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Does your dog match their description
Moominfan · 29/12/2019 09:04
I had a German Shepard as a child and she was by far the best dog we ever had. But to google German shepherds she was nothing like the characteristics listed. She was terrified of next doors cat. Think nobody told her she was a German Shepard. Had a collie who ticked every collie box and then some. What's your dog breed? Are they anything like you expected them to be?
Dreamersandwishers · 29/12/2019 09:14
2 labs here. Dreamboy definitely read and understood the job description - friendly , greedy, clumsy, cuddly.
Dreamgirl looks the part, but is a fussy eater, standoffish , very very girly ( I.e. moody 😂) .
She’s a rescue so her start in life was different to
They both love swimming , retrieving and chasing everything that moves😁
StillMedusa · 29/12/2019 09:57
Eurasier here... mostly she is becoming very true to her breed... utterly devoted on us, not too keen on strangers til she has met them a few times and adores other dogs. Affectionate and silly.
The bit about having a low prey drive was a total lie tho... she is sure she CAN climb trees when she sees a squirrel!
Floralnomad · 29/12/2019 10:16
We have a patterdale x and yes he’s very patterdale - independent , energetic, somewhat aloof with other dogs , loves people and would rip anything small and furry to pieces .
BlueRussianCat · 29/12/2019 10:31
We have quite a dumb border collie. Smartest breed my ass is something I mutter a lot.
thereinmadnesslies · 29/12/2019 11:45
We have a cockapoo who looks like a teddy bear - but he hates strangers touching him and especially hates unknown small children. It’s hard when people approach asking to stroke, expecting him to cuddly, and we have to tell them they can’t pet him.
happycamper11 · 29/12/2019 11:48
My friends collie ticks none of the collie boxes, she's calm and lazy, bit glaickit and doesn't bother to chase or herd anything.
LittleLongDog · 29/12/2019 11:52
Mini Dachshund here.
Ticks most of them: Stubborn, loud bark, good watchdog, loyal, wary of strangers, loves to chase, hates the cold/wet, difficult to housetrain.
I think the only thing he doesn’t do is dig holes outside. But will ‘bury’ his toy in a blanket.
Winterdaysarehere · 29/12/2019 11:54
Does this look like the assumed Hyper Husky everyone advises not to have??
GrassWasGreener · 29/12/2019 11:57
@BlueRussianCat we have one the same and I utter the same sentence often. Either that or she is hyper intelligent and we simply bore her (I doubt this)
confusedandemployed · 29/12/2019 11:59
I had 2 JRTs, one left now.
Neither were happy but both were incredibly brave and loyal. Neither did much digging.
Dear departed JRT girl was a feisty little madam though, you wouldn't want to mess with her. JRT boy has always been incredibly sweet natured. He was also ball-obsessed in his youth, and had incredible skill with a rugby ball - I've had a Welsh international rugby player tell me how good he was!
So no, on the whole neither was a typical JRT.
confusedandemployed · 29/12/2019 11:59
Yappy not happy. They were both very happy.
Micah · 29/12/2019 12:06
Everything the breed is supposed to be- great ratter/mouser, loyal, happy sitting on laps or out for long muddy walks. Easy to train. Friendly with dogs and people, but needs to approach on his terms as he tends to get grabbed or bounced on
Not at all like people’s perceptions of the breed, not yappy, i had to teach him to bark when the door went, not snappy. It surprises me how many people comment he doesn’t bite or constantly bark. I do treat him like a dog though, and make a big effort to stop people carrying him round and treating him more like a baby or a toy.
nearlyfinished1moreyear · 29/12/2019 12:56
We have a staffy, he's great with kids, chews every toy to bits. Unlike breed "specifics" He was easy to train and is great with other dogs.
SuperLoudPoppingAction · 29/12/2019 13:01
I have a greyhound.
To be fair we only got her from the rescue in March so she might change a bit.
She's lively. She has regular puppy style mad half hours running around with a toy.
She prefers trotting about the house to lying around.
When she does lie down though she's happy to lie on the ground or in a crate.
She's mad for food, Labrador style.
She's as mouthy as my previous dog who was a huge standard poodle. Also as yappy.
She seems a lot more tuned in to us than greyhounds are meant to be. She isn't aloof. She wants to connect with us and get lots of shoulder rubs etc.
She likes a bit of a zoom but loves sniffing everything on a slow walk. She has fairly decent recall.
She seems to prefer socializing with a grumpy JRT rather than meeting other sight hounds.
