View Full Version : What Are Your Favourite Dog Breeds?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 01:09 AM
I like German Shepherds. They're loyal to their master. They can be the right man's best friend or the wrong man's worst enemy. The dog of dogs. But my wife is changing my mind, I think I might like an Akita. I dunno. :)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 01:34 AM

My best friend is my Weimaraner, who sitting next to me as I type this.
They are the best breed ever, highly intelligent, loyal, brave, and evenly tempered.

He goes with me everywhere, and has to try and "help" no matter what I'm doing.

A high maintenance breed though, that require a LOT of one's time and devotion, you can't just leave them in the backyard like a Labrador, they want and need to be around you all the time, and require alot of physical exercise (being a gun dog)

I also like Hungarian Vizslas too, they are a similar breed, but I'll be getting a second weimaraner soon, to keep my drongo Fritz company.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 01:40 AM
I like German Shepherds too (my old roommate had the kindest Shepherd in the world, but unfortunately he passed away last year).

But overall, my favourite is the Dobermann Pinscher. It is very aestetically appealing, combining grace with latent threat, and it is also intelligent, and has a certain personality that is, in lack of better words, Ario-Germanic ;)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 01:49 AM
We have a purebred Siberian husky. :D

Definitely a good dog

Odin Biggles
Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 02:07 AM
Newfoundland, a big hairy mound thats as loyal & peaceful as anything.

Have had a Bernese mountain dog before, and also have a St Bernard, but the Newfoundland just comes out on top because its such a lovely animal, plus they are fantastic swimmers !


Yep hes mine :D

Fraxinus Excelsior
Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 02:44 AM
The Boxer: friendly, and not stupid like Golden Retrievers.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 03:05 AM
One of my favorite dogs is a Basenji. I had one once before and loved it. Here is what I learned from all my readings of them and personal experience.... They originated in Africa as a hunting dog. The people would tie bells around them to be able to track their movements once they had got the prey. The reason for the bells is because it is a barkless breed of dog. Yes, they do NOT bark.:) They also happen to be hypoallergenic. Which is great for me because I am allergic to dogs among dozens of other things. The downside of them is that they are extremely stubborn dogs. If you think you are a stubborn person then you may have finally met your match with these dogs. :P They are a short haired, smaller breed and the no barking thing is a definite plus. Here are some examples of Basenji. I google searched these, because I didn't want to bother scanning the pics of mine that I used to have. They have a curled tail and a white collar around their neck. They also have those large pointed ears which I am sure was probably great for hearing while hunting.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 04:08 AM
Great Danes are really awesome. They are tall, beautiful, proud, loyal, intelligent dogs, they just have EVERYTHING!! They're also good guards, even though they're not naturally as violent as a pitbull (which are just ugly bastards...)


Huskies are great too. They look familiar to wolves, but they aren't mixed in any way with them. They're still good dogs for the Great White North:D .http://www.bluekennels.de/images/Dingo.JPG

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 04:50 AM
The German Shepard.

Here is why:





Smart, loyal, beautiful, protective and yet still gentle. And if a German Shepard is good enough for Hitler, it's good enough for me.

Shame they don't live longer, 10-12 years isn't nearly enough time with such a great dog!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 06:26 AM
My favorite dog is the Black Labrador. It was the dog that i knew most as a kid. My grandparents had two and my uncle had one. They were the most loyal dog to me. Any time I was in trouble, they would always come to see if I was okay and get others to help me. Like that time I was sledding and ended up hanging upside down. I managed to fix myself but that dog was there anyways. I don't know about other dogs really. I don't like long haired dogs very much. Greyhounds are interesting...

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, 03:51 PM

The Border Collie -- a highly intelligent, energetic, and loyal dog. It's not the kind of dog you'd want to keep in the city, but then few dogs really are.

Thursday, February 17th, 2005, 10:40 AM
I know, many of you will call them ugly, but I really,
really like pugs. They're so cute. ;)


Friday, February 18th, 2005, 04:18 AM
My favourite are my three pups

Fenian an irish wolf hound pup, Kaiser, little one being hugged, and Goring my German shepards. Kaiser was sired by Goring, my other boy is holding the one that the "bitch's" owner is keeping.

