knows it. Wonderful dogs!!!

2. Border Collie. So fucking smart. I've never had one, but there's two in our neighborhood and they're so well-behaved. They're also soft and cute and personable. I'd never own one, tho, because I'm a lazy slob.

3. Samoyed. My dog's obedience trainer raised and showed these dogs, so Dolly "grew up" around a lot of beautiful, smart Samoyeds. I was very close to getting one of the puppies (talk about a teddy bear that barks!) but they were expensive. Plus, I can hardly keep up with Dolly's hair...I could never imagine how bad my house would be with the white fluff.

4. Labrador Retriever. I'm not a huge fan of their coats but they are extremely friendly dogs. I've known incredibly smart ones and incredibly dumb ones (of all colors). They're almost as cute as goldens. They seem a little more mischievous and more barky, too. But that's the size and temperament I want in a dog.

5. Newfoundland. Such beautiful and sweet dogs! But I agree with the other posters who talk about the pitfalls of having such a laaaarge dog. Dolly and I are hampered sometimes by her size - I can only imagine having a dog who's heavier and twice the size in fur. But I still think they're swell.
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:35 PM
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Red Smooth Dachshund.
Red Longhair Dachshund.
Piebald Dachshund.
Black and Tan Longhair Dachshund.
Wirehair Dachshund.

Honorable mention: Puggle.
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:10 PM
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Newfoundland. The giant gentleman of the dog world. Fiercely loyal, absolutely loving, smart as a whip and the gentlest dog you will ever meet. Our Angus celebrated his 11th birthday on Wednesday. Well, okay, "celebrated" might not be the right word. He had one hell of a great nap, though.

I will put two other giant breeds in for consideration as well- Great Dane and Irish Wolfhound.

Yeah, we like 'em big around here.

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Old 07-20-2008, 08:32 PM
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1. Pug. Because they're pugs... the finest example of dogdem alive. So much personality that they're almost human. It's gonna be hard for me to fill up this list, because I like pugs about a gazillion million times more than my second favorite breed.
One of my favorite English professors called pugs "The Crown of Creation". The rest of the class thought he was nuts.

For me:

1. Doberman Pinscher. I had the good fortune to meet my husband's red Dobe (I just misspelled it "dope" - very appropriate!) Saber in his last days. About 90 pounds of lap dog...and a nice, deep, mean bark around strangers - although Sabbo would probably have licked intruders to death, but they didn't know that!

2. Black labrador. My favorite dog as a kid, Woof, was a black lab. She was such a sweetheart. And a bonehead.

3. German Shepherd. I think the most beautiful dog out there, and surprisingly gentle.


Yes, I like big dogs. That's why I don't have one anymore.

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Old 07-20-2008, 09:30 PM
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2. English Springer Spaniel: Gorgeous, smart, sane, good size. Fanstastic family dog.
Like a good Doper, Avarie537 has given probably the definitive URL on English springer spaniels. But you know, the look of the show-bred dog that so often accompanies descriptions of springers just doesn't do it for me. It's the field-bred springers who win my heart every time:

A beautiful field-bred springer spaniel

This is not to say that I don't cheer myself hoarse for the ESS at Westminster every damned year. But I'm petting my field-bred troublemakers while I do it.
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:28 PM
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Red Smooth Dachshund.
Red Longhair Dachshund.
Piebald Dachshund.
Black and Tan Longhair Dachshund.
Wirehair Dachshund.
I'd quibble a bit about the order here, and the preference for red over black and tan, and I prefer dapple to piebald, but this is pretty much what I came in here to post.

Dachshunds - the ultimate dog!
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:34 PM
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1. Border Collies. I love how trainable they are. I've had several, including my best dog ever.

2. Treeing Walker Hounds. Hey, I'm a hunter. I'd love to be able to run a pack of hounds someday, although I may never have the time to invest in them.

That's it, really, for me. I like lots of other dogs, but not enough to be enamored with their breeds in general.
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:51 PM
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4. Puli. It's a mop. It's a dog. It's a mopdog.

5. Komondor. The mop grew.
<Spaceballs>They're Mogs. They're their own best friends.<Spaceballs>

1. Bichon Frise - could be bias, but mine rocks.

2. German Shepherd

3. American Bulldog

4. Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier

5. Labrador Retriever

Then again, ask me tomorrow and #'s 3-5 will change.
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:57 PM
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1. Basset Hound - I wanted a Basset since I was a kid, and finally got one in my 30's... She can still make me laugh every time we say the word "walk" and she howls in excitement - and we're talking howls...

