except for the shedding part, Aussies and mini Aussies are amazing. Love their people. Can be reserved with strangers, but a well socialized Aussie will lick most people to death lol. No drooling. Can do all sorts of canine sports. Etc.
ummm, I would recommend Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky, Bull mastiff ( although I don't know how they are with heat) or maybe a Smooth coat Collie But, if you're planning on the dog being outside alot, I wouldn't suggest a small dog. Good luck dog hunting! :)
The "not playful" disturbs me, as you want a puppy??? Playful is a wonderful, loving attribute that bonds dogs within a pack and puppies with their owners. A vigorous, high energy dog that likes exercise but you want to keep it on a leash and not want it playful. I can't think of a single breed that would fit that description, certainly not mine.
Maybe place an ad with your requirements in the Dog Wanted section and see what you get. ??
What does, "will always be kept on a leash" mean? During daily walks or do you plan on chaining this poor thing in your back yard?
***Edited By: pwdlover on 7/10/2010 10:17:59 AM*** Reason: Added a question
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
What I meant by the "not playful" is I don't want an adult dog that is grabbing everything to play with, like my friend's Lab does. He will grab shoes, hair bands, stuffed animals, and try to play with everything. He never tires of playing. I like the energy, but don't want a dog that you have to throw tennis balls for.
Bullmastiffs are a little too big and bulky for my taste. They are a bit intimidating to be honest.
I don't have personal experience with a lot of the breeds you are considering. However, the breeds I am familiar with-
The German Shorthair Pointer, although "short-haired"....sheds a TON!!! And it's the bristly kind of hair that is impossible to get off furniture!
And every weim I have ever known has been neurotic. They are beautiful dogs, but hard to find a well-bred one.
Also, both of these breeds are prone to bloat, so if you end up selecting one of them, I would suggest you study up on bloat and know ways of trying to avoid it and recognizing the signs of it. It is a true medical emergency.
You sound like you are looking for the perfect dog, it doest exist. Almost all short haired breeds shed a ton, and the hair is on everything. Most long haired breeds shed undercoat, and yes it is on everything also. This is why most people who do not want shedding get a groom breed that requires regular hair cuts.
As far as getting a breed they doesnt want to play as an adult, singles out almost any working, herding, hunting, etc. breed. Most dogs are extremely playful. Any dog can be taught approprate times to play. My mini aussies don't steal everything and bring it to you just becuase they want to play. If so I tell them no and they will go lay down. This is training, not personality. In any breed, some temperment differ between dogs, and yes dogs can have OCD.
Most breeds beyond companion breeds were orginally bred to do a job, and alot still carry that instint. I love my aussies to death, everyone had a breed/mutts that they adore for some reason or another. I can tell you why I love my breed, and yes mini aussies do shed as much as the full size ones. There are both mini and full sized aussies that have less coat then those you see in the show ring, but they do still shed. My mind the pros out weigh the cons. They extremely smart(smarter then some people I know lol), fun loving, affectionate, love their people beyond belief, and extremely easy to train. They do shed and have alot of energy, so yes I do have to play ball or frisbie with mine for a few mins every day. I enjoy the playtime, and after having the breed for years I can not imagine my life without them.
Everyone one on here can tell why they love their breed, and probably a thing or two they do not like about them, but we love them either way. Many mutts and mixes make the most wonderful pets you would ever have. Consider a shelter dog then you would know how playful it is going to be.
I am not trying to be mean, and if this post comes across that way I apologize. You need to narrow your search down to a few breeds after you have researched everything. It sounds like you have found some you like. Now call breeders, and just have them talk about their dogs. Tell them you are doing research on the breed, and you are not purchasing a pup right now you are tring to learn about them. Go from their, most breeders who really care about their dogs will talk your ears off, others who dont are not worth your time.
Look long and hard, take your time. Remember this is a life long commitment, and you and your dog should both be extremely happy
As far as getting a breed they doesnt want to play as an adult, singles out almost any working, herding, hunting, etc. breed. Most dogs are extremely playful
Almost any is correct. My breed does not play and it even says in their description that if you want a dog that plays fetch look elsewhere lol. Pretty much the last set of "requirements" describes my guys to an almost "T". Except for them being very large dogs.