I'm sorry I think everyone's in shock over your thing about beagles being calm and how labrador retrievers make great guard dogs. Most labs i know would not only greet a bank robber, they'd show them to the fine china and flatware and be courteous enough to walk them to their cars.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
1. Labrador Retrievers - they are beautiful, friendly, energetic, willing to learn, sweet, make great companions and guide dogs.
2. Old English Sheepdog - bubbly, adorable, great with kids, I've wanted one since I was a kid since my first grade reader was about Mr. Mugs, an OES.
3. Old English Bulldog - loyal, affectionate, gentle, they look vicious but are the sweetest dog who is great with kids,
4. Wheaton Terrier/Miniature Schnauzer - I can't decide but I love Wheatons because of those Wheaton 'kisses', their loyalty, friendliness and ability to think for themselves. I love Mini Schnauzers because of their mean look yet they love everybody and they have this bark that sounds more like they're talking. ANd I love when their ears are left natural; makes their expressiveness even much more so. They're eyes are so deep and expressive.
5. Shih-tzu - They're cute, sweet and they have the most loving disposition yet they can play by themselves = something I love to watch.
But my absolute favourite dog is my Shih-tzu x Bichon, Kiri- she's not a purebred but she is the most energetic, loving, friendly, happy pup who looks like a cotton ball. As part Shih-tzu, she thinks she's a guard dog but I'm not sure what she would do if ever an intruder got into my house - lick them to death perhaps? As part bichon, she has the most beautiful eyes and the playfulness and the sturdiness - she does not realize she's only 16 pounds. She looks delicate yet she's a tough cookie!
If it were my choice, I would have all of the above dogs...
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
sorry, Labs are NOT good guard dogs. I am biased and of course they are my favorite breed however the truth/fact is they are not a guard dog. You personally may know 1 that happens to be more of a watch, but that is not the reality and 1 dog is not the norm of the breed.
Yikes, I never even answered, very sorry to the OP, just doing a zillion things.
Yes, I have to admit I'm a large breed girl but in the smaller breed those JRT and Bostons are adorable. I know JRT more as they are "barn dogs" and have been around them for years due to riding horses.
***Edited By: savannah on 10/2/2007 10:41:32 AM*** Reason: add/never answered
Tied for 1st is the Rottweiler and American Pit Bull Terrier. They are supposed to be great guard dogs, yah right, mine would do what Minn said. My Rottie is lazy as can be, but very loving. The Pits,,please. Their favorite thing is rooting you out of bed or the recliner, bathing you, and cleaning the cats.
Next would prolly be German Shepards. I honestly do not know too much about their temperment, but the ones that I have met, have been alot like my breeds. I just love the way they look, think they are gorgeous.
Then, Huskies. They looks so majestic, I don't know why, but they are awesome dogs. I would not own one due to the hair, but we had an shepard/malamute mix when I was a child, and he was excellent!
Now I am stumped...LOL As you can tell, I prefer large breeds, and am not to good with the smaller ones. JMO though..
Why is it that people come on a thread and act like @$$holes!! There's no need to act like that towards her. She's just trying to get people involved in a positive thread about pets! Why is it that you can't let go of the past and move on!! She's making an effort to prove herself again and we should all give her the benefit of the doubt!!! I know no one on this forum who is perfect, Lord knows i'm not. Forgive and forget...move on and GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OKAY...so my fav. dog breed are all tied for 1st... :) but really my favs are.... labs, goldens, boxers(of course), jack russels, beagles, yorkies, and tons more!!!!! :)
I hate to disagree with you Savannah, but I have met more than 1 very guardy Lab. Maybe not the type you breed, and maybe not even a well bred Lab , in the first place, but I personally had one that would show her teeth to people coming to the door. As always, I don't think we can generalize with any breed, but there are always exceptions to the norm. I also had 2 Rotties, who would show you the way to the jewellery box. I have 3 Bostons who would NOT let a stranger in the door.
Pen, no doubt you have met them.. not what I said. Over all the breed is NOT for a guard dog and I would never sell a pup to someone that says that's what they want. Labrador is known for temperament and the reason it continues to be the no. 1 dog for families for decades. You are right though, always an exception in every breed. :-)
You taking long walks lately? LOL was wondering if you needed me to send you some "protection" and that would not be a 4 legged friend HAHAHAHAHAHAH
Next would be the Hounds 6. Otter Hound 7. Afghan Hound 8. Blood Hound 9. Redbone and Blueticks 10. Harrier or English Fox Hound, etc, etc..... I like alot of the toy breeds too, but I don't think right now they suit my life style.
Don't care for Labs, never have and never will.(nothing personal against the breed, just does not suit me). Not that I have not met a lot of nice ones. I guess out of the sporting type dogs it would be the Porties
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