I am looking for a new dog. The kids and I miss our black Lab we had to put down in 2007. I've always been partial to black and yellow Labs, Irish Setters, Great Danes and Greyhounds. I don't like small dogs. Well, I like small dogs more than I like cats. I also like pet hamsters and pet millipedes more than I like cats. I like Sea Monkeys more than I like cats.
While doing some dog shopping tonight I spotted what must be the biggest dog I have ever seen.
I'd like to see the reaction on some would-be burglar's face when he sees THAT looking back at him. It would be a blast to have a Great Dane. They have a happy personality and scare the crap out of people even though they are big friendly dufus dogs. But I don't think it would be fair to a dog that size to live in a standard tract house with a 50'x50' back yard. Plus, there is a good chance such a dog could get bored while I'm at work and decide to scratch and chew its way out of the house. (A neighbor had a Great Dane called Oliver, and their house is a tiny one by modern standards, about 1400 square feet. Oliver seemed to be just fine.)
Greyhounds are very mellow; I am leaning in that direction. Bonus: Less shedding.