So what is your favourite dog breed (and why)?
So what is your favourite dog breed (and why)?
House dog - feist such as rat terriers. These dogs are small, easily trained, etc.
Outdoors dog - Siberian husky. The one I have is beautiful. She is sky blue eyes, a reddish-brown coat and is very well behaved. She never barks. We hear an occasional yelp.
Mutt. A little bit of the best of all species and no major weaknesses due to inbreeding.
Does she ever howl? I had a husky, and she would sometimes let loose with the weirdest howls....quite spooky at night.
My next dog will probably be a third generation cross between Labrador Retrievers and poodles called a Labradoodle.
They have the personality of a Lab
and the don't shed.
I pretty much like all types of dogs. The one I have now is a German Shepperd and hes the perfect watchdog. I fancy pitbulls also and then toy dogs are cute.
No, she never howls. The closest she has ever come to howling was during a vet visit. She was obviously not feeling well. We took her to the vet and as he was trying to examine her, she yelped/whined/howled a few times. He eventually had to sedate her. She had several types of bacteria in a pus sack under her skin (on her head). The vet put in a tube to drain it and put her on antibiotics for a week or so. After a couple of days, she was pretty much back to normal.
I like Siberian Husky too! I don't have one but my friend have it (named Sila) and she is close to me. She is so cute!
I prefer the mongrel by far.
The seem to live longer, don’t have the genetic or mental problems of pedigree dogs, plus they are a whole lot cheaper to buy.
The only problem is, when you see the puppy you can never be sure how large or how ugly it is going to end up.
I heard you can judge the size a puppy will grow by the size of its feet – the larger the feet in proportion to the rest of the puppy the larger the dog will grow. Still no guarantee it wont end up looking like a lumpy bag of pubic hair with eyes!
If I had to go with pedigree:
As well as a mongrel I have had Springer Spaniels (as crazy as a cat in a bath!)
I have also had a Staffordshire Bull Terrier - built like a brick outhouse with schizophrenic tendencies, not a safe combination and not a suitable pet to have around kids or strangers. Well mine wasn’t but I have heard many tales of how great they are with kids.
So which pedigree would I go for?
If reality weren’t an issue I would go with a Newfoundland, a St Bernard or a Great Dane.
If kids or army like training weren’t a problem I would go with Rottweiler or a German Shepherd Dog.
I guess I am living in the real world I would plump for a Golden Retriever, they are so cute at any stage of life.
Perhaps something small and yappy to cut down on the amount of waste that drops out of its bottom on a daily basis.
Oh, an English Bulldog would be good too, I wouldn’t have to walk a marathon twice daily like I did with the Spaniels.
So after all of that I can categorically state that my answer is a 100% positive unambiguous, “I don’t know!”
In fact I am probably more unsure now than I was before I began typing the answer. DOH!
Rottweiller is the best.
Loyal and faithful they are great with children and actually very gentle dogs.
They make good guard dogs also because they are extremely strong but not vicious, unless of course they have been badly treated which will make any animal vicious.
I have a Rottweiller and two mutts. They are all great but the Rotty is the best.
rotty is a great dog it's all ive ever had but ide like to get a st bernard..they look so big and fluffy..i want one to keep me warm in the winter i can just cuddle with the dog thats the size of me..fluffy creature..lol...but i have a rotty now and shes so well behaved i like rotties..but still want the st bernard.
Pugs are wonderful. They adapt to most environments and they're friendly! If you're looking for a guard dog, I wouldn't suggest a pug though becasuse they will turn traitor whenever a thief offers food. Pugs are fun to dress up because they're so small and cute. Plus, it's fun to squish their faces. I mean, those wrinkles just BEG, 'squishme! squish me!' (I don't know about your pugs but mine doesn't mind)
Bull Mastiffs are crossbreeds composed of 60% Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. Their appearance alone is intimidating. These dogs are tall, standing at a height between 25 and 27 inches (63 and 69 cm), and heavy, weighing from 110 to 130 pounds (50 to 60 kg). Wonderful guard dogs, Bull Mastiffs usually knock intruders down and stand above them, baring their teeth and growling threateningly.
