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First off, I really hate dogs which can't serve a purpose. I do realize even if there is a working class dog it sometimes is placed with a family(wife, husband, kids, etc). I seem fixated on getting a dog which is large, but keep having thoughts about actual training for protective(not personal) purposes. I kept thinking of this even when I was considering a dog when I moved up here in Alaska. Of course kick me dogs are worthless, I find no purpose in a "tricky woo". if I were to get a saint, then the possibilities of the worth are lower because of current technology and current living conditions of people.

What do others think on this. I like my big dogs and such, and know the giant breeds often have health issues. Is a large dog worth it if I'm wanting to possibly be a proactive trainer? Are there breeds which are suitable for both policing and family style living conditions?
 

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The giants just flat out don't live long enough. They also lack a little in the agility department. Sorry for being so dense, but I didn't quite understand why you want a giant breed. Could you explain again?
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The giants just flat out don't live long enough. They also lack a little in the agility department. Sorry for being so dense, but I didn't quite understand why you want a giant breed. Could you explain again?
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No, the question is very valid. I know giant breeds often have health problems. Currently I've a 71lb malamute. She is cute and everything, does what I want. They're a hardy breed, but there feels like there is something missing. I like her, she is great. She runs too much for me for starters. I thought my knee would just do fine. My knee hasn't been the best lately from all the running. I like to exercise and such, but well.. nobody is perfect. There are other reasons. I think my issue is psychological. Giant dogs give me a sense of nostalgia and make me remember how I used to be when I was smaller around large dogs, or what I considered a 60lb GSD as a giant animal.
 

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*gasp* I have the perfect solution! A SHILOH SHEPHERD!






:lol: :lol: :lol: Buhahaha...actually, that's apparently the exact same reason the lady who started that breed. Actually, as I've said before on the board, I fostered a really neat looking GSD/Great Pyrenees mix a while back. 11 months old and already 100 lbs. We re-named him Simba before he was adopted out. Really described him as he looked like a big fluffy lion.
 

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If you like large, you can find GSD's that size if you really want. I just sold an 11 month old a month ago who was 97lbs, lean and fit. He was from "DDR" lines, and I kept his sister who isn't oversize. Both have perfect indoor behavior and gentle around small children or animals, and certainly suitable for work, good civil drive, strong and quick. Most people would agree I think, that size like that is not necessarily advantageous in protection.

 

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Dargo Von Den Thurlinger Kronjulwen was a DDR stud.He was around 120 and had great hips up through old age.If that aint big enough for ya I dont know what to tell ya.Thats a BIG dog.He titled and was a great dog from what I understand.
Even finding a good GSD of Dargo's size without hip or other health issues is a daunting task.A GSD from the right lines and from the right dogs is by far the best answer for what you want.
I worked a 95 pound PSD Mal once in a bitesuit and holy $%&* Im glad he wasnt a pound bigger.
 

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I have yet to see a large GSD who has enough strength to lift his big ass off the ground to do anything that requires agility with any amount of grace or efficiency :lol: You say that your current dog runs too much and knee problems, well a high energy working dog needs to run alot, run run run run run, thats all my dogs do. My advice: Figure out what you are trying to achieve before picking what dog you want. If it's protection (you state not personal.... so what kinda protection are you talking about? property? or are you wanting to sell to police? which would be a whole different and unlikely ball game). If you want to train for sport, pick a sport then pick a dog who can do the sport. I really can't tell from any of your posts what you want out of a dog other than big and purposeful.
 

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Daryl Ehret said:
If you like large, you can find GSD's that size if you really want. I just sold an 11 month old a month ago who was 97lbs, lean and fit. He was from "DDR" lines, and I kept his sister who isn't oversize. Both have perfect indoor behavior and gentle around small children or animals, and certainly suitable for work, good civil drive, strong and quick. Most people would agree I think, that size like that is not necessarily advantageous in protection.
:eek: omg, I didn't even know GSDs grew that big! I've been around animals for years, omg!
 

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My GSD is pretty big, not heavy, but a few inches taller than the standard, and he sleeps in the couch all day. Although outside he can drag you to the ground if you let him. :p He's also very agile, not like a Malinois, but he can go anywhere a dog can.
 

