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Old 05-05-2009, 01:07 PM
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Alapaha Bulldog: newer breed developed in the US, a lovely combination of the bulldog loving attitude and the mastiff protective instinct. Naturally protective over their family, but appropriately so. Not big shedders, most aren't big droolers (**** you Blue!!), no real health problems in the breed to mention. Very drivey, but also able to turn it off and be with the family as wonderful house dogs. Absolutely the perfect dog for me.

Cons: the dog aggression that can pop up isn't exactly something I enjoy, just something I deal with. And of course, BSL
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:15 PM
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i'll disagree w/ your assesment for the breed as a whole. i am however willing (even hopeful) to believe that your particular line is all that.

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i don't have a one favorite breed i just love the dog that catches the game. my current dog is a mix of grey & saluki. i don't want another saluki (or any tazi type) blooded dog. i'll stick w/ european blooded longdogs. i love him as he's great w/ the kids and hunts hard, but he's dumb as a post and took a long time to turn on.
there are just too many breeds & mixes i want to try working to list them all.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:58 PM
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Fila. There is nothing about this breed I don't adore. Their downright eerie intelligence, ability to reason and adapt, the scheming, stealth, athleticism, determination, strength, feline agility, the "off" switch when they morph into lounge dogs, the beautiful lion gait and stalking, their vocalizations, their intense love and loyalty, gentleness and ferocity, warped sense of humor, ego, their attention to detail, their suspicion at anything out of the ordinary, sense of drama, the fact that they could survive and even thrive without our assistance, but they CHOOSE to live with us, that they aren't completely domesticated, that they are fierce, but not savage and have the concept of "sufficient force," oh, just everything about them.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:04 AM
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i'll disagree w/ your assesment for the breed as a whole. i am however willing (even hopeful) to believe that your particular line is all that.

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i don't have a one favorite breed i just love the dog that catches the game. my current dog is a mix of grey & saluki. i don't want another saluki (or any tazi type) blooded dog. i'll stick w/ european blooded longdogs. i love him as he's great w/ the kids and hunts hard, but he's dumb as a post and took a long time to turn on.
there are just too many breeds & mixes i want to try working to list them all.
Just because I"m not overly familiar with Alapahas, what would your overall assessment be for the breed?
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:07 AM
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The Ibizan Hound!
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Also called the Podenco Ibicenco, is a agile and independent sighthound. Hailing from the island of Ibiza, where hunters use them in packs to hunt small game. While they are technically a sighthound, they are very keen on their other senses as well, and while working in heavy bush one does have to rely on other senses. They do, however, have another solution for working in places where it's hard to see, they are very good jumpers and like to "hop" in tall grass/bush so that they can more easily see their prey. because of this, more than a 6ft fence is needed because they can easily clear most fences from a stand still.

Called the "peter pan" of the sighthounds, they seem to never grow up and are definitely comedians. Always playful and youthful even well into the senior years..

They do generally do well in packs but males can be iffy with each other. Very very intelligent and great problem solvers. They are very trainable however they did hunt away from the hunter, so they are independent and provide a few different challenges than a more people pleasing breed. They are moderate shedders, come in wire and smooth, and long haired however I have only seen the wire and smooth variety. Low maintenance grooming for all hair types. They are very clean dogs, most sighthounds seem to be.

Plus they're just so graceful, wonderful.. lovely etc etc.

I haven't owned one yet however I definitely want to, and will.

Cons - Iffy with small dogs and cats. Fine if raised with them however may still chase and injure/kill others outside their pack if not watched.

Can jump most fences easily.

No reliable recall. They'll come back after they're done, and don't think you can catch 'em!
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:58 PM
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the alapaha as a whole usually has a severe undershot (unlike Sis's dogs) and the hawed eyes like the english & many johnson bulldogs. they also suffer heavily from hip & elbow dysplasia (more than performance bred buldogs but not really any more than bull & mastiff breeds heavily BYB). cardiac issues are fairly common. serious bulldog men don't use them because most tried have been found lacking in the personality traits needed for catch work & personal protection. many of the dogs that had the personality for work broke down quickly and so the breed has a bad name among working dog men. it didn't help that these crappy dogs were priced in excess of $1K (often closer to $2K), for a hogdogger accustomed to paying $100 for a pit or cur that was a lot of money to waste on dogs that were afraid of a shoat. people buying them for personal protection had similar experiences. sinve then the breeds rep has been bad.
all of that said Sis's dogs look to be pretty fair bulldogs. i would expect their health issues to be considerably less than the breed as a whole and their performance traits far superior.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:11 AM
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hmm cresties:

