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Old 04-29-2007, 06:22 PM
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Actually we have been corresponding with the Tucson greyhound rescue, I really like them, and especially the idea of rescuing an ADULT dog. Puppies are cute, but sometimes they just make my hair go grey.

My husband just wants to know what the options are as far as big breeds. Greyhounds kind of remind him of english people who should be at a teaparty or something, which is fine but he's afraid that a delicate looking greyhound might not deter muggers. We live in a nice neighborhood, but bad types do drift through. Our shepherd has joint problems and can't really go for walks, just yard play time which is one of the reasons we are looking for a second dog eventually. I like to go for walks after the sun goes down because otherwise it's 115 degrees, but that's also when the creeps come out. I think a waist high dog of any build would be intimidating enough....but what do you all think?
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:24 PM
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If you want intimidating go for a mastiff hehe. Their size alone would deter most people.
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:37 PM
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A Greyhound is typically not a guard dog. My sister's dogs would have just looked up and said, "please don't take my sofa - take everything else, just not the sofa.... oh yeah, or the bed.... thank you very much, have a nice day"

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Old 04-29-2007, 06:42 PM
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You don't think this would stop a burglar?

Wally is actually my first line of defense. If anyone tries to come into my room at night he will fly off the bed and stand there, snarling and foaming. He is very posessive of me at night. During the day, though, he'd sleep through someone stealing the tv. LOL!
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:05 PM
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I think a greyhounds sounds great for you as well, or maybe a great dane
that is a few years old?
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:09 PM
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The rescued Greyhounds I've met were sweethearts , I just like dogs with more meat on them !
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:12 PM
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By cousin has I believe a boxer.. He is adorable and as a puppy was play ful but nothing like woahhh and he still likes to run around and all but hes laid back.. it might just be Rocko because he is EXTREMLY obedient.
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:17 PM
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a agree greyhound. but mastiff might be more offputting.

for a protective dog, i am partial to ACD's. most loyal protective dogs i've ever met

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Old 04-29-2007, 10:25 PM
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mabe look into adopting an adult Great Dane, as puppies danes tend to be high energy and clumsy, but after the 2 yr mark they generally settle quickly, laid back couch potatoes who LOVE their people.

they CAN be protective but only when they feel the need to be, are generally sweet natured (can occasionally be same sex dog agressive so meetings with your current dog is very important)
while there generally people lovers their size alone is enough to persuede most ill intentions to look elsewhere for trouble.
English mastif would also work.

Greyhounds are generally VERY sweet dogs however like any they will defend their family in some circumstances.

I wonder if other dogs think Cresties are members of some weird religious cult?

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Old 04-29-2007, 10:38 PM
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Oh and any sort of Mastiff is a good idea. Most breeds of Mastiff are pretty laid back, especially if you get it as an adult.

I have an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog puppy (yes, it is considered a Mastiff for some reason) and even though she's got some energy, she will readily calm down. She also will alert to anyone coming into my home. And when she's grown will look intimidating. Right now she just looks cute!

If you'd like an Alapaha I can give you some leads on those, also. But they're not cheap to obtain, and you may be waiting for a while to get one. They're not exactly common . . .
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