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What breeds would you never in a million years imagine yourself owning - if any that is.

I personally could never handle a breed with high prey drive (greyhound, borzoi, terriers, huskies) and could also never see myself owning the more independent breeds. I love me a velcro dog!
 

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Def terriers, I have several in the neighborhood and they're always barking. They're just not a dog I want to see myself owning, I'm sure many are great but they're just not the dog for me
 

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I have met very few pleasant terriers in my lifetime. I'm sure there's plenty but the ones I've met have put me off to them.

I also really don't know if I could handle a dog that isn't willing to please their person, which isn't really in a terrier description.
 

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Hmm I don't think I could see myself owning a toy breed (other then a pom), just not my kind of dog. Or a breed overtly intense and energetic like belgies, dalmations or aussie cattle dogs. I also couldn't see myself with a very independent breed either, or a very "stubborn" breed, I like trick training/agility to much. Or anything with a curly (poodle like) coat, as im not really a fan of it. And I would say I couldn't see myself with a dachshund, the only ones ive ever met are my grandfathers and they've kind of put me off the breed (his are yappy, VERRY overweight and semi aggressive with a large lack of training)
 
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Hahaha I told myself I was never going to get a terrier, and then I did. She's terrible! I love her, but never again! (I told my boyfriend he could still get his Norfolk in a few years because I know that's his dream dog though.)

After that I can't really say there is a dog I wouldn't own. Wouldn't really want one that drools a lot though.
 

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Hmm I don't think I could see myself owning a toy breed (other then a pom), just not my kind of dog. Or a breed overtly intense and energetic like belgies, dalmations or aussie cattle dogs. I also couldn't see myself with a very independent breed either, or a very "stubborn" breed, I like trick training/agility to much. Or anything with a curly (poodle like) coat, as im not really a fan of it. And I would say I couldn't see myself with a dachshund, the only ones ive ever met are my grandfathers and they've kind of put me off the breed (his are yappy, VERRY overweight and semi aggressive with a large lack of training)
I always said I'd never own a dachshund too but I have a friend who has two of the best weiner dogs I've met in my life. They're both long haired and so friendly and cute, and they're also quite big for doxies. They're like limp sausages when you pick them up, they love being snuggled, and when you pet them they melt on the floor and roll over for a belly rub. I want them haha, but I can't say I've met any other dachshunds I would gladly take home.

I also don't like toy or small breeds like poms, certainly not chihuahuas, papillons, etc. I used to want a Klee Kai but then I met one!
 

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I pretty much entirely rule out brachycephalic breeds as I'm not into the potential health problems and am probably too active for them.

Any sort of super intense LGD is out too - I'm fine with LGDs in general, but an Ovcharka for example isn't at all in my wheelhouse.

Personal preference, I don't really like German Shepherds, Malinois, or Huskies. They're fine dogs, I'm just not interested.

I don't mind toy dogs, but anything under about 9-10 lbs is too small for me. Just doesn't really fit my lifestyle.

Anything else I'm fine with having. There are many breeds I'd actually love to have at some point. :)
 

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Bulldog / Pug - they just seem to be bred to extremes, and I've seen too many that either can't go out in even mildly hot weather, or are walked and sound like they're dying. At the start of the week we saw two off lead black Pugs on a walk (it was about 15*C, they were just on a flat path by the canal and owner said they'd been out 20 mins) and we heard them coming before we saw them, as they were around a blind corner. The dog we were with actually turned to me with a worried look, as the gasping / choking noise was terrifying!! Also saw a Bulldog collapse and die on a hot summer's day several years ago, due to heat :(

St Bernard, Mastiffs, Rotties - too big for us, but I love the breeds :)

Pomeranians - never been a fan, and with a dog we walk we nearly always bump into this obnoxious owner with her two Poms. One's reactive and one flat out tries to savage other dogs. The owner doesn't move her dogs out the way, and once we're past she *yells* at the most aggressive one, swats the dogs' face etc...it's not the breeds' fault, but just ugh :mad:

Dachshund

Basset Hound

Saluki / Deerhound - I love Greyhounds though :ponder:

Akita - generally too independent and selective, and I'm not a huge fan of how they look.

Labrador - too many bad experiences with aggressive / untrained / under-exercised Labs, and the Lab owners around here are very much of the "well my dog's friendly so is allowed to be off lead everywhere" train of thought, no matter that they run miles ahead and are rude with other dogs :eyeroll:
 

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As much as I love the look of a doodle, makes me think of a muppet :D
I find them way to hyper. Same with St. Bernard, the ones I've met are just to much power and to much energy.
After dislocating my knee from having a couple dogs barrel into me, I don't think I would want any dog that was hyper and large to a point I can't control (I'm 5 nothing)
I like medium size dogs.
 

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Mollosers. For no reason other than their incredible lips and constant drooling. Excessively drooly breeds of ANY kind are an automatic no, I don't want to spend time wiping slime off the walls after every headshake.
 

