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Old 08-31-2007, 08:34 PM
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Reasons not to have a chi:

High Energy
Clingy... they love attention and being by your side
If not exercised properly, they have a tendency to gain weight
They can be DA
They get the zoomies daily... they rip through the house like maniacs and bark at each other
If not properly socialized, they can be weary of strangers.

Hmmm... I can't really think of much else.
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:36 PM
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Well you don't want a collie if you never want to groom your dog personally and professionally.

You don't want a collie if you mind very much having your butt nipped or poked now and then.

You don't want a collie if you don't like a dog who wants to be involved with everything going on.

You don't want a Collie if you don't like a dog that has a lot to say, not only via barking, but moaning, groaning, loud yawns and other assorted Chewbacca and air-clacking noises.

You don't want a Collie if you don't plan on obedience training your dog.

You don't want a Collie if you don't have a place for the dog to run and herd imaginary things.

You don't want a Collie if you don't want a dog that needs to be close to the family. Collies would do horribly as outdoor dogs. For one thing, they would make your neighbors go deaf.
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Old 09-01-2007, 12:35 AM
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Reasons not to have a Dobe, based on MY opinion and MY experiences.....

clingy (orson must be touching you a large percentage of the time, and my last boy was the same)

high energy

has a fairly short life expectancy

sheds little hairs everywhere anytime of the year

prejudices from people

high chance of male/male aggression

Other than the short life, these things aren't a bother to me personally.......it's all about what YOU want/expect in a dog.
Those terrible hairs! Everywhere! I brush mine atleast once every few days and he still leaves them everywhere he goes. oh well, I guess atleast they aren't like white and over and inch long.

I really enjoy having my doberman and his dobe reputation but sometimes it's downright annoying how scared people are of them. I'm glad he guards my house and everything but sometimes if someone stops by who generally doesn't, like a plumber or internet guy or something I have to watch them cringe and sweat while he watches them and they kind of fake laugh at him like they are trying to be comfortable. If I am at the house and I tell Apollo that the person is ok, he just wants to go up and sniff them and probably give them a lick, not bite their head off contrary to popular belief. Though it does have it's benefits.

These dogs are definate attention getters, I can't take him anywhere without people complimenting or talking to me about him. It's generally a very nice feeling but sometimes I just want to be left alone with him, I guess that is all a personal preferance.

The biggest problem I've noticed with him is chewing. If you leave him alone for too long he is going to start his decimation. I would love to let him roam free in my house but I can't because he will eat everything in sight so I have to crate him when I leave. This could be a training fault on my part or part of his puppyness.
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Old 09-01-2007, 01:40 AM
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You don't want a Collie if you don't like a dog that has a lot to say, not only via barking, but moaning, groaning, loud yawns and other assorted Chewbacca and air-clacking noises.
LOL, shelties do that too. My favorite is the goose honking sound. Trey's favorite. We'll just have conversations together in weird noises. xD
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:09 AM
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Reason's NOT to get a Dane:

They are velcro dogs. If you can't handle a dog that needs to have you in his/her sight at all times, DON'T get a dane.

They drool. If you are a neat freak or find slingers repulsive, DON'T get a dane.

They're HUGE. If you cannot share your home with a dog the size of another full grown man, DON'T get a dane.

They're expensive. If you're not willing to put out a lot of money for health care and quality food, DON'T get a dane.

They're clumsy. If your house is like a museum and you have priceless knicknacks on tables, they're gonna get broken. Danes are bulls in a china shop while they are young, and some stay that way until they are four or so. If you can't tolerate a dog that will level everything in it's path, DON'T get a dane.

They can be destructive. I say this because even though I've always been a great puppy owner (supervision, plenty of exercise, crating when unable to supervise etc etc), my danes have always kept me on my toes. I remember one morning I let the danes out for a little recess and went to take a shower while they were outside. In the time it took me to shower and get dressed, my 3 danes and the 2 foster danes had removed all of the limbs and leaves from all of my newly planted bradford pear trees, dug up several newly planted azalea bushes and tore a panel of lattice off of the bottom of my brand new deck!! I also recall one foster dane mix who when placed in his new home destroyed a heat pump. If you can't handle living with a potential one dog wrecking crew, DON'T get a dane.

