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SophieLeeds

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Yorkshire
What dogs and why?
« on: July 31, 2015, 12:04:12 pm »
What breeds of dog do people keep, and why did you choose that breed?

Using this as a generic opportunity for people to upload lots of cute furry pictures please  :love: :dog:  ;D

We have two Caucasian Shepherds, Mir and Kazak. Bought them to deter the the thieves that were helping themselves within two weeks of our GSDs passing away. They're also livestock dogs, and protect the animals from all intruders (bird, fox, badger, person) but aren't used for driving animals. Not a common dog in the UK, but suit our purposes perfectly. However, wouldn't recommend to anyone who didn't have the ability to give them a 'job,' let them run free all day and would need plenty of previous dog experience. 

We also have Hutch, a rescue Husky who I couldn't resist. He has a great time running loose 24/7 on all the land, but isn't trusted with the hens!  He has no purpose, except enjoying the good life! Also a little Patterdale named Bandit (not our own choice!) who came from a man who lost the use of his legs in an accident. Bandits sole aim is to see how much bother he can get into with a 24 hour period  ;D

Photo's should hopefully be attached  :fc:


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doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Clackmannanshire
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Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2015, 01:01:24 pm »
I got my present breed after having Cocker rage Syndrome in a lovely red cocker in the 1980's, and wanted a change of breed. 

I show my Brittanys, and worked them to the gun until recently(old age and ill health).  They are very good berry finders and eaters, are addicted to Hen and Duck TV.
Made up my first Champion in May, and I'm off on a train trip tomorrow to Judge at the National Gundog Championship Show at Malvern, where I will enjoy seeing the hills and the allotments strung over the area.
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

LouiseG

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Appleby-in-Westmorland
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2015, 01:36:51 pm »
We have just one at the moment, a very impractical yorkie x pug. purchased purely for the cute cuddle factor but hardy enough not to get broken on our small holding !
She is a lovely house dog/ companion and loves all the animals and going driving with the pony and carriage.
We are hoping to move in a couple of months to a 50 acre farm so will be on the look out for a new large friend to keep her company and deter unwanted visitors. Always had labs in the past but tempted to a GSD although your shepherd looks beautiful.
I shall follow this post and see what everyone else has  :)
Louise
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2015, 02:04:43 pm »
Always had rescues when I had dogs which were just companions, usually GSD x type.  Pic of the last, Horace, attached.

Now I have working collies. 
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Jukes Mum

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • North Yorkshire
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2015, 02:05:32 pm »
I have a erm, well.....Milly! She's one of these...... and very special.
She was a rescue and was just a walking buddy for me. Trained her as a gundog and she did a fine job. She's retired now. If all dogs were as easy as this girl, I'd have hundreds!
Other than Milly, I have 3 gundogs. One lab, two springers. All work beating and picking up in the season, then working tests in the spring/summer.
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Caroline1

  • Joined Nov 2014
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2015, 02:17:38 pm »
Oh my aren't they all gorgeous, especially want the Caucasian Shepherds though, just my type of dog  :innocent:

I have 2 labs which are still my favourite breed and when we moved to the smallholding, I adopted 2 more rescues from the rescue I volunteer at, 1 is a Doberman cross and the other Shepherd x mastiff type. They came as a pair, but I just love big cuddle pups who have a big bark and make me feel safe and secure. Also works well as they don't have a big prey instinct either.



