Why drew you to the breed of dog you own?

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Aussies: I wanted a fun, active, friendly or reserved with people and dogs, take anywhere, do anything dog that also appealed to me aesthetically. Something easily trained, handler oriented, serious but goofy, intelligent, etc. A lot of breeds fit what I was looking for I think, but I've liked Aussies for a very long time, so when my original puppy choice fell through, I decided that it might be time to look at Aussies again and give them some more serious consideration. My biggest hangup, of all things, was that I didn't want a dog with no tail. But then I decided that wasn't really that big of a deal and now I like it.

Tollers: Pretty much the same as above. Living with both breeds they're really not very similar, but I love that both are active, up for anything, quick learning, silly breeds that also know when it's time to be serious. I prefer Aussies now, but having lived with Dance and now Fennec, I still love Tollers a lot too.
 

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I grew up with a German Shorthaired Pointer and instantly feel.in love with dogs. He had an energy to match my own and was super sweet and loving. I would totally get one in the future to match my lifestyle.

GSD- well I grew up with two, they were great family dogs and wonderful companions. When one passed away, we got an austrian shepherd (no, not australian) and when she had pups with our male GSD I fell in love and that's how I got my baby, Monk. He is super sweet, follows me everywhere and he was the best dog for my niece to grow around with. The only downside is the constant hair everywhere.

Rottweiler- technically my ex's dog but I always saw her as my cuddle bug. She was such a couch potatoe but once she stepped outside she was raring to go and would do anything so long as she was by your sidw. Super intelligent breed, but very stubborn.
 

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Basset: honestly? the basset who had been living outside for 4+ years seemed like she'd be easier to adjust to apartment living than a beagle who'd been living outside for just as long (she wasn't.). She's the best dog ever, my "border collie stuffed into a basset body", but she will probably be the last, at least for a long time.

Plott: decision was made for me. After the first one, I admired their brains, grittiness/no-quit attitude, beauty, stamina, and overall good/stable nature (Rage is a bit odd).

Pom: I had my heart set on a shih tzu, but the last head technician I worked with, whom I really, deeply respect, had Poms and they were just the neatest little dogs, especially her male. When Bruce showed up and clearly needed a home, he reminded me a lot of her boy (sassypants but super well behaved) - when Daisy decided she liked him enough to play with him (which she does not do with the big dogs anymore), that sealed the deal. He's hilarious, and from what I've seen, pretty typical for the breed. He's super sweet, super bold, and aside from the barking he's really well behaved. OMG the barking. :nono:
 

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Basset: honestly? the basset who had been living outside for 4+ years seemed like she'd be easier to adjust to apartment living than a beagle who'd been living outside for just as long (she wasn't.). She's the best dog ever, my "border collie stuffed into a basset body", but she will probably be the last, at least for a long time.

Plott: decision was made for me. After the first one, I admired their brains, grittiness/no-quit attitude, beauty, stamina, and overall good/stable nature (Rage is a bit odd).

Pom: I had my heart set on a shih tzu, but the last head technician I worked with, whom I really, deeply respect, had Poms and they were just the neatest little dogs, especially her male. When Bruce showed up and clearly needed a home, he reminded me a lot of her boy (sassypants but super well behaved) - when Daisy decided she liked him enough to play with him (which she does not do with the big dogs anymore), that sealed the deal. He's hilarious, and from what I've seen, pretty typical for the breed. He's super sweet, super bold, and aside from the barking he's really well behaved. OMG the barking. :nono:
You have a Pom now? Is that a fairly new addition? A friend who sometimes drives with me to handling class has a little Pom she shows. (Primrose) She's adorable. I really like those little dogs too.
 

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I wanted an APBT or Amstaff because of their extremely loving personalities. I wanted a dog that would sit in my lap and love to be held and kissed. I also knew that I wanted a working type dog that I could compete with and be very active with (hiking, jogging, biking, etc). I also wanted a harder personality than my super soft hound mix.

The breed can be challenging to own but it has been very rewarding. I've never had a more affectionate dog, and I'm having a ton of fun with his drive and energy.
 