Dr. Solar Wolff
Friday, February 18th, 2005, 07:16 AM
All dogs can be good and loved and a part of the family. I have a Malamute. He is a big boy, a little too big and he is agressive. He bites me fairly hard sometimes when we play. He hates to lose a game.

The best dog, however, is not a dog, it is a wolf. This is so hard to tell dog owners because a dog is simply a wolf which never grew up. But wolves do grow up and that is the blessing and the curse. An adult wolf is as smart as any human although their intelligence is quite different from ours. They have a complete, full range of emotions which are the same as ours and happen in the same situations. This is wonderful for the "owner" in good situations. The problem is that an adult wolf cannot be owned. He can be your son, brother, friend or even your father but he will not be just a pet. In certain situations, he will defer to your judgment but it others you must defer to his. After awhile, you get used to this relationship and grow to like the positive aspects a great deal. The big problem is that a grown wolf cannot be penned in or not allowed to run free at least some of the day. Free wolves get into real trouble and can not be meshed into civilization. If not allowed to run free,the wolf becomes sullen and depressed and of course he is telling you what is wrong and knows you understand completely. After my wolf died, I realized that this experience could not be repeated. I could never find a friend like this ever again in my lifetime and even if I could I would not subject this friend to forced captivity, even under the optimal conditions where I lived at the time.

So, I got a dog instead. Dogs are genetically programed for people and everything is fine.

Monday, February 21st, 2005, 07:48 AM
My Doberman pinscher - He was my life for 10 years, my defender, my teacher, my best friend, with me everyday. His final day was the darkest, my heart still aches as if it was yesterday, but his pain is gone and his soul is free. His ashes at my bedside I wait for every chance to dream of happy times together. When I die we will be mixed and cast to the wind over favorite land. I will never know another like him. I'm not saying he was the best breed just the best friend.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 01:59 AM
My favorite breed is the German shepherd. I've only owned one, but someday I'll have another once I move back to a more rural area. My shepherd had East German bloodlines, they look stocky, big boned and their noses are generally a bit shorter. They're also bred more for work and intelligence less so for looks. He was a great dog, loyal and protective of family members. I just wish they lived a bit longer than they do.

Mac Seafraidh
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 03:31 AM
I like German dogs the best. My family owned a Doberman when I was real young or not even born yet. Currently, own 2 Mini Schnauzers.



Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 02:29 PM
Great Danes are really awesome. They are tall, beautiful, proud, loyal, intelligent dogs, they just have EVERYTHING!! They're also good guards, even though they're not naturally as violent as a pitbull (which are just ugly bastards...)

http://www.greatdanelady.com/Images/Gala_bof_gdcanatl02.jpgIndeed quite as nice breed of dog. Though quite vicious when on the receiving end of one. I found out at four years old how my head was quite a good fit in the jaws (almost lost an eye on one side & split the back of head open on the other)of such a dog, though I don't have anything against them just a bad experience.

Apparently the poor creature was going mad & we had to end up shooting him as my cousin had a similiar experience to the head only three months before. It was my uncle's dog. But just a bad circumstance really, nothing more.

I know, many of you will call them ugly, but I really,
really like pugs. They're so cute. ;) A few years back now when I was younger I shared a house with some friends who owned a Pug. He was a good friend & kept me company. Great little dog that one.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 04:04 PM
German shepard all the way.

Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 03:11 AM
Bah all these dogs are just posers - the real dog is Tornjak. Croatian mountain dog, this dog was used for sheep herding he has beautiful thick fur and his main specialty was keeping sheeps safe from wolves and - bears!! This dog is big and strong, but still very loyal and meek(to friends). This dog would eat German Shepard for breakfast and would still be hungry. :D

Friday, May 1st, 2009, 05:32 AM
I have always liked German Shepards.

I also really like Wolf-hybrids as well.

Any other Wolf-hybrid fans here?

Friday, May 1st, 2009, 06:21 AM
English Bulldog, best dogs ever :) I have a 6 year old male and he is great

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009, 09:24 AM
I sometimes see a very nice breed, kind of looks like this but perhaps more slender and light and sometimes with light eyes I believe. Anyone know what breed this is?


Never mind, apparently this is most probably a Swedish breed called Jämthund. Maybe what I have been seeing are Siberian Huskies though.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Never had any, but the history behind the Hovawart fascinates me. The very name sounds so anciently germanic... Hovawart, aka der Hofwächter, "the guardian of the farm"...

