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    K9 Identification & Traits - A Guide to Informed Decisions

    Wasn't too sure on bringing this one in, but I think it can be a helpful resource for everyone if they're considering getting a dog and wanting to get information.
    Source: southflorida of BF


    Considering a K9? This will be one of the biggest steps -AND RESPONSIBILITIES -you will EVER make!@#!

    This thread is created to help you make an informed decision -here's how it works:

    The thread is reliant on experienced members contributing -each post on the thread will feature a different breed. The only requirements are that you add a full body photograph of the breed you are discussing and any known info and experience you have with the breed -here are some things you may want to include in your post:

    *breed group (toy, working, etc.)

    *known types and colors (english, chocolate, etc.)

    *origin of breed

    *size expectations of breed

    *cost expectations (how much should one expect to pay to purchase)

    *history of any known health concerns

    *life expectancy

    *grooming, care, diet, exercise and special requirements

    *trainability

    *temperament and known breed traits

    *any insights to sexual experience that may seem particularly noteworthy

    *sex of the animal in which you have had experience with


    There are hundreds of breeds to cover - PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR FAVORITE BREED WITH THE REST OF US!

    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."

    #2
    Anyone here have any experience with either Golden Retriever or a White Swiss Shepherd would love some insight on their sexual behaviour and the Shepherds general temperament. Male or Female

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      #3
      Any owners out there want to add to this topic?

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        #4
        I’d like to hear experiences of Newfoundland owners

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        • daedelus
          daedelus commented
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          Not Newfies exactly, but we bred St. Bernards back in the early 70's in Florida. Wonderful animals as far as temperament, size and general health, though our vet at the time was adamant that we not let them run or play for an hour after eating to help prevent gastro-intestinal torsion(stomach flip-flop) Interestingly, when I bought my bull mastiff, the breeder in Ozona and an entirely different vet back home, warned me of the same thing. Maybe it's a large barrel chested dog thing or maybe an old wives tale.
          When put with a bitch in season, the Bernard stud could be very determined in corralling her till he could mount and penetrate. Once engaged, he wasted zero time burying and knotting her. Thrusting rarely lasted more than thirty seconds beyond knotting but he was generally good about standing quietly till the knot subsided before withdrawing/walking away. (10-20 min.)
          When walking through a house/apt., their tails and lumbering gait can be weapons of mass destruction and in Florida between March through November, their jowls are nothing short of slimy shoestring factories.
          In hindsight, I think it was a poor breed choice for the heat and super humid area we live in and wouldn't do so again. Only our access to lots of cool rivers and lakes made it bearable for them.
          I have five older sisters and looking back on the times I noticed some of them whispering to each other during a mating, I think it's a frigging miracle none of them ended up getting serviced by him themselves. At least I assume they didn't. I never noticed anyone walking around spraddle legged and with his equipment, something probably would have gotten sprung out of sorts...

        #5
        I want to learn about border collie!

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        • cowman02
          cowman02 commented
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          Smart! Energetic, trainable but NEED training. Have to be doing something, even if it is wrong. Moderate size male tool, bitches may be too small. marvelous silky tongue and can be taught to use it, but my male is a nibbler/biter so have to be carefu (ouch) and us men are not suppose to spotl!!. Would not recommend for city apartment!! Really need a yard and may be protective and intolerant of children and smaller pets. !5 year is about max life span, usually shorter.

        #6
        Oh good, this is just what I was looking for. No one seems to be replying to anyone though....
        Any personal experiences and information on any breed at all would interest me.
        However, if I must be specific; akitas are gorgeous Any details on them would be much appreciated!

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          #7
          I’m a fan of Rottweilers myself. Strong, stable, well hung & calm temperament. Pits are fun but they’re a lot more energetic and while well hung, in my very limited experience they get off quickly and don’t stay knotted for long. Rottweilers will turn, tie and hang in there for quite a bit of time. Naturally, your mileage may vary, lol, but that’s my take. I’d really like to try a lab (hint hint) if someone would be willing to host a discreet, experienced zoo who understands the idea of supporting owners.
          Some people are animal lovers, I like dogs that are man-lovers lol

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            #8
            I'm interested as well in what K9 breeds are best suited for characteristics of more easily trained, placid demeanor, shorter hair, people friendly? Thanking you in advance.

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              #9
              Allergies to dog hair...
              If you have a reaction to dog hair, is it possible that will occur with most breeds?

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                #10
                I would advise all of you wondering about general dog info to check the AKC's breed standards and breed descriptions, and the TV show Dogs 101 is also a good resource. They won't have anything useful for zoo-related concerns, but a dog is a lot of responsibility in the first place so do your research. Also, while I'm here, buy from responsible breeders! Never pet stores! I could probably find a post about how to identify a good breeder if anyone wants that

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                  #11
                  Let’s not forget mongrels too , there’s a lot to be said for a mixture

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