Post # 1
there was a great thread about everyone’s favorite and least favorite dogs and why. Well after seeing so many different preferences, it got me thinking: what are your favorite and least favorite qualities about your specific breed? I find it interesting that what some people say they dislike about a breed, is exactly why another person loves it!
one of my least favorite dog breeds is actually blue heelers, but we were given a heeler mix for a wedding present and I LOVE her! She is very very smart, insanely easy to train, devoted, loyal, energetic enough to keep up with me and work on the farm, and the perfect size since I don’t like really huge dogs. Plus she’s adorable!
however she is also very food motivated, and will eat anything not nailed down. She’s got a ton of energy which can come out in destructive behavior if she’s not exercised properly. And she has a herding instinct that doesn’t help me at work when I’m trying to get the horses to calm down. 🙂
And obligatory pictures!
Post # 2
Equine_Breeder: Oh my heck, she is sooooooooooooo CUTE!!!!
My old beagle – Good: she is sweet and cuddly and just always been a good, sweet, mellow girl. She’s the perfect dog. No bad.
My beagle mix – Good: he flops on his back for belly rubs whenever you walk by. Instead of shaking his whole body like a dog does, he only shakes his butt. Bad: eats poop. Gross!
Chi/jrt mix – Good: very entertaining, goes in his crate every morning without being asked, he’s very smart. Bad: major behaviorial issues.
Mutt puppy – Good: He’s fun, likes to play, he is small but has super long gangly legs. Bad: He has started to majorly guard his food.
Post # 3
My favorite: she’s very empathetic. If you get hurt in her presence, she’s very concerned and will dote on you until you tell her you are OK. Same goes for if you cry, throw up, or yell.
My least favorite: she is obnoxious with other dogs. She isn’t remotely shy and just goes nuts when she sees another dog. It’s gotten her bit a few times because she runs full speed at other animals and tries to force play time on them. I just want her to calm down.
Post # 4
Everyone’s dogs are so cute! Ours is a mutt, so these aren’t specific to any one breed.
My favorite: She is very social and loves people. When she was a puppy, I worked in a dog-friendly office, so she was socialized very early. You could bring her to any new park, vet, or location, and she’ll love it immediately.
Least favorite: She is very good about spotting animals on the TV. Whenever a dog is on the TV, she has to run up to the TV and bark at it. She must think that the TV is some magical window through which other dogs invade her home. It’s at the point where we can’t watch any movies or TV episodes with dogs in them because we’ll be subjected to an hour of constant barking.
Post # 5
Rufus… he’s a 5 year old English Setter.
He’s a wonderful dog. I love that he is a big goof (see below). He is very affectionate, a great hunter, and SUPER smart. He’s also fantastic with our daughter.
I do not like, however, that he is OBSESSED with food. He will literally stand there and stare at any morsel of food that is in the room, until it’s removed or you feed it to him. I swear, if you fed and fed and fed him, he would continue to eat until he was sick, throw up, then eat that too.
I also can’t handle his barking. Despite everything I’ve tried, he barks a lot at cars that drive by, people who walk by, noises that he hears.
Post # 6
Equine_Breeder: We have a Boxer. We love him to death. Love the typical goofy Boxer personality, their funny facial expressions, how lovable he is, the droopy lips and wrinkly face.
The one thing that I don’t like about our boy is his behavior on the leash. Typically, we take him to county or state parks near us and let him run off the leash where it is allowed. So he gets to run through the woods and on the trails (always within earshot, and always comes when we call him). We have to walk him on the leash until we get to this area, then we let him off. So I think he expects to be let off the leash even when we walk him around town. He pulls horribly. We tried to train him (really, I tried to) but FI never followed through with the training, so it was just a waste. I tell him we need to start over again because I am confident that we can get him to stop pulling, but FI doesn’t think it’ll work.
Really though, in order to tire him out, he needs to run. So we don’t blame him for pulling and wanting to run, because walking even 20 blocks does nothing to expend his energy.
Post # 7
BeachBride2014: Our Boxer is the same way with other dogs. Your girl looks like she might have some Boxer in her?
