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06-25-2014 10:47 PM
dogfaeries I've had Italian Greyhounds for about 15 years. I love sighthounds! Pretty opposite of a GSD, but delightful just the same.
06-25-2014 09:39 PM
Jax08 We've had Boxers, Collies, Dobermans.

My first love is the Collie. But it's hard to resist those chocolate GSD eyes looking up at you waiting for you to throw his ball.
06-25-2014 09:22 PM
Charlie W Years ago I did obedience with two Terveurens, lovely dogs, then we had our Dalmatian who got to me in such a way that I don't think I could have another one, I would always compare it to Oscar. He was with me through some good and also some difficult times in my life and also emigrated from England to New Zealand with us. He was the best watchdog I've ever known, by far.. We had a Dogo cross for a while, he was a rescue, he was lovely, but had to go to another home because the old Dal didn't get on with him and it wasn't fair on either dog, especially the old one.. We got our dobie as a pup and briefly tried a shepherd cross rescue, but that didn't work out, she had severe aggression issues towards people, we have children and lots of visitors to the house and couldn't take the risk, it was a shame because she was great with people she knew.... Then we got Norah our GSD, and because of her, I don't think I'll have another breed again. She's whip-smart, loyal, sensible and just the loveliest dog. She and the dobe get on well, he's lovely, but I wouldn't get anther one, just too goofy, although there aren't many days where he doesn't make us laugh!
As for experience, I do obedience with the GSD and all our dogs are well behaved, friendly and obedient. They live in the house with us, but have consistency and masses of exercise.. I think that keeping them mentally and physically active as well as being consistent with what is expected of them makes for happy dogs. I don't expect much of them, they need to come when they're called, stay when they're told, go to bed when they're told, accept guests and not chase our cats or stock...!
I love the look of Malamutes, but I don't think I would like to take on that prey drive, I take my dogs riding with me through sheep-country and need them to have a good recall, I also have cats at home..Added to which, the climate where I live now is not ideal for them, too warm..
06-25-2014 08:33 PM
Originally Posted by SBS View Post
As far as experience goes, I'm just a pet owner, who grew up with dogs my whole life. I feel like the I know them pretty well, but understand there is always more to understand.

What about you, What's your story, and experience level?
I was raised with Pinto horses But we can't have horses where we live, so dogs it is!

My breed is the Samoyed. I'd wanted one since I was a teen. I got my first Samoyed 11 yrs ago and my second when he was 2. Kenai passed away last May at 10 and we still miss him

My dog experience is mostly through 4-H. Our daughter is in her sixth year. She used Koda our goofy life is good Samoyed for her first few years. But we had to retire him a couple years ago as he seemed to think showmanship (junior handler) was boring and he didn't like being walked away from in obedience. He did enjoy doing the jumps and A frame in agility, but he was not fond of the dog walk and liked to stop after his jumps for his applause

Sabrina started Nita in 4-H as a puppy and this will be her third year at fair. Last year they took home high score in obedience for their age group & level This year they have moved up to the next level and will be completely off leash - luckily the daughter isn't phased by this at all

We were really lucky that one of the obedience trainers that worked with our 4-H club was really good. She passed away last June from brain cancer and we miss her dearly She was a wonderful person and a great trainer.

My experience is very limited to what I've learned watching and listening to more experienced people. I volunteer with 4-H and have enjoyed learning about Rally, but don't have my own dog to train. Well other than the sits, downs and recalls I practice with Nita
06-08-2014 10:32 AM
LaRen616 I grew up with a Cocker Spaniel/Lhapso Apso/Poodle mix that passed away when he was 15 years old and a female German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix that passed away a couple of months shy of her 15th birthday.

I had a Siberian Husky/German Shepherd mix that I got off of Craigslist, he was 1.5 years old and I had him for several months before I made the decision to rehome him. I improved on several of his bad behaviors but I couldn't handle his more serious issues.

