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That dog that just commands attention wherever and whenever... very few breeds seemingly can do that, I've been around dogs for 40 years now but there are a select few that come to mind you don't see every day.

I've never owned any of the three listed but it seems that people can't flock to these dogs and their owners fast enough when they're out on the street or at the parks. Looks like an absolute joy to walk these attention magnets.

Great Dane -


I thought my English Mastiffs were big dogs. The first time I saw a Great Dane back in the 80's my jaw surely dropped as it made my English Mastiff look like a Chihuahua and I probably looked like a fool. You can't help but stand and stare at these gentle giants. They have the most wonderful personality and temperament.. they wouldn't hurt a fly. I have vowed to get one some day for the last 20 years and I still intend to own one of these in the near future. It seems that whenever I see one out and about they are the biggest attention magnets possible.. cars stop in the middle of the road, people come running out of stores just to meet these dogs and their owners, it takes their owners forever just to make it down the block. It must be a nice feeling to own a dog everybody wants to meet and adore and one that you don't see on every street corner such as a lab or doberman ect. I make it a point to watch these guys after the Boxers, nothing like that effortless, majestic Great Dane gait.. beauty in motion and a very unique dog.

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I also vowed never to own a dog with longer hair.. but I would make an exception for the Irish Wolfhound without a doubt. Like the Great Dane, this dog just commands attention wherever it goes. Very regal and tall, like the Great Dane it makes other supposed 'giants' look small due to its sheer size. Very easy going and willing to do most anything to please its owner the Irish Wolfhound has really found a place in my heart. Very intelligent and always willing to please, I have yet to see an Irish Wolfhound back down from any task it is given and it always seems determined to go above and beyond what its owner asks. Again, a very unique looking dog.. the brindle Irish Wolfhound has to be my favorite color throughout the breed.. just a stunning, elegant animal. Unfortunately the breeding has become such in the last decade or so and now it's hard to find a decent reputable breeder for these giants. Unfortunate, but still on my wish list.

Neapolitan Mastiff -


Isn't that just the most huggable face you have ever seen? These guys are lookers and the biggest bears around! I had the immense pleasure of looking after two last week and fell in love with them. Lumbering rhinos I like to call them. If you've never seen a Neo's gait, you're missing out. Their cat like gait is both amusing and stunning when they're in motion.. I don't think you can find a more graceful mover out there although the Wolfhound and the Dane may give it a run for its money. Very strong minded and strong willed dog but also extremely intelligent.. I think most people assume underneath those dewlaps is a peanut sized brain. But again, a very unique looking breed and a dog you notice when it is walking down the street. Haven't met many of these guys but they seem to be sort of popular lately.. but darn do they ever drool. I have never met a dog that drools as much as these guys do... but that's just a minor little quirk.





So try as I might, I've gone back over the breeds I've owned, the breeds I've seen and the breeds I've heard and seen of. I can not come up with more than these 3 that seem to be the biggest attractions when seen walking down the street. Please, do share.
 

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This should be interesting to see what everyone's attention getting breeds are.

Dane's are giants that is for sure. They are ok by me, though not a breed I would own. My friends male is gigantic to me it'd be like having a mini horse around. Of course that would be part of the attraction.

I've never been impressed by Irish Wolfhound. But that is just me.

When I see a Neapolitan Mastiff I see a big pile of wrinkles and not much to be proud of. Again that is my taste and that is why this will be a good thread, to see what breeds stop us in our tracks. If I see an old school Neo, then I get very excited. To see the breed as they once were and should be. Not like an over sized bloodhound/Shar Pei looking creature who can barely see through his/her skin folds and typically overweight to boot. Yes that gets my attention and I will find out more about the dog. Which reminds me I like the old school Shar Peis as well, beautiful dogs.

I really have to stop and think about the breeds that take my breath away. Which I will then try to limit to a few.
 

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This should be interesting to see what everyone's attention getting breeds are.

