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Old 11-03-2016, 04:43 PM
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Finding The Right Breed

It's me again! I decided to go back to the drawing board and start over freshly, looking for what I want instead of the breed I want.
Okay, so what I'm looking for is-
• A medium-to-large, intelligent, athletic dog and child-friendly breed
• High-drive
• Seasonal weather tolerant (can handle the heat and cold, with precautions of course.)
• Easily trained (Can do with some stubborness, but is intended as a tricktraining dog.)
•Shedding is perfectly fine, but not a desired trait.
• Affectionate with family/handler
A dog that needs a good, long run who thrives off training is definitely the goal. My corgi mix can't keep with me so I'm looking for more of a dog that can accompany me almost everywhere (that is dog friendly, obviously.) Protective instincts are a plus, but it's definitely a companion-before-protector ordeal. Agility could also possibly be in store, but so far higher level obedience is definite. Questions are always welcome! Thank you in advanced~~

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I think this is a great way to go about finding a dog I'm still thinking Aussie but eager to hear others responses.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:17 PM
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I agree!

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So many dogs fit your description. Off the top of my head

Standard Poodle
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If it's energy and brains you want, then you might try a Border Collie. Also: Standard Poodle, Aussie, Local Mixed Breeds.
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I say this to everyone, don't get a Border Collie. I love mine, but protective instincts and dog-friendly are not super common traits in the BCs I've met.

That said, off the top of my head I think of Labrador, Golden Retriever, Toller, Aussie, Belgian Shepherd, Poodle, or maybe even a Kelpie (hiiiiiigh energy).
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If I got a Belgian Shepherd, it would probably be the Mali, but I'm still really iffy on that. My SO wants a dog who will be protective when he's away, and I want a fast, agile, and capable dog, and a Mali seems to be a steady mix of that, but I haven't heard real great things, nor have I ever met one. Well, I take it back. Amora and I went to the dog park (Which is right on a bay) and a Mali and her owner were playing water retrieval. Gorgeous dogs, great drive, but eh. Not real.. sure.

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Oh, I don't think many people are good fits for Mals. Seriously. Crazy dogs. If you are unsure about a Mal, don't get a Mal. To say they are high drive is an understatement. And if they aren't given a TON of exercise and mental stimulation they can develop some horrible habits. Honestly, I really don't believe they should be family dogs, they are truly meant for working homes.

Also want to keep in mind that you do have the risk of being picked up and moved, so a dog that is renter friendly is a plus. Or else I was thinking maybe a Rotti or a nice, well bred Pit. Still have a vote with Aussie (although they shed).

Do you have any shows near you? Any type of show, obedience, confirmation, agility, etc? Shows are great because you can go and see a bunch of different breeds, talk to the owners, maybe meet a breeder or two and get a little more insight.
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Have you ever considered a dog from Asia? When we went looking for a dog I was set on finding a local one but I have a horse and go for really long trail rides and back country camping for days at a time and need a dog that can ACTUALLY keep up without health problems arising. Yes there are many very energetic breeds out there that are fast and great for the average jogger but alot of there dogs cannot do 30 miles each day for a few days in a row without paw pad issues or unnoticed long term issues with hips, backs and joints. (It is always important if the dog is under 3 years to have an xray done to ensure their growth plates are fused before doing lots of running/jumping etc..) Also obviously the more diverse the dog's genetic back ground typically the less prone to health issues he is. I also wanted a medium/large dog that was brave as we routinely encounter bears and very hearty for the conditions we encounter out in the bush.

After three months of research and considering a myriad of dogs I settled on an import from Taiwan who is a blend of some really lovely breeds that combine super well into EXACTLY what I want.

The native dog to Taiwan is the Takasago dog which is EXTREMELY hardy and athletic as they are wild dogs from the mountains. The region of Taiwan my dog is from started breeding this wild dog to German Shepherds and Hounds to get good farming dogs and then many of these dogs bred with other Asian breeds that were in the area.

My boy is 2 years old, 70lbs, EXTREMELY hardy, athletic, keeps up to the horses for 30 miles easily, is quiet, never chews, most willing dog I've ever met. Most healthy animal I've ever met. I had him DNA tested him and his results came back as over 99% accurate and are as follows:

One parent is a German Shepherd/Takasago/Japanese Spitz and the other is a Takasago/Sharpei/Shiba Inu/Basset Hound.

I have attached his family tree, a photo of a Takasago Dog (orange and white) and a photo of my boy (blond)
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have you ever considered the Belgian Trevuren?
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