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Old 01-05-2013, 10:59 AM
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Ozzy is the fun police here lmao. If ANY ONE is having a good rowdy time, he's RIGHT there in their faces barking at them.

At the daycare I worked at we called dogs like that "yard cops" lol
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Thanks for the info everyone

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The Japanese Akita has a tendency to be a dominant dog who may expect other dogs to be submissive. If they fail to live up to the Akita's expectations, incidents can happen.
I looked up Akita information and read this, and it worries me a bit. This is due to Crystal being... well, being a referee. LOL. She likes to be the one in charge of the others, and although she will allow dogs to referee her, she won't allow them to be too pushy. So I'm wondering how they would do with another pushy/fun police type dog?
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Have you looked into the Akita Inu or Shiba Inu?...
Honestly, I don't think either breed would be a good choice. Akitas can be pretty aggressive towards other animals. In fact, the breed standard says they may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.
Temperament: Alert and responsive, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.

Shibas aren't very big- only about 25 pounds. The standard says they can be aggressive towards other dogs, too.
Temperament:A spirited boldness, a good nature, and an unaffected forthrightness, which together yield dignity and natural beauty. The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. At times aggressive toward other dogs, the Shiba is always under the control of his handler. Any aggression toward handler or judge or any overt shyness must be severely penalized.
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Honestly, I don't think either breed would be a good choice. Akitas can be pretty aggressive towards other animals. In fact, the breed standard says they may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.
Temperament: Alert and responsive, dignified and courageous. Akitas may be intolerant of other dogs, particularly of the same sex.

Shibas aren't very big- only about 25 pounds. The standard says they can be aggressive towards other dogs, too.
Temperament:A spirited boldness, a good nature, and an unaffected forthrightness, which together yield dignity and natural beauty. The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. At times aggressive toward other dogs, the Shiba is always under the control of his handler. Any aggression toward handler or judge or any overt shyness must be severely penalized.
I felt like I thought Shibas were small.

Ah, well then Shibas and Akitas are out. Even if they are quite the beautiful dogs.
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Akitas and Shiba Inus fit very, very few of the requirements you're looking for. (In fact I think the only one they really fit is the coat maintenance).
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...Ah, well then Shibas and Akitas are out. Even if they are quite the beautiful dogs.
I still think a Lab would fit what you want. Maybe if your parents met a few that weren't "whiskey barrels on legs", they'd realize all Labs aren't fat. Can't say much for the unattractive part- I've met a few that were "butt ugly", and others that were gorgeous. it might take some looking, but you can find Labs that are a nice combo of field and bench lines (I have seen extrememes in both).
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I was going to suggest a vizsla, but when you said you didn't like the look of pointers, I didn't mention it. But if you do decide to consider some gundogs, I think a vizsla very much fits your wants.
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I was going to suggest a vizsla, but when you said you didn't like the look of pointers, I didn't mention it. But if you do decide to consider some gundogs, I think a vizsla very much fits your wants.
Again, I absolutely love Vizsla's but not exactly how they look. I feel so picky, ahaha. But then again I swore all Pugs were ugly until I met the one down the street, then I found them absolutely adorable.

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I still think a Lab would fit what you want. Maybe if your parents met a few that weren't "whiskey barrels on legs", they'd realize all Labs aren't fat. Can't say much for the unattractive part- I've met a few that were "butt ugly", and others that were gorgeous. it might take some looking, but you can find Labs that are a nice combo of field and bench lines (I have seen extrememes in both).
I think that might change their mind, although I'm unsure. I know when my parents think of Labs they automatically think of the average overweight lab down the block.
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...I know when my parents think of Labs they automatically think of the average overweight lab down the block.
They need to meet Caleb!
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They need to meet Caleb!
I'll just borrow him for a moment...
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