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Top 10 Smartest and Dumbest Dog Breeds
CBS4.com ^ | 4/7/08

Posted on 04/28/2008 1:05:46 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks

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To: murphE
I think that's what the girls count on.

Ruby's 'big sister' Shelley is an audacious flirt even though she was spayed at 7 months, and I'm afraid she's already taught Ruby how to cozy up to the guys.

201 posted on 04/28/2008 6:36:46 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: FredHead47
Dogs....yawn Photobucket
202 posted on 04/28/2008 6:51:49 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: FredHead47

Are you stalking me????


203 posted on 04/28/2008 7:03:31 PM PDT by TheMom (My baby will graduate high school in May - send money for college!)
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To: EveningStar; Eaker

This explains a lot about Truble . . . he is part #1 & #6 of the dumbest dogs.


204 posted on 04/28/2008 7:05:11 PM PDT by TheMom (My baby will graduate high school in May - send money for college!)
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To: TheMom; EveningStar; Eaker
Crap . . . I must be a #1 dumb human -

he is part #1 & #6 of the dumbest dogs.

Make that #10 & #6.

205 posted on 04/28/2008 7:08:37 PM PDT by TheMom (My baby will graduate high school in May - send money for college!)
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To: Babsig

No it wasn’t me.
But..
I’m going to file it away in case I’m ever standing in line w/ a bag of dog food.. :^)


206 posted on 04/28/2008 7:08:54 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; FredHead47
Truble was voted best flower speller!

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207 posted on 04/28/2008 7:19:29 PM PDT by TheMom (My baby will graduate high school in May - send money for college!)
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To: Mr Rogers
We tried to have her bred once, but there were some cows near by, and neither she nor the stud could take a break from herding long enough to finish the job.

Now that's funny.

Mine only lived about 3 1/2 years. She got IMHA, something I'd never heard of.
Spent thousands at a major animal hospital but she still only lived a week after she was diagnosed.

One quick story...
She would go after any animal she saw on the TV. You don't realize how many animals are used in commercials until something points each one out.
Anyway, my wife and I had out easy chairs w/ the backs toward the fireplace.
Made the dog lay down between the chairs, facing away from the TV so she wouldn't see the animals.

She was watching the TV reflection in the fireplace glass doors!
An animal came on the screen, she would turn around and bark at the TV.

She loved kids.

208 posted on 04/28/2008 7:25:32 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: TChad

Yeah. It seems to me you can tell which poodles are the dumb ones by how persistantly the owners brag how smart they are. The more bragging, the dumber the poodle. But I agree, I’ve seen some poodles that were so smart it was freaky. And some of them seem to live way longer than dogs are supposed to live.

I read somewhere that poodles are the only breed that when you cross it with something other breed, the pups are less healthy and less intelligent than the parents. Every other breed known to man gets a boost from the F1 hybrid vigor principle. But not poodles. The more pure their bloodline is, the smarter and healthier the dog.

They just aren’t normal.


209 posted on 04/28/2008 7:29:28 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

As a long time owner/friend of Labradors, and someone whose sister breeds Goldens, I have to agree with your comments. Goldens are sweet dogs, but brains are not the breed’s long suit. My Labs run and play rings around her Goldens at the annual family get-together. All the dogs are comatose by the end of the day, but my Labs want to get up the next morning and do it all over again. Her Goldens, on the other hand, have “Do Not Disturb” and “Room Service” hang tags at the end of their beds. Obviously Labs are the smarter breed . . . . Ya think?


210 posted on 04/28/2008 7:30:12 PM PDT by blau993 (Fight Gerbil Swarming)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

THe smart list seems fairly reasonable to me. But I don’t think I buy the dumb list. I’d put these dogs on the dumb list for sure...

pomeranian
pug
husky
yorkshire terrier


211 posted on 04/28/2008 7:32:15 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: riverdawg

A friend of mine had a home day care center with a large grassy front yard for the children to play. It was not fenced. No need, she had two border collies. If the little tikes got anywhere near the edge of the yard, the dogs would “herd” them back. All day long, non-stop, these dogs ran back and forth, dashing toward any child that moved in the direction of the sidewalk, and zig-zagging back and forth directing the kid in the proper direction. Strangely, the children were not afraid but seemed to sense the dogs were “protecting” them and never tried to run beyond them.


