Breeds you would have never considered owning until you met one

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So like the title says, has their ever been a certain breed of dog that either you didn't like the sound of them or they weren't on your radar at all, but you changed your opinion once you met one?

For me I thought I wouldn't like whippets very much as the descriptions of their personalities sound like the exact opposite of what I want in a dog. Now that I've met several at the dog daycare I work for their sweetness has totally won me over. They're actually on my list of breeds I'm considering for when I get a second dog!

The other breed I never would have considered before is Rhodesian Ridgebacks. They weren't on my radar at all until I met several at work and I've loved every single one I've met. I would definitely consider owning one in the future.

So what are your unexpected change of opinion breeds?
 

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American Bulldogs. Typically not my style (I much prefer herders), but my in-laws introduced me and they are just awesome.

Whether or not we will own one is up in the air, but I'm hoping to convince my in-laws to co-own their next with me so that I can show him.
 

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Basset Hounds. My neighbor's got one, and my Uncle just got a puppy. They're actually pretty cool dogs.

And so darn cute as puppies. Probably even cuter than sighthound (particularly Whippet and Saluki) puppies and Beagle puppies.
 

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Vizslas. Well, they're still not on my list of breeds to own, but all the ones I've met have been complete lovey mushes. And if you can be lovey and sweet while at the vet clinic... I like you. :p
 

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Nicely bred goldens and other retrievers. Love them.

Also, I enjoy JRTs a lot more than I thought I would the more I am around them.

And staffy bulls. Never been a huge bully breed fan but I adore all the staffies I know and they're super awesome drivey dogs.
 

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Dobermans. There are lot of dogs that I would own before a doberman, so I doubt I'll ever have one, but after meeting a few couples with dobes, I really like the bond/working relationship they have with their people. That's a really important characteristic to me. I also didn't know (until I got a dog that ADORES all other dogs) that I appreciate the fact that the ones I have met don't seem to care much for dogs and people outside their family. They aren't aggressive at all, just seem uninterested.
 

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Dobermans. There are lot of dogs that I would own before a doberman, so I doubt I'll ever have one, but after meeting a few couples with dobes, I really like the bond/working relationship they have with their people. That's a really important characteristic to me. I also didn't know (until I got a dog that ADORES all other dogs) that I appreciate the fact that the ones I have met don't seem to care much for dogs and people outside their family. They aren't aggressive at all, just seem uninterested.

I loooove that I can take Cajun out and about, and whether she's on or off leash, know she's not going to pay any attention to anyone else. :) Unless they have food. Then I'm sorry, she wants to be your friend.
 

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Cavaliers. They didn't appeal to me before, but then my family (aunt) got one and after I spent some time around her and tons of other ones that are in the area, I now absolutely adore them and would love to own one.
 

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Greyhounds. They mostly just were never on my radar. And though I thought they were pretty I was typically drawn appearance-wise to retriever/collie/shepherd types. Then the receptionist at the clinic I worked at had a Borzoi and I thought she was fantastic. She stuck with me when we started thinking about getting a dog a few years later.
 

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This is the reverse of that: I wanted a corgi until I met some. They're not for me!

That said, I didn't think I'd own a chihuahua ever because I didn't like the look of the shaky ones I'd met. Tango just called to my soul from his pictures on Chaz though. It was a perfect match.
 

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Pit bulls- though I guess other bully breeds apply somewhat too. But mostly actual American Pit Bull Terriers.

I just never was really into how their faces looked, and I realize it actually is much harder to find a rental home/apartment with a bully breed... Then I met the sweetest, most people-outgoing APBT girl at the local rescue I volunteer at and she immediately changed my mind. The only downside was she's aggressive towards all animals except humans... I STILL prefer long muzzled, slim-faced dogs (appearance-wise), but I'd totally own a pit bull with a personality like her's.
 

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Standard Poodle's.

I hadn't had very much exposure to them, but once I met them I totally fell in love.

They are so rough in their play style that I can see why a lot of dogs are like woah dude...no but they are soo silly and hilarious and brilliant.

I'm not sure if everyone realizes how high energy they can be, they really compare to a BC to me, in many ways, at least some lines.

I love love love black standard poodles the most:)
 

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A Saint Bernard, Dane, or Bullmastiff. I don't see myself as a huge dog breed owner, but everyone that's come through our shelter I fall in love with.
 

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Basset Hounds.

I don't tend to like hound dogs. But I lurve me some Bassets!
 

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Dobermans. There are lot of dogs that I would own before a doberman, so I doubt I'll ever have one, but after meeting a few couples with dobes, I really like the bond/working relationship they have with their people. That's a really important characteristic to me. I also didn't know (until I got a dog that ADORES all other dogs) that I appreciate the fact that the ones I have met don't seem to care much for dogs and people outside their family. They aren't aggressive at all, just seem uninterested.
This! me too. I'm not sure I'd actually ever own one mostly due to health but god I love every single one I meet.
 

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My "do not want" list includes little dogs and long hair. Yet, I have my heart set on a powder puff Chinese Crested (or more). A trainer I used to assist had some, and I fell in love. I'm really hoping to be able to introduce my husband to some powder puffs so he can see they aren't the "foo foo" dogs he thinks they are.
 

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Vizslas. Well, they're still not on my list of breeds to own, but all the ones I've met have been complete lovey mushes. And if you can be lovey and sweet while at the vet clinic... I like you. :p
Every single vet employee LOVES Penn because she bounces in there like it's heaven ahaha I don't think it would matter if someone beat her with a 2x4, her response would be 'this hurts but you must love me.. everyone loves me!'

And my breed is probably ..I honestly don't know. I've just always wanted a Vizsla.
 

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I would have never thought I'd be interested in owning a Samoyed, but I've actually really loved the ones I've been around and could see myself with one someday.
 

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