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Old 03-08-2007, 02:47 PM
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Default What qualities do you look for?

Amstaffer's thread made me think about this.

What qualities are most important to you in a companion dog? Assuming this dog had to be just a pet and not a working/performance dog.
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Old 03-08-2007, 03:04 PM
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Loyalty, a friendly temperament. No agression is essential to me- either human or animal aggression. Intelligence and a sense of empathy. The things I adore about Beau that make him the best companion dog I've ever been around are so numerous, but I can try to list them off and convey them to the best of my ability:

He's always happy to see you. He's outgoing and goofy. He's probably the most intelligent dog I've ever been around. He's very macho (even in that tiny body). He's a very doting dog that will fuss all over you if given the chance. He wouldn't hurt a flea- there's no aggression whatsoever in him. He seems to follow everything that goes on around him. He's perfectly fine hanging out and snuggling up against you for a while, but also just as excited to get up and play and go places. If you're in the house, not only is he in the same room as you, he's sitting right on top of you.

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Old 03-08-2007, 03:16 PM
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Temperament, temperament, temperament! I don't want to see threat displays or anything more than a very mild shyness. (I'm assuming we're talking about my breed here.) Normal puppy issues can be overcome. But I want a dog that is fundamentally sound, preferably very friendly and interested in meeting people. I don't mind reserved and laid back -- not leary, just mellow -- so long as the dog is still responsive. Bright enthusiasm and toy drive is a big plus, but that's partly because I can't look at any situation from a totally non-training standpoint, and I like an enthusiastic worker. Mainly, I just want a dog that can walk into every situation with a good level of confidence, because its important to me that my pet be adaptable.

And I don't really want a dog that's off-the-wall dog-aggro. I will correct budding snarkiness as we go along, and I don't expect an unreasonable amount of passivity when approached by a rude or aggressive dog. But at the very least, I expect my dogs to learn that its not okay for their brains to go leaking out their ears when they see another dog. They're there on my terms, to obey my rules, not to beat up other dogs.
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Old 03-08-2007, 03:30 PM
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Joie de vivre and fur. I like an alert, interested shaggy dog. So many breeds are so beautiful or nice, but they're either too frantic or too placid for my taste.
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Old 03-08-2007, 03:43 PM
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Friendly but would protect if the time arised. Also a dog that loves to explore and travel. I also love fluffy coats lol . Gets on well with all my animals and future pets.
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:26 PM
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I would look at temperment first.

I want a dog that is loyal, friendly, loving, goofing, always happy to see you, intelligence, patient, respectful, knows the limit, has confidence is every situation the dog is faced with and knows how to handle it.

One that will stand by you know matter what. Will know just when to protect me and when not to.

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Old 03-08-2007, 04:34 PM
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I like lazy, friendly dogs that enjoy entertaining me and goofing around to get my attention. I also love dogs that the second you sit down are on your lap. That is why I adore Pugs so much. They are all of the above.
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:35 PM
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a dog that is affectionate to me and hubby is very important. We love snuggling on the couch with our dog. but i also love a pet with some independence who is comfortable left to his own devices (for example, give Ruckus a bone or get out his toys... he will play with himself and not need you, or even want you sometimes. lol)

its very important that i have an active dog. i love to jog, hike, be outside a lot and i need a dog that can keep up.

i like a dog that is dignified too. Like Ruckus! he refuses to look stupid in front of strangers. and always acts like royalty.
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:57 PM
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All of the above ( except the lap sitting ! ) plus one that loves to go in the car .
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:25 PM
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I dunno, all my dogs are and will be working dogs LOL I gues temperment though

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