DOGS- purebred vs. shelter/rescue mutt

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I know there are pros & cons with both purebreds & rescue mutts. I have friends that are strict purebred fanatics becasue they love that specific breed and know what to expect, and how to raise a particular kind of dog. Some of these friends acquire their purbreds through that particular rescue group-the beagle rescues or the corgi rescues, and then some pay top $ at a breeder. On the other hand, I always owned large mutts. All of my dogs were always some kind of retriever, shephard, or spaniel mix, but your basic large mutt. My dog Hercules found us. He was a street dog, and I could not locate an owner. He's a black lab mix. Sadly, he is unadoptable because he is epilectic and is on a pricey meds. We were not ready for a dog at that time, but our son was 18 months, and the dog was 6 months. They bonded instantly. (I have the most disgusting picture of boy & dog sharing a jar of peanut butter taken about 2 years ago!) We had always planned on taking my son down to the local shelter to pick out a dog when he was older, but now he wants a caged critter instead. I love my mutt. I have no clue what other kind of dog he may be, but mutts rule!



BTW-do you know what you get when you breed a bulldog with a shit-zu?

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Lea - posted on 06/07/2010

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If you truly love animals, rescue adoption is the way to go. Theres too many puppy mills. >_<

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I like mutts, but I would only get a dog from a shelter if it was a puppy while I've got a young child. The trouble with getting an adult dog is that you don't know how they've been treated by past owners.

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Kate CP - posted on 09/18/2010

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Tara: You can adopt a puppy from a rescue group. I don't do shelter adoptions simply because you DON'T know the dog's background. Rescue groups will pull dogs from the shelter and foster them in private homes so they can be trained and rehabilitated for family life. If a dog is deemed "un-adoptable" it's humanely euthanized. When I pull a dog from the shelter I am very cautious simply because I have a 4 year old AND other dogs to consider. My new foster is on crate rest for about a week while he gets used to the surroundings and the people and he gets potty trained. After a week he or she is allowed more time out with the other dogs to socialize and for more intense training with me. Every dog I adopt out knows how to sit, down, stay, come when called, walk on a leash, leave an item alone or drop an item, wait for his or her food, and does NOT jump, bark, bite, or potty in the house. Most reputable rescue groups will NOT adopt to a family with a child under the age of 2 years as it is really dangerous for both the children and the dog. Shelters are great havens for dogs, but rescue groups who do foster work are the BEST place to adopt a dog from.

Lyndsay - posted on 09/18/2010

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Growing up, I've always had purebreds but they never lasted long in our house. We had a couple of cocker spanials and a mini wiener dog. My mother is pretty lazy and more or less left it up to us kids to train them, which obviously never happened, so they were gone after a few months of pissing and shitting in the house. Not too long ago my mom bought some sort of mixbreed (an ugly one at that) that was a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, who was also not properly trained and lasted about 2 years before she got rid of him. Now, as for me, I have a purebred pitbull and she is the most well-behaved (AND TRAINED!) dog I've ever had in my life. If I lost her I don't think I would get another pittbull because they are a little dull-witted.

Tara - posted on 09/18/2010

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@Kate, before we got Mystic we had adopted two dogs from a shelter. The first one was supposed to be trained and good with kids but not neighbours. We lived on a farm so we thought it would be a great mix. This was a lab/terrier + ? mix. It pissed all over our house for a week. It ran out from under the table and latched onto my 10 month olds leg and then it bit me. So we took it back.
The next one was supposed to be a Sheppard/Husky/lab mix, spayed adult female from a good home with kids who were moving overseas and didn't want to take the dog. This one chewed all my furniture, growled at my kids, freaked out on anyone coming in the house etc. etc.
I also believe rescue dogs need homes, we tried that route and it didn't work out for us.
When we got mystic she was 8 weeks, I trained her myself so I knew what to expect from her. I trust her with my life and my kids lives because I have always been her master.
I think if you get a rescue dog and you have kids, you should be allowed to take the dog home for a weekend before committing to anything. Especially when the rescue workers don't have a lot of background on the dog.