That would be my favorite breed of dog.



One of the first documented recordings comes from the year 1210 when the German castle Ordensritterburg (http://forums.skadi.net/w/index.php?title=Ordensritterburg&action=edit&redlink=1) was besieged by Slavic (http://forums.skadi.net/wiki/Slavic_peoples) invaders. The castle fell and its inhabitants including the Lord were slaughtered, however the Lord's infant son was saved by one of the castle's Hovawarts. In spite of being wounded itself, the dog dragged the tiny child to a neighbouring castle and thus saved the boy's life. This young boy, Eike von Repkow (http://forums.skadi.net/wiki/Eike_von_Repkow), grew up to become a legendary figure in the history of German law. He later published the Sachsenspiegel (http://forums.skadi.net/wiki/Sachsenspiegel), the oldest Code of Law to survive from medieval Germany. Not surprisingly, the Hovawart is mentioned with praise. The Schwabenspiegel (http://forums.skadi.net/wiki/Schwabenspiegel), a law text published in 1274 and based on Eike von Repkow's Sachsenspiegel, lists the Hovawart among the dogs you have to replace and pay restitution (http://forums.skadi.net/wiki/Restitution) for if they are killed or stolen.

By 1473, Heinrich Mynsinger (http://forums.skadi.net/w/index.php?title=Heinrich_Mynsinger&action=edit&redlink=1) described the Hovawart as one of "The Five Noble Breeds" and among its uses listed that it was useful for tracking the robber and miscreant. This along with references to the Hovawart in German law show that it was a readily identifiable breed and held in similar esteem to that of hunting dogs.

A much germanic dog indeed.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009, 02:47 AM
My favorite breed is the elegant and intelligent Papillon. They are very tiny - Chihuahua sized, but they're a very old breed from the Middle Ages. They were one of the "sleeve" breeds - the kind you would stick in your sleeves to keep your hands warm. They don't make good guard dogs, but they're very sociable. I have two.


and Poochini (he likes to climb trees)


Wednesday, May 20th, 2009, 06:02 AM
My very favourite dog breeds. :)

The Siberian Husky

The Great Pyrenees

The Rottweiler

In that order. :)

Friday, May 22nd, 2009, 03:39 PM
My two favorites are both great farm dogs.

The Bernese Mountain Dog (Switzerland) is not only one of the best tempered breeds I have ever come across, but they are exceedingly smart, loyal, non-wanderers, and beautiful big dogs with a heart of gold. My favorite quirk of theirs is that they enjoy sitting on your feet! :D


Great Pyrenees are incredibly beautiful and useful dogs. Without any training, they instinctively guard large flocks of livestock. They are a little head-strong and like to wander, but are completely dedicated to their work, the livestock and their owners.

Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 05:47 PM
Boerwindhond (This breed is considrably larger then other Greyhounds or Whippets)

German Gun Dog (German short Hair Pointer, this breed has an interesting history being bred for the German Aristocracy as hunting dogs in the 1700)

Waimaraner (The Grey Ghost)

Boerboel (Kaffer Versapper/Nigger Liquidiser)

I Prefer Working dogs, as a rule they require a firm hand when young, but developed excellent personalities and love for their owners.

Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 09:42 PM
I like many different dogs. One of the best dogs is called "Lundehund" in Norwegian, it have special climbing abillities, one of a kind dog. A true "viking" dog!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 09:59 PM
I really like Rottweilers.I was givin one for my 12th birthday that I named
Bruno.With a little work he turned out to be an excellent childhood companion
and an even better guard dog for the family.
Rottweilers are an ancient breed and where used in the Roman Army.They originated with the German mercenaries called ‘Foederati’.



Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 10:09 PM
Rottweiler is good for protection. It originally was used to protect.

Florian Geyer
Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 10:42 PM
Here's my dog Otto at various stages over the last few months. He's a 10 month old weimaraner. He's named after Hitler's adjudant Sturmbannführer Otto Günsche - but don't tell anyone! ;)




Friday, April 16th, 2010, 12:28 AM
Schäfer, Rottweiler, Doberman. I have also a developing interest the Rhodesian Ridgeback. :)

Sunday, May 9th, 2010, 03:28 AM
I'm partial to German Shepherds and Great Danes.

