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Old 04-24-2007, 10:22 AM   #11
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She is mostly Border Collie and Australian Shepherd...and though these dogs have some "traits" that people would shy away from...she isn't hyper and crazy as those breeds tend to be. Well, maybe I shouldn't say crazy...but you know what I mean by it...they always have to have something to do! and Shelby doesn't possess that kind of behavior. She can be get excited, she can be calm, she can be in between...what can I say, my Shelby is one special dog

So even though a mixed breed may be made up of certain breeds one would shy away from...that doesn't mean that that dog will have the behavior/traits that are common to those breeds. Every dog is different. To say that you would turn away from a dog that has this or that breed in it, is like being kind of breed prejudice...isn't it?


I totally agree with what you said about every dog being different. I also have an Australian Shepherd and couldn't understand why so many people comment on Aussie's "bad traits". This pup we have has been the easiest to train and get along with and I feel lucky to have him.

However, I must admit, I do have some prejudice when it comes to certain breeds or mixes based on their looks or my uneasiness around them. But I think this is mainly about tastes and what you like personally, rather than a prejudice. Like, with toy breeds we mentioned above, I just don't get it why they are so popular today and why some folks love them so much. One of our friends got a teacup pup and the little thing was so nervous shaking and running around, it made me nervous, too, lol.

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Old 04-24-2007, 10:30 AM   #12
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Some people might think I'm a snob but I've never owned a mixed breed!.
I love all dogs but i do like knowing what I'm getting into.
I would go for a cross breed if I know both parents.I like meeting the doggy family before I choose a dog whether it's a cross breed or a pure bred.
I would adopt a mix breed puppy but will not buy one.
I have seen mixed breed puppies that were better looking than some pure bred one.
I've always had dogs as puppies because I like to be able to mold them and train them from the beginning.
I have rescue some adults pure bred but we knew the breeders well.
We rescued a 1 yr leonberger that my mother has and he's wonderful and a blond hovawart from our breeder,both great dogs.
I also believe that there's no age to train a dogs but with 2 young kids,I went for a safe breed and got her as a puppy.I also got my hova as a puppy.
I believe that there is no bad breed .It all has to do with training,love and treats.
Coming to the US,opened my eyes,in many ways.
Ist of all, i didn't know that so many pure bred dogs wee in rescues.
I also found out that a lot of people do no research,their chosen breed propally.
I have a golden and I have had,many people telling me that they didn't know that goldens like water or are surprised that they have so much energy,even though they own the breed!.
I also discovered here that the BSL breeds are not dangerous,that it has to do with who owns them and how they are trained.
Today,i am much more open-minded and it's a good thing.
Many breeds are banned in France and BSL is very much in Power which is sad..
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:33 AM   #13
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I totally agree with what you said about every dog being different. I also have an Australian Shepherd and couldn't understand why so many people comment on Aussie's "bad traits". This pup we have has been the easiest to train and get along with and I feel lucky to have him.

However, I must admit, I do have some prejudice when it comes to certain breeds or mixes based on their looks or my uneasiness around them. But I think this is mainly about tastes and what you like personally, rather than a prejudice. Like, with toy breeds we mentioned above, I just don't get it why they are so popular today and why some folks love them so much. One of our friends got a teacup pup and the little thing was so nervous shaking and running around, it made me nervous, too, lol.

I think a lot of people want them because they can baby them. I have toy dogs(wasn't by choice), but they're not shaky and they have the best temperments ever, so I wouldn't trade them for the world now. I wanted a Shepherd or a Collie, but the b/f( ) didn't want that big of a dog running around. My mom even gave me grief about a toy dog....lol. But after meeting them ohhhhhhh they're nice now.....lol. Although I couldn't handle a dog that was shaky. They do make you nervous cause you're trying to figure out what you're doing wrong to send them into spasms....lol.
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I totally agree with what you said about every dog being different. I also have an Australian Shepherd and couldn't understand why so many people comment on Aussie's "bad traits". This pup we have has been the easiest to train and get along with and I feel lucky to have him.
Thanks AussieTaylor...so your dog would be another "proof" of how all dogs (whether made up of breeds that have "quirks" ) won't always have the behavior/traits of the breed(s).

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However, I must admit, I do have some prejudice when it comes to certain breeds or mixes based on their looks or my uneasiness around them. But I think this is mainly about tastes and what you like personally, rather than a prejudice.
Yes, I am a little breed prejudice too, I admit it. But I'm not going to beat myself up about it, lol. For example, a pit bull or rottie wouldn't be a dog I would want...of course, not every dog that is of that breed is bad....NOOOOO, there are a lot of good pits and rotties out there! But I still wouldn't want one.

Sometimes its hard not to be breed prejudice...but on the other side of the coin there are some purebred dogs that I don't like, because they simply don't appeal to me. Everyone has their own vision of what is pretty and cute. So when you choose a dog, you are choosing based on looks first...the dog that appeals to your personal tastes

For example (and please, if anyone has the following breeds, do not take offense to my dislike of the "look" of the breed, I'm not saying they aren't "good" dogs) Pugs, Bulldog, Boxer, Chiuhaha (sp. wrong I know), Mastiff, and a few others I can't think of right now. They don't appeal to me, and thus, I wouldn't buy one.