Judashascomeintosomemoney · 29/12/2019 13:06
My greyhound clearly didn’t read the greyhound handbook. She doesn’t sleep all day, up and down like a yoyo, wants to go in the garden, come in the house, follow me round, watch me cook. She barks a lot, usually to demand her food (three times a day), her walk (also three times a day), to be allowed access to whichever room has taken her fancy if somebody has stupidly left the door shut. And she keeps on barking til she gets what she wants (we’re all her slaves). She sheds everywhere (really wasn’t expecting that one!). She eats tons of food (approx twice as much as our Labrador) though of course, remains slim and slinky (unlike the poor old Labrador!). She doesn’t know she’s a sight hound, obviously thinks she’s a bloodhound, as her walks takes forever so she can sniff everything she sees throughly. She loves cats, especially next doors, though can’t say the feeling is mutual . And finally, and probably most shockingly, she refuses to get on the sofa . She is adorable though, and so funny, she loves everybody and everything and demands attention and strokes from everyone she meets by kicking them
Judashascomeintosomemoney · 29/12/2019 13:06
(My Labrador, otoh, definitely read his handbook, twice in fact )
SuperLoudPoppingAction · 29/12/2019 13:08
Oh Judas I think you have my dog's twin.
Her trainer wasn't in co Durham was she?
PiafPilaf · 29/12/2019 13:13
Golden retriever: daft, soft as anything, excited at everything, runs like she’s been fired out of a cannon, chews like there’s no tomorrow and wants to be as physically close to you as possible at all times. Is quite good at picking up training. The one thing that doesn’t fit the description is she can sleep for hours on end!
adaline · 29/12/2019 15:00
We have a beagle.
He's super food-orientated if it's food he likes.
His recall is shocking if he catches a scent, but on somewhere like a beach or in an enclosed field he's fine and comes back every time.
He's great with children/elderly people and seems to know that he has to be calm and quiet around them.
He is very stubborn and has been known to tell us off if we ask him to do something he doesn't want to do
But in terms of training he's actually been surprisingly easy to train and we get a lot of compliments on his behaviour. He knows all the basics and then some - sit, lie down, wait, stay, come, weave, paw (both paws), high five (both paws), roll over (both directions), spin (both directions), and he can jump through hoops/over jumps as well.
He's a big snuggly baby for the most part and is happiest when he's under a duvet cuddling one of his humans!
Moominfan · 29/12/2019 18:29
Aww just love a dog thread, thank you for the response
Judashascomeintosomemoney · 30/12/2019 18:32
Sorry only just seen your question. I don’t actually know as she’s so old her ear tattoos have faded so much we can’t work them out to check her records. We weren’t her first adopters, she had a lovely home before us but her owner sadly passed away. She was in a scheme with Dog's Trust whereby, in the event of an owners passing, they take the dog on and rehome them. We were looking for an oldie to be a companion to our old boy Labrador after his Labrador sister died and Dog’s Trust said she’d be perfect. So we never had her training/racing record. She’s lovely but definitely Diva tendencies
Hirsutefirs · 30/12/2019 18:35
Yes he’s bad.
BeachComber1 · 30/12/2019 18:44
Cavalier King Charles.
Fiercely loyal and just loves being with her people. Hates being left alone, and gets quiet anxious if left for long.
Loves adventure. Ideal day would be a drive in the car to the beach, followed by lunch in a nice pub, then home to sleep in front of the fire.
She’s fairly true to breed.
Where she differs is with children. Cavs are generally described as being great with kids. Ours isn’t. She actively avoids them and will usually look for an escape route if one tries to pet her for too long.
We don’t have children so I think she’s just never had to get used to them.
cheeeseandpickles · 30/12/2019 18:57
We have a Puggle. Pug cross Beagle. Very stubborn, doesn't like other dogs one bit, loves her own voice, protective, will chew on anything, could play all day, could eat all day... loves her belly rubs and cuddles. Found her extremely difficult to train despite breed supposedly being relatively easy to train. Slightly crazy at times (as you can tell from the photo) 😂 Always by my side and will follow me everywhere. Very different to how I expected but I wouldn't change her for anything. Love her to absolute pieces. ❤️
k1233 · 30/12/2019 21:40
Westie I researched a lot when working out a succession plan for my staffy (the only way I could cope with the thought of him dying).
I could not have asked for a more perfect dog. I knew he was exactly what I wanted from the minute he walked in the door. He is cheeky and rascally and stunningly handsome. My heart flutters everytime I see him - he's 4.5yo, so not new LOL
They seem to have some really common quirks:
- sleep on pillows - westies love to find pillows to sleep on
- the nose bump on your leg - just to remind you to take them too
- westitude - I haven't seen it with mine, but then I love his cheekiness and boldness
- bark at animals on tv
- the westie wuffle
- tunneling behind legs when you sit down
I also have a cocker spaniel, she's 7yo and I got her to be a buddy for the westie pup. She seems not smart but is definitely smart when it is something important to her. On one of our walks we pass a drink fountain. One day on the way back I stopped there to give the dogs a drink. Every time since, only on the way back, she makes a beeline to the water. She's also pretty brave. I don't think she had the best start to life - I was her 4th home before she was 3yo. She took a while to get confident, but is a pretty good girl these days.
If I want the westie, I call the cocker LOL The westie is a suspicious little thing - if you want him it must be for no good LOL
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