If you could have any dog in the world what would it be and why. And yes, in real life we should all get a rescue. I know- but this is hypothetical.
Irish Wolfhounds are amazing and seem like gentle giants, but I could even begin to afford how much food they eat.
This site lists breeds of dogs and their intelligence. I like German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and Labradors best
Dachshund. Very willful dogs, but sweet, loving, and comical. They have no concept of backing off because of their size. Mine is a red longhair miniature that's a bit bigger than average. Because of his color, we've been asked if he's a miniature Irish Setter.
Got to give him credit--I haven't seen any badgers in the area since I got him.
R5, I'm a fellow dachshund lover. My smooth, red dachshund Peanut has my heart.
We've had six Havanese over the years.
By far our favorite dogs.
Bernese (sp?) Mountain dogs (fell in love with them, watching dog shows.)
Labradoodles. SO beautiful; I "met" one once and he was so nice and sweet.
Basset hounds. The whimsy, drollery(is that a word?) is off the charts!
The Doberman. They are beyond awesome, but they are certainly not for everyone.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. So sue me.
Most of them are stringy and gamey. I prefer beef.
r11 Bernese are one of the most beautiful dog breeds. Unfortunately, they also have one of the shortest lifespan 7-8 average. Too short. That is the reason why I would never own one.
I don't have a dog, but I'd love to have a Welsh Corgi. They are so goofy and so adorable.
Nobody's fuckin' mentioned the border collie yet? They are hands-down the smartest dog in the world and, if they are properly trained and exercised, can be the greatest pet ever. Absolutely wonderful, beautiful dogs.
They're too serious R17.
I already have the dog I want, an American Eskimo dog. The most beautiful dog ever.
A labradoodle is not a fucking breed. It's a mutt.
Shelties have been the best dogs I've had so far. They're smarter than human children.
As far as if I could have any dog, I'd love to stumble upon a Samoyed or a Belgian Sheepdog in a shelter to see how they compare.
I would love to have a toy fox terrier. They're playful, affectionate, smart, loyal, highly trainable and naturally funny. They're popular with circus clowns for this reason.
Love my German Shepherd! This is my 4th one.
i love my jack russell
Boston Terrier. But they are very needy.
Love my blonde Chow-Chow, Chynna, but she's a one man dog.
Newfies -- Newfoundlands. Very intelligent, loving, gentle.
Unfortunately you need a farm to have one. And a pool or pond nearby.
Pug. And that list is shit. Pugs (like a lot of toy dogs) understand a lot of human language and will learn a new trick the first time if you're holding a treat they want.
Much like cats, who are also a hell of a lot smarter than labrador retrievers and other dogs who enjoy carrying their own turds around.
The only problem with pugs is the massive quantity of hair the fawns shed. There is no fucking end. I'm pretty sure my dog's hair can be found at the south pole, and she's not even 3 yet.
My Louisiana Catahoulla.
Scottie and Westie fan here. Smart, adorable, little shedding. Intimidatingly stubborn, until you get used to the fact that they will do what they want.
And hey, all of our dogs have been rescues, whether from shelters or breed rescue programs. If you love a particular breed, check online for a nearby rescue program.
A fairy with a Yorkie is funny as hell. Give me a Golden or a Lab any day.
If I had to get a purebred, I think I might choose the PBGV. They're adorable.
But I still love my Chorkie. She's the best dog I've ever had. In fact, today we're going to get her photo taken with the Easter Bunny!
I've always wanted a Boxer. Every one I've ever met has been really sweet and smart.
English bulldogs are my favorite breed. Our 4 year old EB is such a clown. Very stubborn and not easy to train (except for housetraining; he's 100% housetrained) but such a strong personality and funny vocalizations. I also like boxers and basset hounds.
Two boxers have owned me. If you ever get one make sure the ears are not cut. There is a high incident of cancer in boxers and those that have not had the ears done have a much lower incident of cancer.
I don't want another dog. If I were to get one I would get an Australian cattle dog.