Kate CP - posted on 09/18/2010

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Mandy: No, that was for every one. :) I do rescue and I support rescue work whole-heartedly. That's not to say that any one is a bad person for buying from a breeder (maybe misinformed but not a BAD PERSON) but I think adoption should be a pet parent's first option. :)

ME - posted on 09/18/2010

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I have a pretty serious dog allergy. I have promised Travis and Miles that when the kids are a little bigger (and we are more financially stable) we can get a dog. As much as I'd love to get a shelter dog, I will probably have to find one that I am the LEAST allergic to...otherwise, I will be miserable!

Tara - posted on 09/18/2010

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I have a large mutt. Although she wasn't a rescue dog. Her mother was a breeding black lab. Her father was a boxer stud. The breeders owned both dogs and when they retired them from breeding purebred stock they let them have one last little together.
Mystic is my 7th baby. lol She's 7 years old now, half lab half boxer and all amazing.
She's big by both lab and boxer standards. Weighs in at 92 pounds of lean muscle. Has the body of a large boxer and the head of lab.
I think purebreds can be good dogs for certain purposes. However I think that there is far too much in breeding going on. My dad paid big bucks (almost $2000) for his pure bred black lab. He's the offspring of "Kramer" the North American bird dog champion. My dad got him hoping he would be a great birding dog for hunting. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed though.
Some of that has to do with my dad's style of training (or lack thereof).
I think any dog has potential to be a good dog, given the right trainer.
That said I think small dogs are less intelligent on a "human" level than large breeds and I am far more cautious around a small dog I don't know than a big one.
I love my mutt and would never own a pure bred. They also seem to come with way more genetic problems or potential for problems.
BULLSHIT?!?!

Mandy - posted on 09/18/2010

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That must be a lab thing. Because when I was 9 I got bit by a lab. My daughter had to have plastic surgery after getting attack my the neighbors lab. All she did was walk be the chair the stupid thing was sitting on. I do not trust labs at all there unperdictable. I cant tel you how many fights broke out at petsmart because of a lab. The neighbor down the street has a gaint chocolate lab and he has attacked several kids and other dogs. And they let him roam and I'm the only one brave enough to take him back home. I've only gotten bit about 3 times by him nothing serious. But still every expericne I've had with labs has not been good so I will never own one.

Tracey - posted on 09/18/2010

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We had a rescued lab a few years ago - a breed we thought would be good with our kids. What the rescue organisation didn't tell us was that he was unstable and we ended up having him put down after he bit myself, my daughter and pulled my son off the trampoline trying to go for him as well, We did nothing to provoke him - he went from room to room looking for us. Phoned the rescue people and they refused to do anything as he was now a "biter".
Never again, we are sticking with cats from now on.

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2010

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I would love to have a dog... but we just aren't ready yet. Our house is too small and getting crowded with 3 cats, a rabbit, a toddler and a baby on the way. Our yard is tiny and not fenced and right now it would be hard to find time to take walks regularly. Not to mention the financial aspect. BUT, I've always loved dogs and have grown up with them- I know how much work it takes to really train them well and take care of them- they're almost like children really! Some day though!

I can see advantages to pure bred dogs and mutts. My mom has been rescuing mastiffs for a few years now (she's on her third; unfortunately they do not have long life spans) but they have always been great family dogs. It was humorous to see my little brother (5 or 6 at the time) practically climbing on this English Mastiff who probably weighed more than me- she was the friendliest dog though! Not a fan of little yappy dogs though- I've always said I don't want something my cat can beat up ;)

Since I discovered the Tamaskan dog though, I've had my heart set on it! Like I said, definitely not ready right now but maybe further down the road we can get one! http://www.tamaskan-dog.com/Information/...

