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Old 08-27-2006, 09:00 PM
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Default Gentle breeds

What are some inherently gentle breeds? Not very excitable or highly energetic. A dog that seems to know when he/she needs to be gentle.

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Old 08-27-2006, 09:07 PM
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To be honest hon, every breed of dog has an ability to be either gentle or aggressive. Pit bulls can be great family dogs, but like any other dog, require training.

I'd say you're looking for an older, already trained dog. Any puppy will be energetic and playful. Plus, puppies don't have a sense of when to be gentle because they're so young.

You have to train them to know when to be gentle.

Good luck on your search. Look in your shelters for an older dog.
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:08 PM
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Ditto, on looking for a older dog....
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:12 PM
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It really does depend on the induvidual dog. My Aussie can be incredibly gentle and loving when the time calls for it, or rough and tumble. This is a breed that most people think of as hyper and crazy, but he's very much got a soft side.
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:12 PM
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I also think you can find a wonderful, gentle dog in every breed. One of the great things about shelters is that you can find a dog to match your needs. I think a trip to your local shelter will help you decide what dog will suit you best. (I'm assuming this is a dog for you/your family.) Good luck with everything!
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:34 PM
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Great danes are incredibly gentle dogs..they aren't called "gentle giants" for nothing
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:35 PM
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I agree completely with the advice you've gotten in this thread so far. Check shelters and rescues for a mature dog.
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Old 08-27-2006, 10:57 PM
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Puppies will be puppies ... whatever breed . I am very prejudice though . A well bred Golden is easy to train and is a joy from then on . Otherwise I'd rescue .... try to find an adult dog that has been surrendered due to moving/ allergies/ divorce etc.... not behavioral problems . Our club had 2 wonderful Goldens surrendered due to his elder being put into a nursing home .... both had been shown and loved.... luckily they were adopted together.
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Old 08-28-2006, 01:32 AM
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Great Danes and Goldens are two of the most gentle breeds I've encountered. Whippets and Greyhounds are also very calm, gentle and dignified but the ones I know are not as "lovey" as Danes and Goldens.

I agree that any dog can be gentle. My Border Collie can be very gentle and quiet at times, despite the breed's reputation for being insane and hyper.
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Old 08-28-2006, 01:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Danegirl2208 View Post
they aren't called "gentle giants" for nothing
Same with Irish Wolfhounds. IW's are very gentle, especially with children.

They always want to be where you are. If I walk to another room in the house Binn always follows me. He's very laid back and is happy to be where you are.
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