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Old 03-07-2007, 06:04 PM
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Default What K9 is the king of companionship?

I was having a discussion about dogs during lunch today. We were discussing which dog breeds are the best at "X" and which are best at "Y". Towards the end of the conversation someone asked me which dog breed was the best at companionship. I thought long and hard and couldn't answer this, I said the best canine companionship I have ever had is from an Am. Staff. but I have only owned a few different breeds in my life.

What do you guys think is the one breed that is most "in to their humans"?
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Old 03-07-2007, 06:09 PM
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I've never met more attentive, "tuned in", devoted dogs than border collies. My two are with me constantly. They really are unconditional love.

I think the best companion will vary with each person you ask. I wouldn't get much enjoyment out of a very independent dog like a Shiba, and people with Shibas would probably be overwhelmed by my velcro collies.
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Old 03-07-2007, 06:12 PM
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I'm sure that this will have to broken down to size and activity . Having owned many Goldens .....to me they are canine companions . I'm sure many fill the bill .
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Old 03-07-2007, 06:32 PM
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My vote goes to the Golden Retrievers too.
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depends on what you're looking for in a dog, what your lifestyle is like, what your needs are.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:55 PM
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depends on what you're looking for in a dog, what your lifestyle is like, what your needs are.
What I was going to say exactly.
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:06 PM
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I think that answer is sort of like .....beauty....is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:17 PM
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I feel Ryot (a GSD) is the most "in tune" with me. All I have to do is think something and he does it.
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:31 PM
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I think the best companion will vary with each person you ask.
I agree. It is going to vary, because what people consider a "companion" varies. If you want a dog for sheep herding or dog sledding, the expected behaviors are pretty clear, so you can pick a "best" dog pretty easily.

But what I want in a companion (go everywhere, good off-leash, likes to hike, will snuggle on the couch) is a lot different than what, for example, my parents would want (quiet, happy to stay home all day, okay about being left for the work day).
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