|Barked: Wed Jul 17, '13 4:05am PST |
|First off , let me say that I realize any individual dog may have these traits and that I could well find an adult mixed dog in a shelter with these traits That said, is there any breed out there with high potential to meet this situation?
Medium to large size ie Lab, Spoo, GSD. Not giant size.
Not necessarily non shedding but if it sheds, it sheds clumps, not annoying individual hairs that stick to everything.
Able to do therapy work with seniors, which means a temperament more on the friendly side and not so much a reserved temperament. However, a bouncy breed wouldn't work too well.
Possibly sledding/carting/backpacking. Not a deal breaker, but something I definitely could get into.
*Excellent* with other dogs but not so soft of a temperament that a Chi telling him/her to get out of her face/away from her daddy will scar them for life.
Highly trainable for off leash and boundary training.ie stays in the yard with their person once shown the boundaries and will stay close by off leash during walks in appropriate places.
Low tendency towards reactivity. This one should actually be at the top of the list!
Low prey drive, ie if something interesting is going by , looking at is OK , fighting an instinct to chase is not.
Calm in the house.
Not a big barker.
Doesn't have to be a stellar OB prospect but can learn basic OB, manners and maybe a few cute tricks, fairly easily.
Can tolerate extremes of weather. It can get pretty hot here in the summer and pretty darn cold in the winter.
I kind of like a dog with a bit of a naughty streak or a sense of humor, I know that sounds contradictory and it's hard to explain. Like Princesse sitting on the arm of the couch when she knows she is not allowed on the couch and looking at us as if to say "What? I am not on the *couch*, I am on the *arm* of the couch" And yes, we let her get away with it
It doesn't have to be a one person dog but if it picks me as its favorite person, that is a bonus. As in, Bunny gravitates towards me and Princesse to hubby, although they are always happy to see either one of us or visitors for that matter.
I also like a dog that tends toward the Velcro side. I want my dog where I am. But I also want it to sleep in its crate at night and tolerate being left alone a few hours a day.
Oh and as long as I am asking for the impossible my favorite looks are the wolfy or foxy look. Fluffy dogs are pretty cute too I would be willing to overlook that for the right breed though
I realize I am asking a lot but bear in mind its taken me years to figure out exactly what I want and don't want Also, I am asking about a breed with high potential for the majority of these things. I realize I probably can't have it all
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