View Full Version : So, if you 'ad to be a dog, what breed would you choose?

Sir George Cayley
18th Aug 2008, 20:02
I think I would be a Border Collie, energetic enthusiatic intelligent and bossy towards sheep. I like riding on the back of Landies too.

What would you be?

Sir George Cayley

tony draper
18th Aug 2008, 20:18
A Jack Russel of course,the suitcase nuke of the hound world.:ok:

18th Aug 2008, 21:15
No question, a Great Pyrenees.


18th Aug 2008, 21:19
I have Border Collies and Kangal dogs.

Border Collies herd and manage my sheep,Kangals live with sheep and protect them against coyotes (upgraded to Eastern Timber Wolf by the state),black bears , neighbour's marauding pet dogs and of course herons.:ok:

I would not want to be either,I like to be a spoiled lap dog that yaps and nips anyone that comes near,including my owners as they feel guilty for not understanding me right and blame themselves for all my ill temper.:ok::p

18th Aug 2008, 21:22
A scabby old bitzer with mange & worms I shouldn't wonder & you can stick your walk as long as the fire's on & where's my dinner while I'm at it??

18th Aug 2008, 21:33

Your poor dog looks so lost without sheep around.;)


Here's my mama Kangal telling her babe to be polite around grain bin.


Now this fellow is one scary sheep protector.


Ms. Nana,hard working Border Collie taking a rest with her favourite companion.


Another hard working Border Collie Rex driving sheep into sunset.

18th Aug 2008, 21:45
Nani, can Border Collies handle wolves? I know that Great Pyrenees can, they are breed for that. We had an Arctic White Timber Wolf and a Great Pyr. In nature they would have been mortal enemies. As pets they loved each other, when wolf died the Great Pyr mourned for nearly a month.

Picture of 'Timmie', the wolf.


Now here is a picture of a really, really, really BIG DOG!


Not photoshopped. That is a real dog.

18th Aug 2008, 21:47
Nani, sorry, just now saw your post with the pictures. Disregard my question. I'm sure they can. :ok:

18th Aug 2008, 21:48
Didn't know what a kangal was, so I Googooed.
Here is a video of how a kangal deals with another dog.
It is a dogfight, but not an aggressive fight, more a wrestle (so I offer it for educational information, not entertainment):- kangal vs rot (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5188706347751483991)

There's also a photo of how large they can get:- http://www.thewallpapers.us/data/media/149/kangal_kpekleri.jpg

Um... lifting...
18th Aug 2008, 21:53
What is that thing? Neapolitan Mastiff? Among gigantic dogs, I'm kind of fond of the Irish Wolfhound (though they don't live very long) and the Tibetan Mastiff. Loyal, big, tough, nice to children... we should all be so.

Little Blue
18th Aug 2008, 21:53
Border terrier....every time .
Total loyalty and the cutest face you ever did see !!

18th Aug 2008, 21:54
G-C, too funny, I was looking Kangals up as well. Impressive dogs, they look to be the same size as the Great Pyrenees.

Sir George, sorry, didn't mean to hijack your thread, but once dog lovers get going, hard to shut us down. ;)

18th Aug 2008, 22:10
Why is there only one photograph of that Herculean dog alongside that pony?
Do a search on 'biggest dog' and the same photo appears every time. If it was genuine, wouldn't there be more photos?

BTW, my pet dog was a bassethound.
She had 'Queen Anne' legs . . .

18th Aug 2008, 22:16
Um... lifting... , After that photo came out last year the story about the dog was going around and I do believe it was a type of Mastiff. As you pointed out sadly large dog breeds do not live long lives. Our wolf lived until she was 14. Our first Great Pyr lived until he was 13, however, he didn't come to live with us until he was 9.

Nani, regarding the Great Pyr and sheep thing. From what I understand breeders raise Great Pyrenees for either livestock protection or for household pets. I have been told they cannot be both, once accepted into a human home they will basically forget the sheep. Unless of course the sheep live very close, like in the backyard, to the human house.

I did notice that the Kangal had the wolf collar on her.

