As the member of a dog club where many people own purebred dogs, I'm in an interesting position as the owner of a mixed breed; if I do, one day, choose to make a purebred dog a part of my life, I've got lots of choices, and the dogs I'm around certainly make an impact on my opinions of various breeds.
I thought it'd be fun to take a slew of Dog Breed Quizzes online and analyze the results a bit.
Animal Planet's Breed Selector told me the best choice for me would be an Australian Shepherd.
PuppyFinder.com's Breed Selector also gave the Aussie as the top choice.
Good Housekeeping's Breed Selector told me a Rottweiler would fit well into my home. (Marge vehemently disagrees, as they are, unfortunately, her least favorite breed.)
Breeder Retriever's Breed Selector put the English Setter in the number one spot for me.
ShowDog.com's Breed Selector returned the Bearded Collie in the answer list.
Eukanuba's Breed Selector selected the Bouvier Des Flandres as the best dog based on my answers.
Purina's Breed Selector returned no matches - I guess they don't think I'm fit to own a dog!
And, lastly, SelectSmart.com's Breed Selector told me that no purebred fits my lifestyle and that I'd be best suited to a mixed breed.
Obviously, these tests are bogus, but breed suggestions sure are interesting when you've never owned a purebred dog before. I'd also be interested in hearing the results that some of these tests return for some of you, especially if you already own purebred dogs and know what types you like.
I have to be honest.. with the exception of the Australian Shepherd (and, of course, a good ol' mutt), I don't think I'd like living with any of the breeds that these tests suggested to me. They do seem to have it narrowed down to Herding, Working, and Sporting dogs, though, which are the type of dogs I prefer.
So, what do you think? If I were to get a purebred dog, what type of dog would suit me well? You know the type of dog I like - an athletic, smart and responsive medium-to-large sized dog, with high but not over-the-top exercise and training requirements. Should be able to tolerate the extremes of a New York climate. The dog doesn't have to be extremely friendly with strangers and strange animals, but should be able to accompany me to a wide array of places comfortably.
(This is all just for fun, of course. I won't reveal them yet, but I already know at least a few breeds that I'd be interested in owning!)
Fear issues (and heat intolerance) aside, I've basically described Marge's qualities to a tee. No wonder I love my girl so much. She's my "perfect dog" at the moment!