Jocelyn - posted on 09/18/2010

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I will only rescue. As long as it's not a little, annoying rat-esk thing, I don't have a preference.
We have a pure bred pit bull, she;s 2.5 years. We adopted her from my aunt a couple months ago. She thinks she's a cat! (she's walked twice a day, and in between she just sleeps lol) She is very patient and gentle with my little ones, and she loves everybody. She's such a big suck.

Mandy - posted on 09/17/2010

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I also rescued a shabby little puppy off the streets when I was 18. He was full of fleas and mange and in really bad shape. I took him to the vet got him everything he needed. Then when he was about a year old he started acting like he was arthirtic and would get these odd fungus like growths on him. I took him to serveral vets they just said it was arthirtis but knew it was more. I finally found a vet that didnt think it was just arthirtis. He ran an anitbody test and result came back with very sad news. Payton had systemic lupus erythematosus and he had less then 6 months if that to live. I was heart broken I had nurse this pup back to health and he tremanily ill and there was nothing I could do to stop. He lived another year I was 7 month pregnant when passed away from kidney failure. My husband was hoping our daughter would get to meet him.

Mandy - posted on 09/17/2010

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Kate was that a comment for me? I have rescues three of them. Calla Doo was a drop off at the petsmart I worked at during highschool. Luda was on death row at a local shelter and was 20lbs skin and bones where as now hes a fit 75lbs. And Stella was going to be put to sleep for being to aggersive. In my area Dogos are unheard of there is no Dogo Arrgentino rescue near me. And showing/hunting is what I do. I'm sorry if you dont like it. Most Dogos are bred twice if that in there life time. They are recognized as a rare breed. The AKC wont even recognize them because there are not enough litters born every year. Where as Labs make 1st spot on this list every single year. Yes I do spend what most would think of as ALOT on Evita. But I also give to local charities as well. I also donate my time at local shelters. Am I still such a bad person?

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I was given a chihuahua shihtzu cross for xmas 3 years ago. Her name is Hollie, she'll be 4 on November 21st. She's not yappy and she's really well behaved. When my mom said I was getting a chihuahua I wanted to cry, I was so annoyed thinking I'd have this yappy lil bitch. But she's amazing, I wouldn't trade her for anything.



Devon's parents always had sheepdogs. They currently have Memphis, a 120lb sheep dog.



We always had a dog and a cat growing up.



Bear was a Newfie, he was huuuuuuge. He died of old age.



Sheba was a purebred German Shepard that we got from my grandma when she moved away.



Sheba had 3 pups with a black lab newfie cross, we gave the 1 pup that survived to the neighbors son - that dog ended up having pups with a newfie so we took one of those pups.



His name was Stalker... newfie, lab & german shepard... he was insanely huge. He had to be put down when he freaked out during a thunder and lightning storm... he ripped the side of his mouth / face off while trying to run through a field and ran into a barbed wire fence. One of the most horrible nights of my life.



Then we had Halo, a golden lab. She was very sick and had to be put down before she was a year old.



Then my brother came home with Wicca, a husky lab cross. Wicca was bred with a purebred Malamute and she had 9 pups... we kept 2. Nasser and Cream, which my mom still has. Wicca died almost 2 years ago from old age.

Mandy - posted on 09/17/2010

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I have 5 dogs. All but one is purebred. We have Calla Doo a 4yr old spayed pointer mix, Luda a rescued 3yr old neutered Boxer, Two Dogo Argentinos 1.Macushla 2.5yr old show bred spayed, 2. Evita 2yrs old hunting/show bred female, and Stella a 1.5yr old pure bred Great Dane. Out of all the dogs I've had I love my Dogos the best. All my dogs are great but there just something about the Dogos. They are my breed of choice and I love showing them and hunting with them. Not to mention what we catch we get to bring home for food. And when Evita isnt hunting boars or wild pigs she makes a very good mouser. Which is good because my hubby is very alergic to cats. I do plan on breeding Evita but I dont think she is done with puppy hood yet.