why:
there gremlins crossed with fireys crossed with the sweetest dog on earth...
mischevious little munchkins who keep you on your toes, and while may not be the shaprpest tack in terms of trainability...they are incredibly smart if properly motivated.
FAST, i love to see them run...and i mean REALY run....when there not full out flying they hop like bunnies.
there a primitive breed, certainly not for everyone, very "unusual" looking and just super cool little dogs.

small enough to take everywhere big enough to not get trampled, and just the right size to fit into any lifestyle (one day i will live on a boat!)

as good as any cat in terms of rat/mouse control though they do seem to have more fun playing fetch with it...(they catch it, bring it back let it go and then chase and catch it again!)

in terms of their history, its very all over the polace depending on who you talk to, however its primarily belived they originated in africa (dna proves a very close relation to the basenji and african dogs) where they were named the african hairless terrier (though honestly id put these crazy beasts as a cross beteen a terrier and a sighthound.
they were picked up by chinese traders due to thier amazing rat catching abilities, and lack of fur meant less flea issues. they became the first "pirate" pups sailing aroudn the world and soon became known by their current name the chinese crested.

pros:
shedding and dander are none ot minimal, the puffs need regular brushing but even they are incredible lacking in the dander/shed department

they are extreemly loyal to "their person/people"

extreemly adaptable to many situations as long as their people are there (making them awesome travel companions)

cons:
skin care is quite intensive, black heads, pimples and sunburn are all concerns...their skin is more akin to humanskin and generally comes with the similar issues that the mexican hairless breeds tend not to have as many issues with. be prepared to bathe every 1-2 weeks, sunscreen, lotion, exfoliate ect these little dogs and look for a dog from lines not prone to skin issues...

prone to seperation anxiety

tend to be standoffish with strangers even when well socilized
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:20 AM
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The Ibizan Hound!
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Also called the Podenco Ibicenco, is a agile and independent sighthound. Hailing from the island of Ibiza, where hunters use them in packs to hunt small game. While they are technically a sighthound, they are very keen on their other senses as well, and while working in heavy bush one does have to rely on other senses. They do, however, have another solution for working in places where it's hard to see, they are very good jumpers and like to "hop" in tall grass/bush so that they can more easily see their prey. because of this, more than a 6ft fence is needed because they can easily clear most fences from a stand still.

Called the "peter pan" of the sighthounds, they seem to never grow up and are definitely comedians. Always playful and youthful even well into the senior years..

They do generally do well in packs but males can be iffy with each other. Very very intelligent and great problem solvers. They are very trainable however they did hunt away from the hunter, so they are independent and provide a few different challenges than a more people pleasing breed. They are moderate shedders, come in wire and smooth, and long haired however I have only seen the wire and smooth variety. Low maintenance grooming for all hair types. They are very clean dogs, most sighthounds seem to be.

Plus they're just so graceful, wonderful.. lovely etc etc.

I haven't owned one yet however I definitely want to, and will.

Cons - Iffy with small dogs and cats. Fine if raised with them however may still chase and injure/kill others outside their pack if not watched.

Can jump most fences easily.

No reliable recall. They'll come back after they're done, and don't think you can catch 'em!
If only they were better with small dogs... I have always adored them and have always wanted one. I just can't see myself not having paps.
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They are regal, gentle, loyal and very intelligent. Ok they are a little big (i had one standing 104 cm shoulder height), but they are very calm and disciplined.
Downside : like with any giant race, they are short lived.

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Old 05-11-2009, 06:54 PM
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If only they were better with small dogs... I have always adored them and have always wanted one. I just can't see myself not having paps.
It is do able.. Aza Hounds has a Podenco Andaluz (who are the size of a manchester terrier, I think.) and Italian Greyhounds.. and kitties!

But I do understand because you'll always be worried of when and if that switch will be turned on.
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