18th Aug 2008, 22:21
Why is there only one photograph of that Herculean dog alongside that pony?
Do a search on 'biggest dog' and the same photo appears every time. If it was genuine, wouldn't there be more photos?

G-C, I have seen other pictures of that dog, also there was an article on the dog as well. The owner of the dog claimed that it had no special diet, it was big when it was born and just kept growing. I'll try to find some more pictures or the article.

18th Aug 2008, 22:35
G-C, you are correct to be suspicious. While researching to prove the photo in question is legitimate, I found evidence that is a fake picture. Why the photo is faked I don't know, because the dog in question, a Neapolitan Mastiff as Um... lifting... said, is, according to the "Guinness World Records" the largest dog in the world.

New Record for Largest Dog in the World? ...also Duke the Flying Border Collie ...and Wolfhound Skips Rope (http://dogsinthenews.com/issues/0106/articles/010609a.htm)

18th Aug 2008, 22:57
Black Labrador. Normally nice and easy going but every once and awhile you bite somebody's ass just to watch the reaction. :D

18th Aug 2008, 23:02
Golden retriever

18th Aug 2008, 23:33
Friends who kept Newfoundland Terriers in small houses (no children) admitted that they had to redecorate the walls up to waist height regularly because of the slaver that was emitted when they shook their heads.

18th Aug 2008, 23:40
Julius at 12. He died at 14.


18th Aug 2008, 23:49
Can't be anything else in my case - Border Collie. If I could figure out how to attach an image you could see the pooch in question. Sufficed to say he's bonny & bright, the best dog I've had by a mile.

kiwi chick
19th Aug 2008, 00:07
Jack Russell. Bitch of course. ;)

Standard Noise
19th Aug 2008, 00:25
An Irish Wolfhound or a Kerry Blue.
Beautiful dogs.

unstable load
19th Aug 2008, 01:46
Irish Terrier or White German Shepherd.

Both fiercly loyal, great natured and all round wonderful.

19th Aug 2008, 02:11
This thread has descended into praising nice dogs. If I were a dog, I'd want to be a selfish dog whose every want was satisfied. Let those submissive dogs serve their masters, I'd want to be like a cat and have servants, not owners/masters.

So there.

19th Aug 2008, 02:23

Livestock guard dog pups must born in the middle of the stock they supposed to protect,that is when they learn to speak the same language (body,that is). Those who were not born into can be made to guard stock but it takes a whole lot of determination and patience.
I was just joking when I said your dog looks sad, he looks well cared and beautiful to boot.

Yes,male Kangal is wearing a spiked collar. In that picture, I had just brought him back from Turkey and the collar was tightly imbedded in his neck,finally convinced the dog that the nice man was there to help him out and remove it but the poor fellow was so scared to approach him,I had to get a veterinarian inject him with tranquilizer before he got near him with trembling hands.



Turkish grey wolf,kept as a pet at a Kangal dog breeding kennel.


I love Bassethounds, hey look so sad yet have such happy temperaments.

19th Aug 2008, 02:29
Ugh no,no seacue..I want to be one mean,nasty dog and preferably similar to this handsome canine speciment..:p


Buster Hyman
19th Aug 2008, 02:34

I like kids.

19th Aug 2008, 03:38
Had a friend with a Dingo (real, purebred) . This was in Canada. No idea how he got the dog into the country - he'd never been to Oz. Dingo only paid attention to his boss, wouldn't go near other people, and our dog Mooch. But I kept trying. One day we were at a park with Mooch and they turned up. Dingo (can't remember his name) and Mooch got together as they would normally do (best friends).

After a time I squatted, held my arms out wide and called his name. He looked at me from a distance, flipped his mane (as some dogs are wont to do) and charged up to me, in between my arms. He got a good stroking and I got a couple of wet tongue laps on the face. After a minute I said - Go see Mooch and off he went.

I looked up at his boss (who was wide-eyed and a bit shocked) and said - Well that only took two years.

I would be a Boxer.

Cue Simon & Garfunkel.

