I'd like to find a dog that is similar to a wild canid…
-A hunting-driven dog, not afraid to take something down if need be.
-A protective dog, something that is loyal and will attack only if need be.
-An intimidating dog, because I'd like people to know that the dog is the security force of the household, and will keep you from harming someone or stealing something.
-An intelligent dog, one that knows who is doing what, and knows enough to not attack the UPS guy, just because he's not a regular visitor to the house.
-A loyal dog, one that is a friend or brother, not a servant or slave. They realize that they are on the same level of authority as I am.
-A trusted dog, one that won't go dashing out the door just because it's open.
This would make the Siberian Husky, Rottweiller, Neapolitan Mastiff, and others similar good candidates...
However, I don't want a dog so large. I don't have the lawn space for their massive poos.
A friend of mine had a Rottweiller a number of years back that is the prime example of what I'm looking for in a dog. A brick s**thouse of a dog, willing and able to snap someone's neck at the proper command... But only at the proper command... The dog wasn't just smart, he was wise and intelligent... You could almost say he was literate... He knew what you were talking about when you were talking... Not just, "come, Thor! Get toy! Sit! Stay!"
When it comes to "blind obedience..." That's not it at all. Blind obedience and respect are two totally different things. Blind obedience is knowing only that Master is king, and he is never wrong. Respect is knowing that you and the Master are one in the same, at the same level of authority.
If you are looking for a dog to stay by your side which portrays a natural "ole faithful" feeling, then something in the retrieving or herding family may be more what you are looking for.
No, that's not it either. I don't want a blind-obedient dog. I don't want "ole faithful." I want a dog that will test me as the basenji are said to do… But the running off and never coming back concerns me. It's one thing to have a blind-obedient dog... It's another to have one that shares your personality and knows you as "one of the pack, a brother, a father, a mentor, etc. etc. etc."
The basenji's "test the limits of the owner" thing with its intelligence really intrigues me, as I'm the same way with my friends and family, and even with people I don't know. I test limits myself, beit laws of physics, laws of science, laws of the city/state/country, etc. etc. Also, I'm a clown... I'll goof off and I'll pull pranks and make jokes.
It's not the obedience that worries me, it's the running off and hurting someone/something/themselves without me being able to stop them. I want my dog to be obedient, but not to the points of being either wild and untrusted off the leash, or being always at my ankles waiting for me to tell them what to do...
If I wanted a sheep, I'd get a sheep. If I wanted a wolf, I'd get a wolf and feed it the sheep. :p
I'm looking for a dog, not a sheep or wolf... I'm looking for a friend, a son, an apprentice, etc. etc. etc... I want a dog I can pick on, and that said dog will pick on me back! I want a dog that is cuddly and gentle, but will tear the throat out of something it doesn't like if I let it. On the same subject, I want a dog that isn't just gonna go ass-wild and chase someone down and hurt them (training aside, if a little kid runs from a basenji, it'll give chase, or at least that's the impression I'm getting)...
Plus, I have two cats... I don't want the dog getting that hunting urge on one of my cats while they are both in the back yard together.
Again, it's not the training that bothers me, it's the hunting urge and the chase urge I keep reading about...