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Me

  • Joined Feb 2014
  • Wild West
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2015, 04:23:34 pm »
We have a variety of highly trained specialist dogs (!):

Sheep dogs to chase the sheep, whippets to chase rabbits and a german shepherd to chase the postman. We have and will be again soon I hope bred the whippets (the original was an engagement present to my wife) we are on the third generation now, time for a fourth :dog: :dog: :dog: :dog:

Kimbo

  • Joined Feb 2015
  • Anglezarke, Lancashire
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2015, 05:22:21 pm »
we have 2 King Charles Spaniels. Ive always loved them. They are easily the easiest house dog we have ever had ( had an Irish setter, a poodle and several  Labs in the past). They are so easy that they have come to work with us for the last 4 years yet many people in the building don't know it yet!
Ruby ( a rescued ex-puppy farm dog) would rather just stay indoors, but she's getting on a bit now. Archie "helps" a lot round the place....he particularly likes helping to collect eggs, which he generally carries in his stomach  >:(
No, they aren't farm dogs. They are purely our much-adored pets. ive not been well this last week and spent most of one day in bed ( when not throwing up)....the dogs stayed with me all day, only leaving for a quick pee then back to cuddle me. I know Im being terribly soppy etc etc but they really were a huge comfort to me  :love:

 
« Last Edit: July 31, 2015, 06:55:44 pm by Kimbo »
Is it time to retire yet?

Porterlauren

  • Joined Apr 2014
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2015, 05:56:10 pm »
We have a pack here. . . . .

Collie,
 Whippet,
Lurcher,
Hound,
Terrier,
Cocker Spaniel.

All have a job, apart from the 17 year old terrier who has earned his retirement!

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
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Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2015, 07:35:18 pm »
We have a 14 year old Border Collie called Meg. She's off working stock but is a pet. And in about 48 hours, we'll have a 3 month old Cardigan Welsh Corgi called Bryn. Off to Wales tomorrow to pick him up.  :excited: :excited: :excited: :excited:

nutterly_uts

  • Joined Jul 2014
  • Jersey - for now :)
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2015, 08:15:12 pm »
Collies here :) First dog was a Papillon but a neighbour had BCs and I learnt to love the breed. Considered a setter for my next dog but stuck to the familar.

2 Black and a Red. Want (need?!) a tri and/or merle next. All just pets due to circumstance although they dabble in breed showing, agility and obedience too. This is a bit of an old pic but my 3 :) Bookends are my girlies and my lad is in the middle


doganjo

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Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2015, 08:30:46 pm »
We have a 14 year old Border Collie called Meg. She's off working stock but is a pet. And in about 48 hours, we'll have a 3 month old Cardigan Welsh Corgi called Bryn. Off to Wales tomorrow to pick him up.  :excited: :excited: :excited: :excited:
I'll wave as I pass by on the train - on my way to Malvern  :wave:
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

Carse Goodlifers

  • Joined Oct 2013
  • Perthshire
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2015, 09:33:49 pm »
We have 2 BT's  :dog: :dog:
Beinn is 4 years old and is a sap  ;D
Isla is 9 months and is CRAZY MAD  :tired:
I wanted a BT for ages and then we got Beinn.  They are great dog's - friendly, active when they want to be and they are great for keeping you warm when lying next/on top of you on the sofa during the winter.  They come with me to work everyday - wouldn't be without them.

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2015, 10:05:17 pm »
Labradors, 3 fox red and a black, Sasha, Ella, Jess and Max
Lurchers, 1 bull cross and one deerhound/greyhound cross, Jet and Larna
One German Wire Haired Pointer, Mia
Two Jack Russells, 1 old and 1 very old, Finnegan and Hamish
One Deerhound, Aggie
One Patterdale, Moll
One Collie, Meg, the youngest at 13 weeks


Moll makes the most noise and gets up to the most mischief. Had to be dug out of two holes on one walk!
Aggie clearly the biggest but the most gentle.
Labs just want to please and always happy.
Lurchers very loyal and very serious but fun.
Jack Russells now too old to cause trouble but all ours have been large dogs in a small package!
Mia is my shadow and has been nanny to many of the others and she is brilliant at it. Not so good at being left. Has demolished many kennel parts, jumped out of windows and chewed 2 seat belts! I feel generally we have been very lucky with her as she is otherwise well behaved and not as strong willed as many german pointers but I would think twice about another.

Porterlauren

  • Joined Apr 2014
Re: What dogs and why?
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2015, 10:27:03 pm »
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