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Old 06-13-2013, 06:25 PM
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Samwise got a lot of doodle, particularly goldendoodle, guesses when he was a puppy. More people peg him as a poodle now that we keep his face shaved. It's the color and size that throws people - between him being red and big for a mini, people assume he's a mix.

I was one of those people, once. I was at a dog show with a lot of rare breeds, and a friend pointed out a 'standard poodle.' I got really excited because I knew it wasn't, and went up to the owner and asked if it was an Italian water spaniel.

It wasn't. It was an Irish water spaniel, which I knew, but when I opened my mouth the wrong word came out. Boy did I feel like a dope!
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Linds View Post
I don't think that's quite fair. I mean, I know we all have these threads to joke around about what people have said which is all fun. But not everyone is going to be into dogs like us.

I mean, the amount of cars I can identify can be listed on one of my hands, the knowledge I have about fishing is limited to what I learned when my dad took me out as a kid, my parents talking geek sounds like another language to me, when my boss talks any type of sports to someone I'm trying to figure out if they're just making things up.

We all have our special interests and that's great and yeah, sometimes people can be a little scary with the things they ask but I think it's a good thing to remember we're not smarter or above those people because there is a good chance I have and will ask a question they deem incredibly 'stupid' and obvious about something they are passionate about.

Reminds me when I was at my first disc dog club meeting and I was asked what discs I have. My answer? "A couple green ones and a white one that turns purple in the sun...."

They all laughed and were a second away from patting me on the head like an inept but slightly amusing toddler.

There is always going to be stuff I don't know and it keeps me humble but I would like to think it's not lack of intelligence.
Going to agree with this. My husband is a super genius when it comes to things like music theory where I don't know my ass from a G cord. Where as with dogs, it's the complete opposite.

Doesn't make us stupid, just means we're smart at different things.

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Shakou View Post
Going to agree with this. My husband is a super genius when it comes to things like music theory where I don't know my ass from a G cord. Where as with dogs, it's the complete opposite.

Doesn't make us stupid, just means we're smart at different things.
No I am not referring to the honest mistakes about breed, but I was referring to those fee who are convinced they know what *my* dog is& won't listen to me ... Their owner as I try to educate them otherwise oftentimes I end up attempting a graceful exit.

I once saw a bedlington terrier at a park a looong time ago, it was off leash & ran up to me & Izze when we were playing catch (NP the dog was super friendly & Izze & him got on well) his owner came to retrieve him & I mentioned "hey, that's a bedlington terrier, isn't it?" He was pleasantly surprised & said that most ppl ... Even the groomers at petsmart thought he was a poodle/ poodle mix.

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:31 PM
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I usually get mini boxer or bulldog for my two. I can understand both, but the mini boxer thing is a bit annoying.

If I'm just talking about my dogs with someone it never fails. When I tell them I have boston terriers they always say, "Oh, you have BWAston Terriers huh?" with a terrible Boston accent. I smile and pretend its the first time I've heard that.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:37 AM
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With Quinn, the most common breed guesses are Toller, Border Collie, and Aussie. Probably in that order. I've had real, serious Toller people think she's a Toller and BC people think she's a BC. Often people will also ask if she's a mix with any of the above breeds. I suppose they aren't totally out there - she gets Toller because of her colouring and the other two are pretty close. Most of the time people are accepting when I say she's an ES, but I have had people give me weird looks and even argue that she must be mixed. I've also had a couple of people guess her breed correctly which is always very surprising and exciting!

As a puppy she got a lot of Sheltie and Collie guesses but not so much now.

She's even had TWO Beagle guesses. Wtf?? I was a little peeved at that.

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Old 06-14-2013, 06:31 AM
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With Quinn I usually get "Border Collie and what else?" or "Kelpie and what else?"

But have also got Sheltie, Koolie, Husky and even Basenji (because of her gay tail)

A couple of weeks ago I was going through a drive through with Quinn in the back seat. The girl in the window commented on my beautiful Border Collie. I just stared blankly at her for about 3 seconds before saying "Thankyou, your only about the 2nd person ever that has picker her breed correctly"

She went on to tell me about her own BC at home, except that he is fat and fluffy and looks like a teddy bear. I was actually impressed she picked Quinn as a BC because of this. Most people can't make the connection.
The other person the picked her correctly was someone that had a smooth BC of their own so they got it.

I still think when most poeple ask me what she is that they don't believe me when I tell them she's just a funny looking BC.

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Old 06-14-2013, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Dogdragoness View Post
I wish there was a pill or a treatment for ignorance/stupidity of the mainstream human race :/
Oh the irony...

One of the strangest things my dog has been mistaken for was when I was going through a fast food drive-through with one of our pups and my SBT. The guy asked if my dog was a "Doberman Pinscher" and I assumed he was asking about the cropped black APBT puppy. She didn't really "look" like a Dobe puppy, but I suppose I could see where someone would make that mistake if their only idea of what a "Pit Bull" is, is a gigantic blue dog. Turns out, he was actually asking about my small, natural eared, obviously adult, brindle SBT. The guy didn't argue with me about the breed or insist that's what my dog had to be, but it was a weird exchange and I think the most unusual part of it for me was that I would have assumed until that point that anyone who knew to call it a Doberman Pinscher would actually have some idea of what one looked like...
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:19 AM
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:57 PM
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Yarrow always gets wolf or wolfdog - pretty understandable.

Jasper is instantly recognizable, so he usually just gets the "LASSIE!!" comments.

Onyx so far mostly people just ask what she is, or what mix she is. Although just from my fb pictures I had someone ask if she was a Great Dane.....! When I say Malinois, I get some weird looks. Then it takes some explaining. I might need to just start saying Belgian Shepherd.

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Old 06-14-2013, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Sit Stay View Post
With Quinn, the most common breed guesses are Toller, Border Collie, and Aussie. Probably in that order.
I don't think I would guess ES if I met her either! They're just all so different looking and not really generic but have the good old farm dog look to them. When I did run into a ES I thought Aussie/BC mix but when she said English Shepherd I was like "OHHH! That makes sense!"

But, if I saw a Koolie I probably wouldn't guess Koolie either so I never expect anyone to ever get it!
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