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Old 03-20-2013, 01:07 PM
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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
Bouncy? you mean like this?
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:11 PM
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...crap. Now I'm worried. I'd really like to have a whippet along with GSDs, but forgot to consider how fragile they are.
Yeah, I mean they're hardy dogs with great sporting home owners but while mal friends post injuries their dogs caused whippet friends seem to post injuries their dogs got playing.

They aren't fragile like get of the couch and break but they have tight thin skin that tips easily and they are so fast and tough that they don't have the self preservation like they should. Of course it's just what I'm seeing that makes me think twice, plus two breeders I put my name in on waiting lists were pretty cautionary about this knowing my mals are rough tough, run full speed slip and slide into the kitchen table flipping it over, type of dogs. lol

That said, I still want one and probably will eventually but it will take some planning and management.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:14 PM
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I used to never want a Pembroke Corgi, I have always been taken by the Cardigans that I know. But after meeting a few I like them more and more.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:31 PM
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I have no idea really, because I never really thought about what breeds I wanted to own.... When the time came, I just sort of knew it would be a gsp. And the longer I have him, the more I'm happy with that I couldn't even tell you how I knew they were right... They're not all that common here, I've never really bumped into any. I did walk one as a kid though.

We have discover dogs here, which is put on at crufts and also in November. It's all about dogs and meeting different breeds.

We should be at crufts next year showing (aaaaaaaaaaargghhhhhhhhhhhh) and I'm hoping to go in November too, so will be nice to see if there are any other dogs that float my boat.

http://www.discoverdogs.org.uk/

I'm sure there are, but I am not like I was when I was younger.... Youth is all about what you want, but now I know more what I don't want
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:27 PM
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Yes!

Like...every herding dog ever I guarantee that if I hadn't had the opportunity to hang out with the koolies pretty often I would have thought they were the perfect dog for me! They just seem *so* perfect and awesome (and they ARE, for...people who aren't me ).
In fact, about an hour or so ago I told Zinga "Zinga, I really do like you a whole lot, but I would never want a koolie" as she demanded I throw the Frisbee for her, and screechy barked/pushed the disc into my hand if I wasn't fast enough. Love doing things with her and Sara, like going on hikes and such, but no interest in taking one on for reals.

Even though I've only lived with Siri for a little over a month, I am really REALLY enjoying this terrier thing. She's intense, but it's a different kind of intense than with the herding breeds, and I'm not sure how to put it into words just quite yet. I definitely think I've found my niche though, and that makes me really excited.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:36 PM
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PyrSheps were just sorta "eh" to me when I first met them. At that time, I still didn't like anything scruffy looking and pretty much only liked the pointy look for dogs. So at when I happened to be at their first National, nothing really struck me about them (except that they were a lot more...quirky than I would guess such Benji looking dogs would be LOL).

Things change though LOL. I met some Laekens and wanted one bad. I then found myself being more and more attracted to scruffy looking dogs, which was a total turnaround for me. Then I started thinking about what I'd like after the GSDs. I realistically decided that GSDs didn't suit my lifestyle as much as I wanted them to. I wanted to venture outside of Belgians because I've never been a single breed sort, although I'm quite devoted to my involvement with the Belgians. I looked and looked for two years but just kept coming back to PyrSheps (which I had grown to find irresistibly adorable). The more I was around them, the more I wanted one.

I didn't pick Belgians out, it just sort of happened. I never was like "oh I want a Belgian" until one was living with me LOL And Jeff picked getting a Cardi, they're his favorite breed and suit me.

Weims and Viszlas are two breeds that I used to think seems neat until spending lots of time around them at daycare. Now it's like "OMG no...just no". Not that they can't be fine dogs for people who are the right sort of people for them, they just don't suit me in the least.

I always thought Pumis were ugly in pictures but they're really cool dogs and seeing them in person, I tend to find them to be cute. When picking my non-Belgian it sort of came down to a PyrShep, a Pumi, a Mudi or an Entlebucher. PyrSheps won cause nothing else I looked at was quite as crazy and wild as a PyrShep
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:47 PM
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Since he terrier foster the scruff mutt look has really grown on me slowly.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:53 PM
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Yes, definitely. In theory I should like them, but I have met some adorable Australian Shepherds, and it's just flat for me. I thought I wanted a Toller for a while, back when I was unsure about handling a border collie, and the ones I met were darn cute but I just wasn't feeling it. Vizslas were another breeder I was considering, met them and we didn't click.

Vs when I went to the sheepdog trial and was surrounded by Border Collies, that was just like 'okay, yes, this is heaven'.

I do think that it really depends on which dogs I met, though. Considering I've met some horrible, horrible BCs and that didn't really color my opinion of them.
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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've thought about seeing if I could have a puppy when she breeds Dash.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:57 PM
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God, yes. I was so certain that Kelpies were "it" for me. I had contacted breeders, was on group lists, and just sure it was going to happen. Then a whole group of Kelpie people from one of my lists was all going to be at an agility trial, and they invited me along so I could meet them. And about 15 minutes after meeting them, I was thinking "never". Just not for me.

On the other end of the spectrum, the sport mixes (border staffs/stacks/jacks) are something I'd always thought "Oh I'd never", just based on what people had said about them, but once I met a few, I realized how much I like them. I'd consider going that way at some point.
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