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Breathtaking or show stopping dog breeds...

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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 went with "Show Stopping" insted of "Breathtaking"

This would definatly be a breed that you wouldn't be able to walk it 2 feet without someone saying "What the Heck is that!"

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Impress me???


I think Great Danes are neat dogs too but not so much that I would call them show stoppers as a rule. There have been a few individuals that have gotten my attention.

Irish Wolfhounds? I think they are neat dogs but show stopper or breathtaking? not really.

Neo's Well, I think some of the less wrinkly ones are cute but for me, that is as far as that goes.

I prefer a dryer look. I like muscle without being overdone. This dog impressed me as well.

When I think of smoochie faces that is the type of face I think of.

If I am going for show stopping elegance I LOVE THIS LOOK>

Sizzle Kaylee is getting a lot of attention today. :D Doberman are definitely in my top 3 of favorite breeds. I love them. I just miss the giant heads when I think of getting a Doberman. lol
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I forgot to add most types of Bandog are headturners to me,mutts yes but headturners none the less.

My personal preference for a bandogge would be a APBTxCC or APBTxDDB
For me, most Molossers are definite head turners. There's just something about them. However, I'm with Inga on the part about them being not too wrinkly and not overdone either. Another head turner for me is the Corgi. I can't help it, I just think they are super cute lol
Any dog that is well put together and in good shape physically gets my attention, weather its a purebred or a mutt. I especially like herding breeds and bully/mastiff breeds.
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 agree!

But really...


Border Collies (especially the merles!)
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Oh yes bandogs are great too. I don't have a specific mix as I've sen some nice ones of different varieties and some of several generations of breeding.

Caucasian Shepherd also for me

Don't have much time at all to go over the replies right now but I will get back to this later tonight...

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.

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.

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.

Pretty good looking dogs, don't know if I could deal with the shedding though.

I do like these guys. Remind me of the Corso quite a bit.

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.
RE Kangal:The coat isn't that bad on a Kangal. I think there is pro/con to different coat. With my short hair guys it is a lot of little spikey hairs. They can shed anytime of the year. With the double coats they only blow coat and it can be easier to manage at times. Brushing to remove the undercoat. Though either requires care and clean up.

RE Corso: You are lucky, I've seen some pretty bad Corsi. I'd have to agree brindle is very striking, especially the dark brindle. In fact that is what I wanted but ended up with blue. Oh well wouldn't trade her for the world.

CO certainly takes the cake on hair. Kangal is like nothing in comparison.
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I like really any dog with good muscle definition (Mastiff's/Bullies, etc...). Also, I like to watch working dogs...I love to see their focus on what they are doing. It's very fascinating for me to watch, it doesn't matter the breed.
I've been lurking in this thread and coming up with all sorts of ideas for what's really a showstopper..

I have seldom met IRL many good examples of the APBT so that would definitely draw my interest. I really like all of the breeds that the media scares people with - Dobes, Rotts, Pits, GSDs.. I guess I just appreciate their general work ethic and loyalty.

A well-bred well-mannered GSD is like heaven to me. I just love the look.
For me, the most eye-catching show-stopping breeds are the herding breeds. I love the way they move, their intelligence and their looks...

Pembroke Welsh Corgis
I love everything about this breed. They have such personality. They are smart, affectionate, ornery little characters. They are always one step ahead of you and ready for anything...

Australian Shepherds

Collies(Rough and Smooth)

Border Collies
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Outside of the Herding Group...

Irish Wolfhounds
I love their sheer size and think they are gorgeous dogs

Doberman Pinschers
I have always had a soft spot for these guys after growing up around my grandma's

Great Danes
Love these gentle guys

And the list goes on and on...
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No one has said belgian's yet!! :) I will say that they get my attention now, because I own one. I get very excited every time I see one - either in real life or even just on tv/magazine. I think this is mostly due to the fact that there aren't a million of them around, so it's unique to spot one.

I've always thought Berner's were gorgeous dogs, but now after dogsitting three (ages 6, 2, and 14 weeks), I'm totally in love with the breed. They are such big love muffins!

And no pictures, but every time I see a pomeranian I just melt. There's a reason they are on the top of my list for my next dog. During my summer job the last few summers I've come across a few poms, and each and every one of them has been so sweet and friendly.
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My attention?
There is a husky at our local animal control IDENTICAL to that one. I had never seen one with that kind of coat, and naturally want to take him home ASAP.

As for breathtaking or show stopping? I'm biased, of course. I like interesting looking mutts, Elkhounds, Dachshunds. I absolutely love and need a Wolfhound or an Ibizan hound.
A well bred and well balanced dog of anybreed generally catches my attention, but I love me a nice stocky well boned and coated LABRADOR. So honest in their appearance!
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