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ACD?

 

lefty

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Yes. Home for a week now.
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Interesting choice. 

 

Cool dog. Hard as hell and very athletic. Don't cut his balls off.

 

lefty

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Interesting choice. 

Cool dog. Hard as hell and very athletic. Don't cut his balls off.

lefty

So far he is a blast. Picks things up really quickly, shows no physical fear at all and has a great temperament. Quite a change from our last little guy, but very much in line with what we both grew up with, though probably a little tougher. Can't promise anything on the balls.

My wife is about to lose it with all of the "it's a rescue*, right?" shit in San Francisco, but maybe that is for another thread.


*rescue dogs are great, but having one doesn't make you a better person.
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No, but it makes you a better San Franciscan. Tell them you had the dog bred to work your beef cattle farm in Sonoma, but because you are share their concern about unwanted animals you had its littermates drowned. 

 

It is a great breed. Longest lived I believe. Could be a terror in your house for a bit, but you'll just have to get used to that. Armadillo may be doomed.

 

Trust me on the ball issue - at least wait for 12 or 18 months. A compromised endocrine system will seriously affect growth and development. And testicles are cool.

 

lefty

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No, but it makes you a better San Franciscan. Tell them you had the dog bred to work your beef cattle farm in Sonoma, but because you are share their concern about unwanted animals you had its littermates drowned. 

It is a great breed. Longest lived I believe. Could be a terror in your house for a bit, but you'll just have to get used to that. Armadillo may be doomed.

Trust me on the ball issue - at least wait for 12 or 18 months. A compromised endocrine system will seriously affect growth and development. And testicles are cool.

lefty

Yeah, our vet said wait 18 months. She loves the breed and worked with a lot of them when she worked a more rural area. She said that not only was it healthier for them, but that these dogs look really silly without their nice, masculine heads. The terrorist in a fur coat thing doesn't bother us so much.

My wife has begun to feel a little skittish running before dawn through the city, so our first thought was about getting a dog that would really enjoy running long distances for a good number of years, not just as a young dog, and one who would be alert to anything scary. They certainly qualify for that. We are going to try to give him as many possible outlets and see what he takes to. His father, originally from Canada but a great dog nonetheless, is a full time worker in SoCal, so we hope he'll enjoy herding or whatever other ways we can find to tire him out.
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Good vet. Honestly, if you can wait 18 months you might as well just leave them on.

 

I forget your wife likes to get up at an ungodly hour and run. Perfect companion for that.

 

Being Canadian, I'm sure the dog's father is a prickly fucker and would take a piece of you for that backhanded compliment. Careful.

 

Good luck.

 

lefty

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Looks like a noble beast. It's a rescue, right?
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Great looking little guy Matt. I miss not being able to spend more time with mine right now. Work is killing me and he can tell. He generally isn't as affectionate towards me other than the obligatory good night kiss. He was able to pick up on the fact that I was really down today. He didn't leave my side even after my wife got up. He stayed glued to me for hours. When I left for a drive to clear my head, he went to my chair to sit and look the entire three to four hours I was out driving. You would have thought he had not seen me in weeks when I came home.

Its amazing on the little things they can pick up on.... looking forward to getting another puppy after the spring business travel slows.

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Congrats, Matt! Great looking dog!
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Interesting choice. 

Cool dog. Hard as hell and very athletic. Don't cut his balls off.

lefty

Is this advice only for ACDs or in general? I've had the conversation a number of times with our vet and had opted on leaving our Airedale intact. He's almost 3 now and I've been satisfied with the decision. However, he goes to a dog sitter right now that I'm not sure is completely competent. We may be changing soon, or hopefully have him finally ready to stay alone. The sitter has a bitch that goes into heat and drives our dog crazy. He changes completely...restless, crying, etc. for an entire week. He'll do it at home and on the weekend. Anyway, she had a litter last summer/fall and I'm not convinced they don't allow our dog to be alone with her unsupervised. I don't think they'd have a problem selling off a litter for a bit of extra money and I don't want to be a part of creating more puppies in this world.

/rant, I suppose my better option is to change dog sitters, but castration was something I had recently considered for him.
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There are a few rules to keeping an intact dog:

- don't bring him around bitches in heat

- expect some male to male aggression 

 

Both easily remedied with a lead and some forethought.

 

Castration at three will do little to curb his interest in bitches or mellow him out. If you lost your balls in a horrible knitting factory accident would you suddenly lose your interest in Nicola Mar?

 

 

lefty

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I have never been able to comprehend this obsession with castrating dogs. I have never owned anything but an intact dog, and I have never seen what the problem is. This castration cult only arose in the 1970s. Since responsible dog owners do not let their dogs run loose and breed indiscriminately--and this practice is banned by law in most jurisdictions these days--I do not feel I am being irresponsible or contributing to pet overpopulation. I have three very effective birth-control devices that do not involve mutilating my dogs--a wall, a gate and a leash.

The only--and I repeat, only --thing that makes me regret leaving my dogs intact are the punitive licensing fees the city charges for having an intact dog--$95 vs. $10 (the latter for senior citizen dog owners).
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You have astroturf?

 

lefty

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