Toy / Yapper / Kick dogs of any breed (if I want an animal the size of a cat, well, I have cats!). *That said, I have met some individuals that I liked a lot, they're just not for me.
Schnauzer - never met one I really liked, and have met several that I disliked rather intensely
Airedale - see above
Akita - see above
Doberman - BAD experience as a kid, I still have an involuntary fear response even when I meet a nice one, so it's a bad mix
Pit bull - just couldn't deal with the negative perception and stigma associated, a lot of what I treasure about having a dog is being able to socialize with him
Afghan - too high maintenance
Those are the only ones I can think of off the top as definite "no"s. *But that said, when my BF started on about wanting a dog, I told him the only kind I would really consider was a lab. *And he's been such a joy that I can really only picture myself with labs from now on.
I'd probably rule out any bully breeds for the reasons mentioned above...we're going to have children in a couple of years and there is no need to worry about temperment issues or even other childrens parents being worried even if we aren't.
Tiny yappy dogs are so not my thing... Terriers don't seem my type either, a bit too independent. *The ex-large breed dogs do have such a short life expectancy, its a shame, as I do LOVE the BMD's!!!! *
I agree that sporting dogs seem the best bet, they tend to be great people pleasers. *
However, I think my next dog will be from the shelter, likely not a puppy but a younger dog... and probably in a couple of years when CoCo has matured, but we'll see what the family sitation is like. *So anything goes!
Unsound, crazy dogs of any breed. Sadly, there are too many of them among pits and GSDs these days (and GSDs are maybe my favorite breed after Labs), but that would not keep me from owning the right pit or GSD.
I guess I'd have to choose a bully very carefully, since at this point in my life I don't want to deal with dog aggression. (And contrary to what certain popular trainers will tell you, dog aggression cannot necessarily be "fixed" with exercise and dominance. It is proper temperament in a pit.) That would not rule out a non-dog-aggressive bully.
For some reason, I have a thing about Pekingese and Shih Tzus. I just think they're weird looking. I also probably would have a hard time with a hairless dog, although the Xolos are cute.
This is a fun thread. I just wanted to add that, re-reading my post, this feels a little like the conversation "what would you never name your kid", and the answers so often are " '____' " because the bully in my first grade class was named that and I hated him!" Some of my response at least comes down to irrational associations and personal experiences with individuals. It's kind of funny.
I'm a self proclaimed breed snob I see many labs in my future with a token short legged jack russell thrown in for flavor!
Breeds I wouldn't keep in my house even if someone paid me... wiems: every single one I've met is nuts! poodles (toy-standard or doodle of any kind): I just can't stand them great dane: If I wanted something the size of a pony, I'd splurge and get the actual pony...at least I could ride it Small dogs (not including many terrier breeds): If I can't rough and tumble or hike with it, it just doesn't seem like a dog to me Sharpei: the wrinkles are cute as a pup, but not so much as an adult. Big, drooly dogs: icky
There are more, but those were off the top of my head