Though I must say, that Lundehund is gorgeous! He looks like a cheeky dog though :P

Sunday, May 9th, 2010, 12:05 PM
Brittany Spaniels, Golden Retrievers and Irish Wolfhounds. :thumbup

Sunday, May 9th, 2010, 06:35 PM
I have a german shepherd. Before I had a Muensterlaender hunting dog. Adog with a lot of passion for hunting. He was always running and finding game, chasing them up. In wintertime he jumped into rivers to get ducks and came out with ice in his fur, he didn't bother. A good and friendly dog.


My german shepherd is now about 14 years old. he is getting tired and slow. once I saw him biting a brown bear in the butt and holding on to it. I thought he would be gone, but he managed to get away and hassled with that bear until the bear retreated.

The next dog I want to get is a german hunting terrier. A no-nonsense hunting dog without any shreds of fear.


Sunday, May 9th, 2010, 06:58 PM

Monday, May 10th, 2010, 03:34 AM
I had to put down my German Shorthair last month. She was my constant companion for 13 years. It's tough to come home and not have her meet me at the door.

Monday, May 10th, 2010, 04:30 AM
I had to put down my German Shorthair last month. She was my constant companion for 13 years. It's tough to come home and not have her meet me at the door.

Grover, I am very sorry to read of the loss of your German shorthaired pointer. I've been "owned " by several dogs and that is one breed to which I would gladly submit.
I currently share my house with a very protective, strong willed and large female German Shepherd Dog named "Shyan" who is 8 years old, and wants to go for a walk. Right now! (Picture on avatar.) Excellent confirmation to a working type! She replaced a very large male of only seven years who died suddenly named "Shane" and a female of 16 years named "Ginger" who passed away earlier the same year. Previously I rescued and kept for 15 years a fantastic short-haired red-gold mixed breed GSD named "Bud". So GSDs have been my dog of choice for several years. I've also kept a Weimaraner named "Chewy" who loved to hunt and bring me grotesque dead "presents"; a American Eskimo named "Princess" who was part circus artiste; various foundlings of dubious origins who were nevertheless excellent and faithful companions, named "Tammy" and "Perry"; and a host of minor players going back to our first GSD who my Oma rescued, "Butch" the Ferocious. ALL but "Princess" were rescues! You might say my life has "gone to the dogs". Gladly! :thumbup

Monday, May 10th, 2010, 05:02 AM
German Shepherd

Doberman Pincher


The only breed I flat out DON'T like are Pitbulls.

Sunday, May 30th, 2010, 07:48 PM
I love Labrador Retrievers and English Springer Spaniels - I have a Lab and a cross of the two - the cross is nearly 11 but he is as lively as a two year old!

Saturday, June 5th, 2010, 04:50 AM
There is only one fully developed breed, the Dobermann.
Every other breed is developing.
There's hope for the others ... Someday. Not today.
Today there is only one full breed, the Dobermann.
Ueberhund. Herrenhund.
Ecce canis! Ecce Dobermann!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010, 08:16 PM
I love Border Terriers.


There's one that lives near me and whenever I see him I always fuss him and give him treats :)

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, 01:13 PM
WE have had Dobies for the last 13 years. We have lost a couple, as they got older. They are very loyal, loving companions. A man couldn't hope for a much better Friend.:)

Sunday, August 29th, 2010, 10:46 PM
Everyone has their favorite breed! Mine is the registered American Pit Bull Terrier!

allthough many have swallowed the propaganda line about these noble creatures, I have Bred , raised ,and trained these dogs for allmost 20 years, and have yet to even meet one that fits the stereotype!

Northern Paladin
Monday, August 30th, 2010, 01:11 AM
Dobermans, I own one of these really intelligent, loyal, loving pets




There is nothing innately aggressive about these dogs, you just have to know how to raise them properly.

Monday, April 4th, 2011, 08:42 PM
Although I'm more of a cat man I do like a few dog breeds.

Like the Norwegian Elkhound:

The Alsatian:

And my Auntie used to own an Old English Sheepdog called Rumpold:

Runes of Odin
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, 02:26 AM
I grew up with Dobermans. Hands down the best dogs in the world.

Northern Paladin
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, 05:30 AM
The Irish Wolfhound


Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, 05:40 AM
For me this is a very easy choice..

