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Old 08-20-2012, 08:39 PM
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Default Rarer breeds showing up on craigslist

I was browsing through the pet section on Craigslist the other day and came across an ad for a poodle/malinois mix! It struck me as odd as I haven't even seen a single mal in person around here. Then today I saw an ad for a 7 month old Akbash Dog! I haven't even heard of that breed before, and I pride myself on my knowledge of dog breeds!

Anyone else seeing uncommon breeds popping up in classifieds lately?
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:22 PM
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I've seen it a little bit but to be honest I don't really go to Craigslist or Petfinder because it's like crack to me and if I was a regular visitor I'd be a hoarder.

I think a LOT of it is people mislabeling their dog.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:38 PM
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Every week I search all of Craiglist and kijiji for Afghan hounds and almost every week I find at least one. I pass along all the info to the various Af rescue groups.
I mostly just look for sighthounds since those are the ones I can help rehome.

Haven't noticed too many rare breeds pop up on our local Kijiji but the sheer amount of dogs is shocking some times. Where the heck do they all go?
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:39 PM
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Akbashes are the slightly older, larger, and brawnier cousins of the Kuvaszok/Pyrenees. Still big and white; abit more intense and prone to reactivity though - especially to unfamiliar dogs/animals. The Akbash club people would probably chew me out for saying something like that but whatever.

Yes. A few weeks back:

Pyr/Caucasian.O puppies (yikes). The latter generally isn't recommended to be cross-bred.

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Old 08-20-2012, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by StephyMei1112 View Post
3 - There's only room for one and only one Oriental bitch in any relationship of mine.

I've noticed an increase in uncommon breeds being on kijiji/craiglist too. People are obsessed with being the only ones who have something, so it's not surprising. However it's not good because a lot of the breeds who are not common have a big reason as to why they aren't.

Heck I even saw a Pharaoh Hound being rehomed once. I was astounded. I don't think I have even ever seen one in real life before.

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:02 PM
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My Ibizan Hound was found on Craigslist. I haven't seen any others here since except for a Malinois (though I don't check often), but since they didn't post a photo on their ad I'm not positive if it actually was a mal or not.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:41 AM
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Malindoodles huh? That's...interesting. Wonder if they look like Laekens!

I see far more mislabeled rare breeds on CL than actual rare breeds on CL. Right after I got Roust, there was another Malinois listed on CL. My first reaction was " of his siblings I'm sure". But when I looked at the ad, it was a tan, leggy dog with big half flopped ears and not really a Mal at all. It was a stray dog these people had taken in but wasn't getting along with their resident dog so they were looking for a home for him. That said...there are occasionally Filas on our CL because there's breeders of them in the area. There was a young Komondor listed once too but he was farm bred. I think you're more likely to find rare LSGs listed on CL or in classifieds because if they are working bred, the people who have them aren't necessarily "dog people". Same with working bred BCs, Aussies and ACDs. And of course, I have also seen well bred dogs being offered by caring people on CL just as a way to get the word out. Rehomes that breeders have gotten back, rescues people took in and are looking to place, etc. I don't think there is really a wrong place to advertise a dog needing a home, as long as you are going to screen. It's the "free to any home" sort of posts that are a worrisome but that is certainly not the case with all people advertising on CL or any other classified site or in the newspaper. I have found some of my best pet puppy homes through puppy classified websites.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Aleron View Post
I see far more mislabeled rare breeds on CL than actual rare breeds on CL.
This. Especially mixes because generally the people don't really know what their dog is mixed with unless it was actually purchased from a breeder, so they just slap a name on them and tend for the "cooler"/rarer breeds. Whenever I get asked what breed Zuma is, absolutely nobody is satisfied with my answer that she's a "mix", they always push on wanting to know what she's mixed with, well how the heck am I supposed to know? She was found as a stray. Yes, she most likely is border collie something but unless I know that for sure I'm just going to say she's a mix.

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Old 08-21-2012, 10:15 AM
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We see a fair number of Malinois on CL across the country lately, unfortunately. However, a MalinDOODLE is new. I have seen a few rare breeds and I always try to direct them to their breed rescue or parent club.

I definitely think there are a fair number of mislabeled dogs out there. These days the new rage around here, especially my work, is calling any small blonde/black masked shepherd mix a malinois. (insert eye roll here)

Also a lot of the malinois here off CL, pure or not, are ginormous and confusing the general public. It's like deja vu, first my properly sized pit bull was too small to be a pit bull and now my properly sized malinois are too small to be malinois. LOL

Short answer, most people are ignorant.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by AdrianneIsabel View Post
I definitely think there are a fair number of mislabeled dogs out there.
Ugh, one of my hugest pet peeves is labeling a mix as some really obscure, rare breed that it sorta resembles.

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