Originally Posted by joce
I still think people rarely research their breeds though.when they get angry because there herding breed is nippy,or that a husky sheds or howls.
Even when you do research a breed, though, you frequently see only good things about them. Herding breeds are never called nippy in books, for example. If you read between the lines of the average, blandly positive general breed book and think about what herding entails, of course, you might realize the potential for nipping is there. But it's a bit hard on the average person who just wants to own a dog to have to research the job description of 180+ breeds. I think the Border Collie people have done a commendable job of spreading the word about the drawbacks of their breed - at least, what would be drawbacks in a casual, average home. Other breeds need to receive the same vigorously honest scrutiny coupled with PR efforts to reach people who don't go to dog shows. It wouldn't prevent all bad choices, but it would be a help for the average person who wants to make a smart choice without devoting six months of research to the chore. I stress average, though even the most fanatical dog lover has succumbed to the need to OWN A DOG RIGHT NOW.