The Olde World/Olde Fashioned German Shepherds.

They are heavy/large boned, straight backed (not sloped), very smart, very loyal, beautiful, pure breed, much larger than any american line or german show line, and get close to the size of a irish wolfhound.

^ This is a male.. Sloped back american line or german show line (ugly, cruel, un-natural and wrong)
^ This is a female.. Olde World/Olde Fashioned German Shepherd (correct and beautiful!)

Out of the two you can see the obvious difference...

The first photo of the American or German showline is small, frog-legged and in my opinion, inbred.

The second photo of the olde world german shepherd is strong, robust, well built, beautiful and pure breed. To top it off it is a female and she is at waist high at a young age!, so that will give you an idea of how large the males are.

Great breed, great line and outstanding dog!

Friday, April 8th, 2011, 11:56 AM
Why English bull terriers of course.

Friday, April 8th, 2011, 06:37 PM
I know it's what some might call a 'gay' dog but I really like King Charles Cavaliers. They're just so gorgeous with their tiny heads and massive ears:
http://www.puppynet.co.uk/cavalier_king_01_charles_spaniel_puppies _for_sale.jpg
But I'm more of a cat person...

Friday, April 8th, 2011, 10:55 PM
French Bulldog and Pitbull.

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My Bulldogs.

http://images.orkut.com/orkut/photos/OgAAAE7vFfkZjz9pIRB-ZS2Wc04WjoaFSAqfOh-QiAfAaB3aHz8o-r6nPzOvmZqkJkBreX0g4L1vppEBdrv8kCm81kIAm 1T1UEem937USgH3ZD6jNmDhqW5_XSEC.jpg
Uther, he was my first dog.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011, 05:59 PM
I've grown up with 2 huskies, so I have a certain affinity towards wolf-like dogs.
I prefer Huskies, Malamutes, Saarlooswolfhonds and perhaps the Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs.

Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 03:27 AM
I like just about all types of dogs. Mutts make fine pets as well, I had some when I was a kid.

However, my parents currently have a West Highland White Terrier.


I have found it to be the most energetic, cute, affectionate dog I have ever known.

Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 09:03 AM

girlfriend's dog

Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 11:12 AM
I have many favorite dog breeds.

English Setters are on the top of the list. They are not good for most people as they are full of energy and require a place to run, run, and run some more. When at home they are clumsy and goofy, but when hunting they are graceful and beautiful, they almost act like separate dogs when in the field. I don't remember a time when I did not have more than few English Setters in my life.

I also like Labs, Jack Russel Terriers, German Shorthairs, Deutsche Drahthaar, Vizsla and American Mountain Cur.

If I ever decided to have another dog breed besides English Setters for bird hunting than I would most likely hunt with Deutsche Drahthaar as they have very keen hunting instincts and handle well although a bit stubborn.

I am very much considering keeping a few American Mountain Curs around for treeing squirrels and coons, plus they can be very protective of your property.

Turin son of Hurin
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, 03:09 AM
australian cattle dog and border collie

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011, 10:58 PM
Australian Shepherds are my favorite. Finally adopted one. She is great, super obedient, loves being by my side always, I love her.:thumbup

As a herding dog, does it get agitated when everyone is not in one place? I know that border collies do.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011, 11:51 PM
Siberian Husky.


Astrid Runa
Saturday, August 6th, 2011, 08:57 PM
Huskies. Beautiful dogs, and the closest I'll ever get to a real wolf.
I also adore lurchers and greyhounds. Gorgeous dogs, and they have those heart-melting eyes.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012, 07:19 PM
German shepherd, Weimaraner, dobermann and Rottweiler :D

Monday, April 23rd, 2012, 07:50 PM
I know a Great Pyrenees dog named Falcor. He is the sweetest most lovable dog in the world. Whenever I go see him at my friend's house he always wants to hang out with me and lean against me. He also weighs more than I do but that makes it even cuter! :P


Thursday, June 7th, 2012, 03:32 AM
Spitz and herding breeds are my favourite. I've had most experience with Border Collies, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, however. And I currently have a Border Collie. We also have a CKCS, ugh.

My favourite breeds are the Border Collie, German Shepherd and Siberian Husky, in whatever order. Probably GS first. Healthy, strong, intelligent, beautiful dogs.