Australian Shepherds, because they are loyal, love people, they are beutiful dogs, one of mine has been my best friend for three years; and I hope he lives even longer. And he's the daddy of ten beutiful dogs. He was also on The planet's Funniest Animals.(On Animal Planet)
My favorite breeds. These are dog breeds I'd like to have and show in the ring some day in the future (I'm excluding Labrador retrievers since i currently own one, so obviously its one of my favorites hehe)
#1 American Pit Bull Terrier I love them because they are so loving, friendly, loyal, intelligent, determined, strong, beautiful, regal, clownish, silly, agile, goofy. They are an excellent athletic who excels at just about any task put in front of them. Not too dominant and they are easy to train and very focused. Minimal shedding, easy grooming. Love to work & play. Even make up their own silly games. Excellent with children. They can have a high prey drive, be dog aggressive, problem solving can lead to trouble and so can being bored. Worth it if you are a responsible, dedicated owner.
Cani Corso Another great working dog, when bred right they have very good temperaments. They will be very good with children. They are a noble and powerful looking breed. They are very graceful for their large size. Its amazing to watch them move. They are large but athletic. Make excellent guard/protection type dog, they are naturally watchful. They also rarely stray from their territory, so they will stick close to home and close to you. They can be so silly and remind me very much of playing with an APBT. They enjoy being with you and bond very close to you. This is a dominant breed, while they can get along with other pets, some of them enjoy being challenged and will try for alpha status.
The others I can't really "order" but those would include these that I have had in the past
Belgian Shepherd (Malinois specifically) High energy, fun working dogs. Can be challenging but they are so loyal and bond close. They do great at herding, guard, protection and other task. Sometimes they seem like they are on crack and can get bored easy but they are worth every second of hard work. They are extremely intelligent and outgoing dogs. Can want to herd children, their problem solving skills may also get them in trouble. The high energy is too much for some also.
Boerboel Big loving lap dogs..lol The maturity rate is slow, but worth it in the end if you love the breed. They are large but gentle. They will love you forever, lean against you, try to lay on you. They are protective of their people and territory. They can get pretty defensive. They also don't stray to far, like the Corso they tend to keep very close to their home and family. They are a great guardian breed and hunting dog. They do pretty good with kids too and other pets. The maturity rate for some might be annoying, you also have to love a lot of dog, some can be a little dominant but nothing too bad, many will not challenge other (household) dogs.
Boxer Silly, goofy family dog. Love kids. Another obedient, easy to train breed. They love to just hang out, hike, chase a ball have fun. They are so cute when they "box" with you or another dog. They are a pretty easy going breed. Some can tend to be very hyper, but I've never had this problem. Usually they get along with other pets. They do have several health issues.
and ones that I haven't owned but like or plan to own.
Spanish Alano (plan to own) These seem very similar to the APBT in somewhat in temperament and function. They are graceful and also call for a balanced structure like the APBT. However there are some key differences. They tend to do fine being more independent and don't require a lot of attention. They do need a lot of training and socialization though. They also do better outdoors (where most APBTs would love to be house dogs) and can withstand extremes in temperatures, they are also very hard to potty train, near impossible I hear (again APBTs I find very easy to potty/crate train). They are also a bit more of a guardian unlike APBTs who are super friendly. Like APBTs they are a super athlete. They have great wind, endurance, Stamina, agility, and are very determined with a like high pain tolerance. I think they share some common attributes that really attract me to them in type and temperament. They need lots of exercise and don't enjoy having a small amount of space to run/play in. It is thought that they were extinct but a small amount was found to bring the breed back. Some might be in the understanding that they are just a "recreation" but the DNA testing was done and the DNA did not have common factors of any other known breed. These dogs are also said to be ancestors (some directly and others indirectly) of other breeds like the Cordoba Fighting Dog (one part of the Dogo Argentino), Presa Canario, Ca de Bou, and then others like the Fila, Boudreaux, Dane, Dogo Cubano.
Possibly they are an ancestor of the APBT as several men of Great Britain exported numbers of bulldogs from Spain to their own country as working dogs. As well the Spaniards themselves brought their bulldogs with them to Americas many years ago (such as the ancestors of the Cordoba). Remember that APBT hasn't been an official breed for any where near close to the amount of time the "breed" has existed. Mainly they were just bulldogs bred best to best and not one breed, just a type. These were also the Bull & Terriers used for fighting, bull baiting, pest control, ratting, catch/hunting and farm work. There is no one clear lineage.
Boston Terrier (like but not sure if I will own) I love these little high energy dogs. They remind me so much of "mini Pit Bulls" and from what I've read share a common history. They are silly, goofy, fun loving big dog in a small dog package.
Well, of course, you are entitled to your opinions, but I think you are all DEAD WRONG...
The best breed of dog in the world is the Standard Poodle. If you can't have a Standard, a miniature or toy is okay, I guess, but really if you want the gold standard (yuck, yuck), you have to have a large poodle.
Ok, I can't pick my order but my top 5 favorites are: Golden Retrievers - own one, I think they're beautiful. Great breed. Labrador Retrievers - I've only been a few weeks without owning one so i've always loved them. Beagles - I own one. I'm not really into little dogs as much as big (I love them all - just prefer big) but I love my beagle and I couldn't exclude that breed from my list. Rottweilers - One of the breeds (can you guess the other?) I've just had a heart for ever since I started volunteering at the animal shelter. Since I'm only a "Jr. Volunteer" (under 18) the other kids are always afraid of them so I really spend a lot of time with them. I can't really explain why I like them (and the next breed I will be mentioning). American Pit Bull Terrier (or any other "pit bull" for that matter) - I was told they were "mean dogs" probably only a week or two before I started volunteering and on my first day I ended up taking one out and he was my favorite dog I had met that day - I've been for the pitties ever since. When ever I see one on the shelter website I have to go see them. I've had a heart for them since then. I really hope to own one one day. I came close to getting a puppy around christmas time last year and he was absolutley GORGEOUS but we couldn't handle another dog at that time. I've been an activist for the breed to, I bug everyone in my family until they change their opinions, lol.
Besides those 5 I also love the Catahoula Leopard Dog. A friend of mine just got a puppy a few days ago from a rescue and I was so excited to hear it was a catahoula because I just think they are one of the prettiest breeds. Will they be AKC recognized anytime soon?
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. - Josh Billings