19th Aug 2008, 04:18
I'd be a British Bulldog Fugly - but a lovely personality with a great sense of humour!:ok:


Scooby Don't
19th Aug 2008, 04:30
Has to be a flatcoated retriever... A bit puppyish, good sense of humour, not always given to taking directions well, damned fine looking! Well, that last bit is more the dog than me...

My boy as a 14 week old pup.
....as a champion and best puppy in show at just short of his 1st birthday! The ladies with him are the judge and his handler. The missus and I are not allowed within 300 yards of him in the showring, on account of he loves us lots and gets all excited and stoopid when we're closer.

Whiskey Oscar Golf
19th Aug 2008, 04:47
I have a traditional Blue Heeler Cattle dog with that regressive dalmation coming through so he's rather spotty, and I'm part dalmation myself so we get along well. Which sort of means I'd rather be a heeler given the mongrel status of the breed.

I like him coz he hates roller bladers and skaters and has that wonderful ability to look unconcerned till they are past, then give that good ol heeler nip to scare the hell out of them. That and the his way of barking when I leave him out the front accidently, asking to be let back in. He's a bit too smart for my own good.

19th Aug 2008, 09:28
I'd like to be our Bulldog - he gets to snooze next to the Memsahib first thing in the morning, while farting in my general direction.............

19th Aug 2008, 09:41
We have a Border Terrorist bitch (hers) and a Doberman dog (mine). The BT gets to lie on laps, beds, sofas you name it, while the Doberman lounges around on the floor breaking wind and dreaming of catching deer. Tough call, but the Doberman is such an athlete, with great endurance and some speed when needed, so I think I'll be one of those.

19th Aug 2008, 12:11
"I love Bassethounds, hey look so sad yet have such happy temperaments."

Not all - I went to stroke a miserable looking bloodshot-eyed one and he was extremely miserable - nearly took my hand off.

My neighbour's wife is an absolute dog. Not sure about the breed though.

19th Aug 2008, 12:36
If I 'ad to be a dog, I'd be a bitzer with a thing about crutches and the humping of legs.

But, then again, I don't 'avta be a dog.

19th Aug 2008, 12:44
Why would I be a dog when I could be a cat instead???

19th Aug 2008, 12:55
I second that. Bl**dy noisy things, dogs

Rather be Gardening
19th Aug 2008, 13:45
I'd be a GSP - long legs, runs like the wind, sweet-natured. I wish!

Um... lifting...
19th Aug 2008, 14:23
What do you call a smart blonde?

A Golden Retriever.

19th Aug 2008, 14:23
I'm with Tony and KiwiChick - so's my Russell, and my Heeler, and my Heinz57 that kept on growing when he should have stopped at Russell size!

19th Aug 2008, 16:40
Nani's photo here (http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/339675-so-if-you-ad-dog-what-breed-would-you-choose.html#post4335661) of the Border Collie taking a break with 'favourite companion' almost (who am I kidding, did...) bring tears to my eyes and confirms / reiterates that all species (even Americans and Frenchmen, or at least adopted Frenchmen), should be able to get along together...?!

Nani, once posted a photo of herself here as a young lass(ie). I remember it well. I said to myself, Raquel Welch was also once a heavenly body and in her elderly years (still) devotes much energy to stray dogs but also to extremist right-wing causes some might say. I would never consider sharing an existence with Raquel Welch in St. Tropez though (however laid back). Nani however, attracts me in a different way altogether. Does Nani, have any daughters who closely resemble her and who might consider the virtues of a trans-Atlantic alliance...?!

Oooops, almost forgot the original subject of the thread So, if you 'ad to be a dog, what breed would you choose?

I'd surely choose to be a mongrel (of probably above-average intelligence and respectful of any measured (reciprocal altruism)...?! Somewhat coincidentally, the BBC has this report today on just how bad the state of pedigree dogs (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7569064.stm) are today. Once you've read that, you'll never ever want a common labrador , German shepherd or whatever anymore. You'll want a doggie like me...

