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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Doggie Daycare: My Most and Least Favorite Breeds

After working at a doggie daycare for over a year and being around so many different breeds, I've come up with a list of my favorites, least favorites and some that are just okay.  These are only my opinions based on my time at work!

Least Favorites:
    Boxers - I have yet to meet a boxer I like (Sorry Dad and Trudy!)  I know that's awful to say. But from what I've seen they're bratty, bossy, rude, stubborn, mean, rough, barky and annoying. They ignore correction and pick on the other dogs relentlessly. 
  •  Poodles and Doodles (golden doodles and labradoodles) - I always thought I wanted a big dog that didn't shed. No longer. All the doodles I've encountered have been, well, read boxer description above and there you have it.  Poodles, on the other hand, aren't bad except they're just  not my cup of tea. I don't think they're cute. We have one standard poodle I actually like. His name is Hermes, and he's sweet and doesn't bark.
Golden doodle


Labradoodle


For some reason, mini doodles (below) are sweeter than regular sized doodles. That's just been my experience.


Poodles...eh...

  • English Bulldogs - The ones at doggie daycare have been mean and stubborn. My sister-in-law has one who is very sweet, so I know there are exceptions. 
  • Bull terriers - we've only had one so far, but it's enough to know I'd never get one. He's a big bully. It doesn't help that he's deaf, so when the other dogs bark in his face to correct him, he continues what he's doing. This doesn't go over well with the other dogs and fights ensue.
  • Border Collies - I just don't get these dogs. I'm sure they're great on a farm, but otherwise I don't know why anyone would have one. At doggie daycare all they do is chase their tails, run around in circles, herd the other dogs or try to catch imaginary flies. I'm not feelin' the love here. Sorry :(
  • Pomeranians - Another dog I don't get. Yappy and not cute (in my opinion). Some employees love them.  

Indifferent towards:
  • German Shepherds - I don't not like them; they're just standoffish. They're very loyal and attached to their people and would prefer to be with them, not a raucous bunch of dogs. 
  • Beagles - Almost made my least favorite list because of they're barky-ness and howling. They're cuteness makes up for it. We do have a couple beagles I really like.
  • Great Pyrenees - We've only had a few. Gentle giants, for the most part.  
  • Newfoundlands - We've only had a few.  Like the Great Pyrenees, they're gentle giants.
  • Huskies - Nothing good or bad to say. Like German Shepherds, they can be standoffish.
  • Australian Shepherds - We get a lot of these. They're pretty (love their coloring), but nothing else stands out about them, for me. They wander around and seem disconnected to people.
  • Rottweilers - They're okay. Sweet. Can be rough with other dogs but only because they don't realize their strength, not because they're mean.
  • Yorkies - Nothing bad to say. Don't love 'em, don't hate 'em. My mom and stepdad have two and they are sweet as can be. At daycare they kind of get lost in the shuffle.
  • Dachshunds - Like Yorkies, I have nothing bad to say about them. A little yappy, but cute and funny personalities.
  • Dobermans - We don't get a lot of them,. They can be annoying sometimes. They're sweet but very vocal, and "talk back" when you tell them to be quiet. Rarrrooooo, rarrroooo-ooooo. It's funny at first. They also like to walk between your legs from behind you and stand there. Depending on their size, it's not always easy to get off the"horse!"

Favorites:
  • Pit bulls - Haha! You knew that was coming.




Some daycares and boarding facilities don't allow pit bulls. Ours does, which is good because if they didn't I wouldn't work there. We have a TON of pit bulls. Yes, some have been kicked out because of bad behavior. Nothing serious, and all have been given several chances. We've also had Corgis, shepherds and labs kicked out.

By the way, there's a Pomeranian at Stray Rescue right now labeled "staff only." Volunteers are not allowed near him. I heard staff putting him in his kennel the other day and he sounded like a Tasmanian devil.
  • Cockapoos - Since I have one, I admit I'm biased. But they truly are smart and adorable. 
This isn't KC, but doesn't it look exactly like her?

  • Chihuahuas - Surprised? Me too. I didn't think I liked them. But since working at doggie daycare, that's changed. I know they can be yappy, but they have huge personalities and are so entertaining. Especially when telling a huge mastiff or doberman to get out of their space, backing them up 10 feet with a few barks. There is nothing funnier. Plus they're snuggly and love to be held. 
  • Puggles - Another surprise for me. Who would have thought a beagle/pug mix would be so "normal." Can't say that about a lot of breeds. Ha! They're very sweet and, well, normal.
  • Golden Retrievers - Not surprisingly, they're awesome, well behaved and sweet.

Hit or Miss:
  • Labrador Retrievers - It all depends. If they're trained, I like them. If not, I don't. They're always one extreme to the other. The good ones are really good; the bad ones are awful! My dad and stepmom's labs are well behaved and I love them.


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