2. Golden Retriever - I've had two in my life, and they are just the sweetest, most loving dogs I've ever come across...

3. I'm still trying to figure out number 3... Eventually when our Basset goes (she's 11), we'll replace her with a smaller dog... or probably get another Basset - who am I kidding?
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:05 PM
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1. Brussels Griffon-THE absolute best apartment/small house dog. Not terriers so they aren't generally high energy dogs. Also they are highly intelligent(if they aren't inbred all to shit) and are known as "Velcro" dogs because they tend to follow their owners around watching them do even the most mundane tasks. Not great with small children imo, simply because children tend to underestimate their own strength when handling small pets.

2. Basenji-incredible hunting abilities, and though they chase cars as much as possums, they still make a pretty good city dog because of their size and inability to truly bark.

3. German Shepherds-even the stupidest of German Shepherds is intelligent and protective.


4. Akita-Loyal, very watchful, and depending on temperament, very protective.

5. English Bulldog-like the Brussels Griffon this breed seems to have a big heart. Though they usually come chock full of health issues thanks to thoughtless breeders, they still rank above most breeds when it comes to tolerating small children. Luckily since they're so expensive they tend to be owned by people who can afford to deal with all of the health problems.
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:27 AM
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4. Puli. It's a mop. It's a dog. It's a mopdog.

5. Komondor. The mop grew.
<Spaceballs>They're Mogs. They're their own best friends.<Spaceballs>

1. Bichon Frise - could be bias, but mine rocks.

2. German Shepherd

3. American Bulldog

4. Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier

5. Labrador Retriever

Then again, ask me tomorrow and #'s 3-5 will change.
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:17 AM
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1. Border Collie. We've owned three Border Collies, and each one was a wonderful dog in its own way. Katie the Wonder Dog is lying at my feet right now, hoping for some popcorn.

2. German Shepherd. I've owned two of these, and they were both great dogs.

3. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. I haven't owned one of these yet, but they sound like great dogs. Kind of like a smaller, more playful Golden Retriever.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:06 AM
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1. Belgian Malinois. Looks exactly like a dog should look and also has all the desirable qualities.

2. Border collie. Smartest dog ever. Quick, agile, etc.

3. Korean Jindo. Also looks just like a dog should look.

4. Pomeranian. Smart and cute. And small.

5. Canaan dog. Okay, so I have a type. The fact is that I like all pariah dogs, because they're dogs.

I just think dogs should look like dogs. They should have long snouts and long legs and they should not have flat faces or stumpy legs.
Now that I've named my favorite breeds, I'll say that I'm against breeding dogs for type in general, at least breeding them to look a certain way.
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:52 AM
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Standard poodle easily.
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:54 AM
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I'll probably never own a pure-bred dog, but these are breeds I've got a soft spot for:

1. Labrador retriever
2. Golden retriever
3. Dachsund
4. Australian shepherd
5. Border Collie

Mostly for personality reasons.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:07 AM
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Golden retriever. My first and only choice. I'm currently on my 3d, would have a hard time imagining myself owning a different breed. For me, it is all about the personality (tho it doesn't hurt that they are gorgeous.)
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:02 AM
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German Wirehair Pointer - Have had 3 of these clowns
English Springer Spaniel - Got ours out of the pound 11 years ago - Great dog!
Brittany Spaniel - Lost him way to young.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:15 AM
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Purely from a business standpoint (IAAV):

1. Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen: never seen one that wasn't sick.
2. Golden Retriever: ridiculously easy to work with.
3. Rottweiler: More and more they are prone to torn ACLs, which are big money makers.
4. Beagles: They weigh 25 pounds, which makes for easier dosing.
5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Extremely predictable in the diseases they always get.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:26 AM
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Welsh Springer Spaniel - we've had 3 of them. Nice dogs, reasonably smart, and quite loyal. The only downside is that if you live in an area with lots of cute furry creatures, you won't for very long. I had to replace about a dozen of my uncles chickens (I realize chickens aren't cute and furry).

Malamutes - have never owned one but the ones I've ran across were all very nice.

Golden Retrievers - I mean really, how can you not love a golden retriever.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:09 PM
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Schipperke. We had one when I was growing up and she was so smart and playful and such a bad-ass - she was the Alpha among a bunch of dogs that included a pack of hound-mutts and 2 pit bulls.

English bulldog. 2nd cutest puppies on the planet, and so easy-going and expressive when they grow up.

Basset hound. Cutest puppies on the planet, and more clever than they look, in a devious kind of way. My best friend has one.

