I started something similar on another site, but I figured it'd be a good stimulus of activity here too! I would like everyone to post their favorite breed of dog, and of course fill us in on why. Let us know why you choose the breed you do, would you personally own the breed, and the downsides to th breed you see. Yes, of course tell us the upsides as well! I'll start. Great Dane - Origin: Denmark/Germany - large and imposing appearance belies its friendly nature, a gentle giant if you will. Normally they are known to get along well with animals, and humans - but of course that also depends on the individual dog. They can be protective dogs, and of course their size can be rather intimidating. Yes, I would personally own the breed and when I get a house of my own I will. I think the downfall is how weak their backs are, and how they are prone to hip problems later in life.