Your favourite dog breed and why...

(71 Posts)
MrsWolowitz Mon 26-Aug-13 16:53:33

Italian Spinone.

They're so gentle and loving.

I've never had had one and now isn't the right time for me to be taking on such a large dog as I have young children but one day I'll be owned by a Spinone.

What's yours?

You know most of us are going to give you our own right? grin

I am anyway, and without shame smile

Border Terrier.

Brave, fearless little bundles of fun, always on the look out for the next adventure. Can go from fast asleep to up and at them as quickly as you can find a dog lead and will walk miles and miles looking like the happiest dog in the world. But they still like a sofa and a snuggly cuddle too.

OnaPromise Mon 26-Aug-13 17:25:17

I don't actually know what a Spinone is! I'm away to google.

Mine is greyhound, unsurprisingly as there are two in my house at the moment. They are gentle, affectionate, calm and quiet in the house (when they are not having five minute maddies that it), gentile, graceful silly and funny.

CollieEye Mon 26-Aug-13 17:29:10

Guess mine! Of the border variety smile

Boundless energy, often brighter than their human, like to lean in for cuddles, fun, play orientated instead of food, and so damned beautiful.

oh that Spinone looks gorgeous. Like a big shaggy thing.

My favourite is a long legged little terrier mutt grin Only weighs about 8kg but massive personality. My collie is alright too but not half as interesting.

topbannana Mon 26-Aug-13 17:48:14

Rottweiler. My old girl was PTS in January and not a day goes by when we don't mention her. She was brave, fearless, loyal and loving, truly my once in a lifetime dog and missed every single day.
I have seen others that are similar to her but nothing that actually comes close. While they are too much dog as a breed for us now I doubt I will ever own another as I would constantly compare them unfavourably. They are now a breed I will admire from afar.

mrslaughan Mon 26-Aug-13 19:37:07

Greater Swiss mountian dog, a gentle giant, loving amazing temperament.

I wouldn't discount a large dog with kids, our greater Swiss was 45kg at 6 months, and 54kg at a year (just to give you an idea if size) - he has only knocked my 3 1/2 year old over 3 times total- whereas she is regularly knocked over by other dogs on walks.

lecce Mon 26-Aug-13 20:10:58

I have only owned lurchers and a cross-breed as an adult, but I have always held a soft-spot for Welsh Springer Spaniels. We lived opposite one when I was a child- she was often out on the street and I got to play with her a lot. I was disappointed to learn, as an adult, that it was not an ideal dog for us.

LST Mon 26-Aug-13 20:34:32

Staffies. We had one growing up and I still feel like he was a brother to us sad blush

But we now have a border collie and tbh he is amazing

34DD Mon 26-Aug-13 21:02:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TheGrumpalo Mon 26-Aug-13 21:19:40

Dogue de Bordeaux here too! We currently have two as our first died recently, they are so lovely, very easy dogs, a wee walk and they're happy to snooze the day away.

MyBoysAreFab Mon 26-Aug-13 21:22:59

Beagles! Cuddly wuddly, mental and stubborn, chew everything up and are food-obsessed. Love them - needless to say, we have one!

I actually love most types of dogs, not many I wouldn't happily have.

Thatsnotmychicken Mon 26-Aug-13 21:24:12

We have two red setters, they are beautiful and loving and gentle and loopy! What more would you want in a dog!!

Old English Sheepdog is my favourite

I love their cuddliness, shaggy hair and they are so gentle and fun with children. We collect our puppy in 2 weeks!

Debs75 Mon 26-Aug-13 21:33:59

Bassett Hounds ever since watching Smokey and the Bandits. Got my girl 6 years agogrin
They are lovely cuddly stubborn and look at you so wistfully. They are also a bundle of energy and nothing looks so good as a bassett running at you full pelt with her ears flapping. They also have comical moments like cornering and falling over their own ears.

My dream dogs are an Irish Wolfhound because they are just beautiful and so bloody big so I don't have to reach down to the floor to give one a stroke. I want a grey wire/rough coated haired one, although we did almost get a red one which was adorable.

My other dream dog is a Blood hound. Another big dog but more like a bassett with its good looks and droopy ears and face. I want to get one and train it to be a sniffer dog. I love the black and tan colouring

LEMisdisappointed Mon 26-Aug-13 21:37:12

Rotweiller here - loyal, loving, calm dogs who just fit in with family life so well and handsome, my boys were so beautiful they took my breath away.

Closely followed of coure by the heinz 57!

But then i'd quite like a spinone!

And a podengo, chihuahua, short haired pointer, then theres the patterdale, JRT, standard poodle, smooth coated retreiver, labrador, i could go on............i quite like dogs smile

HoneyDragon Mon 26-Aug-13 21:37:19

All dogs.

