reply to post by Domo1
For what you want.. a german shepard sounds best.. but, they are not the type of dog to adopt.. then train.. they are normally loyal to a single
person, or family and thats that..
My dog.. you can call a bit of everything
Hes got intelligence beyond any other dog i've seen except german sheppards and, he is far more intimidating then any breed mentioned.
100% pure breed english mastiff.
Gets along with any dogs hes ever met, probably due to intimidation, but he can be the most friendly dog ever. When we first rescued him he was about
1 year old.. and hated black people.. and i mean HATED. One day, ordered pizza, sure enough it was a black man, but, hercules wasent being vicious
like normal.. maybe cause he had food? not sure. Never been an issue since.. maybe he had a bad life before us..
Cons on my breed? Very large. messy, slobber, prone to ear infections.. hip displacia.. and average life span of 7 years. Just to add.. Hercules died
2 months ago, at age 11.
So regardless of what breed you choose, and for what ever reasons.. you will get out of it, as much as you put into it. Mastiffs live 7 years.. herk
lived for 11... and was a healthy horse up until the last 2 months, something with his heart the vet said...I blocked it out due to shock.. i spent
the main part of childhood and teenage years and early adult hood with this dog.. and he was more then family.
Find a dog that suites you, and I very much appreciate the fact you'd like to rescue/adopt over a breeder, more people like you and I are needed in
Final thought... pitbulls have a bad rep... i've owned 3... females are way more agressive, but way easier to train.. and they are by far the most
loyal, and second only to a german sheppard.
edit... forgot to add.. i prefer big dogs.. i currently own a newfoundlender.. about the same weight as hercules around 160 lbs, but appears twice the
size. VERY friendly, but also protective (NOT AGRESSIVE) towards new people. If I don't introduce you to bear... dont try to come neer me.. might
loose a finger.. haha its only happened once.. and he 'snipped' at the guy.. never bit him. nor did he make the first move, hense why I say not
agreessive, but protective. I prefer large breed dogs.. but again, anything you decide on, I hope its a rescue/adopt. You could truly change the
animals life, and for some people, animals are more then just pets.
my .02 C
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