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Old 10-14-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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Default Dogs bred for a purpose.

Since the Pit Bull thread got me thinking ( as those types of threads usually do ) I wanted to see how many dogs are actually used for the purpose they were bred.

We will start with the Doberman.

Dobermans were bred for personal protection; because they have such wonderful loyal attributes, they can and do make excellent personal protection dogs, police dogs and also, they make good guard dogs ( although Dobes are extremely loyal to their family the latter is not preferable for them they can become introverted and that is when you run into shy and aggressive Dobes ).

My Dobes are companion animals, they LOVE people, Children and other animals. They are not aggressive at all but I do beleive that if push came to shove they would protect me and my family to the end, that is what they were bred to do and that instinct is still there. They know when I am afraid and when things are OK.

So my Dobes are not really doing what they were bred to do BUT Heir Dobermann did love his dogs and I am sure he treated them as companion animals when he was not working as a Tax Collector.

So... who's dogs do what they were bred to do ?

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Old 10-14-2006, 07:59 PM   #2
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American Bulldogs are well bred couch potatos hmmm.. I think thats what my dogs where bred for if not they should have been
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Old 10-14-2006, 08:08 PM   #3
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Bouviers were bred for driving sheep and cattle. We have herding tested a couple of the Bouvs we had. The instinct was there, they did great. Gator is a retired show dog and resident couch potato.

Fox terriers were bred to hunt small animals in dens. Tilly has hunted and killed baby rabbits(wild), birds and mice. So yes, her instinct is very much intact and active. The mice I didn't mind so much, they were in the house. We did teach her to stay away from the baby rabbits though, and watched 2 litters born and raised in the yard of our last house. Oh, and she thinks skunks are interesting and doesn't mind the squirt in the face *at all*!! She also hunts earthworms, bees and beetles. She has never eaten anything that she has killed. In the clinical sense, it's interesting to watch her "work". She's extremely patient, then very swift, cleanly killing and dropping. Sounds awful, but it's instinct.
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True German Bred Shepherds are bred to herd well sheep, goats, etc. They are used in Germany for this purpose to help the owner acquire easier work load to make money other than breeding them and reproducing to sell. They spend countless hours in fields herding the owners sheep mostly and keeping them in tack for the master in charge to make a living more than breeding the Shepherd.
Shepherds are highly intelligent to learn this almost without any training and are used more so for this reason than any other regardless of what u read of hear of. They are useful creatures that profit the owners by working. I breed only the West German Lines for work and show and very successful I might add as I select my breedings carefully and make sure they are sold and going into pet family homes only. No breeding to reproduce as good as my lines are, do not want that going on. I pay alot for my parents I raise into wonderful adults to breed later for good health, intelligence, drive, loyalty, etc.
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Old 10-14-2006, 10:07 PM   #5
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Alaskan Malamutes were bred to hunt and carry large heavy loads over hundreds of miles of frozen tundra. They were bred for their instinct to find there way home in blizzard conditions and the instinct to stop when the trail is unsafe. They were bred to alert and protect their people out on the hunt from wolves and polar bears as well as to protect the wife and kids back home. They were bred to "babysit" the kids and keep them warm. They can withstand temperatures as low and -70 degrees. They were also bred to work as a team with other dogs and their owners.

They are also used for skijoring, hiking and packpacking as well as weight pulling and sledding for competition.

A large part of the malamute population is still being used today for all of these. Because of that, their instincts are still very strong. Most show dogs carry titles proving that they can still perform these tasks.

Mine are still a little young to be pulling heavy loads though they will help out in the yard pulling carts and they will pull the kids on the sleds. They are great with kids including kids with disabilities. They do have proper coats for cold weather. I do plan on showing a couple of them and maybe weight pulling competition with Harley. They will alert us of danger and some health issues and they do have prey instinct.

Most important, they will cuddle and keep us warm in winter.
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Old 10-14-2006, 11:08 PM   #6
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well i have pure bred mutts lol and they are a bunch of lazy house beasts, and they hog the bed and the couch and bark when cars drive by, sneak food from under the table, and occasionally they get into mischeif. i think they are pretty good mutts.
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Old 10-15-2006, 02:01 PM   #7
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Shih Tsu were bred as companion animals, and Max fulfills that role well. Watching him with his toys I would suspect that he would be an awesome rodent catcher as well, fortunately haven't had any in the house to know for sure. I was told "inside dog only", but someone forgot to tell Max, his greatest pleasure is sitting in the yard watching the world go by, even in the rain! Can't wait to see what he does in the snow!

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WS's and GSD's were originally bred for herding. But have since become one of the most versatil breeds known to man. They can be trained to do just about anything. From herding, police work, SAR's, hunting, military work, assistants dogs for the disabled and so on. I think that is why the breed is so popular. Just about anything you can do with a dog you can train a GSD/WS to do. Persoanlly I am breeding WS's to become service dogs. Which they do very well at. For me when people ask a question like you did I say yes they are still doing what they were bred to do. Which is to help man in every way they can.
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poms were bred down from sled dogs. when they were bred down, it was just to be a companion dog, as far as i know. i have read material though that said they have been used as trackers and hemi certainly has a super sniffer.

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Old 10-16-2006, 05:27 PM   #10
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Standard Poodles were bred to be water retrievers. like they are EVER used for that now though.
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