We've got a pack of 7 dogs (and need to vacuum several time a week to keep the furballs in check). Our pack includes 3 German Shepherds, a Rottweiler, a Great Dane, a St Bernard, and a shepherd/hound mix. All are from local rescues, and came to us under a variety of circumstances. We've never gone out looking for a particular breed; all fell into our laps.
If I could pick a new breed to add to the pack, it would be a Swissy (Greater Swiss Mountain Dog). They have the coloring of a Bernie, but shorter fur. Trust me, with 3 GSDs and a Saint in the household, shorter fur has its benefits!
You can tell we like the big dogs. We have a 3BR house (with 12 dog beds), and 7 acres of fenced pastures for the pack to exercise.
German Shepherd, Border Collie and some cute and clever mutts
Gross r38. 7 dogs in the house is disgusting. Are you a hoarder?
All I'm thinking about is how much shit you clean up r38, even with seven acres. I grew up with German Shepherds and the huge piles of shit from one dog were astounding. You have several dogs twice the size of Shepherds. I love big dogs, but gross.
A real Irish Setter but not one who has the intelligence bred out of him. Or a German Shepherd.
I have two.
I also really enjoy my new little Westipoo-- for sheer moxie, and for being so damn cute.
Mutts. Lots of different shorthaired dogs. I do not like longhaired dogs at all. I don't want to get anywhere near a wet, longhaired dog face.
I would never again get a dog I couldn't carry, but I've always liked pointers and coonhounds.
I think if I got a "breed" dog, it would be an Italian Greyhound.
The wolfhounds and deerhounds are impressive, but any dog bred too far out of size is going to be predisposed to heart problems, as they are (as are the Great Danes).
R41: The amount of poop is largely determined by the quality of food that dogs eat. We feed food high in protein (Blue or Royal Canin for some, no-grain or BARF for others). Better quality food results in less waste. Less expensive food that is higher in grains (Purina, Beneful, Pedigree) produces more waste since less is digested and absorbed.
6 of the acres are open pasture; sort of our own private dog park. The primary exercise yard is a fenced paddock (around 100'x120') and we clean it daily.
Where did Irish Setters get the reputation for being stupid?
R47. Spot on with the food. We use nutro holistic and the difference is amazing.
Airedales. I have had two. Real sweethearts.
The setters over here seem to be very hyper and high strung. In Ireland, the ones I grew up with were intelligent, loyal, and even-tempered. They were high energy but not crazy. I think the puppy mills have bread for the coat and not the brains.
We had a couple of setters when I was a kid and they were beautiful. My Rufus was a huge male that I once tried to ride like a pony (I was four years old). He didn't even mind.
Thanks, R51. Rufus is a great name for an Irish Setter, BTW.
For the person who mentioned border collies - be very careful of rescuing them. Their herding instinct can get a bit out of control if they have other issues from earlier in life, resulting in injury - sometimes quite serious - to humans and other animals around them.
I have a 10-year-old Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog/Husky mix - she's the sweetest dog ever - and a 2-year-old Australian Cattle Dog.
Both are very smart - you can practically see wheels turning in their heads when they want something. The ACD is quite a handful, so I try to keep him busy with Frisbee workouts and obedience training.
Burnese Mountain Dog
My sister raises Chihuahuas, and what shaking, nasty little bundles of nerves they are. Maybe she's doing something wrong?
Another vote for the boxer. I have a 9 yr old 85 lb boy with a huge chest and natural ears. Great watchdog- scares the shit out of anyone he doesn't know, but he's really a huge, loveable baby. Best dog I've ever had by far. I'm gonna be a mess when he's gone...
My Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the love of my life. More energy than you can possibly imagine something that size having, and a louder bark than most dogs three times his size. And ridiculously smart - he has the entire neighborhood mapped out in his mind, knows where every person who pets him or gives him treats is, and leads me where we need to go. He knows the difference between going to the grocery store, the park, "home", the short walk, the long walk. If he tries to go a different direction I just tell him "No, not the park, the grocery store" he turns around and leads me there. He'll heel if I make him, but he's happier taking the lead.
