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Old 09-13-2012, 08:28 PM
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I've come to realize over the past few months what exactly I want in a dog. Having Gracie and Cooper, then having Seabees for the time I did, really has made me understand what I like, what I don't like, and what I can't stand. Not only the big things, but down to basic personality. The future is becoming more sure now, and even if it changes that shouldn't influence what I want in a breed. I have a few breeds I'm looking at seriously and some I've briefly considered but am not really sure about.

So, I'm going to make a brief list of what I really enjoy in a dog. Then I'm going to list breeds I've considered. If someone with breed experience would like to chime in and let me know if one just won't work, that'd be great. I realize most of this is going to come down to the individual dog, but I figured getting in the right baullpark with a certain breed would up my chances of getting "that dog".

So, here is what I love:
- 40-80 pounds, 50 is perfect. Athletic build.
- short coat, smooth or dense. Solid, dark colors = gorgeous.
- motivated to learn, fun to work with
- toy motivated, food driven, loves to play physically
- able to go all day, but just as happy to laze around and chew on a bone
- social with family animals, be they rat, cat, or dog, although I actually prefer a dog that has the drive to "critter"
- good with children, high tolorance, patient
- polite/social with strangers in public
- protective of its territory, although I would be happy with a dog that would bark and look intimidating without it actually being protective.
- quiet, doesn't bark unless it feels the need
- not a velcro dog, but a shadow dog. One that doesn't have to touch you at all times, but follows you from room to room. Picks you as his person and values you over a stranger.
- able to be off leash with training
- stable; not predisposed to reactivity/snarkiness/extreme sensitivity
- can't be a drooler (allergies), and can't be a "banned" breed due to renting

Breeds I've considered:
Lab
Field Golden
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Field Spaniel
American Bulldog
German Shepherd
English Shepherd

Blackie, Sadie, and Seabees were pretty much perfect, and they were all Labs. But I've met so few Labs that I can say "this is exactly what I want" and so many more labs I don't want to touch with a stick, I think I'm afraid I'll end up with a Lab I can't stand. And I'm having such a hard time finding a breeder I 110% love, its making it difficult.

So...please share your thoughts/experiences with a breed you think might work! With any luck my life will be ready for a puppy this May. I'm ready for one now (I really miss Seabees ), but unfortunately my life is not.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:46 PM
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Probably going to have to cross AB off your list. Some can be pretty DA, and most landlords lump them in with "Pit Bulls" (even the Johnson type).
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:15 PM
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Totally not on your list but I have met a few Greyhounds that fit your list, They weren't rescued racers but coursing/confo dogs.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:17 PM
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It can be difficult to rent with a GSD sometimes too.

Toller?

Or maybe a Flatcoat, like Shai's Mira? *swoons*
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:30 PM
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houla or BMC would fit pretty well but they are really smart & require extra effort to make sure they are well trained & obedient. and if you want a little smaller the lacy cur dogs. big plus most people won't know what the bmc or the lacy are and will assume labX & weimX. ETA you're in a good place for mt curs too although they are very hunt driven nowadays.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:52 AM
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houla or BMC would fit pretty well but they are really smart & require extra effort to make sure they are well trained & obedient. and if you want a little smaller the lacy cur dogs. big plus most people won't know what the bmc or the lacy are and will assume labX & weimX. ETA you're in a good place for mt curs too although they are very hunt driven nowadays.
That's definitely true for a lacy. Everyone thought mine was a weim or dobe mix. Some thought pit because he was grey
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:58 PM
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An adult wirehaired pointing griffon would probably work. I don't know if Charlie was typical of puppies, but he had almost NO off switch. A month before he turned two his brain came together though, and he was really, really fun and lovely to live with. He could swim in the ocean and run up and down waterfalls and through hard brush literally for hours, or he could chill in the house. As long as he got an hour or two of hard running in he was good at that point.

The only animals he wasn't safe with at home were birds. Everything else, the flying squirrel, chinchillas, cat, dogs, cattle, he was awesome with. He was best friends with Diego the bull.

He was 55 lbs. grown. Wire coated, but it's thick short and dense. He barely shed, we just raked out his undercoat once every two weeks to get dead stuff out. They come in roan with a red head, and solid red (chocolate lab color).
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GSDs are velcro dogs and protective and probably on restricted breeds list.

I would stick with a Lab - you seem to be especially drawn to them and just need to find the right breeder. Check out Ann Wichmann in Colorado, she has some amazing, amazing field bred Labs that excel at SAR so they are very bright, hard workers, with a strong ability to settle. I've met around 10-12 of her dogs and they are lovely.
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I was going to suggest a grey or maybe a afghan? Perhaps saluki, since you want a shorter coat..
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I thought of sighthounds at first but they tend to be pretty sensitive. Also not sure about the other breeds but Greys are not always great/tolerant with young children, even ones who've been raised with them. They can get kind of weird about their personal space, especially when resting. They are very un-Lab like in those ways.
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