If I had to make a list of favorite dog breeds I haven’t actually owned — at least so far — I can easily think of the first one to top my list.
1. Golden Retriever
Years ago, I brought home a dog from a rescue group I later volunteered with. She was a Golden Retriever and Border Collie mix as best I can tell. She looked like a Border Collie in size and shape but had the Golden Retriever temperament. When she passed away from what we believe was liver cancer, I wanted to adopt a Golden Retriever, but the local rescue group was so uninterested in setting up a time to talk to me (or explain why they seemed so) that I ended up returning to a breed I’d owned before: the Rough Collie.
2. Siberian Huskies
I’ve heard from friends of mine who’ve owned them that these dogs can definitely be a challenge because they’re so smart and so uniquely stubborn and set in their ways. But you only have to watch a few YouTube videos featuring these howling hounds to imagine how much fun they’d be as well.
3. German Shepherd
This breed has actually been the second-most-popular dog breed in America for several years now. They’re very loyal to their masters, but if not properly trained, could pose a risk. Still, they’re beautiful dogs and a breed I’ve always admired. It’s the breed my Mom loves, though she’s never had one, either.
4. Border Collie
Supposedly among the smartest of all dog breeds, I don’t know that I’d have the time to be able to handle one of these dogs. They’ve always been a favorite of mine, but they need a lot of activity and jobs to keep their brains occupied or else (I’ve heard) they can become a real problem. It’s probably best I admire these from afar.
5. Standard Poodle
My Mom had two different Poodles when I was growing up. Both, unfortunately, died young. But they were smart dogs with a lot of personality and they were much loved. I tend to prefer the bigger dogs and Poodles don’t shed, which is a good thing.
6. Boykin Spaniel
This is the rust-colored version of the Cocker Spaniel, and it just happens to be the official dog breed of South Carolina. While they were bred in South Carolina to be compact hunting dogs able to travel in boats and to retrieve ducks and other fowl on land or in the water, they’re also considered friendly family dogs.
7. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Descriptions of the Corgi that I’ve read remind me of a Rough Collie’s personality stuffed into a shorter dog. I’ve heard they’re very loving and loyal dogs, but also have that herding instinct.
8. Great Pyrenees
These white giants are sweet and loyal. They’re beautiful dogs with a lot of personality, but the main reason I would hesitate to get one is that they have a slightly shorter lifespan than most breeds, with some living only 10 years, and that would bother me going into the relationship.
9. St. Bernard
Like the Gret Pyrenees, the St. Bernard has a shorter lifespan, averaging only 8 to 10 years. That, combined with a little too much slobber for my taste, has helped me avoid having one of these breeds despite my admiration for them.
I know a lot of people dislike these “designer breeds,” but the Goldendoodle combines two great and smart breeds: the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. These dogs are just adorable to look at and the few I’ve met have seemed very friendly to everyone. Their price tag would probably be enough to keep me from ever owning one.
That’s my list…I’d love to hear which ones would make your list.
What are your favorite dog breeds that you haven’t yet owned?
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.