Because of their sheer size, Bull Mastiffs also serve as guard dogs by preventing aggressors from moving past them. These dogs are fiercely loyal to their people and regard strangers warily. Hence, early socialization is crucial to ensure that Bull Mastiffs do not become aggressive against people they do not know.
I love German Shepherds and big dogs like that. I think anything that looks like a wolf has me hooked. They're really nice-looking dogs, and they make good watch-dogs, which is always a plus. :p
The best two breeds are Husky dogs and German Sherperd...I had an alsatian not too long ago but he turned out to be a 'king' which is like twice the size of your avarage one.
We had to get rid of him so we sent him to the police, he;s massive now.
Anyways yeah I adore big dogs and although i like small ones i hate how yappy thay are.
My friend has a jack russel cross and it's just plain irritating sometimes.
I live all dogs though..
Even those tiny ones who just shake!
Growing up, we've always had big dogs ( German Sheppard, Golden Retriever, Smoyed) so I have an affinity for them. I worked in animal rescue for a while and cared for several different breeds and mixes. My favorite was a German Sheppard/Rottweiler cross. But he had SERIOUS social problems and couldn't be trusted around strangers. With people he knew, he was the sweetest, most trustworthy pup I'd ever seen.
As for my next dog, I like Black Russian Terriers. BRT's were developed by Russia in the 40's or 50's by breeding Rotts, Giant Schnauzers, Airedales, and a few other breeds. They are good dogs, but require space and exercise. But since we are expecting our first kid, my wife and I have been talking about a Labrador.
I have four Spitz and one Golden Lab. I love labradors, they're my favorite breed because they're gentle, loyal, and learns tricks easily. He's 5 years old but I still treat him as my baby. As for the four Spitz, we only own the three. The oldest is a female and I only had it from my aunt. She's always shaky and gets nervous everytime she hears a *bang*. She's loyal, always like to rub her skin to my leg. lol She likes to cuddle with me along with one of her baby Spitz.
The other two Spitz are not pure, they're half Spitz and half Dalmatian. They used to be 7 but the other 2 died, we gave the three, and the two remained. My favorite would be Rudolf, the half Spitz, half Dalmatian. I named him Rudolf because he have a red nose and reminds me of Rudolf the rednose reindeer.
I would have to say the best dog I ever had was a rotty. I just lost my female 2 weeks ago. She was the sweetest dog ever. She loved to mother all the other animals in the house. She would clean my wifes prarie dogs like they were her own puppies. My wife got a kitten about 6 months ago and the first night the kitten tried to get milk from her and my rotty would just lay there and let her try and feed while she cleaned the kitten. They developed a great relationship together. The kitten would sleep on top of her at night. She was just as loveable with children. My grandbaby used to climb all over her and she was perfectally fine with it. She was protective of the baby also. The hardest part of dealing with losing her was when my 4 yr old grandbaby kept asking where she was.
I think there are so many different types of dogs and there are so many differnt types of people with different needs wants and likes this is an impossible thing to say that this breed or that breed is the best.
My personal favourite is the Staffordshire bull terrier. They are very loving pets always wanting love attention and a cuddle, they live for love ! Not getting attention from their owners is the worst punishment for a staffy.
They are one of only a small handful of dogs reccomended with young children, known as the nanny dogs.
They shed very little are clean and don't bark too much only to get attention of owner r if their is trouble. They are fearless and can hold their own ground.
However by far the most loving things about staffies are their personalities. Always cheeky and know their own mind. These dog huff and puff to let you know whats on their minds, sometimes seeming to try and talk to let you know somthing.
These dogs are very smart and try and get their own way and sulk better than any 13 year old ! But are always willing to play until you can play no more or just cuddle and lounge on you with all four paws in the air. Friendly to strangers but always willing to protect owners, the staffy really is the ultimate dog.
Siberian Husky for life!!! I have 2. One male, named Summit, and one female, named Mady. Summit is 11, gray and white, with one brown eye & one blue eye and would never hurt a fly! Mady is turning 3 VERY soon, black and white with a black mask, and two brown eyes and she is a dork (sometimes I think she is part cat! ) But I love them cause they are strong, intelligent, and they look a little like wolves. Wolves are my favorite animal!
