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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.

Irish Wolfhound -

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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I would have to agree with Freespirit's choices.

I absolutely love Danes!! I work in a pet store part time while going to nursing school and every once in awhile the breed rescues will come in and I love when the Dane rescue comes in!! They have some breathtaking dogs for adoption there!! There is also a couple that live near my husbands work and they have 3 Danes. They always slow up traffic when they are out walking their dogs, the husband walks two of them and the wife walks the 3rd. They are quite a sight but their dogs are always so well behaved and gorgeous.

My family was looking for a horse show in Richmond one time (my daughter and I go NUTS over horses!!) and mistakingly stumbled upon an Irish festival. Talk about some beautiful wolfhounds!!

And personally I just love mastiffs in general. I love the wrinkliness of the Neopolitans. But my absolute fave is the St Bernard. I have LOVED these since I was little and vow to have at least one someday!! They are just too cute!!

There are a number of other dogs that attracts my attention as well. GSDs, Rotts, Dobes, amongst others. My husband and I are just larger/giant breed fans. We do love English Bulldogs, though.
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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.

Oh I like Beaucerons too, Dobies are a neat breed also.

I will have to post some of my new ones when I have time. Maybe today I will get to it.

You spelled it right! Out of those the only one that is are bully breeds would be American Bulldog and APBT.

That is my dogs cousin and IMO not overdone. Looks very correct to me at least. I have seen some up to 170lbs and look more like a Neo then anything else. Slobbery, fat and loose skin. They have been over bred for a long time. In years to come I'm sure we will see more over done and huge dogs with the AKC breeding.
Don't have much time at all to go over the replies right now but I will get back to this later tonight...

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.
The size is really secondary to me although its hard not to be impressed.. or terrified at how enormous these guys are. I just feel they're perfectly put together when you look at their structure (most!), temperament and their willingness to please as well as how incredibly loyal they are to their owners. When I hear these guys referred to as couch potatoes I think of all the dock diving, tracking, agility and schutzhund Danes you see over in Europe. Very versatile and gorgeous looking animals.

I've never been impressed by Irish Wolfhound. But that is just me.
It took me a few years to warm up to them. I think after spending a ton of time around the breed I really began to appreciate them a lot more. The thing I really enjoy about the wolfhounds is their, again, willingness to please and I find that trait endearing in most any dog.

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.

Which I assume you're talking about in terms of looks? I would definitely agree. Most of the Neo's I have seen are not like that thank goodness. I think as the breed is slowly getting a little more popular there is no stopping the Neo's that look like the over sized Shar Pei's as you alluded to but I'd still like to think there are many breeders out there that are breeding them the way they're supposed to be bred. But yes, the proper Neo's are quite stunning to me, the overly wrinkled ones.. not so much.

Kangal you will never see me pass one by
Pretty good looking dogs, don't know if I could deal with the shedding though.

Presa Canario certain ones are a turn off for sure, but one with a nice build and looking good
I do like these guys. Remind me of the Corso quite a bit.

Cane Corso not the overdone/over sized kind of course The ones which are balanced and in shape
Beautiful dogs. Don't think I've seen an unbalanced one yet. I think that the brindle colouring on these guys is striking.. don't see it too often though.
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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
Well, that leaves out Esther.

She's a speed-demon (though the greyhounds tease her and leave her in their dust) but she runs like she has a stick in her butt.

It's not attractive. At a trot, though, she looks like she's in complete control of her body and her world.
I love Danes and most giant breeds.

There is one breed that struck me so much I had to get one. Of course I read all about them to figure out if they were a good fit and searched for a good breeder. Now I'm just waiting until June 8th for my pup to come home.

These are my pups parents...


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Douge de Bordeux is a breed I am actually considering in a few years when my youngest son is around 6yrs old.I already have a friend of mine who is going to start showing her girl so hopefully I will be able to get one from her (added bounus they will be raised with boston's) and will be health and temperment tested (very important when you have a large breed and children).