Dane's are giants that is for sure. They are ok by me, though not a breed I would own. My friends male is gigantic to me it'd be like having a mini horse around. Of course that would be part of the attraction.

I've never been impressed by Irish Wolfhound. But that is just me.

When I see a Neapolitan Mastiff I see a big pile of wrinkles and not much to be proud of. Again that is my taste and that is why this will be a good thread, to see what breeds stop us in our tracks. If I see an old school Neo, then I get very excited. To see the breed as they once were and should be. Not like an over sized bloodhound/Shar Pei looking creature who can barely see through his/her skin folds and typically overweight to boot. Yes that gets my attention and I will find out more about the dog. Which reminds me I like the old school Shar Peis as well, beautiful dogs.

I really have to stop and think about the breeds that take my breath away. Which I will then try to limit to a few.
danes...ok...wolfhounds..meh.not a fan of wire coats....neos...some...

spicy knows MY answer :p *cough cougpeekturesNedivaJaxStormSantacough*
 

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Here is a few of mine, can only post 4 pics on here. So...........


An American Pit Bull Terrier in proper condition of course


Kangal you will never see me pass one by


Dogo Argentino maybe not high on my list but I certainly respect the size and do like the look, meeting them is a pleasure


Presa Canario certain ones are a turn off for sure, but one with a nice build and looking good

I will add a couple more later
 

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Hmm..... Danes ~ not great looking to me but maybe their personalities
Irish Wolfhounds ~ not really
Neo Mastiffs ~ No, personalties for sure, I like laid back:)

There are a few that I think are beautiful:
Bernese ~ not because I have one but they can take some breath taking beautiful pics, and their very pretty
Huskies ~ for sure
Samoyed ~ yep
German Shepards ( especially the longer coated ones )
Malamutes ~ Seen 2 great looking ones at the vet
Goldens ~ love the look of these dogs
I also think wolves are gorgeous
 

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Cane Corso not the overdone/over sized kind of course The ones which are balanced and in shape


American Bully with a good structure and in good condition, which is hard to come by



Central Asian Shepherds they really command respect in their presence, the face and the size together I like the shorter coats with good muscle
 

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I have to agree with you on the cane corso,unfortinitly with them now being registered with AKC they are being so overbred by the wrong people (but that is another horror story I have to share later)..I was just recently at a huge dog show here and the dogs that got my attention most was the Boxers they were beautiful just stunning..and of course I must say my bostons I love there big dog in a little dog body attitude in the ring.I am a bully girl I love that bully face and body type.
 

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Great Danes - oh definitely! They are absolutely stunning (*coughCallahancough*)

Irish Wolfhounds - meh, I am personally not a fan of Irish Wolfhounds or Deerhounds. It's more the overall facial structure rather than the wire coat.

Neo Mastiff - those create more of a "Aww, look at that face" reaction for me than a "Wow! Stunning!"


My top breathtaking breeds

German shepherds
, of course. I love stock, plush, long coat, black sable, black and red/black and tan, bi-color, etc... love them all!

Bax, a dog at Spartanville Kennels


Doberman Pinschers - what gorgeous dogs. I have seen some of the most regal looking Dobies on this forum.

Beaucerons - I love their structure, and wish I could actually see one of those dogs!


Flat Coat Retriever. I'm a sucker for black/partially black/mostly black dogs, and love the feathery fur.

Cane Corso/Presa Canario/APBT/American Bulldog/Dogue de Bordeaux
(I'm sure I spelled that wrong). I really love bully type dogs. The body structure is just wonderful.

Spicy, amazing pictures, you really ought to post more pictures more often! This picture below counts as one of those "overdone" ones, huh? I honestly don't know anything about bully breeds... I just found that picture browsing the net and it did take my breath away.



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I have a Dogue De Bordeaux .....he is a huge attention getter, everywhere I go people always ask me about him, he is not a huge dog but he commands attention.....
 

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I think some individual dogs, from generally unremarkable breeds, demand attention because of the way they carry themselves and because of their own canine charisma.
 