212 posted on 04/28/2008 7:42:13 PM PDT by baa39 ("God bless America" - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

213 posted on 04/28/2008 7:46:42 PM PDT by Siberian-psycho (An oppressed class which did not try to possess arms, would deserve to be treated as slaves." Lenin)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
One more thing...

I just watched the video link you provided. I dispute the assertion that the GSD is smarter because he wasn't fooled by the fake throw. The GSD may be smarter, but I don't think that test proved it. The golden is more enthusiastic about retrieving. That's all that test proved, imo.

214 posted on 04/28/2008 7:47:32 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: OB1kNOb

LOL I’ve got to remember that one (4 cats, 1 dog household here)


215 posted on 04/28/2008 7:48:00 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us . nature photography desktop wallpapers)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

There is no way Basenjis are the 2nd stupidest dog breed!! We’ve owned five of them, and they are very smart. They just aren’t biddable, meaning they may or may not do the bidding of a human. We love our Basenjis.


216 posted on 04/28/2008 8:17:05 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (<----- Typical White Person)
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To: MrB

OK. I have to defend our basenjis!!! We’ve owned five and when our female died, her mate, Chammie, grieved as did her three daughters. They are very smart sighthounds and are used for hunting in Africa.


217 posted on 04/28/2008 8:26:11 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (<----- Typical White Person)
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To: blau993; Clint N. Suhks
This one has made the rounds, but it's still funny:

Subject: Goldens vs Labs

Goldens: NEED attention
Labs: WANT attention

Goldens: MUST be touching you at all times
Labs: WANT to touch you all the time

Goldens: They must be Catholics (They understand the need to confess their guilt)
Labs: They must be Protestants (What guilt?)

Goldens: If they had a job they would be Social Workers
Labs: If they had a job they would be standup comedians

Goldens: If they could speak, they’d constantly say “I love you” And if you come home to find that the lamp is broken they’d say “broken lamp? I must have done it. I know I was outside the whole time, but I must have done it, oh no. Someone’s unhappy”
Labs: If they could speak, they’d say “love me” And if you come home to find that the lamp is broken they’d say “broken lamp? I did it. I was having tons of fun. Want to see me break the other one?”

Goldens: hang on you
Labs: body slam you

Goldens: Long hair in your food, on your clothes, on your couch.
Labs: Shorter hair in your food, on your clothes, on your couch.

Goldens: Brush daily
Labs: Wash and wear!

- Karen & Dick Kennedy
Pleasant Pine Labrador Retrievers

218 posted on 04/28/2008 9:00:59 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Re: making fun of agility.

At our last hunt club picnic, the hostess (who also has a dog who runs agility) set up her agility equipment and invited everybody to let their dogs play on it. The lady who introduced me to retrieving has a Black Lab that is an HRCH but also an AX and AXJ and a CD (pretty neat dog). I met her when I was running agility.

So the two of us hit the equipment and each did a course with the dogs individually and then a relay tag course, just as though we were in a Pairs Relay class in a competition. Tori and Shelley played up like champs (they are both really a couple of hams) and 'high fived' each other at the finish.

The reaction of the hunting guys was, "How the (*)*^(&^ do you get those dogs to DO that?" They were pretty impressed.

219 posted on 04/28/2008 9:05:10 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: potlatch

My favorite breed, the Australian Shepherd, is listed at #42.

Maybe the ASs they saw were average, but mine was the smartest, most loyal dog I’ve ever owned, with the best personality I’ve ever seen.

If I were to get another dog, that’s the breed I would choose.

Nice link, potlatch.
Thank you for the ping!


