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Old 11-21-2016, 02:35 AM
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I actually knew of someone who had a Pyrenees as a service dog, they were a regular at several places in town. I think it's the only one I've seen.

Keep in mind that giant breeds tend to have a shorter lifespan. It would be a shame to put in 2+ years of training and then not be able to reap the benefits for very long.

Thank you for your input it's quite reassuring and yes I understand the life span difference and I am prepared to deal with it.
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I am committed to whatever is needed to work with an Anatolian, Kuvasz or whatever and you repeatedly use that against me regardless
Actually no, I have never said that you wouldn't be willing to do whatever work is needed. You have not been hearing what I've been saying. It's not about you it's about the dog. Even if you didn't have a job and were an experienced trainer yourself, I don't think a lot of the dogs on your list would work as service dogs. That doesn't mean they wouldn't all make great pets. Or some good guard dogs.

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I came here for help from people who actually know what they are talking about.
No. You quite clearly came here for attention and to have your own preformed opinions validated.

Do you think you are the first person to come here for "help" in choosing from a list of incredibly rare dog breeds? Hardly. Thankfully, for the dogs, almost none of them follow through.

I gave you the benefit of the doubt and answered your questions seriously based on my experience but now its clear that you are just trolling.
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:43 AM
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Perhaps you might investigate a Leonberger as it fits much of your criteria.

Not to be inflammatory but your original post ended on this note, "Please respect eachother and respect me." I assume somewhere in that expression it entails a "two way street".

I hope you find what you are searching for in your quest.
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A lot of the breeds you are looking at come into conflict with a lot of the traits you don't want in a dog, so you may have to either relax some of those constraints, or open up your range of breeds.

For example: Overly-athletic should remove GSDs, Dobermans, Ridgebacks, and any of the Belgian Shepherds.
Dogs that cost a fortune? All of those dogs eat A LOT. My friend has two Mastiff mixes, a Bullmastiff and a Great Dane x English Mastiff. The Dane mix eats 5 1/2 cups of food a day. And obviously any veterinarian expenses will be very high as medication goes based on weight. And the bigger the dog, the more likely you will see issues with Hip Displasia, cruciate ligament problems, and bloat.
I'm not sure how wrinkly is wrinkly to you, but I would argue Mastiffs have pretty wrinkly faces.
A lot of the breeds you mentioned are quite territorial about their home turf, so I would be careful of that.
Finally, just based on their sheer size, a lot of these dogs could do serious damage to your Miniature Dachshund purely by accident, and especially if you get a goofy puppy that has no idea what to do with his feet.

Your title does ask for our opinion, so I will say there is a reason the majority of SD are labs, goldens, or poodles. They're smart, biddable, social, and non-imposing. That doesn't mean they are the only dogs capable, but they certainly seem to be the best suited for the job. When you picture your dream dog, what does it look like?
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General Reminder:

Please refresh your memory with our rules. Specifically- be nice, be civil or don't post.

If you give an opinion and it isn't well received, move on. You don't have to convince anyone of your opinion, and likely, you won't.

If you receive an opinion, it does not mean that you must follow it. Simply say, "thank you", and move on.
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:54 AM
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I think it can be difficult as we don't know specifically what you're trying to train this dog to do.

That said, I'd still rule out the livestock guardians. They violate two of your requirements right out of the gate: they're expensive and territorial.

A Tervuren might be a contender, but they're fairly rare and I don't have much experience with them. I know FinnAlva is a member here who I believe has owned some. I can't tag her because I'm on my phone but maybe you can find her and send her a PM?

Also, have you considered a black Lab? Black dogs tend to be read as more intimidating yet it would still be a very good option for a service dog.

I don't believe the people here intended to be mean, they/we are just concerned that you could get a dog based on looks and be disappointed with the results. Then what happens?

Also, for a service dog you're going to want a breed that is bombproof with strangers and strange dogs, because people are stupid and if you're out in public you're going to have run ins. Socialization is important, yes, but genes play a massive role in innate temperament and they can't always be overridden by socialization.
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:39 AM
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That said, I'd still rule out the livestock guardians. They violate two of your requirements right out of the gate: they're expensive and territorial.
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Not just that, they generally have very low food drive and very low or no prey drive. How do you train dogs like that? Most everything we know about dog training involves motivating with rewards.
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I haven't been on this forum for long, but I've found a lot of people come on here and already know the answers they want to hear?

Spaghetto, just take what people said as extra info to add to your research! It doesn't have to be a right or wrong situation.

I hope you find the right fit for you and your new pup
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Aspen, please just delete this thread or something. These people obviously don't know what they are talking about and don't know not to post when someone's health depends on someone who actually knows something. If anyone came here for attention it was ass hole and I didn't want your help. Everyone who posted here and decided to be rude or tell me that I was wrong for my thinking didn't need to come here. If you don't like how someone thinks keep your rude ass comments to yourself and move on. I made it perfectly clear that I didn't want specific things from what you were telling me and then you decided to get an attitude and ruin the thread by not keeping it to yourself. If you don't like how I am then ignore me and mind your damn business.
Forums tend to cultivate various opinions, it is how life works.
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Thread closed.

Again, if you would like to remain a member here, read the rules!

Infractions will be handed out for violations. This can include being banned from DogForum.

If you do not like the advice you are given, you do not need to follow it.

OP- you came here ASKING for opinions. The opinions were not what you wanted to hear and you got defensive and rude. If you do not want opinions, don't ask. Many of the members that chimed in have a lot of experience and are giving intelligent opinions.

Name calling will not be tolerated.

You do not need to convince anyone of your opinion. State it and move on.

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