Lindsay - posted on 06/08/2010

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I grew up with a pure breed yorkie. It was the best dog and he was very good natured and surprisingly not very yappy except to scare off salesmen from the other side of the door! lol We had him from the time I was 3 until he passed away when I was 17.



We don't have any animals right now but I'm sure when the kids get a little older, we will consider that addition to the family. I personally would love a great dane while Josh wants a boxer. We probably wouldn't go through a "breeder" or a shelter. Typically we just find someone we know who's dog is having pups and get one from them.

Lea - posted on 06/08/2010

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I know theres a point that some shelter dogs have been abused or neglected and so make bad pets but people should know that the opposite is also just as possible! So many dogs like that, such as our dog, are just so happy and grateful to be rescued and become awesome pets! When we got our corgi/chihuahua mix, he was malnourished with scabs all over his skin and was so terrified he would try to sleep standing up, and vomit and pee from anxiety. It took a few months but his skin completely cleared up, hes now chubby and happy and perfectly behaved even when our 2 year old is rough with him.

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At the moment ive got a jack russell purebred that we got from the local animal shelter and a jack yorkshire terrier cross that my 9 year old brought home. They are both mental but im hoping they will get better as they grow up as they are both under one. My last dog died last year and she was a lab/collie cross. I always prefered big dogs until her back legs went and i had to carry her everywhere for a few weeks before she died and then i vowed never to have another big dog because my back was in agony.

Nikki - posted on 06/07/2010

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@ Loureen Ive always wanted a Great Dane, but Im 5 feet tall that dog would take me for a walk

I have a purebred Blue Weimaraner and I absolutely adore her. She is amazingly smart , shes playful and fun, but does have a bit of seperation anxiety. They are extremely loyal. She is 5 so she is alot calmer nowadays and she is great with my son, extremely gentle and puts up with the constant abuse he gives her, and when he is not chasing her he will bring her all her toys and food so she is very fond of him.

Caitlin - posted on 06/07/2010

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I believe the agressive pitts and rotties are the results of puppy mill type breeding (not researching backgrounds and personalities). On eof my mothers friends had 2 rotties that helped her everywhere (she was in a wheelchair) and I used to go over there as a kid and play with her dogs, they were incredibly sweet! I've known incredibly nice American Statfordshire (sp) Terriers as well, and some really lovey pitbulls, though i'd be reluctant to take in a rescue with very young children just in case especially since background is frequently unknown.

On another note, 2 summers ago, a stray boxer/pitbull mix wandered up to me while I was outside, I called animal control and they said their cars were all busy so we could either keep him overnight (which was out of the question with 2 other dogs) or drive him into the shelter since he appeared friendly. Well, wee got him into the cart and he looked really happy, then lunged at my husbands neck. He blocked the bite with his arm, and he still has big scars from that, the dog took out quite the big chunk. I called back animal control, patched up my husband and they came and took the dog away and put him down that same day because of the brutality of the attack. As far as I know, nobody ever tried to claim him. My husband will never allow a pitbull ro a pitbull mix in the house with his children, we love dogs but he just wouldn't trust them...

Jenny - posted on 06/07/2010

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I have two purebred APBT's, one is ADBA registered and the other is dual ADBA/UKC. I prefered going the purebred route because it allowed me to research the background of my dogs. I talked to the breeders right back to my dog's great great grandparents and asked about their personalities and flaws. I was into showing when they were younger and planned on breeding them so I wanted to learn as much as I could.

Suzette - posted on 06/07/2010

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Sharon C,

I completely agree with you about pits. They have such a bad rep and it's ridiculous. I've met pits that are the most lovable, adorable dogs ever! I have owned a lot of rotties too, they get that bad rep because of stupid people who don't take care of them properly and train them as they should. It's sad that a whole breed gets a bad rep because of idiots out there who don't take the time to take care of them. :(

I wish more people could see the good side of these wonderful dogs. They really are great with kids when they're trained the right way.

Amie - posted on 06/07/2010

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I just like dogs. Medium/Large dogs. Little dogs irritate me. They're cute but irritating so I'll never have one.



We have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier right now. She is fantastic with the kids and everyone loves her. =) She'll walk around the neighborhood with me without her leash (only do this when the arse neighbors aren't around or they'd report me), she doesn't bat an eye when the kids pile on her, she's even put herself between us and a perceived threat a few times (nothing serious, she does it every time someone comes to our door and sometimes when we're out walking we come across someone she feels is iffy [I read this after I posted and figured I should add, Sasha does listen when I tell her to back up from the door she will but she'll stay standing behind me until she knows who evers at the door is ok LOL]).

She is not at all bothered by other animals either. We have two cats as well, they did not like her when we brought her home. LOL! She sniffed them, then walked away and that was it. The cats poked at her a few times but she'd just look at them then turn and keep walking. LOL! I think the cats were more annoyed they weren't getting a response then anything.

All in all she's a very calm dog. Until she starts to play. Her bark is enough to scare people. I've watched the kids play with her out back and seen two teenagers book it past our yard because Sasha was barking. I don't think she'd do anything serious but she's good at chasing people off. LOL! I hope not anyway. =S



Anyway.. before her we had a chocolate lab/boxer mix. That dog was a spaz. Complete and total spaz. Full on all the time. She never quit, unless she was sleeping but even then I have my doubts since she dreamt and would still move. /:) The kids loved her and she was good with herding them back to the yard if they started to wander. We woke up one morning to her gone, so either someone took her or they let her out. We looked for her for months and never found her. =( That was 2 years ago.



Oh I almost forgot about the shit-zu the kids found! We had that one about a month, it took forever to find it's owner. I really did not like that dog. It was so needy. It never left me alone! It tried to sleep on our bed at head, then at my feet. It would follow me around and when I'd sit, it'd try to hop up into my lap. It would stand and jump and bark anytime someone came to the door. It was annoying. I was so glad when we found it's owners but that's also when it clicked on why she was so annoying. LOL!

LaCi - posted on 06/07/2010

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I love all dogs, pure and mutt (although I hate all small squeaky dogs). I do have a thing for purebred huskies and malamutes though. I love rescues, I love reputable breeders as well, very anti puppy mill. The local humane society always has both purebred puppies and mutts. If I ever get another dog It will be from them. Nico is obsessed with cats though, so it may be a long time before he gets into dogs. I love cats too so its cool ;)

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I hate that pitbulls get such a bad rap. It does go back to proper training by a dedicated owner. I am also quite aware that the genetic make-up of a pitbull also has what researchers call "an aggressive gene", but dogs are trainable. A committed owner will take the proper steps to ensure the safety of others around their dog.

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I'm REALLY big on rescues...I currently have two. One was only about 9 months when I got him, and from day one, he was the most laid-back, friendly animal I've ever met. He's a ridgeback-boxer mix, so he has a lot of energy, but he is exceptionally gentle and patient with children, and will just lay there and take whatever they do without blinking. My other dog is a pitbull mix - he was 4 when we got him, had been abused, and had never lived in a home or family environment. However, he had the sweetest personality, was exceptionally bright, and beyond eager to please. It took the better part of a year to fully train him, but it is one of the most worthwhile endeavors of my life. I know that a great part of my success is largely due to the calming and reassuring effect that my first dog had on him. The boys are now 6 and 7...and they are the love of my 18 month old's life. Her first word was "puppy". Both dogs are extremely gentle, affectionate and patient with her, and love nothing more than laying by her side when she's playing with her toys (they have yet to eat even ONE, although they eviscerate their own within an hour!). Everyone's favorite time of day is the 2-3 mile walk we take, boys on a double leash, Molly in the Ergo.

I will ALWAYS have dogs, and they will ALWAYS be rescues. I'm not sure why, but all of my pets, including cats, have always been male, and I don't see that changing either.I'm not too breed-particular, although I do prefer larger dogs...I can't ever see me choosing a smaller dog (with the only exception being, perhaps, a Jack Russell). I didn't have a lot of experience with pit bull prior to my Sammy, but it is definitely a breed/mix I would choose again. I also know that I will always have 2 dogs together. My boys keep each other company, play together, and comfort each other (thunderstorms terrify my pit, and fireworks freak the other out!).

I will NEVER get a dog from a breeder when there are so many incredible dogs out there who need homes, but if I did...I would love a purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Sharon - posted on 06/07/2010

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LOL Sharon C. Thanks for tallying up the dogs! In my head we still only had 6..... which put a LITTLE closer to the "not completely insane" side of things.

Krista - posted on 06/07/2010

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I agree, Lea. And if someone really wants a purebred, there are lots of rescue organizations out there that are devoted to certain breeds.

My husband is fond of Airedales, so we'll probably have an Airedale or Airedale mix someday. My in-laws had one, and he was just a big, gentle, goofy sweetheart of a dog. It's a shame that he passed away right after Sam was born, because I know he and Sam would have loved each other.

Here's an example of how good an Airedale can be with kids:

Suzette - posted on 06/06/2010

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Sharon G you reminded me that I LOVE pugs! I may not like small dogs, but for some reason I think pugs are just the cutest. I have yet to meet a pug that I didn't like. They're little faces are just adorable!!! lol.



The one dog I've always wanted is a Mastiff, they're HUGE but they're also adorable and lovable. One day I will have one, and I'll have another mutt too. ;)

Caitlin - posted on 06/06/2010

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Sharon G. - Newfies are the greatest, I had one (and a second I fostered for a week before he went to rescue).. The only reason I rehomed my boy is because of severe allergies. Properly bred they are incredibly laid back (for the most part - there are some higher energy ones) and just big furry balls of love and drool. My boy adored me, was what I call my velcro dog, was great with my daughter, so gentle and aware of his massive size, and amazingly even though he was huge, he didn't take up much space, he was always on his back next to the AC vent. I'd get another one in a second if my daughter wasn't seriously allergic, and am hoping one day to get another.. They are not for neat freaks though (which sounds like you'd be okay with your leaky gang..)

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Sharon C, they gave it to the Pet Project (which is kind of like a no-kill shelter in their town) the day after it bit my daughter. Luckily they could line up to send it to the women's prison for training though - that dog needed it! My dad is not a hater, especially not to animals, but man, after that dog bit my daughter he was close to killing it, so it's lucky we found it a place to go!

Sharon - posted on 06/06/2010

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Sharon, only the pyrenese lives inside with the 4 cats & a gazillion fish tanks.



I have dog diapers for the leaky dogs so they can visit us inside. But they have their kennel & 3 dog houses. The pom lives in the house too. She's crated at night and on a tie out during the day. She's developed a hatred for the pugs and she is sadly outnumbered (who knew pugs were racist?) all 3 will gang up on her.



The min pin is looking for a home. he was a mercy rescue and I just hate having him. he's a chicken killing shit head.



The pugs all have their own doggles and all of them have their own outfits, winter sweaters, jackets, christmas outfits. Dog laundry. Perfect.

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Sharon, I knew you are a dog lover and had several dogs, but didn't realize that you had 8! They must all be a handful from the way you describe some of them!



Joanna, do your parents still have the dog that bit your daughter? Is the dog going through any kind of training? I probably wouldn't let my child near the dog again unless crated or trained.