I almost feel bad because he would probably make a great service dog if he had the right training. He gets a ton of exercise - if we didn't go to the park pretty much every day so he can run like a madman he'd probably be fat and cranky, and I've certainly met some fat cranky Corgis in my life. If you don't stimulate their brains and exercise them I can see them being a loud destructive nightmare.
They're definitely a high maintenance dog, but if you're willing to put in the work and accept the dog as mostly an equal (they're not happy in the background) the rewards of having one cuddle up to you and bat at you with their tiny legs can't be overstated.
I love my brittany spaniel.
I like the smooth coated muscly dogs: Danes, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Pitts. Although those little French Bulldogs are quite the cuties.
Airedale Terrier - they are big (60 lbs) black and tan lovers. We have a 13 year old male that has never once bared his teeth at another animal or human.
The worst, most aggressive dog at the dogpark I used to go to, was an Airedale. He used to "nose" me as if he wanted to knock me over. Eventually, people asked his owner not to bring him anymore.
My neighbor has a Miniature Pinscher...The beautiful lines and coloring of a Doberman but under ten pounds. THey're really smart dogs, too.
And so, so cute, R64.
I had a mixed-breed half pit bull, half collie. It bit people until they started bleeding, then it ran for help.
Irish Terrier. My last dog, Finnegan, was an Irish Terrier. It was my first experience with the breed. I had never even heard of them, prior to Finnegan!
My mom & her then-boyfriend (who were in their 70's) got him as a puppy, but then split-up when he was about 1.5 years old. I won't bore everyone with the details, but as a result of this break-up, I ended up with him. Not by default! I ADORED him, and simply announced, one day, that I wanted him, and was taking him. They were fine that. (recognized that he really should be with a younger, more active person).
Anyway.....I discovered that Irish Terriers are a GREAT breed! (Apparently they were very popular in the 40's & 50's). All the personality & energy of terriers, without the hyper-activity, and yappiness of other terriers. Smart, very sweet & loving, incredibly loyal, and very social. Got along fabulously with other dogs, of all shapes & sizes (when doggie day-care was overcrowded, they would often put him in with the room with miniature breeds, b/c even though he was 22" x 40 lbs., he played very nicely with them).
He was also a social magnet....I couldn't go anywhere (on a walk, or to the dog-park) without people commenting how cute he was! He always appeared to be "smiling" and liked strangers to pet him, etc. I met a lot of women (I'm a lesbian), simply because he was so cute & sweet!
Only drawback -- no cats! Could never have a cat with him, because he wanted to kill & maim ALL small furry creatures!! He would just go BONKERS whenever he saw a cat....or a squirrel, rabbits, etc. Maybe that would be different if he were raised with cats since a puppy? My feeling is no, since they were bred to be "ratters", in Ireland. They want to kill little furry creatures.
Other drawback....they've been so inter-bred. Finnegan was partially deaf. Hard to know if that was a result of interbreeding, or just the (bad) luck of the draw.....but, I suspect it was the former.....but it actually worked well for me, as an apartment dweller. Unlike other neighbors with dogs, he didn't bark at every sound in the courtyard. (Which endeared him to the rest of my neighbors).
I would love to have another Irish Terrier, on an IT-mix!
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Rat Terriers yet. I don't have one, but I walk my elderly neighbor's Rat. Usually very sweet-natured, friendly dogs. They've been described as Jack Russells with "off switches." They are much calmer, but very smart and sociable with other animals and people, and easily trained. So easily trained that they can easily be over-corrected. Lucy's very excitable and peed a little on the floor during a visit. I wasn't upset and didn't scold her. The poor thing ran and hid under the bed thinking she was in trouble. I had to lure her out with a piece of cheese. She's also a good guard dog and barks when someone unfamiliar approaches the property and stops pretty quickly.
I like weed dogs.
I love my Akita. Very smart and loyal but alas not for the novice dog owner. Do your research before considering buying or adopting.
All my dogs have been wonderful: an Airedale, a Greyhound, a Brittany, a Lab and a Lab/Dalmation mix. But for all round, mooshy, good hearted joy, I'll take the Labs and Lab mixes.
Whoever was shocked at the Malnois' rating is right. I've known a few and they are incredibly intelligent.
