|Barked: Thu Nov 1, '12 4:33am PST |
|I think it's good that you've narrowed it down to some breeds.
Now, take those breeds, and study them. Read everything you can about them. Talk to owners of those breeds. Go to shows, meet with breeders, express your interest, have the breeders and owners talk to you about the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's important to know all of the pros and cons of a breed, and decide if the pros outweigh the cons.
For instance, my "perfect breed" is the Akita Inu. Pros: They're extremely loyal, protective only when necessary, and quiet. Cons: They aren't normally dog-friendly, same-sex aggression is common in the breed, they blow their coat twice a year(and that means practically eating fur as a side dish with every meal, although otherwise, the shedding is virtually nonexistent), and training? HA! Loyal does not necessarily mean they're going to ignore that wonderful smelling bush just because you called their name. They ARE trainable, and I've seen some in Agility before, but it requires hard work and patience. And making sure to understand that they're very unlikely to listen if you try to use dominance tactics or punishment-based methods.
But, for me, the pros outweigh the cons. I love them for their difficulty. I'm an Aries. Challenges excite me.
Obviously I'm not suggested an Akita for you. From your description, this is not the breed for you. In fact, it's almost the complete opposite of what you want, lol. I was just giving an example of the pros and cons.
Ultimately, no one can really tell you what your breed is. It's up to you to do your research and decide which breed(s) meshes well with you.
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