I love it when people see my dogs and ask if they are wolves! I mean get real, like I'm going to walk my "wolf" around the block or to the elementary school to get my sister and cousin! Its funny!
I don't like it when people get upset that I walk them around people cause they think they are dangerous!
Oh well, I think I made my point! Siberian Huskies forever!!
guess it depends on the purpose.
if you are a go-er family you will want a small dog... although I do not agree with it... most hotels and malls and etc let you carry in small dogs if you can hold onto them.
If you are into sledding and skiing you may want a husky or something but they are really bad in the city and they love to run.
I like labs as they get older they are more settled... but crazy as pups LOL.
If people have alergies then you will want one of the dogs with more like hair vs fur like the Lapso Apso
I have owned 1-4 dogs all my life... and my favorite one is the Rotti.
yes, i like it too
St. Bernard's because of the size, attitude and cute and fluffy..good for a lap dog haha and he'll keep you warm at night by sleeping on top of ya!...but Thinking about getting a white German Shepard now..
If mine could put a cop in his place then thats the dog I want. But the rotten x got him grr...LOL, the cops german was more aggressive then my dog and he was about to shoot him. Ceaser stopped a foot chase to play with the cops german. He's sorry see.... Ceaser was 250pds and drools like Cujo when he see German Shepards.
My personal favourite breed of dog would have to be the Scottish Terrier. My aunt and uncle have had at least one for as long as I can remember, and they're the sweetest dogs I've ever met! They're rather loud when they bark, and smell a little odd, but I still love them. I also have a bit of a weak spot for Shih Tzus, though.
SIBERIAN HUSKY...... damn i love them..so pretty
I have a fond spot for English Setters myself. They're absolutely adorable and friendly, but sleep lots and aren't very hyper making them about as "house-friendly" as a medium-large dog can be, but also have a sort of crafty sneaky side. They're like all the good things about dogs and cats rolled into one (large, spotted) package.
I love my catahoula leopard dog. He is a very independent dog but a lover. He was a handful when he was a puppy, he chewed on everything. My niece found him as a stray when h was 6-8 weeks old. She kept him until he was 9 or 10 months old then I offered to take him. A CLD needs a strong alpha owner who will not take any guff. I had to earn his respect and love as I demanded his respect and obedience.
I would get another CLD if I get another dog.
I have one, and she's basically the love of my life. These dogs are incredibly intelligent and are insanely loyal. They were originally bread from wolves, huskies, samoyds (sp?), and keeshounds (i believe). After WWII, though, some were even bread with the japanese spitz (which I also think are very cute). They became popular as circus dogs, and are still pretty rare in the dog-world. They make great pets, but get a little snappy towards kids as they get older. haha.
there's a webpage of some examples.
I've always wanted a Newfoundland, just because they look like fluffy bears. I don't know why, but I just love those big dogs that drool all over the place. Besides newfoundlands, I think German Shepards are really great too, since have the perfect mix of intelligence, loyalty, and obedience.
Is your question is based on preference or situational fact?
- If it is based on personal preference, mine would have to be Pomeranians because I have 4. They are nice, and they are not rowdy or rascal, like everyone believes. I guess the dog's personality really depends on the type of home it is raised on.
- If it is based on books, numbers and facts, the Golden Retriever is the best companion, and family dog by far. It is incredibly faithful and very intelligent. But, if you are looking for a watch dog, don't get a Golden. They will most likely lick your burglar rather than bark at it.
Labs are awesome...
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I really like Siberian Huskies.
First of all they are really cuddly with their thick fur that's lovely to stroke.
Secondly I love their eyes, blue especially, they look so cute.
Thirdly they look really beautiful in the snow, especially when they are looking at you.
I like collies. And I have collie ;D That breed has been my favourite dog breed. Collies are beautiful dogs, and kind too. Maybe little bit shy, but not so bad.
I am a Great Dane man myself. I have had three now and they are easily my favourite breed, they are loyal and trustworthy (except with food) and among the smartest dogs I ever came across.
My favourite was a guy called Rolf. He was a god among dogs and weighed 80Kgs / 176lbs:
Great Danes have two down sides though:
Now I have an Airedale puppy named Grendel. He is 11 weeks and loves his bunny.