They are amazing dogs. Many are replacing GSDs in police work because of the latter's health problems.
Like the akita, though, they are not 1st time owner dogs.
I love rough collies. They are the sweetest, most loyal dogs. Their health profile has also declined over the years.
I love most breeds, and I've had a number of dogs since quite young. Some of my favorites are repeats of what other's have said. Shelties are smart as a whip generally, and a lot of fun. You have to make sure they have a job to do though, or there could be problems. The grooming is kind of a pain in the ass. My two were shelter rescues.
I also had a Sheltie mix (never sure what with) that was great. The big plus was that her hair wasn't very long, It still shed like mad, but better than a purebred. She was a bit of a Jewish mother, but such a loyal dog. If you told her not to do something or to go lie down, so that she wasn't on top of you, she'd do it but literally grumble under her breath.
Irish setters that I've known have been wonderful and smart, however the one that I had as a kid would take off like a shot if not within 20 feet of you outside to run for hours. I've never known a female dog to roam as much as that Irish did. I've always wanted an English setter, is anyone familiar with the breed? Never met one.
We had a larger than average miniature poodle rescue during childhood who was very intuitive, and frankly a big teddy bear. Everyone who saw him loved him. A coworker is a big Boxer fan, and every one that I've known that she's had has been great. The reverse brindles are absolutely beautiful too.
I am waiting till I retire to get a dog and I'm perusing this list and reading every one. All the breeds seem to have something going for them. I used to think I was a "big dog" type but I also like the feisty, intrepid natures of small breeds.
My brother has a Shepherd/Boxer mix that has raised his two kids, one of the sweetest dogs I've met. He's an old guy now, just hanging on, tormented by a Maltese and a Bichon.
Toy Fox terriers are smart, funny and affectionate. I've had 3, and mine have been larger than normal--about 10 to 12 lbs. After having a schnauzer--too barky, a chow mix--scary to visitors, I've found my breed. Life is merrier with a toy fox terrier!
I have a retired racing Greyhound, and he's a gem. Sweet, and friendly, but never needy or annoying. He does not bark ever really (he might yelp if he is awoken suddenly), and does not fight, or cause trouble. My greyhound is cat safe, yet does like to go after rats, mice and squirrels, because he is after all a hunting dog.
He sleeps through the night like a person, is perfectly house trained, and lets me know if he needs to go outside for an extra walk, or in the middle of the night, which happens about once a month. He's a real pal, and incredibly low-maintenance, I wouldn't trade him for another breed.
That breed from China. Comes with a recipe.
Crap on my lawn one more time - I have a chinese cleaver.
Why are Malinois owners upset at that breed's ranking? That site has nothing to gain from faking their list.
R83 if you've ever been around working dogs, whether it be for ringsport or on a farm with sheep you'd know that Malinois' are superior to GSDs in almost every way. Faster, lighter, quieter, higher IQ with the vocabulary capacity equivalent to a 5 year old AND they don't aren't prone to hip dyspepsia like GSDs. There's a reason most they are preferred in police work over GSDs. A mal from good European bloodlines is EVERYTHING, so much so that most European breeders tend to unload bottom basement stock to unwitting Americans. R76 is right x1000 they are not for first time dog owners; they are a true working breed that need good training and work otherwise they will go crazy!
Fun Malinois fact of the night: contrary to Zero Dark Thirty depiction of events, Malinois and not GSDs were used in Operation Neptune Spear (Bin Laden raid)
Chihuahuas! I just love them.
Oh, dear. LOL
Unfortunately, Michael Vick recently acquired a female Malinois puppy.
I have two mini poodles and they are sweet, smart, and nonsheddinga
Standard Poodle, without a doubt. So very intelligent, great personality and no shedding.
LOL R86 damn autocorrect!
Mike Vick having a Malinois is a tragedy, I hope he takes up the national Mal association's offer to get the pup proper training. Of course we all know why he has a mal, so I guess it's wishful thinking.
Oh jayzuz. I need to Oh, dear myself seeing you lovely lot didn't bother to.
[quote]I also had a Sheltie mix ... If you told her not to do something or to go lie down, so that she wasn't on top of you, she'd do it but literally grumble under her breath.
