i like working with good dogs and hate working with bad dogs. seriously it's hard to explain. there are some breeds that you know you have to be leary with such as: chows , gsds , akitas , great danes , bichons , poodles, cocker spaniels , rottweilers , jack russells, chesapeakes, any spitz breed, to name a few. there are breeds that are just so hyper it makes it difficult to work with such as labs and goldens and some of them need muzzles also unfortunately. the only breeds that i can honestly say i have not had a problem working with are leonbergers, pyrenees, pit bulls, greyhounds, whippets, iggies, bostons, shiba inus and chihuahuas. though chi's can be very snippy but we just happen to have all nice ones that come to us. then you have your various mixes that can go either way. there's good and bad with all of them obviously but theres very few good amongst the bad and very few bad amongst the good. btw, the idiot i work with just went and got another chesapeake. this time its a male. i am not looking forward to see how she raises this one.
scout, it amazes me that you would say a spitz. i have heard that often from vet tech, groomer, and the like. also from people in public who are sketchy when we take our eskies places. i had no idea they had a bad rep!! they are definately a handful breed and takes a knowledgable person to control or they will control you. i guess its unexpected because "everyone loves a fluffy white dog!!!"
an iggie is an italian greyhound. we have several danes that come to the place where i work. they are not completely trustworthy. a few of them try and test you everytime they come in, usually by trying to corner you or slam you against the wall. the owners do have good control over them though i must say. they don't let them get away with anything. then there is the first exp. i had with a dane. it was boarding and developed a limp. so one of the techs went to check out the paw while the dog was in its kennel. the dog flipped and went after the tech. george was climbing backwards up the kennel gate to get away and the dog shredded his leg. the injuries could have been much worse had one of the kennel kids not been there to open the kennel door and get the dogs attention on getting out of the run.there are more stories i could tell but its not neccessary. their size makes working with an unruly one difficult as there isn't much you can do if they don't want to cooperate but that isn't the factor that makes us leary of them. you also have to remember the environment in which i meet most of these breeds. just because they are bad with us at work doesn't mean they are that way once they walk out the door.
Thanks for explaining. Oscars vet loves it when Oscar comes in. Oscar usually just lays down and watches him. I did see once when a Chihuahua attacked the vet. And the owner thought it was funny. The only problem Oscar has at the vet is being still on the walk on scales. We have to throw him treats to get him to stand there.
no problem paige. i didn't want anyone to think i was breed bashing because i wasn't. i had gsd's all my life and i still wouldn't trust one that walks thru the door until it proves to me it can be trusted. i even warned the vet i work with before my mom went in with hers that they were good and she needn't be suspicious of them . everyone i work with hates them :0(