Was it because you already had one and can never turn back?
Maybe you considered a different breed you already owned?
|Oh, I forgot.
I considered a labradoodle, havanese, coton de tulear, oes, and briard.
I'm naming 5 because after narrowing it down for over 2 years, these are the ones I came back to the most. These are also the ones i have the most links on and emails back and forth from other breeders. i love all of the above breeds and still would like to have one of each in my lifetime, but not all at once (within reason and state/city limitations of course).
|When I started researching at the beginning of 2003 I thought about : Weimeraners, Newfoundlands, Poodles, Giant Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees, Collies, Shelties, and OES. As I started prelim research into the breeds- I was able to narrow it down to the last 3- OES, shelties, and collies. The reasons we stuck with those 3 breeds is because we "knew" what to expect- I'd grown up with shelties, and all of my husbands childhood dogs had been members of the herding group also. The general (as general as something like this can be anyways) herding dog attitude was something we were both familiar with, and as we researched, those types of dogs seemed to synch in nicely withour lifestyle. We knocked out shelites after deciding that they were a little too small- we both really wanted to have substantial sized dogs I guess we ended up with OES rather than the collies was because of the jovial attitudes and shedding differences. It really helped to be able to compare them side by side to which I can only say "THANK YOU TANYA!!!" Although, not owning one yet, if I were able to get 2- I'd have one of each... it's really close!
|I Like Burmese Mountain Dogs and Wheaten Terriers. Pulis and Large Terriers are on my list too. Danita likes Mutts a lot, specially if they are shaggy.... But I think I'll always have an OES. Once you know them you cannot go back.|
|Saul, the new design/avatar is my favorite. Oh wait... I remember seeing a wiggly rear that was too cool!|
|Thanks.... Danita got inspired when she saw how Lennon and Sofa plop down after one of their rompings in the park.... I really like this one too.|
|My favorite breeds are OES, great danes, siberian huskies, boxers and there are many others I love. I would have some of everything if I could, but OES are my love. They have more to offer than any other breed in my opinion as far as personality goes, and intelligence. Not to mention they are gorgeous, adorable, and oh so funny! LOL|
|Im sure if I ever posted about this,but I really wanted a Bouvier des Flanders I looked at so many breeders,finally i found a terrific breed in Mpls,her and i had an interview,then I filled out an App.,then once I was selected to adopt one I gave her $100.00 for a dep.The only thing i requested was to have a male and she said I could have the 1st pick of the males.So I waited told everyone I was getting a Bouvier the breeder and i emailed atleast once a day,then the puppies arrived,but only 3females were born.So needless to say i was very dissappointed,I think the breeder was more upset about it.That day i started researching other large breed dogs,and came across the OES,that same day i found Mickey and the rest is sweet history.So the other breed I have always wanted was a Bouvier des flanders|
|I was seriously considering a Polish Lowland Sheepdog before deciding to go with my heart and get an OES (my dream dog since I was a child). Other breeds I considered were Pulis, Wheaten Terriers, and Briards.
Someday when I live on my (at the moment imaginary) farm in West Virginia I'll probably add another dog..as well as some other 4 legged friends to my family.
|You get to pick? I thought the dog picked you! LOL Seriously though, originally a sheepdog wasn't what I was thinking of. My sister has two of them and we had another friend with a houseful and personally I thought they were just too big for the size of my house. I wasn't even planning on getting a dog. I was quite content to be the second family for the dog next door. A German Shorthaired Pointer named Tobie.
Unfortunately, Tobie's family moved to Texas. Not exactly a day trip from New York. As much as we were all missing him, it became very apparent that the time had come for us to get a dog. At the same time, Bentley, who is a petite OES was rescued and looking for a home.
That was when our fun began and we've never looked back. As I said we didn't pick, Bentley picked us!
|I've always loved BIG SHAGGY DOGS. No matter what breed they were and even a mixture of unknown breeds was something that stole my heart. Irish Wolfhounds , Briads, Terriers mixes, ect.. preferably with big noses . You'd often see these types of dogs in the shelters which is where all my previous 5 dogs came from (2 were OES).
Marianne and the boys
|We considered family-dogs: golden retriever, cocker spaniel, boxer, miniature schnauzer, yorkie, corgis, and OES. Seeing Jasper's picture sold us. We researched a lot of these breeds, and we kept coming back to OES. I think we knew that breed was the right fit for our family, and Jasper hasn't disappointed us! He's such a loveable addition to the family and lets our kids do anything to him.
I think in a year or so, he'll be getting a brother or sister, and it'll be a miniature schnazuer. I had one for many years, and that breed also stole my heart. I'm picky and just like the black & silver ones though, lol
|Tanyathenurse, if people went back to my very first posts when I came here, I wrote that I was also considering the same breed you were.
