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The 10 Most High-Maintenance Dog Breeds
Yahoo ^ | April 5, 2012 | Mary Bloom

Posted on 04/05/2012 10:29:35 AM PDT by C19fan

When most of us think of caring for the family dog, we have in mind a sedate walk around the block once a day, maybe an obedience class when he's a pup, a good brushing once a week and lots of hanging out together watching TV at night. And then there is that special breed of dog - the high-energy, need-a-job-to-do, groom-challenging kind that comes in all looks and sizes, but shares one commonality: He is undeniably high-maintenance.

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To: Arrowhead1952

A woman used to work for me part time and ownded 2 OESDs. She was the only person I ever knew who arranged her working hours around her Old English Sheep Dogs’ grooming schedule. To her, getting the dogs groomed, washed, dried, brushed was more important than her pay check and cost more too!


101 posted on 04/06/2012 6:32:48 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Silentgypsy

Our large 10 lb Chihuahua is pretty calm. She goes into a frothing fit if someone comes to the door and sometimes she gets running fits and runs around the house a couple of times. She saves most of her energy for chasing other small animals like squirrels and chipmunks.


102 posted on 04/06/2012 7:00:14 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Our Sheepie is only three years old, and still full of puppy energy. We had a local (mobile) groomer cut her hair the first couple of times, but that is $85 per visit.

We got the model of the shears and now cut her hair when needed. We try not to let it get too long here in Texas. Actual brushing her takes over an hour when it is long. I don’t know why Rush has three.


103 posted on 04/06/2012 7:39:57 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Rush has a STAFF! LOL.


104 posted on 04/06/2012 8:42:05 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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I can’t believe that the English Bulldog isn’t on that list, and at least in the top 5!

They’re notorious for having skin problems, especially “hot spots” due to the folds of skin that MUST be kept clean and dry. Be prepared to spend at least a half hour once or twice a day grooming them. Thank goodness they have short hair!

Next on the list are all the common aliments that they have. It’s not unusual for Bully owners to have to visit the vet at least once a month.

Finally, when it comes to breeding, they generally need to be artificially inseminated, and nearly always have to give birth through c-section!

The ones I’ve known LOVED water, but swam like bricks. They quickly get overcome by heat, and need to be kept cool. They snore like locomotives and they contribute more to “green-house gasses” than a herd of cows!

But they’re solid muscle, bone, and personality. Some people say they’re dumb and can’t be trained, but I’ve found that they’re just independent and once they’ve proven to themselves that they can do something, they don’t need to demonstrate the ability to anyone else.

Mark


105 posted on 04/06/2012 11:35:25 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Salamander

He’d look good naked. I, on the other hand (lol!)....


106 posted on 04/06/2012 11:41:05 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: halfright
Dog is extremely dumb compared to Dobie.

Bullies AREN'T dumb! They're independent thinkers, and don't care what others think about them, or for that matter, what they want the Bullies to do!

Mark

107 posted on 04/06/2012 11:43:23 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

Sorry Mark...This bullie is dumber than a bag of rocks. My Doberman had an IQ better than half the kids in grade school.


108 posted on 04/06/2012 11:51:25 AM PDT by halfright (Honk if you love Jesus...text while driving if you want to meet Him!)
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To: MarkL

Or Pugs.

My friend devotes most of her nights to keeping her rescue Pugs alive despite various wheezings, suffocation incidents, collapsed tracheas, etc.

In spite of her extreme expertise with them, sometimes, they just fall over dead.

Her graphic descriptions of the muzzle folds/wrinkles issues are nauseating.


109 posted on 04/06/2012 12:18:34 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: Silentgypsy

Um, yeah.

Let’s ~both~ just *not* go ~there~....LOL


110 posted on 04/06/2012 12:21:47 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: halfright

Saw a bumper sticker once that said “My Doberman is smarter than your honor student”.

;D


111 posted on 04/06/2012 12:25:13 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: Salamander

Vigorous concurral! (But not *too* vigorous—don’t wanna shock my ancient systems.) ;>}


112 posted on 04/06/2012 1:23:59 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: MediaMole

One of my very favorite dogs was a wolf hybrid/huskie mix. Beautiful smart guy although pretty independent.