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Dargo Von Den Thurlinger Kronjulwen was a DDR stud.He was around 120 and had great hips up through old age.If that aint big enough for ya I dont know what to tell ya.Thats a BIG dog.He titled and was a great dog from what I understand.
Even finding a good GSD of Dargo's size without hip or other health issues is a daunting task.A GSD from the right lines and from the right dogs is by far the best answer for what you want.
I worked a 95 pound PSD Mal once in a bitesuit and holy $%&* Im glad he wasnt a pound bigger.
You've done bitework with a mal? :eek: The "giant" malamutes(mostly for fad now) can get up to 150~ ;)
 

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I'm agreeing with Mike...I'm still not sure what you want exactly, though you've told us. You want a large to giant dog of reasonable intelligence and trainability, ability to do carting, and on the protective side, but you don't really want to do sport or personal protection (just generic bitework? I am unclear, sorry)? Heck, a nice mixed breed dog might do you nice. I'd offer up something like my husky/Rott mix, but he's a mere 65 lbs, though he looks about 80. He's visually very deterring (think black and tan and blocky head like a Rottweiler with a husky's white belly, ice blue eyes, and a husky's coat and tail) and his basic obedience is fine. You say there is just something missing with your Malamute. Pin point what that is and really come to the conclusion that that's what you want along with how much effort you really want to spend to work towards that, and I think you might have it.

PS: Round here, Mals usually mean Malinois. :)
 

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I have yet to see a large GSD who has enough strength to lift his big ass off the ground to do anything that requires agility with any amount of grace or efficiency :lol: You say that your current dog runs too much and knee problems, well a high energy working dog needs to run alot, run run run run run, thats all my dogs do. My advice: Figure out what you are trying to achieve before picking what dog you want. If it's protection (you state not personal.... so what kinda protection are you talking about? property? or are you wanting to sell to police? which would be a whole different and unlikely ball game). If you want to train for sport, pick a sport then pick a dog who can do the sport. I really can't tell from any of your posts what you want out of a dog other than big and purposeful.
I like commencing in activities with animals. I love to initiate in playing, training, and other working activities.

protective
I know what I'm wanting is quite confusing. If I received a dog which had a protective(non-alert, pro-attack) personality, the dog would not be bred for residential people. Residents who think they need a protective dog don't need a dog, they need a gun. Unless the protection is family oriented. Many people I see are single wanting "protection". The dog usually ends up at a shelter, and killed because the dog can't be integrated in family life. *sigh*. I don't necessarily need a protective or alert dog, but would be great if the dog had the extra characteristic.

strength
a dog which could pull its weight, not unnecessarily being the iditarod champion running long distances. This would be work like pulling bundles of firewood, equipment from house to road, *grin* pulling kids or me on a small sled. Even my friend's american mastiff can seem to just go a few good miles when there is kids attached, heh.

obedience
I know malamutes aren't recognized as obedient, however my current girl listens to me very well. I've a very strict personality and won't put up with the "I want to do it my way" crap. She tried pulling the 7 year old routine and the drag dog routine, didn't last with her. I've a good strong hand :) In other words obedience doesn't matter with me, I'll shape the dog up. Break and rebuild.

breeding
Either way there could be health issues by neutering or not neutering a dog. I usually have kept intact, and I believe with a good diet and exercise a good breed can go a long way. I want to also think about breeding in which case I definitely need a good well rounded dog. I realize the significance of breeding and what is encumbered with the privilege of breeding. I love to raise animals, if I lost a bitch during delivery I'd simply feed them milk myself. :) I'd certainly not be a backyard breeder, I'd only breed for the right reasons. If I want money, I'll write more software or do more tech work. I want to become a grade A reputable breeder.

I'd keep my own girl, but it is a long story. There are tons of small little problems sure, but one which hurt me was the breeder taking back her word on allowing me to breed her. I feel she was trying to "bum" her off on me than ever now. I'm sure my girl would be okay for breeding, but she is not the standing example. The breeder over the phone agreed to allow breed, there was also no contract. When I went to her house I read her face once more and it was lying to me. I took her anyway, how naive of me. Alls hurt and nothing gained, cept now I just need to find her a new home(*easy*).

medical
I'd like a well rounded dog, not a dog which is prone to ear infections or gets some skin rash every time the wind blows the wrong way. I can take care of all types of cuts, injuries, sticks through body/limbs. Just as I'm taking care of my current girl's incised paw. I know the bigger could also result to problems like abscesses, benign tumors, cancer, or other lovely giant dog illnesses. I don't mind them, I never cry over them. I've had several animals which killed over from cancer to kitty aids(I don't remember what it was). Why I asked about a giant dog with less medical problems was I didn't want a dog which was a dog which I'd have to be a regular at the vets.

looks
The dog could be the ugliest animal on the planet and I wouldn't care. However I'm a big showoff and even if the dog looked odd I'd still take him to the local dog show. As long as the dog is a AKC breed I'd take it at least.

stamina
I love to run, I like to go to the beach. However there are those days when I am in pain and I don't want to do anything but relax. I'm looking for a dog which will not need tons of exercise to keep a good form. My girl is great, she does lay and relax. However I fear her being so lazy will make her develop health problems. Malamutes are supposed to be all run run run run. This one runs when she is with the neighbors dog, and I'm looking for a dog which will be able to get a proper amount of exercise in a very large fenced house yard(stretches from half-front to back).