This is Grendel:
I like all dogs.
i love springer spaniels, they can run for hours on end and that matches me i can run forever so i could go for a run with the dog, I've had a springer before but it was no good used to bite me but i got a baby now and she runs every day she is so active.
I like all dogs too. I currently have a lab mix and a setter mix, but I have had a siberian husky and a border collie aussie shepherd mix. I really loved both the husky and the collie mix, but they both were so protective that they started biting people that got to close to us. I have learned that loving dogs is not a substitute for knowledgeable training when you are dealing with a large, intelligent, protective dog.
I would love to have a burmese mountain dog, or a great pyranese, but I am thinking that would be asking for trouble with my track record. Also, it has gotten so expensive to acquire a dog. Even the SPCA charges $100. I remember people just giving away dogs left and right when I was a kid.
The dogs we have now are very loving and gentle, but I miss having my full of life, vim and vinegar doggies.
Can they be inside dogs? I am looking for a good companion for someone that is elderly. I wonder if a large breed is OK. I like the fact that the dog is big enough to "help" if needed. But worry about if it is OK for the animal themselves. You know. If it is OK for the dog.
I love our two staffordshire bull terriers. They are really low maintenance as far as grooming is concerned and their on and off "buttons" work really well, they are always ready to play or walk but are just as happy to curl up with us in front of the television. They need proper socialising and training as pups (as do all dogs!) but there is no reason why staffords shouldn't get on with other animals. Ours get on well with other animals, from farm animals to strange dogs they meet out walking.
If I had the space I would probably have a Rottie or a Great Dane as well. One of my best friends has some Great Danes and I love their personalities.
My husband is longing to have some kind of gundog like a Labrador as well but we don't have the space at present.
Larger breed dogs sometimes tend to need less exercise than what people imagine. Why don't you talk with some breeders of, for example, labradors? This may be an ideal situation to offer an older (less energetic and more stable than a boisterous pup) dog a good home! Even one coming from a rescue situation. Any breed dog needs some exercise every day, but for some breeds a good walk once a day with free access to an outside area (garden) is enough. Remember also that in each breed you find different characters, some dogs are more lazy and others need much more exercise.
My best friend is a Magyar Viszla.
Why? See for yourself.
Thanks for the reply. I like to hear from owners that seem to know what they are talking about.
I will see if I can find some breeders in my area and ask. I will start looking @ the local SPCA for an older dog too.
If you know anybody in the Sacramento area give me a reference and I will follow it up. I guess I have some homework to do.
Finally, If I train the animal, will the he/she still keep the training while @ my parent's house? If yes, is there a way to know how long the training will last and how often I will have to retrain the animal?
Training a dog (or any animal) is a life long habit. It is not like having a savings account where you can put in 10 dollars one day, then nothing for a week, then 1 dollar, then nothing for a few days, then 5 dollars... consistency is the answer. My best advice would be to attend a reputable training establishment - do your homework and ONLY attend a school which uses positive reinforcement techniques. Follow up the formal training with regular 5 minute informal sessions at home, if possible a few times a day. Always use the same commands, signals, words and body language. If the dog doesn't "get" what the handler wants, it is almost always the handler's fault for confusing the dog!
Also, throw in informal training sessions at other times, like training the dog to sit and wait before a meal, and then only to eat on command. Teaching a dog tricks is another way of doing training and interacting in a positive manner.
I guess what I am trying to say is that any training you give the dog, you will have to involve your parents in as well to ensure they are consistent with what you teach the dog.
In an ideal world all dosg will attend puppy training and socialising classes from about 9 weeks old onwards, and this training will be consistently and positively reinforced via informal training at home, for the rest of the dog's life.
A "best" dog breed likely varies as widely as the need for the breeds to be "best" in? An example; a large, vicious, "junk yard dog", might be best at keeping thieves out; but may be a poor choice for small children's pets. Though there is always the exception that might be good at both.
My "favorite" pet, a Border Collie; I am told, is usually not a "best" pet. This came as a surprise when I was an adult. As when I was a child I'd had a wonderful pure Border Collie, that was a wonderful childhood chum; and never bossy, nor "superior than thou". However I'm told most Border Collies make poor pets because unless you are the boss, they are your boss. Also, Border Collie nervous energy level; is often too high for little children.