Not much of a guard dog, except for his size and somewhat intimidating appearance. Unless there was unauthorized wild life around the house, lol. Wolf hunter instinct, I guess. I once had skunks take up residence under the house and he nearly dug a hole thru the floor trying to get to them.

As a very young pup, he jumped up and grabbed a bat in his mouth. The vet allowed me to quarantine him myself. I would sit on the floor with him in my lap in front of the stereo and rock him back and forth to the music. All of his life he had a great “Stevie Wonder Sway” when music was played.

I miss that ole guy!


113 posted on 04/06/2012 1:36:17 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Salamander

Not a big fan of the terrible - er, terrior - breeds here. No ill will, I just tend toward laid back personalities. But I love my aunt & uncle’s rat terrior, Petey. I don’t know if he’s atypical of the breed, but he’s a mellow little dude who quietly visits each houseguest without being intrusive. I can’t recall ever hearing him bark. Cold-natured, tho.

One of the pretties dogs I’ve seen appeared to be Weimreiner crossed with B/T Dobie. Pewter grey like a Weim & shaped & trimmed like a Dobe, sleek coat in sunlight with the faint B/T shading pattern throwing glare like a mirror.


114 posted on 04/06/2012 2:09:05 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Titan Magroyne
Kinda like this

or this?

Could've been a light Blue or a silvery Fawn Dobe.

115 posted on 04/06/2012 2:41:54 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: Salamander; Drumbo

Holy - wow. They are beautiful. Just wow.

More like the one on the bottom, with just a hint of the markings. It’s like ghost-of-Dobie, even the eyes.

Jimmy, I know you favor reds ‘cause of your boy Hoover, but look at these gorgeous beasties!

Thank you for the pics, Salamander.


116 posted on 04/06/2012 3:27:41 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Salamander

You are well blessed....I miss my girl


117 posted on 04/06/2012 3:54:34 PM PDT by halfright (Honk if you love Jesus...text while driving if you want to meet Him!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2; Silentgypsy

We have 3 bassets. They sleep quite a bit, but love to tell anyone who walks or drives past the house they live there. We have a sunroom, so they see a lot of movement, and can wake up from a deep sleep and be outside in moments. All day long.

On to the chihuahuas. We have two of those. One is the wildest thing ever. He does the whole bouncing and dashing through the house at least twice a day. And he instigates a lot of the mad dash to the yard incidents.

Then we have the fat chi. He was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism. He weighs nearly 2x what he should (he came to us this way). He is pretty mellow. We have had him for about 8 months and he barked for the first time in the last couple of weeks. Now he barks non-stop, food, water, you name it.

The love sponge description of chihuahuas is so true. The bouncy chi has befriended a neighbor girl. When she comes over, he won’t leave her alone. She picks him up and he roles over and closes his eyes, heaven.


118 posted on 04/06/2012 4:03:17 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Washington,DC is FULL of people with Political Experience... How's that Working out for you??)
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To: Salamander

I always learn something new on these threads!

Great looking dogs. I didn’t know the coloring varied that much.

I rely on abandoned pups to populate my home..and have never had a Dobe. Must say something about their and their owners’ natures. :)


119 posted on 04/06/2012 4:04:31 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Titan Magroyne

Those pretty looks come with a high price

80-90% of blues and fawns will develop color dilution alopecia during their life time

That means they’ll go bald and develop all kinds of skin disease including. chronic staph infections

You might guess that I’m not very happy about “color breeders”

:(

For a very long time, any color pup than black and rust were culled from the litters

Then Americans got hold of them and Dictator Von Glenhugel was the first red AKC champ and one of the 7 foundation sires so red was accepted

Then Felix vom Ahrtal was the first blue champion and blues were bred despite their coat and skin problems

Fawn (Isabella) came in next and now the dilute colors are so deeply entwined in every bloodline that even the blacks are affected

To this day, Fawns are not accepted in the German standard

(yes I am a purist) ....;)


120 posted on 04/06/2012 4:41:49 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: berdie

My first Dobe was a stray who wandered in and 99% of the rest were rescues.

