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    If we can have a thread on the trad car, why not a thread on the trad dog?

    My vote would be for the English Bulldog as a clear number one. Others for consideration would be a Springer Spaniel, an Irish Setter, and a Basset Hound.

    Other thoughts?

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    Rhodesian Ridgeback.

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    Definitely a tie between a Labrador Retriever and a Golden Retriever. Or do as I've done and have both at the same time. They're awesome!

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    Greyhounds - and once a greyhound owner, always a greyhound owner.

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    American Cocker Spaniel, my best friend!

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    A black or yellow lab, of course. Although a terrier is acceptable too.

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    Bassett Hound




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    I think we had a "Trad Dog" thread before this.

    I think the most Trad Dog would probably be an English Setter as you hunted the coverts for grouse and woodcock with your grandfather's (or great-grandfather's) side-by-side Parker, Fox or L.C. Smith.

    For Southern Trad, make that a Pointer and the quarry bobwhite.

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    Folks back home in the states just got this little guy, my Dad's Christmas present. His name is Duke:



    I'm not sure we Quakers will put him to his original hunting use, but he will be the traddest dog yet and retrieve cigars and books when he's older if I have any say in the matter.



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    Curator,

    Duke is the cutest dog I've ever seen! Love his nose. What breed?


    quote:Originally posted by Curator

    Folks back home in the states just got this little guy, my Dad's Christmas present. His name is Duke:



    I'm not sure we Quakers will put him to his original hunting use, but he will be the traddest dog yet and retrieve cigars and books when he's older if I have any say in the matter.



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    If we're being really Trad about it, the two breeds that came over on the Mayflower were the Mastiff and the English Springer Spaniel.

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    If you wanna be trad, you've gotta have a large dog that slobbers a lot and gets hair everywhere. We grew up with golden retrievers and Irish setters.

    These days, we have two dumb-as-a-box-of-hammers English Mastiffs -- that's 400 pounds of non-stop slobber and tails that generate enough energy to knock over my 8 year old son!

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    quote:Originally posted by Dan the Man

    If we can have a thread on the trad car, why not a thread on the trad dog?

    My vote would be for the English Bulldog as a clear number one. Others for consideration would be a Springer Spaniel, an Irish Setter, and a Basset Hound.

    Other thoughts?
    I have to second this ... as long as the English Bulldog is a sassy lass named Tory (Victoria).

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    quote:Originally posted by misterbowles

    Rhodesian Ridgeback.
    You, sir, must be deluding yourself if you think that breed to be the most trad.

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    How about a pug? Aren't they lovely? Come in different colours, too.


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    Newfoundland

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    Forget about the Trad dog. How about the Trad cat? Maine Coon perhaps...[:p]

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    quote:Originally posted by Mahler

    How about a pug? Aren't they lovely? Come in different colours, too.




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    quote:Originally posted by BostonScott

    Curator,

    Duke is the cutest dog I've ever seen! Love his nose. What breed?

    Thanks, he's a Golden Retriever. Apparently "the pick of the litter" so the parents get some significant sum of money if they let him keep his reproductive capabilities to create a next generation of Dukes

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    quote:Originally posted by jlmwrite

    If you wanna be trad, you've gotta have a large dog that slobbers a lot and gets hair everywhere.
    Indeed, we always had cocker spaniels, the black and white kind. That way there was both light and dark hair to show up on everything.

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    Gents one and all,

    The "trad" dog is the black Labrador!!More specifically the stocky strain that came from England. They were referred to as "water dogs" and in the 1800's was brought to GB by some of the arisocracy. From there thy returned to North America. Look in the back of a Gundog magazine and you will find various and sundry breeders.

    Also, to show your campassion as a gentleman, I recommend adopting two small mutts from the local humane shelter. Regardless of how much you pay for a top breed of Lab, the mutts will win your heart as well; they will all get on nicely.

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    Maybe it's just that dogs in general are trad?

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    I will add my vote for: The Great Dane. A noble and huge animal. Looks great running around an estate (or just my parents' backyard in the burbs). I grew up with them and they are lovely and elegant dogs.

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    a Chessie

    a Newfoundland

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    an English Pointer(for Southerners)

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    quote:Originally posted by Mr. Knightly

    Maybe it's just that dogs in general are trad?
    No, No. - there are some breeds that are clearly un-Trad. For instance, all breeds of dogs that were developed to be lap dogs for aristocratic ladies in the 16th through 19th centuries. My uncle, whom I otherwise love, owns a Yorkshire Terrier - and my respect for my uncle is diminished consequently - very un-Trad. Those hairless mexican dogs? Un-Trad. I think almost all Trad breeds must have started out as British developed breeds; German breeds ‚Äď very un-Trad, in my opinion. There are some breeds that are so pathetic, useless, and effete, that honestly, one is better off getting a nice fat lazy cat, which at least is low-maintenance, doesn't yap, and is far less embarrassing to own.

    I concur with the above - Black Labradors Retrievers are the most Trad. A breed that has dominated the field trial circuit since the 1950s, is bred by the Queen of England in her Sandringham kennels, is wonderfully intelligent, adaptable, good natured, and beautiful. You're as likely to see them in the field as guiding a blind person. They are the perfect size to jump into your Jeep Grand Waggoneer without assistance, love water and are at home in your boat or swimming with you. Undeterred by freezing weather, they will bound through snow and break through ice to swim for a retrieve. They are a rugged, adaptable, - they are the sack suit of the dog world. Not as "pretty" (to some) as a Golden Retriever, but far more emotionally sturdy and significantly less maintenance (seen many Golden Retrievers in the field lately?)a Labrador allows a Trad to appear "outdoorsy" (along with his mallard/pheasant embroidered cords and Barbour jacket) even if he has no idea what a duck blind is and can't tell an over-under from a side-by-side.

    The Labrador has the advantage of shedding profusely and giving the Trad home a "dog patina" and a wonderfully lived in look. If you own a Lab, people will know the minute they walk into your house. Everywhere I go, I carry a bit of my beloved Labrador with me in the form of dog hairs attached to my suit.

    Those stocky "English" style Labs don't seem to do well in the South, they lumber and they overheat. And, if you look at pictures of English Labs prior to the 1950s, one is hard-pressed to find a picture of one that looks like the "modern" English style Lab (see: http://personal.pitnet.net/ldoll/lab...%20history.htm). I think the Duke of Buccleuch would not approve of these over-bred luggards.

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