|Barked: Fri May 11, '12 1:59pm PST |
|Shepherds (FCI 1) are for me, about that I'm sure. My next dog is probably going to be a Belgian Groenendael (or Tervueren) but I'm also interested in GSD, mudi, chodsky pes, Malinois, Laekenois, another rough collie and maybe a little in kelpie.
In shepherds I like:
- easy to train
- versatile (for example with a Belg I could do almost anything: agility, obedience, SAR, canine freestyle, sledding)
- no desire for hunting (although especially young herders might be too interested in moving objects like bikes), easy to have off-leash
I ended up with a collie when I thought a Belgian would be too active for my current situation in life. So I got a collie thinking her temperament could resemble a Belgian's but would be milder. And I think Alva's just a perfect dog for me right now (just closing my eyes and imagining she wouldn't have HD).
I like huskies' looks and malamute's too. But I think I could never have one. Or many of them. I am not that enthusiastic about sledding. On a forum I read I and a couple of other users joked about husky x belgian. But you can never choose which traits a mix would have.
In FCI there is a whole breed group (FCI group 5) for spitzes and primitive type of dogs. No, they are not all sleddogs like huskies and malamutes, but also herding spitzes like Finnish ans Swedish Lapphunds, Finnish reindeer herder or Icelandic sheepdog, European spitzes used as companions (like pomeranian, kleinspitz, mittelspiz, grossspitz or keeshond) and hunting spitzes like Finnish spitz, Norwegian elkhound, laikas or Karelian bear dog). This group also includes primitive type dogs.
If this group was the only one where I could pick my breed I'd take a reindeer herder. I believe it would be closest to the dogs I've lived with.
Was it Nicky who wanted a whole size range of pomeranians. Well, I've heard AKC doesn't recognise all European spitzes but FCI knows a series of these dogs. Pomeranian < kleinspitz (literally small spitz) < mittelspitz (= middle spitz) < grossspitz (big spitz).
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