wait there are other breeds?
I also have a boxer named Zoe and a lab named diesel
I use to have a two labs (Indy & Casey), very sweet but not the brightest bulbs and after they passed I had a border collie (Lucky) and a beagle/chow mix (Maggie) both female. Maggie was such a good guard dog and required very little in the way of attention but shed like crazy. She was very pretty and looked like a small golden retriever. Lucky was always a nervous wreck and collected small rocks and placed them on my feet. I would throw them and she would retrieve the very same rock and never tired of it. She would not retrieve balls or any other toy, just rocks. I later learned that Border Collies if not kept busy (you know like herding sheep) develop eccentric behaviors. Both have passed on. So I didn't have any pets for another eight years as I use to work long hours and didn't feel it was fair to leave them home alone. When my husband retired I decided to quit my job and stay home and take care of him because he has complications from diabetes. We use to watch the "Dog Whisperer" a lot and so it gave me inspiration to have a dog again. I started out with a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix (Louie) and he was a handful but my husband was so envious of my neighbors dog which looked to me like an English Bulldog type. Well now that has led me to having Wilson and BabyGirl and I can tell you that they are like no other dog I've ever had. Wilson (we call him the good son) is so sweet, innocent and gentle but will on occasion burst into a mood of playful wiggling or pony trotting which I find delightful. BabyGirl is so lovable no matter if she is lying down, sleeping or awake and just exudes "cuteness." She also displays a curiosity and awareness of her environment and I enjoy watching her expressions as she is "thinking."
Wilson & BabyGirl
HRH is not my first dog. But when Bruce retired and I suggested he needed a dog to be his buddy while I was at work an EB was the only kind of dog he was even interested in considering. Since he hadn't ever had a dog he didn't really see the need for one, but now I think he sees I was right. And she has made it easy to convince me that the only type of dog we'll have in this house in the future is an EB when she passes. We hope we don't have to worry about that for many years though.
In the past I've had a Rat Terrier, A Fox Terrier, Sheltie, and a few different mixed breed dogs. All were loved in there own way and mourned when they passed. But none had me wrapped around their paws quite like our princess does.
Gracie truely is our 'fur kid'.
Chunk is my first dog. . We had a mini doxie when I was born. But at about 6 months old, I developed a fever of 103 and after tons of tests, etc. the only thing that made me better was taking away the doggie. So they deducted that I must have been allergic. No dogs for me! My husband has ALWAYS had dogs - technically he still has his pitbull at his Dad's house. But Dad doesn't want to part with Tank; can't say that I blame him. He's super sweet and smart!
Those who have/had bassetts ... Are the similar to bullies? My friend at work has a Bassett and some of the stories she tells me sound just like Chunk. Especially his stubbornness and sleepiness!
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Bassetts are deceiving. They are lazy, loving, eating machines that look sad and morose, but can run like a bat out of hell if the gate is left open..... they like snuggles and need their humans close just like our bullies. a lot of people think their stupid cos they WILL sit there and look at you with those big sad eyes while YOU show them how to fetch etc. Hmmmm sounds familiar eh @BruceP
So yes I suppose they are like Bullies in many ways @Chunksmama
I always thought I wanted a Bassett but went with a bulldog cos Bassetts are bigger hence more difficult for Chris to take to work....now! I prefer Bulldogs.
My first dog was a pug. He's 11 now. We were roommates in college, he saw me get married, live in 2 houses, and have 2 kids. He's laying under me right now. We are very close. He's very similar to a bulldog, but not as stubborn. He listens when I tell him something.
I had a french bulldog for 6 months. That was awful! We couldn't get her trained and the house, crate, enclosure, and my sanity were destroyed every day. We eventually gave her away to a friend and that was the hardest thing I ever did. I will never give another dog away ever.
Now we have Emmitt. He's been super sweet and easy to train. I think anything seems easy after the frenchie. He's sleeping across the room on his bed. He's not as clingy as the pug. He's also more laid back.....but very protective. His bark has gotten deep. If I'm home alone with the kids and he hears something outside he'll bark the house down. He's not like the pug who will bark at squirrels. He only barks in protective mode.
I used to keep Boxers but now I have 2 English Bulldogs, a Shar Pei called Cleo and a Springer Spaniel called Liva, hmmmmmmmm I think thats all
When I was little my parents had a Corgi, Penny, who was so sweet and gentle. Then when my parents divorced many many years later, my Mum got a mixed breed dog which they then bred with another mixed breed dog and we kept one of those papers. They also passed away after very long lives.
After that I moved away to college and lived in London where I didn't have any pets at all, until I met my ex and we gradually built up to 5 cats!! Once I was divorced I still had 3 of the cats still alive and on a visit to USA saw one of the "designer" dogs ... a shih-poo which I found out was a shih-tzu poodle mix. So after much searching on the internet back in England I managed to find a breeder and so we got Coco.
After Tom and I married in England, we rescued Tia - our first miniature schnauzer.
When we moved to USA, we had Coco and Tia and only one cat left - Angel. They all came with us!!
Since moving to the USA we got Kaylie - a schnauzer - poodle mix. Brandi - another miniature schnauzer. Bear - a rescued black lab mix. Maggie - our first English Bulldog. Then lastly there is Daddy who was rescued from an amish puppy mill.
As for characteristics ... the two poodle mixes - Kaylie and Coco - are both very neurotic and highly strung! I think that's the poodle in them!
The miniature schnauzers are both incredibly vocal ... they seem to make a very big attempt to speak to you, which is very funny!!
Bear our lab mix is very gentle .. and gets very nervous but I don't think that's a lab thing, I think it's because he was a rescue and that's how it has affected him.
Maggie and Daddy are like no other dog. Daddy is quite young at the moment and I don't think he's the most clever dog in the world!!! Maggie is just unique - I don't know if there are really words to describe her!!!