Maybe I just attract a different kind of “stray”.....:D


121 posted on 04/06/2012 4:46:28 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: C19fan

We do Cocker rescue and also help a friend who does small breed rescue. Cockers are great dogs, but they do need a lot off attention; bathing, brushing, ear cleaning. We make sure the new owners are aware of what they are getting into. We get very few returned.

They are right about poodles shedding. Especially the adolescents. We see quite a few breeding dogs from puppy mills and back yard breeders that have never been groomed and are dumped at the pound. We call them Rasta-dogs. You can also tell they haven’t had much human attention. We clean them up and give them some love and they recover quickly.


122 posted on 04/06/2012 5:19:56 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Serious LOL!!!


123 posted on 04/06/2012 6:40:11 PM PDT by gibsosa
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To: Salamander

That could well be, lol.

I was complimenting the loyalty of the owners to their Dobes. :) I have yet to see a Dobe dumped in my neighborhood. I find it to be a testament of sorts.

I lurk alot on these threads and don’t always post. I love reading the stories...and it is very evident you are an animal lover.:)


124 posted on 04/06/2012 7:31:48 PM PDT by berdie
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To: berdie

A lot of them get dumped by people who bought a Dobermann pup and then were shocked and surprised when it later acted like an adult Dobermann.

Sometimes they get dumped when the backyard breeder genetic problems crop up and the owners don’t care enough to spend the money to help the dogs.

They’re not a dog for everybody, I confess.

There are tons of Dobe rescue leagues and PetFinder always has pages of them.

You’d have shoot me dead to take mine.

Heck, it was heartbreak enough when I let my rehabbed rescues go to their new families, even though I knew they’d have gloriously happy lives.

Me?
An animal lover?
What gives you *that* crazy idea?

:D

Sal “Ellie May” Amader


125 posted on 04/06/2012 8:53:32 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: Salamander

At least, that’s your current story. :-)


126 posted on 04/06/2012 9:20:09 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: All

The 10 Breeds listed in the article:

Australian Shepherd
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Border Collie
Brussels Griffon
Cocker Spaniel
German Shorthaired Pointer
Jack Russell Terrier
Poodle
Labrador Retriever
Yorkshire Terrier


127 posted on 04/06/2012 9:32:25 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Photos don’t lie.

~He’s~ the one with the whip.

;D


128 posted on 04/06/2012 9:33:58 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: Salamander

Lol, Sal “Ellie May” Amander :D

My old lab just loves the cement pond.

Of course you are right that no breed is exempt from abandonment. I only speak from personal experience. Although I can’t think of a breed or cross breed that hasn’t landed at my place, I have yet to open the door and find a Dobe looking for a hand out. Hmmm...maybe I should rephrase that?

(Just kidding,I would be less apprehensive of a Dobe than I would of some of the smaller breeds.)


129 posted on 04/06/2012 9:42:48 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Salamander

A German Pinscher would be perfect for you! (average size of male German Pinscher is 30#)
They are not like Miniature Pinschers. They are like little Dobermans and look like Manchester Terriers.


130 posted on 04/06/2012 10:33:27 PM PDT by stlnative
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To: stlnative

The German Pinscher is the foundation dog upon which Louis Dobermann based his breed.

[and yes, I’d love to have one but they’re just now returning from near-oblivion and probably cost a fortune!]

:D

In fact, Dobe breeders have been considering reintroducing GP lines back into Dobe lines to try and negate some of the current genetic problems.

It will take a while to make a significant impact but sounds extremely promising.


131 posted on 04/06/2012 11:14:34 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: stlnative

http://www.german-pinscher.com/history.htm


132 posted on 04/06/2012 11:16:10 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: Salamander

I assumed the genetics would be so bad for those odd colors, I didn’t even ask. How sad. :o[


133 posted on 04/06/2012 11:29:35 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Altariel
After my Dad passed away from cancer, my husband decided to get us a puppy as he felt that I needed to be occupied with something that would be "cheerful."