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Like, with toy breeds we mentioned above, I just don't get it why they are so popular today and why some folks love them so much. One of our friends got a teacup pup and the little thing was so nervous shaking and running around, it made me nervous, too, lol.
Well, all toy breeds are different too...but the reason we won't get a toy breed is because they are too easy to accidentally step on. My grandmother's poodle is proof of that ...poor little guy, sometimes he's behind or in front of you and before you realize it, you step on his cute little paw. I need a dog that can be accidentally "bumped" into and not have a broken foot as a result. Shelby's feet are not the size of a German Shepherds...so we have to be careful too. Just not nearly as careful if she was a toy breed.
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:54 AM   #15
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Toy breeds are created by humans like giant breeds.People like over or tiny dogs cos they are impressive or can be put in a pocket.With this,it creates health problems that we find difficult to deal with.Large dogs die too young and teacups tremble like mad.
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I love all critters & pedigree is of no consequence to that fact. For me, personally, I'm a purebred lover & appreciate many well-bred dogs. As far as rescues go, I would look for a purebred rescue.

I'm very much against the irresponsible practice of breeding "designer dogs" but can support the proper development of new breeds using the methods outlined by the major animal registries.

There are far too many mixed breeds in our shelters today & I admire people who rescue them & give them proper homes. It is a sad fact that humans refuse to control their animals & spay/neuter to prevent the horrendous numbers of animals who end up in shelters. Humans are simply shameful in that regard.
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:15 PM   #17
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For example (and please, if anyone has the following breeds, do not take offense to my dislike of the "look" of the breed, I'm not saying they aren't "good" dogs) Pugs, Bulldog, Boxer, Chiuhaha (sp. wrong I know), Mastiff, and a few others I can't think of right now. They don't appeal to me, and thus, I wouldn't buy one.
LOL, we must have similar tastes in dog breeds, because I wouldn't get the breeds you mentioned either, though if a friend had one I'd pet it and love it if it would let me. I actually wanted a Mastiff at one time, but mainly because I am crazy about everything English, and they came from England. But then someone told me about them being big on slobbering and that put the end to the thought of owning one, but I hear they make good dogs otherwise. And...oh boy, they ARE expensive to buy around here!

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Weeeeell, I have to say I am generally against the practice of designer breeding...I think that there are a few breeders who are not bad when they do it and who are not just looking for money but rather for a mix that they like, and they breed good dogs...but I think the majority of them dont breed like that.

I LOVE mutts...my angel is a mutt...he's also my Dad's angel...and my Mom's angel is also a Mutt. Jay has been a star in our life though...he is absolutley the most wonderful dog on the face of the planet...he is spoiled rotten, but he can heal hearts I think.

I also like purebreds...duh...lol, I am getting one. But that is for breeding purposes and because I am very fond of the breed, working with it, and doing what I can to improve it.

I think for anything show and work oriented I would go to a good breeder...for some work stuff I might go for a mutt or rescue...but it would be a long hard process of finding the right dog....for anything pet related I would hardcore get a mutt or a rescue...it doesnt really matter what the dog was...well...yeah it does...I do look for certain dogs in mixes (mostly herding/working mixes)...but a big chunk of it is what just clicks...Jay we looked for specificially on petfinder and he ended up being perfect even though he isnt really the mix they say he is (yeah...some...but there is something else in there too)...Deedee I randomly found in a petsmart and knew that she was perfect for my mother.

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I have a soft spot in my heart for mystery dogs, the ones who did not have a human directing their birth, or making sure that they are only sold into good homes. This is NOT a justification of BYBs either, just the pragmatic opinion that there will always be "ooops" litters, and people like me don't mind rolling the dice in terms of what the ball of fur turns out to be.

I would not want to live in a world (or even a country) where the AKC had a monopoly on all dogs that are born. Sometimes you see these comments like "the AKC has so many breeds, there is something for everyone there, that should be enough." Well, I don't agree-I am amazed at what nature will come up with in variety of appearance and personality when different breeds get mixed. This is not meant as a justification of designer breeds, more a deep respect for what nature is capable of.

But on the other hand, modern breeds were developed from wolves, coyotoes, jackals, and if we were to leave breeding exclusively to dogs, we would eventually return to the "ultimate mutt": a medium sized, brown dog with white spots, a curly tail, and erect ears.

I have to admit that my view contains an inherent hypocrisy-I like the fact that we humans have created widely varying breeds, but only so that the cards can ocassionally get re-shuffled. So I suppose in my ideal world all dogs would be free of hereditary diseases, and there would be both deliberately bred "purebreds" and mystery dogs.
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LOL, we must have similar tastes in dog breeds, because I wouldn't get the breeds you mentioned either, though if a friend had one I'd pet it and love it if it would let me.
Wow! That is a coincidence Me too, I wouldn't say "hey friend, your dog is really ugly"...I would play with it, give it attention, but in the back of my mind, I know I wouldn't get one, lol
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I actually wanted a Mastiff at one time, but mainly because I am crazy about everything English, and they came from England. But then someone told me about them being big on slobbering and that put the end to the thought of owning one, but I hear they make good dogs otherwise. And...oh boy, they ARE expensive to buy around here!
A neighbor of mine recently got a Mastiff puppy, and only time will tell how well the pup will turn out when it reaches maturity...based on their lack of experience with dogs. I hope it turns out to be the neighborhood's "gentle giant", LOL
Oh and I'm with you on the "slobber" factor...saw a very large mixed breed dog at a shelter I visited a few weeks ago, and when it went to drink water out of its bowl....ahhh! what a mess, but funny

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There are far too many mixed breeds in our shelters today & I admire people who rescue them & give them proper homes.
Thanks Katz I'm one of them...a rescuer I mean Though Shelby came from a no-kill shelter, I still think we "rescued" her
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