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Old 02-24-2012, 03:02 PM
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I actually thought the poodle one was pretty good.
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:09 AM
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And I find it moronic that the only time I read about dogs needing "rehabilitation" is in regard to "pit bulls". Seriously?
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Rehab can mean a good number of things. There are a lot of medical problems that come with dog fighting, there are also a fair number of psychological and non DA behavior problems that come with it as well. I think "expert" evaluation especially for a novice owner seeking to deal with one of these dogs is a good idea since the cost for getting it wrong can be so severe for the dog and the newb owner who may have learned all of their dog skills from watching Disney movies and Animal planet.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:13 AM
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Also Laur - my brother's sheltie spins when she's amped up with no where to go. She's multi generation "working line" though. No idea if that's related.
I'd be interested in what 'working line' means in shelties as there's not really working lines like there are in border collies or aussies. But my shelties- first came from a farm, second was pet bred, third was show bred with a dam that had a few agility titles and herding titles. None of mine ever spun. Trey (the third) would usually resort to nipping and barking when he was amped up. He'd always try to sneak in a little heeling if you didn't pay attention.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:26 AM
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I'd be interested in what 'working line' means in shelties as there's not really working lines like there are in border collies or aussies. But my shelties- first came from a farm, second was pet bred, third was show bred with a dam that had a few agility titles and herding titles. None of mine ever spun. Trey (the third) would usually resort to nipping and barking when he was amped up. He'd always try to sneak in a little heeling if you didn't pay attention.
Working line - as in working sheep/goats in Colorado off registry for 15 years. Guy liked shelties because according to him they handled the altitude better than the bigger dogs.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:32 AM
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Is he still breeding? lol I'd love to find a sheltie like that.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:50 AM
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Is he still breeding? lol I'd love to find a sheltie like that.
No idea. My brother found his sheltie puppy after seeing a sign that said Sheltie Puppies on his way to Cripple Creek for blackjack. 15 miles later off the paved road he found his dog.
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:26 PM
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The Belgian and PyrShep descriptions are pretty good for a general temperament description. Not sure how accurate I'd say their health risk info is on either. I suppose they are going off of claims they have and with both breeds being uncommon, that might not be a lot of dogs which would probably skew the numbers a bit.

Read a few others of breeds I've had or am very familiar with.

The Collie on is pretty generic temperament wise with much less info than the other breeds. It seems to have good health related info though.

The GSD description sort of seemed generic temperament wise too. They didn't get into how much socialization and training a GSD needs from an early age. They also didn't get into the issue that GSDs can easily become "too protective" for most owners, guarding their home and property from friends and non-household family. Or that they aren't always dog friendly. I know it's just a general description but those are IMO pretty basic things about GSDs. And things which were brought up in other profiles. I also am not sure how accurate the health risk info is here, stating GSDs are at "high risk" for cardiomyopathy but only "medium risk" for bloat? And high risk for compulsive behaviors that cost up to $3000 to treat?

The PWD was only so-so. They sort of made them sound a bit too much like an "ideal family pet" without really getting into that they need a lot of early socialization, training and interaction. There is a tendency towards fearfulness and shyness with some PWDs. And they can be rather destructive as youngsters. And LOUD. Their breed standard even talks about them being loud However, they did get across their high energy and need for real exercise to be happy, which is good. It also didn't mention early cancer being a potential health issue and it certainly is.

A few things over all I didn't care for would be that there seemed to be a tone of health issues were avoidable if dogs came from a good breeder and encourage of don't buy a puppy without a full health "guarantee" and don't buy from a breeder who advertises.
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:30 PM
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Oh and the Cardigan one is ok but also more generic than the Belgian or PyrShep description. It does say that Cardigans are "good natured" and I'm not sure I can fully agree with that LOL And why would one think a Corgi would be an outdoor dog? I think they probably should have talked about keeping the dog lean and fit too, since so many pet Corgis of either type are quite fat.
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It does say that Cardigans are "good natured" and I'm not sure I can fully agree with that LOL
LOL right? By "good natured" I can only assume they meant "little a-holes"
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I liked the aussie one, not much I disagree with in it.
The collie one was pretty vague, but I find most are for them so its not surprising. The health info was pretty spot on.
The Westie one makes it sound like I adopted a demon I think I read the words noisy and destructive 10 times, and their main pro was they look good in plaid.
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