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New puppy - dog or bitch?

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Sherbert37 Mon 01-Jun-09 09:49:56

Any broad comments on the differences between a dog and a bitch (apart from the obvious, that is)? Practically and characteristically.

bella39 Mon 01-Jun-09 09:54:30

Broadly - bitches more biddable, less aggressive.

Bitches more expensive to neuter.

Bitches usually more expensive to buy and in greater demand.

Sherbert37 Mon 01-Jun-09 10:14:02

Thank you. We always had bitches growing up so I see them as preferable I suppose. Have the chance of a dog Border Terrier.

bella39 Mon 01-Jun-09 10:17:45

I have a very loving, very biddable, non-aggressive 1 year old black lab dog...

... and borders are very nice.

Have you met the pup? If you like the pup I wouldn't be put off by the fact it's a dog? The differences are very small and don't always apply...

<tries to get out of habit of talking people into getting pups >

bedlambeast Mon 01-Jun-09 10:20:58

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Sherbert37 Mon 01-Jun-09 10:24:25

Oh Bella do talk me into getting a pup. There is a puppy shaped hole in my life right now. Not had this feeling since the extra chair at the table in the restaurant before DS2 was conceived! I'll go and look then. Am in danger of doing so much research I'll never find the perfect pup.

bella39 Mon 01-Jun-09 10:24:28

Listen ,bedlam, you'll give my boy a complex. He's from show lines (thick, as the working lab owners say) and he's a boy...

<covers labs eyes>

<remembers lab cannot read MN>


bella39 Mon 01-Jun-09 10:25:59

lol - you sound like me. Go look. Go forth and play with puppies!!!!

I'm getting another in 4 weeks and I cannot wait. I just want to blow rapsberries on her little soft pink puppy tummy grin

bella39 Mon 01-Jun-09 10:26:46

last post was aimed at Sherbert grin

bedlambeast Mon 01-Jun-09 10:30:51

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bella39 Mon 01-Jun-09 10:48:43

Thank you bedlam - am now trying to sort out live vole deposited in my office by (very intelligent) cat grin

lizzyboo Mon 01-Jun-09 20:54:52

Dog, cheaper and their wee doesn't leave bald patches on the grass. I have 2 dogs a cocker and a calalier both really gentle and loving, never snap thick as 2 short planks though!!!

Sherbert37 Tue 02-Jun-09 09:29:32

Well, in an amazing twist of fate, I contacted a local kennels who have a female BT for sale. Having trawled the web for months I cannot believe I have found the ideal pup on my doorstep. Have seen her and will be collecting her soon.

Quick questoin about dog tags - do I put her name on it or mine? Seem to remember we never put our dogs' names on theirs.

doggiesayswoof Tue 02-Jun-09 10:27:27

Great news Sherbert. We have a BT pup - just picked her up at the weekend.

Let us know how you get on.

BTW I think it's just your name on tags.

Sherbert37 Tue 02-Jun-09 11:23:22

Thanks - I seem to be going between 2 threads here. Interesting that you have a BT too. Our is just 10 weeks but has been used to having the run of a kennels with other dogs, so much socializing will be required. Love the table in the puppy books where you tick off if the dog has seen a man with a beard, old person etc - the DCs are lining up friends with disguises.

doggiesayswoof Tue 02-Jun-09 11:33:21

Ours is 8 weeks and has been living in a house but then spent a lot of time outside in the last couple of weeks. She is fine with the vacuum, washing machine etc.

I like the socialisation chart too! DH carried her round the block the other day to try and meet people and when he got back I was going "did you meet any livestock? or people with a limp?" grin

disguises is a great idea.

Sherbert37 Tue 02-Jun-09 11:43:41

We should have a puppy cam so we can compare notes.

bella39 Tue 02-Jun-09 13:28:06

Congratulations, Sherbert!

Dog tags - I put my surname and ohone no on one side, and 'vet' and their number on the other.

So pleased for you grin

Sherbert37 Tue 02-Jun-09 22:31:35

We are so excited. Tried to get all the info on a tag at the machine in Pets at Home but it is too long. Will go to Timpson on the way to work tomorrow. Good idea to put the vet number on.

spugs Wed 03-Jun-09 17:30:16

ALfie is my first dog (boy) when i was a child we always had bitches and my family on the whole seem to prefer them. Alfie is lovely though and doesnt seem much different form any of the bitches i have (hes yappy but hes a small dog).

Tags are apparently legally supposed to have your surname, address and phone number on. Tags are all tiny though and the big ones look to big on a tiny puppy. So on mine I have my surname, house no., post code and phone no.

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