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Alright so, I know that there are all kinds of thread like "what is your favorite breed" and those are fun but I am curious as to which "show dog" breed you are most impressed with. Not that you might want to own one but that you find just sort of jaw dropping beautiful or amazingly powerful or Wonderfully cute?

I have gone to many dog shows but one vision sticks in my head. It was an Alaskan Malamute all groomed and heading for the breed ring. The dog and it's handler were walking down a hallway that was sort of dark and it came to the end of the hall into the arena area where the sun was shining in and that dog was just amazing. I would not want to own an Alaskan Malamute again (had one as a kid for a short time) but it was just beautiful and I stood in awe. Below is a picture of an Alaskan Malamute. NOT the dog I saw and not quite as impressive in my opinion but still a handsome dog and...you get the idea.


I have also always been impressed with the Bull Mastiffs. They are so strong and still athletic looking. I love the smooch-ability of the breed. Here is a boy I fell completely in love with at a show.


Great Danes are another breed that I would probably never own. They are just too big for me. I love them though and am always impressed by them. They are such great dogs.


Giant Schnauzers have always been one of my favorite breeds as well. I love to watch them in the ring. I think they are very impressive dogs.


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Of course the Doberman Pinschers too. They are so strong and yet elegant. They are a dog that has so much grace and class and yet can be imposing. I just love them.


I would feel if I were lying if I didn't add Rottweiler's to my list. I have owned this Nobel breed for over 30 years now and worked with over 100 of them. I am still in awe of their great strength of character and body. I think they are a most impressive breed. Certain Rottweiler's have impressed me more then others over the years. These 2 stud dogs were my all time favorites so far.
First one was Amboss He just made me all the more intersted in the breed.


The second one was Carter's Nobel Shaka Zulu. He actually made me get a dog from a breeder because he impressed me so much.


So, what are the breeds that most impress you in the show ring?
 

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Well Inga, I think your list is already pretty great. I will throw my vote in for the Giant Schnauzers, Great Danes and Dobermans as well. But I am in absolute love with any and all Giant Schnauzers. That is the only breed that I ask permission from random owners to pet. There is just something about them that I can't get enough of.

I actually hope to own a Giant Schnauzer one day, but I would want a male and I would want to show him. But right now I already have my intact dog, and I refuse to have to separate my own dogs. But one day, I will have my Giant.:D

But here are a few to add to your list, and I think these dogs tend to get overlooked as far as the "awe" factor.



I don't know why, but I love the look of standard poodles. I love it so much that I know I could never own a miniature or toy poodle, it just wouldn't be the same thing for me. But honestly, I don't know if I could ever own the standard poodle either. This is going to sound a little silly, but it would bother me if people were thinking I was the girl that needed a sissy dog. Even though I know there is absolutely nothing sissy about a standard poodle. I have probably just owned dobermans too long and gotten into a bit of a rut. LOL
 

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Here is the Borzoi. I have noticed that just one doesn't get the same reaction from me, but when I see a flock of them standing by the show ring I lose my breath. It is like a heard of elegance, dignity, and beautiful hair. I just can't get enough. I mean come on, you got to admit their coats are breathtaking.:eek:

Last but not least the Rhodesian Ridgeback:



There were always a couple of these guys in my handling classes when I first got Dusk. And they are really cool dogs. Plus, Ollie tends to get a mohawk all the way down her back when her hackles are up. So I call her my Rohedision Ridgeback.:D: But their coats have such a luxurious color to it. And they move with amazing power and determination. I'm always really impressed with them.
 

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I always thought the Rottie was a working breed. I so love Amboss too, very nice!

My picks would be the same as in the most impressive thread.

As for show dogs APBTs are nice to me.

 

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I love watching the Dobes - they're awesome dogs, and such fabulous companions! But then, so are Rotties, and GSDs, and the Giant Schnauzers! And so many more!


I don't know why, but I love the look of standard poodles. I love it so much that I know I could never own a miniature or toy poodle, it just wouldn't be the same thing for me. But honestly, I don't know if I could ever own the standard poodle either. This is going to sound a little silly, but it would bother me if people were thinking I was the girl that needed a sissy dog. Even though I know there is absolutely nothing sissy about a standard poodle. I have probably just owned dobermans too long and gotten into a bit of a rut.