None-the-less: my "favorite" pet is Border Collie. How can it be otherwise; I was Pal's "favorite" human; though not always his "best" human. R.I.P.
You are of course, 100% correct. In every breed there are many variations in character of dogs. Also, some breeds were bred specifically for doing a certain job - Border Collies of course, were bred for the purpose of helping their human to herd and control sheep. This is why they sometimes don't make such good companion animals - they were genetically "programmed" to fulfil a different purpose. I have known many, many Borders though, who made excellent pets, and many who made very poor herders! Also, quite a few who made both!
My favourite would have to be the Jack Russel
1) They are small, great house dogs
2) They don't eat much
3) Not much hair goes everywhere
4) They are hyper active and always ready to go for walks
I love Labs too and would really like to have one one day. I have heard that as pups they can be pretty hard work but once they are mature, they are usually the absolute best all round family dog. Is this true?
Defently German shepherd.
They can be vicious but you just have to train them to be nice and caring. Mine one isn't vicious, it's gonna lick you to death.
They are great little "big" dogs! Always up for anything and such fun dogs to own. Also a very hardy breed and very low maintenance as far as grooming etc is concerned.
Maybe not the best breed of dog to have with little kids around because (as you rightly mention) they can be quite active little dogs and a hyper dog along with a few hyper kids is maybe not the best combination!
A great breed to own though.
Old English Sheepdogs are so cute and they are very loyal and obedient. Too bad mine died a few years ago. She was the best dog and breed I ever had.
i beleive pemerians are the most coward of all... they bark and as u approach them.. they start to move back.. a lil hush scares them to death
though they are cute... good pets bt nt good if u want security too...
This is a lovely horse, is it per chance a Paint? I no nothing about horses but this looks like the fabled Comanche steed of yesteryear that could not only deliver the warrior to the battlefield but could indeed also consume the said indigenous combatant if he’s person was to be found in the unfortunate situation of having procured through the above mentioned altercations to have landed up, for a better phrase with a fatally inflicted wound.
i have a chihauhau/terrier mix that's a golden brown and looks exactly like a minature golden retriever. She's absolutely gorgeous and i got her for free.
This is a Harlequin Great Dane but I can quite see why you liken him to a Comanche Paint pony!
I agree. I too have two street dogs- No, pariah is not the right word: they are very loving, sturdy and full of common sense which pedigree dogs will probably never have..
We call them kali and Bhuri, based on their color and are often amazed at their native intelligence and human like emotions- propensity to possess you, monopolise you, love you, pester you.. what not!
I will always go for a pup, picked up straight from the road! Love them and give them a home, if I can..
Ummmmmm... all dogs have different personalities. I respect the fact that you prefer non-pedigree dogs, but I own two pedigree dogs, same breed, one is the biggest, most loveable duffer you're ever likely to meet, a real clown, and the other is the most serious, "thinking" sensible dog, no sense of humour whatsoever but she loves and thrives on love and attention just like any dog.
Please don't be negative towards pedigree dogs, they too all have different personalities, it is up to the owner to discover and develop these.
I have a beautiful Finnish Spitz here. They're very good dogs - good temperament, very smart, low maintenance, loving and affectionate, and cute.
Here is a link to Wikipedia's page on them:
Please note: My dog looks exactly the same as the one in the photo. They only come in that colour, and so that means most do look the same.
the best breed - rottweiler
cant get enough of them
I have a pug who is a terrific dog. I have since met a few other pug owners all with zero complaints and nothing but great stories. I also have a Boston terrier who is a great pet but has a lot of issues among them being super hyper at times, and jealousy when I'm showing the pug affection. I have also met a few Boston terrier owners and each one of them has been challenged by their behavior. I have owned many breeds of dogs over the years and it's the pug that is the easiest to own.
I really like Labradors and German Sheperds. Labradors are very kind animals and hard workers where the Sheperds really focus on their master which is something I really like in a dog.
I have a rottweiler named boris he just died last year. i really missed him.. rottweiler are the sweetest and funniest breed for me.