Neither of us had ever raised a puppy, but the hubby likes to hunt. He called me from a gun show and told me he had a "surprise" for me...a nine week old German Shorthaired Pointer was plopped in my lap shortly thereafter.

I LOVE my dog, but I had absolutely no doubt that the list would include the GSP...LOL!

Honestly, the first two years were spent doing nothing more than making sure that she didn't kill herself. It was quite the learning experience; I would have two or three more if my husband would allow it!

134 posted on 04/06/2012 11:42:34 PM PDT by garandgal
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To: garandgal

"High Maintenance" - this is a problematic term, says Charlie
135 posted on 04/06/2012 11:52:26 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: BigEdLB
One good thing about the GSP...no major grooming. However, given her brown & white coat I appear to be covered in dog hair no matter what I wear.

Wear a light color...brown hair all over me. Wear a dark color...white hair shows up.

It doesn't help that she likes to sleep on the laundry.

136 posted on 04/07/2012 12:03:55 AM PDT by garandgal
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To: WestwardHo
Our friends have a Ridgeback and she is easily one of the smartest dogs I have ever had contact with ... don't leave anything on the counter in the kitchen, this one actual got the peanut butter and bread down ... she got the PB jar open ate it and got the bread open and ate it ... did she make a sandwich? There was a knife on the floor ... we can only guess.
137 posted on 04/07/2012 12:13:18 AM PDT by zeaal
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To: zeaal

That’s good! LOL! (I’m not surprized.)


138 posted on 04/07/2012 5:16:25 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: C19fan

We currently have Five dogs. One Westie, one Scottie, and three Australian Terriers. Love them all and for the most part they all get along. The Scottie is pretty sure she is the enforcer of the pack. She guards the doorway to our bedroom and won’t let the Aussies in. She’s best friends with the Westie so she can pass by without issues. About a half acre fenced backyard so they have lots of running room. They will kill anything that gets into the yard and then eat it. The smallest Aussie isn’t allowed out unattended as she will climb the fence and chase the horses. The wife complains about having five dogs but I know she loves them all. Out of them all the Scottie is the one that need the most grooming and the Aussies need no more than a good brushing and an occasional bath.


139 posted on 04/07/2012 6:27:09 AM PDT by KirbDog
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To: Salamander

Yeah, but who gave him the whip?

;-)


140 posted on 04/07/2012 10:07:39 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Titan Magroyne

To me, it’s heartbreaking.

Sometimes I wish I didn’t know all this stuff.

I’d probably be happier.

If you ever decide to get one, get a B/T or take a look at Arbooz’s red Dobe and pick one that’s a deep, rich red like that.
[and never, EVER get an “Albino”...worlds of trouble, there]

I’ve had 4 reds and 3 were the color of milk chocolate and one bitch was the color of dark chocolate.

She was *so* dark most people mistook her for a B/T.

They were all disgustingly healthy, had wonderfully thick coats and lived to be very old.

Arthur The Ancient One got his nickname because he was almost 15 when he suddenly died.

An elderly couple wanted me to take their blue male and when I went to see him, I asked how old he was, assuming, by his looks, he had to be at least 10 and possibly afflicted with demodoctic mange.

He was *3* and the “mange” was a terrible skin infection on all his bald spots.

I couldn’t take him because I simply couldn’t afford all the medical bills I knew he was going to be racking up right away.
[my Dobe rescue was totally funded out of my own pocket and I didn’t have nearly enough to take on that project]

Thankfully, after I told them what he needed, as far as food, supplements and skin ointments, they decided to keep him.


141 posted on 04/07/2012 10:23:31 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: Altariel
Why, Santa Jaws, of course....;D


142 posted on 04/07/2012 10:25:43 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: gitmo

I love my bulldog. He is an 18 month old brindle named Angus (named after Angus Young from AC/DC) He is the sweetest boy but not too bright. I also have a 3 year old mastiff named Vivian. She was a real challenge as a puppy but has turned into a great dog as well.

