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post #196 of 3684
I have a 25 lb. wire haired mix (I think he's got a heavy dose of Lhasa Apso) that I rescued in the fall that has no sense of his size. If he's been very dominant with large dogs, usually resulting in his getting his ass kicked (never injured). I'm sure he'd go after a cougar.
post #197 of 3684
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post
I speak of performance lines, but I wonder what canine work functions 'dales are really first-choice for these days.

The Airedale is an all-rounder. A dog that can hunt feather or fur, handle a large cat or bear (within reason), and has enough weight and power for manwork. Probably not the best at any of those but able to do all with some degree of skill. The Airedale's specialty is versatility. If you like the look of the breed, there's a lot to work with there. A favourite of Hearne's also.

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If we ever have a major earthquake in Long Beach, Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men will, along with the works of Vicki Hearne be among the first to fall on me if I'm lying in bed. As I recall, McCaig's book was a gift from my mother a few years before she checked out.

Great book. Highly recommended to anyone who loves stock dogs. I should do a little list of dog books as I have quite a few.

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How could anybody who hasnt been traumatized not love dogs, their amazing.

That little guy is a hell of a dog.

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I'm a complete neophyte, but it seems like the dog would have to be fairly big ( and/or totally nuts ) to attack a mountain lion.

There are a lot of dogs that will track and tree a cougar. The cat's inclination is to flee, so there is rarely a head-to-head fight. The Argentinians however used to put cougars and Dogos into cages to test their dogs.



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Originally Posted by Baron View Post
I have a 25 lb. wire haired mix (I think he's got a heavy dose of Lhasa Apso) that I rescued in the fall that has no sense of his size. If he's been very dominant with large dogs, usually resulting in his getting his ass kicked (never injured). I'm sure he'd go after a cougar.

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

~ Mark Twain


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post #198 of 3684
Just ran into a friendly neighbor this morning. She and I used to walk our dogs together. She had a medium-sized Rottie-mix bitch (smaller than a Rottie, though) that was pals with my Tosa Dempsey. She would exercise her dog while pushing her grandson in a baby carriage (or whatever you call them). Now she was out pushing a new granddaughter around. She told me she had just dropped $6,000 in vet bills on her bitch Petra, who had had liver problems.

Now here is a dog that should be healthy: mixed breed, "natural"-sized and not too old (6 or 7).

This reinforces why I have not gotten another dog: I think dogs in general--not just Tosas, not just giant breeds--are damned unhealthy animals. Plus, the cost of veterinary care has gotten so high as to be a real dissuasive to getting another dog. I am not so well off that $6,000 is not a very significant sum.
post #199 of 3684
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I'm not convinced that mixed breeds are any healthier than purebreds. 6K is a lot of money to spend on a middle-aged dog.

Since we were just talking about Hearne, there's something from Bandit that always stuck with me: "You put your dog down when there's still something left of hm other than his wounds."

I think she was quoting Koehler.

lefty
post #200 of 3684
Yeah, I could have possibly kept Dempsey going for maybe another year. He would have had to undergo a miserable medical ordeal that he couldn't comprehend. He wouldn't have been the dog he had been, and I would have been out many, many thousands of dollars.

As it was, he was proud, strong and magnificent up until his last five days or so, and then I had him given the needle. He died growling. I think it was best that way. I am tearing up right now thinking about that dog and that terrible day.

Was I cold-blooded and selfish to have put him down then and there, as soon as I got the diagnosis? I don't think so. Applying the Golden Rule, I would have wanted the same thing done to me, were it legal and possible, under those circumstances.
post #201 of 3684
^I admire that JLib. Not a quality that's easy to find in a person these days. To quote Robert Heinlein - "When the need arises - and it does - you must be able to shoot your own dog."
post #202 of 3684
Bringing it back because this thread is awesome and more folks need to post pics of their dogs.

Also, 4 months is all it takes to go from this:



to this:



post #203 of 3684
*squeee*

Nice pup!
post #204 of 3684
Is that a full bread pit?
post #205 of 3684
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*squeee*

Squeee . . . good one.

That's a nice looking dog and a beautiful colour.

I was hoping to get some shots of streets dogs in Beijing, but not one to be found.

lefty
post #206 of 3684
Thanks for the comments. Rambo, there was some discussion regarding that back on page 8. She was adopted so I can't be absolutely certain, but the consensus from those I've asked here and elsewhere (APBT forums) is that she probably is. It's funny how many people see her and ask what she's mixed with, assuming she's too small to be a pit bull. Even my vet referred to her as a small pit. There's a wide size range for the breed, but most end up between 35 and 55 pounds. At 44 pounds at 8 months, she'll actually end up on the large end.
post #207 of 3684
Any body have experience with dogs and babies? Our 5 year old American Bulldog has always been great with our 7 month old daughter. He's super mellow and the only times I've ever seen him get aggressive was protecting our Boston Terrier (who can be a bit of a jerk and is the reason we don't go to the dog park any more) from bigger dogs who didn't want to play at the park. Our daughter just started crawling, and suddenly the bull doesn't care for her, and has even barked at her once (he's now on probation for this and we are monitoring his behavior super close). I've heard this is common once babies start crawling, that dogs can get weirded out by it. Anybody have experience? Is it just a phase? I really don't want to get rid of my dog.
post #208 of 3684
^Dogs should always be carefully supervised around very young children. This is naturally more imperative around a large, powerful dog like an AB, where even an irrated nip could have serious consequences. However, if he is a Dog of Courage, as a good AB should be, he should be fine with your daughter once he gets used to her. With a bit of patience, supervision and management, I think everything will be okay in short order. (For the record, I literally cut my teeth as a baby on the stubby tail of a Rat Terrier. When I switched to his jowl, he did get a bit testy.)

On another note, I was just talking to my pal who bred my last two Tosas. His stepson's Rott just died of cancer. He wasn't even three years old. My friend's sister is a vet-tech, and she says cancer is just rife among dogs at her clinic--all kinds: large, small, mixed-breed, purebred. I hear so much of this everywhere that I do have to wonder what is going on with dogs. We hear about frogs perishing and being an indicator an unhealthy global ecosystem. I'd have to wonder the same about dogs!
post #209 of 3684
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On another note, I was just talking to my pal who bred my last two Tosas. His stepson's Rott just died of cancer. He wasn't even three years old. My friend's sister is a vet-tech, and she says cancer is just rife among dogs at her clinic--all kinds: large, small, mixed-breed, purebred. I hear so much of this everywhere that I do have to wonder what is going on with dogs. We hear about frogs perishing and being an indicator an unhealthy global ecosystem. I'd have to wonder the same about dogs!

I think it may just have to do with a lot of dog food coming from china. There were a lot of problems with it a couple years back. Google it.
post #210 of 3684
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I think it may just have to do with a lot of dog food coming from china. There were a lot of problems with it a couple years back. Google it.
I make a point to buy dog food and treats from North America at least. I don't have the time and money to give her a raw diet or whatever, but there are plenty of high quality dog foods from America and Canada that are well worth any additional cost.
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