After researching, I felt a Bouvier better suited my lifestyle than a Briard. thought the Briard was cuter!!! ...but from grooming, antics, temperament... the Bouvier was my kind of dog.
Interesting how some of us have such a diverse group of favorite dogs for your family (not similar at all from grooming, shedding, size, etc).
Mine had a lot to do with shedding and how they got along with other kids/animals. Grooming and training (something I did part-time in college) has always been fun for me.
|Leanne,thats wild b/c Bouvier's are even less popular as OES!!LOL!!I fellin love w/ them when I had a 1/2 newfoundland and 1/2 bouvier buddy,his bouvier was the stronger of the breeds,I got him in florida he was severly abused,then thrown out on the streets,then he came to my home at 1 1/2yrs old.He was an amazing dog.He went EVERY where w/ me,i was in nursing school when I adopted him he had so much energy and I have always LOVED high energy dogs.Took him surfing w/ me and hed swim out as far as he could and he'd wait for me as I drifted in on my board,(most of the time having the board pull me)he never got tiredHe loved the beach,and he loved Wendys fries!!LOL!!He lived to be 16yrs old and he was never sick a day in his life NEVER sick!!He passed away in his sleep.Of course as he got older he took it easy,like instead of swimming out w/ me I'd tell him to lay down at the ocean side I think he loved that as much b/c he was able to get attention from ppl passing by.Anyways those where good times,Leanna I think you and I have alot in common when it comes to our buddies.Like you have a maltese,and we also have one,I think differnt personalities seem to love certain dogs that fit in their life style.We are a high energy family and my Mickey doodles fits in like a glove.I wouldnt trade him for anything.|
|Well we have had the privelge of having many dogs come through our house.
Ones that I have researched the most and talked with other owners etc were only two breeds. First the Boxer...absolute best dog for our family, we all loved him...unfortuantely no one else did, no one wanted us to bring him, and if we did he had to stay outside. They are NOT outside dogs at any time of year. So in the best interest of the dog...at that time...was to let him go. Biggest regret, miss every day.
The other dog I researched ALOT was the OES, and having this dog in my mind since we read Mr Muggs books in school, and having the big stuffed sheepie in the classroom...always had a soft spot in my heart. When we were looking to replace the boxer, and decided this was it last dog...no more fostering...I said OES nothing else. Then Remy came into our lives, and has been a dream for ALL of us, she has melted my husband dislike of dogs like no other dog has. The boxer came close, he does like that breed, but she is the only one who gets a greeting everyday...he can't resist her bumwag, and it makes me tear up everyday to see her do that, and see his repsonse. He will tell people she's a good dog.
But for honorable mentions: I do like the Keeshond, the siberian husky, and labs, now we've never owned a poodle but I really like them too, the standard poodle that is. Of other dogs that I've only read about, I want a Tibetan Terrier...a very cute shaggy dog, of med size. They kinda remind me of a small lowland sheepdog.
|never had a boxer but i just saw one the other day up close,and they truely are beautiful,the way the stand and the muscles,just everything they really are a beauitful breed.I was very shocked at how impressive they are.The guy said they are very friendly pet him if youd like,and he was just so sweet and his "hair" even tho short it was so soft.|
|They are bad shedders, just like labs. But your right they truly are a sight to behold, and own. He instinctively knew not to hurt the kids at a very young age. He would race around, and play rough with me, but not to the kids. He was SOOOOO good around them it was unbelievable, alot like Remy is now.
His eyes, and big floppy lips were my favorite. Very expressive dogs, and almost human like emotions would show.
|Ha ha !!! It is so funny that you want a Tibetan Terrier. My Tibetan Terrier of 17 years went over the Rainbow Bridge last summer and they are a lot like a small OES. Lots of energy and personality, fantastic friends. They were a really rare breed when we first got her but I thought hard about getting another one when we lost her. If you like the temperament of the OES but don't have the room that would be a really good choice. They also have incredible stamina, Killer (named by my brother) could walk for miles and miles with me. Like the OES this breed seems to keep that puppy mentality for a long time and had lots of energy. We used to say that the only way to tell which part is the head is to see which part is going forward, she ran lots of fast puppy circles. I looked into a lot of rescues but since I have a toddler I really felt I needed a dog with a known history and temperament. I went with the dog of my dreams, and my childhood, and got an OES puppy.|
|I was very willing to pay for a tibetan up to a point, because I loved everything I read about them...I wanted to see their feet probably most of all(snowshoe style feet). We have a breeder near here, but decided to wait and see, and then Remy showed up. If I ever get my house in the country...yeah I want a tibetan.
Cost wise they were both over $1000, and that was too much. We paid less than half that for Remy, and she is well worth every penny.
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