|Barked: Sat Dec 1, '12 1:58am PST |
|Naturally, I've brought up breeds on here several times over the time I've been on Dogster, and most of that was of the GSD because they're one of my favorite breeds. I've got a list of dogs that I particularly am fond of, but would like ideas or suggestions as to specific breeds instead, whether they are or are not on my list, and I'd like to be told about a few others.
List of Breeds I Like:
Hounds(literally all hounds - particularly Beagles, Pharaohs, and Greyhounds)
Mastiffs(all, particularly Bull and Dogue)
Breeds I'd Like to Know More About:
English Springer Spaniel
Now, here's the thing.. I'm not sure what breeds(other than my Beagle and my Lab mix of course!) would fit my criteria later on. Maybe I'm biased, lol. This would be several years down the road, however, when I'm further into dog training and behavior, and more immersed in the dog sport world.
1. Has to be good with kids(if it can be raised with kids, that's cool too). I HAVE and CAN manage dogs that aren't entirely FOND of kids(Maya and a few of my fosters weren't), but I'd prefer a dog that tolerates children well. I will have a child by then, as well as having much much younger siblings frequently visit.
2. Eager to please and biddable is best, but if I can train my Beagle forty commands, I'm sure I can deal with a more stubborn breed no problem. It would just be better to have a dog that ENJOYS working with me more and having a partnership.
3. I love velcro dogs, so that would be awesome, but is not necessary.
4. Aloof is good, and I like to feel safe when I walk my dogs at night(had that with Maya, do not have that with Charlie or Ria, bol), but I don't necessarily want a dog that will be suspicious of everyone if you know what I mean.
5. Grooming doesn't matter - I love all fur types. Except Huskies. And yes, I've groomed many breeds, including Huskies and Newfies(I liked the Newf's more because they had a tendency to just lay down and let you do whatever).
6. Can be raised with smaller animals to be okay with them(I own rabbits - AND a Beagle, so that should give you a hint of what I can handle in terms of prey drive), but doesn't necessarily have to ever be unsupervised with them either.
7. Exercise requirements.. Hmm.. My fiance and I go hiking in the mountains or out of town whenever we get the chance. I LOVE jogging with my dogs, and walking them on a regular basis so we can handle higher energy, but a dog that has an 'off' switch in the house would be best.
8. A dog that would do well(or at least enjoy!) in dog sports would be good - I'm particularly interested in Tracking, Agility and Obedience.
9. Size preference is medium to giant - I don't like dogs that are smaller than my 25lb Beagle and he's the exception.
10. I don't like neurotic OCD type behaviors, and I don't like super crazy separation anxiety(I'm talking super as in defecating, urinating, barking and destroying the house super crazy - whining or barking is fine).
11. If it helps, I'm great at rehabilitating out resource guarding/food aggression, and can manage and work with that really easily - I've got loads of experience with it, so breeds that tend towards that are perfectly fine. I don't necessarily want a breed that is ABSOLUTELY going to have dog aggression, but if that can be avoided through proper socialization and training, I can do it.
I hope I gave enough criteria to truly break down potential breeds and that someone can tell me about the breeds I hope to learn more about. I'm just curious for right now and hope to truly break down potential breeds for the future.
Edited by author Sat Dec 1, '12 2:02am PST
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