220 posted on 04/28/2008 9:05:45 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Renegade conservative, now registered as a 'Rat, in support of Operation Chaos.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
We've always had Chesapeake Retrievers and Mrs Suhks has been hinting around for a lap dog. A small Border Collie might do the trick.

I dunno if a border would make a good lapdog. Our border/shepherd mix is wonderful, but the most hyper, neurotic dog I've ever known. It's so true that borders really need a job to keep them happy -- only now, at age 12, can our old guy actually lay still and relax sometimes. Our rottie, on the other hand, is a fabulous lapdog (but only for awfully strong laps).

Re: the article, I used to laugh at the idea of rotties being intelligent. But that was before my girl figured out how to navigate a blockade of kitchen chairs and small baby gates to reach my crying toddler nephew. She would not rest until she made sure he was okay (unfortunately the appearance of her big old snuffling nose in his face didn't help).

221 posted on 04/28/2008 9:22:37 PM PDT by ellery (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock -T. Jefferson)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Most of our dogs have been dumped in the area, or strays in one way or another. Even though the only one we ever bought was a cocker, we have had several that were purebred.

The golden was smart, but mostly just goofy and anxious to please.

Our sheltie was very smart. It took us several weeks to find out he could bark. Our cocker was as dumb as a box of rocks. The rescued greyhound was also dumb, and mostly wild. He had been dumped in the area and just barely let us feed him. He would steal our stuff and we would find it in his nest in the woods.

We have had a number of other strays, but the smartest of all are the blue heelers. They are Australian cattle dogs with different coloring. They are high energy though, and need room to run.


222 posted on 04/28/2008 9:45:51 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: Vinnie

LOL!!!!

You have provided us with the best laugh we have had in ages. Thanks.


223 posted on 04/28/2008 9:47:19 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: stevio

You must not have ever known any Afghan hounds. They are with out a doubt the most absolutely stupid dogs.


224 posted on 04/28/2008 10:16:43 PM PDT by Flying Circus
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To: ZULU
What about people who buy poodles? Where do they rank?

Gay.

225 posted on 04/29/2008 12:05:53 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

I think my Labs must have been from the “bag of hammers” blood line.


226 posted on 04/29/2008 4:27:59 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: baa39

My husband witnessed the same type of thing at a clients house. He said it was amazing how they kept the kids corralled and the kids didn’t even seem to notice.


227 posted on 04/29/2008 4:41:06 AM PDT by murphE (I refuse to choose evil, even if it is the lesser of two)
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To: bpjam

Standard poodles are fantastic dogs, and brilliant. The little ones are terrible.


228 posted on 04/29/2008 5:37:45 AM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: WayneS
I've known 'em. They look at you with those big, brown, cowlike eyes, and you just know the lights are on, but nobody's home.

It's like a palomino horse I ride for my trainer. Handsome boy, but doesn't have two brain cells to rub together. We call him the Big Dumb Blond, and his tag line is "Duh . . . gotta ask Coach."

229 posted on 04/29/2008 6:06:56 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Flying Circus
A friend of mine growing up helped her mom breed and show Afghans.

They must have had a dozen or more, and the entire lot were totally brain dead. Extremely pretty, but the dumbest group of dogs I ever saw. How they had the sense to eat their dog food is a mystery.

230 posted on 04/29/2008 6:09:02 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Squawk 8888

If it could figure a way to hand a barbie doll off it’s front paw, you would have a match.


231 posted on 04/29/2008 6:22:04 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: dawn53

It took me about five minutes to recover from paroxysms of laughter before I could reply to your post.

My problem is as bad as yours. In addition to the 72 lb. Weimaraner/Chocolate lab cross I mentioned, I have an 82 lb. Black Lab/Pit cross who was supposed to be a Daneador, but turned out to be a Pitador. The Pitador is even more determined than the Weimador to engage in nightly bed wrestling. Instead of approaching the head of the bed where I’d have some mechanical advantage, he prefers to use his leverage at the foot, gradually pushing my legs out of the bed.


232 posted on 04/29/2008 6:22:32 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Flying Circus

No, I have not had the pleasure.


