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Old 06-30-2012, 06:55 PM
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Default "_____" breed is not like other dogs!

How do you feel about these kinds of statements?

"-insert breed of dog- is not like other dogs!"

I see it a lot, but I almost feel like *every* owners of a certain breed do it, lol.

I know each breed definitely has it's special needs or requirements, etc, and there's a reason different breeds appeal to different people for unique traits and temperaments and whatnot. And obviously a person who has had x breed of dog for a lot of years is going to feel they are special, just like the person who has had y breed for just as many years feels THEIR breed is "not like other dogs". There's nothing wrong with having a favorite breed obviously!

But I'm not sure I'd go as far to say it has to be THAT different in terms of training, exercise, feeding. At the base of it all, they are all dogs.

I don't know - just thinking aloud. Thoughts?
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:57 PM
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Yep, I'm definitely one to believe they're dogs first, not "insert breed here" first.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:29 PM
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I see that a looooooot lot lot lot lot with border collies. Yes, they are an active herding dog... no, they are not an entirely different species altogether.

It's super annoying. I'm sure owners of EVERY breed could come up with reasons why their breed is "not like other dogs." But too bad, they are still dogs
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:33 PM
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Dog first, sure. But if they all didn't have their own substandards, there wouldn't be breeds. Some breeds LOVE their owner. Some don't, and the training needs to be altered to fit. Some breeds were developed in such and such region, others were developed in a different region entirely...thus the differences in nutrition. Exercise may be exercise...until you get to extreme differences such as dachshunds and sighthounds. Some breeds were bred and designed to RUN. Others tend to retrieve better...happy with a throw of the ball.

Each dog is an individual, but the breed is still VERY important. Some breeds just AREN'T like others. The statement isn't entirely false, but it is sometimes overused.

And I'm the first one to say it....if you are a dog person, don't get a Sibe. Lol.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:59 PM
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I got with the concept that a dog is a dog is a dog. The same can be said of cats. The breed really doesn't play into it. They're individuals, when you read breed personality charts it can be like reading astrological personality charts. Some qualities will be spot on and others will be so inappropriate that they're laughable.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:04 PM
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I was warned a ton with the Dutch Shepherd, I did fine with his energy. I was warned about working-line GSD, he is by far the most favorite dog I have *ever* had. We were warned about the Border Collie and so far, Finn has been the easiest puppy/dog we've had. Now I'm warned the same thing with working-line Kelpies, and we will be finding out tomorrow LOL I think it's a WAY overused phrase. The purpose of breeds is they aren't supposed to be all alike.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:10 PM
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Honestly, working hands-on boarding/training/grooming thousands of dogs of all kinds of breeds, some just ARE NOT "doggy" dogs.

Border Collies are not your average "doggy" dog, and it's not simply because they have high energy. They have immense brain power. They need to work. They develop creepy, insane behaviors if they aren't properly exercise and trained, where your average dog would just get fat & lazy. They are sensitive and aloof and peculiar, they don't just romp around wagging their tail and panting like "woof derp I'm a dog!". They are highly specialized, specially bred dogs who have been bred strictly based on their work ethics since day one... for hundreds of years. Nope, not your average dog who has been bred primarily as a friendly companion for many generations. That's not to say that ALL Border Collies are like this, but to me, a real Border Collie is not like other dogs. Hence the fact that most BCs only get along with other herding dogs or small, unthreatening dogs. Typical dogs are confused by their personality and play style unless they grew up with them.

I agree with Lyzelle, too. Huskies are not like "other dogs"! They are all about me. And for good reason, that's how we have bred them to be. If you don't respect, admire and accept that you won't last a day with a primitive breed. If you really appreciate a Lab personality (not arguably the most "doggy" dog in the world), you probably won't understand why anyone would want a Husky.
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I was warned a ton with the Dutch Shepherd, I did fine with his energy. I was warned about working-line GSD, he is by far the most favorite dog I have *ever* had. We were warned about the Border Collie and so far, Finn has been the easiest puppy/dog we've had. Now I'm warned the same thing with working-line Kelpies, and we will be finding out tomorrow LOL I think it's a WAY overused phrase. The purpose of breeds is they aren't supposed to be all alike.
I think you are just crazy!!! But in a good way. The "average" person who values the "average" dog really wouldn't be able to tolerate a Dutchie. An average family in our puppy classes who some how got a hold of a Dutch Shepherd puppy are baffled as to why their brindle GSD is sooooo insane. They really think she's plotting against them.
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It's easy to scoff but the truth is some breeds are easier and more "your average dog" than others.

Pit bulls are easy dogs in many ways. However their intense dog aggression (that many of us are lucky to not have to deal with, my two currently are very mild), is not "like other breeds". My malinois is a dog aggressive brat but mostly he avoids other dogs and frankly in a fight it's a snarky snap brawl. My pit bulls in the past have lost their ever loving minds seeking out other dogs to fight and they never came away with minimal damage. Arnold can and has sent dogs to the ER vet in a matter of 30 seconds, he's just that stupid dangerous in a fight. That, in essence, is not exactly "your average dog".

My malinois are "not like other dogs" because they are obsessively energetic, highly guardy in instinct, extremely impulsive, and there for make very frustrating dogs in many ways. Of course some mals are easier.

FWIW The dutch I have dealt with have always been harder dogs in power but never as busy and they always needed to be convinced of a real threat before they bothered to turn on. Then again, some people will warn away from their energy, however you also have to realize that you may not be the average dog owner.

The japanese spitz style dogs I train with at work are not like other dogs. They are hard to motivate, hard to read, and over all very "cat like". Is that an elitist statement? Hell no. Honestly? I would never own one. I can't see myself enjoying them.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:22 PM
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^ Yes. Malinois are NOT like other dogs! Nor are APBTs. To say that they are would be to disrespect the intensity of both of the breeds, in different ways.

Are you talking about Shiba Inus? Talk about not dog-like at all... they are cute, but I couldn't stand living with one!
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