Recommended Dog Breeds

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Suja:
Found this article on the 'Top Dog Breeds for Families'. I'm surprised to see some of the breeds make it to the top 20, and didn't think that the ever popular Lab wouldn't rate any lower than the top 3.

http://petplace.netscape.com/articles/artshow.asp?artID=2918&cb=ns

Suja
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Melanie L Chang:
I actually think that list looks OK, although I'd leave Airedales off of it. At first I thought you were pointing to another "best breeds for kids" list that I ran across once that had Border Collies in the top five. Now that one was totally off base.

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Shelly & The Boys:
[nq:1]I actually think that list looks OK, although I'd leave Airedales off of it. At first I thought you were ... that I ran across once that had Border Collies in the top five. Now that one was totally off base.[/nq]
The only one that made me question a bit other than Airedale (only because of the terrier/stubborness attitude) would be the Corgi. I get visions of small kids running with a Corgi attached to their pantleg (Of course, I remember a childhood friend's Collie, Bess, that used to do that to all of us as small kids too).
My aunt & uncle had a beautiful English Setter when I was a child, named Rainy. That dog was so sweet and had an almost serene nature about her. I really like all three of the Setters, but I like Really Smart Dogs too much.
I LOVE that they put Pug on the list. If it weren't for my husband's extreme dislike of their looks, I would maybe have a Pug. And I am a card-carrying member of the Pointy-nose & Pointy Ears club. They are gregarious, rambunctious, fun, friendly and just cute with all of their funky, smooshed-faced noises.
(A good friend has two that are just neat dogs, and good friends of my two boys)
Shelly & The Boys:
Coda (Pointy Nose, Collie-somethin')
Bodhi (Pointy Ears, Belgian Sheepdog)
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Abby Pennington:
[nq:1]The only one that made me question a bit other than Airedale (only because of the terrier/stubborness attitude) would be the Corgi. I get visions of small kids running with a Corgi attached to their pantleg[/nq]
Um, yes, and that they say the Pembroke is more successful as a housepet than a Pembroke WHAT??? IDTS. Yuck and more yuck.

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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culprit:
[nq:1]Found this article on the 'Top Dog Breeds for Families'. I'm surprised to see some of the breeds make it to the top 20, and didn't think that the ever popular Lab wouldn't rate any lower than the top 3. http://petplace.netscape.com/articles/artshow.asp?artID=2918&cb=ns[/nq]
hey, that's weird, they didn't put pit bull on the list. who'd-a-thunk-it?

-kelly
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Rocky:
[nq:2]http://petplace.netscape.com/articles/artshow.asp?artID=291 8&cb=ns[/nq]
[nq:1]hey, that's weird, they didn't put pit bull on the list. who'd-a-thunk-it?[/nq]
Considering that Pits are one of the better dogs for a single dog family, they must have bowed to unfortunate common biases.

I'm thankful that many of the breeds I'd own didn't show up on that list, sad that some breeds that I like but wouldn't own did, and sort-of-glad that the perennial favourites made it.

About my last comment: Goldens have often been favourites in polls that I've seen. In my town, you rarely see them in the shelter and all of the GRs that I know have a great to reasonable temperament. Some have way more drive than others, of course, and some have way less training.
Generally, I think the Petplace article was reasonable.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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culprit:
[nq:1]Considering that Pits are one of the better dogs for a single dog family, they must have bowed to unfortunate ... list, sad that some breeds that I like but wouldn't own did, and sort-of-glad that the perennial favourites made it.[/nq]
don't get me wrong, i'm not exactly sad that they didn't make the list. :-)

-kelly
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Chris Jung:
[nq:2]The only one that made me question a bit other ... small kids running with a Corgi attached to their pantleg[/nq]
[nq:1]Um, yes, and that they say the Pembroke is more successful as a housepet than a Pembroke WHAT??? IDTS. Yuck and more yuck.[/nq]
I think the phrase was "Pembroke is more successful as a housepet than a Cardigan" but I got your meaning. :-) I've known members of both breeds and I'm very fond of Cardigans. I can't imagine what would make a Cardigan a "less successful" housepet.
OTOH, The collie is on the list and I thought the description was OK - no major mistakes. Well except for the bottom part about other health concerns in which they include dwarfism. While I've seen dwarfism listed in literarture, I've never seen or heard of one in real life (well except for a first generation tri colored Cardigan x smooth collie cross: a definite collie head and expression, cardigan ears and body - he looked like a low rider smoothie). I would have put hypothyroid as a common problem.

Chris and her smoothies,
Zeffie & Pablo
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shelly:
[nq:1]Found this article on the 'Top Dog Breeds for Families'. I'm surprised to see some of the breeds make it to the top 20, and didn't think that the ever popular Lab wouldn't rate any lower than the top 3. http://petplace.netscape.com/articles/artshow.asp?artID=2918&cb=ns[/nq]
they actually do a pretty good job of describing Boxers, including dog-dog aggression and health problems. what a pleasant surprise!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
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