233 posted on 04/29/2008 6:23:24 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Wasn’t on the list before, but would like to be on it now. Hope you can compile a good list again soon.


234 posted on 04/29/2008 6:25:00 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: subterfuge; Clint N. Suhks; Red Badger

I knew a standard poodle that could climb trees. I saw him do it, and scare the crap out of a cat.

I had a German shepherd that was highly dumb and ate everything, including Barbie dolls, the sofa, and the fence.

My mini Doxie is super-smart, and even has a sense of humor.


235 posted on 04/29/2008 6:29:00 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

My Lab can climb a 6 ft chain link fence.......whenever he wants..........


236 posted on 04/29/2008 6:30:07 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: qam1

Our beloved Austrailian Shepard “Lucky” passed away about 2 months ago, but he was the smartest dog. He was deaf and had very poor eye sight but could sense a stranger near our house before our hearing, sited Dalmation could. Lucky would alert us to mischief way before Spot was even thinking about barking.


237 posted on 04/29/2008 6:31:12 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: All

We had two mutt dogs. One black lab mix and a poodle mix. Both very smart and loyal dogs. Great watch dogs too. Years ago when my daughters were still in grade school they would grumble about getting out of bed for school. I would yell out”I’m sending the hounds in!” They would rush into the bedroom and start licking the kids faces till they got out of bed laughing with big smiles. Sadly our dogs have since gone over the rainbow bridge. We all still miss them.

So for my money,mutts are smartest!


238 posted on 04/29/2008 6:32:35 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (I miss Ronnie!!!!!)
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To: Red Badger

The dog behind us does that too, and it’s very irritating.

OTOH, there’s a corgi and a little muttley across the street who run around like they’re wild. Ditto a pair of fullsize Schnauzers who circled me during my walk like a pair of raptors! It’s their fault I’m outa shape!


239 posted on 04/29/2008 6:55:30 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Jeff Chandler

Can’t argue with that.

I’m a hound/hunting dog guy who also likes German Shepherds.


240 posted on 04/29/2008 7:01:21 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Froufrou

One swift kick to the old schnoz of the schnauzer would put a stop to that!.............


241 posted on 04/29/2008 7:03:21 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
I totally question whether a Golden Retriever is smarter than a Labrador Retriever or makes the top 10 list at all.

Having helped rescue dozens of Goldens and a few labs, and having spent time around some friends' labs, I am not at all surprised that Goldens are considered smarter than Labs. Goldens are very smart dogs, and a lot of them tend to be a bit more independent-minded, which makes them sometimes seem stubborn. They know exactly what you are asking them to do, but they are working out in their mind whether or not they are going to decide to do it.

242 posted on 04/29/2008 7:06:30 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: ZULU

German Shepherds are THE BEST! Smart, gorgeous, protective... they have it all.


243 posted on 04/29/2008 7:16:11 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (I'M A FAN OF DDT!)
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To: Enchante

We’ve had golden retrievers, a black lab, and a Welsh Corgi.

The first golden, when she was less than a year old was walking with us on a golf course at night when we dropped a flashlight. My wife, who had trained her, said, “Go find the toy!” In one minute, she was back with the flashlight and dropped it at our feet.

The second golden, was trained as a service dog, trained to scent and is exceptionally smart. He got a bottle of water and drank it by unscrewing the top. My son couldn’t believe it, and recorded it in video on his cell phone.

The black lab was also trained as a service dog. If he drops a toy or stick during our walks, he’ll go back a get it. He comes from a line of Master Hunters.

The Corgi just herds them all. She is dominant, even though she is 26 pounds and the lab is almost 90.


244 posted on 04/29/2008 7:51:17 AM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner (For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not die)
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To: VA Voter

I’m not sure whether setters are dumb or just stubborn. We had one, once, that we took in from a relative that gave up. You couldn’t teach it anything, it drove us crazy. But, one time when we went for a Sunday visit to my in-laws, we were late getting home, it was about 10PM, and the dog hadn’t been fed. She was closed in a laundry room that was really just the end of a hallway with four doors and a closet. The dog had opened the sliding doors of the closet and lifted out a can of dog food from the case and bit around the top of the can until it got it open, and ate half the can of dog food.