Short life spans. It's sad but true. They are the heartbreak breed. If you can't handle living with a dog that may never see a ripe old age, DON'T get a dane.
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:38 AM
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LOL JRTs aren't as bad as all that. Mine don't bark, unless someone is driving in. Maybe well bred, well adjusted JRTs don't bark much. They need as much exercise as labs, border collies and many other working breeds. I have rehabbed a few (about 7) JRTs that were due to be PTS and I never spend more than 20 min a day training any of them. For obed comps I train 5 min 5 times a week, for agility 20 min 3 times a week, max, unless I am in a class. I do think you need dog savvy owners, who have a good understanding of dog behaviour.
lol, i don't know if it's that they bark a lot (When Milo's good he's not nearly as loud as the wheaten), but their bark is PIERCING.

Also, how many regular "family dog" people do you know who handle a border collie? And how many labs do you know who are seriously overweight? Plus most people i know aren't willing to put twenty minutes a a year in training their dogs. They learn much faster and are much more trainable than other breeds, but if you don't train them, you're going to have a nightmare.
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:16 AM
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The biggest problem I've noticed with him is chewing. If you leave him alone for too long he is going to start his decimation. I would love to let him roam free in my house but I can't because he will eat everything in sight so I have to crate him when I leave. This could be a training fault on my part or part of his puppyness.
Do you give him plenty of acceptable things to chew on? Lots of toys, and things he is allowed to destroy?

Orson has destroyed a few things here, LOL......when he hit his teen age (7-8 months old) he ATE the family room couch in a matter of minutes of being unsupervised. (it's ok though, I hated that couch) He has chewed the dry wall if left to get bored, I don't want to mention how many of my kids toys that have died a horrible death in his jaws.

My best advice is to show him WHAT he is ALLOWED to chew on everytime you see him with something he ISN'T supposed to chew on, and be sure to leave him with plenty of things he is supposed to play with.
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:52 AM
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LOL, shelties do that too. My favorite is the goose honking sound.
Oh yeah, the honk is a Collie signature I think. Also the clacking of thin air, which cracks me up. Tosca you want a biscuit? Clack Clack Clack! You sure? CLLLLLAAACKK CLAAACKK!
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:56 AM
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A Saint Bernard is absolutely not for everyone!

THEY ARE FREAKING HUGE!!!!! At 190lbs he even outweighs my husband. Not all Saints reach this size, but the average size for a male is 175lbs. So be prepared for a dog that takes up tons of space. This includes lots of space in a car, a 2 door sport model will not fit one of these dogs!! The same as a a big truck is too hard for them to jump in and out of without a ramp because of the impact on the joints.

If you want a clean house, they are the destroyers of cleanliness!!! They will leave slingers in just about any place you can imagine, your walls, your TV, your dinner plate from a good ten feet away!!! All Saints are droolers, and any breeder who tells you different is not telling you the truth or is not breeding true Saints. Some can be drier than others, but they still will leave lovely sticky drool marks on your most prized possessions. They shed!! My husband jokes that they shed twice a year, six months in the spring and six months in the fall!

Expensive!!!!!! Any and all vet apts. cost an arm and a leg. And unfortunatley they are breed that is plagued with joint problems. So not a breed for those who do not plan ahead for those vet bills. They are also prone to bloating, a fatal condition if not treated in time. However, they do not cost a ton to feed. They eat no more than a large breed dog, like a lab or GSD. This is not so bad considering that they can weigh 100lbs more than them!!

Like alot of other dogs, they need to be with their families. Otherwise they can become very destructive. It doesn't take very long for them to dig a trench in the backyard because they have been tied outside. Or tear apart your newly renovated livingroom because he has been left home for too long again. They think that they are lap dogs, and can't understand why they
aren't They are very sensitive dogs who feel responsible for your happiness, but they also feel responsible when you are down.

Same sex DA is not uncommon. They should be the gentle giant, but not so well bred Saints are all too often DA. And this is a big responsibility with a dog who is so much larger than other dogs.

And the worst part of owning one of these creatures, they have a low life span. A 10 year old Saint is ancient. But the secret to this is to not dwell on this and love them and in returned be loved in return 1000 times more!!!
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Old 09-03-2007, 03:50 PM
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On Miniature Schnauzers
Reasons:
1) Vocal, Barkers

2) Witty, Stubborn

3) High energy

4) Require weekly/monthy grooming

5) Prone to a lot medical issues

6) High Drive sniffers

7) Always need to be kept on leash if outside without fence in yard

On Aussies as what RD describe on BC pretty same with Aussies
Reasons:
1) High Energy

2) Very Protective

3) Smart

4) Easliy trained

5) Shedders

6) Daily Brush

7) high drive
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