Meeting breeds

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  1. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I was just wondering if I am crazy or if anyone else has experienced this?

    Do you ever meet breeds in person that you think sound like a great fit for you only to decide... They're really not a good fit? Or the opposite where you have zero interest in a breed until you meet several?

    One for me is tollers. On paper they sound perfect (honestly they are one of the bet sounding breeds for me) for me but in real life I just don't get the same feeling. I like them still but I just can't see myself ever owning one. I can't even put my finger on why they don't quite fit. At first I thought it was just the one I've met but I've since then met several and none were really my kind of dog. Bummer. I wonder if I'm just really not a retriever person.

    On the opposite end I've LOVED all the card is I've met. Never been a breed I'd consider and still not likely to own one. But they're just fun dogs. And another lately has been pumis. Not a breed I care for the look of much but I really really like the ones I've met. Very neat dogs.
     
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    I was never really interested in collies. I had only met one or two and they never seemed like anything special. Then Logan came, and when him, his breeder's dogs, and his breeder's friends' dogs, i was IN LOVE. I never, never had said "I want a collie some day." Ever. But now I'm sure I will always have at least one.


    I think Koolies sound like a perfect fit for me, but I really, REALLY want to meet several before I actually commit to one.
     
  3. Raegan

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    I'm glad you finally met some! LOL, when I met a bunch I said "yes I need one please".

    I usually don't want a breed until I've met them. I never wanted a German Shepherd until I worked with a couple, and I'd consider one someday. I've considered Aussies and I've met Keechak's and like them, but they're close enough to Tollers I would just... get another Toller and teach it to herd.
     
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    I was never really crazy about Samoyeds until I met the ones we have at work. All of them are really nice dogs and for some reason we just 'click.' I'm sure I'll own one someday way down the line.
     
  5. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Ack I apologize for phone typos in the op. I promise my spelling hasn't gotten atrocious, I just finally got a smartphone.
     
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    Yes! Pyrsheps were this for me. That and talking to the main breeder of them. I thought they were perfect, loved the idea of them, loved certain ones but chose to block out the rest. Met a few and talked to the breeder who snapped me back to reality and now know that they are so not the right fit for me at this time in my life. Maybe in the future though.
     
  7. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Aussies are one I've waivered on. Initially I loved them then met some and thought 'no way'. Then I met MORE of a more working type dog and loved them again. Lol. Line matters, I suppose.
     
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    Totally does! I'm the same way on aussies. I think they are gorgeous and great dogs, but they don't really have that edge I want. Until I met my co-worker's working bred aussie. That boy rivals/is faster than the fastest BC's we have trialing. I may be in love with him, but man he is a lot of dog.
     
  9. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I've been talking with some pyr shep breeders and am getting some good feed back. The more I meet and the more breeders and handlers I talk to the more I want one. I have a phone call with one of my favorite breeders this weekend. I'm a little nervous!
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    Totally and vice versa as well. Goldens, labs, GSD, Border collies, all very nice dogs that I enjoy working with but they're totally not my fit. Danes, I love them but after cleaning up their messes and working with a few overly exuberant or reactive ones I couldn't physically handle one long term.

    Schnauzers, the standard variety, intrigue me more than I would have ever thought because of a coworkers. I still couldn't do the grooming but they're really cool dogs.

    I'm still up in the air about whippets, I love them and I think they'd suit me down the road but they're fragile and my dogs are dumb jerks, I see friends with well bred sport whippets and their wounds (breaks and deep gashes) are nasty and probably very expensive.

    I never thought a pap would interest me but I love the ones I train at work, if they were a bit less fragile I would seriously consider them.

    In short, yes. lol
     
  11. Laurelin

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    Oh yeah, papillons are a breed I never would have thought I liked. My mom wanted a toy dog in high school. We got beau and I think I am pretty well hooked now. The more I meet the more I love the breed. I just love them. So much fun!

    I too wish they came in a larger size.
     
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    It's not just you! I've been frequently told that Australian Shepherds would be a great fit for me, but I've met enough to know that they generally aren't. They have a certain quality that I had never been able to put my finger on, until I heard the term "bouncy" on Chaz. That said, I'd gladly make an exception for Journey, Merlin, Hawkeye, or Cohen. I'm already in love with them so they don't count :p

    ...crap. Now I'm worried. I'd really like to have a whippet along with GSDs, but forgot to consider how fragile they are.
     
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    Yep, for sure. I like a lot of breeds in theory but in person they just don't click.

    One that went the other way were BCs. I had them in my head as personality-less OCD workaholics. No fun, no challenge, just mindless workworkwork. I've since met several, one in particular, who is pretty much my dream dog. Drive and workaholicism blended with incredible charisma and willpower. He literally cracks me up...and completely blows me out of the water. If I could have a BC like him, I'd be a happy gal. Most I meet do not have that wow factor for me but there is a subset of the population, often working/sport blends, that just resonate very well with me. They are the smaller, herding version of a good working retriever...though their BC owners would slay me for saying so lolol
     
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    Lots of dogs. I could own most breeds to be honest. I am adaptable... but really have no interest anymore in anything but Border Collies.
     
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    I am technically a great fit for Labs and Goldens yet I have never clicked with one. All of the breeds I like in real life don't fit what I want on paper.
     
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    Oh yes... I was OBSESSED with BCs for a very long time and never really liked aussies. But after getting involved in the dog world and meeting BCs I discovered that we just really don't match? It's strange. And now I'm devoted to aussies.
     
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    I'm like that with Border Collies. I like them, and for a long time thought I wanted one, but when I'm around them I don't really feel any draw toward them. I don't really know what it is. They're not 'up' and happy enough for me, I think. They're so serious.

    I'm sure there are more, but I can't think of any at the moment. I think Border Collies are the biggest one.
     
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    Bandit is pretty darn goofy when out and about. Not in the house though. He is sleeping when indoors.
     
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    It was really more of the opposite for me. I ALWAYS thought I would own nothing but sporting and hound breeds, particularly labs and bassets, with maybe the occasional dane. I was never interested in herding breeds; sure, I thought they were pretty, but they just seemed annoying. That is, until I actually started to meet them.

    After falling in love with my best friend's GSD and my riding instructor's aussies and ACD, as well as reading about the ones on here, I adore herding breeds, and will probably own mostly them in the future (with perhaps a random working breed or terrier here and there).
     
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    I had read about how CRAZY the Belgians are, EVEN THE FLUFFY ONES and went, "Nope!"

    Then I met a particular terv at a show... went home, and started searching. Never looked back.

    It was odd, for me, because I don't usually go with gut feelings, but I met this dog and just... knew. So weird.

    And the people that said they're crazy are right, of course. ;]
     

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