They are stunning dogs :)
for me:
nice, well balanced akita
husky, more towards actuall working than showing
ibizan hounds, so sleek and gorgeous. although i'm partial to the wire haired
caucasian ovcharka, gorgeous dogs
american pitbull terriers, a well muscled/balanced dog

That's probably my top 5 (with the bc as #1) looks wise. (Sizzle, I stole your girl! Hope you don't mind)
Not at all, not at all! I was just going to post that photo of Kaylee and say that, to me, there's nothing more breathtaking than a beautiful Doberman. :)
The dogs that catch my eye are usually the larger spitz breeds like Akitas, malamutes, huskies and Samoyeds.

However, I have been fascinated by the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Danes don't do it for me. Wolfounds are kind of cool looking.

I'm a huge fan of brindle english mastiffs. I met two the other day at petsmart. They were puppies still at 160 lbs and total leaners.
It would be hard for me to pick a breed or even a few breeds that catch my eye. It really varies dog to dog. Lately I have been attracted to papillons, hounds (and kind, not really sure why), and dobes really recently. But honestly, sometimes I see a dog that I have no idea what it is or it is a total mutt and I just have to stop and stare (around me there is a berner puppy who takes my breath away).
Well of course....

The second one will most likely be the stud for Ollie's litter.
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And I don't think anyone has mentioned Giant Shaunzers. I am in absolutely love with these dogs. If I didn't own dobermans that would be my breed.

I also love a nice boxer. And their tails are just too cute when they wag.:D

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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.
I completely agree.

Well I guess if you own a dog for attention the bigger the better.

Not my bag.
That's not at all what I'm saying. I like my dogs big, but never said I own them for attention as that's just an added perk.

Besides, it's a moot point as I don't currently own any of the 3 I listed.

i want to own them because they get "my" attention :)
Exactly, and that's what this topic is about.

(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.
Took the words out of my mouth. :cool:

I absolutely LOVE watching a Neo's gate or a Wolfhound or a Dane run (or gait) because of their fluidity in motion. They lope around while easily keeping up with the other dogs but when they really want to move it's stunning and you really can't help but stand and stare. Love that effortless motion in any dog.
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Nuf said...
A really good (and I do mean really good) APBT will get my attention, but like Laurelin said, I'm not a fan of really wrinkly dogs. They have their own charm, but they're just not my thing.

Now, every time I see a sheltie walking down the street I have to take a second look... but, of course, I am biased. ;) Paps, Poms (haha, still biased!), Aussies, and GSD's... and huskies, of course... they all get me excited. I mostly like those high-drive small herding dogs, and I do miss having one.
Yes im a great lover of the above breed also,one has just moved close by here and is a beauty.

For me breathtaking is mostly Giant breeds that are in good shape,most Mastiff breeds (i have gone off the Neopolitan mastiff,its excessive wrinkles are not to my taste,looks like an alien Sharpei gone wrong,weird because my dogs mum is half Neo so im glad he didnt inherit that side of things)

Yeah so Mastiffs,bully breeds of all shapes and sizes and quite a few others,i find eye catching,Irish red setters are very beautiful indeed,im growing fonder of greyhounds and i also like the CAO alot,the Saint bernard is one of my favourites too.
(i have gone off the Neopolitan mastiff,its excessive wrinkles are not to my taste,looks like an alien Sharpei gone wrong,weird because my dogs mum is half Neo so im glad he didnt inherit that side of things)
Thank you for the laugh Pooch. LOL
Danes---i think they're awesome....IW---same goes for them....Neo---i don't know, other than Shar Pei's i'm not much for a saggy-baggy look....GSD---a good one will turn my head everytime....same w/ the Dobes, Rotts, and alot of Pitts....i love the Borzoi....

but, the dog that always takes my breathe away is a working Border Collie....i could sit all day and watch one work....they are, to me, poetry in motion....when i go out goosing w/ mine it's not quite the same as watching them on stock but they still are awesome to watch move.....
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