Dawnsearlylight wrote: gock5 wrote:
Bassfishn08 wrote:So what ya'll are saying is a standard poodle is the best?
I was originally looking for a chessie because it is different and thought it might be a good dog, have read they might not be the best family dog...
I know there is no definite answer, just wanted to hear some opinions. Thank you everyone for your input.
Got to disagree with you about Chessie's not being the best family dog. Socialization is key at a very young age. My 6 yr old Chessie female has grownup with my 3 kids, all of their cousins, my great niece and great nephew (1 and 2 yrs old respectively). She is the perfect family dog. Protective of the family, but a part of the family too.
I don't know why so many folks think "socialization is the key" to so many problems; trust me, it ain't always so. And the "protectiveness" Chessies are known for can get out of hand and be displayed inappropriately in a heartbeat.
That's true with alot of dogs. With ours, we (family members) are there to correct any type of "not appropriate" behavior immediately. For example, a friend of mine that has never been over came to the door, Roxy was in full display. I opened the door to let my friend end, Roxy began the growling/teeth baring, one hit on the ribs, made her sit, got her attention. No issues with that friend ever again.
I think alot of it has to do with socialization, proper obedience training and responsible ownership. We are ultimately responsible for our dogs behavior.