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    Dog lovers

    Just thought it would be fun to know:
    1. of all the dogs you've owned, what's been your favorite breed?
    2. why?
    3. what where the dog's negative traits, or things he/she did that annoyed you?
    4. post a pic please!

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    Golden Retrievers. Very friendly with everyone and close companions.

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    Rhodesian Ridgeback, best dog in the world. Loving, loyal, smart. naturaly protective, doesn't smell, doesn't drool, and very little if any shedding. If I had a yard I would have another one in a heartbeat.
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    I'm a miniature schnauzer fan myself. I just got my second puppy a couple of weeks ago. I like their size and that they hardly shed at all and of course I love their personality. The only problem I had with my last one was that he liked to bark. Didn't bother me so much but my DH hated that.
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    I've had two mutts and two beagles. Loved them all. The first mutt was by far the best tempered and easiest to train. Tell her once and she had it. She hated being scolded. She was definitely my dog and followed me wherever I went. No shedding but she had long hair and needed to be groomed frequently. First beagle was stubborn and determined to have things her way. When scolded she would talk back. With all her quirks we loved her dearly. Second beagle is more mellow and a real sweetheart. Loves nothing more than to be petted and snuggled. Second mutt (beagle Jack Russel mix) is very energetic and loving and a great escape artist. She loves to run and it's difficult to catch her when she gets out. Although she's six years old she acts like a pup. Beagles and JR mix both shed a lot but I knew that when we got them. If you're looking for a dog, study your breeds to make sure you're getting a good fit. And don't forget that you can get pure breeds as rescue dogs. They make great pets. Three of ours were rescues.

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    That'd be like asking which of your kids was your favorite and why? Dogs/cats/pets are such a gift.
    It's so nice to see so many fellow animal lovers here; love when photos are added to your postings. Thanks.

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    My daughter got this dog off Craig's List about 4 years ago. He's a Border Collie/(some kind of) Shepard and a little bit of Chow Chow. He's got 1/2 a purple tongue like one. Why? He is the sweetest, most gentle dog, so good-natured. And so dang CUTE! His personality and mannerisms are unlike any dog we've ever had. The only thing that really gets on my nerves is he follows ME around like a two year old. If I leave the room, he's gotta follow. But I've figured that he just really wants to be with me/us. Also, he's a little too smart for his own good. Meet Gus: (hope these pics upload!)
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    I have a pomernian. He's 11 years old and spoiled rotten.He is my second pomernain .My husband is legally blind and I worked the second shift so we got the dog to keep him company and believe me he does.I'm retired now and he keeps both of us entertained.
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    @Helovesme - love the pictures of Gus - especially with his little pink tongue hanging out. What a cutie!!

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    My boxer Floyd was so sweet, adorable, loved me and others, never barked but would guard me if needed, my dance partner during Dancing with the Stars. just was the greatest.

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    An accidental blk poodle/beagle mix. Negative traits =not a one! Wonderful personality, loving ,obedient, gd w kids. And smart as could be and didn't shed. She looked like a Schnauzer, plain blackish gray and my son named her Spot. (?) We had her for nearly 15 yrs.

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    I've always had spaniels.. and one rescue lab.. Socrates is a cockapoo.. and he's part spaniel, and poodle.. He doesn't shed like the spaniels did.. and he's very good natured like the spaniels.. I think next one I'd get, will be a little girl.. The boys are very protective, and it can be a disadvantage when living in a building..

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    A wonderful pure white friend that was 3/4 Great Pyrenees and 1/4 Anatolian Shepard. A very smart, large, house dog about 150 lbs - very protective, very faithful -only fault was his habit of jumping fences just like a horse. When he was inside he was a couch potatoe and when he was outside no one came on the property. He was affectionate like a puppy and gentle as he could be with the family.

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    I've had German Shepherds; different personalities. Loved them all. I don't have a dog right now. However, one day I was sitting on the ground in the front yard. A young female German Shepherd walked across the yard. She walked past me as I spoke to her, then she turned, walked over to me, gave me a lick on the cheek, and then walked off. I never seen her since. There was something special about that to me; don't know exactly what though.

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    I have my son's dog living with me. He is a German Short Haired Pointer. Lots of hunting competition titles. Very talented in the hunting field. Has a huge English vocabulary. HOWEVER, he has ADHD, OCD, and I am pretty certain he has imaginary friends!!! He has taken it upon himself to "point" and rid the yard of grasshoppers! He is a goof ball!

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    I love (!!!!) my golden retriever.