Im planning the get one again from the same parents
Very loyal, they can only be a effective guard dog with respect to hearing people. Other than that, they are not very mean
I can just sum them up like this, they are a lot of personality in a little package
My favourite is the husky... but its just too costly/troublesome to have one in my country. My country is warm all year round and thus to keep a husky we'll need to provide the husky with aircon everyday.. =_=" (Now that is what I call pampering your pet!) Furthermore, my country has restrictions on the size of dogs we can keep as all our public housing is high-rise. Only people living in private estates are allowed to keep large dogs like husky, due to safety reasons. So sad...
Anyway, back to the topic of best dog breed. I think there is no one particular dog breed that is the best since each dog has their own unique characteristics and that each dog owner has their own needs and preferences. It really depends on the lifestyle and personality of the dog owner and whether the dog breed fits into his/her requirements.
For example, people with large houses can afford to have a large dog firstly because they can provide the dog with optimium roaming space and that large dogs can serve well as a guard dog for the house. People with smaller house can have toy dogs to keep them company as a companion.
Agreed all of them have their own special characteristics. It has more to do with our own special preferences. All dogs can really be great provided we look after them and love them.
My first choice would be the Golden retriever, second would be a Labrador retriever and third the Dalmatian.
I love japanese spitz! they're very playful and smart as well...hmm....i have been thinking about boston terrier as my another playmate....i wonder if it nice to have a boston terrier inside my house.
I love newfoundland dogs! They are too perfect for me. They are big, they had long hairs And most of all...they are so nice, calm and inteligent. They love to be with their family, they are nice with kids and older people, they are easy to learn if you know how to motivate them.
Like I said, too perfect to change the breed.
And picture of my two sweaties - Neon & Biba
and Biba when she was a baby
If I'd get a dog, I'd probably go with a Tamaskan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamaskan_dog). But in general, I'm more of a cats person, but a dog would be nice really.. : ) And I like the Tamaskan because of their wolfy looks mostly.. : )
My favorite breed is a Labrador, they are the most friendliest dogs you will ever come across. I also love boxer, they are pretty dozy and comical.
I just got a shiba inu couple days ago. It's still a puppy but I am in love.
Anyone here have Tibetan Mastiff or French Mastiff ? They are the most expensive dog breeds in the world.
West Highland White Terrier. They are cute but have the terrier-type of nature. Love them.
I have a jack russel cross fox terrier and she's great although a bit silly and jumpy.
But my friend has the most awesome dogs, next time I am definately going for a hairless Chinese Crested dog or two.
They are just gorgeous, really alert and skittish and full of personality, such strange looking creatures I love 'em.
I fear big dogs and bull/staffies...
My German shepherd keeps up when I run.
although my family always had dogs, i really wont have one...
but i find the husky amazing they look live wolves, but i find it insane to have one here were it goes 45ºC on summer, how must a winter dog feel?
I love the Golden Retrivers, they are almost always playful and friendly.
I have a japanese spitz. They are an intelligent breed and are very sociable. Also they are very clean and do not have that doggy smell. Fantastic breed. Great with kids too!
Personally I really like Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers as well. (German) Shepherds are great dogs too. They usually have a kind personality and are intelligent and willing to be trained, which is what I look for in a dog.
Other than that I like the Siberian- and Alaskan Huskies. They make great pets but take a lot of work to properly care for with all the exercise they require on a daily basis. It would be great to own one some day, but only if I have the time and means to properly take care of such an animal.
Dogos Argentinos! I think this breed is unknown to most of you people, but this is my favorite by far. And I've had labs, rottweilers, boxers, great danes and I now own a dachshund.
I'm not saying that I have a cougar problem here where I live. Just saying that this breed is the most loyal, funny, beautiful and sweet that I know. And I know lots of breeds, as I'm a vet. We had three dogos argentinos so far, and they were lovely dogs. The last we got was a female called Bianca. Don't be fooled by its appearance. They are very goofy and they like to play. Their personality remind me very much of the great dane. I miss my dogos so much.
depends on what you need. for guarding labrradors won't help you. But they are nice to play with.
Finnish Spitz is my choice of breeds. Beautiful, independent, loyal friend and good hunting dog if needed.
Corgi! They are really cute and actually very fun and playful too. Plus their stubby little legs make them extra cute!