Post dog breeds you think deserve more attention- pic related the greatest of the Belgian sheepdogs
Mutts are awesome, but they aren't always better. My own dog is a bully and lab mix and she's starting to show health problems at a year and a half. Her knees point away from her body and she has a very pronounced limp caused by this when she jogs. Her back end also seems higher than her shoulders, her eyes are sort of cross eyed/go opposite directioms slightly, and Im pretty sure her sense of smell is crap.
Don't get deluded by that old myth of mutts being healthier. Well bred dogs are healthy, purebred or otherwise.
I agree with you here. I grew up with a lab/Basset hound/chow mix, and it's amazing that he lived to be 17. He had back issues so bad that he could barely walk after ~15, and had at least 5 different cases of tumors throughout his life. He was dumb as a box of rockstoo, but he was really sweet and lovable.
Purebred -should- just mean a specific breed for a specific purpose, and a dog that when paired with another dog of that same breed will produce more of it. But like everything in life, things rarely stay in the same state that it was originally created for.
The issue is that the offspring would bring in a lot of different genes into the mix and wouldn't necessarily breed true, therefore they aren't part of the breed. In order to qualify, the dog would have to be able to produce offspring that also invariably (excepting mutations or whatever) conform to the breed's basic specifications.
A husky/gsd mix might end up looking like a Czechoslovakian wolfdog, but you can't guarantee that its offspring would.
Yes, but an occasional cross in brought 2 generations of less valuable but healthy "mutts" as you breed back in is better than ending up with hemophiliac dogs or something else that is just bad for the animal and severely reduces their desirability.
I rarely see them around my area, but they are pretty cool dogs when raised right. Little nippy when young, bit that can be taught out.
Friend of the family always had these dogs and I love playing with the female one when I was little. She was hyper but always a super sweet dog.
I'm surprised these guys aren't more popular. They just have all-around pretty good temperaments for the average person, I think. And they've got the spitz look without the shit temperament that usually comes with it.
I REALLY want to get a Keeshond, but there's absolutely no breeders anywhere near me.
It really kinda sucks because after doing a bunch of research, Keeshonden would be the perfect breed for me and the kind I would be able to give the most attention to.
Same here. I was looking at breeders, but I can't find any that aren't 400+ miles away and out of state. Even then, they aren't outstanding breeders. I guess it's better than it being an extremely common breed and having hundreds of BYBs.
I don't understand the hate so many people have for chihuahuas. If they're trained right, they can be awesome just like any other dog. And their small size means that they live forever.
> If they're trained right
And only about one in two thousands chihuahua (and other shitty rat-sized breeds) is trained right.
>oh no, its okay, its just 2cute when he does that:))))
>its small teeth anyway, stop complaining, just look at the teeth on your mutt!!!11! bet he hurt you way more!!1
Yeah, a lot of people spoil them, and they turn out to be terrible. Unfortunately this is what my mom has done to her dog. But I know a few chill ones. That's why I specifically said they're chill when trained right and treated like actual dogs rather than furry people-babies.
Fucking same. My mutt went great till she was about 1 1/2, then suddenly BOTH her cruciate ligaments snap and because her legs were so badly angled the surgeries struggled to fix it. One leg went okay, the other is three surgeries later and so fucked up at this point that she's just on painkillers and having it as good as she can before the other leg goes again and she gets put down.
Every one I have encountered has been a tiny sack of burning hatred for all living things, and then there always tards posting on youtube getting bitten and laughing it off.
It is the owners fault though, I'd like to meet a chill one some day.
Ready for less attention.
Literally, the more attention only brings for-profit-breeders.
Consider the Golden.
My sister had a chihuahua that was the coolest little dog, friendly with everyone, listened when you told it something, never aggressive. But then it got run over. Then she got a new one after a while, and i guess she babied it too much, she's very over protective over this one. Now he hates everyone except her. Pure demon dog, swear the thing is possessed
yeah it is a shame whats happened to their breeding, i got mine from a farm (a big wheat and cows and sheep farm not a puppy farm) and it was in great shape, longer snout than ive seen on some and not as droopy.
gotta love anything that roars like a lion and whines like a wookie haha.
Poms are also bred fucking awfully. At this point, they're mainly old person and teenage girl hype dogs. I'd say you'd have better luck finding a purebred Swedish Vallhund on Craigslist than finding a well-bred Pomeranian anywhere. They're great dogs when bred well *and* raised by people who didn't buy them because they're cute and small. That's maybe about <10% of Pomeranians, if even that. The rest are unsocialized yappy messes. Very cute, though.
See above, same applies for chihuahuas.
God damn, I wish keeshonden looked more like that. They sortof look like weird chow/Keeshond mixes.
this is my Litlle fellow Bjork, think its a mixed belgian shepeard , i think? but the other half i dont know, she was left on my front door with a few weeks, now shes 4 years :)
another one from bjork
I hate anything that remotely looks like a dachshund. If someone handed me a dacshund and told me to kill it..I probably would with little hesitation. My boyfriend has one that pisses every where inside the house, refuses to go outside when its cold or wet and bites and attacks most dogs and people. It has such a dumb hateful face. Ive never wanted to harm something so much before.
Not all mutts
landrace mutts = good
Pariah dogs = good
Working mixes (lurchers, sled dogs, herding dogs, livestock guardians) = mostly good
Common mixes from generally healty dogs (the ones that were common before all those designer dog fads) = Okay
Outcross purebreeds to increase genetic diversity = okay
Designer dogs = you can always adopt almost any of the above
Exotic bullies = fuck no
They're pretty popular in Australia, but here in the US I don't think many people know of them.
Fuck yeah I hate those little cunts. My friend has 2, worst little shits. They are like that stereotypical sweet 16 girl who whinges about getting the wrong colour car for her birthday. The cunts will die young anyway, bet fed bacon every morning.
Mines acd x Collie mix. Popular in Australia too, best of both worlds :)
Finnish Lapphund. Proper dogs, not toys. Good size (~49cm/18kg for males). Excellent with children. Good watch dogs but not excessive barkers. Not very needy in terms of affection without being too cold and distant. Excellent for cold climates but not good for warm climate due to their thick double-coat hair. Healthy, live for around 10-15 years with oldest dogs reaching close to 20 (seen one 21 year old in a magazine).
Treeing walker coonhounds. So smart and great /out/ dogs. Friendly, yet protective and large.
Ugh my sister had one that they had to give to her husband's mom who lived on a farm in Arkansas. It would "protect" her by lunging at people. I guess one day at a party her friend got close to her to look at a necklace she had and it snapped at her friend. She blamed her friend and not the badly trained dog, of course.