PS. If I'm going to be a mongrel, could someone nevertheless explain why I still need to have (3 or 4 pairs of titties)...?! If they're not mean't for suckling, then I believe that 1 pair (as I'm currently endowed with) are ample?!

If only someday I'll be able to lick me own genitals, (whether or not it's done in public)...? All things said, I think I'd still prefer being a pudicat, if someone like airship would adopt me...?! :ok:

19th Aug 2008, 17:20
YouTube - Apocalypse Now - Intro, music by The Doors (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCUQtbZ3Tbs&feature=related)

19th Aug 2008, 17:32
Hungarian wire haired Vizsla - rare breed but quick learner and fantastic company, even happy to fly as P2 with harness and headset...

19th Aug 2008, 17:54
Rhodesian Ridgeback. The most incredible dog I've ever known. Fast, powerful, strong, intelligent and loyal. Totally fearless yet gentle and friendly, with an instant comprehension of what is required and when. A human security guard in a canine body.

Mine was a total action machine, but strangely would have a lazy day for "reflection" every couple of weeks or so when he wanted to stay mostly in bed! Energy top-up perhaps.

I still miss him, and my old (14) Border Collie-GSD cross has never seemed to fully get over the loss. They were always together whenever I was away. I don't think she has long now either.

So, I'd be a Ridgeback, or maybe a Doberman.

19th Aug 2008, 20:08
airship,now I am blushing.;)

The cat in that picture loves dogs,rest of my cats prefers to ignore them and they are always ready to remind dogs they do not mingle with low lives.

Another picture of that cat (Mellow fellow) with my old Akbash dog who used to live with sheep until she was bitten by an infected tick,leaving her blinded. Due to side effect to drugs,she was paralyzed in her back legs,as long as she demanded her chow I could not bring myself to make her final trip to the vet's office.


Sorry airship,no kids. None will have me as a mother. I have a lovely niece who shares your views about animals and the world.;)

Scooby Don't
19th Aug 2008, 20:26
This is the day my boy met my other boy. On the left of the pic is my girl, staying well out of it.... They all get on pretty well now, though the cats sometimes object to being chew toys and the dog objects when the girl cat spends half an hour at a time pinning "dad" to a chair. And no, that's not me as Santa!

19th Aug 2008, 20:28
Overdrive, I'm inclined to agree with you and I am currently being horrified by the BBC 'Pedigree Dogs Exposed' which has a significant portion devoted to the RR breeders club.

19th Aug 2008, 20:50
...and I am currently being horrified by the BBC 'Pedigree Dogs Exposed' which has a significant portion devoted to the RR breeders club.

Really? I haven't watched, but I can imagine.

19th Aug 2008, 23:27
Nani, I see pictures such as those you've posted, and read the words you write. You remind me that there is much goodness still left here. :ok:

I therefore contacted my superiors, explaining the situation and asking for at least a temporary reprieve to see how things work out. I suggested another 100 years (which should be enough for all of us alive today) to see if we warrant their further indulgence. They came back saying it's 1,000 years minimum or zilch. Well, that's interstellar bureacracy for you I guess?! IMHO, the next 50 years or so should suffice amply to determine whether mankind really value their fellow time-travellers. The remaining 950 years may prove to be some form of torture to many. Well, it was either that or someone pushing the reset button on this experiment...:uhoh:

PS. I truly believe that birds today are what remain of the dinosaurs (before they pulled the plug on that experiment)...

Oh, and a big hug to the Mellow kittie and Abkash. And (great) respect for your efforts in looking after those in their final stages of life - it's never easy. Thankfully, I have just the one remaining pudicat and I can afford the monetary and time-consuming aspects of looking after her. But how could one not, after almost 17 years of life together? Luckily, I now also have a dozen or so stray cats that I go out to feed every other day. Otherwise, if or when my pudicat eventually departs, that might also be the end of me. Such is life. :8

kiwi chick
20th Aug 2008, 04:54
Buster!!!! GASP! That's terrible, haha! := but :D

Seacue - I didn't pick Jack Russell cos they're NICE dogs... I picked them because they're cheeky, energetic, cute and can get away with nearly ANYTHING! :E