Well, as much as I LOVE corgis I don't think our second dog (if we ever get another one) will be a corgi due to such an immense amount of work put into the breed. I was wondering, if our family does consider bringing in another dog, what breed would best be compatible with a corgi? I was really looking for a breed that loves people, other animals, cuddling, relaxing, easy to train, does not bark that much, not a very protective dog (since I have Napolean for that), and they do not shed (low allergy level). I've been looking into the bichon frise breed...does any one have experience with both breeds?? I'd love any other suggestions for another breed (I'd love if the dog was small or medium size too, unless people have had better experiences with a larger dog matched with a corgi) too. Thanks ahead of time!
Maybe a dachsund.
Maybe...the breed just does fit for some reason...
Do you have experiences with a Miniature Poodle? I'm not sure how well they get on with other animals, but they are quite smart, shed little, and are the size you're looking for. I think they look awful in those show clips, but a working clip makes them look pretty good!
No...actually I've never seen a miniature poodle besides seeing one on television xP. Thanks for the suggestion. I might just look into the breed more ;)
My girlfriend has a Bichon. He is barky and jumpy...a very nice dog and maybe with proper training this wouldn't happen. I love standard poodles but I believe they are much different than the smaller ones. Sorry I don't have a real suggestion.
I think training early would fix that problem too. That's okay. Any info is okay with me :) I did not know standards were very different from the miniature.
My husband HATES how they look, but Standard Poodles are one of the few curly-haired breeds that I actually like. They look silly in show clips, but I have seen them at work as proper gun dogs, and they are fabulous. Smart as heck and very bold dogs. On the other hand, I've seen many Mini Poodles on the agility competition circuit, and while they are definitely suspect to "Small Dog Syndrome", I think with proper care that they could blossom into great dogs.
They are really smart (especially the standards) but I'm guessing the smaller ones are VERY independent. For example, they won't listen when there is not treats (corgis listen because they enjoy doing so) in your hand and getting their attention would be really hard...it would be such a HUGE difference from a corgi I think my already limited amount of patience would just blow up in my face XD
Haha! Well, there is a Miniature Poodle in my regular dog park group who is a huge fan of toys (particularly tennis balls). He'll do anything for a toy, but he gets quite vocal and impatient about it. Granted, his owner has done zero formal training with him, so perhaps that's why. :D
Yea. It really comes down to how you train your dog. Any breed could be your dream dog if you train them right x3 That's another reason why picking out a breed is so hard because when you think about it, training and personality is what MAKES a dog who she/he is, making it so that any dog could be out of the breed "standards".
Well.... I appreciate what you are saying, but that sort of turns the whole idea of selective breeding on its head. I mean, I would need a shock collar to train my Corgis not to bark. Growing up we had a spaniel an a lab and training them not to bark was easy. I never had to train a gun dog not to chase and nip heels. My father's Chessie is hard-headed and tries to take over, while the English Springer Spaniel was soft and compliant. A Basset Hound will never herd sheep, no matter how hard you train it. You won't ever be able to trust 99% of all beagles off leash, but most herders should be ok. And so on. Training and socialization are important, but there are innate personality trait that are a combination of the individual and the breed.
True true...That's pretty much why picking the perfect dog is so hard. First you have to find the right breed, you have to find where you can actually get that breed, and finally you have to pick out the perfect pup which fits your lifestyle and family.