My sheltie/golden retriever used to do this, too! He'd complain like a crabby old man when thwarted, lol.
But smart? Holy crap, I swear that dog had an IQ of about 160. When you looked into his eyes, it was like another human looking back at you, only hairier and with worse breath!
I like big, solid, sweet-natured guys.
My faves are the two gentle giants, Rottweilers and Pitties.
Also think French Bulldogs and Pugs are freaking adorable, and wouldn't mind a pretty Papillion, either.
[quote]Only drawback -- no cats! Could never have a cat with him, because he wanted to kill & maim ALL small furry creatures!!
This is an issue with all terriers, as they were bred to exterminate vermin [rats, rabbits, badgers, foxes, etc].
Of course, individual dogs vary, and someone's cat-killer could be the same breed as someone else's squirrel stepmom, but yeah, terriers and cats or other small creatures are generally not a good mix.
Same with greyhounds. Even worse, a loose greyhound can easily outrun a cat, putting the poor kitty at an even bigger disadvantage.
I don't have one, but I want a dog just like Bo Obama. Portugese Water Dog?
So cute and fluffy!!
Pugs and wire-haired terriers. I simply adore pugs.
r87, That image should go viral
the fact that any store would sell a dog to Micheal Vick speaks volumes about their ethics. He shouldn't even be allowed in the store- but what do they carea bout their puppy mill products?
The fact that someone would pose with him- .... well. Fuck all that.
R63, that is called a big-nose poke. He wanted you to pet him.
BTW, most purebreeds have a rescue associated with them, so you could have your favorite breed and still get a rescue.
Oh, and I'd have another Airedale as well. I lost 2 last year from old age and my current one is 15.
Terrier Mutts! My dog is a schnauzer dachshund mix and she is perfect.
r57, I think your sister needs to get out of the chihuahua breeding business. It sounds like she doesn't know what the hell she's doing. The shaking is probably due to the fact that they're prone to hypoglycemia, so she may have them on the wrong feeding schedule (or maybe she just keeps the house too cold.) Also, although a terrier-like feistiness is part of the AKC breed description, they're not supposed to be neurotic.
Thank you for the good morning laugh with hip "dispepsia" and "dipsshomania."
My family has owned a hound dog, a German Shepherd/Collie mix, and two Old English Sheepdogs. Of those, I would own an OES again. I love them. Big, loyal, loping dogs. The best.
In terms of dogs I have had extensive experience with and truly enjoyed, I would include OES, German Shepherds, Greyhounds, Borzois, English Bulldogs, Pit bulls, and Rottweilers. Of those, I would own OES, Shepherds, Greyhounds, large mutts, and Rottweilers.
I also have a weakness for Great Danes, but they are too high maintenance for me.
If I were pushed to pick a favorite, it would probably be the Old English Sheepdog.
How is Michael Vick allowed to own dogs? This is so upseting.
My favorite types of dogs are the spitzes.
I will probably get some sort of chihuahua mix to keep my pug company when she calms down and gets a little less insecure. She likes chihuahuas and their insane energy and so do I. She also LOVES corgis, for some reason.
Canine to canine relationships are really interesting. Dogs act like they're operating on stereotypes of other breeds. I've noticed that dogs seem to react badly to curly haired dogs on sight, but once they have a sniff and the curly haired dog isn't rude, they're fine with them. My dog went insane every time she saw the labradoodle down the hall, and after a few months the owner finally let them meet and now they're friends. I watch other dogs react the same way to him and to a curly coated retriever who lives downstairs.
But all dogs seem to love Great Danes at first sight. A friend has a basenji mix who hates other dogs, and even she loves the Great Danes. My neighbors' two huge Danes attract little dogs all the time and seem utterly bewildered by them.
R36, fellow boxer lover here! We have 4 right now but have had 6 total, over the years. It's funny you mention the ears, my husband and I were just talking about that topic last night. Our very first boxer, who we took in when a relative was getting divorced and couldn't keep her anymore, had her ears clipped but we've never considered getting any of the other's ears done. Personally, I think they look better and it's much more humane.
