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Old 06-21-2007, 06:00 PM
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I was thinking Malinois.

Renee...Do Filas retrieve?
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I'd be concerned that a Fila would find agility and obedience boring.
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A breed that first came to mind and closest to your description in AKC would be a male St. Poodle. They're easily taught to herd, track and hunt. Great retievers and at search and rescue. The males rather good at protecting their home when owners aren't home. And they are wonderful therapy dogs. (Don't know about sled pulls?! They're lacking the conformation, power in hind quarters to do serious pulls. Otherwise, they're a rather versatile breed.
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How would the average working Fila feel about therapy work?
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they're not big enough to take on larger predators.
Hmm... At the rate Spy is growing...

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I was actually thinking GSD or Malinois as well.

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I was thinking GSD, too but was trying so hard to stay with just one breed.
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I was thinking Malinois.

Renee...Do Filas retrieve?
Mine will bring me things when I ask. Even if they really, really, really want to eat it. And that's completely untrained.

I've thought about doing some agility stuff with them. Their version of obedience is different from the standard, unquestioning obedience work, but that kind bores me, too, lol!

They are meant to be an all-purpose breed.
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I was thinking the other day if I was trapped in some deserted place what dog would I want with me, and I decided on a Siberian Huskey for stamina and hunting ability.
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A breed that first came to mind and closest to your description in AKC would be a male St. Poodle. They're easily taught to herd, track and hunt. Great retievers and at search and rescue. The males rather good at protecting their home when owners aren't home. And they are wonderful therapy dogs. (Don't know about sled pulls?! They're lacking the conformation, power in hind quarters to do serious pulls. Otherwise, they're a rather versatile breed.

standard poodles make GREAT weight/sled pulling dogs, actually, i've heard.
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Old 06-21-2007, 06:16 PM
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c'mon, guys, Australian Shepherds!

they herd
they pull
they retrieve
they guard
great at agility
great at therapy
great with kids
great at obedience!

also, i think a giant schnauzer would be a good choice.
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