Pomeranians. Because they look like tribbles. Little bouncy barking tribbles.

Bluetick coon hound. Again, I had one when I was growing up (the matriarch of the aforementioned hound-mutt pack) and she was sweet and goofy and loveable and not-too-bright and a beautiful color. Her name was Bluebelle.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:44 PM
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1. Beagles - I love me some beagle smooches
2. Dachshunds
3. Basset hounds (I'm a hound kinda gal)
4. Labrador and Chesapeake Bay retrievers
5. Golden retrievers
Bonus: Border collies and Australian shepherds. Aw hell, all dogs. How can I prioritize?
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:58 PM
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Golden Retrievers, are hands down my favorite breed. I've had 3 of them but I don't know if I would get another because they are a little too big for me to lift and that makes it difficult to lift them into the tub for baths, lift them into the car when they get old and can't jump up anymore or carry them to the car to take to the vet clinic when they finally collapse of old age. It's also just too hot here for long coated dogs and Florida Goldens never get those nice thick coats.

I also like Border Collies and Australian shepherds, they tend to run a little smaller than Goldens and don't have as thick coats but they like a lot of activity.

I always wanted a Samoyed but I don't think they'd do well in the Florida heat with their thick coats. A co-worker who had one agrees and would not get another in Florida.

I don't really have a favorite small dog because I haven't found a breed I like yet. I like Corgi's but outside of obedience trials I haven't seen any well-behaved ones. Too many small breeds have too many genetic problems.
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:10 PM
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1. Another vote for Border Collie. We had Dottie for just a bit over 2 years, if there was ever a perfect dog, Dottie was it. Unfortunately she broke her back and we had to have her put to sleep. Damn, got something in my eye.

2. Airdale Terrier. Not very bright but probably to most loving dog I have ever owned. Red was a character and loved being the center of attention.

3. Corgi. I was adopted by Motley when I visited a pound with a friend, I had no intentions of getting a dog myself. I was looking at a dog in a neighboring pen when I looked over to see a dog with big eyes and a grin on his face. I was told his time was short, he was already 10 years old and if he wasn't adopted soon, he was going to be put down. I took Motley home and he was my shadow for almost 5 years.

4 and 5. Standard poodle and miniature poodle. My mom loved poodles and we had many as a kid.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:56 PM
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I like the big furry dogs like the Malamutes, Newfoundlands, Briards. Too bad I live in a tropical country.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:25 PM
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German Shepherd.

Rottweiler. A lot of people are scared of them, but all the Rottweilers I have met are sweethearts.

Irish Setter. Even if most American breeders have bred all of the intelligence out of them.

Weimaraner. I have never actually seen one in person, but they look pretty.

Lhasa Apso. I had a Lhasa-Poodle mix when I was a kid, and he was a good dog.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:44 PM
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When I was born, my parents had a Standard Poodle (in a non-show clip, not the obnoxious poofy kind.) She was a fiercely loyal dog, excellent at guarding the house, and very smart. But she was unkind to strangers and would bite you if you fucked with her. When I was 5 they got a Great Pyrenees, which I liked a lot more. Ours was a female and had a solid white coat. She was a very kind, easy-going dog most of the time, although she would bark very very loudly at anything strange happening outside. The Pyrenees has an extremely loud bark and it could be bothersome at times. This dog was perfect to cuddle with and had a great big fluffy coat.

Other pure breed dogs I like are English and American Foxhounds, Basset Hounds, and Newfoundlands.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:53 PM
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Scottish Terrier: Fierce, proud, a big dog in a small dogs body.

Basset Hound: Our Shelby is a special girl, possibly the sweetest dog we'll know. She doesn't drool but she does shed. But that's all right because Shelby is sweet.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:13 PM
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[Note: I was never allowed to own a dog as a kid, so these opinions are based purely on looks and how random dogs I've met in my life have acted]

1) Welsh Corgis - sweetest dogs I've ever met AND insanely cute in the bargain.

2) Basenjis

3) Beagles

4) Cocker Spaniels

5) Dachshunds
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:41 AM
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5. English Bulldog-like the Brussels Griffon this breed seems to have a big heart. Though they usually come chock full of health issues thanks to thoughtless breeders, they still rank above most breeds when it comes to tolerating small children. Luckily since they're so expensive they tend to be owned by people who can afford to deal with all of the health problems.
Everytime I see an English Bulldog I tell myself I have to have one. Everytime I see the price tag and the costs of proper care I have to convince myself a Bassethound or Beagle will do.
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