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    My preference in order
    1. Mastiff (what is sometimes called the English Mastiff)
    2. Saint Bernard.
    3. Bull Mastiff
    4.French Mastiff
    5. Great Dane
    6. Dalmation

    Obviously I like big dogs lol. The dalmation is the odd one out but when I was younger I had an Appaloosa horse so a Dalmation reminds me of him with all the spots. Stupid reasoning I know.

    Can't say there's any dog I don't really like though. Have a friend who had 2 GSP and they were gorgeous dogs with a lovely nature. I love the working breeds as well though having grown up with them as a kid.
    My next dog will be a Mastiff though.
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    I mostly dream about owning cattle dogs...

    A few others I'd like to own -
    bull terrier. but I don't think I'd be doing any agility with one of these - they can but they're not likely to win.
    whippet
    border terrier
    kelpie
    koolie (though I don't know who would go nuts first)

    dogs I like looking at but I don't think I'd ever want to own...
    afghan
    saluki
    munsterlander (the big one?)
    Chihuahua
    sheltie (Shetland sheepdog)
    border collie (way too demanding)
    nova scotia duck tolling retriever (I used to muddle these up with BC).
    german short haired pointer
    basset
    beagle

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    My dream breeds are the breeds I've already owned...German Shepherd Dog...Rottweiler and Dobermann.

    A friend has a Rhodesian Ridgeback which does remind me of my Dobe in some ways but without the serious health problems the Dobermann has...so might be worth a look later.
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    Rhodesian Ridgeback which does remind me of my Dobe in some ways but without the serious health problems
    I think RR have their share of health problems.

    The ones around here - don't seem to live much past 10 if that. I met one who was blind before he was 2yo. We thought he went blind because he crashed into a fence at full speed, but it was more like the other way about. It was something he was born with.

    And a lot - their joints seem crap.

    With that selection of dream dogs - have you thought about Belgian Malinois? Or maybe a cattle dog. Great guard dog, smart, but usually more robust (especially if you get one from working lines).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I think RR have their share of health problems.

    The ones around here - don't seem to live much past 10 if that. I met one who was blind before he was 2yo. We thought he went blind because he crashed into a fence at full speed, but it was more like the other way about. It was something he was born with.

    And a lot - their joints seem crap.

    With that selection of dream dogs - have you thought about Belgian Malinois? Or maybe a cattle dog. Great guard dog, smart, but usually more robust (especially if you get one from working lines).
    Don't tell me that I think luck plays a big part...every breed has health issues some far worse than others. My beautiful Dobe had Wobbler Syndrome at 4 yrs of age...both the breeder and the club didn't want to know so I never got another one...that was 20 yrs ago and Dobermanns still have it today plus other serious health problems.

    Belgian Shepherds look like skinny GSDs to me but I believe have less health problems than GSDs...but you never know.
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    Just do your research as best you can... Dogman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Just do your research as best you can... Dogman.
    Back then research was ring the club...go to dog shows or try to find a book as there was no Internet it was a lottery as to whether you got a healthy dog.

    Today even with the internet there's no guarantee...the only difference is puppies are three times the price and breeds still have the same health problems...doesn't make sense.

    When I look at this site...
    Breeds by Groups - LIDA Dogs - Faculty of Veterinary Science - The University of Sydney

    I see my favorite breed the GSD has a list of serious health issues long as my arm ...it's not fair. There's not one breed that doesn't have problems. So my dream breed is the one of my choosing that lives to old age with no health problems...I should be so lucky.
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    I think you have to actually contact the LIDA and find out if the blood lines you're looking at have any problems.

    I've been encouraging people to get their vets to send in details of genetic problems, dog breed and ancestry. What's publically available is a bit vague. Pretty sure I found one breed on there that had no health problems listed - but likely because it isn't a common breed in the USA. Or it's a mistake.

    PS the German GSD - have to pass performance tests as well as conformation test - before they're approved to breed - so if you can get one from that set up - much better chance of everything working. Or a working line one - that hasn't been near an ANKC beauty contest. I think that might be most of the malinois...
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    Yes I know Lida is an American data base but it's a good guide and I know what the Schafer Verein (SV) tests are...but it doesn't stop GSDs from getting health problems. The GSDL has Breed survey...still doesn't stop health problems...a lot of GSDs are imported from Germany who have been passed by the SV.

    My beautiful GSD Tara had imported lines and I was told she was a very well bred girl...still didn't stop her dying of a cancer (Hemangiosarcoma) at 8yrs which is a common cancer in GSDs and there are no tests for it. At the time of my girls death the vet said that in the last 9 mths 6 GSDs had also died of this very aggressive cancer.

    Then look at my GSD Rex...healthy all his life and now at nearly 11.5 yrs has wobbley back legs and his eyesight isn't 100% but he's still good for his age...so maybe luck plays a big part because you can't trust the breeders.
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