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post #41 of 50 Old 08-29-2012, 01:52 PM
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I like sheperd crosses, and my red heelers. The heeler we have now is odd in the way she will not leave the yard unless its in a truck..she will follow us so far and then turn around and go home. the last heeler i had would follow great but she was also a roamer..always at the neighbors house or farther. dang dogs lol. I would stay away from hounds while they are sweet dogs, they have a tenancy towards being roamers as well and everyone i have ever known who has had one says they are on the dumber side.

as for being allergic, i always thought the allergy was towards a dogs dander, not their hair??
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post #42 of 50 Old 08-29-2012, 02:09 PM
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I would stay away from hounds while they are sweet dogs, they have a tenancy towards being roamers as well and everyone i have ever known who has had one says they are on the dumber side.
We never thought our hound was dumb - but she did what she wanted, and would never choose to do something just because you wanted her to. But I'll be the first to admit we really lucked out with her attachment to the horses, which was instant and extreme. While she ranged about in the woods as we rode, she was always close and would never lose track of where they were - and sounds like that is very unusual.

I do have a neighbor who would unhesitatingly recommend pit bull types, having just lost her beloved one to old age - though I don't know how they tend to be with horses, as this one was an urban family dog.

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post #43 of 50 Old 08-29-2012, 02:47 PM
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For a shorthaired dog my first thought was Doberman. Intelligent active, all around great dogs.

I used to take my Doberman trail riding with me many, many years ago, and she loved it. I also had a Gordon Setter who loved following on the trails, but you said shorthaired. Although a field bred Gordon doesn't have REALLY long hair. They aren't big shedders either. Good luck!
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post #44 of 50 Old 08-29-2012, 03:43 PM
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Hounds are anything but dumb. Headstrong, independents that know you can't really make them follow an order. They get what your asking just fine but don't see the point in it. I have to honestly say I doubt my dog would track a creeper. He'd think "what for? Better off lost." Tell him to track a kid or a lost senior and he's on it. Ready to find another friend.
Tricks? He can sit, stay, give paw. He probably won't do it unless you have cheese. He will will follow you to the ends of the earth for a piece of cheese. He sings for my daughter. Looks at me like I'm insane if I try to get him to howl. 12 year old boys are for wrestling. Old ladies are for resting your head on. Toddlers are for planting a big wet kiss on. He knows a lot. Knows what he needs to know and unless he is motivated forget it.

Sleep is also a higher art form to him. That big wonderful nose and jowls and loose skin make for snores like you have never heard the likes of before. He is stretched out on the couch now. Not a dog for the house proud. Perfect dog for your extra child.
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post #45 of 50 Old 08-30-2012, 12:35 PM
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I am quite partial to Corgis, and they mix quite well with most breeds so with any luck you could find a good 'Corgidor' (Corgi/Lab) in a shelter near you. ;3 They are very bright dogs, and quite easily trained. Not only that but they come in many flavors. I have two; Jelly (sable merle), a Border Collie/Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Edgar (blue merle), a Pembroke Welsh Corgi/Cardigan Welsh Corgi cross. Their are two types of Corgi; Cardigan and Pembroke. Pembroke are usually known as 'the Corgi without a tail' but they also are generally smaller and have a more fox-type head. The Cardigan is an older breed, that comes in many more colors and has more of a heavier set, but don't let that fool you. If you are allergic to hair finding a cross would be the best, but I see many people who shave their Corgis.

Also, don't let their height fool you, they are tough. They were bred to nip at the heels of cattle to drive them forward. If the cattle kicked, they were short enough that they just rolled and got back up to do their job. Obedience training is definitely something you want to look into no matter what breed you get. Both of mine participate in Obedience, Rally, Showmanship, and Agility at a local level. Important on the trail, the have a solid recall; providing their isn't a cat anywhere, then Eddy, who is under a year -mind you, will be gone for a while. But Jelly will fight her Border Collie urges and come back.

If you encountered something in the woods, a Corgi would have no problem scaring it off. Although small, they do not think of themselves as small dogs. But they don't have the 'small dog syndrome', if they are just treated like a dog needs to be.

While I do love my Corgis and they are perfect for me, any dog has the potential to be great if given the chance. Looking at the local animal shelter you might find exactly what you are looking for. Just go there with a list of qualities you want and keep that in mind the entire time.
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post #46 of 50 Old 09-03-2012, 09:28 PM
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Buy your own clippers and go to town on them. Don't worry if you screwup because it will grow out in a couple weeks anyway. That's what mom does for her two. Just be sure you buy quality clippers.
That's what we do with my Mom's. Only downside is it takes forever to shave down a standard poodle. FOREVER.
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post #47 of 50 Old 09-03-2012, 09:49 PM
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I would go with a pound dog, or a short-haired Collie. They are smart, easily trained, funny, good farm dogs, sort of brave, and good around kids, horses, livestock, and other dogs. I would avoid a hound as an outdoor, off-lead companion, as they delight in following their noses and tend to think for themselves.

Asking a hound to be obedient is like asking a four-year old to clean their room. They can do it, but it isn't going to be fun for anyone.
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post #48 of 50 Old 09-03-2012, 09:53 PM
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what do you mean/ a Hound? not every dog isnt going to listen? are hounds prone to not behaving or something?

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post #49 of 50 Old 09-03-2012, 09:56 PM
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My hound does whatever she wants to do. She absolutely doesn't care what I want her to do. She is a sweet dog, but she does not mind at all.

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post #50 of 50 Old 09-03-2012, 10:48 PM
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Hounds have been bred for centuries to be independent thinkers/hunting dogs. They are good dogs, but are not the easiest dogs in the world to train. My family used to raise Beagles. They were great while on the leash, but turn them loose, and they are GONE - until they are darn good and ready go come home.

All that being said, my current dog is 1/2 puggle - his dam is 1/2 pug and 1/2 beagle. She is an absolute doll (she was a birthday gift from my daughter - but turned out to be pregnant when we got her.) Dixie is your typical beagle personality - very loving and gentle with people - but stubborn and murderous with other animals (though she gets along great with other dogs.) She had to learn the hard way to leave our adult cats alone, but she seriously injured my grandson's kitten. Don't think she was really trying to hurt it, but she was playing entirely too rough. I would not DARE take her out on a trail ride - I'd never see her again.

However, Tuffy, her son that we kept, is a real momma's boy (me being momma.) He won't get more than a few feet away when we are out walking off leash. He got about 30 feet away from us in heavy brush. I could hear him crashing around. Poor guy nearly had a heart attack when he realized he couldn't see us - he started crying and howling...it was so funny, he heard me laughing and found me. He was so glad to see me it was heartbreaking, and he wouldn't move away from me the rest of the walk.

Poor dumb mutt!
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