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Old 09-15-2013, 09:45 AM
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Apparently I'm the odd one out!

I went into looking for my next dog thinking "I want a herding breed" and then found Koolies in my search for the right herding breed.

Even with sighthounds and my hopeful Greyhound I was always more of the mindframe "I want a sighthound, what Sighthound would fit best"
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:11 AM
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Before I picked breed first - we had a Rottweiler because other members if my extended family had them, three JRTs because I saw them at agility classes and wanted the breed, and a lab mix because my dad had experience with labs.

BC (Before Crossbone) I had an idea of the type of dog I wanted (and that I wanted an "easier" dog than the terriers who were weird around people and dogs) and had dreams of a herding dog. Then I got Crossbone -- who is part herder and part terrier (and it's probably the terrierish look that made me fall for him -- especially after losing two of my families terriers right before and after bringing him home.)

BUT! I don't want another terrier. Next dog will be a herder one way or another, that's decided!

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Old 09-15-2013, 10:44 AM
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Well Linds, you and I are in the same category!

I have always known that while I think sporting breeds are lovely and admire them from afar, they aren't for me personally to own and live with. I have a crush on springer spaniels, but just can't quite bite the bullet.

So, for me the process narrowed down from wanting a dog, to wanting a herding dog, to wanting a corgi, then for sure a Cardigan, then picking a breeder, etc.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:03 AM
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Breed first. I would own at least one or two breeds in any group. If I were looking for a mixed breed rescue right now I would likely lean towards a sporting breed and/or hound mix.

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:36 PM
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Breed first. I LOVE ACDs, and will definitely be getting more in the future.

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:51 PM
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Breed first. I like a couple different breeds that aren't in the same groups at all, but most of my favorites do fall into the herdy category. Definitely border collies came first, though.

I like to dog
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:45 PM
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It just happened that I ended up with herding dogs and love a lot of the group.

I like a lot of the working group to.

Just random ones out of others. Dogs in all groups that are on my never list.

Just because one dog is in the same group does not mean I will like it.

Now if we go looking for a hunting dog it could be many breeds.

Probably different for us since we already know a lot of dog breeds and what we do or don't want. We are not the people to find out from a online dog test etc. I know people who don't know dogs well who do this with hunting or guardian type breeds. Pick a NEED and go from there.

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Old 09-16-2013, 12:29 AM
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I don't really know. I tend to think of traits I want in a dog, and usually find those traits first within a specific group, and then choose breed I think. At least, that's what I did last time. I knew I wanted many of the traits I had in Tango, and knew I'd find a lot of them in a herding breed, and then I took the time to learn about different herding breeds and narrowed it down to the ones I liked best/thought would suit me the most (Koolies, Aussies, and Kelpies were a maybe).

Before that though, I never really gave much thought to groups. With Tollers is was solely a breed thing. I just really liked the breed and wanted one super badly, but at the time I was never really attracted to sporting dogs as a general group. Now I actually like a small handful, but yeah, when picking a Toller, it was based on breed alone.

And the Dobermans don't count cause we didn't really seek them out. Just fell into them. But my parents were going to be looking at working breeds regardless and then choosing from there, so I guess similar to how I ended up with Journey.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:52 AM
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Breed, or breed type anyway. (I ended up with Staffords because of falling in love with the first pit bull I met) I actually didn't consider terriers before I found that I love the bull-and-terriers. Now I tend to like terriers in general

There are certainly groups I prefer over others. I don't see myself with a herder, except maybe an ACD.
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