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Old 09-08-2009, 02:08 PM
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Default What breed for me?

I did this on another forum I'm on, and most people were pretty spot-on with the replies. Since I'm new here, and what breed I will own in the future is still an uncertainty (I own a mix right now), I thought it'd be fun to ask, too.

Things I want/don't want:

- intelligence. A dog who enjoys learning and is entertained by mental exercise.

- drive. (to a point!) I want a dog who can get their game face on when it's time to trial. Not looking for a particularly prey driven or toy driven breed.. FOOD MOTIVATION is very important for me

- moderate physical exercise requirements. I'm not a runner, and instead like to take my dog on several short walks a day. The dog should be able to train lightly in agility in my backyard 4 to 5 times a week and be able to go to classes weekly as well. I want an agility dog, but not a crazy wired agility dog!

- loyalty. I like a dog who makes a clear distinction between those he knows well and the rest of the world. I am NOT fond of dogs who are like "OMG HIIII" to everyone they meet. That said, I do not want a dog who is fearful or very protective around strangers. Not fond of an independent dog either.

- flexibility. busy Petsmart one day, deserted hike in the woods the next. A dog that can go all over.

- i tend to like short or medium coated dogs, but as long as i can do the majority of the grooming on my own (i.e, whipping out the brush or curry comb once a day, maybe some trimming) that's fine.

- should be able to get along with dogs and cats appreciably.

- size should be anywhere from about 30-60 lbs, give or take a little in either direction. I'm not fond of brach breeds.

- ability to be offleash regularly doesn't matter TOO much as long as they can trial outdoors without incident and will be okay if I drop the long line on a deserted beach in the middle of winter or something.

Any suggestions?
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:10 PM
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A Female GSD? Good drive... Dont need TONNS of excersize. A walk a day does it for most I know. Loyal. VERY VERY intelligent.. Id rather train a GSD then Any other breed personally.
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:12 PM
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smooth collie
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:17 PM
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I know I've already given my opinion, lol. Smooth collie or if you want slightly more drive the right oversized sheltie could work really nicely. (Grooming is a little iffy but it's not too bad). Or even the right border collie mix.

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Old 09-10-2009, 03:03 AM
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Basenji almost fits the bill, minus they are independent.
Beagles, sturdy, active, but energetic and loves everyone they meet, not great off leash.
Dobe, Boston Terrier, so many that almost fit the bill, minus an area or 2.
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Old 09-10-2009, 04:19 AM
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The right Toller would suit your requirements. You just described Dance almost perfectly. There are varying activity levels in every Toller litter, and something mid-range energy level wise would be a great option. May I ask why you don't want a toy driven dog, though? I find toy motivated dogs are even easier often times to train than strictly food motivated dogs, as long as they're not obsessive over it.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:22 AM
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First Small GSD however you will need to find a seasoned working breeder that can pick a dog with less drive.g. PLus many generations of HD clear dogs.
Note the GSD pure and mixed ived owned and worked Shed more than my coated dogs all year. NOt requiring allot of grooming but good diet to reduce all year shed.

Second Nova Scotia Duck tolling retriever, Ive worked with them before they went AKC and DAM nice breed. Since functioning as a working dog as a whole. Very want to please yet not hyper. Porblem solving intelligent, Loyal to owners not push friendly but very approuchable,endurance.list goes on as a whole still rare breed.

But im not too kin on off leash it is not really a breed trait as much as a dog and you trained trait.
Best of luck.

Last ive recently been studying the UKC hound group. not ready to give advice.
But some of them are outstanding.

Also CHINOOKS have great genetic diversity and if you live in cold weather.
They love to sled and pull and cart..
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:10 AM
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A non very drivey toller would be perfect. The right whippet could be a good match too.
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:22 AM
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Sounds to me, like you need a Rosey lol
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:45 AM
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Australian Shepherd? They can be pretty high energy, from my understanding, but smart unreal, easy on the grooming. Would love car rides, petsmart, hiking etc...
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