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    The best behaved dog I ever had was a curr mix named George. He was basically very lazy but loving. I had him for years when he showed up at my house with rope marks on his neck, heart worms and way underweight. He was very protective of his family. I had him for years, until he snuck out one morning and followed the kids to the bus and ended up hit by a car. His bad habits was he was a pillow hog, with bad breath and farted in his sleep!! So, he was in some ways like my exhusband, but in all other ways 1000 times better!!

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    helovesme.. Gus is adorable!!

    I grew up with dogs. Beagles, golden retrievers, and rescue.

    The beagles were nice enough but as they aged, they got a little mean and snappy. Not fun for a 7 year old.

    I had Golden Retrievers from the time I was 7 until.. well.. now. They're my mom's favorite breed, but after what happened to our last two [losing one at age 6 to brain cancer/hip displaysia and one at age 9 to liver disease], she is afraid they are being too inbred. Goldens are absolutely wonderful and I hope to have goldens to share my life with again soon.

    But.. my personal favorite breed is rescue.

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    My mom's last two goldens [the dark golden on the left with me, we lost in February to brain cancer, the other [lighter] is still doing very well at age 5!]

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    My rescue girl Mia she was rescued 1 day before being euthanized and about 1 week before she gave birth to a litter of 7 [1 was stillborn] she is about 3 years old now and was rescued in April 2011.. I adopted her in June 2011.

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    and my mom's new rescue dog, Riley [the only thing to heal the loss of one dog.. is another]. She thinks he's a Bernese/Collie mix. Adopted May, 2012 [5 months] :

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    Proud to be a Rescue Mom - woof!

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    I rescued a boxer/pit bull mix in 2000. She was the best dog I've ever had. She never did anything wrong. She never chewed, never dug, was extremely loyal. I think boxers are wonderful dogs. I had to put her down in November, 2010, and we got another boxer in February 2011. She's very sweet, doesn't cause any problems, and is great with kids.

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    I've had some great pups, nearly all pure-bred poodles until I finally figured out that, if we bred them and they stayed at our house until they were eight weeks old, they never left! I think my all-time favorite was a silver named Fibbre (he NEVER told the truth about anything!) who has been gone for a few years now; my second favorite one is a rescue part-poodle and part ? named DJ....I tease the kids all the time and tell them that my husband lives on in DJ...really, it's uncanny. He guards me as though I were the next queen of the world and will NOT allow me any contact with the "strange" males in my life: he's got the poor UPS guy and the Fed Ex guy so cowed they won't bring the packages in to the house, they leave them on the porch. And if (Heaven forbid!) a strange man happens to come in (usually a GS he hasn't seen in awhile...) he lays on the floor between the fellow and me and keeps his eyes on him. So yes, I have had it all...from pure-breeds to rescues and I have loved them all! If we weren't bound by county requirements, I'd have twenty more than I have just to keep them safe. And by the way, DJ tops out at an astounding 17 pounds...! Gotta love them pups!
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    nice to meet you gus.what a pretty boy you are..

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    sunfrogger. you have some pretty fur babies too. sorry to hear about your golden passing . very beautiful dogs

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    Old English Sheepdogs! I've had 4 of them to date, have two right now but my old guy, Shag E. Bagafur, 15 1/2 years old, is going to the bridge very soon and Sis will be our only one. I can't say enough about how great this breed of dog is! Loyal, loving, great with kids, other dogs and cats, perfect! Well, not always, Shag has always loved to waste basket dive when he gets a chance! These last two were rescues and no different than the first two!
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    My favorite is a Kuvasz though I am not nearly dominant enough to parent one. I think they are drop-dead gorgeous. If I am going to end up looking like my dog, I want to look like a Kuvasz. However, my other favorite breed is Labrador Retriever (aka Labradorables). I now have two as they love companionship. My last three were rescues (I lost one to breast cancer; she had been used as a breeder before going to a shelter for euthanization). My Maddy is the smartest dog I've ever had. She does nothing wrong because she wants us to be happy. We can even leave her in the car (of course not on a hot day) with steak and she won't touch it. She has a large vocabulary and she also speaks to me. If I don't understand what she wants, I'll ask her to say it differently and she does (goes from barking, say, to whining). If she were to have a tattoo, it would read "born to play." She loves swimming, especially playing "Maddy in the middle" where she swims back and forth between two people who are tossing her pool toy. She is also fabulous with other people. Sadly, she has a huge tumor in her abdomen (inoperable) and bladder, so I don't know how much longer she will be on this side of the rainbow bridge. She survived cancer 3-1/2 years ago and it's back.

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    Shepherds are my favorite. They are such smart, loyal, and loving dogs. The down side being my female is too protective and another thing she does is she releases her anal glands if she gets scared! Thank goodness that happens not to often. I would post a picture of my three but don't know how to add them.

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