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Old 05-15-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,


I'm always interested in the pro's and negatives of various dog breeds. It seems that a lot of people just want to discuss what is marvelous about their breed.

I'd be extremely interested in hearing from people about the "worst" traits of the breed they own - or breeds! even if you yourself don't necessarily find it a bad thing.

For me it's the following:

Fila Brasileiros: People aggressive no matter how you socialize them, very "alpha" dogs, tend to be small animal aggressive, they are also the most up your butt clingy dog that I have ever run across.

Afghan hounds: Lots and lots of grooming, hard to potty train, will only listen if there is something really good in it for them - oh and they are hyper active maniacs when they are puppies!

Irish Wolfhounds: rather short life span, easily startled by new things, usually have a hard time figuring out they are the size of a pony. It's also ridiculously easy to hurt their feelings. I mean really I've found myself consoling the 50lb puppy that the kitten didn't really mean to be a bully as she attempted to hide under the coffee table and got stuck.

There are so many things out there to learn when living with different dog breeds. Since it would be quite impossible for me to own one of every breed of dog out there - I spend enormous amounts of time reading various articles on the subject!


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Can't speak English and tell us she is going to throw up and have diarrhea!
Of course being a 'pure bred' mix maybe she doesn't speak English!
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I'm not sure what mix your puppy is Techie! but perhaps you ought to try some French or maybe some German.

Our dogs are probably terribly confused though because we also teach them commands in Irish Gaelic!

Isabelle, an Afghan hound is registered with the AKC as "Nois Mo An Da Dhiogha" and Harper is registered as "Rogha an da Dhiogha"

So they are the Greater and the Lesser of two evils!

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Dobermans - same sex dog aggression
Pembroke Welsh Corgis - VERY vocal!

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Collies and Chihuahua... The older Collie holds up to his breed. Young Collie, not so. He thinks he's a hunting dog. He loves water, has his own baby pool, and likes to hunt small animals. Now my Chi..... he hates to be picked up. Do not even try to put a piece of clothing on him, that is just not happening. He is not a yappy or nippy little dog. He loves the snow and has no issues going outside to do his business in any climate. He can out run the Collies any day. It's all about how you train your dogs that matters. The older collie is very social, the younger one, not so much. All three have that cling factor going on. They all love me. I can not move without all three following me everywhere. If I go outside alone, all three go insane. They must be with me every step of the way.

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Rough Collie - some breed lines (mine in particular) can be very over sensitive and nervous, resulting in panic attacks. Mine also snaps and nips if she's panicking. Her nerves are so bad at times we completely revolve our lives around her to make sure she doesn't get scared. My previous rough collie was not at all like it though, he was calm, steady and placid (how they should be). There are a fair few others like Simba now though. Simba is totally dependent on us, she would cease to function without us.

Pointer - Needs to want to work for you, mine will either ignore you or shut down if something isn't 'fun' or if he decides your attitude stinks, and he's very stubborn once that has happened! Constant battle with his instincts to hunt and range quite far from me, and his chase drive if small furries are afoot (or big ones unfortunately). However, if you manage to build a good relationship with one they are great fun to train and every bit as smart as a collie. I didn't have mine from a pup but we've still achieved a lot considering where we started.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier - loveable clowns, don't fare well in the heat or in endurance related activities, or anything too agile, though some lighter built ones do better.

Cocker spaniel - highly intelligent and very vocal, you must not let their cute looks lull you into letting them get away with things as they will push it and guarding of possessions is a common problem. However if you are firm but fair they are fantastic little dogs, very trainable and manageable.



I love all dogs, but i'm a gundog person at heart, they have an incredibly kind and soft way about them but with all the mad energy and trainability you could want.
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The Patterdale Terrier (strictly only recognised as a breed in the States, although there are thousands of them here in the UK and they originated from here!) is known for being dog aggressive and at times difficult to handle, due to its wilful and stubborn nature! They are also painfully vocal, not just barking but making all manner of noises to express their pleasure, distaste or excitement.

More unusually for a Patterdale, mine is nervous and uptight in a similar way to Mel's rough collie - she's hand shy, people aggressive, and crabby. She also has panic attacks and can get spooked very easily. Really not cool for a working terrier breed.

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Millie (Miniature Schnauzer) - She is a digger. It makes me mad when she's waiting at the back door for you to let her back in the house, and her paws and beard are muddy. Then it again, she's so cute, it's hard to stay mad at her for too long.

Rambo (Lab/Chow mix we think) - Rambo sheds like it is his job. It's very common to be watching tv in the house and watch a "tumbleweed" roll across the floor...lol

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We can 'see' so many breeds in Lucy and have had so many different guesses. I've just settled on the 'pure bred' mix as the title!
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Shelties: They were bred to herd lifestock with their voices, and they revel in this breeding. If you don't like barking, don't get a sheltie. They can be taught a "quiet" command with a good trainer. They are a double coated breed, so there is a lot of shedding. They only require brushing once a week, but they do have coat maintenance. There are a lot of bad lines out there, and fearful shelties abound. Sheltes from good lines should be bold and fearless, but unfortunately the good lines are fewer than the bad. If your Sheltie is from a good line, they will probably need to have work to do. There are a few really high drive shelties out there that do not fare well in pet homes. Be aware of this and avoid those extreme high drive shelties, who need to go to experienced trainers with lots of work planned for those dogs.

American Eskimos: A Northern Spitz breed, these dogs are stubborn, and again fear is common in the breed. They have the typical Nordic dog personality, and training can be a bit difficult for a first time dog owner. Another breed that sheds heavily. They require weekly brushing, and with a white coat, will require more baths than the average dog. Very long lived with 17 years being quite common in the breed.
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