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What's your favorite dog breed?

I have always thought a German Shepard was so smart and strong.  But really have a hard time picking a favorite breed, especially now that I have a mixed dog.  Do you have a favorite?

 

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Labrador Retriever

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My husband and I always loved Golden Retrievers and Labs (white, chocolate and black). We have a flat-coated retriever now and we think he is the best breed of all!

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Favorite dog breed? That's a tough one! I have had a lifetime of wonderful dogs, of many different breeds, and some mixed and cross breeds, all unique and awesome, each in it's own way. If I would have to choose only one breed, I suppose I would have to chose one I rescued a few years back. All my dogs but two have been rescues, by the way. I lost the dog to cancer, but he owned my heart. H.e was a big, beautiful, loyal, loving, intelligent Rottweiler. The moment our eyes met, there was a connection. He sold me on the breed, he was everything I ever desired in a dog, in a friend. I loved him with all my heart and he made me decide that I never wanted to go through life without a Rottweiler. I have four other dogs, two wonderful Border Collies and two tiny Chihauhau's .
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The West Highland White Terrier or Westie. Perfect for people who are allergic to pet dander.
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I have since I was a small child had big dogs. My dad and mom loved big dogs. We had Labrador, German Shepherd, Irish Setters, Chow chow mix with Labrador. Hound dog, and Doberman Pincher. plus a wonderful Airedale. Big dogs rule in my house. My dogs were well trained and socialized . It's takes a lot of love and patience. I loved all my dogs. They were pure bred dogs and also mixed heritage dogs that came from anti-cruelty center for cats and dogs. 10 years ago I bought my first little dog ( a gift for my mom) a creme colored toy poodle, a little male poodle. My first small dog. I love to run with my dogs in the park. What can this little dog do? He was beautiful but little. WOW DOUBLE WOW !!! My little dog is THE BOMB !! AWESOME ! He is so much fun , caring ( affectionate with my mom, and patient with her). Terry would walk next to her and wait for her.Always at her side. He was like a mini Labrador service dog. Poodles are beautiful and smart too.I trained him well and is very socialized. But Terry himself knew my mom had special needs. She had a cane and walker , and he never got in her way. Terry is all heart. I also have a chihuahua , a lititle male. Terry and Penny (my mom named him) are buddies. Penny is Awesome. He is a great watch dog. All day. Always on guard like last night when there was an intruder in my building. So thankful for Penny. You can't imagine how much. I truly love all dogs. They are precious. Cats? All my dogs grew up with cats. My dogs were gentle with them. I love cats. Patience, the right training, kindness understanding and love, this is what our pets need. All our furry friends are precious. Please be understanding and kind to all animals. Thank you.
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I have had 7 GSD over the past 20 years. They are the best and one of the brightest of the breeds although I love the mutts as well.
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My favorite dogs are other peoples dogs. I don't have to feed them, get up in the middle of the night to let them out, and then get up to let them in. And I don't have to take them to the Vet. But over the past 15 years other people have moved off and left their dogs behind to survive on their own. At one time we had over ten dogs. I've found out that no matter how much you feed them they won't leave. We are down to one dog now and he's about 15 years old. When he's gone no more dogs.
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We always loved Boxers-so funny, friendly, family oriented, great with kids and absolute clowns!  We now have a terrier. retreiver mix and he is the smartest dog I have ever known.  He pretty well is my daughter's dog, though and just tolerates the rest of us.  He is an excellent watch dog but needs to be watched around strangers.

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I like all dogs but a late friend had Tosa Inus for a long time.  They were smart strong and beautiful.   But inmost case they are to big unless you have open space for themm to play in

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Hands down, the American Pit Bull Terrier. The most loyal, loving and smart dogs you'll ever have the privilege of having in your life.
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rescued pit bull mix are the best.

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Pitbull, followed by German Shepherd, then Labs

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AKITA will always be my favorite but they're not for a first time owner and you must find a breeder who only breeds to improve the breeds comformation and temperament. You MUST be the ALPHA and know how to adapt that to the subborn Akita using positive reinforcement. Even if it's just a pet, it's important to socialize, socialize, socialize from the first day you bring them home from the breeder and keep socializing. If you do your homework and treat the Akita with respect you will have a loving, obedient family member in your household. 

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There simply is no other breed that compares with the Akita. I have owned four, from a breeder, and each was over 100lbs at adulthood, yet gentle as a lamb. They are devoted family members. My last Akita was 15 when he passed... I miss him everyday.
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@ck3509 wrote:

AKITA will always be my favorite but they're not for a first time owner and you must find a breeder who only breeds to improve the breeds comformation and temperament. You MUST be the ALPHA and know how to adapt that to the subborn Akita using positive reinforcement. Even if it's just a pet, it's important to socialize, socialize, socialize from the first day you bring them home from the breeder and keep socializing. If you do your homework and treat the Akita with respect you will have a loving, obedient family member in your household. 


Thanks for pointing out the importance of socializing,  This is important whatever the breed.  I'm lucky in that I've never had a "problem" dog but the absolute best one I've ever had was a 65-lb standard poodle.  She was  bred by a friend who also owned both her parents.  This was the first litter for all involved so she did a lot of reading first, including the socializing of the dogs.  In her research she learned that the third week after birth was the critical time for a pup so during that week she invited the entire neighborhood to her house for continuous coffee and cookies along with petting the ten balls of fur.  The  children were instructed to bring their friends home with them from school so the house was filled with humans of all ages.

 

Today if I were getting a new dog I would want one from one of the rescue organizations who had been fostered as a pup with a family, with other animals and children.  I think that's probably more important than the breed.

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Our favorite breed now is a Rescue (currently an Australian cattle dog mix). But having said that, we also had a Chocolate Lab & a Black Lab and we loved those dogs too.  They have great personalities! And we had a Rescue that was Lab/Chow mix. I've heard that Chows have a "testy" personality. Fortunately our mix apparently had the Lab side personality. He was a sweetheart!

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Rottweiler.  A real family member.

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Since my grand dogs are two Golden Retrievers, I will have to go with Goldens as my favorite breed. 

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As a 'pet' will take the Standard Beagle. As a hunting dog/companion will take the Labrador Retriever.

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Our current dog is nine-year-old Golden Doodle. He is smart (Poodle & Golden Retriever), sweet, loving, and great with children (Golden Retriever), and doesn't shed (Poodle). He just wants to please us, spend time with us, and be touched. He understands everything I say to him. It doesn't get much better than this.
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Irish wolfhound-- we've owned 10 over the years and miss each one of them.

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I love German Sheperds. The GSD is loyal and very protective of their family. Hard working and eager to please these dogs make you very happy. I have owned golden retrievers labs and beagles as well but my favorite is the Sheperds.
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Beagles rule!
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Rescued is my favorite! I have 3 wonderful rescues now. Nefertari is part Rough Coated Jack Russell, Kennedy is alledgely part Yorkie but looks like she is mostly bat so we call her our little Batgirl and Princess is a Yorkie. There are a lot of breeds of dogs who need homes. Our cat showed up at my husband's office as a kitten. That was over 10 years ago and he shares the apartment with us. I know we are truly the rescues!

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Definitely the collie. They're intelligent, easy to train and quick to learn, great with kids, not needy for attention but rather unassuming and just happy to be near you.
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Pit Bull (American Staffordshire Terrier).  I've had dogs all my life and was always afraid of Pit Bulls.  They have a terrible reputation that is undeserved.  Their propensity for unprovoked attacks is grossly exagerated.  They have to be trained to attack, and most of them are failures at attacking anything other than squirrels, rabbits and maybe cats.  They're strong-willed but very trainable with the right techniques and persistence.  They're highly affectionate and loyal.  My two rescue Pit Bulls are a total pleasure to be around, and they adore each other.  They're about as aggressive as a sedated opossum in hibernation.  My number two favorite is the border collie because of their extreme interrigence, but they require too much exercise for me at my age.  I have enough land but no sheep for them to herd.

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I agree with you 100%! I also have an affectionate, loyal pit.
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any rescued dog, but our pit-mix is the most loving & devoted dog who at age 6 still looks like a cute puppy.
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Thank you for your comments and mostly for pointing out how unfair the reputation or labeling of the Pit Bulls.are. I lost my grand dog four years ago and cry and miss her every single day. She was the most lovable and affectionate dog I have ever. known and I am 68 . We have had just about every breed there is but never one sweeter then our Quira
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The Golen Retriever is by far my favorite dog breed. They are loyal to a fault, and so very smart. They are great with children, gentle when called for, and very protective. 

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