245 posted on 04/29/2008 8:04:49 AM PDT by Eva (CHANGE - the new euphemism for Marxist revolution)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Goldens: NEED attention
Labs: WANT attention
Chessies: DEMAND attention

Goldens: MUST be touching you at all times
Labs: WANT to touch you all the time
Chessies: MAKE you touch them when they're in the mood

Goldens: They must be Catholics (They understand the need to confess their guilt)
Labs: They must be Protestants (What guilt?)
Chessies: They must be divine (They think they sitteth at heel on the right hand of the Almighty)

Goldens: If they had a job they would be Social Workers
Labs: If they had a job they would be standup comedians
Chessies: If they had a job they'd be Blue Crab Boat Skippers

Goldens: If they could speak, they’d constantly say “I love you” And if you come home to find that the lamp is broken they’d say “broken lamp? I must have done it. I know I was outside the whole time, but I must have done it, oh no. Someone’s unhappy”
Labs: If they could speak, they’d say “love me” And if you come home to find that the lamp is broken they’d say “broken lamp? I did it. I was having tons of fun. Want to see me break the other one?”
Chessies: If they could speak, they’d say “I love you” And if you come home to find a lamp is broken they’d say “The cat did it. I was simply minding my own business. Want to see the cat break the other one?”

Goldens: hang on you
Labs: body slam you
Chessies: wear you like jewelry

Goldens: Long hair in your food, on your clothes, on your couch.
Labs: Shorter hair in your food, on your clothes, on your couch.
Chessies: Double coated hair in your food, on your clothes, on your couch and clog your vacuum cleaner.

Goldens: Brush daily
Labs: Wash and wear!
Chessies: Are rode hard and put up wet...and like it

There, fixed it.

246 posted on 04/29/2008 8:35:44 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (In small-town Pennsylvania, bitter ignorant anti-immigrant rednecks cling to guns & religion...BO)
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To: Froufrou; AnAmericanMother
I knew a standard poodle that could climb trees.

Speaking of standard poodles, I saw one pass its HRCH. It caused quite a crowd.

I also saw a Boykin Spaniel get its HR. That had a bunch of people scratching their heads.

247 posted on 04/29/2008 8:41:51 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (In small-town Pennsylvania, bitter ignorant anti-immigrant rednecks cling to guns & religion...BO)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
LOL! I like it a lot better than the original!

I'm sending it on to Carol Cassity, who is a big time Chessie trainer and retriever seminar guru. We attended one of her seminars and it was great!

248 posted on 04/29/2008 8:53:29 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Since we're right next door to South Carolina, Mother Church of the Boykins, I've seen a lot of Boykins doing quite well.

We always run into a lady from Columbia SC who has a big dog truck with 12-15 Boykins on it, running at all levels. She's real good with them, and has the UKC high point Boykin, Mule, on her truck. I think he's a GRHRCH but I'm not sure.

We just got through hosting the Grand in our local club this past weekend. I worked the Banquet and came on home (didn't have motel reservations and my dogs of course aren't anywhere near that level) so I didn't see them run. But I saw from the premium list that Pam was there with a Boykin or two. (The good news is that I won a raffle for a training bag full of goodies, including 4 Avery Real Bird dummies! I never have won a raffle before in my life! I also got a really good deal in the auction on a new multi-dog E-collar! Of course, now I have to sell my old one . . . .)

Upthread I mentioned some folks in our club who have 3 Standard poodles and are trying to emulate the one who got its HRCH (and made the UKC Hunting Retriever News too). But it's not going very well for them right now - dogs don't like to get their fur wet.

249 posted on 04/29/2008 8:59:37 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: eastforker

I’ll take your word for it. I’m not an expert. I do know that Chows are excellent watch-dogs.


250 posted on 04/29/2008 9:07:16 AM PDT by subterfuge (Homophobic and proud of it!)
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