Whippets are my dream dog

However, instead I am Labradors favourite type of human.
I always end up with labs confused

PipkinsPal Mon 26-Aug-13 21:37:46

Smooth haired black and tan miniature dachshunds. Just because they are quirky. A dog the whole family can pat at the same time.

frownyface Mon 26-Aug-13 21:40:05

love my springer smile shes so happy all the time and just as happy trekking through the woods as curled up like a pussy cat on the sofa.

English Setter.
I grew up with one, silliest, numptiest, slobberiest dog ever, but so loving.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 26-Aug-13 21:46:27

Pipkins is nearly right - but you need a standard dachshund to drape over you all.

They're big enough to climb mountains but if its rainy they'll happily stay at home. Very clean and non-stinky. Right now mine is in his office basket on his back, paws in the air with his head pointing backwards showing all he's got looking totally adorable. But if someone came to the door he'd be down like a shot, sounding like a huge guard dog. smile

GemmaTeller Mon 26-Aug-13 21:49:24

Boxers all the time for me.

Big, bouncy, giddy, slobbery, cuddly and beautiful

I quite like GSD as well.

If we win the lottery and buy a country pad with acreage we're getting Irish Wolfhounds.

Cats = small and cuddly

Dogs = the bigger the better

LadyTurmoil Mon 26-Aug-13 22:07:18

Fell in love with a Basset Fauve de Bretagne who was our "holiday friend" in France recently. He would visit several times a day for cuddles, a rest and a drink. Would have happily brought him back to the UK! (Pic on profile)

Awks Mon 26-Aug-13 23:05:17

Cocker spaniel. Every day is Christmas Day for a cocker.

SignoraStronza Tue 27-Aug-13 06:45:01

German Shepherd. Loyal, affectionate, really intelligent, easy to train and great family dogs.

Crutchlow35 Tue 27-Aug-13 19:09:32

Irish setters m

cairnterrier Tue 27-Aug-13 19:11:03

Cairn terriers. Unsurprisingly.


Lonecatwithkitten Tue 27-Aug-13 19:11:21

Standard poodle much tougher dogs than you'd imagine.

Staffies. Can't imagine owning another breed, although I love many! Staffies are just so good-natured, clever, loyal and have the softest ears in the world. smile

everlong Tue 27-Aug-13 20:40:25

I've got a puppy Italian Spinone called Enzo.

He's gorgeous. So laid back, chilled and clever.

Always had spaniels who are equally lovely just different.

PuddinAforeDinner Wed 28-Aug-13 09:53:36

Springer Spaniels and Labs, always had them. They are very loving and loyal and ever so slightly mad grin

LtEveDallas Wed 28-Aug-13 10:08:39

MuttDog is, well, a Mutt (Collie x Springer x your guess is as good as mine). I love a good mutt.

I like Springers for looks and general bounciness - They look so happy all the time.

I like Collies for their intelligence

I like Rotties for their looks and temperament

I like Whippets because they are the most cat like dog I've ever met.

I love the way the Saluki looks - but unfortunately they aren't great pets if you have small furries. Very high prey drive. So regal looking and distainful smile

...and if I was going to go against my "Rescue ONLY" stance, then I would have an Otterhound as they are a breed that is dying out, even though they look so much like the 'perfect' bloody designer Labradoodle that people pay £££'s for.

(Oh and I quite like the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Toller, as they are like 'our' golden retriever but smaller. Not many of those in UK either)

ginmakesitallok Wed 28-Aug-13 10:13:12

Boxer here, so full of fun and mischief and great with kids. We'd love one, but both work so can't do it at the moment

daftyburd Wed 28-Aug-13 21:03:04

Another vote for the Italian Spinone. I stalked one at the local fete and got a photo of Spinone with my dog. He was so laid back compared to my hyper, mental pup!

MultumInParvo Wed 28-Aug-13 22:47:51

Pug. Despite the high maintenance and huge hair shedding smile

I love golden retrievers too.

Onwardsandsideways Wed 28-Aug-13 22:49:32

Irish Wolfhound. Big, beautiful softies! There's a Youtube clip called something like 'irish wolfhound mauls child' which is fabulous. When researching breeds last year I checked out the Irish Wolfhound website for a mad moment but, after reading that the suggested dog bed for a wolfhound is a single mattress on the floor, I reluctantly decided it's not quite the right breed for us!

MartyrStewart Wed 28-Aug-13 23:22:40

Gosh so many. I currently have a black lab (thick as mince but as kind as Mother Theresa) and a GSD puppy (Neurotic as hell but would lay down his life for you).

