|Barked: Tue Jun 26, '12 10:44am PST |
|Hey everyone, haven't been on in a while, but am in a dilemma and thought I'd drop in and ask the smart people on here.
We're looking for a second dog to help keep Marlowe company and to be more my husband's dog, since Marlowe is very much "mine". I had assumed we'd get another Curly, but he's decided that there are things about Marlowe he doesn't want in "his" dog. Soooooo, let the new breed search begin!
--Very smart and trainable, learns new things quickly
--Low/medium grooming requirements
--Not a drooler
--Absolutely perfect with kids of all ages, intuitive understanding of how to behave around them
--Friendly but low-key with strange people, very affectionate with family
--Able to go pretty much anywhere and be around strange people, dogs, and other animals without drama
--Able to be off-leash without running off
--Calm in the house
--NO Obsessive ball/herding/play/working drive; Marlowe is obsessed with retrieving, and hubby hates that he won't just hang out and chill if there's even the slightest chance we might throw something for him. (I just congratulate myself on having a proper retriever. )
--People are the most important thing to the dog. Hubby wants to be the absolute center of the dog's universe, and wants his approval to be as much or more of a motivator than food or other rewards. He wants a dog that lives and breathes to make his people happy, and is just as happy to perform a command the 100th time as the first.
I told him that he's asking too much, that most breeds were bred for a specific purpose and have those internal drives that need to be satisfied outside of just doing what the people want to do. Of course, I think Marlowe, in all of his quirky, pushy, serious, goofy, independent, sweet, obsessive, give-you-the-middle-finger-if-you-ask-for-the-same-command-too-many- times glory, is the perfect dog, so I'm biased.
We've been through the breed lists and keep coming back to Smooth Collies and Golden Retrievers, but I've met Goldens that were hell on wheels. I've never been around Collies.
Any thoughts on how these breeds match up, or suggestions of breeds we may have missed?
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