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Old 12-16-2006, 11:54 AM
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Are there any breeds of dog (large dog, over 40 pounds) that are known to be very dog friendly. In the future i plan on having multiple dogs and i want to do my best to choose mixes that will be good with my other dogs. I know that socialization is key but i was just wondering if any breeds are very well known for being dog friendly.
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:22 PM
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What about a Labrador Retriever?
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Old 12-16-2006, 01:04 PM
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Or a Golden .... my Goldens throughout the years have liked dogs all sizes.
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Old 12-16-2006, 01:51 PM
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The two posts above named the first two breeds that came to mind for me. Of course, all dogs are individuals, and I'm sure not all the members of those breeds are dog-friendly, but in general, they seem to be pretty easy-going when it comes to other dogs. Our Dogo is dog-friendly, too, but he'll also open a mean can of whoop-a** if another dog comes at him first.
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Old 12-16-2006, 02:13 PM
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As someone else said, I think golden retrievers are some of the friendliest dogs i've ever encountered.

Personally never seen one being aggressive at all.

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Old 12-16-2006, 02:24 PM
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I've never seen a *well bred* golden or lab that was dog aggressive. I've seen plenty poorly bred ones at the dog park get into fights more commonly than any of the dogs people often fear.
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Old 12-16-2006, 06:33 PM
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While I agree that labs and goldens are generally very friendly towards other dogs, I want to point out that other dogs often do not like them as well. Because many of the retrievers (And other breeds, I'm sure; these are clearly just the most common.) tend to remain rather "juvenile" throughout their lives, other dogs can be very reactive to them. I know a lot of dogs, mine included, who hate when an adult retriever comes bounding up to them. It is behavior that she will happily tolerate from a young puppy, but not an adult. These happy, friendly dogs are not really following doggie social rules. I think that's what sets off a lot of fights at dog parks. Friendly retriever bounds up to another dog, entering into their space inappropirately, that dog tells them, "Back off and grow up", and things escalate. I'm very careful about taking Meg into parks because of it.

It may never be an issue if you have a bunch of retrievers, but if you want to add other types of dogs to your pack, you may want to keep it in mind.
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Old 12-16-2006, 06:50 PM
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Even when attacked , it took a heck of a lot for mine to raise their hackles. Even Ollie the other day said " Whoa Buddy " when a dog tried to pick a fight with him .
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I agree with all above, particularly Goldens. While Labs are lovely and very social, I still find Goldens to be the most dog friendly (and human friendly) breed that I've ever met.
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