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I have no desire for any of the very small dogs, other than maybe a yorkie. Chi's, shih tzu's, poms, bichons, dach's, IG's. They just aren't my style at all. I also never want an ACD, lab, golden, greyhound. I tend towards small/medium, but tough outdoorsy dogs like terriers and beagles.

And poodles. I've met some great ones, but they just look so ridiculous to me I could never do it. Couldn't do pugs, bulldogs and the like either. They're not cute to me.

Dang I look so picky haha.
 

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What Are Your "Breed No-No's"?

Brachycephalic breeds for sure. I've met some nice ones but I don't want a dog that sounds like it's suffocating all the time, and also so many are bred to extremes they're just exploding with health issues now.
I don't think I'd get non-brach breeds with long lists of health issues either to be honest, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, German shepherds, Rottweilers, etc.
Also could never see myself owning one of the more intense breeds, Mals, Dalmatians, Border Collies, Ratters, etc. We just wouldn't mesh.

I actually hate high prey drive as a trait, but yet sighthounds are my favourite dog group lol. Some traits you learn to deal with even if you never thought you would.
 

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No small dogs, no pit bulls and no spitz dogs.

Although if a pathetic enough stray turned up on my doorstep, who knows what I might do.

edit: No Australian shepherds. Been there done that, too much dog for me.
 

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I am not a fan of most small dogs such as chihuahua, dachshunds, papillons, yorkies and poms. They are not my style of dog and don't fit my lifestyle. No pugs, or bulldogs either, the sound of them breathing literally scares me into worrying about them. No mastiffs, great danes or st bernards. <those breeds I don't mind but I don't think they would work out to well with me. I prefer dependent dogs but there are some independent breeds that I like for sure.

This is an interesting thread to read through BTW.
 

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No brachycephalic breeds, pugs, bulldogs etc. It's way too hot where I live and they're just not my type of dog. I've met some really ones, but Asha used to have a Bulldog friend that the owner had to leash and sit down every 10 minutes when they would play, just to stop him from overheating.

Other than that I'm not too fussy about traits. Probably no excessive drooling though.
 

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No brachy breeds, no hyper working breeds and no breeds inder 20 lbs.

Brachy breeds scare me when the breathe, I can't deal with too much energy, and I'm clumsy enough to hurt dogs under 20lbs .
 

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no nordic dogs . I love the nordic and asian breeds but I wouldn't be able to make them happy.
No dogs with strong preydrive this includes all sighthounds breeds...they're just not my type of dog. i don't like the way they act, I'd feel sorry because I can't let them run offleash and I just don't like the way they look.
no extremely intellingent dogs, that need me to change half my life to meet their needs...especially no Boder Collie or Aussie.
No very small dogs. I'm clumsy, so I'd be scared to hurt them by stepping on them or something.
No specialised hunting dogs, like Hannöverscher Schweißhund or Weimaraner. I think they belong only belong in the hands of a hunter. period.
No extremely fluffy dogs, I don't like that i can't see their face and body language.

I'd take a brachycephalic breed anyday, but no Pug, no English or French bulldog, I don't like that they gargle so loud and their head is bred in such a weird shape and they walk so stiff...I just don't like it.
 
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I get totally grossed out by dogs with big jowls that lob droll all over when they shake their heads, or it's just running out onto the floor/carpets. YUCK!

I also don't care for pitbulls/mixes... to much muscle/strength and determination when it comes to some things...and short hair dogs have never been a favorite of mine.

I also don't care for the itty bitty breeds, I always feel like they are so fragile that one little accident like stepping on one or dropping something and it hits them will mean death.

So, longer hair, mellow dogs, with low prey drive, and big enough that they have a good chance at surviving a bad incident, like another dog attacking them, or someone stepping/tripping on them...etc. And that I don't have to worry about the local owls, hawks and bald eagles from looking at and thinking yum...dinner.

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This is a very interesting thread to read through!

While I love all dogs, I have a very select preference and it's the the herding/working breeds. I love their looks, endurance, drive, and intelligence. Although, it's funny - I see a few people here saying "I never thought I'd get _______" and now have one..... I always said I'd never get an ACD due to their extremeness and hey, now I have one and it has been the challenge I knew it would be, and then some, lol.

I'm not a fan of smaller dogs (except Poms, Papillions, Skippers), and while "bigger the better" is my philosophy, the drooly dogs are off my list as well. I LOVE Saint Bernards, but the drool.... just can't do it.

All that being said, this is only my preference when I am actively seeking. If any dog found its way to me and needed help/a good home, and I had the room and the time, I wouldn't discriminate. As I've seen so far with my ACD, as long as you're willing, dogs adapt to lifestyles, as do we. I would get used to having to clean drool daily off every surface, or having a yappy ankle biter underfoot all the time. ;)
 
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