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I've owned and loved the American Pit Bull Terrier since 1988. I've done weight pulling (10 years) and Lure Chasing, and conformation (thrice). As I get older, I find myself looking at other breeds. I want to get back into dog sports with another breed, and haven't decided on which breed is best for me. I've considered the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Samoyed(too hairy) Alaskan Malamute (too big) Siberian Husky (talks too much) Field labs, Boykin Spaniels... even the smaller (gamier lines) 35 to 45 lb APBTS. Uggg...

I really want to switch breeds in my old age. lol

What other breeds have you owned? What is their personality like?
 

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While I don't have direct contact as far as sporting goes with them, I have always liked the Brittany Spaniel. The ones I have met are nice, well tempered dogs in a nice compact package.
Please let us know what you decide.
 

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Aireal an OG from here has gone Flat Coat Retriever for hunt and dog diving once he champions out in confirmation. Gorgeous dogs, great temperaments as well. Def can't wait to see puppy pics when you decide which one you're going with.
 
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I've owned and loved the American Pit Bull Terrier since 1988. I've done weight pulling (10 years) and Lure Chasing, and conformation (thrice). As I get older, I find myself looking at other breeds. I want to get back into dog sports with another breed, and haven't decided on which breed is best for me. I've considered the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Samoyed(too hairy) Alaskan Malamute (too big) Siberian Husky (talks too much) Field labs, Boykin Spaniels... even the smaller (gamier lines) 35 to 45 lb APBTS. Uggg...

I really want to switch breeds in my old age. lol

What other breeds have you owned? What is their personality like?
I have 3 dogs. A bully mix, a shorty bull, and an English Springer Spaniel. The spaniel had been a super versatile and fantastic dog. I've done field trial and hunt test stuff with him, agility, rally, some GRC (he likes wall climb and slat mill), and a lot of fun trick training. What I'll say about spaniels is they are high drive working dogs and can be a lot. Less intensity than a bull breed, but also a lot less chill. Not a lot of natural off switch. Mine is noisy and whiny which is not uncommon. Some are worse than others but it is worth being aware of. Love mine but I find my bull breeds much easier to live with. Granted, my dog and others at my club are all field line dogs and bred to work. Bench bred dogs would be a bit different. I had a Malamute before these and she was certainly one of the most solid dogs I have ever owned but the least interested in doing any kind of sport of any dog I have ever owned. A great companion and hiking buddy. Tons of hair. The spaniel has a lot of hair too, though some lines and types are better than others. I used to compete in obedience with a Boxer and he was a solid dog. Quality, eager, reliable. I didn't know about spring pole back then, but that dog probably would have loved it. A good one is worth its weight in gold. My Shorty Bull is only a year old but honestly so far is a fantastic little sport dog, an easy keeper, and very versatile. I have a couple friends with GSPs and one of them showed some amazing natural talent for weight pull. I had one back in the 90s who was a pretty stellar dog. Again, a good versatile shorthaired breed of dog, but like the spaniels, some of them struggle with off switches. I would also say that be thoughtful about the type of thinking you like from a dog. My spaniel has a sort of thoughtless quick moving way of being. The skill is getting him to slow down and think. My bull breeds can move fast, but they are more thoughtful and deliberate in training, even if they can be sharp and react quickly to things in life, they really are more thoughtful to work with. I am not sure if my ramblings make sense, but really ponder what lifestyle you enjoy, what kind of head you like on a dog for training, and that might help guide your choice. I didn't even get into all the breeds I have owned and worked with. They all have their strengths and it is really just about narrowing down what you enjoy living with and working with.
 
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