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I see a guy walking a Borzoi around the grounds of the local middle school sometimes...that one always gets my attention.
 

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i totally agree with the great dane and the irish wolfhound. they are really up there on my list of dogs. i really love wire haired dogs, there is something about the scruffiness that i just love! any dog that is that big just does it for me, i could just stop and stare... there is an irish wolfhound we meet sometimes on our walks and she is just beautiful, but she is so aloof. i would love to be able to pet her one day, but i don't think that will happen.

another dog that i really love the look of is black russian terriers. although i have not seen one in person i have done quite a bit of looking on the internet and found a breeder. but, unfortunately, i can't afford to feed a doggy that big just yet! plus, the price tag from the breeder is $3500 :eek:

i saw a dogue de bordeaux a few weeks ago and totally fell in love with him. he was gorgeous and so calm. he is actually a patient at the vet clinic i go to and he is eating raw too. he had tons of skin problems before the raw and now looks fantastic!
 

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i guess i should clarify, i don't want to own these dogs to get attention. i want to own them because they get "my" attention :) i have a dog now that gets a lot of attention and i would much rather walk down the street and be able to enjoy the walk, not stop every few feet so some one else can pet the "fluffy dog" or make a comment about how much work his coat must be!! maybe i am a little anti-social... :p
 

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German Shepherds, of course (think I would say something else?).

I also really like the look or Siberian/Shepherd Crosses (had one).

I do not like long coats. I like the short GSD more than plush or long (my dog is between plush and short).

Until RonE I never knew what a Plott Hound was, but I like the look. I also like the look of a Black Mouth Cur.

Greyhounds.. elegance and grace epitomized.

A working (herding) Border Collie can get my head to whip around.

Rotties and Dobies for sure.

I agree with RonE too on the dog having "presence." Fact is, in the show world, I have seen a less correct animal win over a more correct one simply because the winner had Presence.

These are dogs that make ME look. I don't care if anyone looks at me or my dog. Fact is, I wear a ratty coat walking my dog.. she is probably embarassed...
 

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(TxCollies will tell you this! It drives her nuts!) I'm a sucker for ANY dog that can MOVE. I'm not talking about speed, but about that really effortless, fully extended, springy gait that is so eyecatching in the show ring or the field - or in the backyard :).
Great front extension, good impulsion from behind, no interferance- it's GORGEOUS. A really well put together corgi (or spitz) can do this, as can most of the toys (with the exception of Pekes- but even Shih Tzu and Chin can have this movement if they're put together correctly.) The dog's size doesn' tmatter - the breed doesn't matter - but if they've got the clean, effortless movement AND breed type? WOW.

My goal as a breeder- whatever breed I eventually end up in (as much as I love collies, I do not think they will be where I spend the rest of my life as an exhibitor and competitor), is to have excellent breed type and flawless movement in ADDITION to correct breed temperament and exemplary health.
 

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My tastes are very different than the average. The only bully breed that does anything aesthetically for me is a GOOD APBT. Well bred, well conditioned. Giant breeds aren't really my cup of tea. Every time I see a Neo I just see a lot of wrinkles which aesthetically is not what I like.

The breeds that make me turn my head are:

Ibizan Hounds- without fail. There is something about them that just sets them apart in my eyes.

Greyhounds- there's a man nearby that walks four at a time and he always gets my attention.

Others- dobes (it's the refined lines), Aussies, a good sheltie, collie, briard (there's one that lives in town kept in full show coat and it definitely turns heads), a good pap (but I think this was acquired), sable GSDs

But the top would have to be a working border collie. The way they move when they work is just unbelievable.

 

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I agree with the Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds. But I also LOVE a Saluki and will stop to chat with the owner and pet the dog.



And it's not just because I own a couple, but let me tell you, coated GSDs get a LOT of notice, even if people aren't too eager to get real close and snuggle. :)

 

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And this:









That's probably my top 5 (with the bc as #1) looks wise. (Sizzle, I stole your girl! Hope you don't mind)
 
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