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Old 02-24-2014, 02:08 PM
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Default Which breed does this sound like?

-large in size
-non greasy coat (don't like the feeling of having to wash my hands after petting i.e. labs)
-fairly quiet
-reasonably biddable
-low prey drive
-low to medium energy

Does this exist? Any breeds jump out as fitting this?
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:16 PM
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Except for the prey drive, I'm starting to think this sounds like a greyhound. But I don't really want a greyhound .....
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:44 PM
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Does shedding bother you at all? Coat length? Drool? Do you want a reserved dog, or more friendly? Off leash reliable? How large is large?

Honestly, as long as you are feeding a proper diet and bathing your dog on a regular basis, the dogs coat shouldn't be greasy. I know exactly what you are talking about, and there isn't really a breed with that kind of coat...just gross dogs that aren't bathed or are fed crap.

A Great Date may fit the bill, but they are obviously very large and require a lot of structure as pups so they mature into well behaved dogs.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:59 PM
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I know nothing about their prey drive....but what about a Bull Mastiff??

They do drool...but they seem to fit the rest of this:

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-large in size
-non greasy coat (don't like the feeling of having to wash my hands after petting i.e. labs)
-fairly quiet
-reasonably biddable
-low prey drive
-low to medium energy
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:11 PM
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landseer or newfoundland ...some of the mastiff breeds, like saint bernard
but these are too large,
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:34 PM
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Except for the prey drive, I'm starting to think this sounds like a greyhound. But I don't really want a greyhound .....
I'm offended! Why not? lol

I was going to say that it sounds like a greyhound. And the prey drive depends on the individual dog. There are greyhounds out there with minimal prey drive. Summit has virtually zero. I've had a rabbit run across the hiking trail under his nose and he barely looked at it (friend's shih tzu x dachy took off).

Granted greyhounds don't appeal to all. I thought they were a little... different looking when I first considered them. But they were the perfect match on paper and I wanted a dog so badly. Now I think most other dogs are funny, bulky, and unsleek looking. lol

I'm sure that describes some other breeds out there that are non-sighthounds. Good luck!
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...Honestly, as long as you are feeding a proper diet and bathing your dog on a regular basis, the dogs coat shouldn't be greasy...
Labs and Chessies are supposed to have a somewhat greasy coat to repel water. Bathing removes the oils from the coat, which is why a lot of Lab people rinse their dogs instead of bathing them, even those showing in the breed ring.
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I was going to suggest a bullmastiff too. I have several in my classes and they do really great! More biddable in my opinion than some of the other mastiffs and a smaller size which is nice.
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I was going to suggest a bullmastiff too. I have several in my classes and they do really great! More biddable in my opinion than some of the other mastiffs and a smaller size which is nice.
Yes...the ones I see are at performance events like agility and obedience. They are nice, steady dogs and they seem like they would fit the bill for what StompinT is looking for in a dog.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:49 AM
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Thanks for all suggestions.

Great Dane - this is actually where my search started. GD and Irish Wolfhound, actually. At the end of the day, I decided I just could not deal with drool. Which took out many of the breeds I really like - mastiffs, bullmastiffs, great pyrenese, etc.

I prefer low shedding (who wouldn't? LOL!) but am trying to decide just how much hair I can deal with. I'm pretty house proud and particular, but having said that, I have 3 young children and a shih tzu running in and out constantly, dropping food, spilling, etc. I just clean a lot

I love dogs that love ME, and are friendly to everyone, but not over the top, in everyone's business all the time. Pretty much just like my shih tzu. If I could get a shih tzu at about 85 pounds, that would be perfect
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