February 23rd, 2008, 11:03 PM
you have your dog, you love your dog, you know exactly WHY your dog is perfect. here is a nice place to show all of the photographic reasons why YOUR breed of dog would be a great choice for DanaŽ! or maybe just a few reasons why dogs are cool?? here is my submission (with possibly more to come)-
my dog Mister is a labramostly. labramostlys are great cause they act like kids, they LIKE kids and they are super cuddly-
and my moms dog Alice, a pitbull, would also be a great choice because they love kids and eat Elmos-
both Mister and Alice are active loafers. both love love love a creek and a nice run, baths, fetching, cats and all around human hanging out time, most of those all at the same time!!!
i hope you and your fella work out some ground rules, find some compromise and find the perfect pup for you two. :)
February 24th, 2008, 08:21 AM
As you see all 4 of my children like the camera. The golden thinks he's little, the little guy thinks he's a pit bull and the chinchilla doesn't care.
February 24th, 2008, 09:33 AM
Ash - You are the BEST!!!!!
Thank you so much. My shortlist is starting to get a little longer...
February 24th, 2008, 09:33 AM
great pics.....the first one.....can you push me mommy:laughing: oh and little alice:cloud9:.....any play pics of mister and alice?
February 24th, 2008, 10:10 AM
you have your dog, you love your dog, you know exactly WHY your dog is perfect.
Good idea want4rain !
Mine : goldens are friendly , very loving and (usually) easy to train , they have the greatest temperment (sp) and love to be outdoors and exercise. BUT you have to love the fact that this dog will follow you everywhere and likes to be at your side 24/7. And your vacuum may become your best friend ! :D
Bad sides : prone to allergies (food and seasonal) and to cancer. :sad:
Great dane : although a big breed , they don't take that much space , and Nelly NEVER knocks things over , even when she has the zoomies inside the house LOL. (I might have to re do the bed when she does though!!) they do need exercise but nothing like a Border collie :D
Bad sides : prone to bloathing , they can't exercise before and after meals. Oh and , they eat a lot :D
Also : any dog that you would adopt from a rescue , the foster family gets to know the dog and are able to match the right dog with the right family. :thumbs up
February 24th, 2008, 10:23 AM
even when she has the zoomies inside the house LOL. (I might have to re do the bed when she does though!!)
Example right here , she runs from the living room to my bedroom , jumps on the bed , does a 180* turn and runs back ....and so on :D
February 25th, 2008, 10:37 AM
Jeez, that's funny. The more I hear about Danes, the more I want one!
Mike suggested a Border Collie, but you say they need a LOT of excercise? Like how much per day?
I don't know whether to post my questions on this thread or the other http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=49503&goto=newpost - I'll do both I guess.
Out of curiousity, how many of you let your dogs on your bed? What are the rules?
February 25th, 2008, 01:15 PM
great thread want4rain!!! (probably very informational for others thinking of different breeds too..)
My dog: a basenji-mix. 50lbs. short hair, single coat.
good: no dog smell. very little shedding. nice med size. very little barking. playful, yet is happy loafing on the couch. can yodel. very rarely gets wet or muddy. very CLEAN dog. dislikes cold weather. not many health issues (Fanconi is the only major one).
bad: very smart, almost TOO smart. can be destructive. can be hard to train. can't be trusted off leash. can also scream. will try to climb trees to catch a squirrel. is a sighthound, will go after small animals unless trained not to. is aloof w/ strangers. not "unfriendly" but not automatically trusting either. you really must earn trust with this breed.
I adopted mine from a shelter at 8wks, so he was taught from the beginning (even in his foster home) to get along with cats. I have 2 cats whom my dog considers part of his pack and would NEVER harm. however, neighborhood cats are not seen in the same light. There are basenji rescues who place older, more adjusted (and trained) dogs.
they are not an easy breed, but after owning this mix, I'd adopt another in a heartbeat. I adore them.
a link to about basenji's... http://www.basenji.org/learn/
my dog, Tucker....
February 25th, 2008, 01:16 PM
Tucker is so cute!
Thanks for the link. I don't know much about basenjis...will peruse right away.
February 25th, 2008, 01:49 PM
my mother is a huge basenji fan, she had two in her teens and twenties. very good cool dogs but to warn you, its really common on the net to see "destruction bragging". my moms first one literally ripped every single shred of upholstery from the inside of her old Rabbit in less than the 20 minutes it took her to get through the grocery. it may have only been 15 minutes but she figured saying 20 minutes would lessen the shock for folks. :)
that being said they are probably the cleanest, most loyal dog out there. mom says hers would clean himself like a cat. 4 hours in the woods in the mud and creek would take half an hour to be perfectly sparkling white again. :) no barking or very little barking although the screaming is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up!!!
she said she also had a 3rd one for a few weeks. a rescue that pined over her previous owners to starvation. this was probably 30 years ago?? im not sure how good veterinary care was back then. could have been health issues?? they ARE very very loyal dogs though. truly a gift from Africa. :) very very smart, crafty even. one of the few dogs i would call crafty and cunning instead of accidentally smart looking. :laughing:
February 25th, 2008, 01:58 PM
I read through the basenji puppy site, and judging by that and what you two have said - I don't think this is the dog for me. I REALLY like that it is cat like in many ways, but the second I come home to a rip in my couch and cushion stuffing everywhere, I'd be PISSED. I'd rather not get a dog knowing that they are prone to this.
Too bad that a dog can have one dominant trait that I would love in all dogs, and one trait that would make me so unhappy...gotta go with the latter, I guess.
February 25th, 2008, 02:11 PM
they certainly are NOT the dog for everyone. but, if it makes you feel any better, my dog hasn't so much as nibbled on any of my furniture, let alone shred anything. I think like any breed, there are some wild ones, and some not so wild ones. some who are supervised every nano-second and/or crated, and some who are left to their own devices. some who have reason to tear through the garbage, and some who are simply "access denied" (like mine).
Ashley described them well, crafty and cunning. but not all would destroy the inside of your car in minutes. my dog may make a whole lotta noise if left alone in the car, but he wouldn't wreck anything.
then again, for the first year I devoted ALOT of time and ALOT of money into training.