Dog Breeds

Discussion in 'The Dog Breeds' started by Paper-Hearts, May 4, 2009.

  1. Boxer100

    Boxer100 New Member

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    Boxer - Origin: Germany - medium-sized, short coat, athletic, lean and muscular (if you exercise them that is :)), very playful, loyal to the owner and very attached, intelligent, versatile, great family dogs, protective, and do not bark a lot. No downsides but I own one, so I am biased. ;)
     
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    What Renee said. :D
     
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    Danes:
    Love the fact that they are big imposing dogs, but they are generally a friendly breed (with exceptions of course). They love to cuddle, don't have to worry about squashing em' :p Love their body type, I find them a very attractive dog. Love that they are protective without taking it too far/being too much for me to handle. Example, Filas are amazing but too much dog for me right now.

    Don't like the staggering amount of health problems they have, specifically GDV/Torsion, and the cost of preventative surgery just to make sure your dog isn't the 1 of 4 that dies from it. Don't like the lack of education and knowledge on the breed, people who buy before knowing what they're getting into health-wise, and myriad of bad breeders.
     
  4. bhale

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    Olde English Bulldogges

    It is a modern re-creation of the bullbaiting dog of the Regency Period in England (1810-1820's). A friendly, outgoing breed that does not show many of the health problems of the modern Bulldog. They are an extremely strong dog and can be stubborn so socialization and obedience training are a must.

    Pros - A helathy alternative to the Bulldog. An excellent loyal family dog. Excells in many dog sports - weight pulling, protection, therapy and several others. Breaths well. Can be bred and can whelp naturally. Tolerant of hight temps. No drooling - or hardly any! A fierce defender of it's property and family.

    Cons - Can be very stubborn. Some have a very high prey drive. One must also be careful in choosing a breeder as some still breed in the foundation breeds (Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog and Bullmatiff) if you are wanting a generational dog choose your breeder wisely and study the bloodline. Loves to chew and can shred most toys in a matter of seconds.

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  5. Beagles

    Things I love about them: they are outgoing, energetic, playful and always full of antics. They love their humans and love everyone they meet. They can race around at top speed playing for hours, and then come inside and be the best lap snuggling, movie night buddy you can ask for. I also find them intelligent, though maybe that's just mine, because the breed CAN be stubborn typically. I just love everything about them.

    Things I'm not so crazy over in the breed: They are diggers. And while mine don't dig under fences or anything like that, towards the back of our property is their 'digging' area. We leave it alone, as long as they don't any new holes and just play in the ones they have made. Yes, they lovvveee to dig.

    Also, they are scent hounds, so they can't be let off leash. Though Bo has a perfect 100% recall, he is still never let off leash. You never know when they'll follow their noses to more rabbit filled pastures.

    Other than that, that's it. I LOVE beagles, and will always have at least one.
     
  6. SisMorphine

    SisMorphine Your Mom

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    Pops there are two very distinctive types of Alapahas: Mine, which were bred for health and performance, and the ones you are describing which were bred for looks and money.

    It is very similar to the difference between a game-bred APBT and the 100+ pound "pit bulls" that are being sold for $2500+ each.

    If you're ever up in Maine let me know as I'd love to introduce you to the REAL Alapaha . . . which unfortunately isn't nearly as abundant as the mutts that you described.
     
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    Dalmatian. Pros: They make great family dogs, generally get along great with others. Excellent watch dogs nothing gets by them, they notice ALL changes to their house and neighborhood. They have the energy to keep up with an active family. But can switch it off to snuggle on the couch during movie time. Very smart sometimes too much so.

    Cons: the health problems that can occur. They can be terribly stubborn at times. And once their mid is made up about something/someone you are not going to get them to change their mind. The hair. There is a saying in dals, they shed 24/7 365 days a year. And they seem to beable to put the opposite color of hair on your pants than your wearing.
     
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    what a funny coincidence, after i retire from the Marines, my DW & I are looking at Maine as a possible place to settle. it meets her criteria of snow & mountains AND mine of over the counter bear hunting tags. i've really liked the people i've met in Bangor when returning from the sandbox.
    it's sad that your dogs are the exception for the breed instead of the norm. maybe if enough good people buy into it and work in that direction it'll be the next anatolian success story.
     
  9. *Nods uncontrollably*

    Audubon is half dalmation, and OMG THE HAIR!
     
  10. SisMorphine

    SisMorphine Your Mom

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    Well let me know when you're up here! I'm still in MA as of now, though hope to be in Maine within the year, and all of my Alapaha boys are in Maine! It's such a great place I can't wait to move!

    The sad part is that my dogs WERE the norm before millers and peddlers stepped in. The guys with these lines do carefully planned breedings, often times with a good lag time between breedings . . . whereas the "others" have numerous litters a year and will sell to anyone and everyone. That's why this type isn't as well known, even though we're straight from Lana's yard (the founder), and IMHO the TRUE Alapaha. It always saddens me how much money talks when it comes to dogs . . .
     
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    Honestly, I can't say enough about a Doberman. They're the most incredible breed I've been around as a whole, and I've loved pretty much each and every one of them I've met. They're beautiful, intelligent, elegant, very family-oriented dogs. Never have I been around a breed that loves their family/person as much as a Dobe does -- they'll do anything for their people without question. As much as I hate the rude remarks I get from people when out in public with Keira, I also really do like the fact that people tend to be a little leary of her too. It's nice to have a feeling of protection without the dog actually needing to do anything to warrant the reaction (if that makes any sense). I like that they're thinkers and problem solvers, and really do try and figure things out for themselves.. unlike some dogs that give up quick and look for their owner for assistance. The one and only thing I truly could live without is that fact that many Dobes seem to be pretty whiny, which is annoying, but something I can live with and something that certainly is not hard to deal with. Now that I have Dobermans in my life, I can't imagine ever not having them in my life.

    And Tollers... they're just a ton of fun. They live to play and just have a good time, and it's nice to have that contrast between them and the Dobes. I like their energy level, and the fact that they're less people dependent than other retrievers. They're pretty intelligent, and very quick learners. They aren't as "OMG I love you!!!" and in your face with people, and rather are more reserved than other retrievers which I really like. I don't think I could have Tollers as my only breed for long... but I'll always have them in my life as a good contrast to my more "serious" Dobermans. Things I don't like about Tollers is that they can be extremely vocal -- mine aren't too bad, but some of the ones I looked after were awful -- and while quick learners, can be quite stubborn and "what's in it for me?". I can deal with those though. In all honesty, after taking care of 14 of them, I don't completely adore them as much as I once did. But having one or two is nice, and I still can't imagine not having the breed.

    I love both of these breeds pretty much equally, and as much as I'd like to try others out, I'll probably just stick with Tollers & Dobes forever. Both are equally perfect for me in their own ways. :)
     
  12. adojrts

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    Jack Russell Terriers, can't live without them.

    They're a working dog and versatile, I love that I can go hunt with my dogs one day and win in performance/sport events the next (done that many times). I hate what is happening to them because of the conformation ring......Love the high prey drives as long as they have an off switch, can't stand yappy, hyper dogs, wont have one or breed them.

    That people continue to try and make them into nice little lap dogs, when what they have is a dog hard wired to hunt. That too many people don't have the first clue about the breed and why they are the way they are. That people breed without proving them in the working field first.
     
  13. Doberdogs

    Doberdogs Living on Doberman Drive

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    Me too on the above fellow Dobe lover! :cheers: I edited out the parts where you stole my thoughts and words and put them above! :hail:
    I don't find them whiney though.
     

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