lefty's random dog thread.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by lefty, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    Mine just turned one year old on the 14th and I must say she has exceeded all expectations. Except sometimes she tries to eat the baby: [​IMG]
     


  2. jhcam8

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    I really like those dogs but am too much of a girl when it comes to my furniture and I just don't think they would respond well to kenneling.

    My wife just expressed an interest in the Airedale so I may have a wire-hair in my life sometime soon.

    lefty


    That's right - any dog can be crated for periods, but dh's really fade if not around they're people. They're easy house dogs despite their size as long as they get proper exercise. A huge terrier needs a ton of exercise as well, but I gather you're heavily engaged in dog activities.
     


  3. jhcam8

    jhcam8 Senior member

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    Mine just turned one year old on the 14th and I must say she has exceeded all expectations.

    Except sometimes she tries to eat the baby:
    [​IMG]


    Great pic!
     


  4. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    That's right - any dog can be crated for periods, but dh's really fade if not around they're people. They're easy house dogs despite their size as long as they get proper exercise. A huge terrier needs a ton of exercise as well, but I gather you're heavily engaged in dog activities.

    Yes, but I have never owned a gazehound though I've always admired them in flight. Watching a deerhound take a deer would be a thing of beauty.

    And I love a good rack.

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  5. jhcam8

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    Yes, but I have never owned a gazehound though I've always admired them in flight. Watching a deerhound take a deer would be a thing of beauty.

    And I love a good rack.

    [​IMG]


    Real fine - but gaze upon the mighty Stag and imagine your hounds pursuing yon beastie over hill and mountain and meadow, never flagging until it's brought to bay as you're running behind singing, 'Caledonia, Caledonia...' After dispatching the beast I guess it'd be nice to return triumphant to your rack holder....

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     


  6. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Nice, but does your prey travel in herds?

    [​IMG]

    lefty
     


  7. jhcam8

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    Nice, but does your prey travel in herds?

    [​IMG]

    lefty


    Dammit - my wife told me she was giving up posing.
     


  8. nootje

    nootje Senior member

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    Lefty,

    perhaps you might see an alternative here. My inlaws (specifically the MIL ) now wants a dog again, and has her mind sort of set on a GSD. Now, ive repeatedly voiced my opinions here about inbreeding several breeds of dogs, and now im confronted with them choosing prehaps the most inbred breed of them all..

    As it stand they are still in the considering fase, and i might be able to steer them toward a more healthy breed. At the moment im looking into the tervuren sheperd, and the groenendael sheperd. Got perhaps any more alternatives?

    thanks.
     


  9. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    You are fortunate in that you can access strong working lines in Europe. The GSD, while overbred in certain circles, is still a viable and healthy breed. Here are the current listings for GSD litters in The Netherlands: http://www.working-dog.eu/zucht_anse...00&searchterm=

    If they are looking for a pet dog I would steer towards smaller kennels where health and an even temperament are bred for. I would also avoid a show GSD if you could.

    The Tervuren is a nice dog as is the Groenendael and the Laekenois but they are high-energy breeds. Hovawart could work.

    Once people have a breed in mind it's very difficult to talk them out of it.

    lefty
     


  10. dcg

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    Curious - since the other three Belgian Shepherds have been brought up, why not the Malinois? Appearance wise would be most similar to the GSD, right?
     


  11. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    More intensely bred for work than it's cousins. Difficult to find a reasonable calm one for a pet/family situation. Same as the Dutch Shepherd.

    Unless you're used to that level of intensity it could be a problem for everyone. Strong drives need to be shaped and controlled.

    lefty
     


  12. nootje

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    havent yet brought any discussion of the subject up. To be fair, they would use the dog mainly as a family/guard dog. therefore I dont think a working line is in order, and that will drive one quickly to the less ethical breeders.

    I will look into the smaller kennels that breed for a family dog.

    hadnt thought of the hovawart, knew the breed but didnt connect it untill now, thanks.
     


  13. lefty

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    Other breeds to consider would be the Kuvasz, Briard or the Bouvier. All are large, excellent property and personal protectors (no one will get near you with a Kuvasz by your side) and reasonably healthy. None as are wash-and-wear as the GSD.

    Briard is a looker:

    [​IMG]

    lefty
     


  14. dcg

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    More intensely bred for work than it's cousins. Difficult to find a reasonable calm one for a pet/family situation. Same as the Dutch Shepherd.

    Unless you're used to that level of intensity it could be a problem for everyone. Strong drives need to be shaped and controlled.

    lefty


    Wasn't sure how much difference there was in temperament between the breeds, but suspected that might be the answer. Thanks.
     


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    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    Our Miniature Schnauzer, Jake [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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