intelligence
Must have okay intelligence. The most retarded dog I've ever owned was a beagle. I swear I'll never ever EVER EVER!! own a beagle, ever again. The dumb thing was one of the family dogs, *shrug*. Died a grim death at age 8. Just killed over, probably because nobody would give it attention. It had a wart face.... *shrug*

car travel
One thing I haven't been able to cure my girl of is car sickness, I've done with with dogs in the past. She is just terrified of the car. Just utterly terrified. No matter what methods I use she is terrified. I try driving to the beach, and each time there ends up a puddle of stomach contents. Could be because I received her at 7 months and she had some programming already. I need a dog which does okay at car travel. I know american mastiffs do alright if trained early. Try getting a 200lb lb mastiff out of the car saying, " no no out out I don't want you to come with me!" :p

I don't mind dog hair, drool, or any body fluids which might exit.

Did I forget anything?
 

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<<<I know what I'm wanting is quite confusing.>>>>

I don't think I'm confused at all about what you are looking for;

You want a GIANT breed, so everyone will look at you and say WOW.

you want a dog that will bite when you tell him, get in or out of the car, as the case may be, that you can hook to a sled, or put a saddle on so kids can ride at the upcoming county fair. While all the time being able to control the dog with a citronella collar and a clicker. (I may have made up the clicker part). I'm not sure if you want to enter this dog in agility classes as well, but it does sound like it's going that direction. YOu want something that's easily trained. I think it's nice of you to not care if the dog drools, there is always plastic seat covers.

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:D :D :D That was funny!

I dont think you know what you want.I know that I would never sell you a dog even if I had this super duper handy dandy giant agility/protection/sled dog you described. :p
 

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<<<I know what I'm wanting is quite confusing.>>>>

I don't think I'm confused at all about what you are looking for;

You want a GIANT breed, so everyone will look at you and say WOW.

you want a dog that will bite when you tell him, get in or out of the car, as the case may be, that you can hook to a sled, or put a saddle on so kids can ride at the upcoming county fair. While all the time being able to control the dog with a citronella collar and a clicker. (I may have made up the clicker part). I'm not sure if you want to enter this dog in agility classes as well, but it does sound like it's going that direction. YOu want something that's easily trained. I think it's nice of you to not care if the dog drools, there is always plastic seat covers.

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No, you are confused what I'm looking for, ;). I never go for the wow affect. The giant is for the muscle. Also since it would be bigger than me, I wouldn't have to worry so much about hurting during roughhousing. I play with my friend's mastiff more than he plays at roughhousing, big 200lb dog is fun. He pins me, I pin him. He thinks I'm the next best thing to my dog. No, before I seen this forum I wasn't thinking about biting, but think it would be interesting. where the heck did the citronella come from? Those damn collars should all burn, I'll keep my great shock collars. yes I even tried them on myself. Unfortunately I turned it up to 4 thinking it wasn't much.. wroonngg.. *BBUBUUZUZUZUZUZU** I don't need a clicker, I make the sound tounge to teeth. ;) I've the malamute trained to listen then command on the clicks :) I want something which can be challenging to train. Saints seem to have an independent mind. I'm sure its not hard as a malamutes. She used to run away from me or just run, I fixed the habit :) She isn't exactly weird(not wandering) because she is genetically, she is weird because I'm so strict with her. Weeeeelll if I drown in a sea of drool, I'll let you know.
 

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:D :D :D That was funny!

I dont think you know what you want.I know that I would never sell you a dog even if I had this super duper handy dandy giant agility/protection/sled dog you described. :p
Nah, I know there isn't an all-in-one dog. I just have to find what characteristics I want more than the others and make a decision.
 

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You want a GIANT breed, so everyone will look at you and say WOW.
hehe, when I was reading in to the other mastiff, I just had to research English Mastiffs. When I read the comments it went something like.. "when the car has broken down, you can ride your English mastiff to work!"(a joke, not real)

thinking about English, if I wanted "WOW", I'd get one of them. I don't want a English mastiff. They do alright here, but I don't want a 300lb dog. I can't imagine trying to roughhouse, he would break me :? One mastiff body slam would break me, heh. They just kinda fall over to slam in play.

now I think about it, I could also achieve "wow" by getting a newfie . They are rare dogs for alaska here, not sure why.. Though my friend says 6 years later and his parents are still pulling newfie hair out of everything :) I did research them upon request of my friend since he said they are good dogs with people, even kids. The hair looks like it will clump with snow. Which is the reason I've been looking at the smooth hair(short) saint. The snow doesn't clump in their hair, however with rough(long) the snow will clump.
 
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