When my cousin lived with me, she owned a male Rottweiler and that also lived with me for about 4 months.

I had a female German Shepherd for 8 months, but her and I were not a good match so she went back to her breeder.

I currently have a GSD named Sinister, he is 5 years old and I got him when he was 11 weeks old and I also have a male Dalmatian named Draven, he will be 1 years old at the end of this month and I got him when he was 11 weeks old.

I interact with a lot of Dobermans, I am very close to 4 Dobermans (2 males and 2 females) and I babysit 2 of them at my house, a male and a female. My next dog will be a female Doberman and I will probably get one in 2 years.

I wanted to add that I will always have a GSD and a Dalmatian in my life. My ideal/dream pack is a GSD, a Dalmatian and a Doberman. I would also eventually like to have a Border Collie, an Australian Shepherd, a Sheltie and a Pomeranian.
06-07-2014 06:48 AM
PhoenixGuardian My sisters and I train Alaskan huskies, Seppala Siberian huskies and Siberian huskies, as sled dogs. Currently, we have eighteen of these awesome guys, plus four house dogs! We also have an English Mastiff, a Jack Russel Terrier, and my man, my GSD. We have had Golden retrievers, English Setters, a Bichon Frise, and have had experience with many other breeds. Whoo hoo!
Unless something truely horrible happens, I'll always have GSD's, Huskies, and horses
06-06-2014 10:44 PM
zyppi Boxers, mixes, Dobies, schnauzers, English Mastiff.

But GSD are my favorite by far.
06-06-2014 10:15 PM
readaboutdogs We had a cocker spaniel and a toy poodle and a pekanise mix(?!) growing up! Nice little dogs, but a couple of them could be a little nippy and yippy! We had a couple of dobermans which were really nice dogs and a couple mixes! Then I got my gsds! There is just something about a gsd! Cody was my heart dog, gsd. Clipper was such a wonderful boy too! Now I only have Hooch a little Pitt bull. I never thought I'd own a pittbull, didn't ever really know one before my son got him and due to life's going ons, he came to live with me! He is a good dog and I love him. Loves people, loves car rides and walks in the park! Very quiet, doesn't bark very much at all. He pretty much ignores other dogs, but doesn't like another dog to get right in his face. I plan on getting a rough collie in a couple years, but will also get another gsd! All of the larger dogs were after I was an adult! I prefer a big dog! One you can wrap your arms around!
06-06-2014 09:45 PM
Originally Posted by Galathiel View Post
They have a great personality, very loving, happy; active when you want to be, happy to lie around with you when you feel lazy. Very velcro dogs. Mine's always been a ball hound .. could play fetch for hours. Now he sleeps most of the time at 14, but still in good health. I used to keep him in full coat, but now keep it cut fairly short, which translates into not having to have it dne quite so often.
14??? Boxer guy, anything past 6 yrs with a Boxer, your doing good, 10yrs is exceptional!

(Struddell barely made that mark) DM hit at the 8 year mark. We carried her across the finish line with pretty much 24/7 care for two years! Never left her alone for more than 4 hours at a time! DM is rampant in Boxers! Finding two clear only parents eliminates 80% of all dogs!!! Thats straight up from Breeders!!

There have been a few on Rainbow bridge that made it to 13! By and large..we don't let go! But you know when the day comes that the fight is over!

Now I know! Still I will have another Boxer...they are worth the pain!
06-06-2014 04:13 PM
Mikelia The first dog I remember was a yorkie but we didn't own her for long and I was really young. I've owned 7 GSDs in my life and am about to get my 8th. I've also owned a rottixbullmastiff, a beagle, and currently own (in addition to 2 gsds) an American pit bull terrier and a border collie mutt. When I was with an ex he had a beagle x, a border collie x lab and a pit bull.
Gsds are definitely my heart breed, as are pit bulls. And I have a soft spot for beagles. Someday I would love to own a boerboel and maybe a saint Bernard
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