I like hunting breeds. My dads "other job" is hunting. So we usually had hunting dogs, labs, english springer spaniels. Both hunting and herding dogs are smart too, almost too smart for their own good. lol. Herding dogs have alot of energy and need to be working constantly. I used to have a bordercollie, but we brought him to the farm so he could do what he was bred to do. He was too bored in the city.
(When my dad hunts, we actually eat the meat (doesn't hunt just to get a head on the wall)
The best dog ever to walk the Earth lived with me for nearly 17 years. I got Flora when I was 20. She was a red and white Pembroke Welsh Corgi. By the far the smartest dog ever!!! IMHO She passed away March 22, 2005. I miss her terribly. What brought me to this site was googling PW Corgis. I hope to get another one in 3-4 years. I have to find the right breeder.
I love Aussies too. Spencer the English Setter was suppose to be an Aussie but it was my husband's turn.
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Aw! I am so glad you had the oppurtunity to share your life with her for that time......I'm sure she brought you a lot of laughs and smiles :) I do agree that the herding group is quite smart....I have nothing but positive experiences with them. Aussies in particular. I hope you find the right baby for you when the time is right!
I'm a big fan of both herders and hounds, but most sporting dogs just aren't for me. I like the herders because they are so smart and aware of the world around them. In my experience, sporting dogs are as easy to train as herders, but herders are better decision makers.
Hounds are just funny. They're natural clowns, and I get a kick out of how stubborn they are.
I had 2 black Labs over a span of about 30 years and found them to be wonderful, loving companions. I have had Pyrs for over 4 years, which are a LSGD and find them equally as wonderful as companions.
I think it's also a matter of what's right at that period of your life. The labs were far more energetic, great companions for my active kids as they grew. The Pyrs are more laid back, great for my less hectic lifestyle now that my kids are grown. The grandkids are enough to keep them entertained and give them a workout for those bursts of energy they get!
Pyrmom I absolutley love Pyrs. I tried to talk my husabnd into moving out to the country and raise goats. Then I could have a pyr to protect them. He figured my request was mostly to get more animals! Request denied! (for now) I will have a pyr one day. Then I will have to learn how to spell their name!
Hunting dogs are my preference and particularly hounds. I greatly admire the intelligence of the herding breeds too. We've been around lots of both herding and hunting dogs. We always had a lab or a lab mix around but got into hounds in the past few years. The labs are more demonstratively affectionate (always have a foot or a chin on us) but the hounds have that high energy level that lets them thoroughly enjoy every minute of a woods walk. They often run back and forth so much that a 1/4 mile walk for me is a 2 mile run for them. They are much more driven by the wilder side of their instincts, bawl very loudly, and tend to be more apt to cause harm to your other small pets so they aren't good pets for everybody. They are very smart but you have to reinforce their obedience training frequently or they will simply decide to ignore you. We have a lot of fun getting a head start in the woods and then turning the dogs loose to see how long it takes them to find one of us. They love it too.
I really like breeds from both categories, so i can't chose when it comes to that. but when it comes to either herding or hunting i prefer herding, because (and i don't want to start anything or tick anyone off, its just a personal opinion) but i don't agree with hunting.