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I do love a good looking staffordshire bull terrier, I also like Cane Corsos, but not the such with the dramatic dewlap and wrinkles on face.

I love australian cattle dogs too, but I think I prefer the stumpy tailed over the autralian cattle dog "heeler".
 

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I do love a good looking staffordshire bull terrier, I also like Cane Corsos, but not the such with the dramatic dewlap and wrinkles on face.

I love australian cattle dogs too, but I think I prefer the stumpy tailed over the autralian cattle dog "heeler".
'Stumpies and ACDs share largely a common history.... But their paths started heading different directions....

They vary quite a bit in build and temperament......

What is it about the Stumpy that you prefer?
 

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Because I never highly considered any breed, I don't know much about their temperment. I do prefer the Stumpy because of their proportions, they are less stocky, with longer legs. I also like their slimmer head, and I prefer the shape of their ears (being a bit thinner). I am also not a huge fan of tan points in dogs. I really like the fully roaned with a few solid spots look, over fully roaned with TP
 

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Because I never highly considered any breed, I don't know much about their temperment. I do prefer the Stumpy because of their proportions, they are less stocky, with longer legs. I also like their slimmer head, and I prefer the shape of their ears (being a bit thinner). I am also not a huge fan of tan points in dogs. I really like the fully roaned with a few solid spots look, over fully roaned with TP
Fair enough.... I prefer the stockier stronger build...... Thing is....... I have been around both breeds for years and years.... I have owned ACDs for a LONG time....... Fostered a few stumpies..... ACDs are the more powerfully built breed...

I much prefer the temperament of the ACD..... The Stumpy is usually the easier dog to live with for most people..... But I like the more brash, tenacious temperament typical of ACDs.......


I tend to liken ACDs to that obnoxious friend that plays rude practical jokes, drinks too much but is the person you would MOST want covering your back in a bar fight.....

Color and markings is just a preference..... When we do litters, we are critical when people applying for a puppy want certain colors or markings.....

Once you have the dog home and starting working with him or her... color and markings become immaterial...

My current boys....... I also currently co own three bit ches that do not live with me..... Two are red half masks and the other is a blue plain face.


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Really good looking dogs. I like slim dogs, like sighthounds, and border collies. Not much of a stocky dog person :)
 

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I love almost all dogs... I love my beagle and my stabij but my heart jumps when I see those scruffy lurchers or Bouvier des flandres, the giant schnauzer or the russian black terrier, the Irish wolfhound or the Scottish deer hound..Big hairy and athletic I guess thats my type..
 

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I love almost all dogs... I love my beagle and my stabij but my heart jumps when I see those scruffy lurchers or Bouvier des flandres, the giant schnauzer or the russian black terrier, the Irish wolfhound or the Scottish deer hound..Big hairy and athletic I guess thats my type..
That's my favorite dog aesthetic, too. And temperament-wise, Bouvs and Giant Schnauzers suit me - they're dedicated and smart without being high-strung. I'd really like a Bouv but I'm too allergic. I miss my late Giant so much...I've been debating looking for another one, but I think the wound is still too fresh - a dog that was similar to him but not him might be foo hard. He wasn't a perfect dog, but he was perfect for me.
 

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@parus The bouvs are lovely and you know they are supposed to be hypoallergenic lol....
Ours was a cross Bouvier x St bernard and he stunk like a wookie with a bad hangover he shed like you wouldn't believe and his farts were the stuff of nightmares... but he was the most gentle dog in the world
 

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A lot of you have much wider breed experience than I do. The beloved dog of my childhood was labeled a GSD/collie cross. On my own I've had Akitas (2) and Rottweilers (3 from puppies, 8 fosters who ended up staying with me). Some of the fosters, both those who stayed and those who went on to other adoptive homes, were really mixes, but I never knew with what. They were black and tan, which was what brought them to Rottweiler rescue.

So only as an outsider looking at them, I've admired many other breeds, but can't say I know them well enough to judge except that some have obvious traits that wouldn't work for me - yappy, drooly, etc. Much as I've loved my Rottweilers, and they're the breed I've worked with and done competition events with, Akitas (American, I love the mask) and the breeds like them are my idea of the best looking dogs.
 

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As I get older, my breed preferences have shifted. I was always partial to big hounds. I especially admired the Rhodesian Ridgeback. The closest I ever got, or will get, was a Plott Hound named Esther.

I'm starting to lose interest in 100-pound dogs, or any dog I can't carry in an emergency, and my new preference is for scruffy terrier mixes in the 20-30 pound range. According to Embark, Franklin is a mix of about half of the smaller AKC-recognized breeds, and he is perfect.

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I love Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, but my ALL TIME FAVORITES are Belgian Malinois and Wolf Hybrids. I love the look of the breeds. My grandpa had a GSD/Wolf Hybrid when I was growing up and I loved him. I have a Golden Retriever right now and he is my first and I LOVE HIM TO DEATH!!! Even though he doesn't self entertain very well and sometimes thinks its ok to chew on pillows lol.
 

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I'm starting to lose interest in 100-pound dogs, or any dog I can't carry in an emergency, and my new preference is for scruffy terrier mixes in the 20-30 pound range. According to Embark, Franklin is a mix of about half of the smaller AKC-recognized breeds, and he is perfect.
You're not the only one. I've been looking for what I call an "old lady's dog" for probably 10 years. Really small won't do for me, but I've researched pretty much everything in the 20-40 pounds range. Not many are possibilities, partly because most of them tend to be barky, and partly because most of them have long hair. Both of those are prejudices and absolute stoppers for me. Lately I find myself researching Shiba Inus. A lot of the appeal is probably my Akita history. There are a couple of breeders here in Colorado, and if the [email protected] lockdown and general COVID fears would ever end, I'd be calling and seeing about visits already. Since dog shows are starting up again, maybe it won't be long before I can do that.
 

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I love Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, but my ALL TIME FAVORITES are Belgian Malinois and Wolf Hybrids. I love the look of the breeds. My grandpa had a GSD/Wolf Hybrid when I was growing up and I loved him. I have a Golden Retriever right now and he is my first and I LOVE HIM TO DEATH!!! Even though he doesn't self entertain very well and sometimes thinks its ok to chew on pillows lol.
I feel ya there..... I had to lift a 68 pound Labrador in the car this morning...

Nothing wrong with her other than she decided to be weird this morning.
 

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I think its very senisble to change tack as we age. When choosing Murphy one of my of my must haves was a dog that I could lift in an emergancy.(max 25kg) That ruled out all of the dogs I listed above.

We decided against a border collie although I love them based on the fact that we are both getting older and worried that the activity levels might be too much for us.. (turns out we still walk 5-10km each morning).

By the time George and Murphy have gone I will be mid 60's and at that point any dog I get will be a smaller dog but I have much the same issues others in that most of the little dogs I see are the yappy ankle biter types or things with pom poms in their fur..
 
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