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    I've just adopted a cattle-dog/staffy cross from the pound, but if I had my ultimate pick:

    - greyhound (but my hubby doesn't like them)
    - schnauzer (probably for the wrong reasons, I think they're so cute)
    - dachshund (every one I have met has been a great little dog)
    - corgis (again every one I know is so much fun, plus I love the look of them)

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    there are a number of breeds that I love but I think what I love the most is a Lab because their really very sweet and fun....and aggression is never a problem with this type of breed...

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    I'd love to own a Lab as well - my best friend has the most gorgeous Lab, her name is Amber, and she loves me so much! I'm being serious here. She has two dogs, Amber and a Mini Pincher named Nyx - and Nyx gets most of the attention. But when ever I go over there, Amber runs straight and me and won't leave me side, it's so sweet. She loves using my feet as a pillow, and she snores louder than my parnter!!

    So I'd love to have a Lab, and a German Shepherd, always wanted one of them
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    I have my ultimate breed (as of yesterday). I grew up with GSD's, and have wanted another one for the last 12 years since we lost our girls. Brett desperately wants a husky (he has a thing about wolves ect) BUT... and don't get me wrong, I love my boy... he wants one for the wrong reasons. He loves the look of them more than anything, but he wouldn't put in the required work, so until he does some work on his knowlege of dogs and what they need.... no husky.

    He grew up in a family where the dogs pretty much live outside full time, don't get regular vet attention, eat nothing other than pal and table scraps etc. I'm slowly educating him on doggy love!!

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    Another gsd... maybe one of Thor's puppies
    Malamute
    Great Dane
    Burnese Mountain Dog
    Kelpie

    However, I've already told my partner that our next dog will come from a shelter

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    I would dearly love another Newfoundland but I don't know if my heart could take it. Spike meant so much to me and left a hole the size of the Grand Canyon when he left.

    I would of course want a houseful of Border Terriers.

    And (this is my shortlist!);
    Pekingese
    Norwegian Lundehund
    Otterhound
    Foxhound
    Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla

    Quote Originally Posted by dogbuddy View Post
    there are a number of breeds that I love but I think what I love the most is a Lab because their really very sweet and fun....and aggression is never a problem with this type of breed...
    Unfortunately, I've come across several aggressive Labradors Unfortunately many people have the same misconception about the breed and think of Guide Dogs etc and don't understand they are a highly intelligent gundog bred to work all day long. And with their extreme popularity they are often bred for the wrong reasons and have many temperament and health issues. Of course, a well bred pup from mentally and physically sound bloodlines carefully raised and trained will be an excellent pet for the right person/family. Being a gundog they havea naturally soft mouth and don't tend to want to dominate you (ie: are happy to take direction).

    Working in a pet store/grooming salon I can tell you, the worst behaved pure bred dogs I saw were Labrador Retrievers, with several showing aggression to other animals unprovoked. In the right environment, I agree they can be excellent pets and I can see why they are so popular but they don't come pre-trained

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogbuddy View Post
    ...and aggression is never a problem with this type of breed...
    don't be so sure.
    even statistics say that most bites come from retrivers and labs (which are also a retriver).

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    There are certainly many misconceptions about the temperaments of different breeds. Having worked for many years in welfare, later in boarding and shown dogs I like to think I've mixed with a pretty wide selection of the canine population - rejects, pets and the elite. One of the many things it's taught me is never the generalise.

    Labrador Retrievers can be wonderful dogs but certainly not all of them are. A friend of mine was 5 years old and walking with her father when two black Labs leapt over a fence and attacked her without warning. Her father and the local postman were able to pull the dogs off her but she was hospitalised for some time afterwards. Her parents were sensible. When she came out of hospital they bought home a black Lab puppy from a top kennel renowned for good temperament so she did not grow up with a fear of dogs.

    Most people say Golden Retrievers have sweet natures. Many do but not all. The worse bite I ever saw an experieced animal welfare worker recieve was from a Golden Retriever.

    I've met a few nippy Cavaliers as well so I never feel comfortable when people claim they are super child-safe. Tell that to the little girl whose mother's Cav nearly took her nose off when she leaned over it to kiss her mother goodnight.

    Dogs are individuals and there are many variables in the development of sound, stable, correct temperament.

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    ahh there are soo many

    Another sibe for sure!!
    Great Dane
    Rottie
    Australian Shepherd
    Brittany Spaniel
    Am-Staff
    Boxer

    im sure there is more but i cant think of them
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    I cant believe I forgot daschund (sorry spelling?) but will neveer get one as all I have ever met or heard of have been very bitey and not good with kids
    I agree with Deerhound each dog is a individual and no matter how 'good' the breed is there can always be 1 and thats all it takes.

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