Previously we had a Wei (Saint Freya) and she was as near as damn perfect as possible. We always joke it took two dogs to replace her. Would love another one day.

But I am yet to discover the joy of Staffies and Grunds which are also definitely on my future wish list.

ChestyNut Sat 31-Aug-13 19:25:53

Staffies smile

So loving and loyal.

My boy is a lovely docile lump.

I love German Shepherds grin but my current dog is an Alaskan Malamute and I have never met such a loving gentle dog as she is! And she is exceptionally patient with children

Huskylover1969 Sun 01-Sep-13 12:39:16

Username is a giveaway lol
Husky pup is do loving. And soppy and gorgeous
Also my 2 year old goldie is the same love them both to bits

halestone Sun 01-Sep-13 12:43:12

Mastiff any type i love them, they are so docile and caring. Mine died in September 2009 and i'm only just ready to get a new one however i am waiting for a few years till my DD is older as i don't fancy training a puppy whilst having a 8 month old baby.

ThursdayLast Sun 01-Sep-13 12:49:44

Used to be labs or relievers, but I got together with DP just a couple of weeks after he got a staffy pup smile

So now I'm in love with staffies, so daft and loyal and loving and energetic and lazy and all other kinds of things that don't look right on a dog with that big a head!

But I'd love to get greyhound or lurcher at some point in the future.

Debs75 Mon 02-Sep-13 21:43:02

I saw my favourite breed todaysmile A gorgeous grey Irish Wolfhound. I even asked the owner if I could have a sneaky pet and he was lovely. Bloody huge but soft and placid, which is why I love them. The owner has had four and loves them to bits. I am almost convinced to start saving now for one. She did point out that there are some crossbreeds (GSD with lurcher) at our local dogs home which looked very similar to hers as a pup. I am so tempted to go have a look.

stargirl1701 Mon 02-Sep-13 21:44:04

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I just luffs them! gringringringrin

I've never owned a dog.

Fab41 Tue 03-Sep-13 08:13:49

Border terriers here, we have three now. So cuddly, not too big but they think are, fearless and full of fun.

JaxTellerIsAllMine Tue 03-Sep-13 12:30:07

I love all dogs - whether pedigree or mutt. grin

My favourite is German Shepherd, so loyal and big softies.

Although now that we have a working cocker puppy, that is high on my list. GSDs are big, bouncy bundles of fun and naughtiness, but quite aloof most of the time, unless they want a cuddle. Our cocker is so snuggly and loves a cuddle - still bundles of energy and fun though. Having both a big GSD and small pup is funny.

HotCrossPun Tue 03-Sep-13 12:36:47


They are the loveliest, gentle and sensitive dogs.

Oh, and they have the cutest bum wiggle in the world grin

ThursdayLast Tue 03-Sep-13 12:38:14

Sensitive is right HotCrossPun,
Ours is scared of a lot of things including open windows and his own farts!

Not quite what some people expect when you see him with his staffy smile on!

HotCrossPun Tue 03-Sep-13 16:55:54

grin @ Thursday

Ours doesn't like close airers or ironing boards. It's like he doesn't want us to get any housework done at all.

He hates confrontation though. Even if its just people arguing on the TV, he cuddles in and gives me a 'why can't they just get along?' look grin

Itscoldouthere Wed 04-Sep-13 14:15:47

My bedlington terrier/whippet X looks like a mini/baby Irish wolfhound, I often get asked if he's a puppy. No need for a single bed sized dog bed as he's nice and small.

I would like to have a smooth coated grey whippet to go with him.

I also love border terriers.

PinkFairyArmadillo Wed 04-Sep-13 15:40:30

Whippets grin

Got our first two years ago, a second nine months ago and number three will hopefully be joining us sometime next year blush

They're perfection in dog form as far as I'm concerned. Affectionate, gentle, beautiful, (mostly) lazy and utterly comical.

The only downside? They're addictive grin

plannedshock Wed 04-Sep-13 15:46:27

Boxer, I've got a pure white beast of a dog, he's my boy, stupid, giddy, loving, gentle and scared of ridiculous things! (Cling film, clothes horse) best dog ever!!!!

agedknees Wed 04-Sep-13 20:58:58

Scottish terriers. Fearless, loving, proud, mischievous. Cannot get a better dog, IMHO.

Mooycow Thu 05-Sep-13 09:27:07

a great house dog, very loving, willing to please, bit velcro at times and protects the garden from birds, aeroplanes, butterflies the list is endless,

Elibean Thu 05-Sep-13 10:32:16

I've had two lab/staffie cross type mongrels, and they've both been gorgeous.

But to be honest, whatever breed I had would be my favourite...

