Everyone's gonna have an opinion on this one, but I grew up with Golden Retrievers and they are such an amazing family dog. They are extremely good with children. You would have to do something really mean to a Retriever to have it turn on you. As young kids we would ride them and grab their fur all then time and they'd just wag their tails enjoying every minute of it.
They tend to have hip issues as they get older and also require plenty of exercise throughout their life.
There are a lot of great dog breeds and a lot of favorites but I have to choose the Mutt (mixed breed). They have fewer medical problems and, just like with human children, you may not be sure how they are going to turn out but watching them grow and change is a lot of fun. I understand why certain people need to get special breeds (like low shedding breeds, for example) but for those who do not have exacting requirements I recommend a mutt.
I'm not a small dog person, so that rules out a few breeds right there. I don't want a noisy (hounds?), hyper (fox terriers?) dog, who's always "on the go". I'm not into breeds that require elaborate grooming, or have a fragile look. I don't want a dog that keeps its distance (shiba inu?); instead, I prefer a dog that seeks my company without being overbearing.
I like dark markings, powerful build, short hair, and breeds that learn quickly and are versatile enough to participate in a variety of sports (anything from carting, to obedience, agility to rally-o).
Rottweilers suit my lifestyle and demands perfectly. They love their people (I guess you can say that for all dogs?), but they are also elegant and powerful at the same time. They can be a little bit more difficult to read, as they have a quiet, reserved nature, but it appeals to me, and I pride myself on the ability to understand dogs' body language. Rotties are just as happy lying by my feet, as they are happy to be trotting next to me on a walk. I like that they are so affectionate, despite their reputation and muscular look, so, as you can see, I like the whole package: size, character and beauty.
Now, the reality is, there is no dog that I wouldn't give lots of TLC if it came to live in my house, but my heart is with the Rottweilers.
My favorite is the Boxer. Our family has had many dogs. Most of them have been small dogs. Small dog = small bladder. We had to eventually get rid of our lastest dog simply because it would go to bathroom at home everytime we went out to work. A few months later we decided we needed another dog. We decided we would try a bigger dog this time. Our black Boxer named "Cali" is probably the Best mannered dog we have ever had. She is just perfect. She will be playful, run around, and bark outside. Yet, when we let her in, she understands that it is time to calm down. We got her because we didn't want our 2 year old to be afraid of dogs when he grew up. Having her around the house has been a blessing. I would definitely recommend this breed to most families.
The breed for me is the Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog). I compete in agility, Rally obedience, obedience, etc., and the Sheltie is a great all around versatile dog. I like a small/medium dog. I love long fur.
My Shelties come from working lines and are very high drive. They are not dogs for the average home as they are very intense and must have work to do. Working dogs can have weak "off" switches. The average pet owner would describe them as "hyper." I describe them as awesome and exactly what I want.
Yet, my Shelties are not only active and full of energy, they are also loving, devoted and sweet. I love their personalities, their souls and their looks.
But they are not for everyone. Shelties are long coated and need to be brushed once a week. They also are known barkers as the breed was originally developed to herd sheep with their voices. This bark herded sheep....but it also can annoy people. Shelties from a bad breeder are overly shy and do not have drive. On the other side, working lines can flat be insane!!! (I happen to love the insane.)
So while it's my favorite breed, it is not for everyone.
My favorite is Belgian Malinois; however, this may perhaps be a case of what we call in psychology, decision-justification. Yet our God (backwards) is loving, kind, gentle, quite intelligent and a most effective guard dog. She howls like a wolf (whenever she hears sirens) and runs to our front glass door with abandon if someone is there other than one she has been acquanted with. My daughters' boyfriends are always introduced to her in this way when they first visit our house (Because of her, I do not need to clean my gun infront of the boys).
She demands a daily walk and although she usually gets her way (with this); on occasion when she is not walked in the A.M., she pouts like a child... She loves to play with our older collie and my daughter's young dog. She can walk on 2 legs for great distances and when we have a possum, stray cat or owl in our yard she is highly aware of it before we ever realize that we have visitors.
My nick name for her is Maullinator; because she has a similar character to Arnold (sometimes). Her real name is Molly although I think it should be spelled M-a-u-l-lee (like in Bruce Lee). I will admit that there are probably other breeds that have all these qualities and then some; however, it is the only breed our Secret Service uses and one accompanied our most honorable Seal team that took out a recent high-level terrorist... Most of all the Maullinator is indeed a great companion for John Connor.
I have grown up with mutts and I have numerous favorite breeds, but my favorite breed has to be the Samoyed. They love just about anyone, great people dogs, always happy to see you, and are great dogs to train. They do shed a lot of fur, but their appearance, their behavior and their affection just touch my heart.
I have a Shichon, half Bichon/Shih Tzu and of course she's my favorite dog but I also love Bouvier de Flander, a giant size version of Coco. They are huge and when their ears are cropped, they look very intimidating, curly hair and you can't see their eyes. And a close second is the Irish Wolfhound.
by Adrienne Farricelli 2 years ago
This reporter just aired a report that rottweilers are aggressive and hard to train when it comes to obama choosing a breed. I had to shoot them an e-mail pissed off. I own rottweilers and they are the sweetest things on earth!http://email@example.com...Again another case of...
by Sammy 2 years ago
What breed of dog is better? Border Collie or Golden Retriever?
by RealityTalk 7 years ago
What is your favorite breed or mix of dog & whyI love Boxers. I have owned two boxers now. My first only lived 10.5 years; his name was Rocky & he was a great pet. My current boxer, named Sugar Ray, is also a great pet. Sugar Ray is extremely loyal, faithful and...
by Leaderofmany 8 years ago
What is the best breed of dogs for toddlers?
by Whitney 11 years ago
I, personally, have two breeds that tie in my heart- the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. Odd picks, I know, but eh I love em... Can't wait for another. I currently have 1 of each. When my APBT pup is no longer a pup, I'm split between which to bring home. I'd love to find a...
by shibashake 10 years ago
I have had German Shepards, mixed breeds, and more recently a Siberian Husky and Shiba Inu. So far, I am most impressed with the Siberian Husky. She has the nice spitz look, is a nice medium size, and absolutely loves people. When we go on walks she always likes meeting people and gives them her...
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