|Barked: Sat Feb 16, '13 11:41am PST |
|Sorry for the slowness in replying, I will get back to you when my cold virus is better. Off the top of my compromised head, some of the gundogs were bred to work during the day closely bonded to the hunter, with other dogs, and then come home to be a family dog. Thus they require exercise, lots of it, but bond well, have excellent temperaments, and are dog social and human social. Retrievers such as non field line (there are some really field crazy labs) and moderate Goldens are especially good for this. You want to avoid the very hyper energy gundogs such as Weims and the overly sensitive dogs such as Brittanies. Do you have any favorites among the gun dogs? Goldens and Labs are among the smartest dogs in terms of the quickest to learn. Labs can tend to be slightly more stubborn, but that's usually not a problem. And there are tons of Labs in shelters, sadly too many, A well bred one is also a good option. Toto knows a lot about more moderate Labs.
German Shepherds are among the classic bomb-proof and most intelligent (remember I am speaking of trainable dogs) of dogs, but their adolescence can be rough and they require leadership (not a hard hand, per se.) They are not necessarily dog or people social, either.
Off hand, BCs and Cattle Dogs are extremely smart, but can be car chasers and rather "sharp." Cattle dogs can also be prone to DA.
A Papillon is very clever, but energetic, and must be extensively socialized toward other dogs. The Cavalier seems a nice choice, but can have health problems.
An older Pittie will be of known temperament and is another option. Adolescent pitties may develop DA, but by later maturity, this well be set. They are lovers, good family dogs, and very human social.
And a Poodle is great as I said. Smart as a whip, loves humans, good with other dogs, not a chaser. Even temperament. I suggest an older Poodle of a known temperament or a Poodle from a very good, reputable breeder. I love the Standards, myself.
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