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04-14-2014 11:05 AM
Gwenhwyfair I'm totally smitten with them, I hope you can meet some in person.

They have many coat colors from Tri color (black/white/copper) to blue and red merles. Some have blues eyes.

They tend to be less serious then the GSDs, ours is our little clown of the family. Happy, tongue lolling out, ray of sunshine our little girl.

Easiest to train dog I've ever owned (and I'm 50 and have had a few dogs now). I call ours a little person in a dog coat, she's been an absolute joy.

Nice medium drives/medium energy/medium size. Great agility, herding, Frisbee, obedience dogs........can be alert watch dogs too.

Only *slight* downside, minor grooming effort is required but doesn't require a professional if you do a brush out weekly and rake out the undercoat from time to time.
04-14-2014 10:52 AM
Amurphy26 Oh I see, I hadn't thought of them. I'll look into them and see what we think. I really like the look of them.


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04-14-2014 10:00 AM
Gwenhwyfair Oh no...I was talking about the Australian Shepherd. I've not found them to be overly noisy, well anymore noisy then my two GSDs! This is a pic of one to clarify. Perhaps they aren't common in Scotland? Even though they are called Australian Shepherds the breed was developed in the U.S. When well bred they are gorgeous smart lil fluff balls!



I'm a herding group fan and we've had good luck with our Australian Shepherd getting along really well with our GSDs.

Anyhoo. Good luck with which ever breed you land on.



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A friend of mine has two Australian Kelpies and they have amazing temperaments. They can be quite noisy when out running so we ruled them out.

I don't buy in to tainting a dog based on reputation. My uncles Dobermans were horrible but they weren't socialised or trained and I've seen many nice ones since, it's just personal preference.

I keep going back to an English Pointer. Watch this space......


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04-14-2014 03:04 AM
Amurphy26
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I'm going to put in another vote for the Aussies. We love, love, love ours and got her because of others we have been around. She loves to play, great frisbee dog but settles very nicely in the house. They are more laid back then border collies, easy to train, intelligent, good looking, medium sized dogs.



They do shed some, but not as much as GSDs and grooming requirements are a good weekly brush out and have to get in and rake out the undercoat occasionally.



You just have to be careful to go with one with a more laid back temperament in the litter.



I've always felt GSDs being a herding breed compliment each other with other herding breeds.

A friend of mine has two Australian Kelpies and they have amazing temperaments. They can be quite noisy when out running so we ruled them out.

I don't buy in to tainting a dog based on reputation. My uncles Dobermans were horrible but they weren't socialised or trained and I've seen many nice ones since, it's just personal preference.

I keep going back to an English Pointer. Watch this space......


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04-13-2014 11:53 PM
huntergreen cmlenard, of course for awhile gsd had quite a bad rep. is it possible to get a health dobe anymore? tks.
04-13-2014 07:34 PM
Gwenhwyfair I'm going to put in another vote for the Aussies. We love, love, love ours and got her because of others we have been around. She loves to play, great frisbee dog but settles very nicely in the house. They are more laid back then border collies, easy to train, intelligent, good looking, medium sized dogs.

They do shed some, but not as much as GSDs and grooming requirements are a good weekly brush out and have to get in and rake out the undercoat occasionally.

You just have to be careful to go with one with a more laid back temperament in the litter.

I've always felt GSDs being a herding breed compliment each other with other herding breeds.
04-13-2014 06:36 PM
cmlenard
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I've always thought of Dobermans as being similar to GSDs in temperament and character but I was pinned by my uncles when I was a kid. They were eventually euthanised for attacking someone. I don't blame the breed, it's just always stuck in my head so puts me off them a bit.

I probably sound awkward but it's quite hard jfinding a dog that can go all day but is still calm and laid back. I may end up just bringing a pointer pup home with me one day or giving in and getting another GSD.


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I can understand how a bad experience can stick with you. I also know that Dobes are one of "those" breeds like Pits that have bad reputations. I can only say that I've been owned by Dobes for the past 25 years (this is my first GSD) and they are a wonderful, loyal breed and very similar to the GSD in temperament. Once they bond to you, you're the sun and moon and stars to them and they will give you much in return. They are, if properly socialized as pups, very dog social and friendly companions. OK, I'm climbing off of my soapbox now....
04-13-2014 05:59 PM
Amurphy26 I've always thought of Dobermans as being similar to GSDs in temperament and character but I was pinned by my uncles when I was a kid. They were eventually euthanised for attacking someone. I don't blame the breed, it's just always stuck in my head so puts me off them a bit.

I probably sound awkward but it's quite hard finding a dog that can go all day but is still calm and laid back. I may end up just bringing a pointer pup home with me one day or giving in and getting another GSD.


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04-13-2014 05:47 PM
Madisonmj97
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Ok, so beagles are out. Our other dog is a NZ Huntaway. Amazing temperament, great with people and dogs and is a therapy dog......but he's a barker! Huntaways herd by using their 'voice' so when he runs, he barks. It drives me mad.

I'm not sure about Dobermans but I do really like Dalmatians.


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Dals are really great dogs too! Very athletic and sweet! Never heard of any bad experiences with them.
04-13-2014 05:45 PM
Kahrg4 Greyhounds are the epitome of docile and calm.
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