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11/21/08 4:14 PM
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The epic thread on the OG got me thinking it might be nice to get a better feel what characteristics (physical and mental) people look for in a dog.

So the question is what type of dog do you like (not just breed, but temperament and any other important characteristics), and how do you (did you) go about finding / testing that dog?
11/21/08 5:03 PM
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MikeZev
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Since I'm into pit bulls, I'll speak on what i look for..

For my own dog the number one characteristic is temperment. I have a lot of guests at my house and i take my current dog everywhere. I want as little potential for aggression as possible. I prefer a dog that is extremely confident and fiesty. headstrong dogs that are willing to please are an incredible experience.

At this point in my life i also want a dog that is physically capable. i like to bike, hike, and do outdoorsy stuff in the summer so a dog that can keep up is key. I've also been developing a little bit of an interest in sports (weight pull) which obviously requires a certain type of dog.

as far as testing/finding a dog i pretty much trust the way my gf and her co managers do thier temperment evaluations and tests with animals. essentially putting the dog in a variety of everyday situations with increasing levels of stress.

Otherwise i'm in a pretty good position because i get to spend as much time as i would like and even temporarily foster a dog that im interested in (just like any other volunteer).
11/22/08 6:35 AM
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http://www.badenk9.com/editorials/showdog.htm



Being if I'm being serious long enough to answer the question honestly, I'd have this to say:

I look for a dog to be extremely aware of its environment at all times, structurally sound, biddable, discerning yet socially aggressive, and possessing an all-weather coat.

As far as kennels and yards are concerned, I look for the following:

Closed to the public

Still performs real work

Use what they breed

Natural whelping

Hard culling

Feeds raw

Proven stock(no repeat breedings otherwise)

Not owned or operated by women

Against vaccines

Against spay/neuter

Against micro-chipping

Not associated with the HSUS

Not associated with dog shows

Not associated with animal behaviorists/psychology

 


If the checks don't out number the unchecks it's best to keep moving...



 

11/23/08 12:45 PM
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- doesn't overly shed

- is playful

- doesn't excessively drool

- not shy
11/24/08 9:42 AM
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miked is a simple man with simple needs.
11/24/08 11:51 AM
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smiley,
I'm curious about the micro-chipping thing. Most of the things in your list, I've heard the arguments about, but never heard any arguments against micro-chipping. What are the reasons against it? Is it just ineffective/unnecessary, or are there actual negative issues with it?

Thanks
11/24/08 4:39 PM
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 Microchipping is linked to cancer.
11/24/08 5:37 PM
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How thorough are the studies?

It wouldn't surprise me though.
11/24/08 5:45 PM
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Conclusive enough to be supressed during the FDA approval process in the 90's.


11/24/08 5:51 PM
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any foreign mass in the body can be linked to cancer, including microchips. I personally chose to take that chance.
11/24/08 5:52 PM
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MikeZev - any foreign mass in the body can be linked to cancer, including microchips. I personally chose to take that chance.
But did you take that chance with or without relevant information?
 
11/25/08 10:21 AM
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with it. i didnt have much of a choice in the matter though if i wanted to get a dog from this particular shelter since they are all microchipped. just like people risk testicular and prostate cancer by not neutering.
11/25/08 12:07 PM
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Really? I find that hard to believe since the extent of supression is just now coming to light.

 



But excuse me while I laugh at the notion of comparing it to the 'risk' associated with not sterilizing animals. Leaving well enough alone(ie: nature's design) is suddenly harmful to their health, huh? haha!

11/25/08 12:33 PM
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Edited: 11/25/08 1:06 PM
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i'll retract my bitchy response and say that yes, my vet is educated and honest enough to have shared such information with me 3.5 years ago when i got my cat.
11/25/08 10:16 PM
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Ah, sorry I missed the bitch. Shouldn't have edited it, bro! lol

11/26/08 9:42 AM
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i didnt want to get you all flustered the night before your interview!
11/26/08 1:06 PM
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 Thanks. But I would've taken the 'risk'...  Bwaaahahaha!

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