|Barked: Thu Nov 8, '12 5:35pm PST |
|Doberman! I can honestly say I hadn't thought about them. I haven't met many that seemed well-bred. Never see them at my local training club, and my previous training club only had one that I remember, and she was a nervous snappy thing but she had lime disease.. so it was probably justified.
I will look into them more, for sure!
Rotts, while lovely dogs, just aren't what I'm looking for.
Pits.. not in this day and age. Too much social stigma, too many breed ban concerns. I'm used to breed restriction stuff, but pits get it way harder than anything else.
Standard Schnauzer.. a little smaller than I'm looking for, and his larger cousins are probably a bit more dog than I .
GSD not clingy? That goes against what I've been told, but not entirely what I've seen. The obviously clingy shepherds I have seen seemed to be that way out of nervousness. I wasn't sure if the confidant ones only appeared to be less doting, or if they were actually more aloof. The well-bred sheps I've met were certainly 'with' their handlers, but they weren't exactly soliciting petting.
As far as the Mal BC comparison, that's about what I was figuring. When I was younger, I fostered a BC mix for about a year (working through some issues) and did novice agility with him. Nothing too spectacular, but enough to be able to work with that BC brain. I can still see him crouching at my feet while I tried to watch a movie, eyes LOCKED to mine waiting for the next movie.
"I had one I fed, I trained, I treated....the whole nine yards. Didn't matter. She fancied my husband."
Noooo, don't say that! My SO is 'the fun one' that all the dogs love [to steal food from ]. Definitely noted.
Breed-typical DA.. I'm leaning toward that being a big deal for me. My Akita is managed. He will, out of respect for me, graciously decline to end a dog if it crosses him.. which I APPRECIATE.. but I think I appreciate that my other two don't think about doing so just a bit more. I'll have to put a lot more thought into this one.
Re your note on smart but easy.. I can live with that! I'm willing and able to take attitude and trouble, but another perfect wonderful dog is fine too, I guess, sigh.
I DO like the wily feisty thinkers.. but maybe that's best left to my little basenji types who can't get into TOO much trouble.
As for your caution, I absolutely don't mind, not at all. I hear and respect the experienced feedback. I'm trying to temper my excitement (Want to run out RIGHTNOW and get a mal puppy OMG) with time and knowledge, so I'm not doing a disservice to myself, my partner, my current dogs, a new dog, etc.
As goosebumps, starry eyed, yesplease, BEAUTIFUL in appearance, movement, attentiveness, and training, as the Mals I've seen and met have been.. I do realize the breed isn't a realistic introduction into that level of dog. Still, even if I'm shopping for a celica nothing stops me from ogling the corvettes, right?
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply!