shed alot. cause they really want a dog. but not a dog that is to big or to small or that doesn't need alot of exercise and is fairly healthy. okay i am ranting. but the underlying messge i get. they want a dog, but don't want to take care of it. but if they must, only a little. doesn't that seem like a raw deal for a dog. I mean come on a dog can dish out a lot and i mean a lot of love. all they want is exercise and some food. the shedding thing gets me. THAT'S WHAT DOGS DO! THEY SHED. Get a fish is my new pre programmed response.
yeah gunny i think it was bessieloubebop who was talking about something where people kept asking what kind of dog she had- she made up Mexican Pot Licker. then minniyar said she has a LA Plate Licker, a lower alabama plate licker. i said i had a Spring Loaded Devil Dog. and others added their rare breeds. i'm not sure where the thread is.
I don't know. My mom has 2 white GSDs and dark brown carpet. Sometimes it looks very bad, with a highly visible layer of white fur covering the whole floor. Now I love dogs, and I would not re-home one because of that, but it is something that i would take into consideration when choosing a breed.Though my dog sheds, it is not as extreme and noticable as some breed's shedding. Better to think about it ahead of time than to get a heavy shedder only to get rid of it because the brown carpet is white and hairy. Of course , I wouldn't do that, but it sure enough happens.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 11/26/2004 2:26:00 AM*** Reason: dghkf
Usually the non-shedding dogs who don't require exercise aren't supposed to bark either. Sure, basenjis do the yodel thing, but they still make noise. Dogs are loud and messy. I get tired of the people who want a dog because dogs are cute but who don't want to be inconvenienced.
I'm going to have to stick up for the people who prefer a no-low shedding dog. Personally one the reasons we are getting a portuguese water dog is because it is good on allergy's BECAUSE it doesn't shed very much. My husband and son both have allergy's to some breeds and it order for them to be okay with a dog it can't shed a lot. It isn't because we want a robotic/plastic/perfect dog. We love dogs and if the shedding wasn't a factor for allergy's, fine. Unfortunatley not everyone is as lucky not to be affected by flying dog fur.
I don't take offense to people asking what breed doesn't shed. I have two dogs with double coats. We vacuum every day here. Someone else might not have that kind of time on their hands. Someone in the household may be allergic. They might have a baby that would be crawling around in the fur-laced carpets. You never know. One thing I do know is that a dog is less likely to find it's way to the dog pound if the owner's likes match the dog.
I am going to stick up for the people who want non-shedding dogs too!! I personally can't stand dog hair everywhere. I love dogs. I love my dog. He is non-shedding. I have just gotten another dog that does shed. I hate the hair everywhere. My little dog that doesn't shed is a very high maintenance dog, so you can't say I don't want to be bothered. I have to brush him everyday, go outside with him and stand guard everytime he has to potty day or night. The convenience of my new dog, (he can go out alone) is great. He is however, a shedder. I don't like it but that's how it goes. My little dog doesn't shed, but I have to babysit him everywhere. I don't like it, but that's how it goes. Get my point?
Don't you think that people should get the dog that works for them? They're asking questions so they know what to expect. I have a dog that sheds A LOT and a dog that doesn't shed at all and guess which one I would recommend to someone? Just because they want to keep their home cleaner and not have to worry about hair everywhere all the time that makes them a bad person who shouldn't have dogs because they don't want to take care of them? That's ridiculous. OMG!!!!!
Read Gunny's post. He is mad about people that want a dog like they are buying a potted plant. He was not just talking about shedding at all. I get these kind of puppy buyers all the time. I talk them out of getting a dog. They just have not thought it through. When the dog becomes more of a problem than a new hat or coat, the people off w/ it to the dog pound.
I agree with the low shedding dog lovers. But it is not like I wanted a non-shedding, non-barking, sleeps all the time, low energy dog. If I wanted all that, I would get a houseplant. My friend's husband grew up with cats and had a cat when they got married. Well my friend grew up with dogs and wanted a dog too.
So last year they got a dog from the shelter. An adorable 6 year old Shih Tzu, with one eye. Anyway it is funny watching her husband learn the ways of a dog. I keep telling him, it is not another cat.