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A lot of people on here when asked about which breed they 'dont' like mention the pit bull - often without good reasons to back this up - reasons like - they look fierce, or they're aggressive or bad rep

I don't like pit bulls, and it's not due to the looks or the reputation. It's the dog-to-dog aggression potential. Owners of "good" pits are told they need to know how to use a breaking stick, and people who have multiples are cautioned to separate the dogs when they can't be separated. I don't need that kind of headache. Give me a nice peaceful collie! It's in their history - they were originally bred to be pit fighting dogs. They are good with humans - but I wouldn't trust one as a pet in a household with other dogs.
Jana
I admit I never felt "the tug" for a Giant until just recently. They just didn't do it for me. Then I met one that I absolutely would have brought home in a heartbeat.

Monty graduated from beginners agility last Monday. He's a young, goofy Giant Schnauzer that has the perfect owner/handler in an athletic guy who's not afraid to embarrass himself.

Both of them were a gas.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I don't consider them hounds, somehow. They don't seem to have much in common with, say, Bassets. I consider them a pariah breed

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I always think of sighthounds as "hounds" and Bassets, etc as "the other hounds". But really, you're right. They're more pariahs than anything else.

-Andrea Stone
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Give me a nice peaceful collie!
JanaA woman after my own heart, not sure if I agree with the peaceful though Emotion: smile

Shell
Jana

A woman after my own heart, not sure if I agree with the peaceful though)

Shell
Jana is talking about Rough/Smooth Collies...:-)
NOT Border Collies!
Shelly & The Not-so-Peaceful Boys:
Coda (Collie-somethin')
Bodhi (Belgian Sheepdog)
Shell Jana is talking about Rough/Smooth Collies...:-) NOT Border Collies! Shelly & The Not-so-Peaceful Boys: Coda (Collie-somethin') Bodhi (Belgian Sheepdog)

Ahhh..Ithought Jana had an oddity of a BC. My previous BC *** didn't quieten down until she was past 12 or 13 and then she was still known to have her silly moments!
Shell & her fruitcake boys Emotion: smile
Georgie (Collie x Lab)
Dougie (BC)
both 18 months and mad!!
I always think of sighthounds as "hounds" and Bassets, etc as "the other hounds".

I'm the opposite - when I hear "hound", I think "Daisy from 'The Beverly Hillbillies'."

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I always think of sighthounds as "hounds" and Bassets, etc as "the other hounds".

I'm the opposite - when I hear "hound", I think "Daisy from 'The Beverly Hillbillies'."[/nq]Ah, but Andrea probably thinks that way because she has sighthounds. I tend to do that too, having three sighthound breeds here. Which reminds me of a funny story. Last year I pulled a beagle/basset from a shelter; he was to be put down because he had front leg that was useless and dragged on the ground. I believe it was a brachial nerve injury. Anyway, we raised the money to amputate the leg and Snoopy stayed here to recuperate.

He was very well-behaved, never lifted his short leg, didn't bother the cats, and was overall a very pleasant little fellow. But he was very much a scenthound, and my sighthounds hated him! He was constantly sniffing them (and it's not as though sighthounds don't sniff other dogs) and committing other apparent breaches of etiquette. We were sorry to see him go; they were delighted.
Mustang Sally
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I'm the opposite - when I hear "hound", I think "Daisy from 'The Beverly Hillbillies'."

Ah, but Andrea probably thinks that way because she has sighthounds.

Yup, but Basenji are "Two, two hounds in one!" I'll join the crowd, however, in agreeing that they're more sight than scent hounds, no matter their official slotting into both categories.

My exposure to "The Beverly Hillbillies" predated dog exposure, though, so Daisy will always be the epitome of hound to me.
I tend to do that too, having three sighthound breeds here. Which reminds me of a funny story. Last year ... sniff other dogs) and committing other apparent breaches of etiquette. We were sorry to see him go; they were delighted.

Good story! Maybe Friday is part scenthound. Does that dog sniff! He was wonderful at his tracking evaluation and won't leave my pants alone after agility night.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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