OldBagWantsNewBag Thu 05-Sep-13 12:53:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

seagullsid Thu 05-Sep-13 16:16:36

Staffie here too smile

emmelinelucas Thu 05-Sep-13 16:29:32

I have like all the dogs I have ever met, but my dog was a staffiexbullmastiff.
She was the most gentle, funny loyal lumpy softie you could ever meet.
When I was a girl we hade much loved (and loveable) whippets and a Bedlington terrier.
I want a dog smile

Itscoldouthere Fri 06-Sep-13 12:52:47

Out walking today I met a wolfhound OMG it was huge, really huge but lovely, then I met a bedlington X greyhound, he was a rescue and the owner didn't know what he was, he was lovely too.

Dogs are just great aren't they smile

higgle Tue 10-Sep-13 15:17:57

Staffies, they love you sooo much!

thesixteenthtry Wed 11-Sep-13 20:54:49

No chihuahuas or great danes, labradoodles or cockapoos? And I couldn't be doing with a dog with 10 syllables in its breed name. Border collie for me.

Liara Wed 11-Sep-13 21:00:15

Hovawarts. So lovely and intelligent. And beautiful.

I have a soft spot for Leonbergers too, though. Maybe one day...

jennieflower Wed 11-Sep-13 23:16:33

Whippets are crap!

A few years ago we went for a walk at a local beauty spot with my little Chinese crested hairless, there was this insane mini greyhound thing bouncing around, full of energy, dashing in and out of the water and generally being a hyperactive pain in the arse. DP and I chatted to the owner then looked at eachother and immediately agreed that we could never have such a crazy dog...

We brought our whippet puppy home around 2 months later grin

They are horrendous dogs, notorious thieves, will push the children off the sofa for the comfiest spot. I could write a book about his naughtiness, in fact if my FB friends haven't seen a naughty whippet update for a few days they message me to ask if everything's ok.

I really do love our whippety little shithead though, he's got a fantastic little personality and fits into our family perfectly. They're the only dogs I've ever seen that can truly smile, watching him run at full pelt is awesome and cheers me up no end after a crappy day.

DramaAlpaca Wed 11-Sep-13 23:22:31

Springer spaniels - beautiful, bouncy, not too big or too small, loyal, gentle, loving & a little bit bonkers. Great with kids. I'm very biased - we have three!

Pinkbutterfly31 Sat 14-Sep-13 19:46:29

Another Rottweiler lover here. My rottie is just the loveliest, daftest, most affectionate and loyal dog I have ever owned. Great with kids, such character as well! She's always making us laugh especially when she's joining the kids on the slide or leaping in the air to catch bubbles. She's an excellent guard dog as well, but not aggressive in any way. Just loves everyone and everything!

MikeOxard Sun 15-Sep-13 20:45:56

Any big ones - more to love! I would love a St Bernard, Neopolitan mastiff or Newfoundland one day, or a great dane. Probably when the kids are bigger, although I suspect dh will veto this, as he's not a big dog person (not a dog person at all really). I also love any squishy faced breed(bulldogs of all types, and pugs). <3

serin Sun 15-Sep-13 21:23:13

Border collie, don't have one as wouldn't have the time to dedicate to it but one day!!


I had a long haired one first who we lost last year unexpectedly. He was a superstar in all ways but could be dog reactive. I miss him with every fibre of my being still.

We now have his half brother (same dad) but he is short haired and totally different to our first dog. Daft as a brush, cuddle monster (but on his terms, he's very busy & doesn't always have time for cuddles, first dog would drop everything for a cuddle), utter comedians and almost human in some of their mannerisms. Not a dog for the faint hearted though. Stubborn would also be a strong trait and they are very easy to turn into neurotic beings.

I normally am very much a BIG DOG person - anything smaller than a springer doesn't really seem to register on my radar blush BUT since taking the young upstart showing (I am a geek, I admit it....) I am more and more won over by Dachshunds (all types! I never knew there were so many!) and French Bulldogs.

iloveeverton Wed 18-Sep-13 21:33:31

Old English Sheepdog

Mine is 18months and he is gorgeous. Kind and gentle with the kids. He is so loyal he is like my shadow. Sleeps on floor next to my bed and even comes in bathroom with me!

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Thu 19-Sep-13 13:21:51

Yorkie-poodles. Our two are cheeky, loving, cuddly, intelligent, stubborn, very very friendly, going from bounding around manically to fast asleep in seconds and then back again. And complete comedians.

kerstina Fri 27-Sep-13 14:02:21

I like spaniels they look beautiful and have silky coats to stroke. I would love one but DP wants a miniature schnauzer .They have not been mentioned on here! I was not overly keen but a little dog on u tube has won we over smile

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