|Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 9:53pm PST |
|It's not like I often recommend this breed to anyone....they are mentored breed of mine and pulled out of the fire in terms of how much they got ruined....but what about an Irish Setter? That would be quite a breath of fresh air for you They are as social as dogs come. Life is a party, they love EVERYONE. Fantastically dog social, they are major time charmers and just fun to bring to less familiar houses. They LOVE adventure! Your lifestyle description makes me think of them....they would think that was a gas! They are extremely, extremely gentle and adore kids.
Because you like the Pit Bull thing, similarities are that they are sort of always there in an enthusiastic way and have LOTS of vigor. They are one of the most fun and charming dogs you can be around, with a very unique character....sort of gentlemanly and party-ers at the same time. Effervescent, if they see you in the dumps they will just go to work cheering you up. Free spirited. Love life.
You didn't mention trainability. Had you, I would have paused. They have the capacity to be very well trained and very reliable, but they are inveterate free spirits who think keeping your mind on one thing for five minutes is an utter waste of the total minute allotment you have on earth But if you approach them the right way, they do great.
They need LAND....and you have that. If an Irish gets in a daily gallop, that is what he needs. It helps level them off and then they are what they are supposed to be. I say this because perhaps you may have known some in your childhood who were neurotic, but that is not them at all. And the fun part is that they are such marvelous dogs to go on a stroll with. They are very beaming and while grand gallopers don't let you get out of sight. This is a very, very, very loyal breed. Often don't transfer well to new owners (I would suggest getting a puppy, particularly in that genetics in this breed matter heavily), and while they are monstrously social never let you feel any less than you are their special person. When you get one that is well-bred, this is a ridiculously long lived breed.....for their size, seventeen years is not unheard of.
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