|Barked: Sun Oct 28, '12 4:02pm PST |
|I think its great to have dream breeds .... I have a long, very diverse list running through my head - not that I'll go out and buy all these breeds tomorrow, but they are nice to keep in mind when the time is right.
Here's my take on the ones you posted:
American Staffordshire terrier - High energy, chewing-crazy, sweethearts! They are not very tall (for your heigh preference), but stocky. Also not recommended if you rent (unless you have a generous bank account that opens your opens for suitable properties). Dog aggression can occur, so early and constant socialization is a must.
American Bulldog - I love them! So sweet and lovable ... really big goofballs. They can also be easily discriminated against and stubborn to train. I've known a couple that were good off-leash, but prey drive (including small dogs) can be an issue. Also very common in rescue though - so you could easily adopt a wonderful adult!
Black Russian Terrier - Don't know much about them .... they seem like too intense, driven, and working of a dog for me.
Bull Terrier- Don't know much either ... though a friend of a friend shows and loves them, just be aware of health issues.
Borzoi- Love sighthounds and borzois are amazing dogs. They can't be off leash (unless in very controlled, safe circumstances), and aren't the most obedient breed.
Boxer - Smart, usually very stable breed. Young Boxers are full of energy and need routine and training. But they can be wonderful family dogs at a young age and great for families. I think they meet most of your criteria too. I would definitely look into this breed
Black and Tan coonhound - Training can be a challenge as they are independent thinkers. And they have a loud bay and high prey drive. Wouldn't recommend them off-leash either. They shed a moderate amount and do have a bit of a doggy smell. But often they sweet and lovable, and available in rescue!
Greater Swiss Mountain dog, German Pinscher, Hovawart - not familiar with enough
Ibizan hound - As with Borzois, I love this breed. They are such incredible, funny, smart dogs ... full of zest and a playful attitude. They can be a challenge to own, and a fenced in yard is highly recommended.
Irish Wolfhound - Huge, sweet, and very pony like. Lovely dogs, not always the most playful with others but should tolerate strangers. Can have a high prey drive too...and their size might be an issue since they do take up a lot of space (and nearly everything you buy will cost more).
Hope that helps a bit
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