|Barked: Thu Jul 16, '09 7:34pm PST |
|Lisa, thanks for the detailed response. I agree that the Newfie is probably a better fit, but again, rare in rescue. On Petfinder I think there are about 8 honest-to-God Newfoundlands - many more that are labeled as Newf mixes but are probably furry lab mixes - not that I'm opposed to mixes or labs, but I do want a very big very furry guy. So I might end up getting a guy like this: Ashok
I've always wanted a huge, furry, somewhat-independent-but-not-too-independent male dog, since I was 15 or so! Newfs and Great Pyrs were always my dream breeds.
And there seem to be Great Pyrs in shelters all over, sadly.
I guess when it comes to be that time I'll try the Newf rescues and if that doesn't work out, look for a Pyr or mix close by that happens to be one of the more laid-back members of his breed (or a senior or special needs). I don't think "border patrols" are going to present a major conflict with my lifestyle (and I do have a big backyard); but the off-leash thing is pretty inconvenient, mostly because I already have a little herder that's as bad as a sighthound.
The main things I don't want in a dog, ever, are fervent obsessions with catching balls, oppressive clinginess/separation anxiety, and hyperactivity. Doesn't sound like either of these breeds have issues with these things, though.
Whenever I have acreage (and when I have acreage I'm building a lake for my dogs), I will definitely have a rescued Pyr or two. Definitely. I love those dogs.
Edited by author Thu Jul 16, '09 7:43pm PST
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