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I'll grant ya, a Saint could cause a lot of ... slobber your face, then lie down and take another nap.

I've met mostly nasty ones. Wonder if it's regional.

I wonder if ST Bernards (and other big lummoxy dogs) get the same treatment that toy dogs seem to get from JQP.
With toy dog, their smallness and cuteness means that JQP gives them a free pass on pretty much anything they do because it is cute. (EG - Lab swi(es food from plate, BAD DOG!! Miniature schnauzer swipes food from plate (after jumping to chair and is standing in the missdle of the table) it is cute). St Bernards might get a free pass because they are lummoxy, and their reputation...

Marcel and Moogli
I've met mostly nasty ones. Wonder if it's regional.

Nasty in what way?
Ours will alarm bark if somebody pulls into the driveway, but when people come inside with us, he's just a big darling drooler. And he's great at the vet. He is not automatically friendly with other dogs, though.

I wonder if they're too much for a lot of people in the house, and they relegate them to the yard and forget about 'em??
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As far as the Great Danes...they've never met my sister's RETARDED Great Dane, Bella. Sheesh...what an ox...but wouldn't hurt a fly (that's Jack's job, he's the official fly catcher...only thing he isn't scared of).

And then there is Pan, the killer Dane. I let her out to pee this morning, and since I wasn't dressed appropriately for the cold, stayed near the window, watching her. After she was done, I could see that she was looking for me, and rapped on the window to let her know where I am. She jumped THIS high, swiveled around all over, trying to find the source of the killer noise. Oh yeah, she's a menace to society.

Suja
Oh yeah, those killer St. Bernards going around getting everyone drunk and disorderly!

you laugh, but my ELB was nearly killed by one. the dog tried to eat his head.

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The only Chow Chow I've had to deal with is standoffish but well-mannered.

yep, that's totally proper for a Chow. they're supposed to be aloof (but not aggressive!). they can be a little hard to read, if you aren't familiar with the breed. once you become familiar with them, though, you'll find that they generally have a dry, sarcastic sense of humor. they're actually quite funny dogs. and, they're deeply affectionate with their people, even though they aren't generally cuddling.

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they're actually quite funny dogs. and, they're deeply affectionate with their people, even though they aren't generally cuddling.

Yup. Leo, who stays here twice a week, is an exemplar of the breed. It took him a few days to warm up to me and mine, but he plays really well with other dogs. He's affectionate with me, at least until I try to wipe mud off his paws, but that's a training issue. (But, Mang!, he can have a hard mouth when he wants.)

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shelly said in rec.pets.dogs.behavior: cuddling.

argh! cuddly.
Yup. Leo, who stays here twice a week, is an exemplar of the breed. It took him a few days to warm up to me and mine, but he plays really well with other dogs.

he sounds like quite a dog.
i really like their personalities, but lordy, all that hair. i just can't imagine living with it.
He's affectionate with me, at least until I try to wipe mud off his paws, but that's a training issue.

that doesn't surprise me. IME they're very opinionated dogs, especially when it comes to being physically handled. that's an issue that really needs to be addressed when they're puppies.
(But, Mang!, he can have a hard mouth when he wants.)

is he a tugging machine?

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