Also, being "Gramma" to 2 Pugs gives them a special place in my heart.
The younger Pug has grown up with our Boxers and she thinks she's a big dog, too! I really think she believes she's 10 feet tall. Lol
[quote]I will probably get some sort of chihuahua mix to keep my pug company when she calms down and gets a little less insecure. She likes chihuahuas and their insane energy and so do I. She also LOVES corgis, for some reason.
They're both at her eye level. She doesn't have to strain her neck the way she would looking up at a big dog.
r36, how is it even logical that getting ears clipped caused cancer in boxers? Boxers have hight rates of cancer, period. It doesn't come through the ears, it's a genetic deficit. The idea that altering and outside appearance causes cancer borders on superstition.
More likely there is a correlation between the breeders and high-strung image-conscious people who buy from those types of breeders because they want dogs that 'look perfect'. The kind of people who clip their dogs ears, solely for vanity purposes, are the kind of people who buy high-end, highly inbred dogs.
Most everyone appears to be picking their current dog (or latest dog) as their favorite.
I'll go along with this. I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, four years old. They are known as the "Love Sponge", and they most definitely are. Of all the dogs I've had in the past, she is without a doubt the most loveable and adorable of them all. She doesn't bark, was a snap to housetrain, loves our cat and loves every person she meets. Her obsession with food is about the only area that drives me a little nuts, but that's not the breed in general, just her.
I don't know about favorite, but my least favorite would be Yorkshire Terrier for personal reasons.
I remember when I was a kid we had one. She was ok at first but one day when I was playing fetch with her with one of her toys she jumped into my lap and when trying to grab the toy accidentally but my lip. I actually started bleeding
She pissed me off so much I took her to our neigh it's back yard because they had one of those above ground swimming pools. It was only half filled because it was October, and I put her in there because it was deep enough that shed have to swim to stay afloat but not so full that she could climb out LOL
Please don't feed the troll.
Okay, that sounds bad but the neighbors actually ended up letting her out and she was fine. She lived like 10 more years.
Another vote for Airedale Munchibus Destructus.
Smart, goofy, vocal without barkiness, airedales encourage you to get off your ass and remain active.
The only drawback is that they don't live as long as other breeds. Seven to eight years is the norm. Thirteen (from Samson's Dad) is incredible.
They too have been over-bred so you have to pay ($$$) for a healthy pup. If I can stand the heartbreak, I'll get an airedale mix some day.
For cuteness factor, the Cavalier King Charles wins out head over heels, that's for sure. I can't believe how many people come flocking around whenever I have mine out anywhere. I think that's because you don't see too many of them in the U.S.
r113 who the hell are you talking about?
r69, that's pretty! I've never seen one of those. Do they have health issues?
All purebred (inbred) dogs have health issues.
small dog - Norfolk Terrier
big dog - lab
ANY dog can have health issues, R118, just as any person can have health issues. Yes, there are some health problems associated with many purebreds, but a mixed breed dog can just as easily inherit those health problems from one or the other of its parents. I've adopted several mixed-breeds over the years from shelters, some of whom were issue-free and some of whom were not. My Cavalier is the first purebred dog I've ever had and so far she has had no issues at four years of age.
R118 is correct. Last year my mixed breed dog developed glaucoma. An eye exam revealed she has a genetic predisposition to the disease, which is common in the Arctic breeds. She is part Siberian Husky.
R72 I think I would like a Rat Terrier. My great aunt had either a Rat Terrier or a Jack Russell when I was a little boy, and I just loved her dog. My mother had an Old English Sheepdog to whom I did not relate at all. All my life, I've preferred shorthaired dogs.
Here are some Rat Terriers who need rescuing.
Sorry, R120. "Purebred" dogs tend to have more health issues by far simply based on the fact that they have amplified predisposition for illness. It's simply genetics, and a fact.
R107- true about dog-dog relationships mirroring the stereotypes of the breed. I have 2 mini poodles that are best friends w/each other but they refuse to even acknowledge the other 2 terrier mutts in the house treating them like "white trash".
I could never own a dog that killed other animals. Yuck.