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Old 07-15-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
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Thought this might be fun to discuss. What about your breed caused you to know that was the breed for you?

With me, I was newly divorced and my son wanted a companion. Someone I met was giving away registered danes and after doing some research decided it was a good breed for us and let him pick out the pup he of his dreams. I am very glad I did. Cj was a great pup to start with and we learned lots. My son loves the breed as much as I do. I love that they do not realize how big they are lol. Their clownlike behavior is just one of the many things I admire in the breed. They are intelligent, gentle pets who like to spend time with their family.

The Chihuahua came along because my daughter wanted a little dog she could hold. We did more research and since I am not one for a lot of grooming, the poodle was farther down the list and though a maltese is cute I also did not want to spend the time combing an abundance of hair and really didn't want to send one those to the groomers either. The Chinese Crested are adorable but again not sure about a dog without hair (I would have wanted the Hairless) in our harsh winters. The yorkie seems to vocal for my preference and the Miki is overpriced for not being an established breed yet. So that brought us to the Chihuahua. We found a local reputable breeder. Madison picked out a lh Chihuahua. Zoey now hold her therapy dog certification and is a beloved member of the household, as well as the community.

I admire so much in so many breeds. Personally only want to live with a few of those breeds so limit myself to breeds that I have researched and grown to love.

So how did you choose your breed...purebred or mixed
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:17 PM   #2
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Totally the wrong way probably--I had lost my Schnauzer and couldn't stand the loneliness. Visited the pound on a regular basis, just for the company, while there the attendent handed me a flyer, a Shih Tzu to give away. I visited and fell in love immediately, supposedly, the previous owner had moved to an apartment that didn't allow dogs. (I believe now that she found out he had renal disease and couldn't affort the special food and the vet bills but was afraid to admit it). Somehow, just one didn't seem enough, and when I found another one which was being rehomed I got her too. Actually they are the perfect dog for this stage of my life.
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When i first set out to look for a dog, i did not have a certain breed or color i wanted, i just knew i wanted a rescue dog. I went to every shelter around me, in hopes i would find one that fit my lifestyle at the time (18, no real commitments to a job and no big bills) i wanted a medium sized dog so i could bring them around with me but still be big enough to rough house with and not hurt. after having no luck with the shelters (all were in bad shape and understaffed) i looked through the local paper and saw an ad that said free dog to good home, was found as a stray and never claimed...6 months old..

i called and set up a meeting and as soon as i saw Sable i fell in love, i took her home that night and she has been with me ever since.
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Here's my response from an earlier thread on the same topic. This explains our transition from the type of owners whose previous dogs somehow just happened to find us to the world of purebred dogs.

The only dog we had left at the time was an old chihauha named Tammy that hubby had brought home in his shirt pocket years before. She'd been only two weeks old at the time and her mother could no longer feed her because she had eclampsia. Tammy loved having a housefull of big dogs to boss around after the shorthairs came!

In 1973 our oldest daughter had just gotten married, the middle one was becoming well established in her career and our youngest daughter had just graduated and begun her first job.

About the same time I read an article about empty nest syndrome which made me stop and think about what I was going to do with my time when I found myself in that position. I would finally have time to do anything I wanted to, but what would it be?

I'd always loved dogs and had wanted a show dog for years. This would be the perfect time.

Now all I had to do was decide on a breed and since I love all dogs, I didn't know where to begin...

Hubby and I discussed my plans and I explained that I wanted a larger, shorthaired breed that was intelligent and athletic, one that could go on our camping trips with us and would make a good family dog. He surprised me by saying he'd always wanted a German Shorthaired Pointer and that's the dog I'd just described! Perfect choice for both of us, he could hunt with the dog and I could show it.

Now how to find one! I've had dogs all my life, even purebreds, ($50.00 was the most we'd ever paid for a dog) but was actually as green as grass about even the most basic dog stuff when we began searching for our first GSP in 1973. There was no internet then; all research had to be done at the library.

Before I'd even begun my research I stopped by a pet store and inquired about the GSP. They knew absolutely nothing about the breed; but offered to "order" me one for $800.00. At that time the going rate for a show quality, dynamite hunting pup was $100 to $150 but of course I didn't know that. Like so many others I had assumed that paying a high price at a pet store guaranteed quality.

Aghast at the exhorbinant price, I decided to try a smaller pet store hoping for smaller prices. By pure chance, the next pet store I chose was owned by a charter member of the local GSP breed club and they didn't sell puppies of any kind. What He did offer was education, ethics and contacts galore!

Through he and his wife my husband and I were given a royal welcome into the world of the GSP and the dog fancy in general. The German Shorthaired Pointer turned out to be the perfect breed for us and introduced us to a whole new world.

The outcome could have been completely different if I hadn't randomly walked into his store that day and met someone who was so graciously willing to share his knowledge with a stranger.

Dusty, the one who started it all! Our first German Shorthaired Pointer, our first Champion and a fantastic hunting dog and companion! He also helped our first granddaughter learn to walk by offering his tail as a handle. If she fell, he'd back up to her and wait patiently until she managed to pull herself up again!

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The Miki is and established breed.the price is know more outragous then any purebred toy
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Applesmom...... your German short hair pointer is my husbands choice as one of the most beautiful dogs,his aunt had a wonderful pic. of two beautys hanging over her fireplace for years. Unfotunatley when she passed,the house was sold and the buyer wanted the picture to remain. I think your very lucky to have gotten your dream, I always wanted to show Danes but never got the opportunity,and once the kids were married it was to late, or at least I thought. now my little ones keep me busy I love the Maltese and Miki although I'm really a big dog lover.
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I had been dog-less from 1998 until we got Ozzy. There was a bad divorce story after that & then Mark & I decided "some day" we'd get a dog. That "some day" thought went on from late 1998 until we got Ozzy last May. We discussed dog breeds for years but never got past the "short list".

I always thought our first dog together would be an Akita or Belgian Tervuren. The only dogs on "my list" (working/herding dogs mainly) that he really wanted to consider were the Akita & Belgian Tervuren. The only dogs on "his list" (all sporting dogs or medium-sized dogs) that I wanted to consider were the Vizsla, Weimerainer, Golden & Labrador Retrievers.

One of my very best friends has a sister who had a litter of Golden pups. Of course, she wanted to go see the pups & knew I'd love to go play with puppies. I was pretty well convinced our fate was sealed as Mark perked right up to the idea of a Golden. I figured, what could it hurt to go look, right? I took my camera & took all sorts of photos & came home to tell Mark to choose between 1 of 2 puppies (even though she gave us first pick of the litter).

LOL, puppy breath gets me every time when we're talking about any breed that I really love. I'd have been able to resist a whole lot of breeds but NOT Goldens — my fate was sealed when my friend called to invite me to go see the pups (I think she knew that too!).
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Applesmom ......By the way your dogs face looks like velvet.Beautiful animal. husband won't get involved with the dog forum but ran up to see your dog.
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The Mi Ki isn't really a recognized breed yet though a group of breeders have formed a parent club and are determined that it will be someday.

The problem they're running into is that many BYB are claiming to be breeding Mi Ki when they're actually crossbreeding or breeding carelessly.

I'm sure you'll agree my dogs, anyone that is planning to put out big bucks for a real honest to goodness Mi Ki had better do their homework on the breeder and their ethics before choosing their puppy.

http://www.rarebreedmi-kidogs.com/25.html
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Applesmom ......By the way your dogs face looks like velvet.Beautiful animal. husband won't get involved with the dog forum but ran up to see your dog.
LOL The hair on the face and ears of shorthairs is so soft and smooth it really does feel exactly like velvet!
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