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My family had a purebred American Eskimo dog, he was so amazing, the perfect dog (except very protective of the family so he tended to growl at strangers and when he was younger he'd snip at their feet sometimes). He just died about 3 or 4 months ago. They'd gotten a 6 year old Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu mix from the pound just before he died, so after he died they wanted to get another dog to keep their newer dog company, and bought a purebred 3 year old Lhasa from a family. The 6 year old mix, Ozzy, was SO amazing with my 2 year old, very patient, but also playful. The 3 year old purebred Lhasa, on the other hand, bit her on the face the first night we were visiting (this was 2 months ago, and she has a small scar by her eye now). The family my parents bought him from said the reason he got rid of the dog was because he was "chewing up the new baby's toys", however it's probably more like chewing up people's faces, because he was a terror! If you'd try to move him (if you wanted to sit on the couch) he'd bite you, if you scared him by making a loud sound, he'd bite you, etc etc. So my parents ended up giving him to a pet project who in turn sent him to the women's prison where the inmates worked with troubled dogs.

So yeah... definitely prefer the muttier version of the Lhasa!

Sharon - posted on 06/06/2010

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We have ...
1. 1 great pyrenese
2. 2 black labs
3 3 pugs (this is weird, lol)
4. 1 pomeranian
5. 1 miniature pinscher

The pyrenese is a rescue, I set out to adopt or buy a great pyrenese to protect my flocks because of predator decimation to my birds.

The labs are the last of our breeding labs. We outcrossed 4 or 5 generations ago to chesapeake bay retrievers for hip stability.

The pugs, pomeranian and min pin are also rescues. Two of the pugs & pomeranian came from the same place.. a good hearted woman with to many dogs, to many working hours etc. They had been locked in their crates for 9 - 12 hours a day.

The male has no concept of "clean". He pisses in his bed, on his dog house, he SHITS in his bed and he shits in YOUR bed, then he'll curl up and sleep in it. I kid you not.

The two females, pug & pom, are a bit more fastidious. But still proved to be untrainable for me.

With 3 leaky dogs, when I read about another one needing a home, I just asked for her. They have a nice big kennel outside with misters & shade and usually grass but I think all the urine over winter killed it. Sometimes I go to the dump and pick up a free loveseat or couch and toss it in there for them to mangle and then drag it back to the dump when its too nasty. I drag their blankets & beds out with a stick and haul them up on the fence and hose them down until the water runs clear, then I toss them in a bathtub outside and let them soak in detergent water until I have the strength to face them, lol.

I'm a fan of purebreds. You know what you're getting with certain breeds. And bizarrely... none of our dogs are the dog I've always wanted. A newfoundland. Newfie. I will own a mutt someday. I will own my newfie someday too.

Mutts have great qualities. I could write a book, and I have before, so I think I'll stop now.

Krista - posted on 06/06/2010

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I love shih-tzus actually -- they have such funny little faces and they're such endearing little characters. We used to have a Lhasa Apso mix (similar to a Shih-tzu, but bigger), and he made me laugh on a daily basis.

There's a lady down the street from us who owns a Portugese Water Dog, and I covet that dog on a daily basis -- he's just a big, curly, lovable, friendly sweetheart of a dog.

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My Mom and Dad has always had big mutts. Not huge, but medium sized. I cannot stand little dogs, to me they're wanna be cats... lol. The yapping drives me insane!! I've met one that I could get along with and that was because she was very, very old and oh so lovable. Sadly she died a few months after I met her. :( (My MIL's dog)



The four that my parents have are all mixed breeds. The oldest, and only male, is a chow and german shepard mix and the most loyal and lovable dog ever... also the most protective. He's great with children but get in his yard without him knowing you and you'll be cornered. He won't bite, he'll just keep you standing there, likely pissing yourself, until someone comes home. If someone is there and lets you in, he'll lick you to death instead. LOL. (Unless you threaten harm, then you're pissing lol.)



The dog that was mine, that I surrendered to my parents, is half black lab half greyhound. I found her as a puppy at a truck stop in 2004. She acts like a cat and climbs on top of cars, curls up like a cat, and even walks like one. Strangest dog ever, but very lovable. Though she can be jumpy, I think she was abused before I found her. :( I had to leave her there because she's used to 5 acres of land and 3 other dogs, to take her to an entirely new climate just seemed mean. She's also very protective.