I wish I could post a picture but that is way beyond my limited skills.


143 posted on 04/07/2012 10:29:55 PM PDT by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: Salamander

But what if I don’t believe in Santa Jaws?


144 posted on 04/07/2012 11:43:57 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Salamander

Thanks for your advice on Dobies.

I’m nowhere near looking for another dog - the two I have now are responsibility enough!

I got suckered into rescue once. I’m glad for the dogs’ sake that I did - and not gonna repeat it with current finances. LOL


145 posted on 04/08/2012 12:01:18 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: dangerdoc
My first lab ate a couch

My husky-lab-shar-pei cross did the same thing.

Actually, he just ate the love seat (everything but the frame and springs), plus the cushions and part of the front of the couch. At 2 1/2 years (about fifteen minutes before reclassification as a target), he stopped tearing stuff up, overnight, and at five he's the best dog I've ever had or been around. 115 pounds of beautiful muscle and love. Crate broke, pickup broke, doesn't need a leash, and can go sixteen to twenty hours between "breaks," except for the one exactly forty minutes after he eats in the afternoon. It don't get no better.

A little over-protective of our 15-month-old granddaughter, though -- he doesn't think we should let her do anything. He tries to herd her out of the river (in water eight inches deep, with a sober adult within three feet) and he keeps her (the granddaughter, not the sober adult) within ten feet of the porch in the back yard.

146 posted on 04/08/2012 6:51:12 PM PDT by umbagi
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To: loungitude

how is your Rottie around people and other dogs? A friend of mine had two females (sisters) and while other people were terrified of them, these were two of the most loving dogs around — even to small, yapping doggies...


147 posted on 04/16/2012 1:31:57 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: MarkL

>> [English Bulldogs] quickly get overcome by heat, and need to be kept cool.

Uga, the University of GA mascot, always has a big bag of ice to lay on if it’s warm for any early-season football games.

http://www.dawgsonline.com/wp-content/uploads/ugavi1.jpg


148 posted on 04/16/2012 2:57:45 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: MarkL

>> [English Bulldogs] quickly get overcome by heat, and need to be kept cool.

Uga, the University of GA mascot, always has a big bag of ice to lay on if it’s warm for any early-season football games.

http://www.dawgsonline.com/wp-content/uploads/ugavi1.jpg


149 posted on 04/16/2012 2:58:01 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Salamander

Just getting back to FreeRepublic. I have a German Pinscher who was rescued from a Missouri Puppy Mill when he was a puppy. The state had shut the puppy mill down. He is 6+ years now.

I just got a Boston Terrier male puppy who is now 17 weeks old. The people I got him from had bought him and his sister from a breeder and decided they did not have time for them after all. Someone else got the female and I got the male. Anyhow this is my first time having this breed of dog and they are an outstanding breed of dog. Very smart (very quick learners). I have had the male for only 1 week and he was not feeling well for at least 1/2 of the week. The people that had him did not take care of him very well and they did not work with him at all. At first I felt like I was dealing with a 8 week old puppy when he really was 16 weeks old because he has had no training or guidance while the other people had him.

He learned quickly how to climb up my 14 stairs after just helping him 2 times. He learned how to sit after showing him how to do it about 10 times, same with lay down. He also has mastered going down the all the stairs in the last 2 days. (split level home) I never knew this breed was so easy to train.

He is feeling better now and I can hold his attention now since he is feeling better. He is almost pee/poop pad trained and I hope to have him fully house trained within 1 to 2 weeks.

If you are going to get a dog... seriously look into a Boston Terrier. There are tons of videos on You Tube of Boston Terriers that show you what a great breed of dog they are. Males can top out at about 25 lbs if they are on the large bone side.

My little boston is a Red/Brown Brindle with light brown almost golden eyes. He looks almost exactly like this one except the white stripe on his face is very narrow. This one has a wide white stripe but the eyes are just like the one I have now.
http://youtu.be/v8uWtC3vpeU (this is such a cute video of a talking Boston Terrier)


150 posted on 05/07/2012 10:53:54 PM PDT by stlnative
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