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You have a Pom now? Is that a fairly new addition? A friend who sometimes drives with me to handling class has a little Pom she shows. (Primrose) She's adorable. I really like those little dogs too.
Yes! My husband nearly hit him with the car on his way to the dentist. He got out to shoo him off the road, and the dog came to him, so he tossed him in the car. Took him in to have his microchip scanned - it was never registered, but was originally implanted at our local shelter. They said the phone number was no good, but gave us the address. When my husband went to take him home, the lady claimed it wasn't her dog, though her neighbors described him without seeing him :rolleyes: So we still have him, 3 months later. He's a good dog, we just bought him his first collars, and I'm learning to brush and comb daily.
 

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Yes! My husband nearly hit him with the car on his way to the dentist. He got out to shoo him off the road, and the dog came to him, so he tossed him in the car. Took him in to have his microchip scanned - it was never registered, but was originally implanted at our local shelter. They said the phone number was no good, but gave us the address. When my husband went to take him home, the lady claimed it wasn't her dog, though her neighbors described him without seeing him :rolleyes: So we still have him, 3 months later. He's a good dog, we just bought him his first collars, and I'm learning to brush and comb daily.
What a neat story. It was meant to be. He sounds like an adorable little dog. Your husband wins my vote of approval for picking him up.

I thought I'd hate grooming these Poodles...never had a dog you had to do all that with. But I've discovered a new hobby and a great way to bond with the dogs. It's a way to get creative too. LOL. Of course, the Pom won't be as much work I don't think as these Poodles.

Well congrats on your new dog. It sounds like the owner might just have not wanted him anymore or something. Or maybe she moved away. Who knows...kind of strange. But it's for the best. He's in a really good place now.
 

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I worked at horse barns so got to meet a few JRTs. I loved their devil may care attitude. How most weren't interested in humans other than their own for the most part. Their, oft mis directed, intelligence and sheer determination when there was something they wanted. NOTHING would deter them lol.

With Schen I had met a few cresties but it wasn't till Maf got one (Arson) that I thought about them more seriously. I love whippets but wanted something smaller. Cresties share a lot of characteristics with whippets. My main concern was a nice pet that could do some dog sports (didn't need to set the world a fire) that would get along well with Dekka. So far Schen is the perfect dog.
 

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pit bulls: their exuberance and ridiculousness.

border collies: their intensity and athleticism combined with their desire to work

treeing feist: i saw his picture on facebook and knew he had to be mine :p

browndog by pitbulljunkie, on Flickr
 

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I'm really not sure. His screaming when I walked away? That's got to be it, because he is the exact opposite of a dog I'd pick.
 

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I wanted a dog with FUR (not hair, after growing up with poodles), medium to large size, VERY affectionate/cuddly, and versatile, up for anything. I wanted to try some dog sports like agility but had no experience.

I ended up reading about Brittanys and thought they were pretty cute (although I didn't like the pink noses), nice size, sounded like what I wanted but with more energy - a compromise I was willing to make. I lucked out and got a couch potato with an on button Brittany :D He's the perfect dog for me. I really, really lucked out with him, and I plan on always having at least one Brittany around.

When I got Riff, I was looking specifically for an Aussie or Aussie mix, although I was open to cattle dog mixes, BC mixes and corgi mixes, too. I wanted another Rowan, really, and found that a lot of the traits I liked in him, I found in herding dogs at work. Focused, handler oriented, biddability AND intelligence, a bit of sass... I posted a want ad on the Craigslist pet section and got an email about a 2 year old GSP/Aussie mix that wasn't getting along with their older dog. I wasn't too keen on GSPs, but thought that they aren't super dissimilar from Brittanys/Vizslas etc, so it would probably be a good mix for me. The way they described him made him sound like the dog I was looking for. Now I know better :p

For my next dog, I wanted a dog with feathery, silky fur, an intelligent and relatively willing temperament, medium size, and a gentle/respectful demeanor, particularly with other dogs (because Rowan is very picky about dogs.) I read up on the Silken Windhound, contacted a breeder, met her dogs, and fell in love. I can hardly wait.
 

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