FransterDoo wrote:I'm confused. Are people not allowed to love more than one breed? That's rather silly, don't you think?
That isn't what I said, and if you look back far enough, you'll see that I've mentioned that there are other breeds that I myself am interested in owning. They are other "off" breeds, though, the Shelties & BCs do not interest me.
I was merely addressing Adrianne's statement that most of the people she knew had more than one breed, in pointing out that my experience was the opposite. And that of the people I personally see, most that get another breed do so to get a more competitive dog. Certainly people can love more than one breed, but that isn't the reason why most of the people I see switching breeds do so.
And I would certainly disagree that the people I know who choose to own just one breed do so because they don't love dogs. I have a friend who owns only white Standard Poodles, and loves my dogs, she has really enjoyed the times I've allowed her to run Tess in class and once even in a trial. After she lost her Poodle bitch to cancer several months ago (very sad), and was talking about her next pup, I spent some time trying to convince her to try another color of Poodle (mostly jokingly). Sort of a gateway to owning something other than a Standard Poodle. She wouldn't do it, her new pup is a white Standard Poodle bitch. And very cute, too, I can't wait to meet her!
Another couple I know owns only Pharaoh Hounds. Though they mostly do agility (have multiple MACHs on the dogs), they also title them in conformation, obedience, rally, & lure coursing. I can't imagine them with anything but the Pharaohs. But when I introduced puppy Pirate to them, the husband took the leash and headed off with him. Took him for a walk around the arena. I was all for it, I'd like for once to have a dog that will work for other people readily, then maybe Mr. Pharaoh Hound can run Pirate on the course sometime. He's generally pretty willing to run any dog offered to him, and he's a great handler.
Another friend has Australian Shepherds. She also usually has a foster dog, who is not an Aussie, which makes it easier to know she's not keeping it. She's fostered a pit bull, but usually has some sort of small mix breed; right now she has a cute Pom mix. Once she finds a good home for her foster, she'll pull another one.
Having one particular breed that you love and want to live with doesn't mean you don't love all dogs, it just means you've found the breed that speaks to you the best, and you are happy with their company. And I don't think it's just because I only choose to hang around people who are devoted to one breed, because I'm just describing what I see around me. And yes, I do know people who own and enjoy more than one breed, some of them are my friends, but those aren't the people I'm describing right now.