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Old 02-09-2014, 08:42 PM
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Default What Would You Change?

What, if anything, would you change about your breed of choice?

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Old 02-09-2014, 08:49 PM
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Lifespan and health.

I was going to say popularity, but to be honest, I like having so many breeders to choose from and so many other GSD people to chat with.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:53 PM
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SIZE. I'd add about 10-15 lbs. 20ish lbs would be perfect. Seriously if they came in a 20-25 lb package, I'm not sure I'd have anything else.

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Old 02-09-2014, 09:10 PM
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Popularity. It's causing health and temperament issues because of bad breeding, and really giving Labs a bad name.

ETA- oh, and the split between field and breed dogs. Both have gone to the extreme. We've all seen the field bred dogs who look like they're part Great Dane, and the breed ones who look like part Rottweiler. To me, the perfect Lab is in the middle of the two.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:11 PM
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Health! If I had to choose one specific health issue to eradicate, I think it would be bloat. It's scary to think that some poodle breeders are recommending their puppy buyers to get a gastropexy done during spay/neuter. I understand wanting to safe guard your puppies/puppy buyers against experiencing bloat/torsion, but if the breeder feels the likelihood of having bloat is that high, SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE!!!!
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:29 PM
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Ooooh, that's hard.

Size, maybe? Not that I want ALL of them to be smaller, but I wish there was a portable option. Like, 35-50 pounds vs the 85-90 pounds that Abrams is pushing. That would be nice.

Oh, and I maybe wish retrievers didn't have to eat All The Things. And we're more gentle with toys.

Otherwise, they're pretty much prefect. But if we're talking Labs, then yes, I really wish there was a more moderate type. I dislike seeing the show steer bench type and the oversized snipey field dogs.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:38 PM
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:42 PM
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Health and their attractiveness to macho morons who shouldn't own ANY dog.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:43 PM
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The only thing I would change is that sometimes they were a LITTLE bit easier to focus on the task at hand. When outside/in new environments they HAVE to check out everything. Even when working, I can see their radar dish ears turning and if they are, say, in a stay, they are usually not watching me, but are scanning the environment while waiting for the next instruction.

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Old 02-09-2014, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Sekah View Post
Aaaarrrggg, yes this about Jasper (not that Collies are really my breed of choice). But seriously. Why so much barking!?! That's definitely my biggest complaint about him. Such a nice family/farm dog otherwise.

My breed of choice is Malinois and clearly, they are perfect (lol). I'll live with the quirks.

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