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Old 11-13-2012, 08:57 PM   #41 (permalink)
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giant schnauzer bit me when i was a kid.
for no reason,just ran over open field and bit my butt.
owner wasn't present.
Omg, just had a good laugh over this post. My mom raised various working breeds including giants. One evening our pastor stopped by for a visit. I thought I saw someone walk by the window. Stepped over to look just in time to watch one of our Giant Schnauzers bite the pastor right on his behind. He let out a girlie shriek and shot straight up in the air.

Awkward.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:59 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Rhodesian Ridgebacks are great & very healthy dogs. My parents had one who lived to 14 without any medical problems.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:36 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Omg, just had a good laugh over this post. My mom raised various working breeds including giants. One evening our pastor stopped by for a visit. I thought I saw someone walk by the window. Stepped over to look just in time to watch one of our Giant Schnauzers bite the pastor right on his behind. He let out a girlie shriek and shot straight up in the air.

Awkward.
poor pastor!

well,they are supposed to be guard dogs.
at some point in their training,likely,they do bite work.

i suspect that instead of sleeve,helper is using false butt cheeks.
just imagine that..

there is funny picture in another thread
though it wasn't giant schnauzer,but VEO(not GSD!).

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Old 11-14-2012, 08:39 AM   #44 (permalink)
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I am seeing breeds mentioned here that aren't known to be, or supposed to be, particularly friendly. That's okay, too, not all dogs should be.

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  • less health problems
  • good longevity
  • large breeds
  • something a little more outgoing than a GSD to go everywhere
  • not so much of the 'aloof with strangers' trait of GSDs
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:22 AM   #45 (permalink)
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I am seeing breeds mentioned here that aren't known to be, or supposed to be, particularly friendly. That's okay, too, not all dogs should be.

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  • less health problems
  • good longevity
  • large breeds
  • something a little more outgoing than a GSD to go everywhere
  • not so much of the 'aloof with strangers' trait of GSDs
Swissies!! Giant Shnauzers and Ridgebacks are not on the top of the "friendly social dog list" IME...
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:25 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Maremma sheepdogs also fit the specified traits (:
Maremma Sheepdog Information and Pictures, Maremma Sheepdogs
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:29 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Livestock Guardians were kind of bred for one thing - to be quite independent and protect their flock.
I would not recommend them for an average owner who is used to the "biddability" of a GSD.
They are not exactly the most outgoing and friendly of dogs, either...definitely a "reserved" attitude at the very least, if not outright hostile to visitors.

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People are smitten with the fluffy cuteness, but I believe certain dogs are best left doing what they were bred to do, and this is one of them
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:32 PM   #48 (permalink)
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I've never met a Maremma who wasn't very friendly and outgoing. Sigh. What a letdown.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:54 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I am seeing breeds mentioned here that aren't known to be, or supposed to be, particularly friendly. That's okay, too, not all dogs should be.

From her original post:
  • less health problems
  • good longevity
  • large breeds
  • something a little more outgoing than a GSD to go everywhere
  • not so much of the 'aloof with strangers' trait of GSDs
Thanks for summing up what I'm looking for! You are correct. I should also add, I plan to get a small dog later to live with this dog, and I have cats, so they should not be a breed known for dog aggression and be ok if raised with cats.

I'd also like to do some type of dog sports/activity (the type can depend on whatever the dog enjoys or is good at ) so it should be a somewhat trainable breed and preferably fairly athletic.
They do not need to be a breed that is goofy best friends with everyone but since I like to take my dog everywhere and I go to things like city festivals and events where there are a lot of people they do need to be stable around those situations...for example if a stranger comes up and pets without asking. Of course I will be doing a lot of socialization and training as well to insure that.

ETA: I probably should mention I live in Chicago so it is a city environment, (although my neighborhood itself is more similar to the suburbs) also we get both very hot and very cold weather.
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Ok... I'm gonna try again

Border collie
Collie
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Flat Coated Retriever
Hovawart (it says reserved, but I'm not sure if that means better/worse than shepherds)
Karelian Bear Dog
Large Munsterlander
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