Posted : 1/19/2007 5:24:59 PM
Flatulence aside, When I las thought about this, I decided I wanted a dog that was "medium" and not overbred.
Dogs are bred really far away from a medium set of phenotypes: about forty pounds, medium build, pointy ears, a little wolfy looking... like a Carolina dog or other "primitive" breed.
Since I wanted a really healthy dog, I stayed away from extremes in phenotype: for example, dogs that exhibit dwarfism, are too large or too small, have smashed-in faces, etc. etc. etc...
And then, once I got a family of dogs that are not too extreme in any direction, I tossed out the ones that are or have been very very popular (ie, labs, dalmatians, goldens) because the chances that they are going to be poorly bred somewhere in the line increases with popularity.
Ed is right--you do wind up with a list of dogs that are not for the faint of heart, mostly sighthounds and intense sporting breeds.