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Old 10-20-2008, 08:58 AM
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Unhappy Vets and dog breeds

I whish some vets could reserch for some information before telling people what breed of dog or cat they have.

You see, one of my cousins had 2 small mutts they were brothers and they didn't even looked similar besides beein furry and the vet say they were purebreed "terry"

Also my grandma had a cute dog, he looked like a great pyreness but smaller than a cocker and the vet say he was a pekinese.

And for my art prefessor the neighbours gave him a cute mix, she is problably maltese mixed with someting else, she's all white with wavy hair and is the size of the cocker.

But his vet is saying is a pure breed skye terrier when they don't even come in white or have square bodies.

And for the dog I had, Oso he was GSD, with malinois and someting else problaby huskie and our vet say he was a GSD and he asked us that if we wanted to put him in a "male GSD seeks for girlfriend waiting list" EEkk
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:51 AM
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been there. my catahoulaXAB was called a pit (hello 76# in running trim), a ridgeless ridgie and a mastiff by people who should have known better.
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Old 10-20-2008, 01:32 PM
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ive been there too, the vet i used when i got vixie tried to tell me she was a pomeranian and pappillion mix...so i found a new vet...

ive been old my chis arnt purebred BY VETS becuase there long haired?! and my cresite is a poodle because "shes not ugly enough to be one of those hairless things" (yes that is a direct quote from a vet!) understadable by a normal person, cresties arnt exactly common (especially here) but from a vet?!
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:13 PM
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Hey, at least you aren't constantly explaining to people that no, their giant BYB or puppy mill pomeranian is NOT a German Spitz, even if it looks superficially like LIzzie and is way over the breed standard. People base it ENTIRELY on the German Spitz page in the Bruce Fogle breed book (_An Encylopedia Of Dog Breeds_) and vets do the same thing.... UGH.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:24 PM
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I can't even begin to tell you how many people's vets tell them they have a "Basenji mix" when it is quite apparent there is no Basenji in the dog at all. Animal shelters and rescues are also notorious for mislabling dog breeds. Why does everything have to be a <fill in the blank> mix? What's wrong with All-American mutts?
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Well, my poor Smooth Collies are constantly accused of being shaved! You'd think someone with true animal experience could tell by the coat texture that it was not a shaved coat!
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:51 PM
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Well, my poor Smooth Collies are constantly accused of being shaved! You'd think someone with true animal experience could tell by the coat texture that it was not a shaved coat!
Oh my gosh! I totally saw a shaved rough last week, it was like, "huh? wha-? is that? it has a collie head...." It was really weird, like a super light toasted marshmallow color undercoat that was all fluffy and cottony, with a collie head glued on. Like a collie wearing a bear suit! The owners said that they wished they had a smooth, so they shaved their rough.

But yeah...smooths look nothing like a shaved dog.
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:46 AM
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Vets are not supposed to know all the breeds. In fact, nobody knows all dog breeds in existence. You should search for knowledge among specialists in dogs of a particular group of breeds, such as hunting breeds, sheep guarding breeds, etc., or ask specialists in dogs of a particular geographic region of the world. Kennel clubs recognize only most popular pet/show breeds. A lot of so-called aboriginal breeds remain little known to dog show world. I still never met a vet, which would not ask me about my favorite breed. I should explain each vet what kind of breed I keep.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:48 AM
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thats fine for rarer breeds...

but for a vet to tell me "those are pappillions because chihuahuas dont come in long haired" is terrifying, its such a common widespread and even overly popular breed.

or a vet telling someone they have a purebred "TERRY" if a vet doesnt know that the group os TERRIER not terry then i dont htink id ever want to go to that vet.

And of course...vets that ENCOURAGE dogs that are obivoulsy mixed or not even close to breed standard to breed! they just worry me! in this day and age they should know better!
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:49 AM
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I don't expect a vet to know all the breeds. I just expect them to not MAKE STUFF UP. If you don't know what a breed actually looks like, don't pull a name out of your butt to make clients happy.

To the poster about skyes, actually, got an explanation. :P The most recent Disney remake of Blackfriars Bobby stars a Westie as Bobby- and they still call him a Skye in the movie.
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