Ahhhh, yes, the Standard Poodle is something to behold! Pure poetry in motion, and the muscle, wow! I have 3 Standards, and there's nothing sissy about any of them! LOL
 

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i can never go past the siberian huskies. to me they have this regal bearing that sets them apart, and their beautiful conformation. ahhhh they make me almost drool ... i love their faces and eyes as well. they are so expressive and beautiful .. though i prefer light colours on the face not the dark black markings
 

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Borzoi, hands down- see someone else said so too!

I am not a fan of big, heavily built dogs at all- I go for elegance all the way.

Most Salukis I see have poor movement, but one that does move well (like Treasure) takes my breath away.

Crystal was my favorite Borzoi...

Now those are two stunning girls.

Not many Whippets are real audience grabbers, but one that baits and shows like a nut is fun to see. They lack the size and exotic movement of a Saluki and the glamour of a Borzoi, but the really beautiful ones with that Delacreme De La Renta type (like mine lol) really impress me.

For non sighthounds, I'll say the Irish Setters and a really good moving, happy Golden :)
 

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Dobermans and Great Danes always impress me in the ring. I'm also drawn to a light coated afghan hound...they're so showy with all that coat. The sculpted, polished look of the Airedale terriers and schnauzers always makes my heart skip a beat (I secretly pine for an airedale...don't tell the greyhounds). Oh...and a flashy German Shorthaired Pointer or wirehaired pointer. So athletic and I love their movement.

Perhaps ironicially, dogs that impress me the least in the ring are usually the greyhounds. Breeds that make me shake my head or LOL - the bedlington, bichon, dandie dinmont and peke.
 

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For me, it's the sighthounds, pointers, and dobes that I enjoy in the ring. Of course I love a nice papillon, this one's my all time favorite:



Well, behind my own show dog. Of course he's my favorite.

 

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I would never want to own one but I think the Afghan Hound shows such regal eligance, and absolute grace, as it prances around the ring.

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and the pound puppy crew.
 

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The Afghan Hound is the polar-opposite of any dog I would own (too big, too much grooming, too much of everything) but their grace in the show ring is stunning to me.



Good or bad, they are also the dog that most resembles a human being to me. I've mistaken one sitting in the passenger seat of a car for a woman.
 

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The setters: Irish, English, Gordon always get my attention. I could never own one, but I love to look at them. The way they move, with that flowing coat just takes my breath away.

I'm with Lovemygreys on the breeds that make me shake my head, especially the Dandie Dinmont. It looks like a collection of imcompatable parts (my apologies to DD fans).
 

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I'm with Lovemygreys on the breeds that make me shake my head, especially the Dandie Dinmont. It looks like a collection of imcompatable parts (my apologies to DD fans).

I call them the platypus of dog breeds :p (though I'm sure they are wonderful dogs). I think its mostly the boufant hair do they give them for the ring.
 

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I call them the platypus of dog breeds :p (though I'm sure they are wonderful dogs). I think its mostly the boufant hair do they give them for the ring.
I think they're cute. I've met a couple and really liked them. They make me laugh.
 

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It would be easier to name the ones I don't particularly like... I just LOVE watching the dogs in a show. Their movement and attitudes are just incredible.

I love the sighthounds, especially the Irish Wolfhound. And most of the big herders: Bearded Collie, Rough Collie, Briard...

... and mostly the German Shepherd. This is my dogs' sire, Wotan, who I fell in love with at first sight. I think he's just awesome.
 

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I know I've already posted this video tons of times, but the Afghan in the video is a Canadian Show Champion so I'm posting it again :D
 

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I'm with Lovemygreys on the breeds that make me shake my head, especially the Dandie Dinmont. It looks like a collection of imcompatable parts (my apologies to DD fans).
LOL I have always thought tooo they seem so... pieced together. Neat little dogs though

Animalcracker... I love that commercial. lol
 
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