Skip to comments.Dog Breeds Rated for Feistiness
Posted on 06/26/2008 10:18:39 AM PDT by Oyarsa
June 26, 2008 -- Little dogs -- think Chihuahuas and Dachshunds -- tend to be feisty, while certain breeds, like Golden and Labrador Retrievers, are as mellow as their reputations suggest, found a new study that identified the most and least aggressive common dog breeds.
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I observe that the inimitable Elkhound was not included; undoubtedly because it would have put other dogs to shame. :-) /joke
The best breed of all, the Pug, isn’t even listed on the expanded list. Not fair!
Help me out here. Where is the expanded list in that article?
This dog is feistier and nastier than all
the other mutts on your list -- combined!
This rates a “duh.” Little dogs are hyper and bouncy and run all over the place...big dogs are more laid back. Well, maybe with the exception of a few Chows and Chow mixes I’ve known, now those were some crazy dogs. (And maybe greyhounds, but they’re only hyper for 30 minutes a day...the other 23:30, they’re furniture that wants petting.)
They are not feisty, they will just eat you if you come in uninvited.
Click on the word “here” in the sentence:
“A more complete list of the breeds included in the study and how they rated may be found here.”
The stair police, LOL.
If it's not a Basenji, it's just a dog.
There’s your pug...
Any study that doesn’t include pugs is invalid.
I am owned by a Rat Terrier.
Hey, my dog wanted me to let you know he is very insulted by being put in the same category as that woman! ;0)
I love the pugs, except for one thing.....they shed horribly. We have a pet friendly B&B and I always have extra vacuuming to do when we've had a pug visiting. Other than that, they've been a pleasure to have.
Forget feistiness. Rating dogs on the Chick Magnet Scale, Shiba Inu is #1 (Just don’t let the wife know how good)
I have a matched set just like these - you can never have too many wienies!!!
Elkhound puppies are cuter. ;-)
A friend gave us their Corgy/Dachsund mix. He IS feisty AND smart. He is only 6 months old. I hope he grows our of the feistiness, before I beat it our of him.
Just joking. He’s great.
Aw! What cuties! We have a minature dachshund and our son has a dachshund that’s called a “tweeny” because his weight and size are inbetween the minature and standard sized dachshunds. You are so right about someone coming in uninvited!! No one even comes down our driveway unannounced anymore, in his mind our little dachshund is a Rottweiller! He backs down our big fat Catahoula all the time. Very protective, very smart and the funniest breed we’ve ever had!
I also note that Irish Setters (either show or sporting breed) are not listed. I presume that’s because they are to ADD to sustain a grudge or engage in aggressive behavior. Ours is the picture of domestic lunacy and docility, until you try to groom him. Then, you’d better have a whip and chair in hand or a tranquilizer gun.
Our boxer, on the other hand, is the most docile, loving, slobbering, shedding bundle of plumpness you can imagine. She looks ferocious, but she’d lead you to the family jewels and wait for her treat.
Typo, that should be “...too ADD...”
It should be noted that male dachshunds have an uncanny ability to mate with any female dog variety. And will, when you least expect it.
Huh! Try a Pembroke Corgi. They shed constantly. I used to own Shelties, and they would blow their coat once a year; but, the corgi sheds ALL the time, and Spring is just awful (as I look at my downstairs carpet and little tufts of hair all over it).
However, they are so cute and have such great personalities that all is forgiven. For anyone thinking that this sounds good, I would recommend a Corgi (Pembroke) if your kids are at least 6 or 7. They love their people, but I don't think they are very patient with little kids who would be pulling at them.
Again, a small dog body, with a large dog spirit. Our Griffyn will chase a ball forever.
Correct. I saw a dachsund try to mount a border collie in Central Park some time ago.
Of course, they leave him outside by himself all day -- he barks frantically at my two lady Labs whenever we go by, they do the doggie equivalent of a smile and a wave, which just makes him more frantic.
Poor guy. They don't take proper care of him.
The term "feist" - an old Southern word - means a small, yappy, bouncy dog of indeterminate parentage.
I will say that my Labs are not so mellow as all that, being field bred.
My 100% field bred black Lab is so feisty, she rushed my camera at age 7 weeks:
'course, she just wanted to give me a great big sloppy puppy kiss, not eat me alive. After all, I had just rescued her from the cargo hold of a jetliner and an open baggage cart on the apron at Hartsfield Atlanta.
We have a Corgi, too, and everything you said is right on - especially about being so cute that all is forgiven. :)
I have two: Fidel & Charo. Aye!
We had three of them. Ha,ha.
Not if you get them neutered.
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet Labs. Can’t say it enough. Oh and did I say sweet? Miss our Yellow Lab. :(
Never thought much of them but over the years I have had a little contact and LOVE them. They are darling and so sweet and...can be taken anywhere!!!
I was behind a van the other day that had two stickers:
“That’s not a dirty window, it’s my dachshund’s nose art”,
and the one that made me snort my Diet Pepsi:
“If you can see my wiener, you’re too close!”
Me and the wife are sooo close to getting a dachshund. She’s off this summer and I’m pushing her to go ahead and get one. Any suggestions (assuming the pic you posted is of your two good looking dogs)?
Labs are the best dogs in the world hands down
“Huh! Try a Pembroke Corgi. They shed constantly. I used to own Shelties, and they would blow their coat once a year; but, the corgi sheds ALL the time, and Spring is just awful (as I look at my downstairs carpet and little tufts of hair all over it).
However, they are so cute and have such great personalities that all is forgiven. For anyone thinking that this sounds good, I would recommend a Corgi (Pembroke) if your kids are at least 6 or 7. They love their people, but I don’t think they are very patient with little kids who would be pulling at them.
Again, a small dog body, with a large dog spirit. Our Griffyn will chase a ball forever.”
Cardigan ones are much the same, though somewhat more laid back, and a little less “barky”. They both are shed-monsters, though.
My mom is on her 4th Corgi, having had 2 of each flavor.
I think I’ll stick to my Weimaraners or maybe a German Shorthaired Pointer. I love those Continental pointers.
I see greyhounds and whippets are the least agressive, which is my experience.
I'll be writing in my shepherd for president come November; he's way smarter than Obama, and far more conservative than McCain. He's strong on defense without being overly aggressive and his domestic policy is pretty much limited to going to the bathroom exclusively in outdoor venues.
Confirmed, Siberian Huskies are extremely friendly dogs.
Not rated, the West Highland White Terrier; generally needy, active, a bit snippy, extremely smart.
Oh my gosh! Those puppies are adorable, LOL.