But our boy is just a nut when it comes to other dogs. He so badly wants to play with them. He’s terrible with little dogs for this reason- I don’t think he understands that they’re smaller than him and he can hurt them- so he just goes full speed. I think it’s an age thing. Our guy just turned 2, so I think he’ll start to calm down over time.
Post # 8
I have a french bulldog, he has a huge personality and is very adorable and loving. Those are my favorite qualities. My least favorite? He’s 5 and is still terrified of the vacuum, he either scrambles after it and latches on to it or sits in the corner and shakes. He also sheds a lot.
Post # 9
KC-2722: Awww poor little man! I’m not normally a smooshed face fan but something about frenchies is ssoooooooo adorable!
Post # 10
Equine_Breeder: I love that my dog is sweet, playful, and loves to cuddle. I dislike that he can be really hyper around new people, and isn’t very protective of the house lol
Post # 11
We have a 12 or 13-year old German Shephard whom we adopted when she was 9.
The good: She is/was a very well trained dog. She does not require a fence, listens when you call her, commands very well, walks well, does not sleep in bed (because she was trained to sleep in her bed on the floor), is protective of us (in a good way), cuddles with me when asked, and has a funny/different bark when FI plays to ‘rough’ with me: tickles me, sits on me…anything where I am laughing and saying ‘OW’ at the same time. She just loves ME first, and then FI, lol.
The bad: She will run at other dogs walking past our house, if we do not see them, and command her to sit and stay. She also barks at anything that is outside our home – mailman, passerbys, etc, in a very loud tone, which we cannot stop. And lastly, I hate that we got her so ‘old’ because we will not get a ton of time with her. Shepherds do not have a long, long lifespan, and we fell in love with her day one. I wish I had 10 years longer, however!
Post # 12
We have a pembroke and cardigan corgi.
Good: very smart, adorable, fun personalities, great energy level for us (not too hyper).
Bad: they shed like CRAZY. Too smart for their own good sometimes (aka “what’s in it for me?”). They alert bark a lot which can be annoying.
Post # 13
MichiganGirl24: She’s a greyhound/lab mix according to the vet, but she’s our little rescue mutt so we aren’t sure. We bought a DNA test for her, so we’ll see what that says. Everyone sees something different in her, so it will be exciting to find out, definitively!
Post # 14
Equine_Breeder: I love my dog’s giant, wrinkly, jowly English Bulldog face, coloring and build and his bully personality. He “talks” to us and has a very big personality. He makes us laugh every day. He is very sweet and affectionate, wants to be with and play with us. He’s very curious and has to stop and look at everyone when we go for a walk. He usually wants to go meet them. If we bring in bags from the store he has to stick his head inside all of them. He loves his toys, bones and treats and he snores like a champ.
He does have some issues though. He’s dog aggressive and anxious so we can’t, at this time, take him everywhere we would like. Hopefully this will drastically improve with continued training. He’s big and strong and you have to be a bit careful – if he comes running and knocks into you accidentally he could easily take you down. Most people just love him because of his bully handsomeness but some people are levery of his size, strong build and giant jaws but that’s not really a problem as I dont allow him near anyone unless they voluntarily approach or I ask if it’s okay if he says hello. He likes to hang out in our front window and I figure he’s about the best anti-break-in system you could have.
Post # 14
We have 2 Siberian Huskies (both adopted), who are now 8 (boy) and 6 (girl) years old.
Good: VERY loving and happy dogs, great with people and kids, lots of energy, both love to snuggle and cuddle, inquisitive and intelligent, great running/hiking buddies, did I mention loving?
Bad: our girl has a very loud/sharp bark and she whines if she wants something, they can get destructive if bored, both are stubborn and obsessed with food, and they SHED like you wouldn’t believe.
Christmas 2012: Kopi on the left, Princess DD on the right
August 2012: at our wedding, Princess DD on the left, Kopi on the right
March 2014: air-drying in our backyard after a bath, Princess DD on the left, Kopi on the right