What a beautiful dog on your picture, is that an Akita? I love these dogs!
We also have a large dog, unusual breed, a Hovawart, probably smaller than yours, about 85-90 pounds, also quite beautiful. It’s a large and ancient sheepdog breed, similar in temperament to a Great Pyrenees. Ours is entirely blond: it looks a bit similar to a golden retriever, but taller, longer and lankier.
@MaryPat, Thanks for the welcome, and it’s a Shiba Inu of which I am happy to have several in my pack. I have never (knowingly) seen a Hovawart before - sounds vaguely Germanic. Swiss, Austrian, German origins?
Yes! It is a very old breed from the Black Forest in central-West Germany, near the French border. When we found our puppy, there were only about 100 in the US.
It is a very healthy breed. They are not bred until the second year, and they have to pass a joint test, and a temperament test. They only have 2% incidence of hip dysplasia (which plagues large dogs), and enjoy a long life, often more than 15 years (also unusual for large dogs).
But, mostly, they are lovely and wonderful dogs, very attached to their owners, laid back, hard working but not hyper, athletic, and very protective of children without ever being dangerous.
If only they didn’t shed I’ll post a pic when i have a chance.
Unfortunately, with both my husband and I working full time, we haven’t gotten involved in an agility club or courses. His previous owners gave us videos of his agility competitions, his ribbons and full list of the commands he knows. So, on his 2-3 daily walks, we find every opportunity for him to use his skills. In the winter, when there are huge snow banks around, he will scale them, leap over them in a single bound and weave in and out of them…but we don’t time him while he’s doing it).
EH and I have Maple, a Labradoodle. We got her as a puppy after a number of shelter dogs in our past (who were insane but whom we dearly loved) because she doesn’t shed and she’s supposed to have a fantastic temperament.
But she’s totally afraid of strangers (and no, she’s never had a bad day, or been abused)! She’s 2.5 and just starting to come out of it. Fingers crossed she does, because she’s got a fan club in our town! People love her! Hostesses at restaurants ask where she is if EH and I come sans dog. She’s a real sweetie when she figures out that you’re not going to kill her.