The other one is a red heeler mix (can't remember what with). She's lovable and she herds people. LOL. She loves kids and people... let an animal get in the yard and she won't shut up until you find it and get it out... or let her kill it.



The other is a lab and hound mix. She's lovable but SO hyper. Good with everyone, but she's the one that won't stop barking at anything until you tell her it's okay. Sometimes she's too hyper, even with 5 acres to play on.



If we got a dog, we've already decided on a pure breed or a shelter pup. Most shelters give dogs a psych test of some sort to see how they react in certain situations. With rescue dogs you can't be certain of how they'll react in certain situations so I'd be a little worried unless I had them before.

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I'm not a fan of little toy breed yappers either. I don't find them cutesy at all-way too precious & delicate. The only little dog that I do like, but i could never own is a dachschund! They are way too high maintence dogs. I just prefer the large dogs that can take a good rough housing, good hiking/camping dogs. I've never owned a pure-bred. Only mutts. Hubby had a full bred black lab growing up, and then later on the huskies. But like I said before, I have an epilectic mutt, so he has cost me a fortune to raise in the past 4 years as opposed to the 5 years I've had a kid!

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I LOVE mutts :D

We have a wire haired Jack Russel X he was a rescue puppy , he is great with Cooper ( although not all terriers are good dogs for children ) i think it helped that Oscar was here first and has watched Cooper grow up , i actually found them cuddled in bed together this morning .

Ive always had Jack Russell's x, i love their energy and loyalty !

I have found ive only ever had to take my little mutts to the vets a total of twice !!

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I have a 3yo black lab. We've always had big dogs (Mum has a Golden Retriever and Dad has a golden lab.. as a child we had a German Shepherd) and I LOATHE little yap yaps :| Labs are awesome dogs, but it's true when people say they stay in that puppy phase for a long-ass time lol. Cleo is obedient in most things, doesn't really dig and only barks briefly when someone pulls up at the house (nobody would ever get into my yard undetected lol). But she is a jumper. I've tried everything and she still does it every time I go outside (she's an outside dog). She can be gentle with my daughter, but sometimes when they are playing they both get a bit rough (not that Milla cares lol).

I have no problem with mutts either though. My friend has two rescues (both Lab mixes) and they're awesome dogs.

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We have a neighbor who has BOTH a beagle AND a basset hound! O-M-G the howling that comes from these 2 are unbearable sometimes! And I personally walk my dog daily. One-Mr. Fatty needs to lose weight, and 2-he needed to socialize properly when we first claimed him. Hercules is a well mannered and very social dog to humans & other dogs. So, nightly walks have been a consistent routine for us. Everytime we walk bast the beagle & basset house, the yowling just grates my ears and nerves! So it leaves me to wonder if the owners ever get the dogs out to walk & socialize, or are these 2 pups left in the yard all day long?

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I prefer mutts... they seem to be more even tempered I've found (of course with everything in life that's not always the case, just what I've experienced). We love going to the petshop and playing with the purebred puppies, but when the time comes to get a dog of our own, we'll be adopting a mutt from the pound!

And also, that makes me want to watch Dumb and Dumber. :D

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I lvoed my purebred, I've loved my mixes (or mutts). It really depends on the dog. I think i'd only spend the extra money on a purebred if I needed a dog that didnt' shed much because of allergies, because with mixes or mutts you never know. My daughter has allergies, so I'd probably get a purebred if I got a dog, one that didn't shed much, one that has semi-predictable energy levels and temperment. We had a Newfoundland, and I LOVE the breed.. big, gentle but so furry and drooly that I couldn't get another one much to my chagrin. IN a few yeard (6-8 or so) we may head out on that adventure again though.

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I love mutts, but I do like to at least have a good idea of what breeds went into the mutt -- mainly so that I can better predict things like energy levels, shedding, aggressiveness, future health issues, etc. So for example, I would not want a dog with a lot of beagle blood in him, as I know I would not be able to keep up with its activity requirements.

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